Issue 38:1
Sept/Oct 2014
Magazine Contents

Collections: Instrumental

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...

Peter Whelen, the principal bassoonist for the Scottish Chamber Orchestra, is also the professor of Baroque bassoon at the Guildhall School of Music, and founder and...

This is a disc where first impressions should definitely not influence your decision to purchase or listen to it. The three opening tracks here, pop tunes...

An interesting program, this. Bookended by the two Brahms sonatas we have music of three Austrians, Alban Berg and two living composers; despite having been written...

This guitarist was born in 1994, and the recording sessions for this disc took place in the spring of 2013, so you do the math. Heady...

Here’s a fine album devoted to 12 selections of Spanish keyboard music, far too neglected in comparison even with the less noteworthy English composers of the...

Percussionist Lynn Vartan, here playing primarily the marimba on this CD, has worked as a soloist with the Los Angeles Philharmonic, Green Umbrella Series, and the...

Early in the digital era, Tzimon Barto burst onto the scene with a large technique and photogenic looks. He still possesses both. His exotic name belies...

Having focused on his conducting career for some decades, Myung Whun Chung doesn’t consider himself “a ‘real’ pianist anymore,” as he says in a personal note....

The path from piano to podium has become a fairly common one, as more and more performing artists—not just pianists—decide to take up the baton. The...

Welcome to Barnum and Bailey’s on the Volga. The concert paraphrase was one of the shiniest tricks in Liszt’s kit bag, taking familiar tunes from operas...

This unusual album by pianist Mary Kathleen Ernst combines the music of seven women composers, two of whom, at least, are well known (Higdon and Hoover),...

Since they inaugurated their own label in 2010, Steinway & Sons has become a gilt-edged venue for pianists. Just as gilt-edged in this age of young...

In Fanfare 36:3 Scott Noriega gave a very enthusiastic review to a disc of piano music by Ernst Krenek played by the young Ukrainian pianist Stanislav...

Joseph Kubera’s recital not only shows off his technical prowess, but also his taste as a curator of programs. All four pieces on this release share...

Not every day brings two CDs of Russian piano transcriptions, and if it did, how likely is it that both pianists play their own paraphrase of...

Magda Tagliaferro now seems to be a long-forgotten figure among the younger generation of musicians, though she was still performing at the ripe old age of...

Even though he had already made a considerable splash with victories at the Tchaikovsky and Rubinstein Competitions in 2011, Daniil Trifonov was barely old enough for...

It is claimed that the Martucci is receiving its first commercial recording here, and I assume that the three contributions—very much in a Lisztian/Thalbergian style, by...

These are the performer’s own transcriptions of works originally composed for the violin. (The exception is the set of variations by Marin Marais, originally composed for...

Tobias Feldmann’s recital with Boris Kusnezow includes two works for solo violin: Eugène Ysaÿe’s frequently played Third Sonata, dedicated to George Enescu, and Bartók’s formidable solo...

Giovanni Guglielmo’s and the Orchestra Barocca Andrea Palladio’s compilation of works written by Giuseppe Tartini and members of his School of Nations begins with one of...

Violinist Lynn Kuo’s debut CD comes with no liner notes: You have to go online to read about her and her program, even after you’ve paid...

Violinist Francesco Manara and pianist Marco Sollini (in co-operation with the Armonia della Sera chamber music festival) have compiled a collection of works for violin and...

The works in Tasmin Waley-Cohen’s and Huw Watkins’s program center on the year 1917. They begin with Debussy’s Violin Sonata, actually played for the first time...