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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This is a rare addition to the slim discography of Korngold’s magical, mystical opera. One would think that an ancient Die tote Stadt would be resurrected...

I thought that Volume 2 (Naxos 8.559727) would be the last, but here comes a third disc in Naxos’s series of John Cage’s Works for Two...


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I am unaware of any recording that is direct competition for this disc, i.e., an exact duplication of its repertoire. The best recordings of La mort...

This first-ever release of live concert material by Annie Fischer is titled Encore In Concert, and as the notes relate it is due to the perseverance...

This CD, titled Russian Moments, features young pianist Häring in a recital of Russian composers of the 20th century. The kicker is that, stylistically, they are...

These recordings, made between 1958 and 1970 for the Eterna label, are released here for the first time in a boxed set. The problem is I’m...


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Funny how these things seem to come one on the heels of the other. Leading off this disc of music for violin and piano by Joseph...

I first saw British mezzo-soprano Alice Coote perform, as I expect did many Americans, when she sang Hänsel in Humperdinck’s fairy tale opera in a Live...

Hector Berlioz is the kind of composer who gives megalomania a good name. It’s laughable that such vaunting ambition, lending itself to battalions of musicians performing...

Claudio Monteverdi published a collection of his sacred music in 1641 as Selva morale e spirituale , and a further collection appeared posthumously in 1650. Broadly...

This delightful disc features 25 German songs transcribed for fortepiano by Franz Liszt, and interpreted with passion and understanding by Belgian pianist Els Biesemans. Biesemans is...

The liner notes begin with a shocker of a quote: “Whenever discussion turns to most modern Russian composers who are working today within the borders of...

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