Saturday, February 19, 2011
Albrecht Mayer is a rarity: an oboe soloist with a major-label recording contract. Our Album of the Week shows just why he's in such demand, a collection of popular melodies from the French repertoire, with a world premiere for good measure. Read more and get a free download.
Friday, February 11, 2011
On "Night and Dreams" Canadian soprano Measha Brueggergosman presents 21 varied ruminations on night from the 19th and early 20th centuries, with a bit of Mozart for good measure. It’s our Album of the Week.
Sunday, February 06, 2011
Once dubbed the "queen of the download" for the unlikely online popularity of her recording of Vivaldi's Four Seasons, Janine Jansen is back with a recital collection. Focusing on pieces by Ravel, Debussy, Messiaen and Fauré, it's our Album of the Week.
Friday, January 28, 2011
Gender-bending has long been a staple in pop culture and fashion. On “Diva, Divo,” mezzo-soprano Joyce DiDonato shows its prevalence on the opera stage. Check out our Album of the Week and get a free download.
Sunday, January 23, 2011
Julia Fischer, an accomplished violinist who has also played the piano since childhood, tackles the complete violin concertos of Mozart. Fischer's four-disc set is our Album of the Week. Get a free download.
Friday, January 14, 2011
With our Album of the Week, pianist Marc-André Hamelin has composed a collection of 12 Études in all the minor keys that pushes the outer limits of virtuosity. Get a free download and tell us what you think.
Sunday, January 09, 2011
Pianist Simone Dinnerstein has a fascination with the unexpected and mysterious qualities in Bach's music. This collection of Chorale Preludes, Keyboard Concertos and an English Suite is our Album of the Week.
Saturday, January 01, 2011
The latest recording by Venezuelan pianist Gabriela Montero features inspired performances of 26 short, luminous works by seven Latin American composers as well as her own unique improvisations. It’s our Album of the Week.
Saturday, December 18, 2010
In an album of intimate sacred classics, the chief gifts of Peruvian tenor Juan Diego Flórez are all on display: sweet, ringing top notes and an suave, elegant virtuosity. Santo is our Album of the Week. Listen and get a free download.
Sunday, December 12, 2010
Bass-baritone Bryn Terfel can excel in everything from Wagner to Welsh folk songs. On his latest album, he shows why he's a sensitive interpreter of Yuletide favorites. Get a free download and tell us what you think.
Sunday, December 05, 2010
Should Christmas carols be dressed up in grand, festive arrangements? Or are they best simple and unadorned? For the latter approach, listen to our Album of the Week, a collection of English carols and early American songs sung by Anonymous 4.
Thursday, November 25, 2010
This week, we look ahead to the the new crop of holiday releases, starting with our Album of the Week, featuring the London Brass. With 19 arrangements of carols and seasonal selections, it delivers a festive prelude to the holiday season.
Friday, November 19, 2010
Oboist Alex Klein was struck at the height of his career by focal dystonia, a neurological affliction that impacted his left hand. Despite his struggle, he's remained a prominent name in the oboe world, as our Album of the Week demonstrates.
Saturday, November 13, 2010
New recordings by flutist Robert Langevin and saxophonist Theodore Kerkezos show how their respective instruments were favored by French composers during the late 19th and early 20th centuries. Weigh in and get a free download.
Saturday, November 06, 2010
Alison Balsom is blonde, slim and stylish. But it's her performances of Italian Baroque concertos that make her an artist worth listening to. Check out her Album of the Week and get a free download.
Thursday, October 28, 2010
The clarinet may forever be the mellow, melancholic instrument of Mozart and Brahms but a new recording featuring soloist Jon Manasse shows why it's just as adept at strutting its jazzier side. It's our Album of the Week.
Saturday, October 23, 2010
The discussion continues on Sospiri, Cecilia Bartoli's collection of operatic scenes and arias extending from Handel to Fauré. Listen to an excerpt from our Album of the Week and tell us what you think.
Saturday, October 16, 2010
Our Album of the Week features the Latvian mezzo-soprano Elīna Garanča, best known for her recent Metropolitan Opera appearances as Carmen. Read more about "Habanera," which features a variety of gypsy roles from opera, operetta and song.
Thursday, October 07, 2010
Conductor René Jacobs uses scholarship, imagination and period instruments for Mozart's last opera. But is his approach too unconventional? Listen to our Album of the Week, get a free download, and tell us what you think.
Friday, October 01, 2010
The young tenor Vittorio Grigolo is being touted as the next Pavarotti. But is he ready to take the mantle? Listen to our Album of the Week, get a free download, and tell us what you think.