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.

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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.

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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.

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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.


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."

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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 ...


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.

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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.

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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.

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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.


New Releases Featuring Fibich, Corelli and Piers Lane

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.

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New Releases from Joyce DiDonato, Angela Hewitt and Wendy Warner

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.


New Releases Featuring Mendelssohn, Cimarosa, Poulenc & Piaf

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.


New Releases of Gregorian Chant, Bach Concertos and Bizet

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.


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.


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.


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.


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.