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 is Pristine’s second CD devoted to the music of Harl McDonald. The first was an absolute triumph, and this one is nearly as good. McDonald...

The PR blurb for this new release refers to Anna Netrebko as “the world’s most luxurious soprano,” which makes her sound like a BMW. The famous...


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More than 20 years after Rudolf Nureyev’s death, his versions of the classic ballets remain in the repertoire of the Paris Opéra and other houses with...

The first aspect of this recording that I noticed upon opening up the package and listening to the seven concertos all in a row was that...

Vol. 4 of the complete Burns songs is a perfect example why I chose to review them separately rather than in a group. There are different...

There’s a nostalgic meeting point between folk culture and classical music in Germany, where you can find the jolly villagers in Weber’s Der Freischütz , the...


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I was surprised to find the unfamiliar name of Giovanni Ghizzolo (c. 1580–1625) in the Fanfare Archive for a motet that was included in a miscellaneous...

Bavouzet’s broad range as a pianist is now generally accepted. He made his first real splash in the music of Debussy, with other French composers such...

This disc came as something of a surprise. Two surprises, really, because I had always associated Suzanne Danco (1911–2000) with the Franco-Italian opera repertory, though Andrew...

Anders Koppel (b. 1947), son of the composer and pianist Herman D. Koppel (1908–1998) and father to the saxophonist Benjamin Koppel (b. 1974), is a musician...

I first came in contact with Fritz Reiner’s Bach in 1979, when my Harvard roommate—Leonard Bernstein’s godson—showed up with one of the LPs of the 1949...

Back in 2010, Raymond Tuttle reviewed a release of Wagenaar’s symphonic poems ( Fanfare 33:5, CPO 777 479-2). He liked the disc and concluded by writing,...

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