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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...


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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...

If one knows the name Francesco Cilea, it is undoubtedly because of his operas, particularly Adriana Lecouvreur and L’Arlesiana (the latter mostly known only for one...


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The Inner Time by clarinetist Roger Heaton presents a radical vision of pieces for solo instrument that are rarely part of any clarinet album today. The...

Violinist Francesco Parrino and pianist Michele Fedrigotti include three first recordings in their collection of compositions for violin and piano by Louis Spohr: the duos, opp....

Zoltán Kodály didn’t write much piano music; there are a few other minor sets. Most familiar are the Marosszék Dances , written in 1927 but outshone...

This rather strange release combines two live concerts by a German conductor not well known in America. Carl-August Bünte (b. 1925), a conducting pupil of Sergiu...

Two large issues have attached themselves to Porgy and Bess for its entire 79-year history. The first is the question of genre. What is Porgy and...

A Bruckner symphony arranged for chamber orchestra? That really shouldn’t work—but it does, and it’s a spectacular success. Jonathan Freeman-Attwood, principal of the Royal Academy of...


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 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...