• Tchaikovsky: Symphonies 1-3

    Tchaikovsky: Symphonies 1-3

    Tchaikovsky and Dvorak are in the same boat in one way—you’d think they only wrote three symphonies, but numbered them 4, 5, and 6 in Tchaikovsky’s case, and 7, 8, and 9 in Dvorak’s. While ...
  • Albrecht: String Quartets Nos. 2 and 3

    Albrecht: String Quartets Nos. 2 and 3

    The music of German composer Kurt Albrecht (1895-1971) is at once modern and very much in the noble lineage of Bach, Beethoven, and Brahms. It balances compact, readily identifiable motives with sinuous, long-lined melodies in ...
  • Ravel: Daphnis et Chloe

    Ravel: Daphnis et Chloe

    Valery Gergiev, highly regarded for his passionate performances of Russian repertoire, Wagner, and Mahler, affirms his versatility with compelling interpretations of three Ravel staples. His Daphnis et Chloe— the entire ballet, complete with chorus—is voluble ...
  • American Music for Clarinet & Piano

    American Music for Clarinet & Piano

    Everything on this superbly played recital of modern music for clarinet and piano by four American composers is flavored, whether openly or more subliminally, by that most American musical invention, jazz. Gershwin’s catchy Three Preludes ...
  • Rapsodia: Music for Violins and Cimbalom

    Rapsodia: Music for Violins and Cimbalom

    Patricia Kopatchinskaja switches with ease between classical violin and Eastern European fiddle styles; she’s joined by her mother Emilia (also on violin) and her father Viktor on cimbalom (a hammered dulcimer-like instrument popular in Romania ...
  • Sandstrom: Nordic Sounds

    Sandstrom: Nordic Sounds

    Born in 1942, Swedish composer Sven- David Sandström first came to attention for his complex orchestral works. For 20 years, however, Sandström was a member of the Hägersten Motet Choir, near Stockholm. In that nurturing ...
  • Beethoven: Piano Concertos 4 and 5

    Beethoven: Piano Concertos 4 and 5

    Yevgeny Sudbin has graced us with thoughtful, sunny readings of the popular Emperor Concerto and the less-often- heard Fourth. He has a pleasant tone, and a transparent, refined approach with more charm and fleetness than ...
  • Wasting the Night: Songs of Scott Wheeler

    Wasting the Night: Songs of Scott Wheeler

    Wayne Garcia reviewed Wheeler’s opera The Construction of Boston (Issue 184), noting its remarkable beauty and originality. I’d never heard Wheeler’s music before, but I’m very impressed; his songs are uncluttered, accessible, and witty or ...
  • Leonard Bernstein: The Symphony Edition

    Leonard Bernstein: The Symphony Edition

    The latest in Sony’s continual repackaging of its Bernstein holdings, this blockbuster portrays the conductor as a world- striding interpreter of symphonies: 60 CDs in an LP-sized case containing most of his Columbia (aka CBS ...
  • Janacek: Complete String Quartets

    Janacek: Complete String Quartets

    Complete string quartets? Aren’t there just two? Not exactly. The Kreutzer Sonata and Intimate Letters quartets are both from Janácek’s last years, inspired by his intense romantic attachment to Kamila Stösslová, a much younger woman. ...
  • Amy Briggs: Tangos for Piano

    Amy Briggs: Tangos for Piano

    These are modern-era “concert tangos,” not vernacular numbers danced on stages and in ballrooms, cabarets, and bars around the world. Some are modernist, post-tonal, even subversive, whether angular or recondite or vaporous, splashing tone-clusters up ...

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