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The career of composer Charles Harold Bernstein has been full of twists and turns. A child prodigy pianist, he performed in public from the age of...

Michael Ching has written several traditional operas, including: Buoso’s Ghost in 1996, Corps of Discovery in 2003, Slaying the Dragon in 2012, and Speed Dating Tonight


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“I have always been interested in poetry because my father was a poet and, growing up in an Italian-American household, I would listen to him read...

Pianist Avguste Antonov may have had a conventional musical education, but his decision to devote himself exclusively to performing the music of living American composers stamps...

They laughed when I sat down at the piano, but they laughed harder when a pair of blokes sat down with a pair of sheilas to...

I had only just returned from concerts amid the snows of Lillehammer in central Norway when I had to get back in touch with another Norwegian...


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When I reviewed Sophia Agranovich’s album of music by Beethoven (the “Appassionata” Sonata) and Chopin (the Fantaisie and the Sonata No. 3), I mentioned, after citing...

In a wonderfully evocative sonnet, Robert Lowell describes seeing Robert Frost after a reading, “the great act laid on the shelf in mothballs.” In a few...

A celebration of the trumpet in all its guises, this disc is a joy for brass players. The story behind Jeffrey Homes’s Herald Emeritus Fanfare

Fiammetta Tarli and Ivo Varbanov, pianists and creative partners in life and work, have banded together with a dedicated team of recording and design professionals to...

Available to download from richbarry.com Rich Barry is a guitarist with an exceptionally beautiful tone. He plays several different guitars on this recording, so it would...

The backstory to these four releases may actually turn out to be the front story; for at a time when record sales are purportedly at historic...


The career of composer Charles Harold Bernstein has been full of twists and turns. A child prodigy pianist, he performed in public from the age of...

Michael Ching has written several traditional operas, including: Buoso’s Ghost in 1996, Corps of Discovery in 2003, Slaying the Dragon in 2012, and Speed Dating Tonight

The Metropolitan Opera has been smarting from the critical drubbing it endured for the Robert Lepage Ring cycle, introduced in 2010, so it’s gratifying to note...

Those sensational Singaporeans have done it again—turned in a recording of unfamiliar material with all the verve, panache, and technical perfection that have come to define...

This recording has received two previous reviews in these pages, with rather different conclusions as to its merits. In 31:3 Burton Rothleder praised "a chamber orchestra...

This disc was recorded in 1989, when John Adams was newly celebrated as the composer of Nixon in China but unfamiliar as a conductor, and soprano...

Donald Vroon sounds the alarm. People are dumb! Education is failing! Culture is crumbling! Why aren't you listening? This book of 38 essays, more properly called...

Simon Morrison has been professionally concerned with recent Russian music for a long time and, indeed, published a biography of Sergei Prokofiev in 2009. Those who,...

In a wonderfully evocative sonnet, Robert Lowell describes seeing Robert Frost after a reading, “the great act laid on the shelf in mothballs.” In a few...

This was the first album that Conte Candoli recorded under his own name, in 1954, after years spent playing for the bands of Woody Herman, Charlie...


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