Reviews

Review of American Rage: Copland, Rzewski, Wolfe (Conrad Tao)

American Rage: Copland, Rzewski, Wolfe (Conrad Tao)

The social and political issues informing the works and the programming concept of Conrad Tao’s latest release, ‘American Rage’, are...

Warner Classics
Reviewed by Jed Distler in issue: 01/2020

Review of WEINBERG Complete Sonatas for Solo Cello (Marina Tarasova)

WEINBERG Complete Sonatas for Solo Cello (Marina Tarasova)

The four sonatas for solo cello are the most immediately captivating of the series of 12 for solo string instruments...

Northern Flowers
Reviewed by David Fanning in issue: 01/2020

Review of STEVENSON Piano Music, Vol 2 (Kenneth Hamilton)

STEVENSON Piano Music, Vol 2 (Kenneth Hamilton)

Ronald Stevenson’s keyboard aesthetic mirrored his role models Ferruccio Busoni and Percy Grainger in several respects. One is that Stevenson...

Prima Facie
Reviewed by Jed Distler in issue: 01/2020

Review of SILVESTROV Melodies of Silence (Tomasz Kamieniak)

SILVESTROV Melodies of Silence (Tomasz Kamieniak)

Valentin Silvestrov’s output of piano miniatures during 2003 17 has often been remarked on while being easily misunderstood. Begun seemingly...

Brilliant Classics
Reviewed by Richard Whitehouse in issue: 01/2020

Review of PROKOFIEV Piano Sonatas Nos 3, 8 & 9 (Freddy Kempf)

PROKOFIEV Piano Sonatas Nos 3, 8 & 9 (Freddy Kempf)

Freddy Kempf’s previous instalment of solo Prokofiev (with Sonatas Nos 1, 6 and 7 and some early works) in 2003...

The Originals
Reviewed by Michelle Assay in issue:

Review of Simon Trpceski: Tales from Russia

Simon Trpceski: Tales from Russia

One doesn’t necessarily have to know the plots or subtexts attached to these ‘Tales from Russia’ to appreciate their musical...

Onyx
Reviewed by Jed Distler in issue: 01/2020

Review of MOZART Piano Sonatas, Vol 2 (Jean Muller)

MOZART Piano Sonatas, Vol 2 (Jean Muller)

Jean Muller continues his series of Mozart piano sonatas, launched almost a year ago (4/19), when it came up against...

Haenssler
Reviewed by David Threasher in issue: 01/2020

Review of MENDELSSOHN Piano Works (Doomin Kim)

MENDELSSOHN Piano Works (Doomin Kim)

If you struggle to make some sort of sense of Doomin Kim’s new Warner Classics release of Mendelssohn’s solo piano...

Warner Classics
Reviewed by Patrick Rucker in issue: 01/2020

Review of BEETHOVEN Piano Sonatas Vol 6 (James Brawn)

BEETHOVEN Piano Sonatas Vol 6 (James Brawn)

James Brawn continues his serious progress though the Beethoven sonatas, an MSR series which commenced in 2012, with Vol 6...

MSR Classics
Reviewed by Patrick Rucker in issue: 01/2020

Review of JS BACH Organ Works, Vol 1 (Peter Kofler)

JS BACH Organ Works, Vol 1 (Peter Kofler)

The first five-disc set of Peter Kofler’s projected complete Bach organ works series claims to make use of an innovative...

Farao Classics
Reviewed by Marc Rochester in issue: 01/2020

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