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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...

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,” ...


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By far one of the most fascinating releases to have come my way for a long time, Michael J. Evans’s CIPHER is a heady, often discombobulating...

I caught up with Jonathan Cohler—clarinetist, conductor, teacher, and record-company executive—at the International Clarinet Association’s ClarinetFest 2014 in Baton Rouge, where he appeared as an invited...

“Do you really want to know? It took me four years to put together,” the vivacious mezzo laughs. “It was a very difficult project.” Difficult, perhaps,...

Last year, few releases turned up regularly for listening in my household, once they were reviewed. The reverse holds true over the last 12 months. Compiling...


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Outstanding jazz talent can sometimes appear in unexpected places, and for me the discovery of pianist Bunny Beck was one of those. Her online resumé is...

In over 10 years of preparing annual Want Lists, I can’t think of a year that has been more exasperating than this one. My five allowed...

Strat Andriotis is a Canadian composer and guitarist who has worked in many different types of music. These days, he is composing chamber music with an...

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...

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 his the first modern autobiography and still the most profound, Jean Jacques Rousseau laments the slowness with which his ideas are formed, and finally his...


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...

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,” ...

Last year, few releases turned up regularly for listening in my household, once they were reviewed. The reverse holds true over the last 12 months. Compiling...

In over 10 years of preparing annual Want Lists, I can’t think of a year that has been more exasperating than this one. My five allowed...

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...

In his the first modern autobiography and still the most profound, Jean Jacques Rousseau laments the slowness with which his ideas are formed, and finally his...

This is one of those very typical “girl singer with jazz group” LPs that came out by the dozens during the 1950s. Helen Carr, who tragically...