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Available as a download from iTunes and ClassicsOnline In this Brave New World of “indy” labels, downloads, and FLACs, a great number of musicians who might...

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...

Recent Music Reviews

Here is a real treat, a Russian song recital by the greatest Russian mezzo of the 20th century. These recordings were made in 1970 (the Rachmaninoff...

Intersection: Jazz Meets Classical Song is the most personal of all my discs,” soprano Patrice Michaels confides about her new June release on the Cedille...

This disc is listed as Vol. 2 of the complete piano works of Boris Tischenko (1939–2010). His Variations, which is his op. 1, begins with a...

Sylvia Berry’s official web site, sylviaberry.org, confirms that this her recording debut, which I already suspected when she didn’t show up in the Fanfare Archive and...

Intersection: Jazz Meets Classical Song is the most personal of all my discs,” soprano Patrice Michaels confides about her new June release on the Cedille...

Sylvia Berry’s official web site, sylviaberry.org, confirms that this her recording debut, which I already suspected when she didn’t show up in the Fanfare Archive and...

This year, the Royal Opera House at Covent Garden has provided us with a video Tosca for the ages. With a dream cast of Angela Gheorghiu,...

In the 20-plus years that I have been contributing to this publication, I’ve noticed a huge sea change. When I started, Fanfare’s emphasis seemed to be...

Although this set was released over two years ago, it only came to my attention more recently (and via a pirate clone on the Documents label...

Collectors have long known these performances, which have been available over many years on many different labels. In all cases, even BMG’s Melodiya series, the sound...

Here is a real treat, a Russian song recital by the greatest Russian mezzo of the 20th century. These recordings were made in 1970 (the Rachmaninoff...

This disc is listed as Vol. 2 of the complete piano works of Boris Tischenko (1939–2010). His Variations, which is his op. 1, begins with a...

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...

The echoes of the Britten centenary are still with us. This frequently interesting, but occasionally disappointing, collection of 12 essays wants to look anew at Britten’s...

This overblown and pretentious set is grandiosely titled Flying Under the Radar: The World of Robert Ackerman, Box 2. The liner notes indicate that Bob Ackerman,...

I talked to pianist Vijay Iyer at the tail end of March after a long day for both of us. We met in the Cambridge apartment...

Available as a download from iTunes and ClassicsOnline In this Brave New World of “indy” labels, downloads, and FLACs, a great number of musicians who might...

Thomas Beecham, the saying used to go in London, conducted “red hot.” But Victor de Sabata was “white hot.” I thought of this as I listened...

This is a lovely and stylish recording. The four French saxophonists who make up the Ellipsos Quartet are each virtuosos. They blend together beautifully with great...

Massimo Martusciello has been the principal bassoonist of the Abruzzese Symphony Orchestra since 1989. Gennaro Spezza, principal clarinetist from that same year, left 10 years ago...

It’s become a commonplace programming tool to gently introduce contemporary music to unwilling or unknowing audiences by blending it with standard fare. And it’s obvious that...

“First Italian cellist-composers” is pushing matters just a bit, given that, as Elinor Frey mentions, her recording spans roughly 75 years of music. It concludes with...

From Plowright’s self-written liner notes: “My husband Tony said, ‘You know, you have been singing for almost 40 years now and you have never made a...

My first encounter with soprano Roberta Invernizzi was on a Glossa compilation of Italian Baroque music, made about 12 years ago, that was generally a feature...

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...

This program of 19 chants consists of the Mass for Easter with a few Office chants, all sung according to the Sarum use, the variant version...

This is a well-conceived reissue of three related recordings of music of the Ars Subtilior, that mannerist period between the Medieval (the death of Machaut) and...

Denis Raisin Dadre decided to celebrate Doulce Mémoire’s 25th anniversary with lighthearted fare drawn from 16th-century French sources. The results are similar to their album excerpting...