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Ahmed Adnan Saygun (1907–1991) was the leading Turkish composer of his time. He utilized melodic and rhythmic aspects of traditional Turkish music in large-scale orchestral and...

There is a considerable volume of music out there by Bohemian composer František Tůma (1704–1774), much of which remains to rediscovered. Trained in Prague, he moved...


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In Fanfare , 33:5, I reviewed Minds , an SACD released by Non Profit Music (0091) featuring violinist Ara Malikian and pianist Daniel del Pino and...

Alvin Lucier (b. 1931) has endured long enough to see the world (or at least a good part of it) come around to his way of...

From the beginning, I was doubtful about this project, in which classical guitarist David Chevallier essentially rewrites Dowland. But he has done this kind of thing...

It hasn’t been that long ( Fanfare 37:4, actually) since I reviewed an earlier disc in this series, one containing the 20th and 27th concertos. I...


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The mature Mozart piano concertos are, for me, the eternal apex of the format. From the Concerto No. 9 to the glorious final 27th, no two...

This is an embarrassing way to begin a review, but I’m honestly not sure whether this is Yoon-Hee Kim’s debut album, or if one of the...

This is not Ingrid Fliter’s debut album, but it does appear to be her Fanfare debut, for I find no prior entries for her in the...

My feelings about this release are many and complicated. It is the last in the long-running Opera in English series made and compiled by Chandos, as...

One never knows what to expect from Gergiev, but even given that unpredictability this seems unusually disappointing. The total timing might lead you to believe that...

A 40-something pianist/composer with an academic background in mathematics and physics and a doctorate in Technology and the Arts, as well as a 2013 recipient of...


Ahmed Adnan Saygun (1907–1991) was the leading Turkish composer of his time. He utilized melodic and rhythmic aspects of traditional Turkish music in large-scale orchestral and...

There is a considerable volume of music out there by Bohemian composer František Tůma (1704–1774), much of which remains to rediscovered. Trained in Prague, he moved...

My previous experience in reviewing recordings by David Bernard and the Park Avenue Chamber Symphony has conditioned me to expect excellent results from them, and this...

Written between 1888 and 1934, these eight concert overtures represent a cross-section of a fascinating genre, ranging from light-hearted children’s works to highly charged scenarios from...

I like great sound quality in a recording as much as the next guy, but when it comes down to sound or performance, I always value...

This new album from Duo Gazzana appears to be a labor of love on behalf of Walton’s Toccata for violin and piano. It’s an early work,...

Giovanni Guglielmo’s and the Orchestra Barocca Andrea Palladio’s compilation of works written by Giuseppe Tartini and members of his School of Nations begins with one of...

It is claimed that the Martucci is receiving its first commercial recording here, and I assume that the three contributions—very much in a Lisztian/Thalbergian style, by...

Here, almost directly on the heels of the first volume, comes the second of the Conversationi , those Arcadian Academy concerts that were performed in the...

To say that this collection is a delight is to understate the case. On the first disc, containing arias from operas and operettas and formally composed...

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...

Not to throw cold water on this program’s theme—the Council of Constance (1414–1418) that ended the Three Popes Controversy, executed Jan Hus (after first requesting his...

The subtitle refers to “the end of the 1500s,” the time we know as the transition from Renaissance to Baroque, when madrigals (and similar songs bearing...