Classical Reviews/Composers & Works

25 interviews, and over 525 reviews of classical CDs, SACDs, DVDs, Blu-rays, and downloads in this 640-page issue!

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Music is about emotions, so we tend to forget that composers are also thinkers. The contemporary American composer Robert Xavier Rodriguez has poured a wealth of...

In addition to a fairly extensive, published oeuvre , George Enescu left behind a large collection of incomplete works. Much of it dates from his student...


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Recorded between March 1989 and July 1990 and released the following year, Christopher Hogwood’s recording of Orlando returns in stripped-down form. Originally on three CDs, it’s...

Boris Papandopulo (1906–1991) was a Croatian composer and conductor. He was born into in a musical family–his mother a celebrated opera singer––and worked mainly in Zagreb,...

“Within the last two years I have submitted four works to the BBC,” wrote John Foulds in 1933 to Adrian Boult, then music director of the...

Here’s a gentle reminder that this disc has two of Bach’s “greatest hits”—three if you count the fact that the iconic chorale from Cantata 147 (aka...


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This disc fills in a gap in recordings of cello concerto literature composed between Beethoven’s Triple Concerto (1812), and the Schumann Concerto (1850), as the cello...

Jitka Hosprová has been a leading Czech violist for over a decade and has played solo recitals in many of the world’s major music centers. It’s...

Featured on this disc are two examples of Fauré’s restrained though potent late style: Mirages, a cycle of four songs from 1919, set to enigmatic, vaguely...

This CD is not quite the newly recorded collection of John Williams themes and suites that it appears to be. The selections were recorded at various...

The album title is Romantic Works for Viola and Piano , but it might as well have been titled “Brahms and Friends,” for the first of...

A short distance into the concerto, it becomes evident that this is a performance characterized by extreme contrasts. The Andante introduction of the first movement, slow...

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