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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
Saturday, August 14, 2010
In June, the Vienna Philharmonic presented its eighth annual al fresco concert at the Schönbrunn Palace, a former imperial residence known for its Baroque gardens. It features an unusual, celestial-themed program that's now out on CD and is this week’s Full Rotation.
Sunday, August 08, 2010
There’s no better way to experience Mozart's sheer inventiveness, wit and grace than to hear his symphonies collected in one place. The Boston Symphony Orchestra two-CD set of symphonies is this week’s Full Rotation.
Friday, July 30, 2010
Inspired by the Bach centenary in 1950 and composed in just under four months, Shostakovich’s 24 Preludes and Fugues have rarely been recorded complete because of their huge technical and interpretive challenges. Russian pianist Alexander Melnikov's interpretation is this week’s Full Rotation.
Saturday, July 24, 2010
Last year’s bicentennial of Haydn’s death produced a busy round of tribute concerts, some of which are turning up on recordings. They include this week's Full Rotation: Les Musiciens du Louvre-Grenoble's performance of the composer's twelve “London” symphonies at the Vienna Konzerthaus.
Sunday, July 18, 2010
Adrian Chandler and the English period-instrument ensemble La Serenissima bring a fresh batch of Vivaldi to our attention in Gods, Emperors and Angels. It’s this week’s Full Rotation.
Saturday, July 10, 2010
This week’s Full Rotation features performances by the Cleveland Orchestra of Richard Wagner's preludes and overtures, works of tremendous power, beauty and excitement.
Sunday, July 04, 2010
Few pianists have even recorded Liszt's complete etudes and hardly any would consider these “starter pieces” for a relatively young career. But Alice Sara Ott treads fearlessly into these pieces for her second album, WQXR's Full Rotation Album of the Week.
Saturday, June 26, 2010
Eric Whitacre is as close to a rock star as a composer of choral music will probably ever get. This week’s Full Rotation album selection offers some clues to Whitacre's popularity.