Pianist Lara Downes Finds Links Among Exile Composers

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.


Nicola Benedetti Goes Hollywood with 'The Silver Violin'

Sunday, February 10, 2013

Violinist Nicola Benedetti plays works by Korngold, Shostakovich and John Williams.

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Valérie Milot: Harping On with 'Aquarelles'

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.

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Emanuel Ax Hits His Groove on Four Sets of Variations

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.


Violinist James Ehnes Explores Bartók's Vibrant Folk Songs

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.

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Bilder Duo Tackles Percy Grainger's Folk-Inspired Piano Works

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.


Eckart Runge Captures Cinematic Sounds of the Cello

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.

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Angela Hewitt's Atmospheric Take on Debussy's Piano Music

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.

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The Most Popular Classical Albums of 2012

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.

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Tafelmusik Delivers a Noble and Festive Messiah

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.

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Global Christmas Sounds from the Arsys Bourgogne Choir

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.


Los Romeros Play Holiday Classics with a Spanish Tinge

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.

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Alexandre Tharaud Pays Homage to 'Swinging Paris' of Roaring Twenties

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. 


Paul Lewis Gets to the Heart of Schubert’s Piano Works

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.

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András Schiff Goes Bach to Basics with Well-Tempered Clavier

Sunday, September 30, 2012

Pianist András Schiff has a new recording of Bach's iconic set of 24 preludes and fugues. Read our review and get a free download.

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Stephen Hough Serves Up Gallic Treats on 'French Album'

Sunday, September 23, 2012

Stephen Hough describes his latest album of 17 French piano works as a musical dessert cart, and it arrives at our table laden with sweets and confections as well as a few surprises.

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Mattias Jacobsson's Debut Album Highlights Aristocrat of Instruments

Monday, September 17, 2012

Sweden's Mattias Jacobsson has just released his debut album, “Invocación,” which is devoted to the great guitarist-composer Francisco Tárrega. Get a free download.

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Pianist Michael Landrum Brings Flair to Nocturnes

Saturday, September 08, 2012

Nocturnes are chiefly identified with Frederic Chopin, but in fact, the form was invented by an Irish composer and has been re-imagined by Russians, Frenchmen, Americans and many others. Thirty-two are gathered on a new set.

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Gustavo Dudamel Gets Vienna Philharmonic Jumping in Dance Music

Monday, September 03, 2012

A 170-year-old Viennese institution meets a 32-year-old Venezuelan maestro on "Dances and Waves," a new CD and DVD of an outdoor concert recorded in June at the Schönbrunn Palace.

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Nelson Freire Pays Tribute to Native Country with 'Brasileiro'

Monday, August 27, 2012

Nelson Freire offers a finely chosen cross-section of Brazilian piano pieces that take their cue from traditional dance and song, most of which were composed in the period between 1890 and 1960.