25 Essential Beethoven Recordings: The 'Pastoral' Symphony

Friday, November 30, 2012

To wrap our month-long survey of the 25 essential Beethoven recordings, we meet the composer's "folk" side. Read more and tell us about your favorite Beethoven recording here.

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What Music Do You Identify with Thanksgiving?

Wednesday, November 21, 2012

All day Thursday, WQXR serves up pieces of Americana, songs of harvest, early American ballads, even a few odes to food.

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Café Concert: The Canellakis-Brown Duo

Friday, November 16, 2012

The Canellakis-Brown Duo plays chamber music and has an online comedy series "Conversations with Nick Canellakis." Watch them perform in the WQXR Café.

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WQXR's Halloween Spooktacular

Wednesday, October 31, 2012

Tonight from 6-9 pm, WQXR will present an all-Halloween-themed show featuring some of the spookiest pieces in the classical repertoire. Enter our Vvirtual Halloween Parade!


Saturday Morning Cartoons: Thrills and Chills on Bald Mountain

Saturday, October 27, 2012

Halloween is this coming Wednesday and in that spirit, we have chosen Modest Mussorgsky’s thrilling A Night on Bald Mountain for this Saturday’s cartoon.

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Ten Essential London Symphony Orchestra Recordings

Monday, October 22, 2012

The LSO is marking the 100th anniversary of its first appearance in the US this week. Here are ten noteworthy recordings chosen by principal flutist Gareth Davies.

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Saturday Morning Cartoons: A Cunning Little Vixen

Saturday, October 13, 2012

This Saturday’s cartoon features Leos Janacek’s suite from his opera The Cunning Little Vixen. The opera was actually inspired by a comic strip character from the 1920s, the fox Vixen Sharp-Ears, so it is perhaps most appropriate to view it in cartoon form.


The WQXR Weekender: Oct. 11-14

Thursday, October 11, 2012

This weekend, New Yorkers can compare the city's two major orchestras side by side. Concerts by the New York Philharmonic and the Met Orchestra are among the highlights of our concert calendar.


Texts for Earth Echoes by Augusta Read Thomas

Wednesday, October 10, 2012

Orpheus commissioned this new work from Augusta Read Thomas in honor of the centenary of Gustav Mahler’s death in 2011. The subject and structure of Earth Echoes reflect Mahler’s final vocal composition, Das Lied von der Erde (The Song of the Earth). Thomas adopted Mahler’s scoring for two vocalists and orchestra, and her work touches upon related themes of life, nature, and renewal. The texts feature selections from fourteen poets representing ten countries spread across thirteen centuries, including a Chinese poem from the eighth century that appears in Mahler’s work.


Café Concert: Maya Beiser

Tuesday, October 09, 2012

Her Twitter account is called "Cello Goddess" and one of her crossover successes was the Led Zeppelin tune "Kashmir." Watch Maya Beiser perform in the WQXR Café.


Saturday Morning Cartoons: Musical Moments from Chopin

Saturday, October 06, 2012

The featured music in this Saturday’s cartoon is Frederic Chopin’s Fantasie-impromptu in C-sharp Minor, Op. 66. This piece is featured in a 1947 Woody Woodpecker cartoon.


The WQXR Weekender: Oct. 4-7

Thursday, October 04, 2012

This weekend's concert calendar takes us from the Met Museum to the Met Opera, from the Chicago Symphony to the Hong Kong Sinfonietta.


Saturday Morning Cartoons: A Rapid Ring Cycle

Saturday, September 29, 2012

This Saturday's cartoon features Siegfried’s Rhine Journey from Richard Wagner’s Gotterdammerung. Leitmotifs from this music can be found in an animated short called, “The Ring in 2.5 minutes — with leitmotifs!”


The WQXR Weekender: Sept. 27-30

Wednesday, September 26, 2012

Several concerts around New York this weekend have a visual bent, including a multimedia take on Pictures at an Exhibition, a tribute to Montsalvatge and a performance of David T. Little's opera Dog Days.


Saturday Morning Cartoon: Bach's Well-Tempered Clavier

Friday, September 21, 2012

This week's cartoon features J.S. Bach's Prelude and Fugue No. 1 in C Major, BWV 846, from Book I of the Well-Tempered Clavier. We hear a performance by Glenn Gould.


The WQXR Weekender: Sept. 20-23

Thursday, September 20, 2012

A Schubert mini-festival, Buddhism-inspired pieces, and John Adams on Staten Island: Here are several concerts to consider as you plan your weekend.


Café Concert: Classical Jam

Monday, September 17, 2012

Classical Jam, a freewheeling ensemble of five young New York chamber musicians, wants to bring classical music to new audiences. See how they do it when they perform in the WQXR Café.

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Music for the Jewish High Holidays

Sunday, September 16, 2012

Tonight at 11 pm: As Rosh Hashanah and Yom Kippur are upon us, it's time to consider some of the great music associated with the Jewish holidays.

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Saturday Morning Cartoons: More 'Allegro Non Troppo'

Saturday, September 15, 2012

This Saturday's cartoon features another segment from "Allegro Non Troppo," Italian animator and satirist Bruno Bozzetto's parody of "Fantasia."

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The WQXR Weekender: Sept. 13-16

Wednesday, September 12, 2012

Brahms in a beer hall, a baroque pastiche and a survey of Stravinsky's colorful violin music are among the concerts featured around New York this weekend.