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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René Jacobs: The Magic Flute

Thursday, October 07, 2010

Conductor René Jacobs uses scholarship, imagination and period instruments for Mozart's last opera. But is his approach too unconventional? Listen to our Album of the Week, get a free download, and tell us what you think.

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Vittorio Grigolo's The Italian Tenor

Friday, October 01, 2010

The young tenor Vittorio Grigolo is being touted as the next Pavarotti. But is he ready to take the mantle? Listen to our Album of the Week, get a free download, and tell us what you think.

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Gidon Kremer's De Profundis

Friday, September 24, 2010

Environmental disaster, political repression, and the Psalm 130 are inspiration for a new album by Latvian violinist Gidon Kremer. "De Profundis," featuring works from Schubert to Pärt, is this week’s Full Rotation.

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Two Views on Paganini

Thursday, September 16, 2010

New recordings offer two different approaches to Paganini’s fiendishly difficult Caprices  – one by the young German violinist Julia Fischer, and the other by the New York violnist Philippe Quint. This week’s Full Rotation presents both versions, side by side.

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Anne Akiko Meyers: Seasons...dreams

Friday, September 10, 2010

This week's Full Rotation highlights "Seasons…dreams," violinist Anne Akiko Meyers's new collection of seasonal and dream-related pieces by Debussy, Faure, Wagner, Gershwin and others. To whet your appetite, WQXR offers a free download.

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Monica Huggett: Flights of Fantasy

Friday, September 03, 2010

Italian Baroque instrumental music is much more than Vivaldi’s Four Seasons. This week’s Full Rotation is "Flights of Fantasy," a new collection of chamber music that captures the remarkable diversity and sometimes outlandish color of this era in music. 

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Lang Lang: Live in Vienna

Saturday, August 28, 2010

It’s impossible to remain indifferent to the phenomenal Chinese pianist Lang Lang. Live in Vienna, the subject of this week's Full Rotation, may do little to quell the detractors, but it also shows a performer who takes command of the music and puts his own indelible stamp on it.

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Alondra de la Parra's "My Mexican Soul"

Saturday, August 21, 2010

Now an internationally recognized ensemble of young professionals, the Philharmonic Orchestra of the Americas makes its recording debut with “Mi Alma Mexicana (My Mexican Soul)." WQXR offers a free download from the album, this week's Full Rotation.

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Vienna Philharmonic's Summer Night Concert

Saturday, August 14, 2010

In June, the Vienna Philharmonic presented its eighth annual al fresco concert at the Schönbrunn Palace, a former imperial residence known for its Baroque gardens. It features an unusual, celestial-themed program that's now out on CD and is this week’s Full Rotation.

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Boston Symphony Orchestra plays Mozart

Sunday, August 08, 2010

There’s no better way to experience Mozart's sheer inventiveness, wit and grace than to hear his symphonies collected in one place. The Boston Symphony Orchestra two-CD set of symphonies is this week’s Full Rotation.

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Alexander Melnikov plays Shostakovich

Friday, July 30, 2010

Inspired by the Bach centenary in 1950 and composed in just under four months, Shostakovich’s 24 Preludes and Fugues have rarely been recorded complete because of their huge technical and interpretive challenges. Russian pianist Alexander Melnikov's interpretation is this week’s Full Rotation.

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Marc Minkowski Conducts Haydn

Saturday, July 24, 2010

Last year’s bicentennial of Haydn’s death produced a busy round of tribute concerts, some of which are turning up on recordings. They include this week's Full Rotation: Les Musiciens du Louvre-Grenoble's performance of the composer's twelve “London” symphonies at the Vienna Konzerthaus.

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Vivaldi: Gods, Emperors and Angels

Sunday, July 18, 2010

Adrian Chandler and the English period-instrument ensemble La Serenissima bring a fresh batch of Vivaldi to our attention in Gods, Emperors and Angels. It’s this week’s Full Rotation.

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Wagner Preludes, Overtures and Lieder

Saturday, July 10, 2010

This week’s Full Rotation features performances by the Cleveland Orchestra of Richard Wagner's preludes and overtures, works of tremendous power, beauty and excitement.

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Alice Sara Ott Plays Liszt

Sunday, July 04, 2010

Few pianists have even recorded Liszt's complete etudes and hardly any would consider these “starter pieces” for a relatively young career. But Alice Sara Ott treads fearlessly into these pieces for her second album, WQXR's Full Rotation Album of the Week.

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Eric Whitacre: Choral Music

Saturday, June 26, 2010

Eric Whitacre is as close to a rock star as a composer of choral music will probably ever get. This week’s Full Rotation album selection offers some clues to Whitacre's popularity.

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Vassily Primakov Plays Schubert and Mozart

Saturday, June 19, 2010

Two new recordings from Russian pianist Vassily Primakov form this week’s Full Rotation: a collection of Schubert’s dances and impromptus and a set of four Mozart piano concertos.

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The Sound of Sibelius

Wednesday, June 09, 2010

Finland's Lahti Symphony Orchestra may lackname-brand cache, but it can certainly compete when it comes to countryman Jean Sibelius. The orchestra's colorful, idiomatic playing in "The Sound of Sibelius," is this week’s Full Rotation.

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Schumann: The Masterworks

Saturday, June 05, 2010

Robert Schumann turns 200 on June 8, sharing a bicentenary year with another Romantic master, Frederic Chopin. This week's Full Rotation Album of the Week is "Schumann The Masterworks," a limited edition collection featuring classic performances of the composer's work.

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