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Like Cameron Carpenter and Nigel Kennedy—deeply serious musicians who happen to dress like rock stars (or in Carpenter’s case, a Martian rock star)—the Czech violinist Pavel...

There can be no doubt that François Couperin was interested in as broad a sweep of his published music as possible. Of course, he planned for...


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We often consider the string quartet of the late 18th century as one of the seminal chamber genres that were crucial to the development of musical...

About a year ago, I stumbled across a 10-inch LP from Hungary containing a work by Ferenc Farkas (1905–2000) for cello and string orchestra titled

I spent longer assessing this CD than I have ever spent on any one release, and I have to admit that I am simply defeated by...

This is a rare addition to the slim discography of Korngold’s magical, mystical opera. One would think that an ancient Die tote Stadt would be resurrected...


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I thought that Volume 2 (Naxos 8.559727) would be the last, but here comes a third disc in Naxos’s series of John Cage’s Works for Two...

I am unaware of any recording that is direct competition for this disc, i.e., an exact duplication of its repertoire. The best recordings of La mort...

This first-ever release of live concert material by Annie Fischer is titled Encore In Concert, and as the notes relate it is due to the perseverance...

This CD, titled Russian Moments, features young pianist Häring in a recital of Russian composers of the 20th century. The kicker is that, stylistically, they are...

These recordings, made between 1958 and 1970 for the Eterna label, are released here for the first time in a boxed set. The problem is I’m...

Funny how these things seem to come one on the heels of the other. Leading off this disc of music for violin and piano by Joseph...


There can be no doubt that François Couperin was interested in as broad a sweep of his published music as possible. Of course, he planned for...

We often consider the string quartet of the late 18th century as one of the seminal chamber genres that were crucial to the development of musical...

Like Cameron Carpenter and Nigel Kennedy—deeply serious musicians who happen to dress like rock stars (or in Carpenter’s case, a Martian rock star)—the Czech violinist Pavel...

The influence of John Cranko is alive and well in the Stuttgart Ballet/Gauthier Dance Ensemble’s piquant production of Christian Spuck’s ballet Poppea Poppea , captured in...

On this, Duo XXI’s second disc for Albany, violinist Anna Cromwell and cellist Mira Frisch perform some often lovely chamber music that, ironically, does not justify...

The melancholy title of this release, implying as it does the lives and hopes destroyed in the Holocaust, shouldn’t divert us from how entertaining the music-making...

I spent longer assessing this CD than I have ever spent on any one release, and I have to admit that I am simply defeated by...

In Motherland Georgian pianist Khatia Buniatishvili plays a wide-ranging collection of personal favorites from Bach and Handel to Chopin and Tchaikovsky, Debussy, Ravel, and Pärt, all...

Subtitled “French mélodies ,” this is not a miscellaneous collection as much as it is a series of songs grouped by composer: four songs by Henri...

What does Swiss music right around or rather right after 1900 sound like? After having listened to this entire recital over the course of a month...

This is an interesting album of Eastern European choral music (with organ interludes by Pēteris Vasks, Jan Janca, and the lone non-European on this set, Philippine...

This is a follow-up to America (Hänssler Classic 93.306), this same ensemble’s similarly eclectic collection of works by Copland, Reich, Feldman, Bernstein, and Barber. The works...

“Music by Early Renaissance Composers Who Remain Anonymous” would probably present the widest scope for an early music program. Barring that, a likely candidate would a...

Founded in 1973, the Hilliard Ensemble was soon regarded as the foremost English vocal ensemble in a crowded field. While they have recorded for several labels...


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