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Available as a download from iTunes and ClassicsOnline In this Brave New World of “indy” labels, downloads, and FLACs, a great number of musicians who might...

These two discs present the complete vocal works of Joan Baptista Cabanilles (1644–1712), who at the age of 21 became organist at the Valencia cathedral, where...

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Estonian pianist Vardo Rumessen has taken an unusual approach to putting together a program of solo piano works by Brahms. A selection from the three sets...

One of the perks of being asked to write interviews for Fanfare is that you are often introduced to composers and musicians with whom you were...

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,...

These highly unorthodox readings of Haydn quartets, including as a bonus disc his op. 51 ( Seven Last Words of Our Savior ), represent to my...

One of the perks of being asked to write interviews for Fanfare is that you are often introduced to composers and musicians with whom you were...

Fanfare readers have met Barbara Harbach in interviews by Robert Schulslaper in 33:3 and Colin Clarke in 35:6. In the latter issue, I also reviewed three...

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...

These two discs present the complete vocal works of Joan Baptista Cabanilles (1644–1712), who at the age of 21 became organist at the Valencia cathedral, where...

Estonian pianist Vardo Rumessen has taken an unusual approach to putting together a program of solo piano works by Brahms. A selection from the three sets...

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...

The echoes of the Britten centenary are still with us. This frequently interesting, but occasionally disappointing, collection of 12 essays wants to look anew at Britten’s...

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,...

I talked to pianist Vijay Iyer at the tail end of March after a long day for both of us. We met in the Cambridge apartment...

Available as a download from iTunes and ClassicsOnline In this Brave New World of “indy” labels, downloads, and FLACs, a great number of musicians who might...

Thomas Beecham, the saying used to go in London, conducted “red hot.” But Victor de Sabata was “white hot.” I thought of this as I listened...

This is a lovely and stylish recording. The four French saxophonists who make up the Ellipsos Quartet are each virtuosos. They blend together beautifully with great...

Massimo Martusciello has been the principal bassoonist of the Abruzzese Symphony Orchestra since 1989. Gennaro Spezza, principal clarinetist from that same year, left 10 years ago...

An interesting program, this. Bookended by the two Brahms sonatas we have music of three Austrians, Alban Berg and two living composers; despite having been written...

It’s become a commonplace programming tool to gently introduce contemporary music to unwilling or unknowing audiences by blending it with standard fare. And it’s obvious that...

From Plowright’s self-written liner notes: “My husband Tony said, ‘You know, you have been singing for almost 40 years now and you have never made a...

My first encounter with soprano Roberta Invernizzi was on a Glossa compilation of Italian Baroque music, made about 12 years ago, that was generally a feature...

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...

This is a well-conceived reissue of three related recordings of music of the Ars Subtilior, that mannerist period between the Medieval (the death of Machaut) and...

Denis Raisin Dadre decided to celebrate Doulce Mémoire’s 25th anniversary with lighthearted fare drawn from 16th-century French sources. The results are similar to their album excerpting...