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.
Saturday, June 19, 2010
Two new recordings from Russian pianist Vassily Primakov form this week’s Full Rotation: a collection of Schubert’s dances and impromptus and a set of four Mozart piano concertos.
Wednesday, June 09, 2010
Finland's Lahti Symphony Orchestra may lackname-brand cache, but it can certainly compete when it comes to countryman Jean Sibelius. The orchestra's colorful, idiomatic playing in "The Sound of Sibelius," is this week’s Full Rotation.
Saturday, June 05, 2010
Robert Schumann turns 200 on June 8, sharing a bicentenary year with another Romantic master, Frederic Chopin. This week's Full Rotation Album of the Week is "Schumann The Masterworks," a limited edition collection featuring classic performances of the composer's work.
Friday, May 28, 2010
The young, all-male vocal quartet New York Polyphony features a range of vocal music from the thirteenth to the seventeeth centuries, interspersed with a quartet of specially commissioned new pieces. Tudor City is this week's Full Rotation.
Saturday, May 22, 2010
This week's Full Rotation Album of the Week is Yo-Yo Ma: 30 Years Outside the Box. This 90-CD set (yes, 90) includes every single album the renowned cellist has recorded.
Saturday, May 15, 2010
The artist formerly known as Yundi Li adds his voice to the Chopin 200th birthday year with a stylish, chronological collection of Chopin’s 21 Nocturnes. It’s this week’s Full Rotation.
Saturday, May 08, 2010
In our culture of soundbytes and 24/7 media, the soulful, meditative music of Estonian composer Arvo Pärt offers a welcome reprieve. A new recording of his music by Montreal violinist Angèle Dubeau and La Pietà is this week’s Full Rotation.
Sunday, May 02, 2010
This week’s Full Rotation showcases two albums dedicated to the Russian Romance, In the Still of the Night and Pushkin Romances. Anna Netrebko, Daniel Barenboim, Dmitri Hvorostovsky and Ivari Ilja bring fresh attention to this under-explored genre.
Saturday, April 24, 2010
Copland, Dvorak and Ives mingle with recent works by Osvaldo Golijov and Gabriela Lena Frank in New Worlds, an appealing new recording by The Knights chamber orchestra. It’s this week’s Full Rotation Album of the Week.
Friday, April 16, 2010
The 23-year-old Chinese pianist Yuja Wang, who wowed New York audiences with her Carnegie Hall orchestral debut last October, has released her second recording, "Transformation." It's the subject of this week’s Full Rotation.
Friday, April 09, 2010
In this week's Full Rotation, the charismatic Welsh bass-baritone Bryn Terfel offers a collection of arias sung by some of the greatest villains from opera and musical theater.
Sunday, April 04, 2010
The Munich-born tenor Jonas Kaufmann brings to life Schubert's Die Schöne Müllerin, one of the great song cycles of the tenor repertoire.
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.
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.