Classical Reviews/Orchestral

14 interviews, and over 450 reviews of classical CDs, SACDs, DVDs, Blu-rays, and downloads in this 544-page issue!

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No label in the half century, since Decca brought us music of Vaughan Williams, Bliss, and Britten in the 1950s and 60s, has done more for...

I hope that the disc title did not cause anyone immediately to bypass this review as concerning an item of little or no interest, for this...


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Reviewing a 1947 concert by Leopold Stokowski and the New York Philharmonic, Virgil Thomson wrote, “Everything was played with a wondrous beauty of sound, with the...

This is an interesting release. I don’t recall any substantive recordings of film music from the silent era with an excellent orchestra and good sound. In...

Like Cameron Carpenter and Nigel Kennedy—deeply serious musicians who happen to dress like rock stars (or in Carpenter’s case, a Martian rock star)—the Czech violinist Pavel...

The influence of John Cranko is alive and well in the Stuttgart Ballet/Gauthier Dance Ensemble’s piquant production of Christian Spuck’s ballet Poppea Poppea , captured in...


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My interest in this summer concert from Annecy, France in 2013 was sparked because it pairs the great Russian conductor Yuri Temirkanov with Denis Matsuev, a...

The Brazilian virtuoso Nelson Freire was very little recorded in the decade covered by this new release, part of Decca’s commemoration of the pianist’s 70th birthday....

For anyone who has resisted the high price of videos compared to audio, this release of a Berlin Philharmonic concert from 2000 will be welcome, since...

Time (February 2, 1962—significantly both Fritz Kreisler’s and Jascha Heifetz’s birthday) numbered René Charles (Zino) Francescatti with Heifetz, Isaac Stern, David Oistrakh, and Nathan Milstein as...

Available as a download from iTunes and ClassicsOnline In this Brave New World of “indy” labels, downloads, and FLACs, a great number of musicians who might...

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