Classical Reviews/Orchestral

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

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A film by Bruno Le Jean I really wanted to like this film. I’ve been a fan of gypsy swing for many years, and the various...

There is no denying that Newton Classics is offering, in this two-CD set of music for double bass and orchestra, repertoire that is under-served in the...


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In a brief essay in the booklet accompanying this disc, director Richard Egarr makes what has to be the understatement of the year: “This recording of...

Technically speaking, not all of the composers represented on this disc can be classified as English pastoralists, though each of them did contribute musical landscapes, sketches,...

These are the first three DVDs of a four-disc series issued by Naxos and featuring “The All-Star Orchestra,” comprised of musicians from the major Philadelphia, Boston,...

This is a hefty collection of unfamiliar music, and, given the cost of Dux’s CDs (at least in the United States), it will set listeners back...


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This is a nice documentary on Debussy but somehow an unsatisfactory one. It’s not just because there is no footage of the composer in action—not even...

In her introduction to this SACD, soloist Bolette Roed writes, “Have you ever wondered which music was played on the recorder in Copenhagen at the time...

Most discs with a variant of this one’s title would feature music written by composer-violinists from the court of Vincenzo Gonzaga, Duke of Mantua in the...

C4 is the performing name given to “The Choral Composer/Conductor Collective.” Comprising 23 singers who also compose (Hayes Biggs and Karen Siegel are both singers in...