Issue 37:4
Mar/Apr 2014
Magazine Contents

Feature Articles

It’s always a bit difficult for a reviewer, or interviewer, to get a handle on a composer who has been around for several decades and has...

The informative program notes of the present CD let us in on a little secret: Even pupils of uncompromising Modernists such as Milton Babbitt can engage...

This is fascinating. Composer Frank Brickle takes, in the first instance, an Occitan poem “Farai un vers” (from which the piece takes its title) and invents...

You may not have heard of Taiwanese-American pianist Weiyin Chen, for she is a relative newcomer on the scene, having just released her first commercial solo...

Unlike many who are interviewed in these pages, the conductor Barry Kolman does not claim to come from a long line of musicians. His sister once...

Barry Kolman describes his useful, well-written book as: “a real easy way for anyone to learn to read and write music.” While I don’t agree that...

The overabundance of books, articles, and writings about the fundamentals of music theory makes the information available to every curious human being, musician or not. Payne-Kostka,...

At the time of the original release of this CD in 1998, the only worthwhile substantial music available from these two major Max Steiner scores was...

To start off on a positive note, conductor Barry Kolman really understands what Max Steiner’s music is all about, and he conducts it with spirit and...

Robert Kyr was born in Ohio in 1952, and his life since has taken him throughout the world in a dizzying array of musical activities. Educated...

This is my first exposure to the music of Robert Kyr (born 1952). I hope it not to be my last. The idea of a pan-religious...

I enjoyed the rare opportunity of interviewing one of the leading musicians of our time. Denis Levaillant is a veritable renaissance man, a great composer, a...

Born 1952 in Paris, Denis Levaillant began studying classical music before veering off to experiment with a variety of genres and electronic techniques. His versatile musicianship...

Susan Merdinger received her formal education at Yale University, the Yale School of Music, the Manhattan School of Music, the Westchester Conservatory of Music, and the...

Available at CD Baby, CD Universe, and Allmusic.com Available at CD Baby, CD Universe and susanmerdinger.org Susan Merdinger is a native New Yorker now residing in...

Available at CD Baby, CD Universe, and Allmusic.com Available at CD Baby, CD Universe and susanmerdinger.org The Chicago-based pianist Susan Merdinger’s 2011–12 performances of Schumann’s

Fr. Ivan Moody is an English composer who, like his onetime teacher John Tavener, is a convert to Eastern Orthodoxy and particularly noted for compositions either...

Probably because I had not thought about it, it had never occurred to me that there would be a thriving Orthodox Church in Finland, little less...

*Vladimir Horowitz Life is a mystery, but there are those among us whose intellects compel them to attempt a reasoned explanation of the inexplicable: we call...

This well-planned recital begins with a substantial slab of solo piano. The Liszt is given an impassioned performance by Senyshyn, who has a similarly impressive, mainly...

Pianist Yaroslav Senyshyn and flutist Susan O’Neill Senyshyn recorded Reflections & Relationships at a live concert, and the enthusiasm of the audience is part of the...

Kicking off with the G-Major Prelude from op. 32, and therefore setting forth a most reflective profile, Canadian pianist Yaroslav Senyshyn then confirms his script is...

You are not likely to have heard or heard of Toronto-born pianist and aesthetician Yaroslav Senyshyn, for according to his bio, “he is a highly reclusive...

One of the least known of the musical traditions behind the former Iron Curtain is that of Bulgaria. Most listeners could name impressive numbers of 20th-century...

The Grand Piano label continues to uncover gems of the piano repertoire. Here it is the music of Bulgarian composer Dimitar Nenov (1901–1953). Nenov left Bulgaria...

Dimitar Nenov (1901–1953) was a wide-ranging Bulgarian musician. Reportedly a first-rate pianist (he studied with Petri), he was also a teacher (at Sofia’s State Academy of...

Dimitar Nenov was a Bulgarian composer who lived from 1901 to 1953. The pianist for this recording writes in his fine, insightful notes that Nenov was...

Nikolay Andreyevich Roslavets (1880–1944) is pretty much terra incognito to me. Granted, I’ve heard some of his music—a Teldec CD containing three of Roslavets’s piano trios...

What would you do if life’s cruel vicissitudes stripped you of your several careers as artist, model maker, writer, musician and, to top it all, robbed...

Most people remember their successes and keep mementos to remind themselves of their triumphs, but not Thomas Wictor. In Ghosts and Ballyhoo he memorializes what he...

Most of us have found ourselves sitting next to a stranger on a transcontinental flight, or a similar situation. Do you ignore the stranger, or politely...

Marc Wolf is a guitarist and composer, but it’s his role as the cofounder of record label furious artisans that brought him to Fanfare ’s notice....

Intriguing that the same piece by Frank Brickle crops up twice in the same issue of Fanfare , first on an all-Brickle disc ( Ab Nou...

Le Cirque is a concert of late-20th and early-21st-century music played by guitarists William Anderson and Oren Fader, known as the Anderson-Fader Duo. After a pleasant...

This CD seems to be a sequel to the all-Frank Brickle disc I review above. The performers here, William Anderson and Oren Fader, are members of...

If one composer stands at the forefront of Greek Orthodox music in America, it would likely be Dr. Tikey Zes. At 86, the choral director, composer,...

Elsewhere in the current edition of Fanfare , I reviewed another disc by Capella Romana, which also included music by Robert Kyr. Here they are again,...