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.

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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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Alice Sara Ott Reveals Two Sides of Beethoven's Pianism

Monday, October 31, 2011

Two piano sonatas reveal Beethoven at two very different stages in his life and Ott, a 23-year-old German-Japanese pianist, captures their gripping details.

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Piano Showman Lang Lang in Tune With Franz Liszt

Sunday, October 09, 2011

Lang Lang's flamboyant performing style has earned him frequent comparisons to Franz Liszt, so it’s appropriate that he contributes to the composer’s bicentennial with our Album of the Week, "Liszt: My Piano Hero."

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New Recording Spotlights Brilliant Brass Sound of Chicago

Saturday, October 01, 2011

The brass section of the Chicago Symphony has just released an album that puts its trademark brilliance in the spotlight, with works by Gabrieli, Bach, Grainger, Prokofiev, Walton and Revueltas.

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Debussy's Luminous Piano Music Recast for Orchestra

Sunday, September 25, 2011

Jun Märkl and the Orchestre National de Lyon present five diverse works of Debussy originally written for solo and duo-piano in gorgeous orchestrations. Read more and get a free download.

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Live Recording Highlights Anna Netrebko's Decade at the Met

Sunday, September 18, 2011

Anna Netrebko has become the Met’s most bankable star but hers was not an overnight success. A new recording celebrates her past decade at the company by gathering nine of her leading operatic roles there. It's our Album of the Week.

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New Set Charts Anne-Sophie Mutter's 35-Year Career

Tuesday, September 13, 2011

As violinist Anne-Sophie Mutter marks 35 years on the concert stage, her label has put together a new two-album set of her career milestones. It's our Album of the Week.

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Sharon Isbin Explores Latin Sounds in 'Guitar Passions'

Sunday, September 04, 2011

New York guitarist Sharon Isbin's “Guitar Passions” features a cadre of diverse guitar virtuosos including Steve Vai, Stanley Jordan and Nancy Wilson collaborating on a dozen Latin-flavored tracks. It's our Album of the Week.

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Sibelius's Incidental Music for The Tempest, The Bard and Tapiola

Monday, August 29, 2011

The Lahti Symphony hails from a small provincial town in Finland. Yet it has made an international splash with a series of acclaimed recordings. Our Album of the Week is the group’s first under its new conductor, Okko Kamu. Discover more and get a free download.

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Cuarteto Casals's Stylish Take on Boccherini

Friday, August 19, 2011

A new recording of Boccherini’s chamber music seeks to rescue the composer’s reputation from being simply a master of frilly dance music. Its fresh and stylish performances make it our Album of the Week.

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Violinist Michi Wiancko Revives Showpieces by Sauret

Friday, August 12, 2011

Violinist Michi Wiancko offers a new collection of pieces by Émile Sauret (1852-1920), a French violin virtuoso who wrote over a hundred works for the instrument. Read more and get a free download from our Album of the Week.

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For Brahms, Handel and Stravinsky, a 21st-Century Makeover

Sunday, August 07, 2011

Conductor Gerard Schwarz enlisted several composer friends to take short, well-known classic works and remold them for the 21st century. These seven “echoes” of earlier classics are collected on a new anthology. It's our Album of the Week.

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Murray Perahia Plays Bach With a Sensuous Touch

Saturday, July 30, 2011

Forget Bach on a harpsichord. Murray Perahia goes old-school, playing Bach's seven keyboard concertos and other works on a modern concert grand. His performances are just out on a 3-CD set. Get a free download from our Album of the Week.

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