Articles by Year: La Folia, 2008.

What, More Words? 2.

This Orlando Consort disc interleaves Medieval works (its usual beat) and current efforts that refer to them.

What, More Words? 2.

This Orlando Consort disc interleaves Medieval works (its usual beat) and current efforts that refer to them.

Piano Factory 2.

Debussy and Messiaen live on in the filigree and chords of Murail’s poetic piano compositions.

Piano Factory 2.

Debussy and Messiaen live on in the filigree and chords of Murail’s poetic piano compositions.

Not So Good Conducting, Worse Composing

Some conductors age gracefully. Others waver as the years accrue, and no one has the courage to turn them out to pasture.

Not So Good Conducting, Worse Composing

Some conductors age gracefully. Others waver as the years accrue, and no one has the courage to turn them out to pasture.

Piano Factory 1.

Having negotiated the 20th century’s main styles, Silvestrov abandons them for an introspective Romantic cloud.

Piano Factory 1.

Having negotiated the 20th century’s main styles, Silvestrov abandons them for an introspective Romantic cloud.

What, More Words? 1.

Purcell’s incidental music for the stage shows genius paying the bills, so it makes rough sense that Aradia Ensemble is clipped and businesslike.

What, More Words? 1.

Purcell’s incidental music for the stage shows genius paying the bills, so it makes rough sense that Aradia Ensemble is clipped and businesslike.

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.

Mostly Symphonies 7.

Weiner completed his arrangement in 1955, and this is apparently the first recording. The challenges and decisions are huge.

Mostly Symphonies 7.

Weiner completed his arrangement in 1955, and this is apparently the first recording. The challenges and decisions are huge.

Words Fail Me 9.

I can admire Wilson’s results without buying his thesis, that Farnaby (1562-1640) belongs with Byrd, Bull and Gibbons.

Words Fail Me 9.

I can admire Wilson’s results without buying his thesis, that Farnaby (1562-1640) belongs with Byrd, Bull and Gibbons.

Pièces de Clavecin 3: Le Grand, Marpourg, Les Forquerays,etc.

We are reminded that Couperin said: “I have called my works Orders, although I could have called them Disorders just as accurately.”

Pièces de Clavecin 3: Le Grand, Marpourg, Les Forquerays,etc.

We are reminded that Couperin said: “I have called my works Orders, although I could have called them Disorders just as accurately.”

Advice to a Pianist Performing Brahms’ B-Major Trio, Op. 8

Try not to sulk. Remember, you have a trio to perform!

Advice to a Pianist Performing Brahms’ B-Major Trio, Op. 8

Try not to sulk. Remember, you have a trio to perform!

Artur Schnabel’s “Love Affair”

We learn, perhaps to our surprise, that Artur Schnabel, the venerated Beethoven, Mozart and Schubert specialist, preferred composing to performing.

Artur Schnabel’s “Love Affair”

We learn, perhaps to our surprise, that Artur Schnabel, the venerated Beethoven, Mozart and Schubert specialist, preferred composing to performing.

Four Centuries Apart 2.

I’m pleased to welcome this 1995 compilation (of 1965-67 work) back to the catalog.

Four Centuries Apart 2.

I’m pleased to welcome this 1995 compilation (of 1965-67 work) back to the catalog.