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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

Trio Latitude 41 Saint-Saens

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)

Wayward Sisters Early Music

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’

Become-Ocean

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

Interview: Thomas Crawford, Conductor of the American Classical Orchestra, on Performing Mozart, Beethoven, Schubert on Original Instruments

Thomas Crawford conducts the American Classical Orchestra and Chorus

I've heard it said many times and I agree that the period-instrument movement was one of the two or three most refreshing and lifeblood-giving events in a century to keep classical music alive. Read More »

I Shall Be Released: New Recordings and Tours from Rihanna, Kid Ink, Chris Brown, Shelby Lynne and More

kid ink full speed

Plus Florence + the Machine, Alabama Shakes, The Replacements, Buena Vista Social Club, Larry Coryell, Jorma Kaukonen, Simone Dinnerstein, and The Yardbirds. Read More »

Concert Review: Lisa Terry and Richard Stone in Recital – Music by Marin Marais (NYC 2/14/15)

Lisa Terry Richard Stone Marin Marais

Terry with her viola da gamba and Stone with his theorbo displayed supreme skill at drawing forth the utterly recognizable emotions in this ancient music. Read More »

Concert Review: Pianist Carlo Grante’s ‘Masters of High Romanticism’ Brahms Program – Lincoln Center, NYC (2/10/15)

Carlo Grante with Bosendorfer grand piano

The pianist's intellectual approach to the music was loving and respectful as well. Read More »