Classical Reviews/Composers & Works

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Richard Carrick (b. 1971) is carving out a career as composer, conductor, and new music entrepreneur in New York, especially in his role as director of...

This 1990 performance of the Beethoven Ninth, a somewhat belated celebration of the fall of the Berlin Wall, was first commercially released in 1991. This edition,...


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For those who may be unfamiliar with Woldemar Bargiel (1828–1897), here’s the lowdown. Clara Schumann (née Wieck), born in 1819, was the offspring of an unhappy...

This wonderfully fluid, relaxed, yet buoyant performance of the Water Music is a throwback to the days of Karl Ristenpart or the young Helmuth Rilling, meaning...

What this extraordinarily engrossing collection of 21 brief piano works is emphatically not is a series of arrangements of Irish folk tunes. Rather, the “Miniatures” consist...

Shostakovich had a particular reason for writing two late symphonies, No. 13 and No. 14, as vocal works. “I become more and more convinced that words...


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I reviewed the two-CD issue of this recording in our previous issue, concluding that the inconsistent performance was not up to the high standards of recordings...

On this disc, Arthur Schoonderwoerd performs on a so-called “tangent” piano with a chamber group chosen “on the basis of the original orchestral material from the...

This album was recorded by Harmonic in 1994, and offered as the third in a series Vellard recorded of Machaut’s works. It was subsequently licensed by...

An associate professor of piano at Butler University, a founding member of the Oracle Trio, and a touring solo recitalist, Kate Boyd spent much of 2012...

Since coming together in 2009, the young musicians of the Amphion String Quartet (not to be confused with an earlier ensemble of the same name), have...

One must admire the enterprising Malibran company for releasing what is, to my knowledge, the first recording of Vincent d’Indy’s opera Fervaal . This was a...

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