Classical Reviews/Ensemble

17 interviews, and over 450 reviews of classical CDs, SACDs, DVDs, Blu-rays, and downloads in this 576-page issue!

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Evgenia-Maria Popova was one of the last pupils of famed violinist Leonid Kogan (1924–1982) while Dimitar Penkov is considered one of Bulgaria’s finest string players, winning...

Austrian violinist and conductor Thomas Zehetmair formed the Zehetmair Quartet in 1994. The members usually learn one new program per year and perform all works from...


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When putting on a CD of a percussion ensemble, one is never sure if you should turn down the volume and/or reach for the earplugs. There...

It is the unfortunate fate of most holiday season music CDs to be reviewed out of season, due to the lag time between receipt of the...

If your ideal of French horn playing is the brilliance and power of, for example, the Chicago Symphony Orchestra or New York Philharmonic, this disc might...

Ablaze Records, a joint Australian/American concern, has stated that they are “committed to the talent of tomorrow and to distributing this [music] as widely as possible.”...


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How many works can you name for the combination of voice, viola, and piano? Yes, there are those two gorgeous songs op. 91 by Brahms. If...

Nicolai Tschemberdschi (1903–1948) was a Russian composer who followed the dictates of the Communist government. He joined the Composers Productive Association and was active with the...

The title of this disc ought to be virtually self-explanatory. One should note, however, that the nod to late Baroque composer Giovanni Pergolesi is more perfunctory...

The members of the Vida Guitar Quartet are Mark Eden, Christopher Stell, Mark Ashford, and Helen Sanderson. Each is well known as a soloist. Eden and...

The Juilliard Quartet was founded in 1946 by William Schuman, president of the Juilliard School. Violinists Robert Mann and Robert Koff, violist Raphael Hillyer, and cellist...