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Richard S. Ginell

Richard S. Ginell writes regularly about music for the Los Angeles Times, Musical America.com, Classical Voice North America, and American Record Guide.  He has also contributed to Gramophone and The Strad, among many other publications. In another lifetime, he was chief music critic of the Los Angeles Daily News.

Articles by this Author

Recording Review
January 18, 2021

Dawn Upshaw, Gilbert Kalish, and Sō Percussion record Shaw’s Americana-steeped song cycle.

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Recording Review
January 11, 2021

The composer’s latest dramatic oratorio portrays the story of Jesus from a Jewish perspective.

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Recording Review
January 11, 2021

Five works by VOSV’s Cyril Deaconoff inspired by Stockhausen augment this rare recording of the bare-bones choral work.

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Recording Review
January 4, 2021

Rising melds new performances with 15 years of archived material from the lauded Philadelphia choir.

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Recording Review
December 19, 2020

Is the pianist’s latest recording the end of an era?

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Recording Review
December 12, 2020

The flamboyant pianist reveals remarkable consistency in Bach-to-Bach recordings of the keyboard masterwork.

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Recording Review
December 7, 2020

The composer’s folk-tinged tone poems shine on a new disc of BBC Symphony Orchestra performances.

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Recording Review
November 30, 2020

Daniil Trifonov’s latest album celebrates keyboard works by Scriabin, Stravinsky, and Prokofiev.

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Recording Review
November 23, 2020

Vladimir Jurowski and the London Philharmonic offer the composer’s underappreciated Symphony No. 11.

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Recording Review
November 16, 2020

A 1984 recording of Rainbow Family captures a landmark performance event pairing “live” musicians with microcomputers.

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Recording Review
November 9, 2020

The JACK Quartet roams the sonic outback on two meditative quartets from the Alaskan composer.

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Streaming Review
November 3, 2020

The saxophonist/composer’s jazzy soundscape for the Michelle Obama documentary gets a full-blooded rendition that benefits from the orchestral treatment.

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Recording Review
October 26, 2020

Gavin Bryars’s haunting tone poem about the last moments of the doomed ship gets a fresh interpretation by this up-and-coming ensemble.

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Streaming Review
October 19, 2020

In a time of bold political statements, the latest episodes of SOUND/STAGE fit the moment, as well as providing musical relief.

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Recording Review
October 12, 2020

Conductor Leon Botstein and The Orchestra Now shine on a Dimitri Mitropoulos rarity.

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Recording Review
September 25, 2020

Shulamit Ran, Jennifer Higdon, and Ellen Taaffe Zwilich are featured on Contemporary Voices.

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Recording Review
September 15, 2020

The Nashville Symphony, under Music Director Giancarlo Guerrero, premieres several late Rouse works in strong performances.

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Recording Review
September 5, 2020

New recordings offer contrasting takes on Edward Elgar’s only song cycle, but the real treats are the other Elgar works on each disc.

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Recording Review
August 31, 2020

A heartbreaking oratorio transcends personal pain to offer universal succor in challenging times.

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Feature Article
July 27, 2020

The box set documents the conductor’s 16 years with the orchestra and the transformations he inaugurated.

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