Classical Reviews/Composers & Works

6 interviews, and over 525 reviews of classical CDs, SACDs, DVDs, Blu-rays, and downloads in this 544-page issue!

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This may be one of the finest recordings in the extensive discography of Thomas Hampson, and anyone with even a passing interest in Strauss’s songs should...

I’ve heard for most of my life that Max Reger, that jolly old elf (there’s a photo of him on the cover of this set—if he...


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Mario Marazzoli is a composer with whom I’ve only a passing acquaintance, mainly just as a passing reference. A contemporary of composers Luigi Rossi and Stefano...

This one’s easy. If you love big Romantic piano concertos styled after Grieg, Saint-Saëns, and Liszt, with not a little Anton Rubinstein, Tchaikovsky, and Rachmaninoff thrown...

Vasily Vasilyevich Yastrebtsev, friend and student of Rimsky-Korsakov, noted in his diary that upon the completion of The Tale of the Tsar Saltan , its composer...

The conventional assessment of Schubert’s orchestrated stage works is that they are nice but not theatrically effective, but I found the music of Alfonso und Estrella...


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This is American guitarist Peter Fletcher’s third CD for Centaur of piano music that he himself has arranged for guitar. (The first two discs were devoted...

The Viennese audience on New Year’s Eve in 1960 was having a rollicking good time. They laughed so hard at the dialogue in this sparkling

Olga Lamm recalled of the First Symphony’s premiere that “the ticket controllers had to fight off the students who were pushing their way through. They succeeded...

Leonard Slatkin’s new Rachmaninoff First—he is one of few conductors to have recorded it twice, along with Vladimir Ashkenazy—is one of great contrasts, hyper-Romantic, with slowish...

Louis-Gabriel Guillemain (1705–1770), whose Amusement receives its first recording in Gilles Collard’s performance of 30 of its movements, studied the violin with Giovanni Battista Somis and...

The world premiere of Strauss’s Four Last Songs was given on May 22, 1950, at the Royal Albert Hall in London, and was privately recorded. Versions...