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Carlos Païta seems to have been a genius conductor but a poor organizer of his own recorded archive. In the last issue of Fanfare, I raved...

I reviewed Volume One of this Farwell series in Fanfare 36:5, where I gave background details for this composer and concluded with the statement that the...

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In his the first modern autobiography and still the most profound, Jean Jacques Rousseau laments the slowness with which his ideas are formed, and finally his...

Ahmed Adnan Saygun (1907–1991) was the leading Turkish composer of his time. He utilized melodic and rhythmic aspects of traditional Turkish music in large-scale orchestral and...

There is a considerable volume of music out there by Bohemian composer František Tůma (1704–1774), much of which remains to rediscovered. Trained in Prague, he moved...

In Fanfare , 33:5, I reviewed Minds , an SACD released by Non Profit Music (0091) featuring violinist Ara Malikian and pianist Daniel del Pino and...

Chamorel, who wrote his own liner notes, says that “The Concerto No. 2 … is structured in a surprisingly similar fashion to that of op. 25,” ...

From whatever vantage point you wish to judge it, this recital by then-81-year-old Lowenthal is simply astounding, and not just because of his impeccable technical control....

In the record companies’ zeal to unearth music by Jewish composers who were hounded by the Nazis, Erwin (or Ervin) Schulhoff was one of those revived,...

Although this set was released over two years ago, it only came to my attention more recently (and via a pirate clone on the Documents label...

Carlos Païta seems to have been a genius conductor but a poor organizer of his own recorded archive. In the last issue of Fanfare, I raved...

I reviewed Volume One of this Farwell series in Fanfare 36:5, where I gave background details for this composer and concluded with the statement that the...

One “s” or two? It’s rather like the case of Robert Casadesus who, when asked how he pronounced his name, is said to have replied that...

This book is a rich, deep cultural and political history of Jews in central Europe, from about 1815 to the 1960s. Although centered about composers and...

In his the first modern autobiography and still the most profound, Jean Jacques Rousseau laments the slowness with which his ideas are formed, and finally his...

This is one of those very typical “girl singer with jazz group” LPs that came out by the dozens during the 1950s. Helen Carr, who tragically...

My previous experience in reviewing recordings by David Bernard and the Park Avenue Chamber Symphony has conditioned me to expect excellent results from them, and this...

Written between 1888 and 1934, these eight concert overtures represent a cross-section of a fascinating genre, ranging from light-hearted children’s works to highly charged scenarios from...

I like great sound quality in a recording as much as the next guy, but when it comes down to sound or performance, I always value...

This new album from Duo Gazzana appears to be a labor of love on behalf of Walton’s Toccata for violin and piano. It’s an early work,...

Giovanni Guglielmo’s and the Orchestra Barocca Andrea Palladio’s compilation of works written by Giuseppe Tartini and members of his School of Nations begins with one of...

It is claimed that the Martucci is receiving its first commercial recording here, and I assume that the three contributions—very much in a Lisztian/Thalbergian style, by...

Here, almost directly on the heels of the first volume, comes the second of the Conversationi , those Arcadian Academy concerts that were performed in the...

To say that this collection is a delight is to understate the case. On the first disc, containing arias from operas and operettas and formally composed...

This release is a follow-up to the Anonymous 4’s 1994 Love’s Illusion (Harmonia Mundi 907109). That disc drew from the Montpellier Codex, focusing entirely on motets...

This program of 19 chants consists of the Mass for Easter with a few Office chants, all sung according to the Sarum use, the variant version...

Not to throw cold water on this program’s theme—the Council of Constance (1414–1418) that ended the Three Popes Controversy, executed Jan Hus (after first requesting his...

The subtitle refers to “the end of the 1500s,” the time we know as the transition from Renaissance to Baroque, when madrigals (and similar songs bearing...