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This is a stylistically apt grouping of lushly beautiful works from the late years of German Romanticism (although none of the composers was actually German born)....

The violin sonata and piano quartet are works that Georges Antoine (1892–1918), a very self-critical composer from Liège, Belgium, painstakingly revised while serving in the Belgian...


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It takes an unusually affecting Lieder recital to make me forego Elisabeth Schwarzkopf, Christa Ludwig, Victoria de los Angeles, and other greats from the past. But...

Fritz Reiner recorded two RCA stereo versions of Richard Strauss’s Also sprach Zarathustra in 1954 and 1962. This is the 1954 recording, released at that time...

Richard Carrick (b. 1971) is carving out a career as composer, conductor, and new music entrepreneur in New York, especially in his role as director of...

The sudden, arresting gesture that opens Ed Bennett’s Gothic (2008) sets the scene for this disc. Clearly individual music, the gesture repeats time after time, with...


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This 1990 performance of the Beethoven Ninth, a somewhat belated celebration of the fall of the Berlin Wall, was first commercially released in 1991. This edition,...

For those who may be unfamiliar with Woldemar Bargiel (1828–1897), here’s the lowdown. Clara Schumann (née Wieck), born in 1819, was the offspring of an unhappy...

This wonderfully fluid, relaxed, yet buoyant performance of the Water Music is a throwback to the days of Karl Ristenpart or the young Helmuth Rilling, meaning...

What this extraordinarily engrossing collection of 21 brief piano works is emphatically not is a series of arrangements of Irish folk tunes. Rather, the “Miniatures” consist...

Shostakovich had a particular reason for writing two late symphonies, No. 13 and No. 14, as vocal works. “I become more and more convinced that words...

I reviewed the two-CD issue of this recording in our previous issue, concluding that the inconsistent performance was not up to the high standards of recordings...


This is a stylistically apt grouping of lushly beautiful works from the late years of German Romanticism (although none of the composers was actually German born)....

The violin sonata and piano quartet are works that Georges Antoine (1892–1918), a very self-critical composer from Liège, Belgium, painstakingly revised while serving in the Belgian...

In his review of Charles Munch and the BSO 1958–1962 —five DVDs of WGBH broadcasts ( Fanfare 38:2)—Huntley Dent reminds us of “Munch’s well-known trait for...

This disc brings together four representative guitar concertos of the past 25 years by Australian composers. Two of the works––the concertos by Richard Charlton (b. 1958)...

Ceora Winds (pronounced “see –OR – a,” apparently) has produced a beautifully life-affirming disc of charming wind music. The charm of Les Tisserandes by Mat Matsumune...

Spelled like this, Phantasy can only mean one thing. In 1906 Walter Willson Cobbett, the wealthy English businessman and amateur violinist, endowed an annual competition for...

The sudden, arresting gesture that opens Ed Bennett’s Gothic (2008) sets the scene for this disc. Clearly individual music, the gesture repeats time after time, with...

This is one of those frustrating discs to review because it cannot be easily summarized. On the plus side, the repertoire is an imaginative and engaging...

It takes an unusually affecting Lieder recital to make me forego Elisabeth Schwarzkopf, Christa Ludwig, Victoria de los Angeles, and other greats from the past. But...

Promessa (promise) is the title of a new CD from Oehms featuring German soprano Sophia Brommer. Promise it has and promise it delivers. She has an...

An “akafist” (more commonly spelled “akathist”), from which the choir performing here takes its name, is an Eastern Orthodox hymn dedicated to either a saint, a...

I don’t recall any disc containing six settings of the same text, in this case the Medieval sequence Stabat mater . I once wrote an article...

According to the liner notes, this album grew out of a research project by music historian Birgit Lodes, entitled “Musical Life in the Late Middle Ages...

This is an intricate, exquisite, and lucid CD, full of careful engagement with the knotty Latin texts, and strung together with highly nuanced vocal detail. Alexander...


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