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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...


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Fanfare ’s editors always warn us to hold our Want Lists until our final review for the November/December issue has been written; I waited until six...

Due to my assumption a year ago of duties as assistant editor for Fanfare , I now have considerably less time available to review CDs and...

As usual, I’ll try to sneak in more than the regulation five by running through my runners-up first. Steven Isserlis’s and Olli Mustonen’s account of the...

As usual the field of first recordings of 20th-century music (my chosen specialty) offers a plethora of possibilities. At the summit of my selections is of...


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Jascha Horenstein, one of the great conductors of the 20th century, was unaccountably neglected by the major record labels. Most of his studio recordings appeared on...

Once again, the discipline of picking but five favorite releases for the year proved difficult, despite my own restriction of not choosing a release I reviewed...

I enjoyed Michael Antonello’s traversal of Bach’s violin concertos as much as any CD this year. Antonello’s playing features a wonderful blend of strength and tenderness,...

Last year, few releases turned up regularly for listening in my household, once they were reviewed. The reverse holds true over the last 12 months. Compiling...

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...