Metropolitan Opera House, Lincoln Center, NY; January 14, 2013—The Met’s production of La Rondine, Puccini’s least successful mature opera, has returned. The 2008 production starred The Couple: Angela Gheorghiu and Roberto Alagna. The singing was delicious, but somehow the balance...
The content you’re trying to view is for
Please register by clicking the button below in order to access this content.
Subscribe Now only $49 a year
Already an Insider? Login below:
Over the past 15 years at ClassicsToday.com, we have earned a reputation for honest, hard-hitting, no-nonsense music criticism.
ClassicsToday Insider offers both beginners and serious collectors of classical recordings a new, enjoyable and informative way of accessing and reading reviews—an experience specifically adapted to the Internet. At only $49 for an entire year:
- All new Insider reviews include sound clips—often multiple–carefully selected to illustrate musical highlights, comparisons, and points of interest. Check out this sample
- Dozens of exclusive new reviews every month.
- Dedicated Insider review archive. Preview it now.
- Insider feature reviews include not just new releases, but also major catalog titles and reissue titles not covered anywhere else on the site.
- Dedicated search functions, including:
- Search by ratings
- Search by review type: Reference Recording, CD From Hell, Major Discoveries, Big Boxes, Under The Radar, Historical Gems, and other helpful categories that allow you to follow your interest and build your collection.
- Search Insider titles exclusively
- Lively editorial commentary.
- Weekly email notice of new reviews.
None of this material will be published on the main website. It is being offered by subscription only.
We pledge that CLASSICSTODAY INSIDER will give you more of what you’ve come to expect from us over the years, and by becoming a ClassicsToday Insider you will help maintain our editorial independence and allow us to continue to offer the most informative, knowledgeable, and entertaining body of music criticism available anywhere.
Latest ClassicsToday Insider Reviews:
by David Hurwitz
Yes, we're supposed to be covering the next St. Matthew Passion or Bruckner symphony, and we do that... Continue ReadingHistorical Gems: Samson François’ Complete Ravel Recordings
by Jed Distler
Samson François (1922-1970) was a brilliant yet mercurial pianist who left a fascinating and uneven... Continue ReadingMajor Discoveries: The Other Taras Bulba, Complete At Last
by David Hurwitz
Franz Waxman's score to the perfectly dreadful film Taras Bulba, staring Yul Brynner, Tony Curtis, a... Continue Reading
by David Vernier
The world-class vocal ensemble Chicago a cappella does Christmas choral music fans a real service by daring to create a program entirely of contemporary (primarily within the last 20 or so years) work... Continue ReadingEighth Blackbird–Beginnings
by David Hurwitz
Daniel Kellogg's Divinum Mysterium belongs to the seemingly endless series of trendy contemporary works on spiritual themes, a school most visibly represented by composers as diverse as Olivier Messia... Continue Reading
by Dan Davis
William Alwyn's Fourth Symphony is an epilogue to his first three, conceived as a cycle. It's a tough work, its Romanticism tempered by an edgy modernism. Interest is added by a powerful rhythmic puls... Continue Reading
Search Music Reviews
Latest Music Reviews
November 21, 2014 by Jed Distler
The 51-year-old Finnish composer, arranger, and pianist Jouni Somero has racked up a discography for Fc Records that is as impressively wide-ranging as it is uneven in quality. Writing about his disc ... Continue ReadingBiber’s Fidicinium Sacro-Profanum Reinterpreted
November 16, 2014 by John Greene
Biber's 12 string sonatas titled Fidicinium Sacro-Profanum (Sacred and Profane fiddle music) are relatively unassuming works designed to be performed during church services. They are based primarily o... Continue ReadingJansons’ Verdi Requiem–A Simple Prayer
November 15, 2014 by Robert Levine
This new recording of Verdi’s Requiem joins about 60 others in the catalog. There’s always a push-pull in this work--is it an opera in disguise, a work of devotion, or some odd combination? Well, ... Continue Reading