Issue 38:6
July/Aug 2015
Magazine Contents

Collections: Instrumental

I requested this disc for review after being strongly impressed by Julian Bliss’s CD of Mozart and Nielsen concertos, which I reviewed last issue. This program...

Since a string of competition wins in the 1980s and 90s, Gianluca Campagnolo has carved out a wide-ranging career as a soloist, chamber musician, composer, teacher,...

Historically, whenever discussions about the great French wind players begin, they typically turn to flutists, oboe players, and of course the trumpeter Maurice André. Now, apparently,...

These two discs of music from the British Isles for flute and piano reveal a staggering variety of approaches. The twofer is actually a set of...

Spanish-born David Alonso studied horn in Germany and is currently principal horn of the Valencia Opera Orchestra. He also performs internationally as a soloist. His recital...

No—that’s not a typo in the headnote. It really is HORN , though more accurately it should probably read HORN x 6. The gimmick is that...

Canadian harpist Katrina Szederkényi, who graduated with distinction from the Frankfurt Hochschule für Musik in 2012, has won numerous prizes at international competitions in Austria, the...

The purpose of this eclectic disc is to demonstrate the capabilities of the 1769 Pascal Taskin harpsichord, as reproduced by David Rubio in 1979, two centuries...

As indicated, this two-CD is actually volume 9 in a series that somehow heretofore has escaped attention in these pages. While player pianos and piano rolls...

Lee Hinkle, who currently teaches at the University of Maryland in College Park, is obviously a very talented guy. In addition to his work as percussionist...

There’s some phenomenally interesting repertoire here. Georges Aperghis’s 1978 Le Corps à Corps for voice and zarb is characteristically theatrical. The story, to quote the performer’s...

This is one of those themed—admittedly, subtly themed—recitals that could have easily gone either way: piano music by three young composers (average age 25) played by...

The sudden, arresting gesture that opens Ed Bennett’s Gothic (2008) sets the scene for this disc. Clearly individual music, the gesture repeats time after time, with...

It would not be surprising if this recital includes all 88 keys of the piano. This is a tremendous pile of notes. What makes this selection...

Dominic John’s programming strategy for this recording is confusing. With an album title like “Wild About Transcription…” one might expect a survey of familiar piano transcriptions:...

What, I wondered, was a Russian composer’s piano sonata, showing no inclination towards variations technique, doing amidst three other works, all of which share the commonality...

The artist’s bio for the distinguished Cuban-American pianist Martha Marchena describes her very busy existence as performer, teacher, jury member, and Grammy nominee, but everything is...

With her recording Cancion Sin Palabras (Song without Words), pianist Martha Marchena takes the listener on a sonic tour of Latin America. She plays 24 short...

This disc consists of three transfers from 78s and one live recording. The Bach-Busoni Chaconne and the Brahms Variations were rereleased twice on EMI in the...

This recital is performed extremely well; equally important, it is programmed extremely well. The first decade of the 20th century was a highly fertile moment in...

Not since the most esoteric days of Sergiu Celibidache has a musician’s every recording arrived so veiled in mystique, and for the same reason. Like Celi,...

Back in 1997, John Sampen, professor of saxophone at Bowling Green State University since 1977, produced a CD of works for saxophone and electronics which offered...

Renowned Icelandic violinist Hlíf Sigurjónsdóttir plays her modern violin with no accompaniment on this delightful disc, Dialogus , which is full of new music that deserves...

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