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When I was growing up and getting my feet wet in complete opera recordings, there were three Bohème recordings that were pushed rather hard: the Moffo-Tucker...

Ernő Dohnányi’s two piano quintets were composed almost 20 years apart, and exemplify well his early and mature styles. The first, written in 1895 when Dohnányi...


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ECM New Series producer Manfred Eicher and Keller Quartet first violinist András Keller conceived this “musical programme based entirely on slow movements.” Thus, one might think...

This disc is a joint program by University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign faculty colleagues John Dee and Timothy McGovern, consisting of works from the mid-to-late 20th...

South American composers have had no trouble finding color and rhythm—it swirls all around them—but the search for identity has been more ambivalent. The continent’s profile...

I had not encountered Walter Niemann’s music before receiving this disc, and I suspect he is similarly unfamiliar to many if not most of Fanfare


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This release was occasioned by an exhibition of works by Diego Velázquez at the Grand Palais in Paris. That exhibition will be over by the time...

French pianist François Chaplin, previously unknown to me, is an active performer and teacher in Europe, and has made award-winning recordings of Debussy’s complete piano music...

It wasn’t so long ago that orchestras and conductors were afraid to bore us, this recording reminds me. There has been a studious slowing of tempo...

Philippe Graffin and Martyn Brabbins interrupt their program of works for violin and orchestra by Joseph Jongen (Volume 18 of Hyperion’s series The Romantic Violin Concerto...

This recording of Beethoven Nine was dragged up from the depths of bad pressings and failed CDs. Andrew Rose at Pristine has reconstituted it and given...

The year was 1877 when Thomas Edison made history engraving his voice onto his tinfoil cylinder with the words “Mary had a little lamb.” Immediately thereafter,...


When I was growing up and getting my feet wet in complete opera recordings, there were three Bohème recordings that were pushed rather hard: the Moffo-Tucker...

Ernő Dohnányi’s two piano quintets were composed almost 20 years apart, and exemplify well his early and mature styles. The first, written in 1895 when Dohnányi...

In his review of Charles Munch and the BSO 1958–1962 —five DVDs of WGBH broadcasts ( Fanfare 38:2)—Huntley Dent reminds us of “Munch’s well-known trait for...

This disc brings together four representative guitar concertos of the past 25 years by Australian composers. Two of the works––the concertos by Richard Charlton (b. 1958)...

ECM New Series producer Manfred Eicher and Keller Quartet first violinist András Keller conceived this “musical programme based entirely on slow movements.” Thus, one might think...

This disc is a joint program by University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign faculty colleagues John Dee and Timothy McGovern, consisting of works from the mid-to-late 20th...

I requested this disc for review after being strongly impressed by Julian Bliss’s CD of Mozart and Nielsen concertos, which I reviewed last issue. This program...

The sudden, arresting gesture that opens Ed Bennett’s Gothic (2008) sets the scene for this disc. Clearly individual music, the gesture repeats time after time, with...

It takes an unusually affecting Lieder recital to make me forego Elisabeth Schwarzkopf, Christa Ludwig, Victoria de los Angeles, and other greats from the past. But...

Promessa (promise) is the title of a new CD from Oehms featuring German soprano Sophia Brommer. Promise it has and promise it delivers. She has an...

An “akafist” (more commonly spelled “akathist”), from which the choir performing here takes its name, is an Eastern Orthodox hymn dedicated to either a saint, a...

I don’t recall any disc containing six settings of the same text, in this case the Medieval sequence Stabat mater . I once wrote an article...

This release was occasioned by an exhibition of works by Diego Velázquez at the Grand Palais in Paris. That exhibition will be over by the time...

Gerald Trimble is a modern musician who likes to play old music on old instruments in a new way. On this recording he plays English, German,...


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