Classical Reviews/Composers & Works

26 interviews, and over 500 reviews of classical CDs, SACDs, DVDs, Blu-rays, and downloads in this 704-page issue!

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Lully’s royal privilege gave him unparalleled control of music in France, and he used it with an especially heavy hand against composers who might challenge him...

So, I’m beginning to watch Part 4 of this Boris Godunov Blu-ray from a Munich production. This is the 1869 version of the opera, so it...


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The Zemlinsky String Quartet is making its steady way through Dvořák’s complete works for quartet, taking care to present balanced programs as it goes. Reviews have...

Meyerbeer’s star began to wane early in the 20th century. Fewer productions were mounted of his works and those of his contemporaries who favored the 19th-century...

With the release of Götterdämmerung, the Barenboim/La Scala Ring is available in its totality and there are now four complete cycles to be had in the...

Subjected as a violin student to the mind-numbing, finger-bruising études of Hans Sitt (1850–1922), it never occurred to me that the man might have composed any...


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This CD combines the immortal clarinet quintet of Johannes Brahms with the unmistakably Brahmsian—but of course lesser—quintet of Robert Fuchs. Fuchs’s Quintet is very Viennese, charming,...

Grigory Sokolov seems to have a mysterious aura which surrounds him. Having won the International Tchaikovsky Piano Competition in 1966 at the ripe old age of...

Karl Stobbe’s reading of all six of Eugène Ysaÿe’s solo violin sonatas, on a Venetian violin from about 1725, takes just a bit more than an...

These 32 works, a mere dozen of them over 15 minutes in length, represent an extraordinarily long lifetime of composing, from 1941 to 2009. Henri Dutilleux...

This new compilation of Leif Segerstam’s Reger recordings, originally issued on three separate CDs in the 1990s, makes an outstanding introduction to the work of a...

On this recording principal cellist of the Los Angeles Opera Orchestra, Xiao-Dan Zheng, and assistant professor of piano at the University of North Carolina, Clara Yang,...