Classical Reviews/Composers & Works

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

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After Ludovic Morlot’s Seattle Symphony Dutilleux disc ( Fanfare 38:2), which I called “the most exciting disc of the year” in Want List 2014, I was...

From Chicago-based Cedille Records, an enterprising not-for-profit label dedicated to promoting Chicago-area musicians, comes my candidate for chamber music recording of the year. This release follows...


Recent Music Reviews

Even a few years ago it seemed alarming that after Alfred Brendel there were no rising young pianists from Austria and Germany to take up his...

Once again, alas, we have a video presentation of Mozart’s magnificent operatic masterpiece that subjects it to the perverse machinations of Regietheater . Here, the action...

By any standard, this is a superlative Mahler Fifth; given that it’s a live performance by a student orchestra, it’s frankly jaw-dropping. Though less well known...

Previous encounters with Britain’s Doric String Quartet—Alex Redington and Jonathan Stone, violins; Hélène Clément, viola; and John Myerscough, cello—have not gone all that well. With the...


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For the follow-up to their superb album of the composer’s Sinfonietta, Taras Bulba, The Ballad of Blanik, and The Fiddler’s Child, Tomás Netopil and the Prague...

Here is a perfect example how musicologists and academics have ruined the enjoyment of music. This superb work, written in spurts between 1844 and 1853, resists...

Every time something goes “thump” on this CD, I’m tempted to open my closet door and see if a stage hand has tripped on his shoelaces....

Prokofiev’s Romeo and Juliet has fared well in the recording studio. Lorin Maazel’s version of the complete ballet (Decca) is an audiophile legend that I would...

Giselle remains solidly entrenched as a mainstay of the classical ballet repertoire for its story rather than its music. It provides an incredibly meaty role for...

It’s been a while since I last reviewed an album featuring Amarillis. I liked a collection of theirs entitled Médée furieuse , back in 2009 (Ambroisie...

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