• Heinichen Masses show Italian Influences

    This release features the final two surviving masses of Johann David Heinichen, written in 1728 the year of his death. Heinichen spent several years Venice learning the Italian style, and it shows. When he returned to Germany in the employ of the Crown Prince of Saxony, he wrote Italianate operas and other large-scale choral works. […]

  • Finely-Crafted Symphonies by JCF Bach

    Johann Christoph Friedrich Bach never enjoyed the fame of his siblings Carl Philipp Emanuel and Johann Christian. Yet he was indeed a son of Johann Sebastian Bach. While his music may not be as innovative as his brothers’ it is well-crafted and creatively rich. The three symphonies on this album come from different phases of […]

  • Barbara Westphal – Convergences

    Barbara Westphal’s latest release is an interesting blend of old and new, original music with arrangements. Johannes Brahms didn’t write any solo music for the viola, but that hasn’t stopped violists from making arrangements of some of his music for their instrument. In this case, Westphal plays arrangements of Brahms’ Sonata in E minor, Op. […]

  • A Musical Tribute to Film Composer James Horner

    Composer James Horner, who has died in an airplane crash aged 61, won two Oscars for writing the soundtrack to James Cameron’s Titanic (1997) and a number of Oscar nominations for other Hollywood blockbusters, including Braveheart (1995) and A Beautiful Mind (2001), the story of John Nash, who died in a car crash exactly one […]

  • Cavatina Duo at the Opera — Brilliante!

    Cavatina at the Opera is one of those releases that works on multiple levels. Superficially, it’s a program of pleasantly familiar music, arranged for flute and guitar — something that might not be out of place at a wine and cheese reception. After all, a medley of operatic favorites lends itself to moments of comforting […]

  • Hovhaness Symphony 48 – Visions of Andromeda

    Gerard Schwarz has long been a champion of Alan Hovhaness, and this release is just the latest in several Schwarz has done of his music. The album opens with the Prelude and Quadruple Fugue, Op. 128, a work that’s been recorded many times. This particular reading is adequate, but a little slow and sedate for […]

  • Patric Standford Captures the Essence of England

    Listening to the music of Patric Standford, other composers come to mind. The works flow smoothly and organically, like those of his teacher Edmund Rubbra. The skittering passages of the Prelude to a Fantasy sound like more tonal versions of those by Lutoslawski (who Standford also studied with). And over all of this, there’s a […]

  • John Knowles Paine Symphony No. 2 – American Masterwork

    John Knowles Paine was one of the first American composers to break onto the international scene. Along with other members of the “Boston Six” (Amy Beach, Arthur Foote, Edward MacDowell, George Chadwick, and Horatio Parker), he well-known in Europe as well as the U.S. Paine’s Symphony No. 2 in a major, op. 34 shows why […]

  • New Music With Guitar, Vol. 9

    The ninth installment of Bridge Records’ New Music With Guitar series presents an interesting program of new guitar music — music that (I think) deserves a place in the repertoire. Guitarist David Starobin has a personal connection with each composer and work, which gives these performances an added depth. Starobin premiered Richard Wernick’s “The Name […]