Issue 38:4
Mar/Apr 2015
Magazine Contents

Feature Articles

First, a history lesson: In the 1970s the two most prominent classical LP review magazines in the US were High Fidelity and Stereo Review . Not...

When I reviewed Sophia Agranovich’s album of music by Beethoven (the “Appassionata” Sonata) and Chopin (the Fantaisie and the Sonata No. 3), I mentioned, after citing...

Back in 35:4, I had an opportunity to interview Sophia Agranovich and to review her recital disc Romantic Virtuoso Masterpieces . The program of Beethoven, Chopin,...

Sophia Agranovich is a bold, daring pianist in the tradition of the Golden Age Romantics. Her playing is full of lavish gestures and she is comfortable...

What interests me most about pianists is when they reach a point of interpretative freedom. The years of technical training are behind them and perhaps decades...

Pianist Avguste Antonov may have had a conventional musical education, but his decision to devote himself exclusively to performing the music of living American composers stamps...

I suppose the first thing I ought to say is that the present CD is actually a privately issued CDR, and to point out that the...

Hans Sachs, as Wagner portrays him, is at an enviable advantage as a critic of both performance and composition. He is himself a master of singing,...

This short disc of music by living American composers was born out of a series of recitals Avguste Antonov gave in Ohio, New Jersey, and New...

The career of composer Charles Harold Bernstein has been full of twists and turns. A child prodigy pianist, he performed in public from the age of...

Charles Harold Bernstein is a Los Angeles native whose career as a pianist was ended by a health problem. He instead made a career in business,...

I’ve been acquainted with and have appreciated the music of Charles Harold Bernstein for many years, but until now, I knew very little about him. The...

Charles Harold Bernstein, so say the notes, had a love of music as a child but had to give up the piano at age 19 when...

The disc of chamber music was initially reviewed in these pages by my colleague Phillip Scott in Fanfare 33:6. Los Angeles-born composer Charles Harold Bernstein began...

A graduate of Yale and the University of Illinois, Kim Cook studied with Gabriel Magyar, Aldo Parisot, Alan Harris, and János Starker. She was principal cellist...

A trio of discs from the American (Nebraska-born) cellist, Kim Cook, whose interview and profile you will likely have read prior to turning to these comments....

Zoltán Kodály was right when he predicted that one day every cellist would be playing his masterful solo cello sonata, but it was written in the...

“Sometimes in my concerts, I like to say that Bach was really Cuban,” Paquito D’Rivera teases. The 12-time Grammy award-winning Cuban-born saxophonist and clarinetist has built...

Fascinating stuff. Purists may want to give this a bit of a wide berth, but those with open minds and a capacity to be delighted will...

Paquito D’Rivera’s father was a classical saxophonist in Cuba, so he grew up hearing a wide variety of music. His familiarity with the classics was inborn,...

He has been hailed as the leading harpsichordist of his generation, with a portfolio of awards to confirm it, and she is undoubtedly the leading recorder...

It seems as if Michala Petri has been performing at a high level for almost my entire adult life, and indeed she has. Now, at 56,...

My only previous encounter with Mahan Esfahani’s playing came from his recording of C. P. E. Bach’s “Württemberg” Sonatas (Hyperion 67995). I was unaware that he...

Winsome Evans is one of Australia’s premier early music specialists. In addition to her activities as a professional harpsichordist, composer, and arranger, she is perhaps best...

The Cantigas de Santa Maria is a collection of over 400 songs compiled between about 1270 and 1290 under the direction of King Alfonso X. Alfonso...

This music for a pilgrimage to the mountainside monastery near Barcelona is structured around the 10 songs preserved in the Llibre Vermell , the red book...

“I have always been interested in poetry because my father was a poet and, growing up in an Italian-American household, I would listen to him read...

His playing has been compared to Rubinstein and Cortot, and indeed, audiences do revel in the young Italian-American artist’s dazzling technique and white-hot interpretations of Chopin,...

Julian Lawrence Gargiulo is a talented pianist and composer whose works span the gap between jazz and the classics. No Smoking , his seventh compact disc,...

Composer-saxophonists don’t seem to proliferate the way composer-pianists do (although there are a handful—Philippe Geiss and Barry Cockcroft come immediately to mind), so as a composer...

These two fascinating discs showcase the talents of saxophonist Glen Gillis. In fact the first disc opens with one of his own compositions, Elegy Cadenza

If you feel comfortably familiar with the saxophone, prepare to have your mind blown. Canadian saxophonist Glen Gillis has a wildly inventive mind and the technique...

The lesser-known works of Chopin offer rich pickings for those performers and listeners willing to explore. Recently, Ian Hobson’s ongoing complete Chopin on Zephyr has offered...

A characteristic of Chopin’s music is that there are no wasted notes. Every note means something. Yet how often do we hear pianists in Chopin smudge...

Ivajla Kirova is a Bulgarian-born pianist and composer who lives and works in Munich, Germany. Besides playing the music of the most famous composers and some...

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