Classical Reviews/Instrumental

13 interviews, and over 500 reviews of classical CDs, SACDs, DVDs, Blu-rays, and downloads in this 608-page issue!

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On this disc, Australian guitarist Bradley Kunda plays a variety of music from five very different composers. He has a refined technique and the ability to...

The engaging and accomplished pianist Charisse Baldoria tells us that the themes of this recital are memory, passion, and imagination. The memory is of the three...


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Clarinetist Emma Johnson produced a remarkable run of recordings for the ASV label from soon after being named BBC Young Musician of the Year in 1984...

As pianist Stefan Litwin explains in the revealing and thought-provoking interview included in the CD booklet, the program’s title— Sonata and Destructions , borrowed from a...

Barbara Zalaznik Matos, who has been a member of the Slovenian Philharmonic Orchestra for more than a decade, is now beginning to concentrate on a solo...

With the not-entirely original intent of broadening the limited solo bassoon repertoire, bassoonist Massimo Data and pianist Piero Barbareschi offer a collection made up largely of...


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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...

In Motherland Georgian pianist Khatia Buniatishvili plays a wide-ranging collection of personal favorites from Bach and Handel to Chopin and Tchaikovsky, Debussy, Ravel, and Pärt, all...

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...

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...

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...

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...

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