Issue 38:4
Mar/Apr 2015
Magazine Contents

Collections: Instrumental

Music can be ambitious on the verge of silence, because then it comes closest to the soul. That’s the guiding principle of this beguiling album, which...

The program note provided by cellist Ian Maksin for this disc of solo cello music does a poor job of managing expectations. Between the disc’s title,...

It seems that producers of compact discs are increasingly requiring purchasers of their products to go to web sites in order to find out anything about...

British-born Felix Salmond (1888–1952) was a distinguished cellist and later a highly regarded pedagogue at Juilliard and Curtis. Unfortunately, through no fault of his own, his...

Felix Salmond was arguably the most accomplished British cellist of the 20th century up to World War II. Yet he recorded comparatively little, does not appear...

The purpose of this disc is to show the wide variety of predecessors of Johann Sebastian Bach from his home region of Thuringia. The impetus comes...

I spent longer assessing this CD than I have ever spent on any one release, and I have to admit that I am simply defeated by...

A recital that flows musically from one selection to the next is always welcome, but sometimes the soloist offers deeper connections, and then the program is...

When Leon Fleisher regained the use of both hands, he wasn’t embittered about the decades when he could play the piano only with his left hand....

Transcription is hardly an unsullied art. Poor Schubert might have been grateful when Liszt applied his Midas touch to Lieder that otherwise might have been unheard...

The late Howard Karp (1929–2014) was a world-class pianist, who, by all accounts, was content with his status as a professor at the Universities of Illinois...

Indispensable to this intriguing album of British piano music from the 1920s are the program notes, which go into detail about the personal and historical context...

Let me start off this review by saying that is a difficult disc on first hearing. It is challenging at times, but highly rewarding on repeated...

Recitals based on a single theme usually work best if the thread weaves lightly in and out of the selected music. The theme of Invocation,

This is a concept CD, and the concept might be described by the title of Jürgen Hartmann’s booklet note: “Mourning, certainty, smiles in the sound of...

Not yet 30, Joyce Yang already has a major career. Born in Seoul, she played Prokofiev’s Third Concerto with the Philadelphia Orchestra at age 12, took...

CDs issued in the Genuin Primavera series often present new artists in premiere recitals. However, Armenian saxophonist Koryun Asatryan is not a newcomer to the “big...

J. Adam Briggs is one of the numerous members of the younger generation of saxophonists who are coming out of the studios of such noted saxophonists...

In 1938 the Nazis presented, for the edification of the cultural public, a concert of music that they designated as Entartete , or degenerate. The term...

This CD showcases the skills of William Perconti on the entire family of saxophones, ranging from soprano to bass, in a program of contemporary music. One...

This CD presents all the commercial recordings made by Neveu between 1938, when she was 19 years old, and 1946, when she was 27. Her famed,...

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