Classical Reviews/Ensemble

26 interviews, and over 500 reviews of classical CDs, SACDs, DVDs, Blu-rays, and downloads in this 704-page issue!

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The Kaleidos Duo’s recital of music, by Italian composers who hadn’t fully embraced what now again seem like the experimental techniques of the Second Viennese School,...

The “original music for violin and guitar” in the program assembled by violinist Gilles Colliard and guitarist Augustín Maruri all comes from early 19th century, and...


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I like great sound quality in a recording as much as the next guy, but when it comes down to sound or performance, I always value...

This new album from Duo Gazzana appears to be a labor of love on behalf of Walton’s Toccata for violin and piano. It’s an early work,...

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...