Classical Reviews/Instrumental

6 interviews, and over 525 reviews of classical CDs, SACDs, DVDs, Blu-rays, and downloads in this 544-page issue!

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Elsewhere in this volume, I welcome The Proud Bassoon , a recital of German and French bassoon works from the late Baroque period played by the...

The program on this enjoyable debut recording by 23-year-old pianist David Aladashvili was chosen according to a rubric almost certainly unprecedented in the history of recording....


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An interesting program, this. Bookended by the two Brahms sonatas we have music of three Austrians, Alban Berg and two living composers; despite having been written...

It’s become a commonplace programming tool to gently introduce contemporary music to unwilling or unknowing audiences by blending it with standard fare. And it’s obvious that...

“First Italian cellist-composers” is pushing matters just a bit, given that, as Elinor Frey mentions, her recording spans roughly 75 years of music. It concludes with...

And the Michael Collins CDs keep coming; this is his eighth for Chandos, by my count, in the past three or four years. Volume 2 of...


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Nothing new about this concept; music inspired by, or transcriptions of, the music of Bach. But surely this never gets tired. The young Dutch pianist Hannes...

The liner notes to this release are heavily laden with personal information about the harp’s reception in Renaissance Italy. We have lengthy quotes of praise for...

The son of a New York Philharmonic concertmaster, John Corigliano composed his Sonata for Violin and Piano in 1963. The following year violinist Yoko Matsuda and...