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There can be no doubt of the efficacy of the Orpheus legend on music composition, and it seems like much of the 17th and 18th centuries...

Confession time: About two years ago I reviewed an album of music by Wagner on the Capriccio label: arias from Tannhäuser and Tristan, the Wesendonck Lieder,...

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Jeannette Sorrell founded the Apollo’s Fire early music ensemble in Cleveland back in 1992, and it quickly established itself as one of the most noteworthy of...

The Chiaroscuro Quartet was founded a decade ago and, according to the annotations for this release, “performs music of the Classical period on gut stringed instruments...

Our esteemed editor has wisely refrained from sending me any music by Vincent d’Indy to review for this cycle lest I be tempted to characterize my...

This is a strange compilation: three 50-minute discs containing 63 tracks of music from 18 monasteries in seven European countries. It supposedly marks 900 years of...

Jeannette Sorrell founded the Apollo’s Fire early music ensemble in Cleveland back in 1992, and it quickly established itself as one of the most noteworthy of...

Terry Row is the award-winning author of Summer Capricorn (2006), a semi-autobiographical novel in which he abandons his dream of a career in music for a...

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...

The modern Mahler revival began in the 1960s, and some recordings from that era have managed to survive all but unchallenged. That’s certainly true of Otto...

Here, complete at last, is the Beethoven piano sonata cycle for our age, and it’s been an age in coming. In May 1975 Maurizio Pollini stepped...

Confession time: About two years ago I reviewed an album of music by Wagner on the Capriccio label: arias from Tannhäuser and Tristan, the Wesendonck Lieder,...

The Chiaroscuro Quartet was founded a decade ago and, according to the annotations for this release, “performs music of the Classical period on gut stringed instruments...

Anyone encountering this delightful book for the first time will be tempted to think it misplaced in our pages—a leadership guide for the organization man expressed...

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,...

Born in Budapest in 1956, pianist Laszlo Gardony plays with a rich, two-handed style that can be as rippingly exciting as the eccentric pianism of one...

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...

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)...

ECM New Series producer Manfred Eicher and Keller Quartet first violinist András Keller conceived this “musical programme based entirely on slow movements.” Thus, one might think...

This disc is a joint program by University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign faculty colleagues John Dee and Timothy McGovern, consisting of works from the mid-to-late 20th...

I requested this disc for review after being strongly impressed by Julian Bliss’s CD of Mozart and Nielsen concertos, which I reviewed last issue. This program...

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...

There can be no doubt of the efficacy of the Orpheus legend on music composition, and it seems like much of the 17th and 18th centuries...

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...

This is a strange compilation: three 50-minute discs containing 63 tracks of music from 18 monasteries in seven European countries. It supposedly marks 900 years of...

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...

This disc is a double celebration, according to its liner notes. First, it is the 500th birthday of Cipriano de Rore, to whom all of us...

This release was occasioned by an exhibition of works by Diego Velázquez at the Grand Palais in Paris. That exhibition will be over by the time...


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