Issue 38:5
May/June 2015
Magazine Contents

Collections: Ensemble

By the time we reach the first Spanish-flavored selection in this generous cello-and-guitar duet program, anyone will be won over by how successful the combination is....

Regular readers of this publication are bound to know that I’m not generally receptive to programs of works transcribed for settings other than those for which...

This is a reissue of a disc recorded in 2001 which escaped Fanfare ’s attention and my own. As the headnote suggests, it contains an intriguing...

Ceora Winds (pronounced “see –OR – a,” apparently) has produced a beautifully life-affirming disc of charming wind music. The charm of Les Tisserandes by Mat Matsumune...

Faced with yet another version of Mendelssohn’s ubiquitous piano trios—in this case, only the Second of the two—I found myself suddenly struck by the most incongruous...

This was one of those downloads that didn’t come with a booklet, so I had to add the timing of all the tracks to arrive at...

These recordings date back to 1993 (Mendelssohn and Shostakovich) and 1996 (Tchaikovsky and Arensky). The former was released on the budget Discover label (remember that?) and...

Four modern masterpieces are presented here in distinctive and engaging interpretations. The idea of “interpretation” may seem anathema to musical Modernism, as many 20th-century scores seem...

There are a lot of saxophone quartets out there, and many of them are very good. I would say here that it is always very nice...

Few things are more amusing (or deeply annoying) to American listeners than non-Americans trying to affect an American accent. Among important British actors, only Kenneth Branagh...

This disc combines the works of five composers written for wind band with varying results and quality. Interestingly, three of these composers—Paul Dooley, Steve Danyew, and...

Like the Chicago Symphony (see reviews by Ronald E. Grames and myself in 35:4 and 35:5), the Royal Concertgebouw has had the foresight and intelligence to...

Many of the members of the Eastern Wind Symphony are College of New Jersey graduates, but this is not a collegiate group, drawing on a large...

Listening to this anthology of Norwegian music for wind ensemble, you come away with a heightened admiration for two things: the playing of one of the...

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