Classical Reviews/Composers & Works

6 interviews, and over 525 reviews of classical CDs, SACDs, DVDs, Blu-rays, and downloads in this 544-page issue!

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Tchaikovsky composed his Manfred Symphony between the Fourth and Fifth Symphonies when he was at the peak of his powers. It has been criticized as an...

As mentioned in my review of the 1952 radio performance of this cycle by Dietrich Fischer-Dieskau ( Fanfare 31:5), Die schöne Magelone is not a cycle...


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New Zealand composer Jack Body (b. 1944) has, the notes tell us, written a considerable amount of ensemble, vocal, orchestral, film, music theater, and “electro-acoustic” music....

Expectations run high for a new Bluebeard , a work that has been recorded often enough, and recently enough—Marin Alsop/Naxos (2007), Valery Gergiev/LSO Live (2009), Ádám...

Back in Fanfare 37:4 I made a fool of myself––not for the first time, and probably not the last. In reviewing a disc of Florent Schmitt’s...

Alicia de Larrocha was a pianist of consummate artistry. I have enjoyed her work on repertoire as diverse as Schubert and Ravel—not to mention the Spanish...


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As I have done before, I include Fanfare ’s icon for included text in the headnote, but add here the caveat that the texts and translations...

This disc features cantatas for, what its title describes as, Trinity-Palmarum , the German Lutheran term for Palm Sunday. My first impression on hearing the disc...

This review violates my moratorium on new recordings of the ridiculously over-recorded Gaspard de la nuit , but this young Frenchman does stand out from the...

Recently in 37:3 I gave a mixed review to a CD of works by Carson Cooman, with one comment in that review leading to an opposing...

These are, of course, Brahms’s clarinet sonatas, op. 120, in their optional version for viola. Geraldine Walther has been the violist of the Takács Quartet since...

By one of those ironies that is so entertaining to the Fates, Schubert was the last composer who should have succeeded Beethoven. He thought so little...