music + life

Revisiting Orpheus

A former intern checks in after fifteen years.

By Jonah Eller-Isaacs

Transcending Identity Marc-André Hamelin reveals the unexpected.

By Bradley Bambarger

Shepherding American Opera.

Julius Rudel remembers.

By Linda Fowler

High Folk Art

A period-instrument ensemble embraces Americana.

By Brian Wise



To the Future

Michael Nyman: prototypical minimalist renegade.

By Daniel Felsenfeld

Chamber Music of Another Sort

Skúli Sverrisson lives off the grid.

By Thomas May

Respighi: Beyond Rome

Respighi’s set of variations is cast away for his more ’Roman’ repertoire.

By David Hurwitz


Christian Ludwig conducts Fuchs Serenades; Striggio’s wall of sound; Russian Tatjana Masurenko plays Russian solo viola; Andrew Litton returns Rite to its folk roots; Trio Medieval brings us a beguiling Ladymass; Alexandre Tharaud plays Scarlatti; a live album from Lorraine Hunt Lieberson; Ensemble Villa Musica gets Romantic with Raff; Wilhelm Kempff’s Goldbergs still got it; Wagner highlights from myriad luminaries; and Michael Tilson Thomas channels Copland and Ives.

Variations on a Theme by Gesualdo.

By Lucia Rahilly

On the Road

Connection in the Middle Kingdom

An old-world sensibility, rediscovered in the new.

By Jenny Lin