Featured Album and Giveaway: Sean Chen – La Valse

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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

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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.

Featured Album: Renee’s Guilty Pleasures

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Featured Album: Jansen Plays Bach

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If you’re going to record an album, you might as well hand-pick the people who will play with you. That’s what Janine Jansen did for her latest recording of Bach: she chose the players, including her cellist brother and harpsichordist father.

Featured Album: Starobin on Giuliani

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Mauro Giuliani was responsible for making the guitar a prominent instrument in concert music, and was thought of as the Beethoven of the guitar. David Starobin’s newest recordings of Giuliani’s music if our Featured Album.