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Joel Fan is one of those pianists who seem to have the technical ability and the intellectual breadth to play just about anything they want. His career to date...

I always laugh when a CD comes with a lecture on how we are “supposed” to listen to older music. That is the case with this...

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This is indeed a strange, unexpected coupling of Russian symphonies—I wonder if anyone has ever programmed them together, in concert or on disc, previously. And yet,...

Iskander Zakirov is a native of Tashkent, Uzbekistan. He began his musical education at the age of five, and at six entered the Uspensky Music Lyceum...

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,” ...

What an odd release this is! First, its physical layout is unmanageable for most collectors: two discs laid out vertically on top of each other in...

Joel Fan is one of those pianists who seem to have the technical ability and the intellectual breadth to play just about anything they want. His career to date...

Iskander Zakirov is a native of Tashkent, Uzbekistan. He began his musical education at the age of five, and at six entered the Uspensky Music Lyceum...

I enjoyed Michael Antonello’s traversal of Bach’s violin concertos as much as any CD this year. Antonello’s playing features a wonderful blend of strength and tenderness,...

Last year, few releases turned up regularly for listening in my household, once they were reviewed. The reverse holds true over the last 12 months. Compiling...

This remarkable recording of Gurrelieder was made in October 1953 for the Haydn Society (!) and funded by pianist Paul Jacobs, who was an avid fan...

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,...

This is indeed a strange, unexpected coupling of Russian symphonies—I wonder if anyone has ever programmed them together, in concert or on disc, previously. And yet,...

What an odd release this is! First, its physical layout is unmanageable for most collectors: two discs laid out vertically on top of each other in...

I think I can claim to be reasonably well-enough travelled in Scandinavian music to be embarrassed by having to admit I had never heard of Ludvig...

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 is a disc of straightahead, mainstream jazz by trumpeter Bergalli and pianist Navarro, two older statesmen of the music. Bergalli plays somewhat in the style...

In his the first modern autobiography and still the most profound, Jean Jacques Rousseau laments the slowness with which his ideas are formed, and finally his...

We get to stamp our passports along with Zino Francescatti as he tours Europe between 1946 and 1961, giving a recital in Besançon (1958) and another...

Arturo Toscanini didn’t record much Russian music: a few works by Tchaikovsky, including the “Pathetique” Symphony, and a work each by Stravinsky, Liadov, Prokofiev, Shostakovich, and...

The Kaleidos Duo’s recital of music, by Italian composers who hadn’t fully embraced what now again seem like the experimental techniques of the Second Viennese School,...

The “original music for violin and guitar” in the program assembled by violinist Gilles Colliard and guitarist Augustín Maruri all comes from early 19th century, and...

The subtitle of this disc is “Harpsichords in pre-Revolutionary Paris,” which of course serves as a rationale for the use by harpsichordist Giulia Nuti of a...

These four British 20th-century composers may not be widely known, but they should be familiar to anyone who has perused the Lyrita and Chandos catalogs. Lyrita...

I always laugh when a CD comes with a lecture on how we are “supposed” to listen to older music. That is the case with this...

There are many Jussi Björling recital discs available, and given the unique beauty of his singing it would be foolish to recommend one (or, in this...

Nino Albarosa, a student of Dom Eugène Cardine, is one of the founders of the International Association for Gregorian Chant Studies (AISCGre) and currently president of...

This is an extremely well-thought-out collection, performed with skill and sensitivity by this German vocal ensemble, with friends. Copland, Barber, and Bernstein occupy one wing, as...

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...

Captain Tobias Hume (c. 1569–1645) has drawn a fair amount of attention lately from gambists, ensembles, and record companies. This is in part because of his...