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.


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."


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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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.


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.


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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