Classical Reviews/Orchestral

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

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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...


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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...

Xenia Löffler here follows her recent success with the brothers Graun with yet another winner, exploring the world of Vivaldi and his contemporaries. Alessandro Marcello’s exquisite...

Hollywood terror found musical expression in two short motifs that aren’t even real melodies: the stomach-churning rumble at the opening of Jaws before the monstrous great...

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...


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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...

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...

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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