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It hasn’t been that long ( Fanfare 37:4, actually) since I reviewed an earlier disc in this series, one containing the 20th and 27th concertos. I...

The mature Mozart piano concertos are, for me, the eternal apex of the format. From the Concerto No. 9 to the glorious final 27th, no two...

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This is an embarrassing way to begin a review, but I’m honestly not sure whether this is Yoon-Hee Kim’s debut album, or if one of the...

This is not Ingrid Fliter’s debut album, but it does appear to be her Fanfare debut, for I find no prior entries for her in the...

My feelings about this release are many and complicated. It is the last in the long-running Opera in English series made and compiled by Chandos, as...

One never knows what to expect from Gergiev, but even given that unpredictability this seems unusually disappointing. The total timing might lead you to believe that...

Chamorel, who wrote his own liner notes, says that “The Concerto No. 2 … is structured in a surprisingly similar fashion to that of op. 25,” ...

From whatever vantage point you wish to judge it, this recital by then-81-year-old Lowenthal is simply astounding, and not just because of his impeccable technical control....

In the record companies’ zeal to unearth music by Jewish composers who were hounded by the Nazis, Erwin (or Ervin) Schulhoff was one of those revived,...

Although this set was released over two years ago, it only came to my attention more recently (and via a pirate clone on the Documents label...

It hasn’t been that long ( Fanfare 37:4, actually) since I reviewed an earlier disc in this series, one containing the 20th and 27th concertos. I...

The mature Mozart piano concertos are, for me, the eternal apex of the format. From the Concerto No. 9 to the glorious final 27th, no two...

One “s” or two? It’s rather like the case of Robert Casadesus who, when asked how he pronounced his name, is said to have replied that...

This book is a rich, deep cultural and political history of Jews in central Europe, from about 1815 to the 1960s. Although centered about composers and...

This is one of those very typical “girl singer with jazz group” LPs that came out by the dozens during the 1950s. Helen Carr, who tragically...

This overblown and pretentious set is grandiosely titled Flying Under the Radar: The World of Robert Ackerman, Box 2. The liner notes indicate that Bob Ackerman,...

My previous experience in reviewing recordings by David Bernard and the Park Avenue Chamber Symphony has conditioned me to expect excellent results from them, and this...

Written between 1888 and 1934, these eight concert overtures represent a cross-section of a fascinating genre, ranging from light-hearted children’s works to highly charged scenarios from...

I like great sound quality in a recording as much as the next guy, but when it comes down to sound or performance, I always value...

This new album from Duo Gazzana appears to be a labor of love on behalf of Walton’s Toccata for violin and piano. It’s an early work,...

Giovanni Guglielmo’s and the Orchestra Barocca Andrea Palladio’s compilation of works written by Giuseppe Tartini and members of his School of Nations begins with one of...

It is claimed that the Martucci is receiving its first commercial recording here, and I assume that the three contributions—very much in a Lisztian/Thalbergian style, by...

Here, almost directly on the heels of the first volume, comes the second of the Conversationi , those Arcadian Academy concerts that were performed in the...

To say that this collection is a delight is to understate the case. On the first disc, containing arias from operas and operettas and formally composed...

This release is a follow-up to the Anonymous 4’s 1994 Love’s Illusion (Harmonia Mundi 907109). That disc drew from the Montpellier Codex, focusing entirely on motets...

This program of 19 chants consists of the Mass for Easter with a few Office chants, all sung according to the Sarum use, the variant version...

Not to throw cold water on this program’s theme—the Council of Constance (1414–1418) that ended the Three Popes Controversy, executed Jan Hus (after first requesting his...

The subtitle refers to “the end of the 1500s,” the time we know as the transition from Renaissance to Baroque, when madrigals (and similar songs bearing...