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Gaspard Fritz (1716–1783) studied the violin with Giovanni Battista Somis and therefore stood at one remove from Arcangelo Corelli himself, as did his more famous fellow...

I was excited, a few years ago, to become acquainted with this pianist’s work on CD. Beethoven, Schubert, Schumann, and Brahms are his bread and butter,...

Recent Music Reviews

Sometimes it’s interesting to compare and contrast pianists with different approaches to music, and this was the case for me. I came to Sophia Agranovich’s recital...

The Young Ukrainian pianist Alexej Gorlatch plays Beethoven with an exquisite level of tonal finish and technical polish. I would hasten to add that this digital...

Has concert programming improved since the so-called Golden Age? I was wondering this when confronted with this interesting but truly lopsided concert from the 1962 Salzburg...

Music’s obscure byways ought to be exhausted by now, yet releases such as this keep appearing and reigniting the excitement of new discovery. These three piano...

If you love ragtime for its “joy, energy, and jaunty bounce,” to borrow Brian Dykstra’s words, your enthusiasm probably began where his did, with the groundbreaking...

John Purser (b. 1942) is a Scottish composer, cellist, and musicologist who lives on the island of Skye and works for the Gaelic College—Sabhal Mòr Ostaig...

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...

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...

Collectors have long known these performances, which have been available over many years on many different labels. In all cases, even BMG’s Melodiya series, the sound...

Gaspard Fritz (1716–1783) studied the violin with Giovanni Battista Somis and therefore stood at one remove from Arcangelo Corelli himself, as did his more famous fellow...

I was excited, a few years ago, to become acquainted with this pianist’s work on CD. Beethoven, Schubert, Schumann, and Brahms are his bread and butter,...

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...

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...

My admiration for the violinist, film maker, polyglot, and groupie, I thought, knew no bounds, but I’ve never once felt that what we really need in...

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...

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...

“First Italian cellist-composers” is pushing matters just a bit, given that, as Elinor Frey mentions, her recording spans roughly 75 years of music. It concludes with...

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 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...

For the first disc, Harry Christophers writes of returning to “our grass roots,” the Tudor era. The program introduces three composers whose lives encompass the entire...

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...