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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
Sunday, November 06, 2011
A new box set features the Artemis Quartet's performances of Beethoven's sixteen string quartets.
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.
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."
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.