Issue 39:1
Sept/Oct 2015
Magazine Contents

Classical Recordings

As far as I can tell from the Fanfare Archive, the present CD is the first devoted to the music of Cleveland-born H. Leslie Adams. He...

Contemporary music is gifted and cursed by the same thing, the freedom granted to today’s composer for using any technique they desire. The constellation of orchestral...

The Finnish composer Kalevi Aho (b. 1949) has shown throughout his career that his primary interests lie mostly in large-scale genres: As of 2014 he has...

Having reviewed and enjoyed Maltempo’s single CD of Alkan’s music, I was delighted to receive this set as well. Here, the young Italian pianist plunges himself...

Here’s a sampler of some of Alkan’s most reticent music. There’s none of the hyper-virtuosity that characterizes the outer movements of the Concerto for Solo Piano,...

A second disc containing music by Laurie Altman has found its way from Fanfare Central to my desk in Bloomington, Indiana, and I welcomed the opportunity...

Following Convergence (Neos 11315, reviewed elsewhere in this issue), which consisted solely of works by Laurie Altman, this disc is titled Divergence because it also includes...

The previous disc of Laurie Altman’s music reviewed by me in this issue is entitled Convergence . Here is Divergence : music this time by three...

American composer Laurie Altman is not new to the pages of Fanfare, having had a CD of his work reviewed by Colin Clarke in 32:4, in...

This CD, titled Convergence, is a collection of classical works by noted jazz pianist Laurie Altman. As is sometimes the case, classical composer Altman is different...

Laurie Altman, born in New York in 1944, is best known for his work as a jazz pianist. He studied composition at Mannes College with William...

Martin Amlin is not new to the pages of Fanfare, given that a handful of his pieces have been heretofore reviewed from labels such as Crystal...

Composer and pianist Martin Amlin (b. 1953) has been based for many years in Boston, Massachusetts, where he serves on the faculty of Boston University. Educated...

Boston-based composer Martin Amlin describes his music as “an honoring of the past through recognizable formal structure and thematic evolution.” Put more simply, he is a...

A student of Nadia Boulanger and later Joseph Schwantner, Samuel Adler, and Warren Benson, Martin Amlin has had various works reviewed in the pages of

It was just a week or so ago from the time I’m writing these lines that I first became acquainted with the music of Martin Amlin,...

This is a lovely idea, and one that might well stop the browser in his or her tracks, enough perhaps to give the disc a try....

These thematically rich works were written by Bach in his 60th year, on commission from Baron Gottfried von Swieten. The Baron, nearly two decades Bach’s junior,...

Elsewhere in this issue I discuss a recent disc of the keyboard works of Wilhelm Friedemann Bach, noting there that one of the reasons for his...

Hard on the heels of Live Recordings’ inaugural issue from Rudolf Lutz’s ambitious Bach cantata project comes this second release of three separate discs, each with...

It’s hard to believe that it’s been 15 years since this recording was initially released on Decca. It was very well received at the time, though...

It’s not news that period performers have made peace with emotions, and the holdouts who tick off each note like calculations on an abacus (you know...

Monica Huggett and soloists present a program of Bach’s violin concertos, sandwiching the three originals (in A Minor, E Major, and D Minor, the last for...

The keyboard concertos of Johann Sebastian Bach have been part of the staple repertory of pianists for over a century, as they provide examples of early...

The basis for this album is a bit roundabout and also somewhat logical. Since many classical listeners (though not me) came to learn Bach’s Goldberg Variations...

Growing up, one of the most vivid memories I have is of Walt Disney’s Fantasia , an iconic film that combined a series of classical hits...

Given the plethora of Goldberg Variations available for keyboard (and forgive me if I repeat myself, given that there are no fewer than three I have...

Some two decades ago Russian pianist Konstantin Lifschitz first recorded the Goldberg Variations for Denon, and in a review by Peter Rabinowitz (19:1) the indebtedness to...

This is the famous “musical offering” to Frederick the Great, after Bach graciously accepted a challenge to riff on a complex theme, in 1747. Bach’s result...

Spanish oboist Ramón Ortega Quero has been quite busy in the recording studio in the last few years, having created three solo discs since his debut,...

With well over 50 different recordings of Bach’s St. John Passion currently in print, competition for a top choice is fierce. There are very few poor...

Recently, in 38:2, I reviewed a recording of the St. Mark Passion , also released by Rondeau but conducted by Jörg Breding. In that review, I...

When a work is as thrice familiar and often recorded as Bach’s St. Matthew Passion , the scratching of an itch to say something new about...

Ton Koopman’s recordings of Bach’s cantatas and oratorios (at least, those I’ve heard) have struck me as brisk, buoyant, and colorful, but not especially moving or...

By a curious coincidence this recording came to my attention almost simultaneously with an op-ed article about editing in the New York Times. The gist of...

While the supposition that J. S. Bach disappeared into a musical black hole for almost 80 years after his death is a myth, it certainly is...

Summit meetings of Bach playing between a world-class string player and a world-class harpsichordist are not as common as record companies’ promotion would have you believe....

I thought the name Alexandre Debrus was familiar, but at first I didn’t make the connection. With a little digging I discovered that he is the...

Run out and buy this. Run. This three-volume collection of Bach’s solo cello suites and sonatas for viola da gamba is an absolute classic, and will...

My only regret in receiving Luc Beauséjour’s WTC Book II for review is that I didn’t receive his Book I along with it. That earlier release...

Pity poor Wilhelm Friedemann Bach, the eldest son of Johann Sebastian. Born in 1710 he was considered to be the most capable of his children, being...

In 1984 I interviewed Keith Jarrett for down beat magazine (it appeared, coincidently, in the June issue of that year, just about the time he was...

While I have been a long-time fan of Keith Jarrett’s improvisations, in whatever context they are presented, his interpretations of the “classical” repertoire have often left...

In comparison to his friend and colleague Kodály, Bartók wrote very little choral music, but in comparison to most of his international contemporaries, he wrote quite...

Christoph Eschenbach was 33 when this pairing of two Beethoven piano concertos was taped in Boston’s Symphony Hall in 1973 (the booklet listings indicate that the...

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