Issue 38:2
Nov/Dec 2014
Magazine Contents

Feature Articles

“I speak the way I sing, and I try to use my voice in a healthy manner. I always tell my students that singing is an...

Peter Lightfoot has been singing opera, art songs, and folk songs for many years, so it’s good to see that he has a new recording out....

Bevan Manson may be the quintessential Californian. California is, even more than America generally, a melting pot of cultures, climates, geological extremes (ranging from deserts to...

Composer Bevan Manson enjoys a varied music career, composing for the jazz arena as well as for more mainstream classical. California Concertino is clear American pastoralism....

When last we corresponded, you were at Arizona State University. Now you are on the faculty of Northwestern University, both as professor of saxophone and the...

John Adams goes from strength to strength, and this new release is evidence thereof. It gives us two of his newest works; he is perhaps the...

Tim McAllister discusses the experience of creating this recording in the interview above, and the genesis of these two pieces. We don’t really talk about the...

One of the perks of writing for this august journal is being introduced to pianists one might not otherwise have encountered, and even, on occasion, interviewing...

Here we have a veritable feast of highly popular and heavily recorded core keyboard works, a circumstance which, in itself, could spell trouble for any pianist...

Call it synergy, call it telepathy, in any established chamber group there’s a symbiotic resonance, an empathic sensitivity that binds the players together and shapes their...

Palisades Virtuosi specializes in music for flute, clarinet, and piano, still not a very commonly encountered combination, although its members certainly done their share to remedy...

The indefatigable Palisades Virtuosi, a trio comprising flute, clarinet, and piano, presents us with volume five of new music composed for the group by seven talented...

A stimulating collection of world premiere recordings of newly commissioned works, this disc acts as a working conspectus of youthful American music of now. A fair...

The program notes for composer Malcolm Peyton’s two CDs [CENTAUR CRC 2182 and 2327] tell us something about the music but little about his professional stature,...

Malcolm Peyton (b. 1932 in New York City) has had a modest amount of prior exposure in the pages of Fanfare in the course of reviews...

The disc featuring the string quartet has been reviewed before in Fanfare by James H. North ( Fanfare 21:3). Malcolm Peyton’s Princeton credentials are impeccable: He...

One of the perks of writing for this august journal is being introduced to pianists one might not otherwise have encountered, and even, on occasion, interviewing...

When I received this pair of discs from Fanfare headquarters, I anticipated that it would be the Chinese music that would be of most interest. After...

Two years ago, I interviewed Chinese pianist Tianshu Wang in these pages (“Building Musical Bridges,” Fanfare 35:4). She discussed how the piano is a relatively recent...

Given that China is home to about a quarter of the world’s population, it might seem curious that there are so few of her composers who...

The fantasy was such a popular musical form among the high Romantics because it mirrored their fantastic psychologies. The day after Clara Wieck received the Fantasy...

Lester Seigel is the founder and leader of the Birmingham Alabama choral group Sursum Corda. It is most unusual in that it comprises a mixture of...

Lester Seigel, the founder and choral director of Sursum Corda, has chosen a widely varied program for his group’s Christmas album. It opens with a joyous...

Christmas albums abound, so this lovely but unassuming little disc by the Alabama choral group, Sursum Corda, might be overlooked. Yet, this should not be the...

To the consternation of many who grew up with the warm, blended sound of the choirs of the legendary choral conductors of the mid-20th century, modern...

Lithuanian pianist Rasa Vitkauskaite enjoys a very active career as a soloist, chamber musician, teacher, and recording artist. By the time this interview is published, her...

Lithuanian-born pianist Rasa Vitkauskaite here makes her first solo appearance on record, performing a diverse program of works. If her name sounds familiar to readers who...

Composer/multi-instrumentalist and singer Frank Wallace has founded and directed festivals, won competitions and received awards, and recorded 22 LPs, CDs, and EPs. He’s written many songs,...

I would hazard a guess that, unlike most other instruments, the majority of those who have composed for the guitar have also played the instrument to...

These two releases are on the Gyre label, owned and run by guitarist Frank Wallace and his wife, mezzo Nancy Knowles. The first album is entitled...

Guitarist Frank Wallace is a well-known composer and laureate of the 2013 José Fernández Rojas Composition Competition. That same year he recorded his third disc of...

On this disc guitarist Frank Wallace writes melodic music that charms the ear of the listener. His first selection, the title piece Gargoyles , was written...

For most of her energetic and versatile career, Boston-based soprano Barbara Winchester has demonstrated a special fascination for and a deep commitment to both vocal chamber...

Soprano Barbara Winchester is well known in the Boston area, having performed extensively in opera and oratorio with many local groups, including the Boston Classical Orchestra,...

Barbara Winchester, who teaches voice at the New England Conservatory of Music, recorded a live recital in 1993 and has since released it on compact disc....

Lisa Yui’s new DVD/Blu-ray Beethoven recording not only includes illuminating performances of four familiar sonatas, but also commentary on each—commentary in which she appears as a...

First, a practical note. I looked at this, thought “nice, a Blu-ray,” and put the disc in the machine, then happily watched around half an hour...

Before I kvel over Lisa Yui’s playing in these Beethoven sonatas—and there’s a lot to kvel about—let me first kvel about the commentaries she offers prior...

Lisa Yui is a Japanese-Canadian pianist whose teachers include Byron Janis, Giovanni Valentini, Marc Silverman, Edna Golandsky, David Dubal, and Oxana Yablonskaya. According to the bio...

Iskander Zakirov is a native of Tashkent, Uzbekistan. He began his musical education at the age of five, and at six entered the Uspensky Music Lyceum...

A shame the documentation is not better here: a single sheet with a paragraph on each composer’s music, and another with a biography of Zakirov. The...

Tashkent-born Iskander Zakirov studied in his native country before extending his activities to Michigan State. Another of his discs is reviewed in the present issue, of...

Iskander Zakirov, who was born and began studying piano in Tashkent at age five, displays an impressive mastery of Russian piano style. The Soviet system was...