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On the basis of notoriety alone this recording deserves enshrinement in the Classical Hall of Fame. Virtually every serious collector knows, or knows of, “the Mengelberg...

Previous encounters with Britain’s Doric String Quartet—Alex Redington and Jonathan Stone, violins; Hélène Clément, viola; and John Myerscough, cello—have not gone all that well. With the...

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For the follow-up to their superb album of the composer’s Sinfonietta, Taras Bulba, The Ballad of Blanik, and The Fiddler’s Child, Tomás Netopil and the Prague...

Off the top of my head, Ida Presti and Sharon Isbin are the only two female classical guitarists that come to mind. I’m sure there are...

Here is a perfect example how musicologists and academics have ruined the enjoyment of music. This superb work, written in spurts between 1844 and 1853, resists...

Every time something goes “thump” on this CD, I’m tempted to open my closet door and see if a stage hand has tripped on his shoelaces....

Off the top of my head, Ida Presti and Sharon Isbin are the only two female classical guitarists that come to mind. I’m sure there are...

Charles Harold Bernstein, so say the notes, had a love of music as a child but had to give up the piano at age 19 when...

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...

On the basis of notoriety alone this recording deserves enshrinement in the Classical Hall of Fame. Virtually every serious collector knows, or knows of, “the Mengelberg...

I have been known to say that I’m even happy to have Bach played on a kazoo, just so that someone, somewhere, is playing Bach. But...

Previous encounters with Britain’s Doric String Quartet—Alex Redington and Jonathan Stone, violins; Hélène Clément, viola; and John Myerscough, cello—have not gone all that well. With the...

For the follow-up to their superb album of the composer’s Sinfonietta, Taras Bulba, The Ballad of Blanik, and The Fiddler’s Child, Tomás Netopil and the Prague...

We all know what a powerful force music can be in film. Stanley Kubrick himself noted that “the thing a film does best is...

The authors of this book rightly observe that in the history of music in Britain in any period, military music is ignored. This observation applies beyond...

A virtuoso alto saxophonist, equally at home with bebop and various forms and styles of Latin music, Miguel Zenon has a bright brash sound and a...

This CD, which bears the title Jazz-Tinged, is a mutual admiration society between composer Charles Ruggiero and alto saxophonist Joseph Lulloff. On the first page of...

Like Cameron Carpenter and Nigel Kennedy—deeply serious musicians who happen to dress like rock stars (or in Carpenter’s case, a Martian rock star)—the Czech violinist Pavel...

The influence of John Cranko is alive and well in the Stuttgart Ballet/Gauthier Dance Ensemble’s piquant production of Christian Spuck’s ballet Poppea Poppea , captured in...

On this, Duo XXI’s second disc for Albany, violinist Anna Cromwell and cellist Mira Frisch perform some often lovely chamber music that, ironically, does not justify...

The melancholy title of this release, implying as it does the lives and hopes destroyed in the Holocaust, shouldn’t divert us from how entertaining the music-making...

I spent longer assessing this CD than I have ever spent on any one release, and I have to admit that I am simply defeated by...

In Motherland Georgian pianist Khatia Buniatishvili plays a wide-ranging collection of personal favorites from Bach and Handel to Chopin and Tchaikovsky, Debussy, Ravel, and Pärt, all...

As the sub-head indicates, there’s a lot going on here that is not covered by the disc’s title. The idea behind it all was the society...

Producer Gary Hickling, a friend of Lehmann’s, the creator and maintainer of her discography, and a generous enthusiast of her art, approached Music & Arts to...

This DVD of the Brigham Young University Young Ambassadors’ latest musical revue, Heart Songs celebrates the myriad faces of love in the tunes of Broadway musicals...

This is an interesting album of Eastern European choral music (with organ interludes by Pēteris Vasks, Jan Janca, and the lone non-European on this set, Philippine...

We always assume that somewhere in the vast catalog of Baroque music there are a few musical alchemists. Amongst the gigantic Bachs and Vivaldis, though, they...

“Music by Early Renaissance Composers Who Remain Anonymous” would probably present the widest scope for an early music program. Barring that, a likely candidate would a...


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