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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
Monday, August 20, 2012
Pianist Philippe Cassard joins Natalie Dessay for her premiere song recording on a major label and a tribute to Debussy.
Sunday, August 12, 2012
The Israeli-born, Juilliard-educated pianist explores two composers who sit at opposite ends of music history on a new recording called "Baroque Conversations."
Sunday, August 05, 2012
The Viennese pianist has released “The Sonata Legacy,” which features live concert recordings of the Beethoven sonata cycle, using first edition scores and original manuscripts of the composer.