Classical Reviews/Vocal Collections

26 interviews, and over 500 reviews of classical CDs, SACDs, DVDs, Blu-rays, and downloads in this 704-page issue!

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I always laugh when a CD comes with a lecture on how we are “supposed” to listen to older music. That is the case with this...

There are many Jussi Björling recital discs available, and given the unique beauty of his singing it would be foolish to recommend one (or, in this...


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Originally recorded back in 2000 and released in 2005, and now re-released, this extremely delightful anthology of satirical songs somehow eluded review at that prior time,...

Anima e Corpo is a new label dedicated, so says its web site, to “early Spanish, Italian, and French music from the sixteenth to the eighteenth...

Though Kapsberger receives billing as sole composer for the disc on this album’s front cover and spine, he’s responsible for composing only 10 of its 16...

Here, almost directly on the heels of the first volume, comes the second of the Conversationi , those Arcadian Academy concerts that were performed in the...


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To say that this collection is a delight is to understate the case. On the first disc, containing arias from operas and operettas and formally composed...

What is it with so many singers nowadays and wobbles? Don’t they hear how horrible they sound? And if so, don’t they take steps to correct...

It is hard to overstate the brilliance and beauty of this recital, one of the finest operatic recital discs I have heard in the past year...

The years covered by these recordings, 1906 through 1909, aren’t usually investigated in modern rereleases devoted to the art of John McCormack. They present him on...

This intriguing program is as much a showcase for the top-notch French period instrument orchestra Opera Fuoco, founded in 2004 by conductor David Stern and dedicated...

From Plowright’s self-written liner notes: “My husband Tony said, ‘You know, you have been singing for almost 40 years now and you have never made a...