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These two fascinating discs showcase the talents of saxophonist Glen Gillis. In fact the first disc opens with one of his own compositions, Elegy Cadenza

I hope that the disc title did not cause anyone immediately to bypass this review as concerning an item of little or no interest, for this...

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By the time we reach the first Spanish-flavored selection in this generous cello-and-guitar duet program, anyone will be won over by how successful the combination is....

In August of 2013 I found myself in London for a week and decided to attend a couple of the Promenade concerts. One, in the smaller...

The viola da gamba was one of the most versatile instruments of the Baroque era, and though it faded from popularity by the middle of the...

T his disc, entitled Voices in the Wilderness, features the music of Hans Gál and Ernst Krenek, both of whom fled Nazi persecution in 1938. The...

These two fascinating discs showcase the talents of saxophonist Glen Gillis. In fact the first disc opens with one of his own compositions, Elegy Cadenza

In August of 2013 I found myself in London for a week and decided to attend a couple of the Promenade concerts. One, in the smaller...

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...

The viola da gamba was one of the most versatile instruments of the Baroque era, and though it faded from popularity by the middle of the...

T his disc, entitled Voices in the Wilderness, features the music of Hans Gál and Ernst Krenek, both of whom fled Nazi persecution in 1938. The...

Of all the sobriquets Joseph Martin Kraus (1756–1792) has had to suffer after his death, that of being “the Swedish Mozart” is perhaps the least apt,...

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

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...

I hope that the disc title did not cause anyone immediately to bypass this review as concerning an item of little or no interest, for this...

Reviewing a 1947 concert by Leopold Stokowski and the New York Philharmonic, Virgil Thomson wrote, “Everything was played with a wondrous beauty of sound, with the...

By the time we reach the first Spanish-flavored selection in this generous cello-and-guitar duet program, anyone will be won over by how successful the combination is....

Few things are more amusing (or deeply annoying) to American listeners than non-Americans trying to affect an American accent. Among important British actors, only Kenneth Branagh...

Barbara Zalaznik Matos, who has been a member of the Slovenian Philharmonic Orchestra for more than a decade, is now beginning to concentrate on a solo...

With the not-entirely original intent of broadening the limited solo bassoon repertoire, bassoonist Massimo Data and pianist Piero Barbareschi offer a collection made up largely of...

Although one can see the profound influence of the Russian spirit in the Baroque cathedrals and palaces designed for the Romanovs by Western architects, no similar...

The Dutch-American soprano Lisa Houben and pianist Daniel Blumenthal, together with musicologist Carlo Curami, have assembled a fascinating recording of mostly rare Italian and French

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...

So what does the title of this disc mean? A glance at the liner notes reveals a literal misreading of the phrase, “went insane with.” And...

The general focus on this disc of 32 pieces is Manuscript 975 in Granada’s Manuel de Falla Library. It’s an anthology of more than 100 vocal...


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