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Massachusetts-born and -raised Harold Shapero belonged to that generation of American 20th-century composers who eschewed European Modernism, including serialism, employing instead a kind of wrong-note Neoclassicism...

This set is titled Music for Cello , and as such, Marco Simonacci participates in every selection. Its other title, however, is Patterns in a Chromatic...


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Ferenc Erkel’s operas Bank Bán and Hunyadi Laszlo have a certain high reputation in the West, even among those who have never heard them. King Stephen,...

Joaquin Turina (1882–1949) played second fiddle to his good friend Manuel de Falla. Their musical relationship was similar to that of Shostakovich and Weinberg: Falla dug...

I’m a bit mystified as to why Naïve has packaged these two CDs into a common slipcase. Both were previously released entirely independently of each other...

There seems to be a mini-trend afoot to pair repertoire classics with contemporary music inspired by or modeled on specific masterworks. I have documented this in...


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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...

This is indeed a strange, unexpected coupling of Russian symphonies—I wonder if anyone has ever programmed them together, in concert or on disc, previously. And yet,...

What an odd release this is! First, its physical layout is unmanageable for most collectors: two discs laid out vertically on top of each other in...

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...

This is an odd work in many ways. It is closer to an oratorio than to any other form, but it is more operatic and dramatic...

I consider Frederic Rzewski’s The People United Will Never Be Defeated to be one of the most important piano works from the latter half of the...


Massachusetts-born and -raised Harold Shapero belonged to that generation of American 20th-century composers who eschewed European Modernism, including serialism, employing instead a kind of wrong-note Neoclassicism...

This set is titled Music for Cello , and as such, Marco Simonacci participates in every selection. Its other title, however, is Patterns in a Chromatic...

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...

Arturo Toscanini didn’t record much Russian music: a few works by Tchaikovsky, including the “Pathetique” Symphony, and a work each by Stravinsky, Liadov, Prokofiev, Shostakovich, and...

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...