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.

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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. 

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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.

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Natalie Dessay's New Clair de Lune Highlights Debussy Poetry

Monday, August 20, 2012

Pianist Philippe Cassard joins Natalie Dessay for her premiere song recording on a major label and a tribute to Debussy. 

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Pianist David Greilsammer's Dance Across Centuries

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."

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Rudolf Buchbinder Records Beethoven's 32 Sonatas Live

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.

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Lute Duets Let us Party Like it's 1599

Sunday, July 29, 2012

On "Two Lutes," the lutenists Ronn McFarlane and William Simms resurrect nearly 30 English Renaissance duets.

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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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