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Richard Strauss’s disguise as a bourgeois genius, with the accent on bourgeois, was remarkably effective. He distanced himself from Wagner’s overweening grandiosity (can we imagine the...

This first-ever CD issue of the 1962 Lucerne performance of Bartók’s only opera (I could not even find an LP issue of it in the online...

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Joel Fan is one of those pianists who seem to have the technical ability and the intellectual breadth to play just about anything they want. His career to date...

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,” ...

The Escher String Quartet, founded in 2005, consists of Adam Barnett-Hart, Wu Jie, Pierre Lapointe, and Dane Johansen. They are Artists of The Chamber Music Society...

Julius Röntgen (1855–1932) was known in Holland as a pianist and as a very minor composer, whose music received performances merely because of his association with...

Joel Fan is one of those pianists who seem to have the technical ability and the intellectual breadth to play just about anything they want. His career to date...

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,” ...

My Want List for this past year is a vocal one, since opera, Lieder, and musical theater have always been my passions. I cannot imagine myself...

These Want Lists are difficult for me, because, Lord knows, I want everything . (It’s a good thing I share my house with no one except...

This remarkable recording of Gurrelieder was made in October 1953 for the Haydn Society (!) and funded by pianist Paul Jacobs, who was an avid fan...

Richard Strauss’s disguise as a bourgeois genius, with the accent on bourgeois, was remarkably effective. He distanced himself from Wagner’s overweening grandiosity (can we imagine the...

This first-ever CD issue of the 1962 Lucerne performance of Bartók’s only opera (I could not even find an LP issue of it in the online...

I think I can claim to be reasonably well-enough travelled in Scandinavian music to be embarrassed by having to admit I had never heard of Ludvig...

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...

There are many ways one might divide the career of 60-year-old guitarist, teacher, and author Garrison Fewell, a career (and life) that nonetheless has its powerful...

Cube Metier is a collaborative British-Czech label that has issued 50 jazz albums, most of them of the traditional swing-bop variety. This is by no means...

On November 23, 2013, Krzysztof Penderecki—in my doubtless rash estimation, the world’s greatest living composer—turned 80 years old. The two DVDs reviewed here commemorate that milestone...

This collection is an excellent way to become acquainted with a much admired pianist who somehow is in danger of being forgotten by younger collectors. (I...

GliArchiEnsemble is, as its name implies, an Italian string ensemble; its 11 members, judging from the booklet photo, are mostly young and, interestingly, all male. In...

The Kaleidos Duo’s recital of music, by Italian composers who hadn’t fully embraced what now again seem like the experimental techniques of the Second Viennese School,...

The subtitle of this disc is “Harpsichords in pre-Revolutionary Paris,” which of course serves as a rationale for the use by harpsichordist Giulia Nuti of a...

These four British 20th-century composers may not be widely known, but they should be familiar to anyone who has perused the Lyrita and Chandos catalogs. Lyrita...

On her official web site, soprano Raquel Andueza’s biography begins thus: “Born in Pamplona, Raquel Andueza began her music training at the age of six. Subsequently,...

I mean no disrespect when I write that this is the kind of story the popular press loves: a soprano and a tenor who are married...

Nino Albarosa, a student of Dom Eugène Cardine, is one of the founders of the International Association for Gregorian Chant Studies (AISCGre) and currently president of...

This is an extremely well-thought-out collection, performed with skill and sensitivity by this German vocal ensemble, with friends. Copland, Barber, and Bernstein occupy one wing, as...

Where the music of the troubadours is concerned, there are a series of concerns that performers are faced with. Was the music meant to be accompanied...

Captain Tobias Hume (c. 1569–1645) has drawn a fair amount of attention lately from gambists, ensembles, and record companies. This is in part because of his...