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In the modern world of promotion, even the greatest of artists are run through the mill like so much cheese to be sold to the masses....

Fidelio isn’t just an opera that took Beethoven nine years and three tries to turn into a masterpiece. It is a manifesto for the freedom of...

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This remarkable recording of Gurrelieder was made in October 1953 for the Haydn Society (!) and funded by pianist Paul Jacobs, who was an avid fan...

Tchaikovsky composed his Manfred Symphony between the Fourth and Fifth Symphonies when he was at the peak of his powers. It has been criticized as an...

This is an utterly fascinating DVD, so much so that instead of splitting up my viewing between two sessions (as I often do) I watched it...

As mentioned in my review of the 1952 radio performance of this cycle by Dietrich Fischer-Dieskau ( Fanfare 31:5), Die schöne Magelone is not a cycle...

Chamorel, who wrote his own liner notes, says that “The Concerto No. 2 … is structured in a surprisingly similar fashion to that of op. 25,” ...

From whatever vantage point you wish to judge it, this recital by then-81-year-old Lowenthal is simply astounding, and not just because of his impeccable technical control....

This remarkable recording of Gurrelieder was made in October 1953 for the Haydn Society (!) and funded by pianist Paul Jacobs, who was an avid fan...

In the record companies’ zeal to unearth music by Jewish composers who were hounded by the Nazis, Erwin (or Ervin) Schulhoff was one of those revived,...

In the modern world of promotion, even the greatest of artists are run through the mill like so much cheese to be sold to the masses....

Fidelio isn’t just an opera that took Beethoven nine years and three tries to turn into a masterpiece. It is a manifesto for the freedom of...

One “s” or two? It’s rather like the case of Robert Casadesus who, when asked how he pronounced his name, is said to have replied that...

This book is a rich, deep cultural and political history of Jews in central Europe, from about 1815 to the 1960s. Although centered about composers and...

In his the first modern autobiography and still the most profound, Jean Jacques Rousseau laments the slowness with which his ideas are formed, and finally his...

This is one of those very typical “girl singer with jazz group” LPs that came out by the dozens during the 1950s. Helen Carr, who tragically...

This is an utterly fascinating DVD, so much so that instead of splitting up my viewing between two sessions (as I often do) I watched it...

Willem Mengelberg’s recordings, made from 1926 to 1944, take us back more than a full century, to the era of Mahler and Nikisch, when Mengelberg’s interpretations...

The “original music for violin and guitar” in the program assembled by violinist Gilles Colliard and guitarist Augustín Maruri all comes from early 19th century, and...

I like great sound quality in a recording as much as the next guy, but when it comes down to sound or performance, I always value...

Not every day brings two CDs of Russian piano transcriptions, and if it did, how likely is it that both pianists play their own paraphrase of...

Giovanni Guglielmo’s and the Orchestra Barocca Andrea Palladio’s compilation of works written by Giuseppe Tartini and members of his School of Nations begins with one of...

Here, almost directly on the heels of the first volume, comes the second of the Conversationi , those Arcadian Academy concerts that were performed in the...

To say that this collection is a delight is to understate the case. On the first disc, containing arias from operas and operettas and formally composed...

This is an extremely well-thought-out collection, performed with skill and sensitivity by this German vocal ensemble, with friends. Copland, Barber, and Bernstein occupy one wing, as...

This release is a follow-up to the Anonymous 4’s 1994 Love’s Illusion (Harmonia Mundi 907109). That disc drew from the Montpellier Codex, focusing entirely on motets...

Not to throw cold water on this program’s theme—the Council of Constance (1414–1418) that ended the Three Popes Controversy, executed Jan Hus (after first requesting his...

The subtitle refers to “the end of the 1500s,” the time we know as the transition from Renaissance to Baroque, when madrigals (and similar songs bearing...