Issue 38:2
Nov/Dec 2014
Magazine Contents

Feature Articles

Strat Andriotis is a Canadian composer and guitarist who has worked in many different types of music. These days, he is composing chamber music with an...

It’s difficult to know what to make of this album, entitled Liars Incorporated . Strat Adriotis (stratmusic.net) is a classically trained musician who has issued a...

Outstanding jazz talent can sometimes appear in unexpected places, and for me the discovery of pianist Bunny Beck was one of those. Her online resumé is...

This new CD from jazz pianist/composer Bunny Beck is a pleasant sequel to Sound Tapestries . Of the eight tracks, seven are composed by Beck herself...

The Bunny Beck Jazz Ensemble can often be heard playing at corporate functions, conventions, fund-raisers, and large private parties in the New York City area. Beck,...

“Do you really want to know? It took me four years to put together,” the vivacious mezzo laughs. “It was a very difficult project.” Difficult, perhaps,...

Semiramis, or Semiramide as rendered in Italian, was at least in part a legendary female ruler of the ancient Assyrian Empire. That there was an actual...

I caught up with Jonathan Cohler—clarinetist, conductor, teacher, and record-company executive—at the International Clarinet Association’s ClarinetFest 2014 in Baton Rouge, where he appeared as an invited...

Jonathan Cohler, professor of clarinet and chamber music at the Boston Conservatory, plays beautifully put together transcriptions of music by Schumann, Prokofiev, and Guastavino on Ongaku’s...

This recital neatly bisects into a trio of mainstream 20th-century compositions and a group of more recent, ethnically flavored works. Bernstein’s early sonata has become a...

This completely enjoyable collection of works for clarinet and piano falls into the category of light classical. None of this music plumbs any depths, but it...

It’s great to see the Bernstein Clarinet Sonata here. Dating from the early 1940s, it is a gorgeous piece. Some commentators have found echoes of Hindemith...

This is a thoroughly delightful disc, and even more than that a stimulating one too because it will introduce you to some music you are unlikely...

By far one of the most fascinating releases to have come my way for a long time, Michael J. Evans’s CIPHER is a heady, often discombobulating...

The exploration of the interaction of words and music is nothing new, and obviously is the underpinning of the entire world of opera and art song....

A look through the recital and concert schedule of any major music school is a reminder of what a wealth of musical experiences such an environment...

Appropriately titled Voices From the Past, this is a fascinating, valuable, yet frustrating set which includes the first-ever issue of all the surviving field recordings (on...

This is quite an extraordinary release, one which, in concept, may never have been attempted before. Yes, the original field recordings that Bartók and Kodály captured...

Here is one of the most interesting and most valuable CDs ever to come my way. It is also one of the most frustrating. Thirty-two of...

As his split identity suggests, Russian-born and American-émigré Vladimir Dukelsky—better known as Vernon Duke—divided his time and talent composing both classical and popular music, supported and...

This interesting disc is devoted to the lesser-known alter ego of Vernon Duke, Vladimir Dukelsky, the birth name under which he wrote his classical compositions. Playing...

This CD is titled Beyond Vernon Duke because the compositions heard here are all by his alter ego, classical composer Vladimir Dukelsky, which was his real...

These two volumes represent the culmination of a long association between composer Eric Whitacre and the Brigham Young University choral groups and their principal conductor Ronald...

I was trying to remember the last time we saw each other in person. It must have been at one of the International Double Reed Society...

Surrounded by most original and eye-catching orange, brown, and blue packaging, harpsichordist Elaine Funaro’s new Christmas record brings the listener a variety of old and new...

My first encounter with the music of Jorge Grundman came as a result of an interview in Fanfare 35:5 of a CD entitled “God’s Sketches” written...

A fascinating interview with composer Jorge Grundman (born 1961) in Fanfare 35:5 quotes the composer’s astonishingly modest statement “I would like to humbly say I am...

According to the composer’s addendum to the program notes on this album, Jorge Grundman has “always wondered why, during Holy Week, so many works are programmed...

The more music by Jorge Grundman (b. 1961) that I hear, the more I feel recognition of a unique voice, despite the fact that as he...

I’m talking today with countertenor Charles Humphries. Together with his group Kontrabande, he has just released an album of Bach cantatas and instrumental works. You are...

There seems to be two ways to perform successfully cantatas by Johann Sebastian Bach; either one applies a rough-and-tumble energy of the sort that began back...

One tends to approach a CD on an unknown label cautiously. Why wasn’t it recorded by a major label? Well, there’s a lot of talent out...

One of the most sheerly attractive CDs I’ve ever encountered was Låtar (Tunes), a collection of Swedish folk dances played on the nyckelharpa, the keyed folk...

This may seem like an odd place to begin an interview, but in chatting with Michael Kevin Jones, he expressed a strong desire to talk about...

These recordings by cellist Michael Kevin Jones and guitarist Agustín Maruri, particularly Don Quijote y Dulcinea and Evocaciones de España , reveal a warm, open, spacious...

Most musical scholars think that Bach wrote his cello suites between 1717 and 1723, when he was the Kapellmeister for Prince Leopold von Anhalt-Köthen. Köthen is...

Evocations of Spain is the new recording by Spanish guitarist Agustín Maruri and British cellist Michael Kevin Jones. Originally, their first selection, Aranjuez ma Pensée

On this disc British cellist Michael Kevin Jones and Spanish guitarist Agustín Maruri present compositions by these lesser-known composers: Erik Marchelie, Ferdinand Rebay, Hans Maria Anton...

Kory Katseanes is the conductor of a live performance of the Mahler Third Symphony that stands out from the crowd—not only for the youthfulness of the...

As a stopgap against the virulent anti-Semitism in Vienna, Mahler converted to Christianity, albeit with a laissez-faire attitude (he’s quoted as saying that he “changed his...

Conductor Kory Katseanes and the Brigham Young University Philharmonic are not names that are known to a great many classical music lovers, even though Katseanes has...

Let’s begin by clarifying what we have on this disc. Between 1823 and 1824, the 14-year-old Mendelssohn composed two concertos for two pianos, the one in...

“I had gotten stuck in only one gear . . . PERFECTION and perfection only!” Seunghee Lee remembers. “I believed that perfection alone equaled success. I...

Seunghee Lee’s new album, Hidden Treasures , contains a few instrumental pieces and a great many operatic arias arranged for clarinet and piano. I’m not sure...

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