Valerie Kahler Feature Archive

On their new disc, Andrew Davis and the BBC Philharmonic perform three suites by Gustav Holst, including far and away his most popular work, The Planets. It's complemented by two lesser known works, which have roots in North Africa and Japan. (03/15/2011)
The inspiration of Aaron Copland, an immigrant's musical memories, even Gregorian chant--they all find their way into a new disc of recent American music, performed by the Boston Symphony Chamber Players. (02/01/2011)
Big talent from a small town, poise and maturity from a youthful group, lost music found, and a surprising reinterpretation of an old favorite. (12/28/2010)
A sparkling new recording of Tchaikovsky's "Nutcracker" will waltz the humbug right out of you. (11/30/2010)
A new two-disc set of Bach flute sonatas is a delight. There's a mathematical precision to the music of Bach, an evocation of gears and machinery, and of myriad intricate pieces meshing together. But somehow, all this precision results in something that's not at all mechanical. In fact, it's downright sensuous. (10/05/2010)
Tired of seeing entire classes of top-notch musicians leave Poland, or take non-musical jobs, Poland's Minister of Culture and National Heritage established Sinfonia Iuventus, a gathering of the best graduates of academies throughout Poland. (09/07/2010)
"Arvo Part: Portrait" is Angele Dubeau's newest CD with her ensemble La Pieta. (08/10/2010)
New York Polyphony's "Tudor City" delivers a stunning tour through chant, polyphony and renaissance harmonies. (06/15/2010)
With just the opening notes of Brooklyn Rider's newest CD, you're ushered into a sonic landscape where the music doesn't so much provide a soundtrack for life as create a movie of its own. (05/17/2010)
Pianist Vladimir Ashkenazy and his son Vovka come together to perform music by Debussy and Ravel. (08/25/2009)
Dmitri Shostakovich, a New York club setting, and an unconventional classical band make for an intriguing mix. (07/28/2009)
When the Brazilian pianist Ernesto Nazareth played for 1920s film audiences, his music got as much attention as the movies he was ostensibly introducing. A new disc celebrates Nazareth's elegant, evocative art. (05/05/2009)
Leopold Stokowski was famous for making and conducting his own orchestral transcriptions of other composers' music. Stokowski died in 1977, but on a new compact disc, his transcriptions live on. (03/10/2009)
Percy Grainger's compositions are mainstays of college and high school band concerts, but on this new release they're given loving treatment by a professional group intent on restoring Grainger's original sound and instrumentation. (01/27/2009)
Beethoven symphonies, a little-known concerto and wide-ranging American fare were among the stand-out discs of the past year. (12/30/2008)