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25 interviews, and over 525 reviews of classical CDs, SACDs, DVDs, Blu-rays, and downloads in this 640-page issue!

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David Dahl (b. 1937) was professor of organ for 30 years at Pacific Lutheran University and has also composed several volumes of music for his instrument....

The music of Bach rarely affords definitive interpretations. With such a wide range of interpretive approaches, and the sheer number of exceptional musicians tackling the music...


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The CDs I’ve reviewed in the last year have been centered in the German symphonic repertory, with few new pieces to discover. But the juxtaposition of...

My Want List for this past year is a vocal one, since opera, Lieder, and musical theater have always been my passions. I cannot imagine myself...

These Want Lists are difficult for me, because, Lord knows, I want everything . (It’s a good thing I share my house with no one except...

Fanfare ’s editors always warn us to hold our Want Lists until our final review for the November/December issue has been written; I waited until six...


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Due to my assumption a year ago of duties as assistant editor for Fanfare , I now have considerably less time available to review CDs and...

As usual, I’ll try to sneak in more than the regulation five by running through my runners-up first. Steven Isserlis’s and Olli Mustonen’s account of the...

As usual the field of first recordings of 20th-century music (my chosen specialty) offers a plethora of possibilities. At the summit of my selections is of...

Jascha Horenstein, one of the great conductors of the 20th century, was unaccountably neglected by the major record labels. Most of his studio recordings appeared on...

Once again, the discipline of picking but five favorite releases for the year proved difficult, despite my own restriction of not choosing a release I reviewed...

I enjoyed Michael Antonello’s traversal of Bach’s violin concertos as much as any CD this year. Antonello’s playing features a wonderful blend of strength and tenderness,...

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