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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I won’t deny the sense of triumph I feel every time the prospect of a potential coup presents itself; the prospect of being the first to...

There are close to 125 entries for Mozart’s Clarinet Quintet currently listed, and of those, at least 25, or fully 20 percent, are coupled with Brahms’s...


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Massachusetts-born and -raised Harold Shapero belonged to that generation of American 20th-century composers who eschewed European Modernism, including serialism, employing instead a kind of wrong-note Neoclassicism...

This set is titled Music for Cello , and as such, Marco Simonacci participates in every selection. Its other title, however, is Patterns in a Chromatic...

Ferenc Erkel’s operas Bank Bán and Hunyadi Laszlo have a certain high reputation in the West, even among those who have never heard them. King Stephen,...

Joaquin Turina (1882–1949) played second fiddle to his good friend Manuel de Falla. Their musical relationship was similar to that of Shostakovich and Weinberg: Falla dug...


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I’m a bit mystified as to why Naïve has packaged these two CDs into a common slipcase. Both were previously released entirely independently of each other...

There seems to be a mini-trend afoot to pair repertoire classics with contemporary music inspired by or modeled on specific masterworks. I have documented this in...

This is indeed a strange, unexpected coupling of Russian symphonies—I wonder if anyone has ever programmed them together, in concert or on disc, previously. And yet,...

What an odd release this is! First, its physical layout is unmanageable for most collectors: two discs laid out vertically on top of each other in...

This is an odd work in many ways. It is closer to an oratorio than to any other form, but it is more operatic and dramatic...

I consider Frederic Rzewski’s The People United Will Never Be Defeated to be one of the most important piano works from the latter half of the...