Classical Album of the Week

July 3, 2018. I’ve always been a great admirer of Seiji Ozawa, and this Beethoven disc shows precisely why. Ozawa, joined by piano superstar Martha Argerich, gives us a spirited, almost bubbly, performance. The handpicked musicians in the Mito Chamber Orchestra complement the artistry contained in Beethoven: Symphony No. 1; Piano Concerto No. 1.

June 26, 2018. Georg Philipp Telemann’s three surviving “concerto-suites” are collected in a marvelous recording by Philadelphia’s own Tempesta di Mare.  The ensemble’s newest release, Georg Philipp Telemann: The Concerti-en-Suite, makes a winning case in favor of a composer deserving of more attention.

June 19, 2018. What a fascinating collection!  Young violinist Samuel Nebyu, who earned a bachelor’s degree from Temple University’s Boyer College of Music & Dance, has come out with a debut album that bears repeated listening. Samuel Nebyu, violin – Music by Composers of African Descent is a treasury of compositions, and a celebration of his Ethiopian-Hungarian heritage.

June 11, 2018. If you attended The Philadelphia Orchestra’s performances of Bernstein’s Mass three years ago you get another chance to hear (and own) this magnum opus. It's captured on Mass—The Philadelphia Orchestra and Yannick Nézet-Séguin, a new release from Deutsche Grammophon.

June 4, 2018. Here’s an unusual pairing: Piano works by Philip Glass and J.S. Bach, played by pianist Simone Dinnerstein, with performances by the Boston-based string orchestra, A Far Cry.  Dinnerstein’s new release Circles is a circuit of virtuosity.

May 28, 2018.  Discovering this album is really quite a treat.  On Prokofiev for Two pianist Martha Argerich is joined by Armenian-born American pianist Sergei Babayan in his transcriptions for two pianos.  Together, they play some of Prokofiev’s best-loved music. 

5-21-18.  In Wagner: Orchestral Music from Der Ring des Nibelungen, JoAnn Falletta and the Buffalo Philharmonic perform highlights from Wagner’s monumental Ring cycle. Beginning with the first of four music dramas, Das Rheingold, and proceeding through Die Walküre, Siegfried, and Götterdämmerung, it’s a thrilling  journey and a chance to be swept up in the magic of Wagner’s orchestral color.

April 30, 2018.  What a fascinating study of an instrument not frequently heard in a solo role:  the viola!  On Motherland, superstar violist David Aaron Carpenter shows us the range and depth of his instrument.

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