Issue 38:3
Jan/Feb 2015
Magazine Contents

Feature Articles

The catalog isn’t bereft of Beethoven recitals combining the “Moonlight,” “Pathetique,” and “Appassionata” sonatas, but none of them comes festooned with such an exotic pedigree as...

If ever there was a case to be made for not judging a book by its cover, this is it. Let me begin by describing everything...

Stephen Emmerson is one of the few pianists who can combine both a busy performance schedule and an academic career. He has had a full-time lecturer’s...

About 25 years ago, I heard Konrad Wolff, then in his late 90s, and James Scott play the second movement of Mahler’s Second Symphony, in the...

They laughed when I sat down at the piano, but they laughed harder when a pair of blokes sat down with a pair of sheilas to...

Joel Fan is one of those pianists who seem to have the technical ability and the intellectual breadth to play just about anything they want. His...

While the idea of a disc devoted to extended flute technique as exploited by contemporary composers might seem daunting, as well as a decidedly niche market...

A whole disc devoted to contemporary solo flute and piccolo works featuring extended techniques is unlikely to be everyone’s cup of tea. However, for listeners who...

Twenty-five years ago, James Ginsburg started Cedille Records as a non-profit company that would record musicians of the Chicago area. Cedille is committed to high-quality production,...

Reading Catherine Gordeladze’s online bio is like encountering a fairy tale rise to fame in the former Soviet Union. Born in Tblisi, Georgia in 1971, she...

Available at Amazon, Barnes & Noble, AllMusic & Vimeo The kernel of this recital is the Barber: for years a part of Georgian-German Catherine Gordeladze’s repertoire,...

Available at Amazon, Barnes & Noble, AllMusic & Vimeo The world is awash with remarkable piano talent at the moment, so it’s not rare to encounter...

Available at Amazon, Barnes & Noble, AllMusic & Vimeo The name of Catherine Gordeladze, a Georgian-German pianist, is new to me, and I hope to meet...

The horn is a notoriously difficult instrument to master, yet Steven Gross has distinguished himself not only as an orchestra principal, but also as a soloist...

Three years ago ( Fanfare 34:4), I wrote about a stunning CD of horn concertos by Steven Gross. The present disc is now his fifth, I...

This is the first recording by the Czech-American Horn Duo of Steven Gross and Jiří Havlík, though they have made recordings separately as instrumentalists. Indeed Gross’s...

Your bio says that your musical career started as a boy chorister in Helsinki Cathedral. Is there a rigorous men-and-boys choir tradition in Finland like that...

This is a really delightful collection of overtures and arias by the composer sometimes known as “The Swedish Mozart.” (Their dates are almost identical, and there...

Joseph Martin Kraus (1756–1792) was considered one of the most progressive and original composers of his day. Admired (so the notes tell us) by both Haydn...

More Nordic Baroque! Hard on the heels of the Icelandic Chamber Orchestra’s very listenable Brandenburg Concertos and Orchestral Suites comes this Finnish two-disc set of Bach’s...

Caroline Hartig is a world-famous clarinetist who is professor of clarinet at The Ohio State University and who performs in prestigious venues throughout the United States...

It’s not often that I really enjoy reviewing CDs by solo wind or brass players (and even less that I will even review a CD by...

Jerome Kitzke has been a fixture of the New York (and American) new music scene for decades now, yet he seems to remain eternally young and...

As suggested by the headnote, all three of these works involve a great deal of spoken material, and in all of them, some or all of...

Here’s a second multi-course meal of music by Jerome Kitzke, a composer born in 1955 who grew up in Milwaukee, Wisconsin. One thing that I was...

Although John McDonald likes to describe himself as “a composer who tries to play the piano and a pianist who tries to compose,” the Fanfare

This is a really lovely idea: Music by John McDonald and two of his former pupils for piano or piano duet. Each composer contributes solos and...

This disc, comprising the piano music of John McDonald and his two former students, Ryan Vigil and David Claman, brings Frank Zappa’s pertinent question to mind:...

"As I get older, I just want to play what I hear." The composer/jazz pianist is talking about the creative process that has led him to...

It was, I think, on a Fanfare assignment that I first met Christoph Schlüren—in Lahti, Finland, in February 1996, when Sibelius’s recently rediscovered tone poem

Comprising 20 string players from 13 countries, Symphonia Momentum is an outstanding ensemble that specializes on what it terms “unknown but substantial music,” of which this...

Fiammetta Tarli and Ivo Varbanov, pianists and creative partners in life and work, have banded together with a dedicated team of recording and design professionals to...

The growing field of artist-run labels is very encouraging, in that we get to hear attractive talents such as husband-and-wife pianists Ivo Varbanov and Fiammetta Tarli,...

ICSM? The International Society for Contemporary Music? No. That would be the ISCM. ICSM is a new record label—Independent Creative Sound and Music Records—founded this year...

The backstory to these four releases may actually turn out to be the front story; for at a time when record sales are purportedly at historic...

It was my pleasure, recently, to carry on an electronic conversation with Jeroen van Veen, the pianist who has done so much to promote the music...

Dutch composer Jeroen van Veen is no stranger to the world of Minimalism, either as performer or composer. He has recorded works by Philip Glass (there...

Elsewhere in Fanfare , I have written about Jeroen van Veen (b. 1969) as a faithful and highly able exponent of piano music in the Minimalist...