• Elgar & Beach: Piano Quintets

    Elgar & Beach: Piano Quintets

    Amy Beach (1867–1944) came from the same generation that brought Edith Wharton and Willa Cather to the forefront in American arts. Her impact might have been as great as theirs had her career not been ...
  • Henryk Szeryng

    Henryk Szeryng

    Polish-born Henryk Szeryng was often characterized as a “patrician” violinist, but for good reason, as this monumental 44-CD boxed set from Decca makes abundantly clear. Collected here are the complete recordings Szeryng made for Philips, ...
  • Liszt: Organ Works, Vol. 2

    Liszt: Organ Works, Vol. 2

    The creation of major works for the organ did not end with Bach, nor did the building of new instruments. But for 75 years after Bach’s death, little of importance happened in either field. Then ...
  • Martin: Golgotha

    Martin: Golgotha

    For Frank Martin—the son of a Calvinist minister whose musical epiphany came at the age of 12, when he heard a performance of Bach’s St. Matthew Passion—a work like Golgotha was almost inevitable. Drawing on ...
  • Elgar: Violin Concerto

    Elgar: Violin Concerto

    Like a dog who keeps burying his favorite bone so he can have the pleasure of “discovering” it again, I return to the Danish violinist Nikolaj Znaider. It’s been gratifying to see him taking on ...
  • Mendelssohn Discoveries

    Mendelssohn Discoveries

    The 200th anniversary of Mendelssohn’s birth has come and gone, without having produced much excitement on the recording front. Leaving us to wonder: Where are today’s Mendelssohnians? Well, one seems to be right where you ...
  • Gassman: Overtures

    Gassman: Overtures

    Students of music’s Classical period are familiar with the name of Florian Leopold Gassmann, though few, it’s safe to say, have ever actually heard his music. It was the Bohemian-born, Italian-trained Gassmann (1729-74) who brought ...
  • Bartók: The String Quartets

    Bartók: The String Quartets

    There was a time when the Bartók quartets were the toughest challenge a string quartet could face, and when no one played them as well as the Juilliard Quartet. Yet the foursome’s pathbreaking stereo recording ...
  • Gershwin By Grofe

    Gershwin By Grofe

    Steven Richman and Harmonie Ensemble/ New York have been a fixture on New York’s musical scene for three decades. As its name implies, the ensemble is at heart a wind band. But its precise formation ...

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