music + life

Looking Forward

Jazz pianist Fred Hersch isn’t ready to quit.

By Clifford S. Tinder


Kirill Gerstein pursues classical with an improvisatory flair.

By Brian Wise

Staying Out of the Way At Harmonia Mundi, Robina Young has been producing records for over thirty years.

By Bradley Bambarger

Something New, Something Old

Wherein the fiddler and his mother attend a concert of contemporary music.

By Arnold Steinhardt



Drawn to Brahms

Cellist Zuill Bailey and pianist Awadagin Pratt find a connection.

By Donald Rosenberg

Approachable Schoenberg The composer’s Chamber Symphony No. 2 weds harmony and dissonance.

By Menon Dwarka

Truth in Music

Gidon Kremer delves into the roots of musical expression.

By Ben Finane

Embracing The Planets

Holst’s suite of tone poems is much more than a pristine entrée into classical music.

By Ben Finane


Vasily Petrenko conducts a worthy Shostakovich Eighth; The Avison Ensemble finds the perfect touch for Handel; Carlo Maria Giulini’s days in Los Angeles are revisited; Natalie Clein offers Kodály; Kammerchor and Barockorchester Stuttgart make a case for Zelenka; Eighth Blackbird plays beguiling Reich; a legendary Tristan sees its re-release; Italian concertos from Alison Balsom; Stile Antico has an excellent Christmas offering; and Michael Gielen achieves expressive Schumann.

The Carmen You Need

Elīna Garanča’s Carmen at the Metropolitan Opera is a sensation.

By Robert Levine

Invested Amateurs

They Came To Play deftly chronicles the Van Cliburn Foundation’s fifth amateur piano competition.

By Lucia Rahilly

How Does Music Make You Feel?

Charles Rosen’s Music and Sentiment aims to reason out how music is able to affect us emotionally.

By Daniel Felsenfeld

A Recital Hall of One's Own

Listen reveals how to make your living room a listening room.

By John Marks

On the Road

Bach in Russian Winter

Wherein Glenn Gould makes a convincing argument.

By Lara St. John