Chopin: The Essentials

Friday, March 26, 2010

With the 200th anniversary of the birth of Chopin, record companies are mining their catalogues to pay homage to the Polish poet of the piano. This week's Full Rotation "Chopin: The Essentials" draws together some of Harmonia Mundi's finest piano performances.

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Daniel Hope's Air: A Baroque Journey

Friday, March 19, 2010

In this week's Full Rotation, British violinist Daniel Hope sets out to present the many diverse strands of Baroque music.

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Gerald Finley sings Baritone Arias

Saturday, March 13, 2010

Gerald Finley presents a collection of great baritone arias in English in this week’s Full Rotation Album of the Week. Finley includes a large cross-section of characters ranging from the good-hearted Hans Sachs of Wagner’s Meistersinger von Nürnberg to villains like Iago in Verdi’s Otello.

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Albrecht Mayer's Voices of Bach

Saturday, March 06, 2010

The world's leading oboist plays the great vocal melodies of J.S. Bach on this week's Full Rotation.

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Argerich Plays Chopin

Sunday, February 28, 2010

Our Full Rotation this week marks the 200th birthday of Chopin with a collection of previously unreleased radio recordings from 1959 and 1967 by pianist Martha Argerich. At the center of this collection are eight mazurkas, among the most difficult of Chopin’s works because of their subtlety.

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Rachmaninoff Plays Rachmaninoff

Saturday, February 20, 2010

A deceased piano virtuoso plays again in this week's Full Rotation. The idea of hearing Serge Rachmaninoff perform live, nearly 70 years after the composer and pianist died, is certainly intriguing.

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Hilary Hahn's Violin and Voice

Saturday, February 13, 2010

In this week's Full Rotation, J.S. Bach's vocal music gets a fresh spin from Hilary Hahn. The violinist teams up with two of today's top Baroque singers in a program of arias and duets.

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Natalie Dessay's Mad Scenes

Saturday, February 06, 2010

With Valentine's Day around the corner, what better way to pay tribute to the limits of relationship sanity than Natalie Dessay's collection of Mad Scenes. It's this week's Full Rotation.

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Andrew Rangell plays Haydn Sonatas

Thursday, January 28, 2010

On this week’s Full Rotation: Album of the Week Andrew Rangell performas probing interpretations of four of Haydn’s distinctive piano sonatas.

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Carols by Candlelight

Friday, December 18, 2009

This week's Full Rotation: Album of the Week offers a unique collection of 23 hymns and carols sung by the the men and boys of The Choir of Magdalen College, Oxford.

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Anonymous 4: Four Centuries of Chant

Sunday, December 13, 2009

In this week's Full Rotation: Album of the Week, the medieval soul sisters Anonymous 4 travel through Four Centuries of Chant.

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Mark Padmore: Schubert's Winterreise

Saturday, December 05, 2009

Tenor Mark Padmore takes on history's greatest--and arguably most difficult--song cycle in this week's Full Rotation: Album of the Week.

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Bryn Terfel: Scarborough Fair: Songs from the British Isles

Friday, November 27, 2009

Welsh opera star Bryn Terfel sings 17 songs from England, Ireland, Scotland and Wales--including modern standards and more traditional offerings--on this week’s Full Rotation: Album of the Week.

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Danielle De Niese: The Mozart Album

Sunday, November 15, 2009

This week’s Full Rotation: Album of the Week features rising young soprano Danielle De Niese in a diverse collection of Mozart concert pieces and opera arias.

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Joshua Bell: At Home With Friends

Saturday, November 07, 2009

This week's Full Rotation Album of the Week finds violinist Joshua Bell inspired by eclectic soirees he hosts in his Manhattan home on a collaborative CD featuring pop stars as well as classical artists.

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Shaham Plays de Sarasate

Thursday, October 29, 2009

Although Gil Shaham built his reputation on warhorses like the Tchaikovsky and Brahms Concertos, this week's Full Rotation Album of the Week showcases the violinist's more flamboyant side.

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Thomas Hampson's Wondrous Free

Tuesday, October 20, 2009

Thomas Hampson's new recording Wondrous Free is the Full Rotation Album of the Week. It includes over 30 American songs by composers from Charles Ives to Leonard Bernstein. Tune in all week to hear portions of the album.

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