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.
Sunday, December 11, 2011
Long Island pianist Jeffrey Biegel offers a collection of 21 glowing arrangements of carols, winter melodies and evocative new pieces. Get a free download.
Sunday, December 04, 2011
WQXR For the Holidays is a chance to put our own curatorial stamp on the concept of the holiday album. It’s a collection of carols, songs and classical Christmas pieces presented in glowing arrangements.
Sunday, November 27, 2011
The Freiburg Baroque Orchestra, a leading period-instrument ensemble from Germany, presents Bach's Orchestral Suites in crisp, nimble and gutsy performances. Get a free download.
Sunday, November 20, 2011
The Leipzig Gewandhaus performed the first Beethoven symphony cycle in 1825. Under Riccardo Chailly, they've recorded a new version that packs a punch.
Sunday, November 13, 2011
The Guarneri Quartet, Dresden Staatskapelle, Alfred Brendel and Henryk Szeryng are among the artists on a box set featuring Beethoven's collected works.
Sunday, November 06, 2011
A new box set features the Artemis Quartet's performances of Beethoven's sixteen string quartets.
Monday, October 31, 2011
Two piano sonatas reveal Beethoven at two very different stages in his life and Ott, a 23-year-old German-Japanese pianist, captures their gripping details.
Sunday, October 09, 2011
Lang Lang's flamboyant performing style has earned him frequent comparisons to Franz Liszt, so it’s appropriate that he contributes to the composer’s bicentennial with our Album of the Week, "Liszt: My Piano Hero."
Saturday, October 01, 2011
The brass section of the Chicago Symphony has just released an album that puts its trademark brilliance in the spotlight, with works by Gabrieli, Bach, Grainger, Prokofiev, Walton and Revueltas.
Sunday, September 25, 2011
Jun Märkl and the Orchestre National de Lyon present five diverse works of Debussy originally written for solo and duo-piano in gorgeous orchestrations. Read more and get a free download.
Sunday, September 18, 2011
Anna Netrebko has become the Met’s most bankable star but hers was not an overnight success. A new recording celebrates her past decade at the company by gathering nine of her leading operatic roles there. It's our Album of the Week.
Tuesday, September 13, 2011
As violinist Anne-Sophie Mutter marks 35 years on the concert stage, her label has put together a new two-album set of her career milestones. It's our Album of the Week.