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I perceive that this disc was prepared and recorded with a collective sense of humor, and I suggest that hearing it with a sense of humor...

This one seems to be a case of keeping up with the Joneses. In 2013, the Royal Academy of Music Soloists Ensemble released a recording of...

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Sidney and Jeanne Weiss gave the recital of music by the Russian composers Prokofiev, Rachmaninoff, and Tchaikovsky, now issued on CD by Crystal, in Kimball Hall,...

Violinist Shuai Shi and pianist Zhen Chen, billing themselves as the “Jade Duo,” have chosen sonatas by Fauré, Schumann, and Bartók for their premiere recording. Their...

It’s been decades since the Mendelssohn Second has shed its reputation for smug and comfortable religiosity—but even in this new age of increasingly electrical performances, Edward...

Back in 35:5 I reviewed in detail a previous release of this performance by WHRA (coupled with a second complete surviving broadcast Met performance of

Matthew Bengtson, whose devotion to the music of Scriabin is equaled only by his authority as a leading harpsichordist and fortepianist, has been turning the heads...

The fascinating possibilities of Paganini’s 24th Caprice are given a contemporary twist by seven composers, each commissioned by pianist Christopher McKiggan to take up where Rachmaninoff,...

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...

In over 10 years of preparing annual Want Lists, I can’t think of a year that has been more exasperating than this one. My five allowed...

Here, complete at last, is the Beethoven piano sonata cycle for our age, and it’s been an age in coming. In May 1975 Maurizio Pollini stepped...

It’s good to check in from time to time, in case classic recordings have begun to rust. The Italian reissue label IDIS, taking advantage of liberal...

This one seems to be a case of keeping up with the Joneses. In 2013, the Royal Academy of Music Soloists Ensemble released a recording of...

Sidney and Jeanne Weiss gave the recital of music by the Russian composers Prokofiev, Rachmaninoff, and Tchaikovsky, now issued on CD by Crystal, in Kimball Hall,...

It seems to be a rule: Biographies have to get fatter and fatter. In 1984, Christopher Hogwood took 312 pages to deal with Handel. In 2013,...

When Hyperion reissued its groundbreaking 40-CD series of Schubert’s complete Lieder and part-songs as a boxed set in 2005, considerable regret and even annoyance was expressed...

Born in Budapest in 1956, pianist Laszlo Gardony plays with a rich, two-handed style that can be as rippingly exciting as the eccentric pianism of one...

I’ve listened to several of Turn Left’s “jazz” CDs, and it seems to me that the Norwegians, or at least those Norwegians who record for this...

In his review of Charles Munch and the BSO 1958–1962 —five DVDs of WGBH broadcasts ( Fanfare 38:2)—Huntley Dent reminds us of “Munch’s well-known trait for...

This disc brings together four representative guitar concertos of the past 25 years by Australian composers. Two of the works––the concertos by Richard Charlton (b. 1958)...

I perceive that this disc was prepared and recorded with a collective sense of humor, and I suggest that hearing it with a sense of humor...

In 1995, Volkmar Zimmermann and Per Dybro Sørensen founded the Corona Guitar Kvartet. Mikkel Andersen became a member in 2000, and a year later Kristian Gantriis...

I requested this disc for review after being strongly impressed by Julian Bliss’s CD of Mozart and Nielsen concertos, which I reviewed last issue. This program...

The sudden, arresting gesture that opens Ed Bennett’s Gothic (2008) sets the scene for this disc. Clearly individual music, the gesture repeats time after time, with...

It takes an unusually affecting Lieder recital to make me forego Elisabeth Schwarzkopf, Christa Ludwig, Victoria de los Angeles, and other greats from the past. But...

Promessa (promise) is the title of a new CD from Oehms featuring German soprano Sophia Brommer. Promise it has and promise it delivers. She has an...

An “akafist” (more commonly spelled “akathist”), from which the choir performing here takes its name, is an Eastern Orthodox hymn dedicated to either a saint, a...

I don’t recall any disc containing six settings of the same text, in this case the Medieval sequence Stabat mater . I once wrote an article...

Gerald Trimble is a modern musician who likes to play old music on old instruments in a new way. On this recording he plays English, German,...

According to the liner notes, this album grew out of a research project by music historian Birgit Lodes, entitled “Musical Life in the Late Middle Ages...


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