Issue 37:5
May/June 2014
Magazine Contents

Collections: Ensemble

Harpist Carrol McLaughlin and flutist Brian Luce play Vittorio Monti’s 19th-century Csárdás with considerable panache. It shows the ability of the flutist much more than the...

Evgenia-Maria Popova was one of the last pupils of famed violinist Leonid Kogan (1924–1982) while Dimitar Penkov is considered one of Bulgaria’s finest string players, winning...

Founded in 2005, the Beethoven Trio Bonn consists of Tokyo-born pianist Rinko Hama and two Moscow-born string players, violinist Mikhail Ovrutsky and cellist Grigory Alumyan. The...

On this recording, the members of the Aquarelle Guitar Quartet—Michael Baker, Vasilis Bessas, James Jervis, and Rory Russell—play music about Spain and Spanish culture. Some pieces...

What to make of the Cypress String Quartet, and what to make of Fanfare reviews thereof? Founded in 1996, it has established a solid reputation but...

This CD is a perfect example of how musical aesthetics have changed over the decades, and how jazz and classical interaction (and intermingling) has now moved...

Available at the artists’ website, www.nswq.com.au It’s always a pleasant as well as a wonderful surprise to hear a young chamber group nowadays that doesn’t seem...

The Pro Arte Quartet, celebrating its 100th anniversary as an entity, has evolved from a Belgian unit that played Schubert with Artur Schnabel and recorded a...

The mandolin is the sort of instrument that everyone knows about, but finding repertory for it seems a daunting task. During the 18th century, it (and...

If your ideal of French horn playing is the brilliance and power of, for example, the Chicago Symphony Orchestra or New York Philharmonic, this disc might...

Here is a real winner. It begins with still another recording of that ubiquitous Holberg Suite , but it commands attention in its superb performance by...

This disc may be viewed either as a complement to Harmonie Ensemble’s performances of the original Tchaikovsky suite and the later Ellington-Strayhorn arrangements (reviewed elsewhere in...

It is the unfortunate fate of most holiday season music CDs to be reviewed out of season, due to the lag time between receipt of the...

The album is named after the airport; the ensemble after the late conductor. This appears to be the debut release from the Horenstein Ensemble, a German-based...

At just under 42 minutes, this is a rather short disc, clearly the aftermath of a live concert by this newer ensemble, founded and led by...

Ablaze Records, a joint Australian/American concern, has stated that they are “committed to the talent of tomorrow and to distributing this [music] as widely as possible.”...

This release derives its title from the longest piece on the disc, Aram Khachaturian’s suite commemorating this pivotal Soviet victory in World War II. The remaining...

Although it was founded in New York in 2003, the Repast Baroque Ensemble has not to my knowledge done much in the way of recording. It...

When putting on a CD of a percussion ensemble, one is never sure if you should turn down the volume and/or reach for the earplugs. There...