New Releases: Seasonal Bach and Rare Russian Miniatures

Sunday, April 13, 2014

This week's featured albums celebrate the Easter and Passover season. Two Bach releases are on tap (the St. Matthew Passion and the Easter Oratorio).

Comments [11]

Claudio Abbado's Valedictory Recording with Martha Argerich

Sunday, April 06, 2014

This week's featured albums include one of Claudio Abbado's final performances, some effervescent French wind quintets and a zesty collection of folk arrangements for string quartet.

Comment

New Releases: Soothing Canadians and Red-Hot Russian Trios

Saturday, March 29, 2014

This week's featured releases include two Canadian recordings -- featuring the violinist Angèle Dubeau and the harpist Valérie Milot -- plus some rich Russian chamber music. Read more and get a free download.

Comments [1]

New Releases by Julia Fischer, London Philharmonic and Xuefei Yang

Sunday, March 23, 2014

This week's new releases include violinist Julia Fischer playing the music of Sarasate and guitarist Xuefei Yang offering Albeniz, Tarrega and Rodrigo. Plus, Brahms from Vladimir Jurowski and the LPO.

Comment

New Releases: Beethoven Concertos, Bach's Brandenburgs, Rossini Overtures

Sunday, March 16, 2014

After having neglected Beethoven in his younger years, Leif Ove Andsnes is making up for lost time. The latest installment of his concerto cycle is among our albums of the week.

Comment

New Releases: Tafelmusik's 'Dreams,' Buchbinder's Schubert, Rarities by Moniuszko

Sunday, March 09, 2014

Tafelmusik presents its multimedia "House of Dreams" project, Rudolf Buchbinder plays Schubert and the Warsaw Philharmonic introduces us to Stanislaw Moniuszko.

Comments [2]

New Releases Highlight Family Affairs with Bach and Mozart

Sunday, March 02, 2014

As C.P.E. Bach's 300th birth anniversary approaches, our featured albums focus on his music and that of his famous dad, J.S. Bach. Plus, some Mozart arrangements for piano duo.

Comments [2]

New Releases: Tchaikovsky's 'Pathetique,' Piano Encores and Benedictine Nuns

Sunday, February 09, 2014

Tchaikovsky – a composer of choice at the 2014 Winter Olympics – leads off our Albums of the Week. Plus: Alexandre Tharaud's encore collection and some Lent-themed chant.

Comment

New Releases: Simone Dinnerstein, Avi Avital, Paris Opéra

Sunday, February 02, 2014

This week's featured albums include Simone Dinnerstein's latest Bach survey, Avi Avital's chameleon-like mandolin and excerpts from Paris Opéra's 2013 Ring. Get a free download.

Comments [1]

New Releases by Jason Vieaux, Alisa Weilerstein and Christoph Prégardien

Sunday, January 26, 2014

This week's featured albums provide a mid-winter soundtrack. Read more and get a free download.

Comments [1]

Sampling the Grammy-Nominated Classical Releases

Sunday, January 19, 2014

The Grammy Awards are given out next Sunday, Jan. 26, with eight classical-related prizes. To get you primed, here recordings by nine standout nominees. Read more and get a free download.

Comments [5]

New Releases: Ravel Orchestral Music, Chopin and Graupner

Sunday, January 12, 2014

This week, we feature a some of Ravel's glittering orchestral works, the pianist Rafał Blechacz playing Chopin, and music by Bach contemporary Christoph Graupner.

Comments [1]

New Releases: Handel's Belshazzar, James Levine's Comeback and More

Sunday, January 05, 2014

We kick off the New Year with three very distinct releases, including Handel's oratorio Belshazzar, James Levine's Met Orchestra comeback gig. Read more and get a free download.

Comments [8]

Handel & Haydn Society Excels in Choral Christmas Music

Sunday, December 15, 2013

The Boston-based Handel & Haydn Society explores the history of Christmas music in the U.S.

Comment

Canadian Brass Salute TV Holiday Specials in 'Christmas Time is Here'

Sunday, December 08, 2013

On their latest holiday album, the Canadian Brass cover Vince Guaraldi’s jazzy soundtrack to “A Charlie Brown Christmas" as well as music from "Frosty," Rudolph" and Dr. Seuss's "Grinch."

Comments [1]

Joshua Bell Rounds Up All-Star Lineup for ‘Musical Gifts’

Monday, December 02, 2013

Bell’s latest venture is "Musical Gifts From Joshua Bell and Friends,” which features an eclectic mix of names from all over the spectrum including Kristin Chenoweth, Renée Fleming and Plácido Domingo.

Comment

New Releases by Gustavo Dudamel, Philippe Quint and I Barocchisti

Sunday, October 13, 2013

This week's new releases include Gustavo Dudamel's Berlin Philharmonic debut recording, opera transcriptions from Philippe Quint and pianist Lily Maisky, and rarities by Baroque composer Agostino Steffani.

Comments [4]

Verdi Bicentennial Recordings Go For Starpower

Sunday, October 06, 2013

While you won't find many new full opera recordings in this Verdi 200th anniversary year – the costs are far too prohibitive – record companies are dolling out compilations from some of their biggest stars.

Comments [1]

New Releases from the Philadelphia Orchestra, H&H and Chloë Hanslip

Thursday, September 26, 2013

This week's featured releases include the Philadelphia Orchestra playing Stravinsky, the Handel and Haydn Society playing its namesake and Chloë Hanslip and Danny Driver uncovering the work of York Bowen.

Comments [1]

New Releases of Elgar, Monteverdi and Fritz

Sunday, September 22, 2013

This week's new releases include Renaissance works by the New York vocal ensemble Tenet, the mighty Elgar Cello Concerto played by Jean-Guihen Queyras, and the works of Gaspard Fritz.

Comment