Issue 39:1
Sept/Oct 2015
Magazine Contents

Collections: Instrumental

This is a pleasant program, and one that does not have a lot of competition. The last time that Devienne’s bassoon quartets were reviewed here was...

Lisa Shklyaver is a young clarinetist from Khabarovsk in the far east of the Russian Federation, who studied there and in St. Petersburg before coming to...

On this album, one finds pieces ubiquitous among virtually all flute players, but which will likely go unrecognized by listeners apart from that group. I speak...

I suppose that I must take annotator Gian Nicola Vessia at his word when he states that music written for flute and organ is relatively rare,...

While the harp repertoire is outside of my usual areas of inquiry, it is safe to say that harpist Susan Allen and New World offer a...

The title of this release would have you believing that all here is funereal, and the detail from John William Waterhouse’s painting The Head of Orpheus...

This program has a nicely faded air, due not only to the repertoire, which one can imagine a long-dead ancestor playing in her maidenhood, but also...

Steinway artist Lara Downes has recorded an elegant and moving collection of Billie Holliday songs for solo piano. The effect is a refreshing invitation to examine...

Available from dinaduisen.com Inspired by folk dances he heard throughout his younger life and intense Polish nationalism, Chopin made the mazurka his own, perfecting the form...

The late pianist Howard Karp enjoyed a musical beginning that could be called storied. Born in Chicago in 1929, he heard Schnabel’s Schubert in recital and...

Grigory Sokolov’s career has had a curious trajectory, at least in the West. There was a brief flash—one might even say explosion—of fame in 1966, when,...

This charming collection of piano arrangements of songs from Tin Pan Alley is made for easy listening. Pianist Jocelyn Swigger herself says in the liner notes...

I gravitate to CDs organized as complete recitals. When the program is ingeniously devised, new connections emerge, as when pianist Shai Wosner juxtaposed short pieces by...

This disc marks the debut of the Polish-Canadian pianist Mikolaj Warszynski and, perhaps not surprisingly, it is also my first encounter with this young artist. No...

Here is an intriguing program of “character pieces,” showcasing recent music by a handful of composers against one work from the 1970s and one from the...

Tuba recitals are common enough fare that we are no longer surprised when the lowest voice of the brass section proves, in the right hands, to...

What should a violin recital be? This one’s unfamiliar; and with the surfeit of programs weighted down with sonatas and encore pieces, that could be a...

If you were going to put together a program of treasured French violin works, it’s hard to imagine one more appealing than this. First you have...

This set is a treasure for so many reasons that it is difficult to enumerate (or even prioritize) them. I suppose that the most important reason...

Even those who regard themselves as in the “know” about violinists may well draw a blank when it comes to Camilla Wicks, born 1928 in Long...

In Fanfare 29:1, I strongly recommended Music and Arts’ first collection of broadcast recordings by violinist Camilla Wicks (CD 1160), including Beethoven’s Violin Concerto, the

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