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.


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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Simone Dinnerstein's Radical, Ruminative Bach

Saturday, February 04, 2012

Brooklyn pianist Simone Dinnerstein returns to a specialty for her latest album: the music of J.S. Bach. Also featured are Schubert's Four Impromptus, Op. 90.

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The Canadian Brass Gets a Major Reboot

Sunday, January 29, 2012

The Canadian Brass ushers in its 42nd year of performing with "Takes Flight," its first album featuring a retooled lineup. Listen to Jeff Spurgeon's interview and get a free download.

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Violin Stars Pay Homage to Fritz Kreisler

Sunday, January 15, 2012

Many would consider Fritz Kriesler to be the greatest violinist of the 20th Century. With his immediately recognizable honey tone, the Viennese stylist played with an unparalleled charm and sensuality.

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Joshua Bell and Jeremy Denk Play French Chamber Works

Sunday, January 08, 2012

In three significant French sonatas the violinist and pianist deliver performances of great elegance, poise and virtuosity.


J.S. Bach - Recycling and Reusing, but Always Reinventing

Sunday, January 01, 2012

The Italian period ensemble Accademia Bizantina presents 19 instrumental movements from Bach’s cantatas, many of which contained themes that were recycled from elsewhere.

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John Rutter's Carols Herald the Season

Saturday, December 17, 2011

In the world of classical music, John Rutter is Mr. Christmas: the most celebrated and commercially successful carol composer alive. A new collection features many of his arrangements.


A Grand Piano Christmas

Sunday, December 11, 2011

Long Island pianist Jeffrey Biegel offers a collection of 21 glowing arrangements of carols, winter melodies and evocative new pieces. Get a free download.

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WQXR For The Holidays

Sunday, December 04, 2011

WQXR For the Holidays is a chance to put our own curatorial stamp on the concept of the holiday album. It’s a collection of carols, songs and classical Christmas pieces presented in glowing arrangements.

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Freiburg Baroque Orchestra Delivers Nimble Bach Suites

Sunday, November 27, 2011

The Freiburg Baroque Orchestra, a leading period-instrument ensemble from Germany, presents Bach's Orchestral Suites in crisp, nimble and gutsy performances. Get a free download.

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Germany's Oldest Orchestra Shakes Up Beethoven Symphonies

Sunday, November 20, 2011

The Leipzig Gewandhaus performed the first Beethoven symphony cycle in 1825. Under Riccardo Chailly, they've recorded a new version that packs a punch.

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85 CDs of Beethoven, from Symphonies to Mandolin Works

Sunday, November 13, 2011

The Guarneri Quartet, Dresden Staatskapelle, Alfred Brendel and Henryk Szeryng are among the artists on a box set featuring Beethoven's collected works.

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Artemis Quartet Reaches Rapturous Heights in Beethoven Set

Sunday, November 06, 2011

A new box set features the Artemis Quartet's performances of Beethoven's sixteen string quartets.

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