DIGITAL REVIEW – A new recording, touted as all-in, indeed contains every note from the original 1943 musical, and it's played as it was written. But without the essential dialogue, we get only a superficial sense of what the story is about.
DIGITAL REVIEW – At Play, the third and final disc in this project by pianist Sarah Cahill, which she initiated in 2018, stands out for the many living composers included. It shows her commitment to the series title, The Future is Female.
DIGITAL REVIEW – Slow Beethoven is a recording project – a sonic journey, a composition, an exploration of reverberation – that transforms the opening fugue of his String Quartet in C-sharp minor, Op. 131, in a new, elongated perspective.
DIGITAL REVIEW –L'amant anonyme, the only surviving opera by Joseph Bologne, also known as the Chevalier de Saint-Georges, receives a stylish, charming, and thoroughly vivacious recording by the Chicago-based Haymarket Opera Company.
DIGITAL REVIEW – In its recording Love Restor’d, the British ensemble Ceruleo examines the musical art of later 17th-century England, particularly the way instrumental and vocal music interacted in Restoration works of theater.
DIGITAL REVIEW – On a new CD collection of 10 modern harpsichord works by 10 women, the Italian keyboardist Luca Quintavalle offers an eye-opening exhibit of music we didn't know we were missing. The old instrument is not just old school.
DIGITAL REVIEW – On a new CD titled Laura, after Laura Peverara, a member of the Duke of Ferrara’s celebrated ensemble of women, Marie-Domitille Murez plays a multi-strung instrument that produces a rich, almost orchestral sound.
DIGITAL REVIEW – It seems Jean-Marie Leclair (1697-1764) wrote only one opera. But the orchestra and choir of Il Giardino d’Amore, directed by Stefan Plewniak, have polished up this hidden gem, Scylla et Glaucus, to a high sheen.
DIGITAL REVIEW – Pianist Peter Friis Johansson, with the Gothenburg Symphony Orchestra under Ryan Bancroft, finds great variety in concertos that span more than 100 years between turn-of-the-century romanticism and minimalism.
DIGITAL REVIEW – Klaus Mäkelä is the most dazzling new star in the conducting firmament. His cycle of Sibelius' seven symphonies with the Oslo Philharmonic shows why, at 26, the Finnish maestro has mesmerized seemingly everyone.
DIGITAL REVIEW – The bulk of a CD by the Latvian Radio Choir under Sigvards Kļava spotlights music from the latter years of Cage’s long fascination with aleatory procedures and different kinds of indeterminacy, tapping into his ethos of chance.
ANALOG REVIEW – Despite the limited space of a seven-LP box and selections that could be second-guessed, this might be the most wildly diverse collection of music ever issued. Gustavo Dudamel is among LA Phil music directors represented.
DIGITAL REVIEW – Dimitri Mitropoulos: The Complete RCA and Columbia Album Collection shows the conductor defying his surroundings as much as he adapted to them, and moving in the upper echelons without being fully part of them.
DIGITAL REVIEW – On one CD, conductor Debora Waldman leads an intriguing array of works by a French woman, Charlotte Sohy, while a second disc brings to light orchestral music by the Ukrainian-born Greek composer Georgios Axiotis.
DIGITAL REVIEW – In its tribute "to musical troublemakers and outsiders…who wrote music that went dangerously against (regime) tastes," the Netherlands-based Matangi Quartet also plays works by Valentin Silvestrov and Alfred Schnittke.
DIGITAL REVIEW – If you needed a new fortepiano in the early 1800s, Conrad Graf was simply the man to see. Chopin and Liszt thought so, and now we all have a chance to hear one of his splendid creations in a CD from pianist Yi-heng Yang.
DIGITAL REVIEW – Few operas operate by such singular rules as Debussy's Pelléas et Mélisande. Despite similar starting points, two newly released performances are like trees with the same roots that end up turning different autumn colors.
PERSPECTIVE – While other Black composers also have enjoyed increased attention, the sustained resurgence of Price's music has been likened to the global reclamation of Gustav Mahler by musicians and the public in the mid-20th century.
DIGITAL REVIEW – At Eastertide, it’s no surprise to find the release of two high-profile Bach Passion recordings, the St. John led by John Eliot Gardiner and the St. Matthew under Raphaël Pichon. Both are worthy additions to an already crowded field.
DIGITAL REVIEW – Drawing inspiration from nature to forge a way to a better world, mezzo-soprano Joyce DiDonato's new CD mixes repertoire from four centuries, in moods from confusion and fear to sorrow and optimism.