• Seattle Symphony Shines in Hindemith Release

    The 1936 ballet “Nobilissima Visione” is the story of St. Francis. Hindemith crafted the music from folk songs, and combined them with the same rich spiritual language he used for his opera “Mathus der Maler” (completed just a year before). “Nobilissima Visione” paints each scene in vivid orchestral colors, and Hindemith effectively conjures up a […]

  • Kenneth Fuchs – Falling Man Stands Up to Comparison

    This release is the fourth such collaboration between Kenneth Fuchs and JoAnn Falletta — and it’s of the same high quality as the other three (see my review of Atlantic Riband). This time around, Falletta and the London Symphony Orchestra present three Fuchs works for baritone and chamber orchestra. Roderick Williams is the baritone soloist, […]

  • Latvian Radio Choir Beautifully Express Sacred Love

    Sacred Love features the music of three Russian composers – Yuri Falik, Arturs Maskats, and Georgy Sviridov. And not just those composers, but choral works based on Russian poetry or literature by those three composers. It’s apt repertoire for the Latvian Radio Choir. The performers speak the language, and are steeped in the Russian choral […]

  • Ralph van Raat performs Rzewski

    Pianist/composer Frederic Rzewski is best known for The People United Will Never Be Defeated!. Echoes of that massive set of piano variations can be heard in this program of shorter works by Rzweski. The Housewife’s Lament, like The People…, is a set of variations on a pre-existing tune. Although the scope of the variations is […]

  • FSU Symphony Orchestra revive Dohnanyi works

    This is a Florida State University project from start to finish, and that makes perfect sense. Ernö Dohnányi finished his career on the faculty of FSU, and conducted the FSU Symphony Orchestra (albeit a half century before they made this recording). The performing editions for the Symphony No.2 and the Two songs were prepared from […]

  • Armonia Ensemble Excel with Strauss Sonatinas

    Wind music from one of the greatest orchestrators of all time played by the wind players of one of the greatest orchestras of all time. How could the results be anything less than satisfying? Towards the end of his life, Richard Strauss ceded his role as an innovator and began writing works that unabashedly embraced […]

  • Andrew Manze Leads Larsson Revival

    Swedish composer Lars-Erik Larsson is not well-known outside of his native country, but this new series from CPO may change that. Larsson is part of the generation immediately following Sibelius, and follows him stylistically as well. Larsson’s works are decidedly neo-romantic, with rich harmonies and expansive melodies. His Symphony No. 1, written in 1927, is […]

  • Mozart Series Continues with Marianna Shirinyan

    Although this is the fourth volume of Bridge Records’ survey of the Mozart piano concertos, it’s actually the first to feature pianist Mariann Shirinyan. She replaces the previous soloist (who has since left the label) to continue the series with Scott Yoo and the Odense Symphony Orchestra. Not to worry, though. Shirinyan is more than […]

  • Catch the Charlottesvile Chamber Music Festival on WTJU

    The Charlottesville Chamber Music Festival is in its 15th season and this year it runs from September 7th through the 18th. WTJU listeners will have two opportunities to enjoy music from the festival if they are not able to attend themselves. Ralph Graves will air an hour of the opening concert (performed Sunday, September 7th at […]