Scarlatti recitals on the piano are no longer a rarity, but really great ones still are. Since Horowitz’s groundbreaking disc, outstanding recordings have been made by Mikhail Pletnev, bursting-with... Continue Reading
This tight, creepy opera from 1987 is marvelously economical and enormously effective. Scored only for string quintet, three winds, (a very effective and unexpected) horn, percussion, synthesizer, and... Continue Reading
Twenty years before Beethoven’s "Pastoral" symphony appeared, the German composer Justin Heinrich Knecht (1752-1817) brought out “Le Portrait musical de la Nature”. One might call this five-move... Continue Reading
Recordings of Arvo Pärt's music continue to flourish, and no one seems to tire of hearing (or performing) Magnificat or The Woman with the Alabaster Box, Nunc dimittis, or Da pacem, Domine--all of wh... Continue Reading
Say what you will about Dmitri Kabalevsky’s limited creative range; the fact is that he wrote imaginative and effective piano music that deserves more attention than it usually gets. Those who know ... Continue Reading
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