Singing Sisters' Smashing Success The chart-topping Benedictines of Mary are the latest choral group to capture the collective imagination.

By Damian Fowler

From Darkness, A Colorful Tapestry Rimsky-Korsakov looks inward with aplomb in The Tsar’s Bride.

By Maya Pritsker

An Existential Joy Thoughts from violinist Leonidas Kavakos on Beethoven and folk music.

By Ben Finane

Table for One Menahem Pressler embarks on a solo career after a lifetime spent playing with others.

By Stuart Isacoff


Joyce Yang in recital; box o Bernstein; an Atterberg survey; Seven Last Words from Cuarteto Casals; Delius in Norway; Busoni beyond Bach; miserable Pettersson; Slatkin’s Elgar; meet Dinara Alieva; brand-new Shostakovich; Gergiev’s Prokofiev Fifth; Bavouzet’s Prokofiev, too; an Oscar Peterson tribute; Goerne’s Eisler; C.P.E. Bach from Antonio Meneses; treasured Dutilleux; Falletta essays Paine; Piccinini’s Paganini; Abbado owns Mendelssohn; Igor Levit: remember his name; and an hommage a trois.

Fathoming the Symphony

The Cambridge Companion to the Symphony Julian Horton, Ed.

Review by Bradley Bambarger

One Chair Over

A pianist urges audiences to loosen up.

By Philip Aaberg