Channeling the Spirit of Shakespeare in Songs and Overtures

Sunday, April 19, 2015

We're celebrating William Shakespeare's 451st birthday, observed this Thursday, with featured albums spanning Elizabethan lute songs and a selection of light comedy overtures.

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Featured Releases: Doric Quartet, Janacek Orchestral Works, Christoph Denoth

Sunday, April 12, 2015

This week, we look back to three releases that came out in late 2014 and deserve a second look. 

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New Reases: A Billie Holiday Songbook, French Baroque Suites and Fischer's Brahms

Sunday, April 05, 2015

Pianist Lara Downes pays homage to Billie Holiday, Ivan Fischer delivers bracing Brahms and Tempesta di Mare present French Baroque theater music.

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New Releases: Simone Dinnerstein, Philharmonia Baroque, Rachel Podger

Sunday, March 29, 2015

Brooklyn pianist Simone Dinnerstein stretches out, violinist Rachel Podger offers a Vivaldi dozen, and the Philharmonia Baroque celebrate Haydn's wit.

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New Releases: Fabio Luisi's Wagner, Benedictines of Mary, Albrecht Mayer

Sunday, March 22, 2015

Wagner overtures, Easter-theme hymns and four revived oboe concertos are this week's featured albums.

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New Releases: 'Celtic Reflections,' a Spring Symphony, Goldberg Variations Orchestrated

Sunday, March 15, 2015

This week's featured albums pay a nod to St. Patrick's Day, the beginning of spring and the music of J.S. Bach. 

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New Releases: Nelson Freire, Avi Avital and Philharmonic Soloists

Monday, March 09, 2015

New York Philharmonic string players explore standards; Nelson Freire essays Chopin; and mandolinist Avi Avital plays Vivaldi.

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New Releases: Jan Vogler, Shai Wosner, Voces8

Sunday, February 15, 2015

This week's featured albums include Italian Baroque concertos, Schubert for piano and an English a cappella group.

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New Releases: Chicago Symphony, Horszowski Trio, Baroque Band

Sunday, February 08, 2015

This week's featured albums include French piano trios, Prokofiev conducted by Riccardo Muti, and a lesser-known English Baroque composer.

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10 Grammy Nominated Recordings to Watch For

Monday, February 02, 2015

In the run-up to the Grammy Awards ceremony this Sunday, we’re featuring a number of Grammy-nominated recordings. Here are 10 to listen for.

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New Mozart Recordings Spotlight the Violin, Flute and the Requiem

Sunday, January 25, 2015

Mozart would have turned 259 this past Tuesday. With that in mind, here are three recordings to help you celebrate, featuring the Requiem, violin concertos and flute pieces.

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New Releases: Jordi Savall, Antonio Pappano, Anderson & Roe Duo

Sunday, January 18, 2015

This week's featured albums a collection of Rossini Overtures, Spanish medieval music by Jordi Savall, and Bach arrangements played by the Anderson & Roe Piano Duo.

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New Releases Highlight French Elegance and Whimsy

Sunday, January 11, 2015

This week's featured albums include Renaud Capuçon, Alexandre Tharaud and the Cincinnati Symphony playing Saint-Saëns's "The Carnival of the Animals."

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New Releases: Enso Quartet, London Symphony, Joel Fan

Sunday, January 04, 2015

With the WQXR Classical Countdown of favorites behind us, we're starting the New Year afresh with some overlooked and neglected pieces that aren't so well known.

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Christmas 2014: The Season of the Choral Album

Sunday, December 21, 2014

Some years bring an influx of Christmas recordings from chamber groups, orchestras, or opera divas. The year 2014 has been a strong one for holiday releases by choral groups.

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New Releases: Schubert's 'Winter's Journey' and Brassy Carols

Saturday, December 13, 2014

This week, we're highlighting the cheerful and bleak sides of winter, in new recordings featuring Matthias Georne and the London Brass.

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Handel's Messiah Gets a French Twist

Friday, December 05, 2014

Le Concert d'Astrée delivers the standout recording in this year's crop of Messiah releases. Read more and get a free download.

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Cambridge Choir Offers Grand Survey of Christmas Carols

Monday, December 01, 2014

At a time of year when holiday records veer towards the familiar, the Choir of Clare College, Cambridge serves up a mix of rarities and classical carols on their new release.

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Lisa Batiashvili: 'Bach is all About Communication'

Sunday, November 02, 2014

Throughout Bachstock, hear notable new Bach recordings, starting with the latest by Lisa Batiashvili, Angela Hewitt and the Academy of Ancient Music.

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Featured Albums: Bohemian Gems and Matthias Goerne's Schubert

Sunday, October 12, 2014

This week, we're getting in a Czech spirit, spotlighting recent recordings of Dvorak and Dussek. Plus, we sample the most recent installment of Matthias Goerne's Schubert cycle.

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