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This was a gala performance that included luxury casting, with Rudolf Nureyev in the Polovtsian Dances (his first appearance in an opera production). Of course we...

This disc was a lovely discovery. I had never encountered the music of Eduard Abramian (1923-1986), an apparently highly respected composer and teacher in Armenia. He...

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Pristine Audio’s Andrew Rose made this production from a set of acetate radio checks that were donated to him. I have found Rose’s work to be...

Leave it to Naxos to plug still another hole in the recorded repertory. To complement its recent compilation of ballet music from five operas (

More than a decade ago, in Fanfare 26:6, I suggested that Adrian Chandler and La Serenissima, in their first volume of music written for violinist Johann...

After seven CDs of sacred music by mostly obscure composers of the 16th century, this vocal ensemble based in Vienna has turned to secular pieces by...

It was my pleasure, recently, to carry on an electronic conversation with Jeroen van Veen, the pianist who has done so much to promote the music...

Although John McDonald likes to describe himself as "a composer who tries to play the piano and a pianist who tries to compose," the Fanfare

My Want List leads off with the master of all experimentation, John Cage, and Microfest’s release is itself an experiment in presentation that’s brilliantly successful. Starting...

David Dahl (b. 1937) was professor of organ for 30 years at Pacific Lutheran University and has also composed several volumes of music for his instrument....

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...

This was a gala performance that included luxury casting, with Rudolf Nureyev in the Polovtsian Dances (his first appearance in an opera production). Of course we...

This disc was a lovely discovery. I had never encountered the music of Eduard Abramian (1923-1986), an apparently highly respected composer and teacher in Armenia. He...

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,...

I am always surprised (and, I suppose, not a little pleased) that Ives's music still generates controversy. Where I live, a recent performance of the Fourth...

Available at CD Baby, Amazon, and emusic Over the decades there have been several duo-pianists playing jazz-at times, as in the late 1930s-early40s, up to three...

Kerecki plays the double bass, and the other members of his eponymous quartet are John Taylor (piano), Émile Parisien (soprano sax), and Fabrice Moreau (drums). As...

More than a decade ago, in Fanfare 26:6, I suggested that Adrian Chandler and La Serenissima, in their first volume of music written for violinist Johann...

There have been several compilations of music from Alfred Hitchcock films, the best of which, by far, is the Decca Phase 4 recording with Bernard Herrmann...

The Eben Trio consists of Terezie Fialová, piano; Roman Patočka, violin; and Markéta Kubínová Vrbková, cello. A recent ensemble of young musicians, it has won its...

The Double Entendre Music Ensemble opens its CD with a puzzle. Timothy Dwight Edwards' Canon XV: in diatessara supra a six (at the fourth above in...

Don’t worry; I’d never heard of Howard Karp either. After thoroughly enjoying this wonderful collection of great solo piano music, played with tremendous flair and joy,...

Hidden treasure indeed! Violist or not, nearly every listener is bound to find something in this program to treasure, and who, besides possibly a few violists,...

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...

Elīna Garanča is a Latvian mezzo-soprano with a major international career, and conductor Chichon is married to her, so we are assured of true unity of...

One need do no more than listen to this excellent 16-voice chorus for a few minutes to accurately surmise that its director, Jamie Hitel, hails from...

Harmonia Sacra is a relatively new ensemble which sounds as if its members have all recently survived service as choral scholars in various Oxbridge college choirs....

After seven CDs of sacred music by mostly obscure composers of the 16th century, this vocal ensemble based in Vienna has turned to secular pieces by...

Music from the 11th-century Winchester Troper has been recorded before, but this program focuses on Easter Sunday in April 1043, when King Edward (St. Edward the...


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