• 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 ...
  • Jan Garbarek: Officium Novum

    Jan Garbarek: Officium Novum

    Jan Garbarek and the Hilliard Ensemble have released their third album, after Officium and Mnemosyne, both of which were damned by purists and praised by the more adventurous. The conceit is that the singers perform ...
  • Mompou: Silent Music

    Mompou: Silent Music

    Federico Mompou (1893-1987) is often referred to as a “minimalist.” But there are different stripes of minimalism. Mompou’s is not of the rarified La Monte Young or hyperactive Philip Glass varieties, but rather in the ...
  • David Chesky: Urbanicity

    David Chesky: Urbanicity

    David Chesky’s latest CD consists of a concerto for electric guitar and two ballet scores, all unified in celebrating the cultural and ethnic diversity of New York City, where Chesky lives. Stylistically an extension of ...

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