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This overblown and pretentious set is grandiosely titled Flying Under the Radar: The World of Robert Ackerman, Box 2. The liner notes indicate that Bob Ackerman,...

If you love ragtime for its “joy, energy, and jaunty bounce,” to borrow Brian Dykstra’s words, your enthusiasm probably began where his did, with the groundbreaking...


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John Purser (b. 1942) is a Scottish composer, cellist, and musicologist who lives on the island of Skye and works for the Gaelic College—Sabhal Mòr Ostaig...

I interviewed pianist/composer Brian Dykstra in Fanfare 35:6, at which time two CDs featuring his concert rags were very favorably received by Lynn René Bayley, Barry...

The late conductor James Sadewhite said that there are many great players, but only a few get to become famous. Michael Antonello is a great player...

Bach probably composed his Violin Concerto in A Minor, BWV 1041, and his Concerto for Two Violins, Strings, and Continuo in D Minor, BWV 1043, between...


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I talked to pianist Vijay Iyer at the tail end of March after a long day for both of us. We met in the Cambridge apartment...

Obviously Widor is known as an organ composer, particularly of “that” Toccata. It is always a delight to encounter and explore other lesser-known aspects of composers’...

Maria Newman, who recently turned 50, is the youngest daughter of renowned film composer and conductor Alfred Newman. (This means that she is a cousin of...

In 1990 British cellist Michael Jones and Spanish guitarist Agustín Maruri formed their cello and guitar duo. Since then, they have unearthed a great deal of...

This is a most enjoyable and stimulating disc. Turkish composer Özkan Manav (b. 1967) studied with the well-known (although not well known enough) Turkish composer Saygun....

Although this set was released over two years ago, it only came to my attention more recently (and via a pirate clone on the Documents label...


If you love ragtime for its “joy, energy, and jaunty bounce,” to borrow Brian Dykstra’s words, your enthusiasm probably began where his did, with the groundbreaking...

John Purser (b. 1942) is a Scottish composer, cellist, and musicologist who lives on the island of Skye and works for the Gaelic College—Sabhal Mòr Ostaig...

This year, the Royal Opera House at Covent Garden has provided us with a video Tosca for the ages. With a dream cast of Angela Gheorghiu,...

In the 20-plus years that I have been contributing to this publication, I’ve noticed a huge sea change. When I started, Fanfare’s emphasis seemed to be...

Although this set was released over two years ago, it only came to my attention more recently (and via a pirate clone on the Documents label...

Collectors have long known these performances, which have been available over many years on many different labels. In all cases, even BMG’s Melodiya series, the sound...

This book is a rich, deep cultural and political history of Jews in central Europe, from about 1815 to the 1960s. Although centered about composers and...

The echoes of the Britten centenary are still with us. This frequently interesting, but occasionally disappointing, collection of 12 essays wants to look anew at Britten’s...

This overblown and pretentious set is grandiosely titled Flying Under the Radar: The World of Robert Ackerman, Box 2. The liner notes indicate that Bob Ackerman,...

I talked to pianist Vijay Iyer at the tail end of March after a long day for both of us. We met in the Cambridge apartment...