Older Blog Posts

March 2016
Why I Will Never Stop Using CDs
Wagner öhne wackelt (Wagner Without Wobbles)
Music From Clare and Brent Fischer
The HIP Movement in Classical Music: Reality and Myth
Alice Babs (1924-2014): An Appreciation
Carl Orff’s Forgotten Opera
Tiny Parham: The Jogo Rhythm Man
Clifford Brown: The Bach of Jazz
Nadia Reisenberg’s Mozart Concertos
The Boogie Woogie Harpsichord of Company B
Biggs Gets the Ragtime Bug
Irish Girl Got the Blues
Reassessing Feodor Chaliapin
Sophia Agranovich Plays Schubert and Chopin
Dizzy’s Swinging Bands
Dreams Are Nothing More Than Wishes: The Harry Nilsson Story
The Mercurial Talent of Shura Cherkassky
A New Recording of Bertoni’s Copycat “Orfeo”
Jabbo Smith: A Study in Stubbornness
Tara Helen O’Connor’s Versatile Flute
A Stunning New “Rodelinda”
A Tribute to Jan DeGaetani, Goddess of Song

April 2016
The Greatest Soloist in the History of Jazz
Piano Four Hands: Paolo and Stephanie Weave Their Magic
The Great Klaus Tennstedt
A Love Letter to the Boswell Sisters
Two Superb Reissues by Crazy Cathy
The Biggest Little Band in the Land
Luciano Berio’s Finale to “Turandot”
Erwin Schulhoff’s Jazz-Based Piano Fantasies
Welitsch Was a Spitfire, But Borkh Was a Blowtorch
King Oliver’s Last Will and Testament
Huw V Williams’ Excellent Adventure
Mark Kaplan Pierces the Heart of Bach
Eubie Blake’s Classic “Shuffle Along” Back Out on CD
David Starobin’s Ongoing Guitar Journey
Mark Murphy’s Last Live Recording a Gem
Fredrik Ullén’s Sorabji Project Continues
Quincy Jones’ Orchestra Sizzles in Ludwigshafen, 1961
First Installment of the “Michael Gielen Edition” a Winner
Shapiro’s Schubert a Labor of Love

May 2016
Danny Bacher: A Swinger From Way Back, Here Today
Vincent Peirani’s New Live Album Enigmatic But Fascinating
Laurin, Paradiso and Marinčič Bring the French Baroque to Life
Haskil and Schurich Bring Out the Melos of Mozart
Stan Kenton’s Neglected Masterpiece
Houtzeel Charms and Seduces in New Recital
No Kidding: This Kid’s a Genius!
Regietheater, the Ruination of Opera
The Amazing Bertons, Part 1: Ralph
The Amazing Bertons, Part 2: Eugene
The Amazing Berton, Part 3: Vic
Klára Takács’ Recital Reissue a Gem
Late, Live Kenton Surprises and Thrills
Far-Out Jazz from Ivo Perelman and the Sirius Quartet
Maria Divina, Regina dell’Opera
Holliger Completes his Schumann Series
Colin Davis’ “Oedipus Rex” One More Reason to Hate Record Companies
Alchemy Sound Project Goes Metaphysical
Discovering Lucille Udovich
Dunér’s “Dizzy” is a Whirlwind of Creativity
The Highs and Lows of DG’s Barber Songs Reissue
Stabinsky Stabilizes the Chaos of Shock Jazz
Norman. Erwartung. Period.
Clotilde Rullaud Morphs Into “Madeleine et Salomon” on New CD
Maria Granillo’s Simple But Elegant Music
Matt Wilson Honors His Wife in New Album

June 2016
Villa-Lobos Quartet Reissue a Must-Have
Wolfgang Fuses Jazz, Classical and Contemplation
A Sizzling “Penthesilea” From Martha Mödl & Company
Sassy’s Late Basie-Band Album a Knockout
Orledge’s Debussy Operas on CD At Last
Kris Allen’s “Beloved” Understated, Subtle Jazz
Erkin’s Little-Known Music a Wow
Mangelsdorff Times Two Play Swinging Jazz
Mayr’s “Medea” Resuscitated by Rodriguez, Luisi
Scott Wheeler’s Kaleidoscopic Piano Vignettes
Henry Threadgill, Master of Musical Mosaics
New Munch Reissue Flawed But Interesting
The Other Side of Charles Munch
Rilling’s Last Bach “Mass in B Minor” The Best
Romano and Venuti in a Love Session From 1954
Del Pino and Angelov Have a Ball With Kapustin
Bill Evans’ “Loose Blues” Back Out on CD

Sirius Quartet’s Thought-Provoking New CD

July 2016
Bill Evans’ Lost Session Released At Last

Rhorer’s “Abduction” Lively But Flawed
Coltrane’s 60 Giant Steps Towards a New Jazz Style
Giulini’s Venerable “Iphigénie en Tauride” a Gem
Fischer-Dieskau Performs Lively Hindemith
Jeff Denson Runs Rings Around “Concentric Circles”

Rich Halley’s “Outlier” Great, Creative Jazz 
Remembering Leif Segerstam in the 1970s
Maag’s 1959 “Figaro” Beats Them All
Fred Hersch Back at the Vanguard
Check Out the New Penguin’s Girlfriend’s Guide! 

The New Busch Trio Nails Dvořák 
Revisiting Eddie Sauter, 1957-58
Getz & Sauter x2 Equals “Mickey One”
Leon Russell, the Neglected Genius
Frank Martin’s “Dance of Death” a Strange, Moving Work
Morlot Completes His “Doodly-oo” Orchestral Cycle
Virgil
Bartók Plays Bartók: Listen, and Learn
Gluzman Makes Love to Prokofiev
Moons Over Myriad3: Their Third Album

August 2016
Ellington’s Reprise Recordings Surprisingly Good
The Pioneer of Jazz Guitar
The Tender Flower of Jazz
The Greatest Countertenor of Them All

Billie’s Decca Days: The Great Communicator 
Vänskä’s Sibelius Crisp, Bright, Buoyant  
Atta Boy, Atterberg!
Marian Anderson’s “Snoopycat” Lives Forever
Schwarz & Buckley’s Rousing Couperin
Quinsin Nachoff in a State of “Flux”
Franz Schmidt’s Surprising Music
Quartetto Energie Nove Nails Janáček
Litton’s Prokofiev Structured Yet Exciting
Quartetto Energie Nove’s Splendid Prokofiev
Aksel Rykkvin an Excellent Boy Treble    

Nørgård’s “Siddharta” a Pretty Heady Opera
The Legendary Wanda Landowska
Ivanov’s “Dream Images” a State of Subconscious
Chabrier’s “L’Etoile” an Unlucky Star
Trio Solisti Digs Into Russian Romantics
Berl Senofsky Astounds in Newly-Released Recital

September 2016
Traveling East-West With the Janczarski-McCraven Quintet
More Than Meets the Ear in Katz’ “Jailhouse Doc”
Schwarz & Buckley Play Beautiful Bach
Mili Bermejo Does a Latino Sheila Jordan

The Belcea Quartet Digs Brahms!
The Escher Quartet’s Scintillating Mendelssohn
Biondi Makes Magic of Telemann
Abrazo: The Havana Sessions Produce Fine Music
Nikolayeva Combined Clarity and Fervor
Leonhardt Creates Magic at the Keyboard
Beekman’s Well-Crafted New CD
Sheila Jordan on Life, Music and Art
Sonny Turns 86
Tindall’s Tuba Thrills in “Transformations”
Simone Weil Inspires Brilliant Jazz Composition
Iturbi’s Solo Recordings Available at Last
Weinberg’s 17th Symphony in a Great New Recording
Gielen’s Brahms Insightful and Exciting
Schnabel Shakes Up Books, Bottles & Bamboo in New CD
Wadada Leo Smith’s Triumphant New Suite
Schulhoff’s Chamber Music Inventive, Exciting
Serkin’s Beethoven Concertos Top a Crowded Field
Joey Alexander’s “Countdown”

October 2016
Toscanini the Composer
Arthur Lourié’s Impressionist Musical Journey    
Weinberg’s Violin Sonatas Unusual, Moving

The Idiotic Vinyl Revival
Fairouz’ “Zabur” Moving, Stunning Music
Man, Oh Man Overboard! This is Fun!
Csányi-Wills’ Haunting Orchestral Songs
Gudmundsen-Holmgreen’s Absurdist Musical Art
Red Garland and John Coltrane in a Rare Session
Bernhard Molique’s Surprising String Quartets
Django
Anna Webber’s Wild Musical Devolutions
Sanchez and Smith in the Twine Forest
More Wacky Music From Gudmundsen-Holmgreen
Franz Schmidt’s Clarinet Quintet Unusual, Enticing
Sanders and Strosdahl Explore “Jazzical Moods”
Biller’s B-Minor Mass Unusual, Impassioned
Baker’s Final Testament: The Art of Jazz Solos
Agranovich Dominates Schumann’s “Carnaval”
Gutierrez’ Strong, Understates Chopin and Schumann
duoJalal Takes a Musical Journey to the East
Venzago Presents Surprising, Brilliant Honegger
Libretto for Chabrier’s “L’Etoile” Now Available!
Pianist Sasaki Tackles Clara Schumann
Scartazzini’s “Der Sandmann” An Intense Musical Experience
Kentner Creates Magic at the Keyboard
Dyad Takes Opera to the Jazz Clubs
Cruz-Romo, The Great Verdian, On CD at Last
Another Wunderlich Reissue Cements His Legend

November 2016
Satie Quartet Covers a Range of French Music
Karis Skitters Through Poulenc With Grace
Sonny Rollins Dominates His Own Jazz Party
Hubbard’s 1961 Breakout Album A Stunner
Victor’s Biggest Bonehead Errors

George Antheil, the Madman of Music, Comes to Life
Ginastera’s Mindblowing Early Ballet Impresses
Kitayenko’s Superb New “Nutcracker” Great for Dancing
Milhaud’s Early and Late String Sonatas Surprise
Fascinating CPE Bach Pieces on New CD
No Joke! “The Polish Wedding” Will Knock Your Socks Off!
Grétry’s Little-Heard Comic Masterpiece Comes to Life
Alyssa’s Debut Album is All Good!
Matthew Kaminski Swings At Churchill Grounds
The Great Leonard Rose Rises to the Occasion
Ortiz’ Fascinating “Hidden Voices” In New CD
Peplowski Enraptures Listeners in New Album
Charles Daniels Explores British Impressionists
Ratatet’s “Arctic” Unusual, Thought-Provoking Jazz
A New and Fascinating Berberian Recital
Andrea Claburn Highly Individual in Debut Recording
C.P.E. Bach’s Organ Music Wild, Scintillating
Martucci’s Chamber Music Given Elegant Treatment
Schulhoff’s Strange, Moody Violin Music

December 2016
Dorothy Donegan: A Study in Frustration
Ken Schaphorst’s New Album Deceptively Innovative
Yondani Butt’s Very Good Beethoven
Reassessing Paderewski, Wizard of the Keyboard
Yakushev’s Stunning Prokofiev Sonatas
Saariaho’s “Woman’s Opera” Fascinating But Overdone
The Singer’s Singer    
Ohlsson’s Mindblowing Scriabin

Hating on Benny
Szymański’s Eccentric Harpsichord Pieces
Take This Music—For Free
Freddy Cole’s Cool Christmas Album Reissued
No Phony Awards Here!
“Greetings, Music Lovers…and the Rest of You, Too!”
Killing Us Softly: Classical Music Radio
Pahud Explodes in Bach Concertos
Hill’s and Shimada’s Surprisingly Great Prokofiev
Björling’s and Tebaldi’s Neglected “Cavalleria” Reissued
Two Short Martinů Operas Reissued

January 2017   
Colin Carr: Why You Shouldn’t Always Trust Recordings

The Amazing Fats Waller
Fischer’s Mahler Seventh a Solid Performance
Gielen Edition Vol. 4 a Mixed Bag
Finley’s Sibelius Tribute Fascinating and Deeply-Felt
Schimmel’s Wild and Wacky Music Entertains and Surprises
Josh Green’s Debut Album Really Hops!
Martinů’s “Field Mass,” Double Concerto Inspire and Delight
Krainev & Kitayenko Explode in Prokofiev’s Piano Concertos
Salim Takes On Schulhoff
Peterson’s Personal Best Reissued At Last
“hat trick” Weaves a Spell on Listeners
Sidney Jacobs’ Second CD Interesting and Stylish
Warner Classics Releases an Important Menuhin Set
Höhenrieder and the Saxon Chamber Players do Sextets
Richter Plays Szymanowski in Live Concert
Sommer’s “Rübezahl” a Lively Wagnerian Comedy
Trio Kavak’s “Heirlooms” a Fascinating Album
Kick-Butt Brahms From Vladar, Kouzmanova-Vladar & Amara
Mayer’s “Dhammapada” Still Vibrant After 40 Years
Vivaldi’s Cello Concertos Jump and Jive With Fishman

February 2017
Paterson’s Music Atmospheric, Quirky
Hughes’ “Dream Keeper” Blends Jazz and Poetry
Carsten Dahl Takes You on a Head Trip
Fricker’s String Quartets Moody, Dense
Ørsted Pedersen and Miller Create Magic
Entering the World of Kaprálová   
Matthews’ Piano Trios Fascinating & Intense

Carollo’s Music Intense, Deceptively Creative
Danemo’s Big Band Music With a Twist
Almeida Prado’s Mindblowing Piano Universe
Bird’s Washington Concerts Reissued   
Jihye Lee: A Name to Watch in Jazz

Tucker’s Great “La Juive” Reissued At Last
Alma Mahler’s Songs Given Life by Kroeger and Lonero
Fernández Explores the Evolution of Scriabin’s Preludes
Jiří Kylián: The Master Choreographer
Asmussen Took a Lickin’ and Kept on Tickin’
Oxman’s East of the Village from East of the Rockies
Korstick Digs Into Ginastera
Masters Channels Mingus and Mulligan
Mulligan’s Great Early Arrangements in Stereo
Kletzki’s & Marek’s Symphonies Come to Life
Minnaar’s Surprisingly Passionate Fauré
Zych’s “Alice” Fantastic, Imaginative, Enigmatic
Méhul’s “Uthal” a Fascinating Dramatic Opera
Brubeck’s Zurich Set Surprises and Delights
NTWS’s “Inventions” a Potpourri of Remarkable Music
Garrido’s Stunning Monteverdi Operas & Vespers Reissued
A Wacky New CD From Mostly Other People Do the Killing
Lourié’s Piano Music Re-imagined by Koukl

March 2017
Hindemith String Quartets Played by Amar
Rosbaud’s “Moses und Aron” a Mixed Bag
Kirkpatrick Rumbles Through the “Concord” Sonata
Benadon’s Delight/Delirium A Multifaceted Trip
Andrew Davis Cracks Open the Ives Fourth
Temianka and Shure Rip Through the Beethoven Sonatas
Griffes’ Piano Music Revisited by Torquati
Gossec’s Symphonies That Influenced Mozart Revived
Tianwa Yang’s Ysaÿe Sonatas Are the Best
Weinberg’s Violin Sonatas Given a New Interpretation
Anick and Yeager “United” on New Album
Say & Alstaedt’s “4 Cities” a Fascinating Musical Journey
Uhlig’s French Concerto Album Powerful, Dazzling
Krupa’s Last Recorded Performance a Gem
Kamus Has Fun With Finnish String Quartets
R.I.P. Lonie Levister
Holst & Vaughan Williams’ Contrasting British Operas
Papandopulo’s Music Strange, Mysterious, Yet Lively
Telemann’s Flute Fantasies Remarkable, Fascinating
New Richter Release of Live Schumann
Re-Evaluating Maud Powell
Ravel’s “L’Heure Espagnole” Gets Sparkling New Reading
Penetrating the Dark Musical Mind of Roslavets   
Tansman’s Ballets Beautifully Performed in New Release

Walton’s “Façade” In A Lively New Reading
Fricsay’s “Samson” Deeply Moving
The Altius Quartet Jumps from Haydn to Hip-Hop
Blecha-Wells & Kim Revel in Martinů’s “Small Storms”
Hindemith’s “Das Marienleben” in a Great New Recording
Solal and Kuhn Take Flight in Paris
McLean’s “Capuchin Swing” Hard-Hitting, Thrilling

April 2017    
Dvořák’s “Spectre’s Bride” a Surprisingly Great Dramatic Work
Why did Arturo Toscanini Come to NBC?
Exploring “Baby” Sommer’s Wild, Multi-Faceted Jazz
“Duke’s Dream” a Fascinating, Creative Tribute
NBC Symphony Myths Debunked
Weinberg’s Piano Quintet & String Quartet No. 7 in New Recordings 
Rawsthorne’s “Portrait” Reveals a Genial Creator
Jason Rigby’s “One” a Wild Ride
Yoko Miwa Has Fun at the Piano
Lefkowitz-Brown Jumps in New Album
Ehnes Plays Beautiful Bach
Reassessing Massenet’s “Le Cid”   
The Kazakh String Quartet Impresses With Intense Music

Tina Raymond’s “Left Right Left” a Wild Ride
Mari Nobre’s “Live and Alive” a Hip Album
Alex Goodman Surprises on New Release

May 2017
The Death of “True” French Style and its Impact
Zabaleta Creates Magic on the Harp
New Cherkassky Reissue a Splendid Recital
Cavina’s “Poppea” a Riveting Performance   
Letters, We Get Letters…

Knussen’s Great New Recording of “The Soldier’s Tale”
Rostropovich and Richter Present a Mixed Bag
McCarthy Blends Jazz With Civil War Music
Armstrong Swings in Scandinavia
Rebecca Hennnessy Makes a Strong Debut Disc
Ullmann’s Piano Works Released by Capriccio
Fumio Yasuda Digs Satie!
Vadim Neselovskyi Makes His Trio Debut
Surprising New Recording of Saint-Saëns’ Rare Opera
Michael Gielen Tears Up Bartók & Stravinsky
Pine Finds New Ways to Play Paganini
Carwithen’s Bold Scores Conducted by Hickox Reissued
The Strange Musical Mind of Piotr Szewczyk
Nachoff’s Ethereal Trio Debuts on CD
Gregory Mertl’s Music Dynamic, Humorous
Molly Kien’s Music Fluid, Moving   
Antheil’s Orchestral Works Get a New Reading

Roberta Peters’ Forgotten Recital
Getting to the Heart of Paganini
Rathaus’ Unusual Violin Sonatas Recorded
Fascinating Songs by a Singing Legend
Monk’s “Les Liaisons Dangereuses” Released at Last
Bill Cunliffe’s “BACHanalia” a Fun Ride
Natalia Trull Digs Into Prokofiev!
Matthews’ Violin Pieces Engaging, Inventive   
Getting Into the Heart of Pauline Viardot

Amandine Beyer Plays Superb C.P.E. Bach
Barab’s “Red Riding Hood” a Laugh Riot
Gulda Plays Mozart & Gulda

June 2017
Stephanie & Saar Make “The Art of Fugue” Enjoyable!
Mariel Roberts Maps Her Mind on “Cartography”

Koukl Presents Vol. 2 of Lourié’s Piano Works
Anna Kokits Plays Toch
Laura Campisi’s Debut Album Fascinating
Happy 100th Birthday, Inge Borkh!
Harriet Mackenzie’s Wonderland of New Works
Dominic John’s “24+1” a Great Trip   
Ponce’s Piano Music Brought to Life by Cendoya

Cervetti’s “Triptych Celebration” Powerful, Moving
Matt Haimovitz’ New Album a Mixed Bag
Beirach and Huebner Cook at Birdland
O Sister! Stompin’ Down the Boswells Path
The Nat Cole Trio’s Last European Stand
Ulf and Erik Wakenius Create Guitar Magic
“Bird in Time” a Great Time Capsule   
Neeme Järvi’s Busoni Set Reissued

Exploring Tansman’s Folk-Influenced Piano Music
Steprans’ Hip Little Quintet Cooks
Rozhdestvensky’s Marvelous Enescu Recordings Reissued
Hausegger’s Amazing Orchestral Works Exhumed
Muczynski’s Chamber Music Brilliantly Played on Brilliant Classics
Laks’ Startling Chamber Works Revived
Aruán Ortiz’ “Cub(an)ism” a Wonderfully Strange Disc
The Lutosławski Quartet’s Strange New Music
Szymanowski’s Piano Music Beautifully Played by Roscoe
Hyeseon Hong’s “Ee-Ya-Gi” a Strange But Fascinating CD
Petr Fiala’s Splendid New Dvořák “Requiem”
Alice Coote Fabulous in Mahler Song Cycles
John Pickard’s Unusual, Intense Music
Kegel’s Great “Carl Orff Edition” Reissued
Rodziński Conducts 20th Century Music

July 2017
Segerstam Contrasts His Work With Brahms

Maureen Batt’s Walter Scott Adventure
Eric Ineke Plays With the Tenor Giants
Sarah Maria Sun Dazzles in Modern Recital
Harberg & Wolpert’s Viola Concertos
Arnold Rosner’s Chamber Music Revived
Rodziński’s Stupendous “Khovanshchina” Reissued
Albert Mangelsdorff Invites Some Friends
Mátyás Seiber’s Jazz-Infused Fun Pieces
Landrus’ Debut Disc Inconsistent But Interesting
Tortelier’s Dutilleux Cycle Reissued
Deller’s Final Recital Among his Best
Neunecker’s Strauss Will Blow You Away
Forgotten Jazz Orchestras: Sam Donahue’s Navy Band
Gerald Cannon Really Hops!
Feltsman’s Bipolar Schubert Sonatas
Lerdahl’s Music a World of Its Own
Paul Chihara’s Whimsical Music
New John Carollo CD Has Fine Music
Casella’s Second Symphony Dazzles Under Ventura
Peter Seabourne’s Fascinating Piano Mosaics
My Blog Posts: The Highs and the Lows   
Honegger’s “Judith” a Great Find!

August 2017
Exploring the Musical World of Peter Seabourne   
Lan Shui’s Objective Debussy

Seabourne’s Fascinating “Studies of Invention”
The Thibaud String Trio Plays Milhaud & Martinů
Contrasting Styles in Schoenberg’s Quartets
Fred Lerdahl’s Quixotic Music Fascinates
The Original Met “Rake’s Progress” Reissued
Lerdahl’s String Quartets Complex, Fascinating
Mitsuko Shirai Celebrates Her 70th Birthday
More Classical Song Gems from Shirai
An Interview with Aruán Ortiz
The Anna Lundqvist Quintet Gets Hot!
Matt Wilson’s “Honey and Salt” a Great Tribute to Carl Sandburg
Violinist-Composer Peter Hristoskov: A Retrospective
Katie Thiroux’s “Off Beat” Provides Pleasant Jazz
Discovering Irving Mills’ Hotsy-Totsy Gang
Inside Nietzsche’s Musical Mind
Josh Nelson’s “The Sky Remains” Mostly Brilliant
Taneyev’s Quartets Brilliantly Played by California String Quartet
New Recording of Szymanowski’s Violin-Piano Works
Nick Photinos’ Interesting “Petits Artéfacts”
The “Other” Met “Rake’s Progress” Reissued
Respighi’s Great “Sinfonia Drammatica” Reissued
Hear Laks’ String Quartets Bounce and Glisten!
Schoenberg’s String Music in Fabulous Performances
Interesting New Recording of Stravinsky’s “Nightingale”
Lakatos & Lagrène’s Tribute to Grappelli & Reinhardt
Ysaÿe’s Violin Sonatas Smolder Under Weintraub
George Lloyd’s Surprisingly Good Symphonies

September 2017
Gielen’s Masterful Mahler Reissued
VEIN Plays Ravel  
Donald Tovey, the Composer

Steve Rouse’s Wonderful Musical Fantasies
A Potpourri of Pieces for Orchestra and Large Ensembles
The Ghost Train Orchestra Rolls Along
Satoko Fujii & Wadada Leo Smith Weave Their Magic
Exploring Ketil Hvoslef’s Unusual Chamber Music
Guitarist Rez Abbasi’s “Unfiltered Universe” a Gem!
Ahonen Plays Affectionate Ives
Zeller’s “Vogelhändler” Sparkles in New Recording
Wild Bill Davison’s Excellent Danish Adventure
Little and Gardner’s Exciting Szymanowski & Karłowicz
The Music of Nimrod Borenstein
A Wild Ride With Wild Bill Davison on Commodore
Johnny Dankworth’s ‘50s Band Cooks in New Reissue
The UK Jazz Ensemble Burns Its Way on Tour
Cervini’s Turboprop “Revs” Up the Heat
Chasing Bix, the Introverted Enigma
Herzogenberg’s Underrated Piano Trios Given New Life
Kadesha & Rimmer Play Modern Violin Sonatas  
Those Darn Cowboys & Frenchmen are “Bluer Than You
Think”!

Variation5 Explores Odd Wind Quintets

Rod Levitt’s Missing RCA Album Reissued At Last!
Lipovšek Dominates Martin’s “Der Cornet”   
Jonathan Nichol Plays Modern Sax Music

October 2017
Astronio Makes W.F. Bach’s Keyboard Works Come Alive
Davis Treks to Antarctica With Vaughan Williams
Daniel Behle Nostalgic for Tenor Bonbons!
Collins’ Violin Works Lyrical, Original, Haunting
Carn-Davidson 9’s Fascinating New Album
Fricker’s Symphonies Interesting, Well Crafted
Meister Masters Martinů
Discovering the Musical World of Donatoni
Nissen’s “Departures” an Interesting Experiment
Brian Symphonies Played Brilliantly by Alexander Walker
A Cornucopia of Koechlin on SWR Music
A Rare CD from Pianist Jack Reilly
MOPDtK’s New Album Kicks & Cooks!
Allison Au is Au-Some
A Koechlin Cornucopia, Part 2
Griller’s Orchestral Music Dazzling, Brilliant
Vol. 8 of Scelsi’s Music Released
The Nick Maclean Quartet Breaks Through

Duo Perfetto Digs Kapustin’s Cello Music
Mahanthappa Returns With His Indo-Pak Coalition
Rodney Green & Warren Wolf Cook in Montmartre!
Kay Johannsen’s Quirky But Fabulous Music   
Ella Warms Up the Concertgebouw in 1961

A Clutch of Modern String Music from Munich
Eric Wyatt Looks to the Sky in New Release
Lalo Schifrin Flashes His Classical Side
Villa-Lobos’ First Two Symphonies Released
Isserlis Plays Music of WWI
George Crumb’s Vol. 18 Fantastic Music!
Delfeayo Marsalis’ First Live Album A Relaxed Affair 

November 2017
Zimmermann’s Playful Yet Dark Symphonic Works   
Sakari Oramo Conducts British Music

Exploring the Storms and Fear of Pehr Nordgren

Fine New Recording of Ligeti’s “Requiem”
Wadada Leo Smith Wanders Through the Mind of Monk
Nordgren’s Bold, Compelling “Taivaanvalot”
Cotik Kicks Butt in Piazzolla!
The Young-Promane Octet on High Octane
New Works by Kalevi Aho Released
Nørgård’s Early Piano Pieces Released
Discovering Pierre d’Assy
Thomas’ Promises: A New Collection of Works
Aho’s Remarkable Chamber Symphonies
Fonnesbæk & Kauflin Plunge Into the Jazz Abyss
Mendelssohn’s Rare Motets Featured on New CD
Discovering Kalevi Aho’s Horn & Theremin Concerti
Pickard’s Fascinating Songs Presented in New CD
Thomas’ “Of Being is a Bird” Fascinating
Martin Salemi Has Short Stories to Tell
Schoch Jumps & Jives With Jazzettes!
Liebman-Murley Quartet’s Live Set Released
De Niese Astounds in Baroque & Renaissance Music
Poulenc’s Complete Chamber Music Released
Yoncheva’s “Norma” a Mixed Bag
The “Other” Mendelssohn’s Complete Songs
Thierry Fischer’s Mind-Boggling Mahler Eighth
Calandra Turns Up the Heat in “Erotica Antiqua”  
An Abundance of Alkan!

Quattro Mani Play Re-Structures
All Hail Hailstork’s String Quartets
The Pavel Haas Quartet’s Electrifying Dvořák
Leistner-Mayer’s Psychotropic Quartets
Sabine Devieilhe Breaks Through

December 2017
Yasmin Rowe’s Maiden Voyage on CD

Y2’s Scintillating Mendelssohn & Kapustin
Discovering Ben Goldscheider’s Golden Horn
Re-Evaluating Toscanini’s 1940 “Missa Solemnis”
Paús’ Music Played Well by Fernández
Narbutaitė’s Unusual Orchestral Music
The Strange Cello Music of Giacinto Scelsi
Bolcom’s Interesting Piano Music in New Collection
Rebekah Heller’s Strange Bassoon Adventure
Alberto Bologni Makes “Dedications” in New Pieces
TJP’s New “Peace and Love” Album
John Browning’s Superb Ravel Reissued
Harley Plays Trump Card in New CD
Miguel Baselga’s Albéniz Adventure
Rameau’s Great “Les Indes Galantes” Reissued
Osland’s UK Musicians Don’t Need No Stinkin’ Rhythm Section
Copland’s Early Orchestral Works Kick Butt!
Mantas Completes Schumann’s Fourth Sonata
Marteau’s Enigmatic Songs
Martinů’s “Epic of Gilgamesh” in English at Last
Korstick’s Wide-Awake Debussy, Vol. 5 Released

January 2018
Julián Carrillo, the Forgotten Genius
   
Baselga Completes His Albéniz Series

Várdai’s Great Kodály Performances   
Elena Gaponenko’s Astonishing Dual Talents

Cotik Explores Mozart’s Violin Sonatas
Urania’s Fantastic Reissue of Milanov’s “Aida”   
Bollani’s Wild Italian Musical Adventure

Have You Ever Heard “Háry János”?
Leslie Pintchik’s Fun New Album
Revisiting Milhaud’s Chamber Music
Sylvie Courvoisier’s Strange, Atonal Jazz
An Early Example of the UK Mega-Sax Ensemble “Stinkin’”
The Turtle Island Quartet’s “Bird’s Eye View”
Osland Goes Classical With “Intrinsic Versatility”
Miles’ Mega-Sax Groups Stir Up the Gumbo
Martinů’s Great Early Orchestral Works Recorded   
Donatoni’s Strange Chamber Music

Ingolfsson and Stoupel Play 20th Century Sonatas
Ebenstein’s Debut Album of Songs  
James Hall Goes Cool!

Gaponenko Duets With Herself   
Ančerl Conducts Suk & Krejči

Mark Murphy’s “Midnight Mood” Reissued
Stănculeasa & Maddox Explore “Pyramids”
Exploring Pierre-Octave Ferroud’s Orchestral Works
Fedoseyev Rips Through “Ivan the Terrible”
Smoczyński’s “Metamorphoses” a Fascinating Album   
Scopel Continues Exploring Prado’s Celestial Charts

Diethelm’s Fascinating Symphonic Works
Clare Fischer’s Fascinating “Latin” Bands   
Exploring Robert Lloyd’s “Boris Godunov”

Scozzesi’s Rich Mezzo a Welcome Surprise
Clare Fischer Comes at You “Out of the Blue”

February 2018
New CD of Weinberg Quartets Released

Santiago’s “Formika” Strange but Invigorating
Danielpour’s Fine String Quartets
The Jeff Hamilton Trio Swings at San Pedro!
Dan & Rob Hold a Block Party
Paolo & Stephanie Return
The Atom Accordion Quintet Plays “Jazzical Moods”
Medtner’s Songs Brilliantly Performed on New CD
Neubauer & Garrett’s Lost Bloch Recordings
Bethea Makes a Comeback with “Suite Theory”
Janowski Livens Up Hindemith
Rosenberger’s Powerful Szymanowski Recordings
Discovering Simon Pilbrow’s Jazz
Fantastic Recording of Szymanowski’s “Krol Roger”
20th Century “Jewels” Featured on New CD
Bernard’s Stunning New “Rite of Spring” & “Firebird Suite”
Various Pianists Play Stecher & Horowitz Commissions
New John Carollo Release a Stunner
Busch at Glyndebourne: Mozart Starts Here
Stoltzman Terrific in Jazz-Influenced Clarinet Music
Reappraising William Grant Still
Broder’s “Heritage” a Fun & Creative Album
Gee’s “Amazing Sliding Circus” Interesting
The Arúan Ortiz Trio in Zurich
New Recording of Messiaen’s Famous Quartet
Examining Fagerlund’s “Stonework”
Inside the John Perrine Quartet

March 2018     
Goodman Introduces Feigin’s Piano Works

An Interview with Paolo and Stephanie
Frank Wagner’s Floating Holiday
Larry Elgart’s “Impressions of Outer Space” Finally Available!
Almeida’s Exciting “La Navarraise” Reissued
Martinů Songs Vol. 5 Released
Noah Preminger Expresses his “Genuinity” in New CD
Kijanowska Explores Sonatas on New CD
Babs’ & Ellington’s “Serenade to Sweden” Finally Available!
Hines’ “Bluebeard’s Castle” Great But Uneven
Aimard Plays Messiaen’s Bird Catalogue
Goodyear Channels Gould
Bruce Levingston Opens Windows
Liberation Via the Janczarski-McCraven Quintet
Joanne Tatham Swings on New Release
Diane Moser’s Inventive, Fascinating Birdsongs
Edward Downes’ Magnificent “Rienzi”
Erin McDougald Swings Outside the Soirée
A New Vegas Duo: Penn & Jones!
David Amram Still Kicking After All These Years
Zuill Bailey Plays Haydn
Quatuor Danel’s Fine Franck CD
Oramo’s Powerful Florent Schmitt Performances
The Strange Piano Music of Robert Saxton
Vickers’ “Samson” Outstanding But Muddy
Davis & Coltrane’s 1960 European Tour Released   
Salvo Losappio’s Short-But-Sweet Debut Disc

April 2018
McClenty Hunter Hunts “Grooves”

Jared Gold’s Reemergence   
Gulda Plays Debussy

Lauri Sallinen Sings on his Clarinet
McDermott Tackles Haydn Sonatas
Daly’s “Titanic” Double Bass Impresses
A Clutch of George Perle Performances
Look Out…Dave Tull is Texting and Driving!  
Dmitri Tymoczko’s Unusual Music

The North Texas Wind Symphony Plays Modern Music
Descharmes’ and Soustrot’s Exciting Saint-Saëns  
The Best Jazz Singer You’ve Probably Forgotten

Gulda’s Classical-Jazz Hybrids   
Ehnes, Gardner Shine in Walton

Adrean Farrugia’s “Blued Dharma”
Scopel Completes His Celestial Journey
Daniel Lippel’s Unusual Guitar Journey
Solon McDade Paints Musical Murals
Lynn Raley Enters the Maelstrom
Kondrashin’s Mahler Sixth Released on CD
Kitayenko Presents Early Stravinsky
The Brubeck Brothers Pay Tribute to Dave
Quatuor Joachim Plays Szymanowski & Ravel
Lewis Wright’s Unusual Jazz Duets
Catalin Serban Plays Bell-Like Music
Modern Flute Music by the Pavan-Canale Duo
The Quince Ensemble Explores Their “Natal Home”
Attacca Quartet Members Play Weinberg
New Recording of Medtner’s Complete Violin-Piano Music
The Bittersweet Life of a Great, Forgotten Jazz Singer
The Blair Big Band’s Debut CD
Trio Vitruvi’s Schubert  
Rosen & Artymiw Play Mendelssohn

Fred Hersch Releases a “Found Object”
Dmitri Tymoczko is Taking Beat Therapy
Music From the Crackpot Hymnal   
Les Petits Nouveaux Redefines Manouche Jazz

Jungsu Choi, Jazz Composer
Arthur Fagen’s Superb Diamond Performances
Great New Recording of Bizet’s “Pearl Fishers”
Sellin’s Jazz Impressions of Debussy
Fantastic “Rape of Lucretia” With Vickers, Rideout

May 2018
A Moving Chronicle of Despair and Rebirth

Peled Pays Tribute to Casals and Brahms
The Wild Chamber Music of Outi Tarkiainen
Crossing the Bridge of San Luis Rey
Tortelier Conducts Roussel   
The Strange Case of James Levine

Helen Callus Plays British Music   
SWR Music’s “Gielen Edition” Marches On

Discovering Zaderatzky’s Piano Preludes & Fugues
Mookie Lee-Menuhin Has Liaisons
Oh! MARTHA!
Andriessen’s Diverse Piano Music
A Portrait of Mark Murphy’s Brilliant Genius and Bittersweet Life   
Jeremy Dale Roberts’ Unusual Chamber Music
  
Fauré’s Complete Songs Issued by Atma

Szymanowski’s Early Songs in a New Release
Unusual Starker Recordings Reissued
The Far-Out Jazz of Angelika Niescier
Miguel Harth-Bedoya Takes a Different Look at Mussorgsky & Prokofiev
Panos Demopoulos Explores Nina’s Clock
Nilsson’s Live 1960 “Aida” Interesting, Exciting
Nilsson’s 1958 “Tristan” Reissued
Noah Preminger Digs Chopin!
Revisiting Reinhardt’s “Midsummer Night’s Dream”
Holloway’s Fascinating Chamber Works
Lili Boulanger’s Fascinating Choral Works Revived
Rediscovering Hugo Alfvén
Rolf Martinsson’s Exuberant Music
Mena Continues His Ginastera Series
David Alan Miller Conducts Modern American Works
Gringolts Plays Stravinsky
Beverly Beirne Just Wants to Have Fun!
Blumina Plays Weinberg
TrioPolis One Plays Modern Composers   
Walker Delves Into Hindemith & Hartmann

Goodbye, Jack Reilly
Ellington Swings at Coventry Cathedral
Martinů’s Double Concerti in a New Recording   
Duo d’Accord Plays Tansman

Roberto Esposito Plays His Own Piano Music
Franz Schreker’s Neglected Masterpiece

June 2018
New CD of Crumb’s Piano Music
Duo Odéon and the Specter of George Antheil
The Strange Music of Douglas Boyce
The Concerti of Frank Ezra Levy
Beardslee Sings Again in New Release   
Jelly Roll’s Library of Congress Set for Under $30

Bobby Sanabria Revamps “West Side Story”  
Markevitch’s Great “Life for the Czar” Reissued

Paul Hindemith’s Wind Sonatas
Robert Groslot’s Witty Chamber Music
Inside the Musical Mind of Dawid Lubowicz
John Bailey Plugs Into “Real Time”
Exploring the Life and Interests of Bill Russell
The Return of Alchemy Sound Project   
“Pity, I’m Back!” Gulda Plays Bach

Serafin’s Old “Mefistofele” Reissued
McGegan Resuscitates a Forgotten Rameau Opera
New Recording of Aho’s Wind Quintets

A Great Recording of Boito’s “Nerone”
Yang and the Alexander Quartet Do Mozart
New Video Recaps Birgit Nilsson’s Career
Marty Elkins Swings Oldies in New Release   
Banse’s “Das Marienleben” Deep, Penetrating

Ismailova Plays Karayev

John Wilson Conducts Richard Rodney Bennett   
West Chester U Wind Ensemble Has “Second Thoughts”

July 2018
Clipper Erickson’s Russian-Themed Tableau

John Pittman Feels a “Kinship” With His Band   
Ronnie Cuber Still Groovin’

The Best Forgotten Violinist of All Time
Morlot Conducts Modern Music & Ravel
Christian Erny Plays Arthur Lourié
Ruben Gazarian Conducts an Unusual Program
Jacob Greenberg in the Hanging Gardens
Arturo Toscanini, Warts and All
Renate Eggebrecht Digs Finnish Composers!
The Tesla Quartet Debuts on CD
Lester is Forever Young on Storyville
Nézet-Séguin’s Superb Poulenc
Korstick’s Fascinating Rachmaninov  
The Halíř Trio Plays Granados & Dvořák

Lazarev’s Fascinating Prokofiev
Kevin Short’s Dark Bass Shines in New Recital   
Cambreling Explores Debussy

Satoko Fujii & Joe Fonda Play Hip Tunes
Schumann’s String Quartets in a New Recording
The Concordia Trio Explores American Vistas   
The Turning Point Ensemble Opens a Curio Box

London’s and Rysanek’s Fascinating “Dutchman”

August 2018
Trio Clavio’s Wonderful New Album

Revisiting Wallberg’s Magnificent “L’Elisir”
Berger & Prey in a Rare Joint Recital
Jansons’ Magnificent Schubert Ninth
Gordon Getty’s New Album of Choral Works
Rich Halley Performs Jazz “Literature”
Krivda and Swing City Rewrite Jazz Classics   
Zhenni Li is “Melancolie”

Rangell Plays Ives & a Few Other “Modernists”
“Baby” Sommer Throws a Jazz Party
Noseda’s Superb “Symphonie Fantastique”
Simon Rattle’s “Das Lied” Adventure   
Weinberg’s 13th Symphony on CD At Last
   
Hampson Sings Chicago Songs

Mike Freeman & ZonaVibe Explore “Venetian Blinds”   
UNT’s “Lab Band” Plays the Rhythm of the Road

Brecker Gets Together With the UMO Jazz Orchestra   
Steven Taetz Delights in Charming New CD

Delan Sings Dickinson Songs
Cruz-Romo’s Superb “Forza”
Neeme Järvi Does Stenhammar
Alberto Pibiri Honors the Jazz Legacy
Greg Diaz’ Wonderful Jazz Orchestra Debuts
Agudin’s Splendid New “Emperor of Atlantis”
Cheung Explores “Cycles and Arrows”
Hartmut Rohde Plays Josef Tal
The Ken Thomson Sextet in Their Little Red Wagon   
Salonen Nails Stravinsky’s “Perséphone”

Liebowitz & Flick’s Surprisingly Brilliant CD
Hannigan Presents Vienna in the Fin de Siècle Era
Carlos Kalmar Presents “Aspects of America”
Cervini’s Turboprop is Full of Abundance
Boughton & Jones Play Joubert
The Lyrique Quintette Celebrate Arrivals & Departures
Nagano Conducts Rihm and Beintus
Discovering Walter Braunfels

September 2018
Celebrating Rautavaara’s 90th Birthday
Miguel Zenón’s “Tradición”
Marta Brankovich, Goth Piano Girl
Koukl Plays Lutosławski
Mohajer Presents “Pictures of the Hidden”
Harbison’s Requiem   
Falletta Conducts Schreker

Far-Outside Jazz from Perelman & Mahall
Brennan & Pago Libre Out on a Limb
Dirigo Rataplan’s New Album
Ethan Ardelli Discovers “The Island of Form”
Mark Masters Plays With Jazz Masters
Keith Oxman Teams Up With Dave Liebman
The Pedroia String Quartet Plays Quadrants   
Exploring Roxanna Panufnik

Mysterious Jazz from Myriad3
Enescu’s “Ghosts” Gets Its First Recording
Morten Haxholm’s “Vestigium”
Exploring the Music of Richard Arnell   
Nikolas Anadolis Burns in Heidelberg
   
Pyrć Plays Ekier & Symanowski

Morlot’s New Berlioz “Requiem”
McCloskey’s Fascinating “Zealot Canticles” 
The Felipe Salles Ensemble Steps Forth
Way North is Fearless and Kind   
Danny Bacher is Back!

Joining Stéphane Spira in his New Playground   
Christopher Trapani’s “Waterlines”

Schreier’s “Die Schöne Magelone” Reissued
Schreier Turns Mozart Lieder Into Schubert
Lester Leaps In – But Can You Find Him?
A 1974 Liederfest at Salzburg

October 2018
Introducing Dr. B of the Dallas Jazz Scene
Julian Gerstin Explores “The Old City”   
Bentyne Shines in New Duet Album

Edward Gardner’s Berlioz  “Requiem”
Digging Into Enescu’s Piano Works
Jansons’ Interesting Mahler Second
Amos Gillespie’s Chamber Music Delights
Lorraine Feather Returns in “Math Camp”
A Bevy of Connecticut Composers
Jurowski Conducts Tchaikovsky Symphonies
Julia Jones’ “3D Binaural” CD
A Cornucopia of Cherkassky
The Music of Philipp Scharwenka
Luzia von Wyl is “Throwing Coins”
Chris Pasin Practices “Ornettiquette”
Annie Chen’s Secret Treetop
Aruán Ortiz Joins Don Byron in New CD
Moser Plays Lutosławski & Dutilleux
Huisman Tackles Sorabji
Cho & Kim Play “Indianapolis Commissions”
Barton Pine Plays the Blues
Elisabeth Kulman’s Great Lieder Recital
Schrekin’ Along With Schreker
Hans Winterberg’s Strange But Fascinating Music
Christopher Hollyday Returns
Jack Mouse Presents His “Intimate Adversary”
Kulman’s Stupendous “Jazzical” CD

November 2018
René Jacobs Begins His Schubert Cycle
Fred Hersch’s First Stint at the Village Vanguard Released
Deschamps Creates “No Codes”
Gounod’s Last Opera Released on CD
The Dime Notes Tackle Old Tunes
A Treasure-Trove of Rare Satchmo
Stan Getz in a Rare Live Set From 1959
The Emile Parisien Quintet at Marciac
Jazz From the Lost Generation in Cuba
Karin Hammar Makes Circles
Accordion & Vibes Jazz from Azzola & Doriz
Discovering the Johnny Griffith Quintet
The John Fedchock Quartet is Reminiscing
Peled Amit’s Interesting Bach Suites   
The Return of Thomas Fonnesbæk

The Arcadia Quartet Tackles Bartók   
Mantas Conducts Mozart Serenades

 

 

Advertisements