Classical Reviews/Orchestral

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

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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...


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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....

Much as I enjoyed listening to this collection, and could be easily encouraged to go on at length about it, as you’ve probably guessed, these discs...


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This double-CD set collects excerpts from several past recordings by Baroque violinist Amandine Beyer plus one new recording, the Concerto Grosso of Arcangelo Corelli. The booklet...

Belgian violinist Arthur Grumiaux (1921–1986) was a fixture of the concert and recording scene when I was growing up. His playing was impeccably clean in style,...

I first became aware of pianist Polly Ferman’s delightfully airy and effervescent style in a CD of Milongas and Tangos (Roméo Records 7202) made several years...

A film by Bruno Le Jean I really wanted to like this film. I’ve been a fan of gypsy swing for many years, and the various...

There is no denying that Newton Classics is offering, in this two-CD set of music for double bass and orchestra, repertoire that is under-served in the...

In a brief essay in the booklet accompanying this disc, director Richard Egarr makes what has to be the understatement of the year: “This recording of...