Vienna Philharmonic's Summer Night Concert

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.

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Boston Symphony Orchestra plays Mozart

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.

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Alexander Melnikov plays Shostakovich

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.

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Marc Minkowski Conducts Haydn

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.

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Vivaldi: Gods, Emperors and Angels

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.

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Wagner Preludes, Overtures and Lieder

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.

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Alice Sara Ott Plays Liszt

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.

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Eric Whitacre: Choral Music

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.

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Vassily Primakov Plays Schubert and Mozart

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.


The Sound of Sibelius

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.

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Schumann: The Masterworks

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.

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New York Polyphony's Tudor City

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.

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Yo-Yo Ma: 30 Years Outside the Box

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.

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Yundi plays Chopin Nocturnes

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.

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Arvo Pärt: A Portrait

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.

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Two Views of Russian Romances

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.

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The Knights' New Worlds

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.

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Yuja Wang's Transformation

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.


Bryn Terfel's Bad Boys

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.


Jonas Kaufmann Sings Schubert

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.