Sibelius's Incidental Music for The Tempest, The Bard and Tapiola

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.

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Cuarteto Casals's Stylish Take on Boccherini

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.

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Violinist Michi Wiancko Revives Showpieces by Sauret

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.

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For Brahms, Handel and Stravinsky, a 21st-Century Makeover

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.

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Murray Perahia Plays Bach With a Sensuous Touch

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.

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Three Musical Postcards from the Marlboro Festival

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.

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Uncovering the Concertos of Glazunov, a 'Musician's Musician'

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.


A Top British Choir Presents American A Capella Classics

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.

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Getting 'Wild and Crazy' With Liszt

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.

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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.


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.