Classical Reviews/Instrumental

17 interviews, and over 450 reviews of classical CDs, SACDs, DVDs, Blu-rays, and downloads in this 576-page issue!

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Available from k8trills.com Kate Prestia-Schaub is known for her virtuosity on both flute and piccolo. On this disc she plays contemporary music for solo piccolo, some...

In 2011 and 2012 cellist Rhonda Rider was artist in residence at the Grand Canyon National Park. For her project, she invited 10 renowned composers to...


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Sometimes upon receiving a disc in the mail for review, it’s hard not to wonder, “Why me?” Here is a program of works by mostly 20th-century...

This is a delightful disc, performed with real panache. Andrew Simon first displays his wares with a piece for solo clarinet dedicated to him, the

Last month I attended a colleague’s presentation, who started his talk by provoking attendees with the statement that in the compositional world everything has been already...

Rachel Podger, in her personal note in Channel Classics’ booklet, tells how her admiration for Bach’s Partita for Flute, BWV 1013, prompted her to play it...


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Here is an interesting program centered on Robert and Clara Schumann’s close-knit circle of family and friends. With double entendre intended, you could call it a...

This collection will certainly appeal to flutists and those who love the instrument. The repertoire is fairly unusual for most music lovers (though probably not flutists),...

Back in 2011 ( Fanfare 35:2), I gave a very favorable review to a release by Kenneth Weiss of pieces from the Fitzwilliam Virginal Book (Satirino...

Hillel Zori wrote his Carmeniana, Suite Brilliant, after searching in vain for a cello composition on the themes from Georges Bizet’s opera Carmen . He deliberately...

Frank Morelli was the first player to receive a doctorate in bassoon performance from the Juilliard School and for many years he has been a member...

As the foregoing disc titles indicate, each of these CDs has a thematic program. That of the first is music putatively from the court in Copenhagen...