Friday, April 18, 2014
William Shakespeare’s 450th birthday, which falls on Wednesday, provides an opportunity to spotlight some lesser-known repertoire that has been inspired by the Bard of Avon.
Sunday, April 13, 2014
This week's featured albums celebrate the Easter and Passover season. Two Bach releases are on tap (the St. Matthew Passion and the Easter Oratorio).
Sunday, April 06, 2014
This week's featured albums include one of Claudio Abbado's final performances, some effervescent French wind quintets and a zesty collection of folk arrangements for string quartet.
Saturday, March 29, 2014
This week's featured releases include two Canadian recordings -- featuring the violinist Angèle Dubeau and the harpist Valérie Milot -- plus some rich Russian chamber music. Read more and get a free download.
Sunday, March 23, 2014
This week's new releases include violinist Julia Fischer playing the music of Sarasate and guitarist Xuefei Yang offering Albeniz, Tarrega and Rodrigo. Plus, Brahms from Vladimir Jurowski and the LPO.
Sunday, March 16, 2014
After having neglected Beethoven in his younger years, Leif Ove Andsnes is making up for lost time. The latest installment of his concerto cycle is among our albums of the week.
Sunday, March 09, 2014
Tafelmusik presents its multimedia "House of Dreams" project, Rudolf Buchbinder plays Schubert and the Warsaw Philharmonic introduces us to Stanislaw Moniuszko.
Sunday, March 02, 2014
As C.P.E. Bach's 300th birth anniversary approaches, our featured albums focus on his music and that of his famous dad, J.S. Bach. Plus, some Mozart arrangements for piano duo.
Sunday, February 09, 2014
Tchaikovsky – a composer of choice at the 2014 Winter Olympics – leads off our Albums of the Week. Plus: Alexandre Tharaud's encore collection and some Lent-themed chant.
Sunday, February 02, 2014
This week's featured albums include Simone Dinnerstein's latest Bach survey, Avi Avital's chameleon-like mandolin and excerpts from Paris Opéra's 2013 Ring. Get a free download.
Sunday, January 26, 2014
This week's featured albums provide a mid-winter soundtrack. Read more and get a free download.
Sunday, January 19, 2014
The Grammy Awards are given out next Sunday, Jan. 26, with eight classical-related prizes. To get you primed, here recordings by nine standout nominees. Read more and get a free download.
Sunday, January 12, 2014
This week, we feature a some of Ravel's glittering orchestral works, the pianist Rafał Blechacz playing Chopin, and music by Bach contemporary Christoph Graupner.
Sunday, January 05, 2014
We kick off the New Year with three very distinct releases, including Handel's oratorio Belshazzar, James Levine's Met Orchestra comeback gig. Read more and get a free download.
Sunday, December 15, 2013
The Boston-based Handel & Haydn Society explores the history of Christmas music in the U.S.
Sunday, December 08, 2013
On their latest holiday album, the Canadian Brass cover Vince Guaraldi’s jazzy soundtrack to “A Charlie Brown Christmas" as well as music from "Frosty," Rudolph" and Dr. Seuss's "Grinch."
Monday, December 02, 2013
Bell’s latest venture is "Musical Gifts From Joshua Bell and Friends,” which features an eclectic mix of names from all over the spectrum including Kristin Chenoweth, Renée Fleming and Plácido Domingo.
Sunday, October 13, 2013
This week's new releases include Gustavo Dudamel's Berlin Philharmonic debut recording, opera transcriptions from Philippe Quint and pianist Lily Maisky, and rarities by Baroque composer Agostino Steffani.
Sunday, October 06, 2013
While you won't find many new full opera recordings in this Verdi 200th anniversary year – the costs are far too prohibitive – record companies are dolling out compilations from some of their biggest stars.
Thursday, September 26, 2013
This week's featured releases include the Philadelphia Orchestra playing Stravinsky, the Handel and Haydn Society playing its namesake and Chloë Hanslip and Danny Driver uncovering the work of York Bowen.