Classical Reviews/Orchestral

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

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In his review of Charles Munch and the BSO 1958–1962 —five DVDs of WGBH broadcasts ( Fanfare 38:2)—Huntley Dent reminds us of “Munch’s well-known trait for...

This disc brings together four representative guitar concertos of the past 25 years by Australian composers. Two of the works––the concertos by Richard Charlton (b. 1958)...


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A new release (four discs, priced as three) from Immortal Performances documents broadcast performances from Carnegie Hall by the New York Philharmonic Symphony Society and Arturo...

Principal oboist of the Berlin Philharmonic, Albrecht Mayer adds to his already impressive discography this carefully researched and brilliantly played new CD of rarely heard concertos...

Anyone who loves masterful piano playing will give this release a celebratory welcome. By gathering together the seven LPs that Nelson Freire recorded for Columbia/CBS/Sony, the...

Either you like Pierre Boulez in standard repertoire, or you don’t. I do. While some are unmoved by what they hear as a clinical approach to...


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No label in the half century, since Decca brought us music of Vaughan Williams, Bliss, and Britten in the 1950s and 60s, has done more for...

I hope that the disc title did not cause anyone immediately to bypass this review as concerning an item of little or no interest, for this...

Reviewing a 1947 concert by Leopold Stokowski and the New York Philharmonic, Virgil Thomson wrote, “Everything was played with a wondrous beauty of sound, with the...

This is an interesting release. I don’t recall any substantive recordings of film music from the silent era with an excellent orchestra and good sound. In...

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...

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