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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This is a commemorative album of Abbado’s years at the Lucerne Festival, which spanned five decades. He became a major presence there from 2000 onward after...

Since about 1980 the Rossini Opera Festival has been held annually in Pesaro. That small Italian town on the Adriatic seacoast, the composer’s birthplace, is host...


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To put it mildly, Bruckner hasn’t always been to the French taste—it would make a good musical trivia question to name the first recording of a...

Oehms Classics has a curious habit of competing with itself. A few years ago, an impressive Ring cycle from Sebastian Weigle in Frankfurt appeared almost simultaneously...

The great news is that this is volume one. Vienna-born Richard Stöhr (1864–1967) was a student of Robert Fuchs. Cellist Stefan Koch’s superlative booklet note gives...

This is a mid-priced Classic Chandos reissue of a 1993 CD; I missed it the first time around, and apparently it was never reviewed in


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There can be no doubt that François Couperin was interested in as broad a sweep of his published music as possible. Of course, he planned for...

We often consider the string quartet of the late 18th century as one of the seminal chamber genres that were crucial to the development of musical...

About a year ago, I stumbled across a 10-inch LP from Hungary containing a work by Ferenc Farkas (1905–2000) for cello and string orchestra titled

This is a rare addition to the slim discography of Korngold’s magical, mystical opera. One would think that an ancient Die tote Stadt would be resurrected...

I thought that Volume 2 (Naxos 8.559727) would be the last, but here comes a third disc in Naxos’s series of John Cage’s Works for Two...

I am unaware of any recording that is direct competition for this disc, i.e., an exact duplication of its repertoire. The best recordings of La mort...

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