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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For almost 30 years, I carried the information about Nathan Milstein’s LP of Carl Goldmark’s Violin Concerto (actually, his Concerto No. 1, but always referred to...

Shostakovich’s Cello Concerto No. 1 is one of those works where a single recorded performance has essentially dominated the field since its initial release over a...


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Young (19-year-old) American violinist Chad Hoopes has paired Felix Mendelssohn’s and John Adams’s violin concertos in his debut recording. He played a 1713 Stradivari for the...

Alicia de Larrocha (1923–2009) was unquestionably one of the 20th century’s great dames of the piano and an artist beloved by many, including yours truly. And...

Louis Andriessen’s La Commedia (with electronic interludes by Anke Brouwer) is a “film opera in five parts,” an attempt to create a new genre. First performed...

The six cello suites by Johann Sebastian Bach have reached a sort of iconic status. For cellists, they represent probably an apex in the solo literature,...


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From almost the moment The Confession of Isobel Gowdie became the surprise hit of the 1990 Proms season, James MacMillan has been one of those rare...

When the young and rather dashing Brahms first showed up on the Schumanns’ doorstep and swept them off their feet, his calling card as a composer...

In 1697 Henry Purcell’s wife Frances began publication of some of her late husband’s theater works, along with these 10 four-part string sonatas, some of which...

This is a reissue of four single Conifer discs, reviewed in Fanfare 19:1, 19:6, 21:2, and 21:3. Sergei Leiferkus has a strong, colorful baritone, but his...

Catalonian composer Frederic Mompou may not be a household name, but in his native Spain he is considered the dean on Spanish composers. He utilized Catalonian...

Here is something unusual and quirky, but fun: a production of Delibes’s classic ballet (one of the few really humorous ballets of the 19th century) updated...