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.


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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Simone Dinnerstein's "A Strange Beauty"

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.

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Gabriela Montero's Solatino

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.

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Juan Diego Flórez's Santo

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.


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Bryn Terfel's Carols and Christmas Songs

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.

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Anonymous 4's The Cherry Tree

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.

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