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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Johann Steffens (1560–1616) was born in Holstein, a Danish province now part of Germany. In 1595 he was appointed organist at St. John’s Church in Lüneburg...

In an amusing imagined dialogue with Chopin that is included in the notes, the young French pianist Hélène Tysman argues for the independence of the performer....


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Michael Lewin’s bio is certainly impressive, and bodes well for this recital. He is a Juilliard graduate, and was a student of Leon Fleisher, unquestionably one...

When I heard the opening movement of this work, I almost fell off my chair, so similar was it to the iconic Mozart Requiem. Of course,...

These two discs present the complete vocal works of Joan Baptista Cabanilles (1644–1712), who at the age of 21 became organist at the Valencia cathedral, where...

Estonian pianist Vardo Rumessen has taken an unusual approach to putting together a program of solo piano works by Brahms. A selection from the three sets...


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These highly unorthodox readings of Haydn quartets, including as a bonus disc his op. 51 ( Seven Last Words of Our Savior ), represent to my...

The title of this disc, John Salmon Plays Brubeck, is somewhat deceptive. One might think that pianist John Salmon is only playing the music of Dave...

I’ve been reviewing Joseph Haydn’s music for so many decades that I feel like part of the family, but this is my formal introduction to Uncle...

The superbly crafted and imaginative music of York Bowen is given lively and imaginative performances here by the Gould Piano Trio (whose individual members are also...

Here is a real treat, a Russian song recital by the greatest Russian mezzo of the 20th century. These recordings were made in 1970 (the Rachmaninoff...

This disc is listed as Vol. 2 of the complete piano works of Boris Tischenko (1939–2010). His Variations, which is his op. 1, begins with a...