Issue 38:2
Nov/Dec 2014
Magazine Contents

Collections: Instrumental

Balthasar Hens, bass clarinetist of the Stuttgart Philharmonic Orchestra, is one impressive player. Hens is a remarkably sensitive and imaginative musician who plays the bass clarinet...

In Fanfare 34:4, Maria Jeleztcheva Wildhaber was interviewed and her debut CD of Bulgarian songs and dances arranged for bassoon and piano was reviewed. Now four...

Katarzyna Zdybel has been getting a lot of attention in competitions over the last several years and has been, since 2007, the principal bassoonist of the...

These four British 20th-century composers may not be widely known, but they should be familiar to anyone who has perused the Lyrita and Chandos catalogs. Lyrita...

This disc of music for flute and piano, appropriately enough, leans heavily on the French Impressionistic repertoire (Hahn and Satie) but opens with three light but...

Cuban-born Manuel Barrueco has steadily risen in the ranks of the classical guitar world to become one its foremost players and proponents of music for the...

The subtitle of this disc is “Harpsichords in pre-Revolutionary Paris,” which of course serves as a rationale for the use by harpsichordist Giulia Nuti of a...

Here is a recital, nearly perfect in every way, of French oboe sonatas, which comes not from France but from Australia. Oboist Ben Opie is based...

Because of his thunder-and-lightning technique, Lazar Berman is closely associated with big bow-wow concertos by Liszt, Tchaikovsky, and Rachmaninoff. His discography includes few solo recitals, so...

This first-rate recital is a testament both to Margaret Fingerhut’s exemplary musicianship and to her personal perseverance. As her performer’s note indicates, a variety of recent...

Perhaps it was the title, perhaps it was the repertory, but when I looked this disc over, I thought, “This sounds like something Philippe Entremont might...

Scheherazade and the Polovstian Dances from Prince Igor may be as far as many general listeners get with the Oriental flavor of Russian music, not realizing...

Don’t worry; I’d never heard of Howard Karp either. After thoroughly enjoying this wonderful collection of great solo piano music, played with tremendous flair and joy,...

Now here’s something you don’t see every day: a collection of musical works inspired by the canvases of a major artist in a handsomely packaged box...

Available at CD Baby, iTunes, and susanmerdinger.org My first exposure to Susan Merdinger’s playing was so positive that I jumped at the chance to review this,...

At the time I interviewed Susan Merdinger for the 37:4 issue of the magazine, her most recent album, recorded between 2011 and 2012, was devoted to...

Florian Noack is a Belgian pianist still in his young 20s. (He is very photogenic!) His biographical material gives a long list of prizes that he...

It’s rare to welcome a recording for its absence of influenza, but two great Richter CDs, one devoted to Schubert’s Winterreise with Peter Schreier, the other...

Having listened to and reviewed Joyce Yang’s recording of the Tchaikovsky Piano Concerto first (see elsewhere in this issue), I felt prepared for what she would...

Liza Ferschtman acknowledges in the CD’s accompanying booklet the difficulty for both performer and listener of the program she has chosen to record, and informs her...

For their recording, part of the Marie-Claudine Papadopoulos’s prize in the 2012 “Sound and Explanation” competition of the Association of Arts and Culture of the German...