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After Ludovic Morlot’s Seattle Symphony Dutilleux disc ( Fanfare 38:2), which I called “the most exciting disc of the year” in Want List 2014, I was...

From Chicago-based Cedille Records, an enterprising not-for-profit label dedicated to promoting Chicago-area musicians, comes my candidate for chamber music recording of the year. This release follows...


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Even a few years ago it seemed alarming that after Alfred Brendel there were no rising young pianists from Austria and Germany to take up his...

Once again, alas, we have a video presentation of Mozart’s magnificent operatic masterpiece that subjects it to the perverse machinations of Regietheater . Here, the action...

By any standard, this is a superlative Mahler Fifth; given that it’s a live performance by a student orchestra, it’s frankly jaw-dropping. Though less well known...

Previous encounters with Britain’s Doric String Quartet—Alex Redington and Jonathan Stone, violins; Hélène Clément, viola; and John Myerscough, cello—have not gone all that well. With the...


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For the follow-up to their superb album of the composer’s Sinfonietta, Taras Bulba, The Ballad of Blanik, and The Fiddler’s Child, Tomás Netopil and the Prague...

Here is a perfect example how musicologists and academics have ruined the enjoyment of music. This superb work, written in spurts between 1844 and 1853, resists...

Every time something goes “thump” on this CD, I’m tempted to open my closet door and see if a stage hand has tripped on his shoelaces....

Prokofiev’s Romeo and Juliet has fared well in the recording studio. Lorin Maazel’s version of the complete ballet (Decca) is an audiophile legend that I would...

Giselle remains solidly entrenched as a mainstay of the classical ballet repertoire for its story rather than its music. It provides an incredibly meaty role for...

It’s been a while since I last reviewed an album featuring Amarillis. I liked a collection of theirs entitled Médée furieuse , back in 2009 (Ambroisie...


After Ludovic Morlot’s Seattle Symphony Dutilleux disc ( Fanfare 38:2), which I called “the most exciting disc of the year” in Want List 2014, I was...

From Chicago-based Cedille Records, an enterprising not-for-profit label dedicated to promoting Chicago-area musicians, comes my candidate for chamber music recording of the year. This release follows...

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...

As the sub-head indicates, there’s a lot going on here that is not covered by the disc’s title. The idea behind it all was the society...

Producer Gary Hickling, a friend of Lehmann’s, the creator and maintainer of her discography, and a generous enthusiast of her art, approached Music & Arts to...

This DVD of the Brigham Young University Young Ambassadors’ latest musical revue, Heart Songs celebrates the myriad faces of love in the tunes of Broadway musicals...

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...

We always assume that somewhere in the vast catalog of Baroque music there are a few musical alchemists. Amongst the gigantic Bachs and Vivaldis, though, they...

“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...


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