Classical Reviews/Composers & Works

17 interviews, and over 450 reviews of classical CDs, SACDs, DVDs, Blu-rays, and downloads in this 576-page issue!

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This recording presents an inexplicable rarity: a collection of all—with one exception—of Mahler’s settings for piano and voice of the German folk poems collected in Achim...

Johann Sebastian Bach’s music for lute has been something of a question mark. It is known that one of his friends was Silvius Leopold Weiss, and...


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Volume 56 of Naïve’s series Tesori del Piemonte constitutes the first volume of Antonio Vivaldi’s double violin concertos in The Vivaldi Edition . Recorded in January...

Though I’ve not personally reviewed anything by Eric Zeisl in these pages before, a number of Fanfare ’s longtime contributors have, including James North, who, as...

This is a bit of a departure from Andrew Rose’s usual fare; at least it is from among his remastered Pristine recordings I’ve personally received for...

This release falls into the category of “Who’d Have Thunk It.” Though I’d come across his name before, my first actual encounter with the music of...


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With this latest release in Vasily Petrenko’s Shostakovich cycle, he is two symphonies shy of the finish line; still to come are Nos. 13 and 14....

The absence of applause—indeed, of any audience noise whatsoever—suggests that these are studio recordings made for broadcast. Another hint is ICA Classics’ information that the Berlioz...

Few symphonies span the breadth, drama, mood swings, and instrumental diversity of Shostakovich’s Eighth; thus, it’s easy to understand why no single interpretation could express all...

Of Prokofiev’s seven symphonies, the Fourth has the most unassuming demeanor. Less sparkling than the First, less violent than the acidic Second and Third, less monumental...

While Solti made CD recordings of both of these works with the Chicago Symphony for Decca (in 1992 and 1993 respectively), they are most welcome here...

It’s easy to understand why three leading artistic lights of Edwardian culture such as Arthur Wing Pinero, Arthur Sullivan, and Joseph Carr would decide in 1897...