Tuesday, June 28, 2011
As a salute to the orchestras that stepped outside the box when programming their concert seasons, here are our top five unlikely headliners -- from an ABBA tribute band to a NASA astronaut.
Tuesday, June 14, 2011
Today at 3 pm outspoken actor John Leguizamo shares his favorite pieces. Watch a video preview.
Tuesday, June 14, 2011
In honor of Father’s Day, we list our top five fathers who greatly influenced the course of Western music through their progeny, and their children’s spouses.
Tuesday, June 07, 2011
After such a terribly long winter, it’s time to celebrate summer’s arrival. There's no better way to appreciate a balmy evening than taking in an outdoor concert in one of New York City’s parks. Here are our Top five picks.
Tuesday, May 24, 2011
It’s the time of year when beaches open, outdoor concerts begin and for hundreds of men and women in the Navy the time to spend six days in New York City for Fleet Week. Celebrate the week with our top five Naval-themed works of classical music.
Tuesday, May 17, 2011
As New Yorkers slog through a week of gray skies and wet weather, we're saluting the top five depictions of storms in classical music -- from Beethoven to Strauss.
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.