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Aug 272015
 
Fuse CD Reviews: John Adams’ "Absolute Jest" (SFS Media); Alexander Melnikov plays Schumann (Harmonia mundi)

John Adams’ Absolute Jest is a sheer blast of fun, wildly inventive and, at its best, a vertiginous collage.

Jul 222015
 
Fuse CD Reviews: Isabelle Faust plays Schumann and the Dmitri Ensemble plays Shostakovich Chamber Symphonies

Listening to Isabelle Faust’s performance of Schumann’s Violin Concerto I wondered why the piece has remained on the fringes of the repertoire for so long.

Sep 082014
 
Fuse CD Reviews: Camerata Pacifica plays John Harbison; Jean-Guihen Queyras and Alexander Melnikov perform Beethoven

Camerata Pacifica does right by John Harbison. And when it comes to Beethoven’s music for cello and piano, Jean-Guihen Queyras and Alexander Melnikov are tops.