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Unlike a number of recent retreads to come from Hänssler’s back catalog, this is a newly minted release from the WDR’s 2014 Cologne broadcasts, and it...

Mariss Jansons’s recent releases of the music of Richard Strauss can be somewhat confusing. He recorded Don Juan in 2008 conducting the Royal Concertgebouw Orchestra coupled...

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To begin with full disclosure: I have known Stefania de Kenessey since undergraduate years; we were both students at Yale in the same class, and co-directed...

Aside from a brief flurry of interest 15 years ago on the currently moribund ASV label, Giovanni Felice Sances (1600–1679) has been generally forgotten. In his...

Three years ago I reviewed an album of Spanish Songs of the Early Renaissance by La Morra (Ramée 1203; Fanfare 36:4), one of whose two source...

The recording of choral music by Messiaen reviewed below constitutes something of a change of direction for its label, the Danish independent OUR Recordings, whose principal...

To begin with full disclosure: I have known Stefania de Kenessey since undergraduate years; we were both students at Yale in the same class, and co-directed...

The recording of choral music by Messiaen reviewed below constitutes something of a change of direction for its label, the Danish independent OUR Recordings, whose principal...

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...

Unlike a number of recent retreads to come from Hänssler’s back catalog, this is a newly minted release from the WDR’s 2014 Cologne broadcasts, and it...

Mariss Jansons’s recent releases of the music of Richard Strauss can be somewhat confusing. He recorded Don Juan in 2008 conducting the Royal Concertgebouw Orchestra coupled...

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...

Robert Watt was the first African-American horn player to win a position in a major American orchestra. In 1970, at the age of 22, he was...

The title of this disc is People and Places, and the group playing it—minus guest trumpeter Randy Brecker—is the Glesnes/Ytreberg Quartet, not a name that will...

By the time he gave it up, in 1974, clarinetist Buddy DeFranco had led the Glenn Miller Orchestra for eight years, longer than Glenn Miller did...

Principal oboist of the Berlin Philharmonic, Albrecht Mayer adds to his already impressive discography this carefully researched and brilliantly played new CD of rarely heard concertos...

Anyone who loves masterful piano playing will give this release a celebratory welcome. By gathering together the seven LPs that Nelson Freire recorded for Columbia/CBS/Sony, the...

The artistic force behind this most unusual album, the first collaboration between Japanese-born jazz pianist Takase (who has been living and working in Germany for decades)...

Many of the members of the Eastern Wind Symphony are College of New Jersey graduates, but this is not a collegiate group, drawing on a large...

The subtitle of the present CD sums up what is offered here, namely a recital of seven new works by six composers born in the time...

On this disc, Australian guitarist Bradley Kunda plays a variety of music from five very different composers. He has a refined technique and the ability to...

Hearing the eminent Bolshoi mezzo Elena Obraztsova onstage must have been akin to standing beside a wind machine, or more accurately, a tempest machine. Whatever its...

Marie-Eve Munger is a young French-Canadian soprano whose debut recording, Colorature , wins points for its resourceful programming. The program is tied together by the inclusion...

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...

Three years ago I reviewed an album of Spanish Songs of the Early Renaissance by La Morra (Ramée 1203; Fanfare 36:4), one of whose two source...

These four discs were first issued as Balades a III chans ( Fanfare 19:2), Fleurs de vertus, Chansons à la cour des Visconti (21:6), and


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