Classical Reviews/Instrumental

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

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I spent longer assessing this CD than I have ever spent on any one release, and I have to admit that I am simply defeated by...

In Motherland Georgian pianist Khatia Buniatishvili plays a wide-ranging collection of personal favorites from Bach and Handel to Chopin and Tchaikovsky, Debussy, Ravel, and Pärt, all...


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British-born Felix Salmond (1888–1952) was a distinguished cellist and later a highly regarded pedagogue at Juilliard and Curtis. Unfortunately, through no fault of his own, his...

Not yet 30, Joyce Yang already has a major career. Born in Seoul, she played Prokofiev’s Third Concerto with the Philadelphia Orchestra at age 12, took...

Transcription is hardly an unsullied art. Poor Schubert might have been grateful when Liszt applied his Midas touch to Lieder that otherwise might have been unheard...

In 1938 the Nazis presented, for the edification of the cultural public, a concert of music that they designated as Entartete , or degenerate. The term...


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The program note provided by cellist Ian Maksin for this disc of solo cello music does a poor job of managing expectations. Between the disc’s title,...

Music can be ambitious on the verge of silence, because then it comes closest to the soul. That’s the guiding principle of this beguiling album, which...

Let me start off this review by saying that is a difficult disc on first hearing. It is challenging at times, but highly rewarding on repeated...

Lada Valesová primly and properly spells out the notes of these charming but essentially unimportant works. With few exceptions they require little virtuosity or intellectual penetration,...

Susan Merdinger is a fine pianist who here presents a most successful program. Her performance of Schubert’s D 575 reveals a pianist with a very appealing...

As a flutist and composer who has spent years investigating non-Western and extended instrumental techniques and incorporating electronics into his own music, Jos Zwaanenburg is the...

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