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21 interviews, and over 525 reviews of classical CDs, SACDs, DVDs, Blu-rays, and downloads in this 640-page issue!

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The Metropolitan Opera has been smarting from the critical drubbing it endured for the Robert Lepage Ring cycle, introduced in 2010, so it’s gratifying to note...

Those sensational Singaporeans have done it again—turned in a recording of unfamiliar material with all the verve, panache, and technical perfection that have come to define...


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My Want List leads off with the master of all experimentation, John Cage, and Microfest’s release is itself an experiment in presentation that’s brilliantly successful. Starting...

David Dahl (b. 1937) was professor of organ for 30 years at Pacific Lutheran University and has also composed several volumes of music for his instrument....

The music of Bach rarely affords definitive interpretations. With such a wide range of interpretive approaches, and the sheer number of exceptional musicians tackling the music...

The CDs I’ve reviewed in the last year have been centered in the German symphonic repertory, with few new pieces to discover. But the juxtaposition of...


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My Want List for this past year is a vocal one, since opera, Lieder, and musical theater have always been my passions. I cannot imagine myself...

These Want Lists are difficult for me, because, Lord knows, I want everything . (It’s a good thing I share my house with no one except...

In over 10 years of preparing annual Want Lists, I can’t think of a year that has been more exasperating than this one. My five allowed...

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