Issue 38:3
Jan/Feb 2015
Magazine Contents

Feature Articles

In September I was informed by officials at Naxos of America that they would no longer provide Fanfare with more than one copy of each of...

Valarie and John Anderson have made an impact on the music world in a multitude of areas, most of which revolve to one degree or the...

The slender, piquant, sometimes piercing timbre of the oboe evokes ancient memories of a sound that has existed since the discovery that a split reed can...

This is a delightful CD, with more variety of musical styles and idioms than you might expect. Valarie Anderson is a very musical oboist who can...

This engaging album of (mostly) woodwind music presents four premieres from the Brazilian composer João Guilherme Ripper (b. 1959), whose particular bent is to blend the...

If you believe that all music should challenge or shock, or somehow reflect the turmoil of today’s world, this probably isn’t for you. João Guilherme Ripper...

The first LP devoted entirely to saxophone concertos was issued by DG in 1971, as the notes to this intriguing album inform us, and the soloist...

The three CDs listed above are being grouped together because they obviously have much in common, and it’s not just the record label, Jeanné, which publishes...

Guitarist Rich Barry admits to craving fame. Having worked hard all his life to be the best musician he can be, he’s eager to share his...

Available to download from richbarry.com Rich Barry is a guitarist with an exceptionally beautiful tone. He plays several different guitars on this recording, so it would...

Available to download from richbarry.com I’ll be honest: I requested this disc for review because I’m very fond of the guitar; but these “selfies” are becoming...

You have managed to combine a career as principal trumpet of an important American orchestra, the Albany Symphony Orchestra in New York, with solo and teaching...

A celebration of the trumpet in all its guises, this disc is a joy for brass players. The story behind Jeffrey Homes’s Herald Emeritus Fanfare

It feels like Luisa Buchanan and I are old friends, for this is my fourth time interviewing her. Our past conversations have focused largely on Beethoven,...

I was generally very pleased with Luisa Guembes-Buchanan’s previous album, titled Beethoven in D, thus I was looking forward to hearing her play these Mozart sonatas....

The paradox of Mozart’s piano sonatas is that many can be played by a proficient amateur but pose frustrating difficulties for professionals. In her thoughtful program...

Composer and conductor Stephen Douglas Burton was born in California in 1943, and studied at the conservatories of Oberlin and Peabody. He also worked with Hans...

After class at Boston University, where both were members of Robert Lowell’s poetry writing seminar, two future Pulitzer Prize winners would repair to the bar of...

Stephen Douglas Burton has given himself a formidable task in setting the later poetry of Sylvia Plath. This is poetry from the era before Prozac, when...

Sylvia Plath was as disturbing as any American writer has ever been, drawing pictures of grotesque pain as stark as the photos of Diane Arbus, clutching...

According to his online bio, Swiss pianist Christian Chamorel, born in 1979, studied at the conservatories of Lausanne (graduating from Christian Favre's class at age 17),...

As often as this seems to happen, it’s still kind of freaky when it does. No sooner do I finish reviewing a new release than another...

There is at work here a concept new to me. Two discs for the price of one, one of which is engineered for your stereo system,...

A first hearing of Michael Ching’s operatic treatment of Shakespeare’s A Midsummer Night’s Dream , performed by Opera Memphis in a new Albany recording, can come...

Michael Ching has written several traditional operas, including: Buoso’s Ghost in1996, Corps of Discovery in 2003, Slaying the Dragon in 2012, and Speed Dating Tonight

This is crazy, and utterly amazing. Michael Ching has taken Shakespeare’s original text and set it for voices that also double as “voicestra.” The designation of...

Born in Leeds, Andrew Clark now lives in Rotterdam, where he leads an active life as an accompanist, chamber musician, and composer. I asked him to...

Available at piano-appassionato.nl Dutch composer Herman Groenewegen (b. 1960) began studying flute at the age of eight. In piano and composition, however, he is self-taught. The...

Available at piano-appassionato.nl To the logical mind, a prelude should come before something else ( Prelude to a Kiss at the movies, prelude to a mighty...

Fanfare readers have met Michael Dalmau Colina in interviews that I did with him in 35:2 and 36:4, so in the present feature, I have attempted...

I enjoyed a disc of Michael Colina’s music I reviewed in Fanfare 36:4 (it included the orchestral piece Baba Yaga , and was conducted by the...

Composer Michael Colina defines Requinauts, which is subtitled Return to Spirit, as a work that presents “a more compassionate view of grief, loss and solace” than...

The very top of the front cover of the October 2014 issue of Opera News announces “The Lone Star State Opera Boom.” Farther down, in even...

“God is a circle….He is the wheel on which we circle to our death.” So philosophizes the 17th-century Mexican poet Sor Juana Inés de la Cruz...

With Blood, With Ink is composer Daniel Crozier and librettist Peter M. Krask’s opera about the late 17th-century nun Sor (Sister) Juana Inés de la Cruz,...

This, Daniel Crozier’s second opera, is a major achievement (the first, The Reunion , was written on an ASCAP Foundation Young Composer’s Grant, an indication of...

Colombian pianist/composer Roberto McCausland Dieppa plays the classics-he's toured extensively, to critical acclaim-but also loves jazz, popular, and folk music (especially the Colombian variety). He founded...

Colombian pianist Roberto McCausland Dieppa, to judge from the cover and insert photos, likes to emphasize his odd appearance by wearing rounded glasses à la

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