• 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 ...
  • Shostakovitch: Piano Concerto No. 2

    Shostakovitch: Piano Concerto No. 2

    Composed in 1957 for his son Maxim’s graduation recital, the Second Piano Concerto is regarded by some as one of Shostakovich’s lesser works. Shostakovich himself said that it had “no redeeming artistic merits.” Nonetheless, he ...
  • Granados: Goyescas; Albeniz: Iberia

    Granados: Goyescas; Albeniz: Iberia

    Lisbon-born Artur Pizarro grew up hearing this music by two masters of keyboard composition from the other side of the Iberian Peninsula. His performances breathe with the natural ease of long familiarity. The pianist’s lyrical ...
  • 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 ...
  • Meira Warshauer: Living Breathing Earth

    Meira Warshauer: Living Breathing Earth

    “What would a cicada do with a full orchestra?” Meira Warshauer asked at the Dayton Philharmonic’s 2007 performance of this co-commissioned piece; she answered with her optimistic and brilliantly orchestrated Symphony No. 1, Living Breathing ...
  • Prokofiev: Third Piano Concerto

    Prokofiev: Third Piano Concerto

    Prokofiev’s great Third Piano Concerto has been Martha Argerich’s signature piece since she won competitions with it at the age of 16 in 1957. If you’re used to Bryon Janis’ reading on Mercury or have ...
  • Shore: The Lord of the Rings Symphony

    Shore: The Lord of the Rings Symphony

    Howard Shore’s many high-profile film scores include most of David Cronenberg’s movies, The Silence of the Lambs, and The Aviator. His grandest achievement, however, is his music for The Lord of the Rings—this earned him ...

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