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For whatever reasons (artistic ambition? more potential sales for discs featuring better-known repertoire? a hope of repeating the spectacular success of the Van Cliburn/Kondrashin album of...

I am losing count of the number of new recordings of Britten’s Violin Concerto, op. 15. One of the composer’s early masterpieces, this powerful work was...

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“Everyone is a winner. They leave the competition either as a prize-winner or a finalist.” Melvin Stecher and Norman Horowitz, founders and executive directors of the...

The first volume of Enrico Onofri’s recording of Corelli’s Violin Sonatas, op. 5, includes six of the 12 works, played at what the booklet describes as...

The well-known and often recorded Well-Tempered Clavier probably has as many recording renditions as any keyboard music from this period, and here is another on harpsichord...

For a composer who came out of the puerile musical background of rock music (when he was 12, he owned “a stack of Van Halen records”),...

“Everyone is a winner. They leave the competition either as a prize-winner or a finalist.” Melvin Stecher and Norman Horowitz, founders and executive directors of the...

Kate Prestia-Schaub is a Southern California flutist and piccolo player whose debut recording is making waves. She not only plays chamber music, she is also a...

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...

For whatever reasons (artistic ambition? more potential sales for discs featuring better-known repertoire? a hope of repeating the spectacular success of the Van Cliburn/Kondrashin album of...

I am losing count of the number of new recordings of Britten’s Violin Concerto, op. 15. One of the composer’s early masterpieces, this powerful work was...

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...

The echoes of the Britten centenary are still with us. This frequently interesting, but occasionally disappointing, collection of 12 essays wants to look anew at Britten’s...

This overblown and pretentious set is grandiosely titled Flying Under the Radar: The World of Robert Ackerman, Box 2. The liner notes indicate that Bob Ackerman,...

I talked to pianist Vijay Iyer at the tail end of March after a long day for both of us. We met in the Cambridge apartment...

Available as a download from iTunes and ClassicsOnline In this Brave New World of “indy” labels, downloads, and FLACs, a great number of musicians who might...

Thomas Beecham, the saying used to go in London, conducted “red hot.” But Victor de Sabata was “white hot.” I thought of this as I listened...

This is a lovely and stylish recording. The four French saxophonists who make up the Ellipsos Quartet are each virtuosos. They blend together beautifully with great...

Massimo Martusciello has been the principal bassoonist of the Abruzzese Symphony Orchestra since 1989. Gennaro Spezza, principal clarinetist from that same year, left 10 years ago...

Elsewhere in this volume, I welcome The Proud Bassoon , a recital of German and French bassoon works from the late Baroque period played by the...

The program on this enjoyable debut recording by 23-year-old pianist David Aladashvili was chosen according to a rubric almost certainly unprecedented in the history of recording....

This intriguing program is as much a showcase for the top-notch French period instrument orchestra Opera Fuoco, founded in 2004 by conductor David Stern and dedicated...

From Plowright’s self-written liner notes: “My husband Tony said, ‘You know, you have been singing for almost 40 years now and you have never made a...

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...

The sound is frankly too problematic on this album to justify much space. Suffice to say that the eight instruments, mostly plucked and bowed, are very...

This is a well-conceived reissue of three related recordings of music of the Ars Subtilior, that mannerist period between the Medieval (the death of Machaut) and...