Classical Reviews/Instrumental

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

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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...


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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...

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...

As I write this review, I am imagining a conversation among the upper echelon of the German Genuin Gesellschaft: “ Ja, der verdammte Fanfare reviewer Canfield...

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...


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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...

Tharaud’s discography is more extensive than I thought it was when I sat down to listen to this disc. I suppose that he has, in fact,...

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...

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