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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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...

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...


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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...


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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...

Thomas Beecham, the saying used to go in London, conducted “red hot.” But Victor de Sabata was “white hot.” I thought of this as I listened...

My admiration for the violinist, film maker, polyglot, and groupie, I thought, knew no bounds, but I’ve never once felt that what we really need in...

This splendid new collection of violin concertos from Gil Shaham features familiar works, some of them established repertoire, alongside two (to me, at least) lesser-known works....

This is a welcome compilation of obscure works for piano and strings by 20th-century French composers. All four of the pieces are of their time, allying...

The focus on this disc is one of the most interesting women who was trained at the Ospedale della Pietà in Venice during the 18th century....