Toccata Classics

Canada

Racing Canada to Tyranny

I imagine the majority of readers here at Crisis are from the great nation a couple hours south of my hometown. As a Canadian I grew up in a culture that was heavily influenced by all the good—and the bad—that comes from my southern neighbor, and I have great affection for the USA. But there [...]

Merry May Music

I was recently in "old Europe" for a conference on Islam and to promote my new book, The Closing of the Muslim Mind (alas, not a work about music). However, what's the point of being in old Europe without music? The very stones cry out for it. Therefore, I snuck in an opera in Vienna, [...]

Christmas Stocking

  All I want for Christmas is more CDs.   Let me qualify that request, as piles of unplayed material accumulate in my study, my family room, my bedroom, my briefcase, and my car. Defying the "death of classical music" predictions, there have been some 1,500 CD releases yearly -- and bargains abound. When I [...]

International Treasures

  Such has been the abundance of recent classical music releases that I was not able to get past the late 19th century in last month's review of the fall harvest. Let me try to pick up the threads. We will see how far into the 20th century we can get (don't be alarmed; it's [...]

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