Departments
Latest Music Reviews

Fascinating stuff. Purists may want to give this a bit of a wide berth, but those with open minds and a capacity to be delighted will...

It’s nice, for once, to see the pianist in an instrument-piano duo recital get top billing on a CD, and you’ll note that I’ve preserved that...


Recent Music Reviews

On the basis of notoriety alone this recording deserves enshrinement in the Classical Hall of Fame. Virtually every serious collector knows, or knows of, “the Mengelberg...

Off the top of my head, Ida Presti and Sharon Isbin are the only two female classical guitarists that come to mind. I’m sure there are...

A virtuoso alto saxophonist, equally at home with bebop and various forms and styles of Latin music, Miguel Zenon has a bright brash sound and a...

Charles Harold Bernstein, so say the notes, had a love of music as a child but had to give up the piano at age 19 when...


More Music Reviews

Haydn’s keyboard music evolved from nearly Bach to nearly Beethoven. By the time we drop in on him in 1776, the year he became the full-fledged...

In 35:2, I reviewed a Brahms CD by pianist Alexander Kobrin on Quartz. My impression was generally positive, though I felt the live recordings, made on...

A characteristic of Chopin’s music is that there are no wasted notes. Every note means something. Yet how often do we hear pianists in Chopin smudge...

Elsewhere in Fanfare , I have written about Jeroen van Veen (b. 1969) as a faithful and highly able exponent of piano music in the Minimalist...

This CD, which bears the title Jazz-Tinged, is a mutual admiration society between composer Charles Ruggiero and alto saxophonist Joseph Lulloff. On the first page of...

Available at Amazon, Barnes & Noble, AllMusic & Vimeo The kernel of this recital is the Barber: for years a part of Georgian-German Catherine Gordeladze’s repertoire,...


Fascinating stuff. Purists may want to give this a bit of a wide berth, but those with open minds and a capacity to be delighted will...

It’s nice, for once, to see the pianist in an instrument-piano duo recital get top billing on a CD, and you’ll note that I’ve preserved that...

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...

On the basis of notoriety alone this recording deserves enshrinement in the Classical Hall of Fame. Virtually every serious collector knows, or knows of, “the Mengelberg...

I have been known to say that I’m even happy to have Bach played on a kazoo, just so that someone, somewhere, is playing Bach. But...

We all know what a powerful force music can be in film. Stanley Kubrick himself noted that “the thing a film does best is...

The authors of this book rightly observe that in the history of music in Britain in any period, military music is ignored. This observation applies beyond...

A virtuoso alto saxophonist, equally at home with bebop and various forms and styles of Latin music, Miguel Zenon has a bright brash sound and a...

This CD, which bears the title Jazz-Tinged, is a mutual admiration society between composer Charles Ruggiero and alto saxophonist Joseph Lulloff. On the first page of...


Not To
Be Missed!