Issue 38:6
July/Aug 2015
Magazine Contents

Collections: Ensemble

Let’s be clear for a moment here. Much of music is an experiment, and the pieces on this CD are on the brave frontiers of such...

The artistic force behind this most unusual album, the first collaboration between Japanese-born jazz pianist Takase (who has been living and working in Germany for decades)...

The Arcos Trio’s live recording focuses on four 20th-century composers of Latin American trios for piano and strings. The works all share a convergence of what...

South American composers have had no trouble finding color and rhythm—it swirls all around them—but the search for identity has been more ambivalent. The continent’s profile...

Formed in 2005, the Arcos Trio is made up of violinist Seunghee Lee, cellist Carl Donakowski, and pianist Anthony Padilla. Their mission includes expanding the piano...

Here is a collection of ravishingly beautiful music, performed with ravishing beauty by three players calling themselves Ensemble Schumann—Thomas Gallant, oboe; Steve Larson, viola; and Sally...

This new release by the Fire Pink Trio is a most original compilation of classical and contemporary works for the unusual combination of flute, viola, and...

If there’s a single moment that can fully explain this album of Russian piano trios, then it’s the one that comes in the final movement of...

This is the first release featuring the young Baroque violinist Alexander Woods. On the basis of it, he possesses a solid technique, and no undue restraint...

Spelled like this, Phantasy can only mean one thing. In 1906 Walter Willson Cobbett, the wealthy English businessman and amateur violinist, endowed an annual competition for...

The distinction, or perhaps oddity, of this two-disc collection of Viennese quartets is that each quartet is preceded by a reading from the Irish singer Michael...

These are all world premiere recordings by the Corona Guitar Kvartet, a Danish ensemble which “has specialized in forging personal relationships with composers of various styles,...

In 1995, Volkmar Zimmermann and Per Dybro Sørensen founded the Corona Guitar Kvartet. Mikkel Andersen became a member in 2000, and a year later Kristian Gantriis...

A glance at the album’s contents tells you immediately that this not a collection aimed at lovers of Haydn, Schubert, or Benjamin Britten, many of whom...

Recordings of Respighi quartets are not many. Of the two quartets in D (and a third, described as “for viols,” this one is from 1907, though...

This interesting disc combines the music of seven British women composers ranging from the 18th century (Sophie Dussek’s Violin Sonata) to the 21st (Jocelyn Pook’s

The three musicians who comprise Bridge Chamber Virtuosi are violinist Wei He, violist Jay Liu, and cellist Amos Yang. Liu and Yang play in the San...

This is an appealing program of new and old works, some by big names in wind ensemble composing, recorded by the Crane Wind Ensemble of the...

I perceive that this disc was prepared and recorded with a collective sense of humor, and I suggest that hearing it with a sense of humor...

My collection having recently passed the 600 mark in the number of Pictures at an Exhibition arrangements—most of which I have recordings of—I sometimes wonder just...

Given the many composition competitions that exist worldwide, I could hardly claim that I am aware of any sizeable part of the results. However those I...

Ordinarily I detest transcriptions of well-known works, or any works for that matter, for odd groups of instruments that were never intended to play them, but...

It seems fair to say that Ralph Vaughan Williams and Gustav Holst are the Beethoven and Brahms of the band music world. And Frederick Fennell was...

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