Classical Reviews/Ensemble

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

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This is a lovely and stylish recording. The four French saxophonists who make up the Ellipsos Quartet are each virtuosos. They blend together beautifully with great...

Massimo Martusciello has been the principal bassoonist of the Abruzzese Symphony Orchestra since 1989. Gennaro Spezza, principal clarinetist from that same year, left 10 years ago...


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This is one of those lovely discs that comes along every so often, in which music from the 16th and 17th centuries is performed in a...

By the time this review appears in print, there’s no telling what the situation will hold, but as I write this Russia has recently “reclaimed” Crimea...

Joseph Gold’s reliably insightful and informative notes to Naxos’s fourth and final volume of Pablo Sarasate’s music for violin and piano—played again by Tianwa Yang and...

Les Vents Français are Emmanuel Pahud (flute), Paul Meyer (clarinet), François Leleux (oboe), Gilbert Audin (bassoon), and Radovan Vlatkovic (horn)—spot the odd man out. Their two-disc...


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La Tour, Tim Blackmore on recorders and harpsichord and Michel Cardin on lute and theorbo, has been with us before, in a program of Baroque Scottish...

On this recording, the members of the Aquarelle Guitar Quartet—Michael Baker, Vasilis Bessas, James Jervis, and Rory Russell—play music about Spain and Spanish culture. Some pieces...

Harpist Carrol McLaughlin and flutist Brian Luce play Vittorio Monti’s 19th-century Csárdás with considerable panache. It shows the ability of the flutist much more than the...

Available at the artists’ website, www.nswq.com.au It’s always a pleasant as well as a wonderful surprise to hear a young chamber group nowadays that doesn’t seem...

Evgenia-Maria Popova was one of the last pupils of famed violinist Leonid Kogan (1924–1982) while Dimitar Penkov is considered one of Bulgaria’s finest string players, winning...

Austrian violinist and conductor Thomas Zehetmair formed the Zehetmair Quartet in 1994. The members usually learn one new program per year and perform all works from...