I’m not entirely sure if Enigma just adds up to the sum of its parts or if it, in fact, exceeds them. Either way, it is music of stirring, striking originality.
Classical Music Reviews: AEQUA, Philip Glass’s Symphony no. 11, and the Neave Trio plays Piazzolla
Aequa is one of the year’s standout new-music albums. Philip Glass’s Symphony no. 11 suggests that the veteran composer has more than a few tricks left up his sleeve. And Neave Trio’s Celebrating Piazzolla is a thoroughly delightful, engaging album.
Classical Music CD Reviews: ROCO’s “Visions Take Flight,” Nordic Affect’s “He(a)r,” and “John Cage: Guitar.”
Visions Take Flight is one of those rarest of accomplishments: a contemporary music album that’s a sheer joy to listen to, from start to finish. And John Cage on guitar? Why not?
Classical CD Review: Lorelei Ensemble’s “Impermanence” — Inspired
Lorelei Ensemble’s latest recording is awe-inspiring.
Year-end CD Round-up, Part 2: Jurowski’s Tchaikovsky Symphonies, Strauss in St. Petersburg, Jasper Quartet’s “Unbound,” Walton Symphonies, and Howard Hersh’s Dancing at the Pink House
Highlights include an excellent Tchaikovsky symphony cycle in modern sound and one of the year’s best chamber-music albums.
Classical CD Reviews: “Recurrence” and “Thrive on Routine” (Sono Luminus)
Why do such a high number of significant contemporary composers hail from Iceland?
Classical CD Review: Michael Nicolas’ “Transitions” (Sono Luminus)
Overall, with Transitions Michael Nicolas proves himself a major cellist of his generation.
Album Reviews: Danill Trifonov plays Rachmaninov and Michael Lewin plays Debussy
Michael Lewin’s new album must surely rank among the most poetic and sensitive Debussy recordings of recent memory.