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Due to my assumption a year ago of duties as assistant editor for Fanfare , I now have considerably less time available to review CDs and...

Here is one of the most interesting and most valuable CDs ever to come my way. It is also one of the most frustrating. Thirty-two of...


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This CD is titled Beyond Vernon Duke because the compositions heard here are all by his alter ego, classical composer Vladimir Dukelsky, which was his real...

Chamorel, who wrote his own liner notes, says that “The Concerto No. 2 … is structured in a surprisingly similar fashion to that of op. 25,” ...

Joel Fan is one of those pianists who seem to have the technical ability and the intellectual breadth to play just about anything they want. His career to date...

As usual, I’ll try to sneak in more than the regulation five by running through my runners-up first. Steven Isserlis’s and Olli Mustonen’s account of the...


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As usual the field of first recordings of 20th-century music (my chosen specialty) offers a plethora of possibilities. At the summit of my selections is of...

Jascha Horenstein, one of the great conductors of the 20th century, was unaccountably neglected by the major record labels. Most of his studio recordings appeared on...

Once again, the discipline of picking but five favorite releases for the year proved difficult, despite my own restriction of not choosing a release I reviewed...

Lester Seigel, the founder and choral director of Sursum Corda, has chosen a widely varied program for his group’s Christmas album. It opens with a joyous...

Cube Metier is a collaborative British-Czech label that has issued 50 jazz albums, most of them of the traditional swing-bop variety. This is by no means...

Iskander Zakirov is a native of Tashkent, Uzbekistan. He began his musical education at the age of five, and at six entered the Uspensky Music Lyceum...


Here is one of the most interesting and most valuable CDs ever to come my way. It is also one of the most frustrating. Thirty-two of...

This CD is titled Beyond Vernon Duke because the compositions heard here are all by his alter ego, classical composer Vladimir Dukelsky, which was his real...

Due to my assumption a year ago of duties as assistant editor for Fanfare , I now have considerably less time available to review CDs and...

As usual, I’ll try to sneak in more than the regulation five by running through my runners-up first. Steven Isserlis’s and Olli Mustonen’s account of the...

This remarkable recording of Gurrelieder was made in October 1953 for the Haydn Society (!) and funded by pianist Paul Jacobs, who was an avid fan...

In the record companies’ zeal to unearth music by Jewish composers who were hounded by the Nazis, Erwin (or Ervin) Schulhoff was one of those revived,...

I think I can claim to be reasonably well-enough travelled in Scandinavian music to be embarrassed by having to admit I had never heard of Ludvig...

One “s” or two? It’s rather like the case of Robert Casadesus who, when asked how he pronounced his name, is said to have replied that...

Cube Metier is a collaborative British-Czech label that has issued 50 jazz albums, most of them of the traditional swing-bop variety. This is by no means...

This is a disc of straightahead, mainstream jazz by trumpeter Bergalli and pianist Navarro, two older statesmen of the music. Bergalli plays somewhat in the style...