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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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...

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...


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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...


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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...

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...

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...