Classical Reviews/Composers & Works

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

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The journey of André Tchaikovsky's neglected opera The Merchant of Venice from silence to the stage of the Bregenz Festival is almost as dramatic as the...

From the notes: “Lars-Erik Larsson was the most successful Swedish composer in the second generation of classical modernism. The other leading figures of his generation were...


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“Music is, in part, social relationships made audible: I organize those networks and occasions. Then the resulting community has something to listen to: itself in a...

The fact that I'd never heard a note of Cécile Chaminade's (1857-1944) doesn't mean that important musicians haven't taken notice. There are CDs by Shura Cherkassky,...

"Life on this earth," writes the composer, "first emerged from the sea. Today, as the polar ice melts and sea level rises, we humans face the...

Valery Popov is a fine bassoonist who has enjoyed a long and successful career both as a soloist and as the principal bassoonist in the Moscow...


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In 1950, I bought an LP just because its cover was so beautiful. The logic must have been perfect, as the recording turned out to be...

Ralph Vaughan Williams, middle aged, was an ambulance driver in World War I. A man scarred by war is screaming for peace, begging for peace (...

This is an inspired, antic staging of Stravinsky's enduring fable. L'histoire du soldat can be presented as a fairy tale suitable for children-I've seen it put...

I imagine other listeners will have had my experience with Haydn’s piano sonatas. I first heard one in Glenn Gould’s driven youthful performance of the Sonata...

These recordings have been around almost for as long as there’s been dirt. They were originally recorded in Germany in 1966, released on LP in one...

Who or what is "The Feed-Back," and why is it listed in the composer's position in the above headnote? Well, the name is actually a pseudonym...

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