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This recording is primarily of cultural and musicological rather than aesthetic interest. This is not to suggest that the music on it is in any way...

Prior to being eclipsed by the spectacular rise of Charles Dutoit's Montreal Symphony-called with much justification the finest French orchestra since Serge Koussevitzky's Boston Symphony-the Toronto...

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In Fanfare 21:1 I reviewed Christopher Spering’s recording of this version of A German Requiem that Brahms himself made for a London performance in 1871. I...

My Want List leads off with the master of all experimentation, John Cage, and Microfest’s release is itself an experiment in presentation that’s brilliantly successful. Starting...

There have been several compilations of music from Alfred Hitchcock films, the best of which, by far, is the Decca Phase 4 recording with Bernard Herrmann...

The journey of André Tchaikovsky's neglected opera The Merchant of Venice from silence to the stage of the Bregenz Festival is almost as dramatic as the...

Although John McDonald likes to describe himself as "a composer who tries to play the piano and a pianist who tries to compose," the Fanfare

Jerome Kitzke has been a fixture of the New York (and American) new music scene for decades now, yet he seems to remain eternally young and...

My Want List leads off with the master of all experimentation, John Cage, and Microfest’s release is itself an experiment in presentation that’s brilliantly successful. Starting...

David Dahl (b. 1937) was professor of organ for 30 years at Pacific Lutheran University and has also composed several volumes of music for his instrument....

This recording has received two previous reviews in these pages, with rather different conclusions as to its merits. In 31:3 Burton Rothleder praised "a chamber orchestra...

This disc was recorded in 1989, when John Adams was newly celebrated as the composer of Nixon in China but unfamiliar as a conductor, and soprano...

This recording is primarily of cultural and musicological rather than aesthetic interest. This is not to suggest that the music on it is in any way...

Prior to being eclipsed by the spectacular rise of Charles Dutoit's Montreal Symphony-called with much justification the finest French orchestra since Serge Koussevitzky's Boston Symphony-the Toronto...

Simon Morrison has been professionally concerned with recent Russian music for a long time and, indeed, published a biography of Sergei Prokofiev in 2009. Those who,...

I am always surprised (and, I suppose, not a little pleased) that Ives's music still generates controversy. Where I live, a recent performance of the Fourth...

Available at CD Baby, Amazon, and emusic Over the decades there have been several duo-pianists playing jazz-at times, as in the late 1930s-early40s, up to three...

Kerecki plays the double bass, and the other members of his eponymous quartet are John Taylor (piano), Émile Parisien (soprano sax), and Fabrice Moreau (drums). As...

There have been several compilations of music from Alfred Hitchcock films, the best of which, by far, is the Decca Phase 4 recording with Bernard Herrmann...

The idea behind Sounds Baroque's Conversazioni series is to present a mix of secular cantatas and non-vocal chamber music such as would have been heard at...

The Eben Trio consists of Terezie Fialová, piano; Roman Patočka, violin; and Markéta Kubínová Vrbková, cello. A recent ensemble of young musicians, it has won its...

The Double Entendre Music Ensemble opens its CD with a puzzle. Timothy Dwight Edwards' Canon XV: in diatessara supra a six (at the fourth above in...

Don’t worry; I’d never heard of Howard Karp either. After thoroughly enjoying this wonderful collection of great solo piano music, played with tremendous flair and joy,...

Hidden treasure indeed! Violist or not, nearly every listener is bound to find something in this program to treasure, and who, besides possibly a few violists,...

War is a persistent fact of life-historians have counted 14,400 conflicts across the ages-but not many musical masterpieces have been written about it. Music exists to...

Elīna Garanča is a Latvian mezzo-soprano with a major international career, and conductor Chichon is married to her, so we are assured of true unity of...

One need do no more than listen to this excellent 16-voice chorus for a few minutes to accurately surmise that its director, Jamie Hitel, hails from...

Harmonia Sacra is a relatively new ensemble which sounds as if its members have all recently survived service as choral scholars in various Oxbridge college choirs....

Music from the 11th-century Winchester Troper has been recorded before, but this program focuses on Easter Sunday in April 1043, when King Edward (St. Edward the...

Where the music of the troubadours is concerned, there are a series of concerns that performers are faced with. Was the music meant to be accompanied...


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