Classical Reviews/Composers & Works

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

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By any standard, this is a superlative Mahler Fifth; given that it’s a live performance by a student orchestra, it’s frankly jaw-dropping. Though less well known...

Previous encounters with Britain’s Doric String Quartet—Alex Redington and Jonathan Stone, violins; Hélène Clément, viola; and John Myerscough, cello—have not gone all that well. With the...


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For the follow-up to their superb album of the composer’s Sinfonietta, Taras Bulba, The Ballad of Blanik, and The Fiddler’s Child, Tomás Netopil and the Prague...

Here is a perfect example how musicologists and academics have ruined the enjoyment of music. This superb work, written in spurts between 1844 and 1853, resists...

Every time something goes “thump” on this CD, I’m tempted to open my closet door and see if a stage hand has tripped on his shoelaces....

Prokofiev’s Romeo and Juliet has fared well in the recording studio. Lorin Maazel’s version of the complete ballet (Decca) is an audiophile legend that I would...


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Giselle remains solidly entrenched as a mainstay of the classical ballet repertoire for its story rather than its music. It provides an incredibly meaty role for...

It’s been a while since I last reviewed an album featuring Amarillis. I liked a collection of theirs entitled Médée furieuse , back in 2009 (Ambroisie...

Through lengthy liner copy by one Stefan Grondelaers, Niquet is quoted often, in pontifical mode, but evinces little interpretive insight as the music rolls. One hesitates...

This CD documents Pierre Boulez’s visit to Moscow in 1990, signifying the fall of the Soviet Union. The recordings were made in the Great Hall of...

Lyrita was the first label to introduce most of the symphonies and major tone poems of Bax to American listeners and audiophiles. Then Chandos followed with...

My dislike for Gardiner runs so deep that a voice in my head says, “Give it a rest.” He has won every battle I wish he’d...

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