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On this disc, Arthur Schoonderwoerd performs on a so-called “tangent” piano with a chamber group chosen “on the basis of the original orchestral material from the...

This release gets four gold stars: one for Portland, Maine-born composer James Woodman (b. 1957), one for organist Erik Simmons, one for the Marcussen organ at...

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This album was recorded by Harmonic in 1994, and offered as the third in a series Vellard recorded of Machaut’s works. It was subsequently licensed by...

An associate professor of piano at Butler University, a founding member of the Oracle Trio, and a touring solo recitalist, Kate Boyd spent much of 2012...

Since coming together in 2009, the young musicians of the Amphion String Quartet (not to be confused with an earlier ensemble of the same name), have...

One must admire the enterprising Malibran company for releasing what is, to my knowledge, the first recording of Vincent d’Indy’s opera Fervaal . This was a...

This release gets four gold stars: one for Portland, Maine-born composer James Woodman (b. 1957), one for organist Erik Simmons, one for the Marcussen organ at...

There is a fascinating idea behind this disc: an exploration of how the West has interpreted the East, and the West’s attitudes and misconceptions. The booklet...

The Metropolitan Opera has been smarting from the critical drubbing it endured for the Robert Lepage Ring cycle, introduced in 2010, so it’s gratifying to note...

In over 10 years of preparing annual Want Lists, I can’t think of a year that has been more exasperating than this one. My five allowed...

Szell recorded both of these works more than once, and those recordings are highly regarded. Indeed, collectors particularly value a Concertgebouw Dvořák Eighth Symphony of his....

Gardiner once described Monteverdi as the “Shakespeare of music.” There is something oddly Shakespearean about the vespers, for sure: The chatty vocal exchanges, the grandly ironic...

On this disc, Arthur Schoonderwoerd performs on a so-called “tangent” piano with a chamber group chosen “on the basis of the original orchestral material from the...

This album was recorded by Harmonic in 1994, and offered as the third in a series Vellard recorded of Machaut’s works. It was subsequently licensed by...

It seems to be a rule: Biographies have to get fatter and fatter. In 1984, Christopher Hogwood took 312 pages to deal with Handel. In 2013,...

When Hyperion reissued its groundbreaking 40-CD series of Schubert’s complete Lieder and part-songs as a boxed set in 2005, considerable regret and even annoyance was expressed...

I’ve listened to several of Turn Left’s “jazz” CDs, and it seems to me that the Norwegians, or at least those Norwegians who record for this...

By the time of these performances and studio recordings, Mildred Bailey was already suffering from the diabetes and other health problems that were to end her...

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...

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...

This disc consists of three transfers from 78s and one live recording. The Bach-Busoni Chaconne and the Brahms Variations were rereleased twice on EMI in the...

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...

Mika Nisula (b. 1978) is a young Finnish tenor who made these recordings in 2008, when he had just turned 30. Some of them are what...

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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