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.
Thursday, December 20, 2012
In 2012 we've been pleased to spotlight new recordings in our Album of the Week feature. Here are the year's most popular albums according to web traffic on WQXR.org.
Sunday, December 16, 2012
Although dozens of fine recordings of Handel's beloved oratorio are available, a new version by Toronto's Tafelmusik has much to offer.
Saturday, December 08, 2012
The French ensemble Arsys Bourgogne presents a collection of six centuries of Christmas songs sung in French, English, German, Italian, Spanish, Portuguese and Latin.
Sunday, December 02, 2012
Given that guitar ensembles and Christmas music are two surefire sales drivers in classical music, it's a wonder what took Los Romeros so long to release a holiday album.
Sunday, October 28, 2012
The French pianist Alexandre Tharaud has compiled 20 pieces that were identified with the legendary venue Le Boeuf sur le Toit including numbers by Ravel, Milhaud, Gershwin, Kern, Porter and others.
Sunday, October 07, 2012
English pianist Paul Lewis embarks on a recording cycle of Schubert piano music, the latest installment of which showcases the intimate Moments Musicaux and the epic Sonata in A minor, D. 845.