Classical Reviews/Composers & Works

13 interviews, and over 500 reviews of classical CDs, SACDs, DVDs, Blu-rays, and downloads in this 608-page issue!

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This one seems to be a case of keeping up with the Joneses. In 2013, the Royal Academy of Music Soloists Ensemble released a recording of...

Sidney and Jeanne Weiss gave the recital of music by the Russian composers Prokofiev, Rachmaninoff, and Tchaikovsky, now issued on CD by Crystal, in Kimball Hall,...


Recent Music Reviews

Violinist Shuai Shi and pianist Zhen Chen, billing themselves as the “Jade Duo,” have chosen sonatas by Fauré, Schumann, and Bartók for their premiere recording. Their...

It’s been decades since the Mendelssohn Second has shed its reputation for smug and comfortable religiosity—but even in this new age of increasingly electrical performances, Edward...

Back in 35:5 I reviewed in detail a previous release of this performance by WHRA (coupled with a second complete surviving broadcast Met performance of

It is a good thing Antony Beaumont’s notes accompany this beautiful and beautiful-sounding survey of the Zemlinsky string quartets. The Second Quartet, in particular, is virtually...


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This is the third volume in the Diogenes Quartet’s Schubert cycle, and it gets more interesting as it unfolds. When it’s complete, this survey promises to...

No, no, no. I must resist the temptation to review the packaging and stick to the contents, but I guess it’s the credits to the dressmaker...

Reviewed and highly recommended by me in issue 36:5 was the Vogler Quartet’s Volume 1 of Dvořák’s works for string quartet. That earlier two-disc set contained...

Not that long ago, we had the pleasure of reviewing former Fanfare reviewer Susan Kagan’s survey of Ferdinand Ries’s piano sonatas. The pleasure, to be perfectly...

Praga has conveniently paired two of Oistrakh’s EMI recordings from the same year, 1958, one worth hearing, the other a treasure. The one worth hearing is...

A prototype of the mandolin exists in cave paintings. Vibrating strings, later held together on a curved wooden body with a delicate neck, have been the...

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