Classical Reviews/Instrumental

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

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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...

Lada Valesová primly and properly spells out the notes of these charming but essentially unimportant works. With few exceptions they require little virtuosity or intellectual penetration,...


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Susan Merdinger is a fine pianist who here presents a most successful program. Her performance of Schubert’s D 575 reveals a pianist with a very appealing...

As a flutist and composer who has spent years investigating non-Western and extended instrumental techniques and incorporating electronics into his own music, Jos Zwaanenburg is the...

Violinist Francisco Cabán and pianist Kevin Class have assembled a program of works for violin and piano by composers predominantly from the southern Americas. Their recital...

Balthasar Hens, bass clarinetist of the Stuttgart Philharmonic Orchestra, is one impressive player. Hens is a remarkably sensitive and imaginative musician who plays the bass clarinet...


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Don’t worry; I’d never heard of Howard Karp either. After thoroughly enjoying this wonderful collection of great solo piano music, played with tremendous flair and joy,...

Hidden treasure indeed! Violist or not, nearly every listener is bound to find something in this program to treasure, and who, besides possibly a few violists,...

I guess the most appropriate description of this disc would be “atmospheric.” The duo of Lechner and Couturier play with beautiful tone and elegant phrasing, and...

Martha Argerich has been before the microphone for almost 50 years now, and yet for all her prodigious output, she’s not over-recorded. Her playing offers something...

The subtitle of this disc is “Harpsichords in pre-Revolutionary Paris,” which of course serves as a rationale for the use by harpsichordist Giulia Nuti of a...

These four British 20th-century composers may not be widely known, but they should be familiar to anyone who has perused the Lyrita and Chandos catalogs. Lyrita...

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