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.
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.
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.
Sunday, December 15, 2013
The Boston-based Handel & Haydn Society explores the history of Christmas music in the U.S.
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."
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
Sunday, September 15, 2013
This week: a neglected Czech nationalist composer, the brilliant violin sonatas of Corelli and a collection of encores played by pianist Piers Lane.
Sunday, September 08, 2013
This week's featured albums include a crowd-sourced greatest-hits collection from Joyce DiDonato, Fauré from pianist Angela Hewitt, and Haydn and Myslivecek, played by cellist Wendy Warner.
Sunday, September 01, 2013
This week's featured releases include a new set of Francis Poulenc and Edith Piaf songs; the Ebène Quartet playing Felix and Fanny Mendelssohn; and a collection of Cimarosa overtures.
Sunday, August 25, 2013
Seraphic Fire takes on chant, pianist Anastasia Injushina records popular Bach concertos, and the San Francisco Ballet Orchestra visits various works by Georges Bizet.
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.
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.