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As a young man, the playwright Peter Shaffer worked for the music publisher Boosey & Hawkes, which should have prevented him from lampooning Mozart so unfairly...

Musical entertainment during the Elizabethan and Jacobean periods in gentrified English households usually meant the family members who sang songs accompanied by whatever instrument could perform...


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If this were a recording of Sibelius’s Violin Concerto, I’d be totally in my comfort zone reviewing it, what with the 40 or more versions of...

It has been about 45 years now since Mendelssohn’s once popular but forgotten “Lobgesang” Symphony was first revived on disc by Herbert von Karajan and Wolfgang...

Here are three solo works, two of them called “concerto,” by one of Japan’s foremost living composers (b. 1955). Each lasts about 20 minutes, is in...

Tigran Mansurian (b. 1935) is arguably Armernia’s most renowned composer. He certainly has hit the jackpot as one of Manfred Eicher’s “adopted” composers, which gives him...


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Anyone of a certain age reading this will be familiar with these iconic mid-1950s to early 1960s recordings originally released on Arkiv LPs. Moreover, anyone familiar...

Violinist Frédéric Bednarz and pianist Natsuki Hiratsuka open the first movement of Karol Szymanowski’s early violin sonata with a commanding shot, and they maintain the level...

Russian Romantic quintets for piano and winds: now that is an obscure niche in the repertoire. Few recordings of either of these works are currently available....

There’s a sad musical footnote to Bobby Fischer’s epic battle to defeat Boris Spassky for the world chess championship in 1972. The cantankerous American prodigy had...

I reviewed a disc of Galuppi keyboard sonatas in 2010, featuring Luca Guglielmi (Accent 24227). With our current album from the same soloist we move back...

What I expected, as I loaded this Blu-ray disc into the player, was another middle-of-the-road production of Madama Butterfly . I didn’t know the singers, wasn’t...


As a young man, the playwright Peter Shaffer worked for the music publisher Boosey & Hawkes, which should have prevented him from lampooning Mozart so unfairly...

Musical entertainment during the Elizabethan and Jacobean periods in gentrified English households usually meant the family members who sang songs accompanied by whatever instrument could perform...

This collection is an excellent way to become acquainted with a much admired pianist who somehow is in danger of being forgotten by younger collectors. (I...

We get to stamp our passports along with Zino Francescatti as he tours Europe between 1946 and 1961, giving a recital in Besançon (1958) and another...

The Kaleidos Duo’s recital of music, by Italian composers who hadn’t fully embraced what now again seem like the experimental techniques of the Second Viennese School,...

The “original music for violin and guitar” in the program assembled by violinist Gilles Colliard and guitarist Augustín Maruri all comes from early 19th century, and...

The subtitle of this disc is “Harpsichords in pre-Revolutionary Paris,” which of course serves as a rationale for the use by harpsichordist Giulia Nuti of a...

These four British 20th-century composers may not be widely known, but they should be familiar to anyone who has perused the Lyrita and Chandos catalogs. Lyrita...

I always laugh when a CD comes with a lecture on how we are “supposed” to listen to older music. That is the case with this...

There are many Jussi Björling recital discs available, and given the unique beauty of his singing it would be foolish to recommend one (or, in this...

Nino Albarosa, a student of Dom Eugène Cardine, is one of the founders of the International Association for Gregorian Chant Studies (AISCGre) and currently president of...

This is an extremely well-thought-out collection, performed with skill and sensitivity by this German vocal ensemble, with friends. Copland, Barber, and Bernstein occupy one wing, as...

Where the music of the troubadours is concerned, there are a series of concerns that performers are faced with. Was the music meant to be accompanied...

Captain Tobias Hume (c. 1569–1645) has drawn a fair amount of attention lately from gambists, ensembles, and record companies. This is in part because of his...