Sunday, May 15, 2011
The spiritual offspring of Anne-Sophie Mutter, today's most prominent violinists are, on the whole, female, ultra-virtuosic, career-focused and glamorous looking besides. Here are five standout recordings, plus a free download of violinist Tianwa Yang.
Wednesday, May 11, 2011
Composers get the lion’s share of the glory in the opera world. However, the Words First program at New York City Opera is bringing renewed attention to the librettist. We asked two wordsmiths to pick their top five opera librettos.
Wednesday, May 04, 2011
Since we listed our Top Five Classical Music Apps in 2009, there's been an explosion in app development and devices that use them (iPad anyone?). Our new Top Five apps for the iPhone and iPad harness technology to enhance your musical consumption.
Wednesday, April 27, 2011
Now that Kate and Will are a certified married couple, we look at some fruitful unions within classical music royalty with the Top 5 @ 105 power marriages.
Thursday, April 21, 2011
From Handel to Korngold, we look at the works that document the Exodus, the Passover Seder and other Jewish traditions at this time of year. Here our the Top five Passover works of classical music.
Wednesday, April 13, 2011
With the midnight tax deadline approaching, here's a salute to the heroes and heroines of the stage who dealt with a fate more aggravating than death.
Tuesday, April 12, 2011
Eric Whitacre, creator of the world's biggest virtual choirs, which have received more than a million hits on YouTube, shares his top five works to have inspired him over the years.
Wednesday, April 06, 2011
The quartet has been compared to a marriage. Like matrimony, infighting, clashing personalities and disparate ambitions are just a few causes for strife, break-ups, but also beautiful music. Here are our top five quarreling string quartets.
Wednesday, March 30, 2011
We’ve made it through the Ides of March in one piece, but now comes the true test: April Fools Day. In honor of this annual excuse for practical jokes, we’re looking at the best musical wisecrackers out there.
Tuesday, March 22, 2011
Spring officially sprung on March 20 with the vernal equinox, and count us among those excited. In order to summon the warmer weather, here are our top five works to greet the new season:
Thursday, March 17, 2011
For a country with a robust musical heritage, Ireland is underrepresented in the classical music canon. So in honor of St. Patrick’s Day, here are our Top five non-musical Irish influences on classical music.
Tuesday, March 15, 2011
British violinist Daniel Hope has performed with the world's major orchestras and conductors, but these days he's got his mind on Joseph Joachim, the violinist he calls "perhaps the greatest of the 19th century." Here are Hope's Top Five violin pieces.
Friday, March 11, 2011
Whether opera in a Lower East Side dive, chant in a Belgian beer bar, impromptu chamber performances in Chelsea Market, here are our Top Five surprise corners to listen to classical tunes.
Wednesday, February 23, 2011
It takes a certain skill to compose a great film score. It takes an even more precise one to compose a great score that can be appreciated in a concert hall. Here are the top five scores that hold up on their own.
Thursday, February 17, 2011
It’s unfortunate to think that Washington’s and Lincoln’s birthdays were conflated into one Presidents’ Day, but on the other hand, it does give an excuse to celebrate all America’s leaders. Here are a top five.
Wednesday, February 09, 2011
Finding that Valentine’s Day performance that truly delivers a romantic evening without being banal or even worse, a rip-off, can be tough. To help out, we offer five Valentine’s Day performances that don’t compromise quality.
Tuesday, February 01, 2011
In recognition of Black History Month, we’re looking at individuals who helped break down racial barriers on stages, orchestra pits and podiums. Here are the top five black artists who broke barriers.
Thursday, January 27, 2011
Brooklyn has long held a spot in the independent music firmament. Increasingly, symphonies, operas and experimental venues are growing alongside the indie rock scene. Here are our top five storylines we are following in Brooklyn:
Monday, January 17, 2011
As we celebrate the current class of the keyboard world this month with our series Powerhouse Pianists, here are five up-and-coming prodigies -- and recent prodigies -- who could be selling out concert halls in the years to come.
Tuesday, January 11, 2011
This may be the year of the rabbit, but it also seems to be a great year for contemporary music. Here are the top five new music events sure to generate some heat these winter months.