Classical Reviews/Composers & Works

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

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The viola da gamba was one of the most versatile instruments of the Baroque era, and though it faded from popularity by the middle of the...

T his disc, entitled Voices in the Wilderness, features the music of Hans Gál and Ernst Krenek, both of whom fled Nazi persecution in 1938. The...


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I can understand wanting to find a short description for this new Telemann series by Schneider and La Stagione Frankfurt, but “grand concertos” or concerto grossi...

Mozart’s quartets can have sudden, ephemeral moments of indescribable beauty, moments that make you wonder, “Where did that come from?” and they’re made all the more...

We have here a very curious little drama. Johann Strauss Jr.’s Simplicius , his 11th work for the musical stage, is a radical departure from his...

This is a disc of transcriptions, and its appeal will vary with the listener. Many will no doubt question the value of arranging Beethoven’s Violin Sonata...


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You’ll never lose a farthing betting that no one can guess what the works on this program by the estimable French violinist Renaud Capuçon have in...

I’ve reviewed the work of Martin Bresnick (b. 1946) several times now, and each one has been a great satisfaction. Bresnick has spent most of his...

If Guillaume Lekeu created and nurtured in a matrix of feeling, he should have been happy with violinist Tasmin Little’s and pianist Martin Roscoe’s recording of...

The Estonian composer Arvo Pärt (b. 1935) seems to be more popular today than ever. Partly, I ascribe this to his later music being listener friendly:...

If you are allergic to Bach on the piano, don’t bother reading further. But if that idea is not anathema to you, this is a set...

“A Pastoral Symphony” evokes almost a single mood, that of a certain gray English landscape, or so it struck the composer-critic Constant Lambert. Not a flattering...

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