Issue 39:1
Sept/Oct 2015
Magazine Contents

Feature Articles

Bushkova and Kharitonov’s new CD brings us the fascinating music of Robert Kahn. Bushkova is a virtuoso violinist who emigrated from Russia to America in the...

In the fairly short space of a few years, Robert Kahn (1865–1951) has gone from being a forgotten composer whose name registered a blank for most...

Like Hans Gál, Joseph Horovitz, three-quarters of the Amadeus String Quartet, and numerous other Jewish musicians, the Mannheim-born Robert Kahn fled to Britain after the Nazis...

The presence of Brahms, Schumann, and Mendelssohn weighs heavily on the First Violin Sonata of 21-year-old Robert Kahn, and their influence is still evident 10 years...

Today we’re talking about two new releases: the first a CD titled Rumbarroco after the name of your group; the second a CD containing a generous...

Many years ago at the annual meetings of our musicological society one of my colleagues would promote the music of Anna Bon (1738–c. 1772), usually under...

Interest in women composers of the 17th and 18th centuries has been growing steadily following the pioneering work of Barbara Garvey Jackson and others in the...

Rumbarocco, an ensemble based in Massachusetts, includes its mission statement with this CD. “We show,” one reads, “the European influence on Afro-American and indigenous music in...

This debut album by the Boston-based Latin-Baroque fusion ensemble Rumbarroco offers an original sound and an intriguing survey of the music produced from the blending of...

Rumbarocco’s mission is to show how the fusion of European music with African-American and indigenous Latin American rhythms and tunes has produced a new genre. To...

It is difficult to know where to start with this fascinating disc. First off, the music itself is highly fusionist, melding modern, traditional, and period music...

Pennsylvania native Barbara Harbach, who studied organ and harpsichord at Penn State, and received a master’s degree at Yale, and then a doctoral degree in organ...

There is no doubt that Padre Antonio Soler was one of the foremost composers in Spain during the 18th century. Born in Catalonia in 1729, he...

The epithet of Musical Ambassador for composer-pianist Malek Jandali is not original with me: He has been recognized by numerous organizations for his building of musical...

Malek Jandali’s official web site, malekjandali.com, gives the composer’s biography but doesn’t tell the whole story of the difficulties he has faced or the controversy that...

In my previous incarnation as a poet and essayist, I dealt with a poet who edited a literary magazine and several anthologies of multicultural literature. I...

In my days as a record collector, I attempted to find pieces of classical music by as many composers from as many different countries as I...

New York-based Malek Jandali was born in Germany but raised in Homs, Syria, going on to study piano with Victor Bunin at the Moscow Conservatory; later...

The American cellist James Kreger has been a figure on our musical scene for several decades. A Tchaikovsky Competition laureate, he has a large repertoire of...

The three pieces on this new release are serendipitously interrelated; they belong to the period of 1892–95 when both Antonín Dvořák and Victor Herbert were in...

In a world of recorded music rife with duplication, it is hardly surprising that James Kreger and the programming staff at Guild were not the only...

This is certainly not the first time someone had the bright idea—the genuinely bright idea—of combining the Everest of cello concertos with the amiable foothill that...

Toronto-born and educated lyric soprano Alessandra Paonessa is a young artist with a vision. Involved with singing from her youth, Paonessa is exploring different venues and...

Canadian Soprano Alessandra Paonessa sings opera and crosses over into contemporary song. Her album Remembering Heaven presents songs written by Chris Broom to lyrics by his...

Young Canadian soprano Alessandra Paonessa has produced a graceful debut recording that showcases her refined lyric soprano and her interest in classical crossover music with a...

Terry Row is the award-winning author of Summer Capricorn (2006), a semi-autobiographical novel in which he abandons his dream of a career in music for a...

Terry Row’s engaging new historical novel explores one of the much debated love stories in all musical history, that of the emotional—and perhaps sexual—triangle between Robert...

The six hands of the title are those of Clara Schumann, her husband Robert, and Johannes Brahms, three people bound together by love and music. Their...

Jeannette Sorrell founded the Apollo’s Fire early music ensemble in Cleveland back in 1992, and it quickly established itself as one of the most noteworthy of...

Here’s a surprising, and surprisingly good, album of American folk songs and Appalachian fiddle arrangements of Stephen Foster and George Root by an avowed early music...

This stunning new disc is described as a prequel to Apollo’s Fire’s previous release, Come to the River . On it this unique Baroque orchestra devoted...

Taking its name from the classical god of music and the sun, Apollo’s Fire is dedicated to the performance of 17th- and 18th-century music on the...

For 38 years, Fanfare has been “The Magazine for Serious Record Collectors” and it always will be. This, despite the fact that vinyl “records” have not...

Connections , a new CD released on the Swiss label Guild (GMCD 7414), presents the violist Ivo-Jan van der Werff and pianist Simon Markland in two...

This is a really well designed and engrossing program of three 20th-century works for viola and piano, beautifully realized by Ivo-Jan van der Werff and Simon...

Shostakovich’s last completed work was his bleak and desolate Viola Sonata (justifiably described in the program notes to this CD as “skeletal”). Seeing it paired with...

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