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.
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.