Classical Reviews/Ensemble

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

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Ceora Winds (pronounced “see –OR – a,” apparently) has produced a beautifully life-affirming disc of charming wind music. The charm of Les Tisserandes by Mat Matsumune...

Spelled like this, Phantasy can only mean one thing. In 1906 Walter Willson Cobbett, the wealthy English businessman and amateur violinist, endowed an annual competition for...


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This interesting disc combines the music of seven British women composers ranging from the 18th century (Sophie Dussek’s Violin Sonata) to the 21st (Jocelyn Pook’s

Ordinarily I detest transcriptions of well-known works, or any works for that matter, for odd groups of instruments that were never intended to play them, but...

Let’s be clear for a moment here. Much of music is an experiment, and the pieces on this CD are on the brave frontiers of such...

This new release by the Fire Pink Trio is a most original compilation of classical and contemporary works for the unusual combination of flute, viola, and...


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The artistic force behind this most unusual album, the first collaboration between Japanese-born jazz pianist Takase (who has been living and working in Germany for decades)...

Many of the members of the Eastern Wind Symphony are College of New Jersey graduates, but this is not a collegiate group, drawing on a large...

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...

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...

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