Sunday, June 10, 2012
The English violinist Rachel Podger and the Holland Baroque Society join forces in Vivaldi's "La Cetra," (The Lyre), the dozen flashy, harmonically spicy violin concertos that the composer prepared for Emperor Charles VI.
Monday, June 04, 2012
The encore is one of those concert conventions that inspires equal amounts of love and dread from audiences. But the Brodsky Quartet counts on the fact that string quartets need better encores.
Sunday, May 27, 2012
Bach’s six Brandenburg Concertos – those perennial Baroque crowd-pleasers beloved by both modern chamber ensembles and early-music groups – are getting a sequel.
Sunday, May 06, 2012
Piano virtuoso and fashionista Yuja Wang's "Fantasia" features her arrangement of The Sorcerer's Apprentice plus with 17 other pieces.
Sunday, April 29, 2012
The San Francisco Ballet Orchestra has a new recording that pairs Léo Delibes's Coppélia and Sylvia, shedding new light on these vivid and tuneful ballet scores.
Sunday, April 22, 2012
Alison Balsom already has a greatest-hits album under her belt. The 33-year-old English trumpeter performs arrangements by the likes of Bach, Debussy and Piazzolla, plus contemporary works and traditional numbers.
Sunday, April 15, 2012
The 19-year-old English pianist Benjamin Grosvenor artfully pairs the scherzos and nocturnes of Chopin with Ravel and a late gem by Liszt in this unusual collection.
Saturday, April 07, 2012
Poor Verdi never thought too highly of ballet music. He had to write this "silly music," forced by the Paris Opera requirement for a major ballet scene in every work. A new recording makes a new case for its merits.
Sunday, April 01, 2012
The New York chamber orchestra The Knights juxtaposes works by Schubert with those by Philip Glass, Morton Feldman and Erik Satie. Discover more and get a free download of Satie's Gymnopédie No. 2.
Saturday, March 24, 2012
Bummed you missed Bach's birthday last Wednesday? Listen to our new Album of the Week, in which violinist Anne Akiko Meyers plays both solo parts on Bach's Double Concerto, one on each of her two prized Strads.
Sunday, March 18, 2012
Baroque orchestra Tafelmusik has released a CD and DVD set of their multimedia show that celebrates Galileo Galilei’s inventions through music, space images and narration. Get a free download.
Friday, March 09, 2012
24-year-old Norwegian trumpeter explores her instrument's expressive, melodic potential with “Storyteller,” a collection of songs about love and loss.
Sunday, February 19, 2012
Handel or Vivaldi indicates that the stuffed shirts have arrived, Beethoven's “Ode to Joy” announces that Armageddon may be just around the corner and Wagner is a sure sign that big trouble's brewing.
Saturday, February 11, 2012
After recordings of Romantic blockbusters and modern works, violinist Nicola Benedetti shifts gears for her latest album, a collection of Baroque concertos and chamber pieces by Vivaldi, Tartini and Veracini.
Saturday, February 04, 2012
Brooklyn pianist Simone Dinnerstein returns to a specialty for her latest album: the music of J.S. Bach. Also featured are Schubert's Four Impromptus, Op. 90.
Sunday, January 29, 2012
The Canadian Brass ushers in its 42nd year of performing with "Takes Flight," its first album featuring a retooled lineup. Listen to Jeff Spurgeon's interview and get a free download.
Sunday, January 15, 2012
Many would consider Fritz Kriesler to be the greatest violinist of the 20th Century. With his immediately recognizable honey tone, the Viennese stylist played with an unparalleled charm and sensuality.
Sunday, January 08, 2012
In three significant French sonatas the violinist and pianist deliver performances of great elegance, poise and virtuosity.
Sunday, January 01, 2012
The Italian period ensemble Accademia Bizantina presents 19 instrumental movements from Bach’s cantatas, many of which contained themes that were recycled from elsewhere.
Saturday, December 17, 2011
In the world of classical music, John Rutter is Mr. Christmas: the most celebrated and commercially successful carol composer alive. A new collection features many of his arrangements.