Issue 37:5
May/June 2014
Magazine Contents

Feature Articles

This collection of solo piano music by five Jewish composers who were forced out of Fascist Europe has an interesting array of personality traits, despite the...

I’m reviewing these two CDs under cover of a combined double headnote because neither of them is new—the Brahms dates from 2001, the Raff from 2003....

From an early age, the American pianist Eric le Van has been drawn to Brahms’s music, and it appears that he may be recording a cycle...

George W. Martin came early to opera. He was born on Manhattan and went to various schools in New York City before entering Harvard. He came...

This book is about bands, in particular, American bands. Not brass bands, not marching bands, not student bands, but professional concert bands, often touring, numbering 40...

A previous Fanfare interview (with Maria Nockin) already covered Steven Masi’s education and teachers. In it, Masi says, “Beethoven represents a meeting of opposites: the sacred...

In conjunction with her interview of Steven Masi in 37: 1, Maria Nockin and I reviewed the pianist’s first volume of Beethoven’s sonatas, with both of...

Every month, I make the acquaintance (via recordings) with one or more artists new to me. Some are pleasant to hear, some enticing, and some uninteresting,...

Katarzyna Musiał’s CD Come Dance With Me offers a more varied and substantial program than the cover (which pictures the pianist in a bright red dress,...

Solo piano recitals don’t come more mixed than this one. It’s a bit like one of those whirlwind globe-trotting tours where the traveler spends a day...

Fanfare readers met flutist James Pellerite back in 35:6 when I interviewed him about how he developed an interest in the Native American flute, and his...

James Pellerite combines his augmented Native American flute tones with the music of other players and singers on this recording, proving that the wooden instrument can...

I have been an admirer of Danish recorder virtuoso Michala Petri’s artistry since I bought her first Philips LP of works by various Baroque composers in...

Don’t be fooled by the label, OUR Recordings; the numbering system and the distribution shows that it is part of the vast and expanding Naxos empire....

Any idea that a disc of recorder music is going to be gentle and filled with happy pipings is instantly contradicted by the overtly Modernist drum...

Going to Pieces - Without Falling Apart is the title Danish composer and trumpeter Palle Mikkelborg gave this concerto for harp, recorder, and string orchestra, which...

The music of Walter Saul is entertaining, stimulating, and uplifting. A glance at his web site (waltersaul.com), and for that matter his Facebook page, reveals his...

Walter Saul’s admiration for Bach and his Well-Tempered Clavier is referred to in the above interview. The title here refers to Revelations 22: 13 (“I am...

Another side of Walter Saul is his vocal output. The sheer happiness of the opening song, Thank you, Jesus , is near palpable, and certainly unclouded,...

Walter Saul, who has won 23 awards from the American Society of Composers Authors and Publishers, writes accessible, imaginative contemporary music that displays his ability to...

Ray Tuttle interviewed Thomas Sleeper back in 2011 ( Fanfare 34:3), wondering at the outset if the prolific composer ever sleeps, as in addition to writing...

The liner notes by one Andy Skaggs claim that in Thomas Sleeper’s music “one hears not a cry for attention, rather the quiet, creeping sense that...

These four concertos are relatively recent works. The oldest is the Cello Concerto (2007) and the most recent is the Violin Concerto (2011). “Hypnagogia” is the...

In his introduction of Thomas Sleeper to Fanfare readers in 34:3, Raymond Tuttle cleverly wonders when Sleeper has time to sleep. This composer also conducts widely,...

American violinist Daniel Stepner is first violinist of the Lydian String Quartet and artistic director of the Aston Magna Festival. He has also served as concertmaster...

Daniel Stepner is not new to the scene or to the pages of Fanfare . He’s a familiar face on the Boston music scene: founding member...