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.
Sunday, February 10, 2013
Violinist Nicola Benedetti plays works by Korngold, Shostakovich and John Williams.
Sunday, February 03, 2013
Following up on her last collection of Simon & Garfunkel arrangements, Canadian harpist Valérie Milot turns to solo works by Satie, Debussy, Liszt, Albeniz and more recent 20th century composers.
Sunday, January 27, 2013
While never the flashiest pianist around, Emanuel Ax is firmly in his element on his latest recording, featuring sets of variations by Haydn, Beethoven, Schumann and Copland.
Sunday, January 20, 2013
As violinist James Ehnes and pianist Andrew Armstrong demonstrate on this new recording, Bartók fashioned some vibrant and colorful arrangements from his folk journeys.
Sunday, January 13, 2013
Australian-born Percy Grainger was one of the prime eccentrics of music history. A new recording features a well-programmed sampling of pieces for piano duo.
Sunday, January 06, 2013
With awards season heating up, our Album of the Week is an enjoyable collection of classic film themes, by composers such as Shostakovich, Piazzolla, Rota, Herrmann and Morricone, all arranged for cello and piano.
Tuesday, January 01, 2013
Before 2013’s anniversary celebrations of Wagner, Verdi and Britten get underway, we consider one Debussy recording that nearly slipped under our radar this past year.