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Back in Fanfare 37:2, I evaluated the 3beez Music Management System and spoke with its creator, Jeffrey Barish. Since then, Barish’s original Wax Box, as his...

The title of this disc is People and Places, and the group playing it—minus guest trumpeter Randy Brecker—is the Glesnes/Ytreberg Quartet, not a name that will...


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James Scott Balentine is professor of music at the University of Texas at San Antonio. His music is internationally performed, and, as the present disc confirms,...

You are originally from Brazil. How long have you been living and working in the Netherlands? I came here 13 years ago. Starting in the 1960s,...

By the time he gave it up, in 1974, clarinetist Buddy DeFranco had led the Glenn Miller Orchestra for eight years, longer than Glenn Miller did...

Camerata Nordica is a string chamber orchestra, varying between 15 and 20 musicians depending on repertoire, that plays standing up and without a conductor. Although the...


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Szell recorded both of these works more than once, and those recordings are highly regarded. Indeed, collectors particularly value a Concertgebouw Dvořák Eighth Symphony of his....

This enterprising disc of new music is impeccably and beautifully presented, the gatefold cover enclosing detailed notes on the pieces, composers, and performers. It shouts out...

En-Cor! is the new recording by The American Horn Quartet, whose members are Charles Putnam, Geoffrey Winter, Kristina Mascher, and Kerry Turner. They open their program...

Years ago Mikhail Bakhtin, the Russian philosopher and semiotician, set forth a complex theory of what he referred to as “Great Time.” In a nutshell the...

When Hyperion reissued its groundbreaking 40-CD series of Schubert’s complete Lieder and part-songs as a boxed set in 2005, considerable regret and even annoyance was expressed...

Jazzhaus has built up quite an interesting and wide-ranging catalog of recordings based on European (and primarily German) radio recordings and live performances over the past...


Back in Fanfare 37:2, I evaluated the 3beez Music Management System and spoke with its creator, Jeffrey Barish. Since then, Barish’s original Wax Box, as his...

James Scott Balentine is professor of music at the University of Texas at San Antonio. His music is internationally performed, and, as the present disc confirms,...

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...

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...

Szell recorded both of these works more than once, and those recordings are highly regarded. Indeed, collectors particularly value a Concertgebouw Dvořák Eighth Symphony of his....

Gardiner once described Monteverdi as the “Shakespeare of music.” There is something oddly Shakespearean about the vespers, for sure: The chatty vocal exchanges, the grandly ironic...

When Hyperion reissued its groundbreaking 40-CD series of Schubert’s complete Lieder and part-songs as a boxed set in 2005, considerable regret and even annoyance was expressed...

Robert Watt was the first African-American horn player to win a position in a major American orchestra. In 1970, at the age of 22, he was...

The title of this disc is People and Places, and the group playing it—minus guest trumpeter Randy Brecker—is the Glesnes/Ytreberg Quartet, not a name that will...

By the time he gave it up, in 1974, clarinetist Buddy DeFranco had led the Glenn Miller Orchestra for eight years, longer than Glenn Miller did...


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