Classical Reviews/Orchestral

21 interviews, and over 525 reviews of classical CDs, SACDs, DVDs, Blu-rays, and downloads in this 640-page issue!

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Like Cameron Carpenter and Nigel Kennedy—deeply serious musicians who happen to dress like rock stars (or in Carpenter’s case, a Martian rock star)—the Czech violinist Pavel...

The influence of John Cranko is alive and well in the Stuttgart Ballet/Gauthier Dance Ensemble’s piquant production of Christian Spuck’s ballet Poppea Poppea , captured in...


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My interest in this summer concert from Annecy, France in 2013 was sparked because it pairs the great Russian conductor Yuri Temirkanov with Denis Matsuev, a...

The Brazilian virtuoso Nelson Freire was very little recorded in the decade covered by this new release, part of Decca’s commemoration of the pianist’s 70th birthday....

For anyone who has resisted the high price of videos compared to audio, this release of a Berlin Philharmonic concert from 2000 will be welcome, since...

Time (February 2, 1962—significantly both Fritz Kreisler’s and Jascha Heifetz’s birthday) numbered René Charles (Zino) Francescatti with Heifetz, Isaac Stern, David Oistrakh, and Nathan Milstein as...


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This marvelous disc features works either originally composed for or arranged for trumpet and wind ensemble. Brian Shaw is professor of trumpet at Louisiana State University...

Of late, there have been many multi-disc reissues showcasing conductors of the past. Most involve the recycling of familiar material (Karajan, Fricsay, and Bernstein, to take...

A generation of concertgoers attending the New York Philharmonic has seen the splendid violinist Glenn Dicterow take the stage as concertmaster. It was a tough job...

More than a decade ago, in Fanfare 26:6, I suggested that Adrian Chandler and La Serenissima, in their first volume of music written for violinist Johann...

There have been several compilations of music from Alfred Hitchcock films, the best of which, by far, is the Decca Phase 4 recording with Bernard Herrmann...

The idea behind Sounds Baroque's Conversazioni series is to present a mix of secular cantatas and non-vocal chamber music such as would have been heard at...

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