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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As a young man, the playwright Peter Shaffer worked for the music publisher Boosey & Hawkes, which should have prevented him from lampooning Mozart so unfairly...

Musical entertainment during the Elizabethan and Jacobean periods in gentrified English households usually meant the family members who sang songs accompanied by whatever instrument could perform...


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If this were a recording of Sibelius’s Violin Concerto, I’d be totally in my comfort zone reviewing it, what with the 40 or more versions of...

It has been about 45 years now since Mendelssohn’s once popular but forgotten “Lobgesang” Symphony was first revived on disc by Herbert von Karajan and Wolfgang...

Here are three solo works, two of them called “concerto,” by one of Japan’s foremost living composers (b. 1955). Each lasts about 20 minutes, is in...

Tigran Mansurian (b. 1935) is arguably Armernia’s most renowned composer. He certainly has hit the jackpot as one of Manfred Eicher’s “adopted” composers, which gives him...


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Anyone of a certain age reading this will be familiar with these iconic mid-1950s to early 1960s recordings originally released on Arkiv LPs. Moreover, anyone familiar...

Violinist Frédéric Bednarz and pianist Natsuki Hiratsuka open the first movement of Karol Szymanowski’s early violin sonata with a commanding shot, and they maintain the level...

Russian Romantic quintets for piano and winds: now that is an obscure niche in the repertoire. Few recordings of either of these works are currently available....

There’s a sad musical footnote to Bobby Fischer’s epic battle to defeat Boris Spassky for the world chess championship in 1972. The cantankerous American prodigy had...

I reviewed a disc of Galuppi keyboard sonatas in 2010, featuring Luca Guglielmi (Accent 24227). With our current album from the same soloist we move back...

What I expected, as I loaded this Blu-ray disc into the player, was another middle-of-the-road production of Madama Butterfly . I didn’t know the singers, wasn’t...