Issue 38:6
July/Aug 2015
Magazine Contents

Feature Articles

You are originally from Brazil. How long have you been living and working in the Netherlands? I came here 13 years ago. Starting in the 1960s,...

Music for recorders is quite extensive during the High Baroque period between 1700 and 1730, and this is especially true in the city of Naples, which...

Back in Fanfare 32:7, I evaluated the 3beez Music Management System and spoke with its creator, Jeffrey Barish. Since then, Barish’s original Wax Box, as his...

Matthew Bengtson, whose devotion to the music of Scriabin is equaled only by his authority as a leading harpsichordist and fortepianist, has been turning the heads...

A self-proclaimed messiah and synesthete, Alexander Scriabin met disdain for both his music and his eccentric philosophies. He believed his music could provide the listener access...

An indication of just how differently certain performances can strike one’s ear can be found in the widely variant reviews of Matthew Bengtson’s recordings of Scriabin...

The interpretive demands of Scriabin’s music do not forgive those who fail to account for its spiritual dimensions, or probe the relation between his compositional techniques...

Irina Bogdanova is a pianist who has been around for some years now but is just coming into view on an international scale. Her playing has...

This is as fine a rendition of the Chopin études as I’ve ever heard. The only recording in my collection that matches its accomplishment is Abbey...

When they first appeared, Chopin’s études occasioned some criticism, provoking Ludwig Rellstab (known to music lovers as the author of verses Schubert set in Schwanengesang

Moscow-born pianist Irina Bogdanova is the subject of a brief interview (and attendant brief review of the present disc) by Lynn René Bayley in these pages....

Jerusalem-born Ariel Halevy is here making his Fanfare debut. Following study at the Conservatory of the Jerusalem Academy of Music and Dance and private instruction with...

The recording of choral music by Messiaen reviewed below constitutes something of a change of direction for its label, the Danish independent OUR Recordings, whose principal...

Two of Uncle Arcangelo’s “greatest hits” can be found on this thoroughly delectable SACD. The first of these is the Sonata No. 12, which is a...

The Trois petite liturgies de la présence divine , composed 1943–44, is a pivotal work. It marks the first appearance in Messiaen’s music of the ondes...

Messiaen is one of those composers who regularly crosses the line between nearly naïve simplicity and staggering complexity. I mean no disrespect to him or to...

Hard on the heels of the marvelous Arcangelo Corelli sonata CD from this duo, featured in Fanfare 38:4, is this delightful fraternal twin of a release....

First, a few words about this disc’s title. The composers represented here are either Danish (“DK”) or British (“UK”). As for the performers, Michala Petri is...

To begin with full disclosure: I have known Stefania de Kenessey since undergraduate years; we were both students at Yale in the same class, and co-directed...

Hungarian-born, New York-based contemporary composer Stefania de Kenessey is an unabashed tonalist, a modern descendent of the Neoclassical and even Romantic movements, and a self-proclaimed member...

A previous disc of music by Stefania de Kenessey, also on the North/South Consonance label, reached John Story’s Wants List of 2001. I share my colleague’s...

Born and raised in Tel Aviv, Israeli soprano Varda Kotler enjoys a distinguished career in opera and art song, having performed throughout Europe and in her...

Will the world ever tire of the theme from Paganini’s 24th Caprice? Pianist Christopher Janwong McKiggan doesn’t think so: He’s had the happy idea of asking...

Pianist McKiggan was born in England and moved to Thailand at the age of seven. His father’s heritage is English and Scottish, and his mother’s is...

The fascinating possibilities of Paganini’s 24th Caprice are given a contemporary twist by seven composers, each commissioned by pianist Christopher McKiggan to take up where Rachmaninoff,...

The title of this disc, Paganimania , refers to Christopher Janwong McKiggan’s fascinating and laudable project: composers from multicultural backgrounds writing on Paganini’s 24th Caprice. McKiggan...

Exactly one year ago, in issue 35:6, I reviewed a disc of cello works by Leopold van der Pals (1884–1966), a composer so obscure that not...

Not all performing musicians can trace their lineages back to a composer of note. The cellist on the current recital, Tobias van der Pals, can: Going...

Having played with and arranged for a variety of ensembles over the years, Guido Sanchez-Portuguez felt the time was right for Trazos , a CD of...

The composer performs his own compositions here: Guido Sánchez-Portuguez, in his first release, presents music for solo guitar, guitar trio, and guitar quartet. Documentation on the...

Originally from Costa Rica, Guido Sánchez-Portuguez won the Prize for Best Performance of the Compulsory Work at the JoAnn Falletta International Guitar Concerto Competition in 2008....

I seem to have a penchant for interviewing multitalented and multifaceted musicians (or at least my editor seems inclined to send these kinds of people my...

James Scott Balentine is a member of the music faculty at the University of Texas in San Antonio. Based on the contents of this CD, I...

James Scott Balentine is professor of music at the University of Texas at San Antonio. His music is internationally performed, and, as the present disc confirms,...

Under the album title of Wild Exotic Dances , this is a collection of spritely, imaginative clarinet pieces by Texas composer James Scott Balentine. Much of...

Composer and organist James Woodman was born in Portland, Maine in 1957. Educated at Phillips Exeter Academy, Princeton University, and the New England Conservatory, he has...

This release gets four gold stars: one for Portland, Maine-born composer James Woodman (b. 1957), one for organist Erik Simmons, one for the Marcussen organ at...

Composer James Woodman, born in Portland, Maine in 1957, is currently monastery organist for the Society of St. John the Evangelist. He is a prolific composer...

James Woodman is a New Englander, born and bred, and his music springs from the soil that was prepared by his predecessors in that region, including...

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