Zesty Folk Music, Beethoven Quartets and Pablo Heras-Casado

Friday, August 16, 2013

This week's featured releases include Andrew Rangell playing the folk-inspired works of Bartok, Janacek and Kodaly; Pablo Heras-Casado conducting Schubert; and the Hagen Quartet in Beethoven.

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New Releases by Chris Thile, the Ying Quartet, Leonidas Kavakos

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.

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New Releases featuring Mahler, Mozart and the Canadian Brass

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.

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New Releases of Grieg, Handel and 'Piano Titans'

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.

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A Sampling of Noteworthy Wagner Recordings for 2013

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.

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New Releases by Rachel Podger, Conrad Tao and the Berlin Philharmonic

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.

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New Releases from the Järvi Family, Plus Plenty of Bull

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.

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New Releases by the Tokyo Quartet, Ailyn Pérez & Garrick Ohlsson

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.

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New Releases Featuring Brahms, Dowland and Schumann

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.

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New Releases featuring Rossini, Piano Duets and 'The South'

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.

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New Releases of Telemann, Mozart and Tchaikovsky

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.

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New Releases by Giuliano Carmignola, Christopher O'Riley & the Cremona Quartet

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.

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Jeffrey Biegel's 'Grand Romance' has Old-School Charms

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.

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Benedictine Nuns from Missouri Keep Ancient Hymns and Chants Alive

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.

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Hopkinson Smith Strums Bach Cello Suites on Lute

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.

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Vassily Primakov Makes a Passionate Case for Chopin

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.

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Lullabies in the Key of Violin, from Rachel Barton Pine

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.

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Tine Thing Helseth Recital Shows Her Range in Recital Album

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.

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Cypress Quartet Captures the Ever-So-Moody Dvorak

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.

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Violinist Daniel Hope Explores Celestial Harmony with 'Spheres'

Sunday, March 10, 2013

Daniel Hope has assembled a wide-ranging collection of compositions whose repetitions evoke the recurrent orbits of astral bodies.

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