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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