Classical Reviews/Composers & Works

21 interviews, and over 450 reviews of classical CDs, SACDs, DVDs, Blu-rays, and downloads in this 576-page issue!

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Sometimes it’s interesting to compare and contrast pianists with different approaches to music, and this was the case for me. I came to Sophia Agranovich’s recital...

The Young Ukrainian pianist Alexej Gorlatch plays Beethoven with an exquisite level of tonal finish and technical polish. I would hasten to add that this digital...


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Has concert programming improved since the so-called Golden Age? I was wondering this when confronted with this interesting but truly lopsided concert from the 1962 Salzburg...

Music’s obscure byways ought to be exhausted by now, yet releases such as this keep appearing and reigniting the excitement of new discovery. These three piano...

Quatour Béla has named its disc of Ligeti’s string quartets after the First, “Métamorphoses nocturnes.” That may seem a strange choice, given that the Second is...

This disc combines one of the earliest orchestral works of the Catalan composer Xavier Montsalvatge (1912–2002) with his last, along with one of his better-known pieces....


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Pity poor Johann Pepusch (1667–1752). He came from one generation earlier than his colleague George Frédéric Handel, had much the same sort of professional life in...

This is the fourth CD of Dora Pejačević’s works to come my way in as many years, and this until recently virtually unknown Hungarian-born Croatian composer...

This recording of the Mozart Requiem, made in December 2002, uses the performing edition prepared by Harvard professor Robert Levin. He is one of several musicologists...

Before we get started here, there are some textual issues to be cleared up with Rossini’s French comedy opera Le Comte Ory (Count Ory). What kind...

Klára Würtz is a lively pianist who plays these well-known Schumann works with wonderful élan. Her touch is just varied enough to give the music some...

Quite apart from the fact that it was probably never performed in Bach’s lifetime, it is hard for us in our day to see just how...