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“99 Words” is just one of those releases where everything’s right — the program, the sequencing, the recording, the performances, and the music.read more
The four works on “Persian Echoes” present several sides of Amir Tafreshipour’s style. Whether his music is consonant or dissonant, it always retains a trace of his Middle Eastern heritage. And that blend makes his a unique and interesting compositional voice.read more
I’m a regular contributor to the #ClassicsaDay Twitter feed. For January 2018, I decided to mark the first month of the new year with tweets featuring Opus 1 compositions. Here’s an annotated list of week 2 of this #Opus1 series.read more
Joseph Schuster’s String Quartets were attributed to Mozart for over 100 years — and with good reason. They’re really that good.read more
“Vittoria – Vittoria” is a DVD-Audio reissue of a 1997 release. Both the performances and sound quality are first-rate.read more
#ClassicsaDay is a long-running Twitter theme. For January 2018, I decided to mark the first month of the new year with firsts. Each daily #Opus1 post features the first published work of a different composerread more
"Beyond My Dream" brings some early music of Ralph Vaughan Williams to light -- and gives us a hint of what might have been. George Gilbert Murray published what were considered to be the definitive English translations of ancient Greek plays. And he had very definite...read more
This disc was originally released by the Hungarian State Railroad in 1995 and for good reason. It marked the 150th anniversary of the service, and the recording was by the railroad's own orchestra. Yes, the Budapest Concert Orchestra MÁV is an arm of the state...read more
For Americans, the 12 Days of Christmas means turtledoves, drummers, and
golden rings. But for Northern Europeans, it’s when winter is often harshest. And it’s also a time of hope. Raunächte expresses that hope in music.
Riemuitkaamme! is ideal for folks wanting to venture beyond standard Christmas fare — but not too far beyond. The program features plenty of familiar selections, mixed with modern Finnish choral gems.read more
“Carols for Victorian Christmas” captures some of the charms of the era. Comfortable is the word that best describes this collection. Many of the selections are more than familiar. And they’re performed in a way that would have been familiar to Victorians – even those who never attended a classical music concert.read more
In Dulce Jubilo is a well-sung, well-organized program that effectively captures a moment in time. A moment that more than hints of the grandeur that was to come with Bach, Handel, and Telemann.read more