Frédéric Chopin, tired of the Parisian winter, grabbed a copy of Bach’s Well-Tempered Clavier, and took his lover George Sand and her family to Majorca for a long vacation. There he wrote some of his Preludes, inspired by Bach. Alain Lefèvre‘s new recording of all 24 preludes is our Featured Album this week. (Above: the only known photograph of Chopin, dated around 1849)
- Posted by Daniel Gilliam on November 17
Despite her Italian name and heritage, Nicola Benedetti is one of Scotland’s most sought-after violinists. Her new disc “Homecoming: A Scottish Fantasy” captures her homeland’s sounds from Robert Burns’ folk songs to Max Bruch’s Scottish Fantasy. Listen to the album all week on Classical 90.5 and enter to win a copy of her new album. We’re giving away TWO copies, so plenty of chances to win.
The giveaway is now closed. We’ll announce the winner on Tuesday, October 7 at 2pm.
- Posted by Daniel Gilliam on September 20
Mozart acknowledged how difficult writing for string quartet could be when he dedicated a set to the father of the nascent genre, Joseph Haydn, saying “They are…the fruit of a long and laborious study.” Haydn had created the “string quartet” about 30 years before Mozart’s work in the genre, and others (including Ignaz Pleyel in 1784) had paid similar homage to Papa Haydn.
Our Featured Album this week is Cuarteto Casals playing three of the six quartets dedicated to Haydn, by Mozart. Sample some of Cuarteto Casals’ earlier recordings of Mozart here:
- Posted by Daniel Gilliam on August 12
After 60 years, Myung Whun Chung, a world-renowned conductor, releases a solo piano album with some of his favorite music.
- Posted by Daniel Gilliam on August 4
How many times have you heard Vivaldi’s The Four Seasons? How many times do you think violinists and orchestras have performed it? It is one of the most popular and iconic works in classical music (actually, Baroque music), and with good reason: it’s full of color, evocative and powerful. Max Richter has taken this unforgettable music and “Recomposed” it for violinist Daniel Hope, the Concerthaus Chamber Orchestra of Berlin and conductor André de Ridder (Richter also plays the Moog Synthesizer), and released it on Deutsche Grammophon. Listen to it this week as our Featured Album!
- Posted by Daniel Gilliam on June 9