Classical Reviews/Ensemble

14 interviews, and over 450 reviews of classical CDs, SACDs, DVDs, Blu-rays, and downloads in this 544-page issue!

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These recordings date back to 1993 (Mendelssohn and Shostakovich) and 1996 (Tchaikovsky and Arensky). The former was released on the budget Discover label (remember that?) and...

Regular readers of this publication are bound to know that I’m not generally receptive to programs of works transcribed for settings other than those for which...


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By the time we reach the first Spanish-flavored selection in this generous cello-and-guitar duet program, anyone will be won over by how successful the combination is....

Few things are more amusing (or deeply annoying) to American listeners than non-Americans trying to affect an American accent. Among important British actors, only Kenneth Branagh...

The CD is pink, the album title provocative. The two young artists pose in photos like club kids with attitude. Good luck to DG in marketing...

On this, Duo XXI’s second disc for Albany, violinist Anna Cromwell and cellist Mira Frisch perform some often lovely chamber music that, ironically, does not justify...


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The melancholy title of this release, implying as it does the lives and hopes destroyed in the Holocaust, shouldn’t divert us from how entertaining the music-making...

It isn’t often that a band recording could be accused of thumping insufficiently. The London Symphonic Concert Band is a newly formed ensemble, with players drawn...

Still coming together now and then, after ending two decades of continuous performances and recordings, the four not-so-anonymous ladies have gradually turned away from the Middle...

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