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For a composer who came out of the puerile musical background of rock music (when he was 12, he owned “a stack of Van Halen records”),...

Despite the duplicative verbiage required, I’ve designated the works in the above header in the exact order they appear on the disc for a reason. This...


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Jonathan Crow, concertmaster of the Toronto Symphony Orchestra, and Canadian pianist Paul Stewart recorded their program of Prokofiev’s works for violin and piano in April 2008....

The sound is frankly too problematic on this album to justify much space. Suffice to say that the eight instruments, mostly plucked and bowed, are very...

This intriguing program is as much a showcase for the top-notch French period instrument orchestra Opera Fuoco, founded in 2004 by conductor David Stern and dedicated...

Johann Steffens (1560–1616) was born in Holstein, a Danish province now part of Germany. In 1595 he was appointed organist at St. John’s Church in Lüneburg...


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In an amusing imagined dialogue with Chopin that is included in the notes, the young French pianist Hélène Tysman argues for the independence of the performer....

Elsewhere in this volume, I welcome The Proud Bassoon , a recital of German and French bassoon works from the late Baroque period played by the...

Michael Lewin’s bio is certainly impressive, and bodes well for this recital. He is a Juilliard graduate, and was a student of Leon Fleisher, unquestionably one...

The program on this enjoyable debut recording by 23-year-old pianist David Aladashvili was chosen according to a rubric almost certainly unprecedented in the history of recording....

When I heard the opening movement of this work, I almost fell off my chair, so similar was it to the iconic Mozart Requiem. Of course,...

Available as a download from iTunes and ClassicsOnline In this Brave New World of “indy” labels, downloads, and FLACs, a great number of musicians who might...


For a composer who came out of the puerile musical background of rock music (when he was 12, he owned “a stack of Van Halen records”),...

Despite the duplicative verbiage required, I’ve designated the works in the above header in the exact order they appear on the disc for a reason. This...

Available as a download from iTunes and ClassicsOnline In this Brave New World of “indy” labels, downloads, and FLACs, a great number of musicians who might...

Thomas Beecham, the saying used to go in London, conducted “red hot.” But Victor de Sabata was “white hot.” I thought of this as I listened...

This is a lovely and stylish recording. The four French saxophonists who make up the Ellipsos Quartet are each virtuosos. They blend together beautifully with great...

Massimo Martusciello has been the principal bassoonist of the Abruzzese Symphony Orchestra since 1989. Gennaro Spezza, principal clarinetist from that same year, left 10 years ago...

Elsewhere in this volume, I welcome The Proud Bassoon , a recital of German and French bassoon works from the late Baroque period played by the...

The program on this enjoyable debut recording by 23-year-old pianist David Aladashvili was chosen according to a rubric almost certainly unprecedented in the history of recording....

This intriguing program is as much a showcase for the top-notch French period instrument orchestra Opera Fuoco, founded in 2004 by conductor David Stern and dedicated...

From Plowright’s self-written liner notes: “My husband Tony said, ‘You know, you have been singing for almost 40 years now and you have never made a...

This release is a follow-up to the Anonymous 4’s 1994 Love’s Illusion (Harmonia Mundi 907109). That disc drew from the Montpellier Codex, focusing entirely on motets...

This program of 19 chants consists of the Mass for Easter with a few Office chants, all sung according to the Sarum use, the variant version...

The sound is frankly too problematic on this album to justify much space. Suffice to say that the eight instruments, mostly plucked and bowed, are very...

This is a well-conceived reissue of three related recordings of music of the Ars Subtilior, that mannerist period between the Medieval (the death of Machaut) and...