Classical Reviews/Composers & Works

26 interviews, and over 500 reviews of classical CDs, SACDs, DVDs, Blu-rays, and downloads in this 704-page issue!

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This is an odd work in many ways. It is closer to an oratorio than to any other form, but it is more operatic and dramatic...

Marco Vitale is given top billing on this album, followed by the spinet he plays. The music gets billed on the back of the cover, seemingly...


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I consider Frederic Rzewski’s The People United Will Never Be Defeated to be one of the most important piano works from the latter half of the...

Lully’s royal privilege gave him unparalleled control of music in France, and he used it with an especially heavy hand against composers who might challenge him...

So, I’m beginning to watch Part 4 of this Boris Godunov Blu-ray from a Munich production. This is the 1869 version of the opera, so it...

The Zemlinsky String Quartet is making its steady way through Dvořák’s complete works for quartet, taking care to present balanced programs as it goes. Reviews have...


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Meyerbeer’s star began to wane early in the 20th century. Fewer productions were mounted of his works and those of his contemporaries who favored the 19th-century...

With the release of Götterdämmerung, the Barenboim/La Scala Ring is available in its totality and there are now four complete cycles to be had in the...

Subjected as a violin student to the mind-numbing, finger-bruising études of Hans Sitt (1850–1922), it never occurred to me that the man might have composed any...

This CD combines the immortal clarinet quintet of Johannes Brahms with the unmistakably Brahmsian—but of course lesser—quintet of Robert Fuchs. Fuchs’s Quintet is very Viennese, charming,...

Grigory Sokolov seems to have a mysterious aura which surrounds him. Having won the International Tchaikovsky Piano Competition in 1966 at the ripe old age of...

Karl Stobbe’s reading of all six of Eugène Ysaÿe’s solo violin sonatas, on a Venetian violin from about 1725, takes just a bit more than an...