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This recording, taken from live performances of August 2008 when the opera was new, is the world premiere recording of Peter Eötvös’s Love and Other Demons,...

To celebrate its 50th birthday, the Argovia Philharmonic (formerly the Aargau Symphony Orchestra) put on a gala featuring the work of five composers associated with the...

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This recording presents an inexplicable rarity: a collection of all—with one exception—of Mahler’s settings for piano and voice of the German folk poems collected in Achim...

Johann Sebastian Bach’s music for lute has been something of a question mark. It is known that one of his friends was Silvius Leopold Weiss, and...

Available from k8trills.com Kate Prestia-Schaub is known for her virtuosity on both flute and piccolo. On this disc she plays contemporary music for solo piccolo, some...

Volume 56 of Naïve’s series Tesori del Piemonte constitutes the first volume of Antonio Vivaldi’s double violin concertos in The Vivaldi Edition . Recorded in January...

To celebrate its 50th birthday, the Argovia Philharmonic (formerly the Aargau Symphony Orchestra) put on a gala featuring the work of five composers associated with the...

This book is about bands, in particular, American bands. Not brass bands, not marching bands, not student bands, but professional concert bands, often touring, numbering 40...

This year, the Royal Opera House at Covent Garden has provided us with a video Tosca for the ages. With a dream cast of Angela Gheorghiu,...

In the 20-plus years that I have been contributing to this publication, I’ve noticed a huge sea change. When I started, Fanfare’s emphasis seemed to be...

I have been arguing with a friend of mine that great opera performances are not singer-driven, meaning that although I want to hear good voices that...

Pierrequin de Thérache (c.1470–1528) spent his career at the court of Lorraine in Nancy from 1492, serving from 1500 to 1527 as master of the choirboys....

This recording, taken from live performances of August 2008 when the opera was new, is the world premiere recording of Peter Eötvös’s Love and Other Demons,...

This recording presents an inexplicable rarity: a collection of all—with one exception—of Mahler’s settings for piano and voice of the German folk poems collected in Achim...

Available at Amazon.com or at voice-talk.net This remarkable book, with an introduction by New York voice teacher Daniel James Shigo, makes available for general use and...

In this study, Barbara L. Kelly takes on what she sees as the current, and often incorrect, presentation of French music in the interwar period, a...

This album was previously released in 1987 on the Who’s Who in Jazz label, then by the Jazz Hour label in 1992—and once again, as is...

Whatever my caveats about West Wind’s jazz releases (see my review of The Art of the Saxophone elsewhere in this issue), there’s no question that this...

A film by Bruno Le Jean I really wanted to like this film. I’ve been a fan of gypsy swing for many years, and the various...

There is no denying that Newton Classics is offering, in this two-CD set of music for double bass and orchestra, repertoire that is under-served in the...

Evgenia-Maria Popova was one of the last pupils of famed violinist Leonid Kogan (1924–1982) while Dimitar Penkov is considered one of Bulgaria’s finest string players, winning...

Austrian violinist and conductor Thomas Zehetmair formed the Zehetmair Quartet in 1994. The members usually learn one new program per year and perform all works from...

Available from k8trills.com Kate Prestia-Schaub is known for her virtuosity on both flute and piccolo. On this disc she plays contemporary music for solo piccolo, some...

In 2011 and 2012 cellist Rhonda Rider was artist in residence at the Grand Canyon National Park. For her project, she invited 10 renowned composers to...

Jean Danton is a classically trained soprano who can also put a show tune across the footlights in fine style. Her diction is truly magnificent and...

What a strange conglomeration of a disc this is, starting and finishing with very “serious” song cycles by Britten and Liszt, in between turning into an...

Back in 2009, J. F. Weber reviewed the first volume in this series ( Fanfare 33:2). Browne, Lambe, Davy, and Cornysh were also featured; only Fawkyner...

Inspired by engagement with the natural world, this disc presents song cycles or individual songs celebrating this most precious of links. It is also intended to...

These are the first two of three records of conductus that are part of a project at the University of Southampton. Subtitled Music and Poetry from...

Fires of Love is a Scottish quartet of performers that focuses its efforts on the late Renaissance and early Baroque. Its musicians supply two vocalists—soprano and...

Even allowing for the usual amount of hyperbole attached to the marketing of art, the use of the epithet “masters” to describe this particular group of...