La Serenissima Explores the Charms of Venice by Night

Sunday, July 22, 2012

UK early-music ensemble La Serenissima portrays a night in Venice, with music representing the city's opera houses, salons and even its famed gondolas.

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Discovering Rubinstein's Aristocratic Touch in Brahms

Sunday, July 15, 2012

Thirty years after Arthur Rubinstein's death comes this nine-CD box of his Brahms recordings for RCA Victor, spanning the years 1954 to 1972.

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Guitarist Miloš Karadaglić Fends Off Sophomore Slump with 'Pasion'

Sunday, July 08, 2012

The guitarist explores a wide breadth of Latin American music, including core classical repertoire by Villa-Lobos and Ponce, tangos by Piazzolla and Gardel and other works.

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Reissues Shine New Light on Conductor Charles Munch

Sunday, July 01, 2012

Charles Munch, the Alsatian conductor who led the Boston Symphony from 1949 to 1962, is enjoying a revival, with a new biography, DVD releases and box sets. "Late Romantic Masterpieces" is our Album of the Week.

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Mirian Conti Captures Nostalgic Side of Argentinean Piano Music

Monday, June 25, 2012

Argentinean pianist Mirian Conti highlights her homeland’s lesser-known composers from the past century on her new album, “Nostalgias Argentinas.”

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Marc-André Hamelin Takes Up Cause of Haydn's Piano Music

Sunday, June 17, 2012

Few pianists find much room in their hearts and repertoires for Haydn. A modern-day exception is Marc-André Hamelin, who brings fresh attention to Haydn in his third volume of the piano sonatas.

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Rachel Podger's Baroque Encounters of the Stylish Kind

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.

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Brodsky Quartet Delivers Fresh Supply of Encores

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.

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A Stylist Sequel for Bach's Brandenburg Concertos

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.

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Yuja Wang Pays Tribute to Disney, Horowitz in 'Fantasia'

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. 

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Uncovering Delibes's Vivid Ballet Scores

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.

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Trumpeter Alison Balsom Shines on Compilation

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.

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Pianist Benjamin Grosvenor Tackles Chopin, Ravel and Liszt

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.

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Bournemouth Symphony Shows Verdi's Dance Moves

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.

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The Knights Quest for 'A Second of Silence'

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.

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Anne Akiko Meyers Plays Bach's 'Double' on Two Strads

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.

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Tafelmusik's 'Galileo Project' Explores the Final Frontier

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.

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Trumpeter Tine Thing Helseth Takes on Mantle of 'Storyteller'

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.

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Classical Music as Mood-Setting Device in Cinema

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.

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Nicola Benedetti's Journey Through the Italian Baroque

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.

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