Sunday, August 11, 2013
There's nothing especially novel about Bach on a Mandolin, but Chris Thile nonetheless dazzles on his new release. We feature it this week along with Leonidas Kavakos and the Ying Quartet.
Sunday, August 04, 2013
This week's featured albums include Mahler's First Symphony with its original Blumine movement; Mozart concertos downsized for a chamber group; and Schumann for brass.
Sunday, July 28, 2013
This week's featured albums include some entrepreneurial expansions of Grieg's violin sonatas; four-hand piano music by Beethoven, Schubert and Clementi; and Handel's masterful Concerti Grossi, Op. 6.
Sunday, July 21, 2013
Whatever troubles currently plague the record industry, both major labels and independents have provided a respectable assortment of new releases for the Wagner bicentenary. Here are a half-dozen to get you started.
Sunday, July 14, 2013
This week's new releases include the Berlin Philharmonic playing Stravinsky's Rite of Spring, violinist Rachel Podger taking on the "Bach Double," and Conrad Tao in an assortment of solo piano music.
Sunday, July 07, 2013
This week's featured releases include a survey of a bad-boy Elizabethan composer, and recordings from Neeme and Krystjan Järvi, who conduct music by Chabrier and Orff, respectively.
Sunday, June 30, 2013
The Tokyo Quartet plays Dvorak's "American" Quartet; American soprano Ailyn Pérez sings French songs; the Buffalo Philharmonic plays Gershwin and Garrick Ohlsson celebrates Griffes.
Sunday, June 23, 2013
This week's featured albums bring ardent Schumann by pianist Imogen Cooper, intense Brahms from the Swedish Chamber Orchestra, and a Renaissance sampler from Hamburger Ratsmusik.
Sunday, June 16, 2013
A collection of releases this week takes us through some unknown Rossini, a showcase of piano duets and a musical journey through southern regions.
Sunday, June 09, 2013
This week's featured albums traverse three centuries of orchestral music, from Telemann overtures to Mozart concertos, played by Angela Hewitt, to unique arrangements of Tchaikovsky's operas.
Sunday, June 02, 2013
Our newly-rebooted album spotlight features the Cremona String Quartet playing Beethoven, Christopher O'Riley doing Liszt and Giuliano Carmignola in Vivaldi.
Sunday, May 26, 2013
To some, they are Romantic trifles of the sort our grandparents loved. But for one concert pianist, they will always be cutting edge.
Sunday, May 05, 2013
The chart topping Benedictines of Mary have released “Angels and Saints,” featuring 17 pieces in English and Latin associated with the feasts of holy saints and angels.
Sunday, April 28, 2013
Lute virtuoso Hopkinson Smith is no purist when it comes to Bach. His latest recording is the second of two devoted to Bach’s six suites for solo cello, transcribed here for lute.
Sunday, April 21, 2013
Pianist Vassily Primakov confesses to “an emotional and a physical need to have this composer present in my life at all times”… “no matter what!” Find out why he's so passionate about Chopin.
Sunday, April 14, 2013
Rachel Barton Pine has assembled a collection of 25 lullabies, arranged for violin and piano, by a formidable range of composers, representing distinct approaches to getting babies to sleep.
Sunday, April 07, 2013
Tine Thing Helseth mixes standard trumpet repertoire with arrangements of Rachmaninoff, Falla and Kreisler on her new album. Read more and get a free download.
Sunday, March 31, 2013
The Cypress String Quartet takes its name from a series of lush miniatures that a twenty-something (and smitten) Antonin Dvorak dedicated to a much younger pupil.
Sunday, March 10, 2013
Daniel Hope has assembled a wide-ranging collection of compositions whose repetitions evoke the recurrent orbits of astral bodies.
Sunday, March 03, 2013
"Exiles' Café" focuses on the concept of music written in exile, expressed through short pieces by composers including Chopin, Milhaud, Bartok, Weill and Rachmaninoff.