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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...

Lully’s royal privilege gave him unparalleled control of music in France, and he used it with an especially heavy hand against composers who might challenge him...


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So, I’m beginning to watch Part 4 of this Boris Godunov Blu-ray from a Munich production. This is the 1869 version of the opera, so it...

The Zemlinsky String Quartet is making its steady way through Dvořák’s complete works for quartet, taking care to present balanced programs as it goes. Reviews have...

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...

Meyerbeer’s star began to wane early in the 20th century. Fewer productions were mounted of his works and those of his contemporaries who favored the 19th-century...


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With the release of Götterdämmerung, the Barenboim/La Scala Ring is available in its totality and there are now four complete cycles to be had in the...

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...

Subjected as a violin student to the mind-numbing, finger-bruising études of Hans Sitt (1850–1922), it never occurred to me that the man might have composed any...

This CD combines the immortal clarinet quintet of Johannes Brahms with the unmistakably Brahmsian—but of course lesser—quintet of Robert Fuchs. Fuchs’s Quintet is very Viennese, charming,...

Grigory Sokolov seems to have a mysterious aura which surrounds him. Having won the International Tchaikovsky Piano Competition in 1966 at the ripe old age of...

Karl Stobbe’s reading of all six of Eugène Ysaÿe’s solo violin sonatas, on a Venetian violin from about 1725, takes just a bit more than an...


Lully’s royal privilege gave him unparalleled control of music in France, and he used it with an especially heavy hand against composers who might challenge him...

So, I’m beginning to watch Part 4 of this Boris Godunov Blu-ray from a Munich production. This is the 1869 version of the opera, so it...

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...

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...

Originally recorded back in 2000 and released in 2005, and now re-released, this extremely delightful anthology of satirical songs somehow eluded review at that prior time,...

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...

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...

The theme on the last release I reviewed of Cinquecento ( Fanfare 36:3) was the death of Josquin, with deplorations set in his honor, and a...