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.
Sunday, July 24, 2011
Just in time for the 60th anniversary of the Marlboro Festival in Vermont comes a trio of new concert recordings. Each features one-of-a-kind ensembles. Read more and get a free download.
Sunday, July 17, 2011
A welcome new two-CD set collects composer Alexander Glazunov's concertos for violin, piano, cello and saxophone, inventive works that are rooted in a lush, late Romantic style. Read about our Album of the Week and get a free download.
Sunday, July 10, 2011
One of the UK's leading mixed-voice choirs, the Choir of Trinity College, Cambridge pays homage to choral music from across the pond. Our Album of the Week is a collection of 14 pieces by eight American composers.
Sunday, July 03, 2011
Franz Liszt's status as a pop-culture phenomenon forms the basis for “Liszt: Wild and Crazy,” our Album of the Week containing some of his most familiar and flamboyant piano music. Read more and get a free download.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.