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.
Sunday, July 29, 2012
On "Two Lutes," the lutenists Ronn McFarlane and William Simms resurrect nearly 30 English Renaissance duets.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.”
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.