ALEXANDRA SOSTMANN'S RENAISSANCE-CONTEMPORARY CONNECTION
Working in a record store (remember those?) you could learn about some intriguing couplings of tastesome more, some less obvious. Hard rock and romantic music (Beethoven, Tchaikovsky, Rachmaninov, Wagner) is perhaps the most noticeable. Another one is early music (up to, but not necessarily . . .
DONIZETTI'S DELIGHTFUL QUARTETS
Gaetano Donizetti's reputation as one of the bel canto school's most influential and prolific composers tends to overshadow his industrious accomplishments in other genres. The majority of his 18 string quartets date from the composer's early 20s, after he had studied with Simon Mayr, who admired . . .
RATTLE WHIFFS ON RACHMANINOV'S SECOND
Does Simon Rattle do anything consistently well aside from Szymanowski? I mean, for what music does he show a special affinity? What composers does he interpret that make you look forward to his next release? I cant think of any. I doubt he can either. Rattle made a splendid Rachmaninov disc in . . .