Issue 38:3
Jan/Feb 2015
Magazine Contents

Collections: Instrumental

I guess the most appropriate description of this disc would be “atmospheric.” The duo of Lechner and Couturier play with beautiful tone and elegant phrasing, and...

As a flutist and composer who has spent years investigating non-Western and extended instrumental techniques and incorporating electronics into his own music, Jos Zwaanenburg is the...

This is not new music by any reasonable definition of that term. Three of the pieces in this recital are at least 75 years old and...

Martha Argerich has been before the microphone for almost 50 years now, and yet for all her prodigious output, she’s not over-recorded. Her playing offers something...

You might expect a disc devoted to nostalgia to be uniform in spirit; but while Luiza Borac’s remarkable new collection certainly favors a kind of emotional...

“My Favorite Melodies” was once a popular genre for famous soloists, usually on the piano or violin, but I’ve seen very few recent examples. One, titled...

In Motherland Georgian pianist Khatia Buniatishvili plays a wide-ranging collection of personal favorites from Bach and Handel to Chopin and Tchaikovsky, Debussy, Ravel, and Pärt, all...

Young Rumanian pianist (b. 1985) Bianca Calinescu makes her recording debut with this CD, and it is a very fine one. She has in common with...

I doubt we will ever again have a “Pianist of the Century” on the order of Horowitz and Richter, but if the title is to be...

Susan Merdinger is a fine pianist who here presents a most successful program. Her performance of Schubert’s D 575 reveals a pianist with a very appealing...

On the cover is a photo of Ulrich Roman Murtfeld standing at what could be Broadway and any street. It’s ever so obviously a montage: The...

The album title provides a clever pretext for a happily varied program, concluding with a new piece by Roberto Piana (b. 1971), a pastiche of Lisztian...

Lada Valesová primly and properly spells out the notes of these charming but essentially unimportant works. With few exceptions they require little virtuosity or intellectual penetration,...

Pianist Andrew Wright clearly is passionate about the art of operatic transcription, paraphrase, and fantasy. The combination of virtuoso pianist and archivist leads to a scintillating...

This excellent release will be of interest primarily to those fans of the saxophone who revel in the edgier side of the repertoire. Duo members Allen...

Hidden treasure indeed! Violist or not, nearly every listener is bound to find something in this program to treasure, and who, besides possibly a few violists,...

Yasunori Imamura has appeared frequently in Fanfare ’s pages, usually as a conductor or accompanist—and five years ago, I reviewed a new release of Steffani’s cantatas...

This two-disc set contains all of Adolf Busch’s recordings from the 1920s, most made for DG. The liner notes make it clear, however, that individual movements...

Violinist Francisco Cabán and pianist Kevin Class have assembled a program of works for violin and piano by composers predominantly from the southern Americas. Their recital...

This fine collection of early to mid-20th-century American chamber music leans to the conservative side of the stylistic spectrum, even from the pens of Charles Ives...

Violinist (and onetime student of Jascha Heifetz) Zina Schiff and pianist Cameron Grant present music for violin and piano by Eric Zeisl, Aaron Copland, Ernest Bloch,...

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