Dan Davis

Dan Davis is a New York-based speechwriter, travel writer and music reviewer. He reviews audio equipment and classical music recordings for the preeminent high-end audio journal, The Absolute Sound. Davis also reviews classical releases for various print and Web publications, including Amazon.com and Classics Today, for whom he also does concert reviews. His speechwriting clients include prominent corporate and civic leaders and his travel writings appear in newspapers affiliated with Copley News Service, and magazines such as In Style and Diversions. He’s also authored six books on various historical subjects.

Piano Legends

What makes a pianist a “legend”?

Piano Legends

What makes a pianist a “legend”?

The French Connection

No one’s about to launch a “Mostly Fauré Festival” these days but I found it interesting that a number of recent CD releases reflect his central position in French chamber music at the turn of the last century.

The French Connection

No one’s about to launch a “Mostly Fauré Festival” these days but I found it interesting that a number of recent CD releases reflect his central position in French chamber music at the turn of the last century.

Haydn Year Highlights 2.

Haydn’s symphonies, oratorios, and his operas leave one stunned at his inventiveness, but it’s the smaller ensemble works and piano sonatas that capture my heart.

Haydn Year Highlights 2.

Haydn’s symphonies, oratorios, and his operas leave one stunned at his inventiveness, but it’s the smaller ensemble works and piano sonatas that capture my heart.

Haydn Year Highlights 1.

The 200th anniversary of Haydn’s death has led predictably to an abundance of new releases and reissues of his music.

Haydn Year Highlights 1.

The 200th anniversary of Haydn’s death has led predictably to an abundance of new releases and reissues of his music.

Golden Oldies: A Century of Singing

Veteran collectors grew up on sandpaper vinyl from obscure labels like OASI (word had it that the letters stood for Old And Scratchy Indeed)…

Golden Oldies: A Century of Singing

Veteran collectors grew up on sandpaper vinyl from obscure labels like OASI (word had it that the letters stood for Old And Scratchy Indeed)…

Springtime with Bach

In the midst of my current Bach-fest, I came across a New Yorker article that quoted Schopenhauer’s distinction between talent and genius: “Talent is like the marksman who hits a target which others cannot reach; genius is like the marksman who hits a target as far as which others cannot see.”

Springtime with Bach

In the midst of my current Bach-fest, I came across a New Yorker article that quoted Schopenhauer’s distinction between talent and genius: “Talent is like the marksman who hits a target which others cannot reach; genius is like the marksman who hits a target as far as which others cannot see.”

Golden Oldies: EMI’s Icon Series — The Singers

….here are five Icon boxes that deliver many hours of great vocalism.

Golden Oldies: EMI’s Icon Series — The Singers

….here are five Icon boxes that deliver many hours of great vocalism.

Golden Oldies: EMI’s Icon Series — The Instrumentalists

EMI’s Icon Series, ambitious multi-disc boxed sets that restore to circulation the work of great musicians… offers newbies the opportunity to hear transcendent artists at the top of their game and gives veteran collectors opportunities to plug gaps in their CD shelves.

Golden Oldies: EMI’s Icon Series — The Instrumentalists

EMI’s Icon Series, ambitious multi-disc boxed sets that restore to circulation the work of great musicians… offers newbies the opportunity to hear transcendent artists at the top of their game and gives veteran collectors opportunities to plug gaps in their CD shelves.

Golden Oldies: The Sony Leon Fleisher Reissues

To those of us of a certain age, the name Leon Fleisher conjures memories of a lavishly gifted American pianist whose Columbia and Epic recordings schooled us in many of the basic works of the piano literature.

Golden Oldies: The Sony Leon Fleisher Reissues

To those of us of a certain age, the name Leon Fleisher conjures memories of a lavishly gifted American pianist whose Columbia and Epic recordings schooled us in many of the basic works of the piano literature.

OONY’s Star-Studded Concert Version of Donizetti’s Anna Bolena

’Twas a dark and stormy winter night, the snow drifts in front of Carnegie Hall melting under the lashes of pounding rain. But inside the hall 2,500 opera buffs basked in the warm, welcoming glow of Donizetti’s Anna Bolena, one of his finest works, bristling with dramatic arias and ensembles suitable for world-class virtuoso singers.

OONY’s Star-Studded Concert Version of Donizetti’s Anna Bolena

’Twas a dark and stormy winter night, the snow drifts in front of Carnegie Hall melting under the lashes of pounding rain. But inside the hall 2,500 opera buffs basked in the warm, welcoming glow of Donizetti’s Anna Bolena, one of his finest works, bristling with dramatic arias and ensembles suitable for world-class virtuoso singers.