Classical Reviews/Composers & Works

26 interviews, and over 500 reviews of classical CDs, SACDs, DVDs, Blu-rays, and downloads in this 704-page issue!

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Still in his teens and not yet thoroughly schooled in the finer points of music theory, Robert Schumann declared his adolescent emancipation by composing a number...

The Mieczysław Weinberg (or Mieczysław Wajnberg, Moisey Weinberg, or Moisey Vainberg) saga continues with this fine release from Toccata Classics. Both of the works on this...


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I am trying to figure out what it is about these readings that displeases me, particularly given the fact that I have enjoyed some of Gardner’s...

This CD represents Volume One of the Columbia Mozart symphonies Thomas Beecham recorded in the studio with the Royal Philharmonic between 1951 and 1954. It also...

The fact that Mahler was superstitious about ninth symphonies isn’t just a tragic irony, Indirectly we’re grateful, since his avoidance of Fate (on the assumption that...

The ostensible theme of this album is its title, Sacrifices . Mercifully, that isn’t mentioned in the liner notes, as it only holds true for two...


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Back in my active collecting days, I’d encountered the music of Dan Locklair only a couple times, there being a recital of his music on the...

I’ve noticed a trend lately wherein the recording industry issues a disc as, say, “cantatas” by a specific composer, but then includes odds and ends of...

Let me begin by saying that a few years before I joined the Fanfare family, I acquired a number of Amati CDs featuring the Rodin Quartet...

In The Praying Mantis and the Bluebird , Beth Anderson shows that she knows how to develop a theme and keep varying it enough to hold...

As the booklet to this release says, “one cannot depend entirely upon what the record companies committed to disc to convey the truth of much great...

Johann Wilhelm Hertel (1727–1789) served the noble house of Mecklenburg-Schwerin for over 30 years, and one of the results was this “passion cantata,” the title of...