Simone Dinnerstein's "A Strange Beauty"

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.

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Gabriela Montero's Solatino

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.

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Juan Diego Flórez's Santo

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.


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Bryn Terfel's Carols and Christmas Songs

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.

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Anonymous 4's The Cherry Tree

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.

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Christmas With London Brass

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.

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Alex Klein: Vivaldi Oboe Concertos

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.

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Solo Works for Flute and Saxophone

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.

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Alison Balsom's Italian Concertos

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.

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Jon Manasse: American Music for Clarinet & Piano

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.

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Cecilia Bartoli's Sospiri

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.

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Elīna Garanča's Habanera

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.

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René Jacobs: The Magic Flute

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.

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Vittorio Grigolo's The Italian Tenor

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.

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Gidon Kremer's De Profundis

Friday, September 24, 2010

Environmental disaster, political repression, and the Psalm 130 are inspiration for a new album by Latvian violinist Gidon Kremer. "De Profundis," featuring works from Schubert to Pärt, is this week’s Full Rotation.

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Two Views on Paganini

Thursday, September 16, 2010

New recordings offer two different approaches to Paganini’s fiendishly difficult Caprices  – one by the young German violinist Julia Fischer, and the other by the New York violnist Philippe Quint. This week’s Full Rotation presents both versions, side by side.

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Anne Akiko Meyers: Seasons...dreams

Friday, September 10, 2010

This week's Full Rotation highlights "Seasons…dreams," violinist Anne Akiko Meyers's new collection of seasonal and dream-related pieces by Debussy, Faure, Wagner, Gershwin and others. To whet your appetite, WQXR offers a free download.

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Monica Huggett: Flights of Fantasy

Friday, September 03, 2010

Italian Baroque instrumental music is much more than Vivaldi’s Four Seasons. This week’s Full Rotation is "Flights of Fantasy," a new collection of chamber music that captures the remarkable diversity and sometimes outlandish color of this era in music. 

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Lang Lang: Live in Vienna

Saturday, August 28, 2010

It’s impossible to remain indifferent to the phenomenal Chinese pianist Lang Lang. Live in Vienna, the subject of this week's Full Rotation, may do little to quell the detractors, but it also shows a performer who takes command of the music and puts his own indelible stamp on it.

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Alondra de la Parra's "My Mexican Soul"

Saturday, August 21, 2010

Now an internationally recognized ensemble of young professionals, the Philharmonic Orchestra of the Americas makes its recording debut with “Mi Alma Mexicana (My Mexican Soul)." WQXR offers a free download from the album, this week's Full Rotation.

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