Tuesday, August 17, 2010
American pianist Jeremy Denk is known for his audacious programs and his thoughtful observances on music. Before hitting the stage for performances this week in New York, he spoke with WQXR and shared his list of his favorite piano works that he's playing right now.
Wednesday, August 04, 2010
With the return of AMC's hit television show, Mad Men, references to the 1960's seem to be everywhere. Here are the Top 5 @ 105 classical music events that would have been taking place around Don Draper starting in the fall of 1964.
Wednesday, July 28, 2010
Gabriel Prokofiev’s new release is a series of pieces written for discarded items, including oil cans, plastic bags and Fanta bottles. He joins a continuum of composers who have taken musical detritus and folded it into their own work.
Tuesday, July 13, 2010
Allons enfants de la Patria, liberté, egalité and fraternité are noble causes, but they’re not the only qualities that can stir Parisians to a riot. In honor of Bastille Day, here are WQXR's top 5 musical pieces that incited Paris.
Wednesday, July 07, 2010
Each summer, Lincoln Center brings bold-faced names to its campus along with upcoming artists, new ensembles and honor under-recognized artists. Here's a guide to some of the surprises coming up this year.
Wednesday, June 23, 2010
John Philip Sousa marches, John Williams movie scores and maybe a Gershwin tune or two will surely appear on more than a few fireworks soundtracks this Independence Day. But here is a Top 5 @ 105 list of works that create their own fireworks.
Sunday, June 20, 2010
The World Cup is a highly musical event, full of national anthems and novelty songs. As the events begin in Brazil, here are five classical pieces to get you pumped.
Tuesday, June 08, 2010
While there is no shortage of important books that explore music and composers, some volumes are a bit too heavy--both topically and in terms of actually poundage--for the park or beach. Here are five recommendations for lighter fare this summer.
Wednesday, June 02, 2010
Are you going to the shore this week to keep cool? If a trip to the beach isn't on your calendar, there is plenty of classical music available to conjure the experience. Here are WQXR Top 5@105 songs for the seashore.
Thursday, May 27, 2010
As long as there is war, there will be music honoring the fallen and decrying the horrors of battle. Here are five works that respond to a range of eras and events. Tune in to WQXR this Memorial Day for music marking the holiday.
Tuesday, May 18, 2010
The spring concert season may be coming to a close, but that doesn’t mean the music stops. Instead, it heads outdoors. Check out our list of the top five outdoor area concert festivals this summer.
Monday, April 19, 2010
Inspect the room where Handel slept, see the last piano that Chopin composed on or check out Beethoven's viola. As you make your summer travel plans, here are five composer museums to consider, both near and far.
Monday, April 12, 2010
As the academic year comes to an end, conservatory students are unveiling the fruits of their studies in concerts, recitals and operas around New York. Check out events at five top conservatories to find an affordable and enjoyable performances.
Monday, April 05, 2010
A piece of music that contains an opera for every day of the week and takes 29 hours to perform? It's only one of the compositions on WQXR's Top 5 @ 105 list of musical marathons.
Wednesday, March 31, 2010
Serious music need not always be taken so seriously. After all, scherzo means joke. In honor of April Fools' Day, here are our Top 5 @ 105 classical music jokes.
Saturday, March 27, 2010
Easter in New York brings many traditions: egg painting, fancy brunches and elaborate hats on Fifth Avenue. it's also a prime opportunity to hear seldom-performed masterworks in some of the city's most glorious spaces. Here are WQXR's Top 5 @ 105 standouts for every musical taste.
Thursday, March 25, 2010
A steady stream of notable orchestras is heading for New York City. Here is WQXR's Top 5 @ 105 list of out-of-town acts that will be on stage here this spring.
Wednesday, March 17, 2010
New York’s opera houses maintain the grand tradition with aplomb. But several other groups have created alternative ways of experiencing and interacting with this art form. Here are WQXR's Top 5 @ 105 Unconventional Opera experiences.
Sunday, March 14, 2010
Irish folk music has inspired numerous composers over the centuries. In this Top 5 from the archives, five classical recordings to accompany your St. Patrick's Day festivities.