A Whole New Holiday Playlist for 2017

3 new CDs to break out of a December listening rut   Over nearly three decades of reviewing, I feel like I have almost heard it all when it comes to Christmas fare: more Messiahs, more Nutcrackers, and endless re-packagings of the tried-and-true…not to mention the better-off-left-alone. Ah, but things brightened considerably this year, when… Continue reading A Whole New Holiday Playlist for 2017

Spread Wings…Soar…Repeat.

Cellist Laura Metcalf’s debut solo CD impresses on several levels The old saw “safety in numbers” is as true in the classical music world as anywhere. Even the most dazzling track record of success in ensembles is no guarantee of capturing audiences when one makes that initial launch into the crowded world of solo artist.… Continue reading Spread Wings…Soar…Repeat.