Issue 37:6
July/Aug 2014
Magazine Contents

Collections: Ensemble

This is one of those lovely discs that comes along every so often, in which music from the 16th and 17th centuries is performed in a...

Massimo Martusciello has been the principal bassoonist of the Abruzzese Symphony Orchestra since 1989. Gennaro Spezza, principal clarinetist from that same year, left 10 years ago...

Elsewhere in this issue I reviewed a disc of Handel pieces, Ciel e Terra , which I found discouraging because while adhering to all the principles...

La Tour, Tim Blackmore on recorders and harpsichord and Michel Cardin on lute and theorbo, has been with us before, in a program of Baroque Scottish...

The fortress of Louisbourg in Nova Scotia was French Canada’s bulwark against British expansionism during the late 17th and early 18th centuries. An impressive citadel faced...

So delighted was I by the La Tour Baroque Duo’s previous albums, Les Caractères de la Danse and The Last Time I Came O’er the Moor...

Joseph Gold’s reliably insightful and informative notes to Naxos’s fourth and final volume of Pablo Sarasate’s music for violin and piano—played again by Tianwa Yang and...

If I were to base this review solely, or even primarily, on the main and most often-performed and recorded work on the disc, Dvořák’s “American” Quartet,...

One has to accept the premise of a quartet of saxophones if one is going to enjoy this disc. If the idea does not appeal, you...

This is a lovely and stylish recording. The four French saxophonists who make up the Ellipsos Quartet are each virtuosos. They blend together beautifully with great...

Having never heard a Beethoven piano sonata played on the guitar, it was all the more surprising to find op. 101 transcribed for the four members...

Available from CD Baby and iTunes When classical music lovers think of woodwind quintets, they of course think of the time-honored combination of flute, clarinet, oboe,...

Les Vents Français are Emmanuel Pahud (flute), Paul Meyer (clarinet), François Leleux (oboe), Gilbert Audin (bassoon), and Radovan Vlatkovic (horn)—spot the odd man out. Their two-disc...

Stylus phantasticus . My favorite explanation of this term is from Ton Koopman: “Stylus phantasticus wants to keep the listener awake by special effects, astonishment, irregular...

When I received this disc I was fully prepared to find a series of laudatory works by established composers that would be appropriate for this treaty...

By the time this review appears in print, there’s no telling what the situation will hold, but as I write this Russia has recently “reclaimed” Crimea...

This is great stuff! I’ll admit that for the first minute or so of the Beethoven Trio, recorded in Moscow in 1956 and transferred from Melodiya...

This interesting set presents us two discs, one a series of 19th-century classical pieces for saxophone quartet (soprano, alto, tenor, and baritone) played on original instruments...