Issue 38:5
May/June 2015
Magazine Contents

Feature Articles

In countries with smaller populations—and Norway has just over 5 million people, with a fairly low average population density—a few prominent individuals and institutions can make...

At its height in the postwar era, the German avant-garde was fearsome enough that running into barbed wire was a gentler experience. But in Germany, as...

“The schism between composer and audience … is the fault of neither the composer nor the audience. The problem is with the performer who has forgotten,...

The development of Spectral music arose in France in the early 1970s through works by such composers as Gérard Grisey and Tristan Murail. In this music,...

Fans of Marilyn Nonken, and I certainly count myself among them, have certain expectations for her recordings. The music will be dense, intellectually challenging, and sensuous,...

Marilyn Nonken has previously released the complete piano works of Tristan Murail for Métier (as well as recording for other labels: a CRI disc of music...

In his music, American composer Paul Reale seeks to be original, but not novel. Many readers I suspect will not have considered, as Reale has (encompassed...

Paul Reale is a modern American composer who, having studied under George Rochberg and George Crumb, was professor of music at UCLA from 1969 to 2004....

A student of both George Rochberg and George Crumb, American composer Paul Reale has only cropped up a couple of times in the Fanfare Archive, so...

On January 21, 2015, I sat down with Stuart Saunders Smith at his home in Vermont to talk about his extensive career as a composer, his...

The title of this irreverently enjoyable album of music by Stuart Saunders Smith is Crux , in the sense of two roads crossing, or in this...

I’ve reviewed music of Stuart Saunders Smith (b. 1948) periodically over the years, and I’ve been impressed by his integrity and absolute commitment to the making...

In August of 2013 I found myself in London for a week and decided to attend a couple of the Promenade concerts. One, in the smaller...

This excellent release is the third appearance in the BIS catalog by the Swedish Camerata Nordica. Preceded by their transcribed version of the late Beethoven quartets,...

Back when I was a college undergraduate just learning about classical music, one of the first concerts I attended offered a program very similar to this...

Camerata Nordica is a string chamber orchestra, varying between 15 and 20 musicians depending on repertoire, that plays standing up and without a conductor. Although the...

All the works in this program of 20th-century string orchestral music also feature in the Argo discography of St. Martin-in-the-Fields. Rudolf Barshai’s arrangement of Prokofiev’s

Michael John Trotta has had a busy and adventurous year. The 38-year-old composer has just released his debut recording, Mystical Voices , with 17 of his...

There is something remarkably reassuring about the warmth of Michael John Trotta’s devotional music. Born in 1978, Trotta obtained a Doctorate in choral conducting from Louisiana...

The American Horn Quartet (AHQ) consists of four Americans. Always has. Still does. Why mention this? Because look what became of the Tokyo String Quartet. When...

I remember a long time ago (the late 1970s?) a BBC Records LP called John Pigneguy and the Sound of Horns . There was something of...

En-Cor! is the new recording by The American Horn Quartet, whose members are Charles Putnam, Geoffrey Winter, Kristina Mascher, and Kerry Turner. They open their program...

Trondheim, about halfway along the length of Norway, has been a major trading center since Medieval times. Originally called Kaupangen (or Market Meadow), it eventually became...

Here is an absolutely fascinating disc of works by German-born, middle-to-late Baroque composers. The title of the album is Ostsee , which, I learned, refers to...

When most people think of the concerts of the 18th century, they usually envision court ensembles whose composers, resident or imported, wrote works of generic scope...

Let me begin by saying that I requested to review this release because I was so taken with another Trondheim Barokk album I received and reviewed...

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