Issue 38:5
May/June 2015
Magazine Contents

Feature Articles

It started with Farmer Gray . Cartoons, that is. In 1949 I was eight years old, living in the Bronx with my parents and Dan, my...

When I reviewed Sophia Agranovich’s album of music by Beethoven (the “Appassionata” Sonata) and Chopin (the Fantaisie and the Sonata No. 3), I mentioned, after citing...

Back in 35:4, I had an opportunity to interview Sophia Agranovich and to review her recital disc Romantic Virtuoso Masterpieces . The program of Beethoven, Chopin,...

Sophia Agranovich is a bold, daring pianist in the tradition of the Golden Age Romantics. Her playing is full of lavish gestures and she is comfortable...

What interests me most about pianists is when they reach a point of interpretative freedom. The years of technical training are behind them and perhaps decades...

Who would have thought Sigmund Romberg’s lush Hollywood serenade Desert Song might have anything in common with Bert Kalmar and Harry Ruby’s Tin Pan Alley sendup...

There is a fascinating idea behind this disc: an exploration of how the West has interpreted the East, and the West’s attitudes and misconceptions. The booklet...

This is a “theme” album, and a most unusual one at that. So, before proceeding with an inventory of what’s on the disc—a detailed listing of...

A year and a half has passed since I last interviewed Kenneth Fuchs for Fanfare ’s September/October 2013 (37:1) issue. Since then, conductor JoAnn Falletta, who...

In an interview with Jerry Dubins in Fanfare 37:1, composer Kenneth Fuchs refers to the frequency with which he has returned to the written word for...

The thematic connection between Falling Canons and Falling Trio —recorded on a previous Naxos American Classics disc of Kenneth Fuch’s chamber music—and the song cycle

Back in 37:1, I reviewed a pair of CDs containing Kenneth Fuchs’s strings quartets and other chamber music, and gave them a very positive review, so...

Dr. Corey Hamm, associate professor of piano and chamber music at the University of British Columbia (UBC) in Vancouver, leads an extremely busy professional life. In...

There is a particular grittiness that accompanies this recording, perhaps because the length of time Edmonton-born Canadian pianist Corey Hamm has spent studying this score. The...

Elsewhere in this issue I write about Corey Hamm’s musical partnership with erhu virtuosa Nicole Ge Li, and their “Piano and Erhu Project,” or “PEP” for...

A few years back (2010, Fanfare 33:6 to be specific) in a review of this same music performed by Kai Schumacher, I mused about how one...

The Nu:BC Collective is comprised of three musicians—flutist and alto flutist Paolo Bortolussi, cellist Eric Wilson, and pianist Corey Hamm—who are joined on this disc by...

This is my third review, in this issue, to involve pianist Corey Hamm, who is a founding member of the Vancouver-based The Nu:BC Collective, a new...

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...

This unusual disc is marked as Vol. 1 of what is apparently going to be a series of recordings featuring the combination of piano and erhu,...

PEP, or the “Piano and Erhu Project” originated with the two performers on this CD, who have commissioned music for that combination of instruments from over...

I was delighted to hear that I would be interviewing Jai Jeffreyes, as his disc Hayner Resounding (review below) is both impressive and delightful. Before we...

This young American pianist brings a gentle poetry to his playing. For starters, he seems truly to embrace Schubert’s tempo direction for the first movement of...

There is so much to enjoy here. Jai Jeffryes is clearly one of those pianists constitutionally incapable of unmusical playing. He lavishes the utmost care on...

Dividing a CD between two composers as divergent as Schubert and Debussy gives the impression of a recital program, which is what Jeffryes is aiming at....

Soprano Maria Knapik has recently embraced a new artistic mission. With the release of her and pianist Michel Brousseau’s new recording, Pieśni: Chopin’s Melodies, Opus 74...

It takes no special insight to say that Chopin’s songs are the least explored area of his output, for, together with fewer than a dozen chamber...

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