Classical Reviews/Orchestral

26 interviews, and over 500 reviews of classical CDs, SACDs, DVDs, Blu-rays, and downloads in this 704-page issue!

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On November 23, 2013, Krzysztof Penderecki—in my doubtless rash estimation, the world’s greatest living composer—turned 80 years old. The two DVDs reviewed here commemorate that milestone...

This collection is an excellent way to become acquainted with a much admired pianist who somehow is in danger of being forgotten by younger collectors. (I...


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We get to stamp our passports along with Zino Francescatti as he tours Europe between 1946 and 1961, giving a recital in Besançon (1958) and another...

Arturo Toscanini didn’t record much Russian music: a few works by Tchaikovsky, including the “Pathetique” Symphony, and a work each by Stravinsky, Liadov, Prokofiev, Shostakovich, and...

This CD, which is described as a “limited edition” release, celebrates violinist Jeanne Lamon’s 33-year career as music director and concertmaster of the Tafelmusik Baroque Orchestra....

The very first recording I ever bought of Van Cliburn’s, many years ago now, featured performances of Tchaikovsky’s B♭-Minor Concerto paired with Rachmaninoff’s C-Minor Concerto. I...


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This is an utterly fascinating DVD, so much so that instead of splitting up my viewing between two sessions (as I often do) I watched it...

Willem Mengelberg’s recordings, made from 1926 to 1944, take us back more than a full century, to the era of Mahler and Nikisch, when Mengelberg’s interpretations...

My previous experience in reviewing recordings by David Bernard and the Park Avenue Chamber Symphony has conditioned me to expect excellent results from them, and this...

Written between 1888 and 1934, these eight concert overtures represent a cross-section of a fascinating genre, ranging from light-hearted children’s works to highly charged scenarios from...

David Dubal has called Sviatoslav Richter “the iron man of the piano.” Certainly Richter could do whatever he wanted to at the keyboard and produced a...

Available as a download from iTunes and ClassicsOnline In this Brave New World of “indy” labels, downloads, and FLACs, a great number of musicians who might...