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There’s a nostalgic meeting point between folk culture and classical music in Germany, where you can find the jolly villagers in Weber’s Der Freischütz , the...

I was surprised to find the unfamiliar name of Giovanni Ghizzolo (c. 1580–1625) in the Fanfare Archive for a motet that was included in a miscellaneous...

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Bavouzet’s broad range as a pianist is now generally accepted. He made his first real splash in the music of Debussy, with other French composers such...

This disc came as something of a surprise. Two surprises, really, because I had always associated Suzanne Danco (1911–2000) with the Franco-Italian opera repertory, though Andrew...

Anders Koppel (b. 1947), son of the composer and pianist Herman D. Koppel (1908–1998) and father to the saxophonist Benjamin Koppel (b. 1974), is a musician...

I first came in contact with Fritz Reiner’s Bach in 1979, when my Harvard roommate—Leonard Bernstein’s godson—showed up with one of the LPs of the 1949...

Camerata Nordica is a string chamber orchestra, varying between 15 and 20 musicians depending on repertoire, that plays standing up and without a conductor. Although the...

This enterprising disc of new music is impeccably and beautifully presented, the gatefold cover enclosing detailed notes on the pieces, composers, and performers. It shouts out...

In over 10 years of preparing annual Want Lists, I can’t think of a year that has been more exasperating than this one. My five allowed...

Szell recorded both of these works more than once, and those recordings are highly regarded. Indeed, collectors particularly value a Concertgebouw Dvořák Eighth Symphony of his....

Gardiner once described Monteverdi as the “Shakespeare of music.” There is something oddly Shakespearean about the vespers, for sure: The chatty vocal exchanges, the grandly ironic...

There’s a nostalgic meeting point between folk culture and classical music in Germany, where you can find the jolly villagers in Weber’s Der Freischütz , the...

I was surprised to find the unfamiliar name of Giovanni Ghizzolo (c. 1580–1625) in the Fanfare Archive for a motet that was included in a miscellaneous...

When Hyperion reissued its groundbreaking 40-CD series of Schubert’s complete Lieder and part-songs as a boxed set in 2005, considerable regret and even annoyance was expressed...

Robert Watt was the first African-American horn player to win a position in a major American orchestra. In 1970, at the age of 22, he was...

By the time he gave it up, in 1974, clarinetist Buddy DeFranco had led the Glenn Miller Orchestra for eight years, longer than Glenn Miller did...

Jazzhaus has built up quite an interesting and wide-ranging catalog of recordings based on European (and primarily German) radio recordings and live performances over the past...

No label in the half century, since Decca brought us music of Vaughan Williams, Bliss, and Britten in the 1950s and 60s, has done more for...

I hope that the disc title did not cause anyone immediately to bypass this review as concerning an item of little or no interest, for this...

These recordings date back to 1993 (Mendelssohn and Shostakovich) and 1996 (Tchaikovsky and Arensky). The former was released on the budget Discover label (remember that?) and...

Regular readers of this publication are bound to know that I’m not generally receptive to programs of works transcribed for settings other than those for which...

On this disc, Australian guitarist Bradley Kunda plays a variety of music from five very different composers. He has a refined technique and the ability to...

The engaging and accomplished pianist Charisse Baldoria tells us that the themes of this recital are memory, passion, and imagination. The memory is of the three...

Marie-Eve Munger is a young French-Canadian soprano whose debut recording, Colorature , wins points for its resourceful programming. The program is tied together by the inclusion...

Despite formidable competition (Léopold Simoneau, Nicolai Gedda, and Alfredo Kraus, among others), Alain Vanzo (1928–2002) is my favorite among post-war lyric tenors in French repertoire. Vanzo’s...

I don’t recall any disc containing six settings of the same text, in this case the Medieval sequence Stabat mater . I once wrote an article...

Thematically, this CD might seem like a downer, with all this imploring for mercy and crying out to the Lord from the depths. Still, there’s a...

As noted in the previous issue, we have come to the end of the line with Schola Hungarica, a choral group of men, women, and children...

Some time back I reviewed the first release by Paul Leenhouts and his Royal Wind Music (Lindoro 712; Fanfare 30:5). It featured an ensemble of 14...


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