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John Pickard’s “Gaia” Symphony is an astonishing work. The challenge of composing a 65-minute continuous composition for an ensemble comprised only of brass and percussion instruments...

This disc originally appeared as an ASV release in 2004 and was favorably reviewed at some length by Walter Simmons ( Fanfare 27:6). Neither the symphony...


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Music is about emotions, so we tend to forget that composers are also thinkers. The contemporary American composer Robert Xavier Rodriguez has poured a wealth of...

In addition to a fairly extensive, published oeuvre , George Enescu left behind a large collection of incomplete works. Much of it dates from his student...

Recorded between March 1989 and July 1990 and released the following year, Christopher Hogwood’s recording of Orlando returns in stripped-down form. Originally on three CDs, it’s...

Lada Valesová primly and properly spells out the notes of these charming but essentially unimportant works. With few exceptions they require little virtuosity or intellectual penetration,...


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Boris Papandopulo (1906–1991) was a Croatian composer and conductor. He was born into in a musical family–his mother a celebrated opera singer––and worked mainly in Zagreb,...

“Within the last two years I have submitted four works to the BBC,” wrote John Foulds in 1933 to Adrian Boult, then music director of the...

Here’s a gentle reminder that this disc has two of Bach’s “greatest hits”—three if you count the fact that the iconic chorale from Cantata 147 (aka...

Susan Merdinger is a fine pianist who here presents a most successful program. Her performance of Schubert’s D 575 reveals a pianist with a very appealing...

This disc fills in a gap in recordings of cello concerto literature composed between Beethoven’s Triple Concerto (1812), and the Schumann Concerto (1850), as the cello...

Jitka Hosprová has been a leading Czech violist for over a decade and has played solo recitals in many of the world’s major music centers. It’s...


John Pickard’s “Gaia” Symphony is an astonishing work. The challenge of composing a 65-minute continuous composition for an ensemble comprised only of brass and percussion instruments...

This disc originally appeared as an ASV release in 2004 and was favorably reviewed at some length by Walter Simmons ( Fanfare 27:6). Neither the symphony...

This marvelous disc features works either originally composed for or arranged for trumpet and wind ensemble. Brian Shaw is professor of trumpet at Louisiana State University...

Of late, there have been many multi-disc reissues showcasing conductors of the past. Most involve the recycling of familiar material (Karajan, Fricsay, and Bernstein, to take...

Crystal Records, under the sure hand of owner Peter Christ, long ago established itself as the leading label for recordings of wind music, even though the...

The ostensible title of this disc is Paris 1937 , but the date doesn’t refer to premieres or compositions. It’s simply the year that bassoonist Fernand...

Lada Valesová primly and properly spells out the notes of these charming but essentially unimportant works. With few exceptions they require little virtuosity or intellectual penetration,...

Susan Merdinger is a fine pianist who here presents a most successful program. Her performance of Schubert’s D 575 reveals a pianist with a very appealing...

Many facets of the Prometheus legends are represented in this necessarily somber collection. The works, in their original keys, are sincerely and skillfully sung by the...

War is a persistent fact of life-historians have counted 14,400 conflicts across the ages-but not many musical masterpieces have been written about it. Music exists to...

This is a follow-up to America (Hänssler Classic 93.306), this same ensemble’s similarly eclectic collection of works by Copland, Reich, Feldman, Bernstein, and Barber. The works...

Delphian, the "label of the year" by one estimation, offers a program subtitled "the sound world of the Celtic church." Three previous programs honoring St. Columba...

Anyone who is interested in Medieval vocal music will find this disc fascinating. It collects the earliest versions of the Grail legend, the quest for the...

After seven CDs of sacred music by mostly obscure composers of the 16th century, this vocal ensemble based in Vienna has turned to secular pieces by...


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