Akademie für Alte Musik Berlin plays The Art of Fugue

Saturday, March 19, 2011

The Art of Fugue is Bach at his most abstract and cerebral. Yet a new recording features arrangements so fresh and unusual that it makes this sometimes inscrutable piece burst with ingenuity and verve. Read about our Album of the Week and get a free download.

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Daniel Hope: 'The Romantic Violinist'

Sunday, March 13, 2011

The British violinist Daniel Hope sets out to present the creative legacy of Joseph Joachim with “The Romantic Violinist,” a collection that includes pieces dedicated to him and two of his own compositions. It’s our Album of the Week.

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Albrecht Mayer's 'Bonjour Paris'

Saturday, February 19, 2011

Albrecht Mayer is a rarity: an oboe soloist with a major-label recording contract. Our Album of the Week shows just why he's in such demand, a collection of popular melodies from the French repertoire, with a world premiere for good measure. Read more and get a free download.

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Measha Brueggergosman: Night and Dreams

Friday, February 11, 2011

On "Night and Dreams" Canadian soprano Measha Brueggergosman presents 21 varied ruminations on night from the 19th and early 20th centuries, with a bit of Mozart for good measure. It’s our Album of the Week.

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Janine Jansen's Beau Soir

Sunday, February 06, 2011

Once dubbed the "queen of the download" for the unlikely online popularity of her recording of Vivaldi's Four Seasons, Janine Jansen is back with a recital collection. Focusing on pieces by Ravel, Debussy, Messiaen and Fauré, it's our Album of the Week.

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Joyce DiDonato's 'Diva Divo'

Friday, January 28, 2011

Gender-bending has long been a staple in pop culture and fashion. On “Diva, Divo,” mezzo-soprano Joyce DiDonato shows its prevalence on the opera stage. Check out our Album of the Week and get a free download.

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Julia Fischer Plays Mozart Violin Concertos

Sunday, January 23, 2011

Julia Fischer, an accomplished violinist who has also played the piano since childhood, tackles the complete violin concertos of Mozart. Fischer's four-disc set is our Album of the Week. Get a free download.

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Marc-André Hamelin's Études

Friday, January 14, 2011

With our Album of the Week, pianist Marc-André Hamelin has composed a collection of 12 Études in all the minor keys that pushes the outer limits of virtuosity. Get a free download and tell us what you think.

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Simone Dinnerstein's "A Strange Beauty"

Sunday, January 09, 2011

Pianist Simone Dinnerstein has a fascination with the unexpected and mysterious qualities in Bach's music. This collection of Chorale Preludes, Keyboard Concertos and an English Suite is our Album of the Week.

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Gabriela Montero's Solatino

Saturday, January 01, 2011

The latest recording by Venezuelan pianist Gabriela Montero features inspired performances of 26 short, luminous works by seven Latin American composers as well as her own unique improvisations. It’s our Album of the Week.

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Juan Diego Flórez's Santo

Saturday, December 18, 2010

In an album of intimate sacred classics, the chief gifts of Peruvian tenor Juan Diego Flórez are all on display: sweet, ringing top notes and an suave, elegant virtuosity. Santo is our Album of the Week. Listen and get a free download.

 

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Bryn Terfel's Carols and Christmas Songs

Sunday, December 12, 2010

Bass-baritone Bryn Terfel can excel in everything from Wagner to Welsh folk songs. On his latest album, he shows why he's a sensitive interpreter of Yuletide favorites. Get a free download and tell us what you think.

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Anonymous 4's The Cherry Tree

Sunday, December 05, 2010

Should Christmas carols be dressed up in grand, festive arrangements? Or are they best simple and unadorned? For the latter approach, listen to our Album of the Week, a collection of English carols and early American songs sung by Anonymous 4.

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Christmas With London Brass

Thursday, November 25, 2010

This week, we look ahead to the the new crop of holiday releases, starting with our Album of the Week, featuring the London Brass. With 19 arrangements of carols and seasonal selections, it delivers a festive prelude to the holiday season.

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Alex Klein: Vivaldi Oboe Concertos

Friday, November 19, 2010

Oboist Alex Klein was struck at the height of his career by focal dystonia, a neurological affliction that impacted his left hand. Despite his struggle, he's remained a prominent name in the oboe world, as our Album of the Week demonstrates.

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Solo Works for Flute and Saxophone

Saturday, November 13, 2010

New recordings by flutist Robert Langevin and saxophonist Theodore Kerkezos show how their respective instruments were favored by French composers during the late 19th and early 20th centuries. Weigh in and get a free download.

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Alison Balsom's Italian Concertos

Saturday, November 06, 2010

Alison Balsom is blonde, slim and stylish. But it's her performances of Italian Baroque concertos that make her an artist worth listening to. Check out her Album of the Week and get a free download.

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Jon Manasse: American Music for Clarinet & Piano

Thursday, October 28, 2010

The clarinet may forever be the mellow, melancholic instrument of Mozart and Brahms ­but a new recording featuring soloist Jon Manasse shows why it's just as adept at strutting its jazzier side. It's our Album of the Week.

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Cecilia Bartoli's Sospiri

Saturday, October 23, 2010

The discussion continues on Sospiri, Cecilia Bartoli's collection of operatic scenes and arias extending from Handel to Fauré. Listen to an excerpt from our Album of the Week and tell us what you think.

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Elīna Garanča's Habanera

Saturday, October 16, 2010

Our Album of the Week features the Latvian mezzo-soprano Elīna Garanča, best known for her recent Metropolitan Opera appearances as Carmen. Read more about "Habanera," which features a variety of gypsy roles from opera, operetta and song.

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