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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Ralph Vaughan Williams, middle aged, was an ambulance driver in World War I. A man scarred by war is screaming for peace, begging for peace (...

This is an inspired, antic staging of Stravinsky's enduring fable. L'histoire du soldat can be presented as a fairy tale suitable for children-I've seen it put...


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I imagine other listeners will have had my experience with Haydn’s piano sonatas. I first heard one in Glenn Gould’s driven youthful performance of the Sonata...

These recordings have been around almost for as long as there’s been dirt. They were originally recorded in Germany in 1966, released on LP in one...

Who or what is "The Feed-Back," and why is it listed in the composer's position in the above headnote? Well, the name is actually a pseudonym...

Including this release, there are only about 15 CDs in print devoted entirely to the music of the incredibly prolific Christoph Graupner (1683–1760), of which this...


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These readings of Brahms’s cello sonatas, recorded in 1998, are highly competent without being in any way exceptional. Cellist Whitfield plays sensitively enough, but doesn’t match...

This is the second installment of a French cello sonatas series, performed by Julian Steckel and Paul Rivinius, two master musicians. Volume I contains the cello...

I last reviewed music by Allen Anderson (b. 1951) 17 years ago, in Fanfare 20:4. At that point in time he had only recently joined the...

I’m not quite sure what BIS was thinking of when they issued these versions of the serenade and Excelsior! They already have superlative recordings of both,...

Few conductors in these straightened times get a chance to repeat a Mahler cycle, but Riccardo Chailly, roughly 10 years after his highly praised Concertgebouw cycle...

This quite lovely CD needs a bit of explanation. It contains the world premiere of a concerto which, in a certain sense, does not exist. Mendelssohn...