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With this latest release in Vasily Petrenko’s Shostakovich cycle, he is two symphonies shy of the finish line; still to come are Nos. 13 and 14....

The absence of applause—indeed, of any audience noise whatsoever—suggests that these are studio recordings made for broadcast. Another hint is ICA Classics’ information that the Berlioz...


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Sometimes upon receiving a disc in the mail for review, it’s hard not to wonder, “Why me?” Here is a program of works by mostly 20th-century...

Few symphonies span the breadth, drama, mood swings, and instrumental diversity of Shostakovich’s Eighth; thus, it’s easy to understand why no single interpretation could express all...

This is a delightful disc, performed with real panache. Andrew Simon first displays his wares with a piece for solo clarinet dedicated to him, the

Of Prokofiev’s seven symphonies, the Fourth has the most unassuming demeanor. Less sparkling than the First, less violent than the acidic Second and Third, less monumental...


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These are the first two of three records of conductus that are part of a project at the University of Southampton. Subtitled Music and Poetry from...

While Solti made CD recordings of both of these works with the Chicago Symphony for Decca (in 1992 and 1993 respectively), they are most welcome here...

It’s easy to understand why three leading artistic lights of Edwardian culture such as Arthur Wing Pinero, Arthur Sullivan, and Joseph Carr would decide in 1897...

To mark the 50th anniversary last year of the death of Paul Hindemith, a number of new recordings of his music have appeared. This is one...

Fires of Love is a Scottish quartet of performers that focuses its efforts on the late Renaissance and early Baroque. Its musicians supply two vocalists—soprano and...

I missed this the first time it came around ( Fanfare 15:6) and I don’t have most of the more recent issues of the famous Three...


With this latest release in Vasily Petrenko’s Shostakovich cycle, he is two symphonies shy of the finish line; still to come are Nos. 13 and 14....

The absence of applause—indeed, of any audience noise whatsoever—suggests that these are studio recordings made for broadcast. Another hint is ICA Classics’ information that the Berlioz...

A film by Bruno Le Jean I really wanted to like this film. I’ve been a fan of gypsy swing for many years, and the various...

There is no denying that Newton Classics is offering, in this two-CD set of music for double bass and orchestra, repertoire that is under-served in the...

Evgenia-Maria Popova was one of the last pupils of famed violinist Leonid Kogan (1924–1982) while Dimitar Penkov is considered one of Bulgaria’s finest string players, winning...

Austrian violinist and conductor Thomas Zehetmair formed the Zehetmair Quartet in 1994. The members usually learn one new program per year and perform all works from...

Sometimes upon receiving a disc in the mail for review, it’s hard not to wonder, “Why me?” Here is a program of works by mostly 20th-century...

This is a delightful disc, performed with real panache. Andrew Simon first displays his wares with a piece for solo clarinet dedicated to him, the

Jean Danton is a classically trained soprano who can also put a show tune across the footlights in fine style. Her diction is truly magnificent and...

What a strange conglomeration of a disc this is, starting and finishing with very “serious” song cycles by Britten and Liszt, in between turning into an...

Back in 2009, J. F. Weber reviewed the first volume in this series ( Fanfare 33:2). Browne, Lambe, Davy, and Cornysh were also featured; only Fawkyner...

Inspired by engagement with the natural world, this disc presents song cycles or individual songs celebrating this most precious of links. It is also intended to...

These are the first two of three records of conductus that are part of a project at the University of Southampton. Subtitled Music and Poetry from...

Fires of Love is a Scottish quartet of performers that focuses its efforts on the late Renaissance and early Baroque. Its musicians supply two vocalists—soprano and...

Even allowing for the usual amount of hyperbole attached to the marketing of art, the use of the epithet “masters” to describe this particular group of...