Rare Gems from Respighi; Personal Works by Lieberson and Theofanidis

Sunday, June 26, 2011

WQXR's Album of the Week features the the Chamber Orchestra of New York "Ottorino Respighi" playing lesser-known works of its namesake. Plus, read about the Atlanta Symphony's new collection of music by Christopher Theofanidis and Peter Lieberson.

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Usher in Summer with the London Symphony in Haydn's The Seasons

Sunday, June 19, 2011

A performance of Haydn's The Seasons is an unfortunately rare event these days. Those who take time to hear our Album of the Week, a new recording by the London Symphony Orchestra, are in for a treat. Get a free download.

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A New Classical Guitar Hero, Miloš Releases 'Mediterraneo'

Sunday, June 12, 2011

Miloš Karadaglić is bringing fresh attention to the classical guitar with "Mediterraneo," a collection of solo pieces with a Mediterranean influence. Learn more about our Album of the Week and get a free download.

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Brahms's German Requiem Mastered by an International Cast

Saturday, June 04, 2011

Take a German orchestra, a Swedish choir, and two of today’s leading French singers, and place them under the baton of the Estonian-American conductor Paavo Järvi. The result is our Album of the Week, a sweeping performance of Brahms's German Requiem.

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Vassily Primakov Finds Funding From Online Fans, Records Rachmaninoff

Friday, May 27, 2011

The Russian pianist Vassily Primakov turned to his fans online to raise $3,000 for his new recording of pieces by Rachmaninoff. How successful was his effort? Listen to the results with our Album of the Week. Plus: get a free download.

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Europa Galante's 'La Stravaganza'

Sunday, May 08, 2011

If you've heard one Vivaldi concerto you've heard 'em all, right? Not so fast. WQXR's Album of the Week suggests otherwise, a collection of Vivaldi violin concertos played by the white-hot period-instrument group Europa Galante. And, from Q2, the très chic bassist and laptop artist Florent Ghys.

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Constantinople's 'Early Dreams'

Friday, April 29, 2011

WQXR's Album of the Week features a mesmerizing collection of Mexican Baroque music by the Montreal early-music group Constantinople. Meanwhile, Q2 spotlights the chamber pop of composer and singer Corey Dargel in Someone Will Take Care of Me.

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Music for a Royal Wedding

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.

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Jordi Savall's 'The Borgia Dynasty'

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.

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Eric Whitacre's 'Light and Gold'

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.

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Kate Royal's 'A Lesson in Love'

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.

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BBC Philharmonic Plays Holst's The Planets

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.

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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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