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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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...


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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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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...

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...

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