Issue 38:4
Mar/Apr 2015
Magazine Contents

Feature Articles

This wide-ranging recital by the accomplished pianist Ivajla Kirova spans the two musical worlds she inhabits. She moved to Germany after early training in her native...

Bulgarian pianist Ivajla Kirova (who took German citizenship in 2012) dedicates this recital to Alexis Weissenberg (d. 2012). There is a most touching photo of Weissenberg...

Alexander Kobrin’s new disc of Schumann on Centaur (see review at the end of this interview) is one to savor. Kobrin kindly allowed an interview around...

When a young pianist wins the gold medal in a high-profile competition, as Alexander Kobrin did at the Van Cliburn in 2005, the most pressing concern...

In 35:2, I reviewed a Brahms CD by pianist Alexander Kobrin on Quartz. My impression was generally positive, though I felt the live recordings, made on...

Having grown up with Alfred Cortot’s recording of Carnaval, and latterly been impressed by Susan Merdinger’s splendid performance of it, I was fairly sure that I...

In an interview with Robert Schulslaper nearly two years ago, Alexander Kobrin remarked, “A passion for Haydn … has followed me since the first days in...

Haydn’s keyboard music evolved from nearly Bach to nearly Beethoven. By the time we drop in on him in 1776, the year he became the full-fledged...

Receiving CDs late in the month of a pianist you’ve never heard to review—particularly of standard (pre-1900) repertoire—is not often a good thing. You think that...

If you haven’t heard or heard of pianist Tomasz Lis, don’t feel alone. He has been making waves in Great Britain over the past two years...

It is not often we get to speak with all the performers on a recording, but on the occasion of the release of Songs for Ladies...

Linda Mabbs and Delores Ziegler, who teach at the University of Maryland, have put together a delightful recording of songs written by Benjamin Britten for various...

When one thinks of Benjamin Britten as a song composer, one immediately conjures up Peter Pears, his longtime partner and muse, for whom Britten wrote so...

Made from Nothing, the new record label with the allusive name, is the brainchild of four friends—Sidney Corbett, Klaus Schöpp, Sebastian Hanusa, and Tino Schüllermann. Serious...

Sidney Corbett (b. 1960) is an American composer who moved to Europe soon after completing the American leg of his education (1985) and has made most...

While the playing time of this disc is short (less than 45 minutes), and this might seem low value, the fact is that the stimulation value...

It’s nice, for once, to see the pianist in an instrument-piano duo recital get top billing on a CD, and you’ll note that I’ve preserved that...

The second release on the Made From Nothing label (the other, music by Sidney Corbett, is reviewed by myself elsewhere in this issue) presents a varied...

Once upon a time, Tim Page’s name could be found adorning Fanfare ’s masthead, but when he departed for other shores it was downhill all the...

The Library of America sets itself up as the equivalent of Pléiade editions in France, offering pocket volumes of classic writers (although few pockets are big...

For the 14 years of this collection, Virgil Thomson (1896–1989) was music critic for the New York Herald Tribune . He himself thought enough about his...

For almost 15 years (1940–1954), Virgil Thomson was the New York Herald Tribune ’s Composer on the Aisle—in other words, its chief music critic, and as...

Years ago Mikhail Bakhtin, the Russian philosopher and semiotician, set forth a complex theory of what he referred to as “Great Time.” In a nutshell the...

One of the recent cadre of musicians who have formed their own ensembles to record some of the nooks and crannies of the vast world of...

In 1788 Carl Philipp Emanuel Bach was nearing the end of his long and fruitful life that had seen him attain renown as one of the...

It is delightful to see, in recent years, the emergence of C. P. E. Bach as a composer of importance. For so long he remained overshadowed...

Here we have two CDs featuring flutist Laura Pontecorvo and her Helianthus Ensemble of players specializing in Baroque and early Classical music. As with other such...

I had only just returned from concerts amid the snows of Lillehammer in central Norway when I had to get back in touch with another Norwegian...

Off the top of my head, Ida Presti and Sharon Isbin are the only two female classical guitarists that come to mind. I’m sure there are...

Here’s a provocative record label and gifted young artist, and music, much of which is mostly new—at least to me. Odradek Records, based in the U.S....

Burkard Schliessmann is a fascinating man. A true polymath, he has a deep understanding of music, the arts, science, religion, and history, and a keen grasp...

A recent issue (37:5) carried an interview with Bradley Genevro, the conductor of the Wind Ensemble of Messiah College (located in Mechanicsburg, PA near the state...

Messiah College, situated near Harrisburg, PA, sponsors a performing brass ensemble made up of faculty and select students. Recordings heard on this disc, made over the...

The brass brand is not the first ensemble that springs to mind when one thinks of Giovanni Gabrieli. As one of the leading composers of 16th-...

How much do you spend in a typical month on CDs? $25? $50? $100? And that’s after a process of prioritizing and winnowing down your choices...

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