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Let me start off this review by saying that is a difficult disc on first hearing. It is challenging at times, but highly rewarding on repeated...

The largest and most important surviving musical compilation of the Trecento is the Squarcialupi Codex. An illuminated manuscript from the workshop of San Maria degli Angeli...

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The career of composer Charles Harold Bernstein has been full of twists and turns. A child prodigy pianist, he performed in public from the age of...

Although these performances were recorded in, respectively, 2009, 2013, and 2004, there is no significant difference in the sound, the clarity and warmth of which doesn’t...

Michael Ching has written several traditional operas, including: Buoso’s Ghost in 1996, Corps of Discovery in 2003, Slaying the Dragon in 2012, and Speed Dating Tonight

It isn’t often that a band recording could be accused of thumping insufficiently. The London Symphonic Concert Band is a newly formed ensemble, with players drawn...

The career of composer Charles Harold Bernstein has been full of twists and turns. A child prodigy pianist, he performed in public from the age of...

Michael Ching has written several traditional operas, including: Buoso’s Ghost in 1996, Corps of Discovery in 2003, Slaying the Dragon in 2012, and Speed Dating Tonight

The Metropolitan Opera has been smarting from the critical drubbing it endured for the Robert Lepage Ring cycle, introduced in 2010, so it’s gratifying to note...

Those sensational Singaporeans have done it again—turned in a recording of unfamiliar material with all the verve, panache, and technical perfection that have come to define...

This recording has received two previous reviews in these pages, with rather different conclusions as to its merits. In 31:3 Burton Rothleder praised "a chamber orchestra...

This disc was recorded in 1989, when John Adams was newly celebrated as the composer of Nixon in China but unfamiliar as a conductor, and soprano...

Although these performances were recorded in, respectively, 2009, 2013, and 2004, there is no significant difference in the sound, the clarity and warmth of which doesn’t...

The joy of Immortal Performances is that it will never let you get away with a single performance of an opera. No, there are addenda, commercial...

Donald Vroon sounds the alarm. People are dumb! Education is failing! Culture is crumbling! Why aren't you listening? This book of 38 essays, more properly called...

Simon Morrison has been professionally concerned with recent Russian music for a long time and, indeed, published a biography of Sergei Prokofiev in 2009. Those who,...

In a wonderfully evocative sonnet, Robert Lowell describes seeing Robert Frost after a reading, “the great act laid on the shelf in mothballs.” In a few...

This was the first album that Conte Candoli recorded under his own name, in 1954, after years spent playing for the bands of Woody Herman, Charlie...

This marvelous disc features works either originally composed for or arranged for trumpet and wind ensemble. Brian Shaw is professor of trumpet at Louisiana State University...

Of late, there have been many multi-disc reissues showcasing conductors of the past. Most involve the recycling of familiar material (Karajan, Fricsay, and Bernstein, to take...

It isn’t often that a band recording could be accused of thumping insufficiently. The London Symphonic Concert Band is a newly formed ensemble, with players drawn...

Still coming together now and then, after ending two decades of continuous performances and recordings, the four not-so-anonymous ladies have gradually turned away from the Middle...

Let me start off this review by saying that is a difficult disc on first hearing. It is challenging at times, but highly rewarding on repeated...

Lada Valesová primly and properly spells out the notes of these charming but essentially unimportant works. With few exceptions they require little virtuosity or intellectual penetration,...

Many facets of the Prometheus legends are represented in this necessarily somber collection. The works, in their original keys, are sincerely and skillfully sung by the...

War is a persistent fact of life-historians have counted 14,400 conflicts across the ages-but not many musical masterpieces have been written about it. Music exists to...

This is a follow-up to America (Hänssler Classic 93.306), this same ensemble’s similarly eclectic collection of works by Copland, Reich, Feldman, Bernstein, and Barber. The works...

Delphian, the "label of the year" by one estimation, offers a program subtitled "the sound world of the Celtic church." Three previous programs honoring St. Columba...

The largest and most important surviving musical compilation of the Trecento is the Squarcialupi Codex. An illuminated manuscript from the workshop of San Maria degli Angeli...

Anyone who is interested in Medieval vocal music will find this disc fascinating. It collects the earliest versions of the Grail legend, the quest for the...


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