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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Meredith Monk (b. 1942) is one of our great cultural treasures. Few artists have genuinely mastered so many aspects of what today is blithely called “performance”—music,...

This disc pairs a commissioned work by Meredith Monk, one of the few pieces she did not write for her own vocal ensemble first, with a...


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In the modern world of promotion, even the greatest of artists are run through the mill like so much cheese to be sold to the masses....

Fidelio isn’t just an opera that took Beethoven nine years and three tries to turn into a masterpiece. It is a manifesto for the freedom of...

Tchaikovsky composed his Manfred Symphony between the Fourth and Fifth Symphonies when he was at the peak of his powers. It has been criticized as an...

As mentioned in my review of the 1952 radio performance of this cycle by Dietrich Fischer-Dieskau ( Fanfare 31:5), Die schöne Magelone is not a cycle...


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New Zealand composer Jack Body (b. 1944) has, the notes tell us, written a considerable amount of ensemble, vocal, orchestral, film, music theater, and “electro-acoustic” music....

Expectations run high for a new Bluebeard , a work that has been recorded often enough, and recently enough—Marin Alsop/Naxos (2007), Valery Gergiev/LSO Live (2009), Ádám...

Back in Fanfare 37:4 I made a fool of myself––not for the first time, and probably not the last. In reviewing a disc of Florent Schmitt’s...

Alicia de Larrocha was a pianist of consummate artistry. I have enjoyed her work on repertoire as diverse as Schubert and Ravel—not to mention the Spanish...

As I have done before, I include Fanfare ’s icon for included text in the headnote, but add here the caveat that the texts and translations...

This disc features cantatas for, what its title describes as, Trinity-Palmarum , the German Lutheran term for Palm Sunday. My first impression on hearing the disc...