Featured Album: Vivaldi Recomposed

Richter Four Seasons Recomposed

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!

Featured Album: Chad Hoopes Plays Mendelssohn and Adams

Chad HoopesPhoto: Marco Borggreve

Chad Hoopes, age 19, has a new album out today with Felix Mendelssohn’s epic Violin Concerto, Op. 64; and John Adams’ Violin Concerto, commissioned by the Minnesota Orchestra, New York City Ballet and London Symphony Orchestra, and winner of the 1995 Grawemeyer Award in Music Composition. Listen to it this week!
hoopes album cover

Featured Album: Duo Gazzana

Duo Gazzana 1

Duo Gazzana releases their second album on ECM with violin/piano duos from Alfred Schnittke, Francis Poulenc, Valentin Silvestrov, William Walton and Luigi Dallapiccola. Listen this week for highlights from their new album and interview clips with Natascia and Raffaella.

Featured Album and Giveaway: Sean Chen – La Valse

Fourteenth Van Cliburn International Piano Competition

This week we’re featuring Sean Chen‘s new album “La Valse,” featuring the rich, colorful music of Scriabin and Ravel. In 2013, Chen was awarded the Silver Award winner of the 14th Van Cliburn International Piano Competition. Listen to his album this week and enter for a chance to win a copy!

This contest is now closed. The winner will be announced on April 15 at 11am on Classical 90.5.

Featured Album: Alisa Weilerstein – Dvorák

Alisa Weilerstein

Alisa Weilerstein’s latest album captures one of Antonin Dvorák’s best-loved works, his Cello Concerto, and two handfuls of gorgeous songs and arrangements. The whole album was recorded in the same concert hall that Dvorák conducted his own music. Jiří Bělohlávek conducts the Czech Philharmonic for the concerto, and Anna Polonsky plays piano for the rest of the album. Ms. Weilerstein is also a spokesperson for the Juvenile Diabetes Research Foundation.