Issue 37:5
May/June 2014
Magazine Contents

Collections: Orchestral

This double-CD set collects excerpts from several past recordings by Baroque violinist Amandine Beyer plus one new recording, the Concerto Grosso of Arcangelo Corelli. The booklet...

Technically speaking, not all of the composers represented on this disc can be classified as English pastoralists, though each of them did contribute musical landscapes, sketches,...

Doremi has assembled its 14th volume dedicated to violinist David Oistrakh from live performances in Stockholm during the early 1970s, and therefore offers an opportunity to...

There is no denying that Newton Classics is offering, in this two-CD set of music for double bass and orchestra, repertoire that is under-served in the...

This interesting disc chronicles the work of one of America’s pioneer arrangers of popular, show, and ragtime music, Harry A. Alford (1875–1939). At a time when...

For the most part, these are pleasant, skillfully wrought pieces, though some may deride them as a mere parade of pleasant tunes. I imagine the annotator...

In a brief essay in the booklet accompanying this disc, director Richard Egarr makes what has to be the understatement of the year: “This recording of...

Save for Baroque New Spanish composer Juan de Araujo (1646–1712), it is probably a good bet that few if any have heard of the remaining musicians...

These are good years for Zubin Mehta. Long past are the days when he was the beleaguered and underappreciated conductor of the New York Philharmonic, where...

These are the first three DVDs of a four-disc series issued by Naxos and featuring “The All-Star Orchestra,” comprised of musicians from the major Philadelphia, Boston,...

One thing that I like almost as much as listening to music is looking at paintings, and I suppose that also is true for many

Composers who teach, or teachers who compose? In either case, it must be difficult to balance two such careers—to find enough time to devote due diligence...

I first became aware of pianist Polly Ferman’s delightfully airy and effervescent style in a CD of Milongas and Tangos (Roméo Records 7202) made several years...

This potpourri disc of pre-war recordings by Bruno Walter is, overall, something of a disappointment. As usual, the remasterings adhere to the Opus Kura philosophy of...

This interesting and useful approach to Benjamin Britten begins with the sounds of the opening of the composer’s War Requiem (1963), and this provides the immanent...

A film by Bruno Le Jean I really wanted to like this film. I’ve been a fan of gypsy swing for many years, and the various...

What could have easily been a dull and routine affair—after all, little film footage and few recordings exist of Gould’s historic May 1957 tour of the...

This rather strange but fascinating video is, you might say, an “infomercial” for high-pitched falsetto male singers in general and countertenors in particular. In the first...