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Music Reviews: Jazz and Beyond from Bassists Kyle Eastwood and Georg Breinschmid

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Two recent releases from bassist-bandleaders show how jazz continues to thrive in the most disparate of musical "cultures," even with its relatively small, specialized audience. Read More »

Music Review: Stile Antico – ‘Sing With the Voice of Melody,’ Early Music Polyphony Choir’s 10th Anniversary Favorites

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While the English choir applies a constant smooth tonality to its performances, these can still feel fresh, the centuries-old music almost as much as the recent. Read More »

2Cellos Interview and ‘Celloverse’ Giveaway: Stjepan Hauser of 2Cellos Answers Our Questions, and You Can Win a Signed Copy of Their Latest CD

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'We had this big desire to attract a wider audience, and make young people interested in the instrument and great music in general.' Read More »

Concert-Theater Review: ‘L’Amfiparnaso,’ a Madrigal Comedy from 1594 by Orazio Vecchi Performed by The Western Wind

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Voices simulate the ringing of bells and the knocking-on of doors as effectively as they convey the desperation of foiled lovers, the comic scheming of the servant class, and the self-satisfied prancing of the smug. Read More »

Concert Review: The American Classical Orchestra and Chorus with Soprano Hana Blažiková (NYC, 4/21/15)

Thomas Crawford conducts the American Classical Orchestra

Earthly Love and Celestial Love battle for the soul of Mary Magdalene in Caldara's rarely performed oratorio 'Maddalena ai piedi di Cristo.' Read More »

Concert Review: New York Choral Society and Mannes Orchestra at Carnegie Hall with the Young People’s Chorus of NYC (April 8, 2015)

David Hayes conducts the New York Choral Society. Photo courtesy of the New York Choral Society

Conductor David Hayes paired memorial works by Paul Hindemith (WWII) and John Adams (9-11) in a revelatory concert. Read More »

Music Review: New Recordings of the Saint-Saëns Piano Trios and Brahms Clarinet Sonatas

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Two new recordings of Romantic-era music from France and Germany are revealing in different ways. Read More »

Concert Review: Wayward Sisters, ‘The Naughty List’ (NYC, March 19, 2015)

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This concert of Early Music presented by Music Before 1800 was just plain fun, thanks to the music's spirited beauty and Wayward Sisters' infectious energy. Read More »

Concert Review: The American Classical Orchestra Plays Mozart, Beethoven and Schubert on Period Instruments (March 12 2015)

Thomas Crawford conducts the American Classical Orchestra

The contrast between classical-period instruments and modern ones is a bit like that between an original vinyl recording and a CD remastering. Read More »

Music Review: John Luther Adams – ‘Become Ocean’

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Environment melds with imagination in the Grammy winner for Best Contemporary Classical Composition. Read More »