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.
Sunday, July 07, 2013
This week's featured releases include a survey of a bad-boy Elizabethan composer, and recordings from Neeme and Krystjan Järvi, who conduct music by Chabrier and Orff, respectively.
Sunday, June 30, 2013
The Tokyo Quartet plays Dvorak's "American" Quartet; American soprano Ailyn Pérez sings French songs; the Buffalo Philharmonic plays Gershwin and Garrick Ohlsson celebrates Griffes.
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.