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Cappella de la Torre is a performing group that favors elaborate, at times some might say fanciful, programs. For this one, built around the reasonable assumption...

These four concertos are relatively recent works. The oldest is the Cello Concerto (2007) and the most recent is the Violin Concerto (2011). “Hypnagogia” is the...

Recent Music Reviews

For many years, most performances of The Flying Dutchman followed the printed score of 1896, in which Felix Weingartner had tried to take into consideration all...

In this recording a talented, prolific pianist performs with a celebrated conductor in two Mozart masterpieces. It shouldn’t go wrong, and it doesn’t. There is grace...

Exactly one year ago, in issue 36:5, I expressed only lukewarm enthusiasm for Martin Helmchen’s solo Schumann disc. I’d not heard (and still haven’t) the pianist’s...

Mark Obert-Thorn, who produced Pristine’s release of Bronislaw Huberman’s studio recordings of violin concertos by Bach and Mozart (No. 3) as well as a live performance...

These four concertos are relatively recent works. The oldest is the Cello Concerto (2007) and the most recent is the Violin Concerto (2011). “Hypnagogia” is the...

During my Années de pèlerinage throughout Europe looking for records for my customers, I must have gone to or through Switzerland at least a dozen times,...

This year, the Royal Opera House at Covent Garden has provided us with a video Tosca for the ages. With a dream cast of Angela Gheorghiu,...

In the 20-plus years that I have been contributing to this publication, I’ve noticed a huge sea change. When I started, Fanfare’s emphasis seemed to be...

I have been arguing with a friend of mine that great opera performances are not singer-driven, meaning that although I want to hear good voices that...

Pierrequin de Thérache (c.1470–1528) spent his career at the court of Lorraine in Nancy from 1492, serving from 1500 to 1527 as master of the choirboys....

For many years, most performances of The Flying Dutchman followed the printed score of 1896, in which Felix Weingartner had tried to take into consideration all...

In this recording a talented, prolific pianist performs with a celebrated conductor in two Mozart masterpieces. It shouldn’t go wrong, and it doesn’t. There is grace...

Available at Amazon.com or at voice-talk.net This remarkable book, with an introduction by New York voice teacher Daniel James Shigo, makes available for general use and...

In this study, Barbara L. Kelly takes on what she sees as the current, and often incorrect, presentation of French music in the interwar period, a...

This album was previously released in 1987 on the Who’s Who in Jazz label, then by the Jazz Hour label in 1992—and once again, as is...

Whatever my caveats about West Wind’s jazz releases (see my review of The Art of the Saxophone elsewhere in this issue), there’s no question that this...

A film by Bruno Le Jean I really wanted to like this film. I’ve been a fan of gypsy swing for many years, and the various...

There is no denying that Newton Classics is offering, in this two-CD set of music for double bass and orchestra, repertoire that is under-served in the...

Evgenia-Maria Popova was one of the last pupils of famed violinist Leonid Kogan (1924–1982) while Dimitar Penkov is considered one of Bulgaria’s finest string players, winning...

Austrian violinist and conductor Thomas Zehetmair formed the Zehetmair Quartet in 1994. The members usually learn one new program per year and perform all works from...

Available from k8trills.com Kate Prestia-Schaub is known for her virtuosity on both flute and piccolo. On this disc she plays contemporary music for solo piccolo, some...

In 2011 and 2012 cellist Rhonda Rider was artist in residence at the Grand Canyon National Park. For her project, she invited 10 renowned composers to...

Jean Danton is a classically trained soprano who can also put a show tune across the footlights in fine style. Her diction is truly magnificent and...

What a strange conglomeration of a disc this is, starting and finishing with very “serious” song cycles by Britten and Liszt, in between turning into an...

Back in 2009, J. F. Weber reviewed the first volume in this series ( Fanfare 33:2). Browne, Lambe, Davy, and Cornysh were also featured; only Fawkyner...

Inspired by engagement with the natural world, this disc presents song cycles or individual songs celebrating this most precious of links. It is also intended to...

Cappella de la Torre is a performing group that favors elaborate, at times some might say fanciful, programs. For this one, built around the reasonable assumption...

These are the first two of three records of conductus that are part of a project at the University of Southampton. Subtitled Music and Poetry from...

Even allowing for the usual amount of hyperbole attached to the marketing of art, the use of the epithet “masters” to describe this particular group of...