Sunday, April 24, 2011
From commemorative plates to imitation engagement rings, it seems like everyone wants a little piece of Friday's royal wedding. But our Album of the Week gets beyond any hints of tackiness, a tasteful collection that's heavy on pomp and ceremony.
Sunday, April 17, 2011
From gamba player Jordi Savall comes "The Borgia Dynasty," a three-CD set that provides a revelatory survey of the famously sinister noble family in music. It’s our Album of the Week. Plus: read about Q2's Album of the Week, featuring The Now Ensemble.
Sunday, April 10, 2011
The choral composer who captured worldwide attention last week with his second "virtual choir" releases "Light and Gold," a collection of his best-known material. It's our Album of the Week.
Sunday, April 03, 2011
With “A Lesson in Love,” British soprano Kate Royal arranges 28 songs into a first-person narrative that describes the stages of a young woman's first love. Read about our Album of the Week and get a free download.
Thursday, March 24, 2011
Our latest Album of the Week features an orchestra that many people have read about lately, though not necessarily have heard. It includes readings of three pieces by Holst including his symphonic suite The Planets. Read more and get a free download.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.