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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I suppose one could call this music, but perhaps it is better to refer to it as arranged sound, or, as Cold Blue’s press kit describes...

Who knew? Jan Ludislav Dussek (1760–1812), that pillar of Classical-era protocol, was a fugitive from the law. Evidently the music publishing business he founded in London...


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Above all, Zemlinsky was a superb orchestrator; no one ever equaled his ringing, golden tones. A Florentine Tragedy begins with an Overture that out-Strausses Strauss, a...

This is volume 4 in Masaaki Suzuki’s Secular Cantatas series, and it’s an absolute blast, both figuratively and literally, especially for those who love Bach at...

“Transcribing” 19th-century string quartets, especially in the early 20th century, was not an uncommon practice. I put the word “transcribing” in quotes because I’ve long struggled...

Except in some of her former colonies—which, alas, doesn’t really include the United States—the brass band is an almost wholly British obsession. Given its modern impetus...


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This is the first recording of a new edition of the Requiem by Marc Rigaudière, “a reconstruction of the first complete liturgical performance” of the work....

The prevailing melancholy of Brahms’s last years is somewhat misleading. He was quite capable of being gloomy when he was young and still full of promise....

John Pickard’s “Gaia” Symphony is an astonishing work. The challenge of composing a 65-minute continuous composition for an ensemble comprised only of brass and percussion instruments...

This disc originally appeared as an ASV release in 2004 and was favorably reviewed at some length by Walter Simmons ( Fanfare 27:6). Neither the symphony...

Music is about emotions, so we tend to forget that composers are also thinkers. The contemporary American composer Robert Xavier Rodriguez has poured a wealth of...

In addition to a fairly extensive, published oeuvre , George Enescu left behind a large collection of incomplete works. Much of it dates from his student...

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