Chandos Release of Arriaga – Mozart with a smile

If you’re not familiar with Juan Crisóstomo de Arriaga, this release is an excellent introduction. Arriaga was dubbed the “Spanish Mozart,” and with good reason. Like Mozart, he had a natural facility for the piano, and for composition. And like...

Danielpour String Quartets Lyrical and Appealing

This release was something of a surprise. Naxos has released many recordings of Richard Danielpour’s music. So when I received a copy of this set of string quartets, I assumed that Naxos had also recorded and release the previous four. Not so. Not only are these...

Florence Price Symphonies On Par with Dvorak

As pressure mounts for orchestras to diversify their programming, Florance Foster Price has risen in prominence. Price was a composer of color active in the late 1930s and 40s. Her first symphony, completed in 1932 won a competition and was premiered by the Chicago...