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13 interviews, and over 500 reviews of classical CDs, SACDs, DVDs, Blu-rays, and downloads in this 608-page issue!

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The fascinating possibilities of Paganini’s 24th Caprice are given a contemporary twist by seven composers, each commissioned by pianist Christopher McKiggan to take up where Rachmaninoff,...

This release gets four gold stars: one for Portland, Maine-born composer James Woodman (b. 1957), one for organist Erik Simmons, one for the Marcussen organ at...


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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...

Originally from Costa Rica, Guido Sánchez-Portuguez won the Prize for Best Performance of the Compulsory Work at the JoAnn Falletta International Guitar Concerto Competition in 2008....

Messiaen is one of those composers who regularly crosses the line between nearly naïve simplicity and staggering complexity. I mean no disrespect to him or to...

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...


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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...

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...

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....

Composer and organist James Woodman was born in Portland, Maine in 1957. Educated at Phillips Exeter Academy, Princeton University, and the New England Conservatory, he has...

I seem to have a penchant for interviewing multitalented and multifaceted musicians (or at least my editor seems inclined to send these kinds of people my...

Exactly one year ago, in issue 35:6, I reviewed a disc of cello works by Leopold van der Pals (1884–1966), a composer so obscure that not...

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