Featured Album: Andreas Staier’s Bach Concertos

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With a collective half-century of performing, Andreas Staier and the Freiburg Baroque Orchestra release their sixth recording project with Bach’s harpsichord concertos. Available from Harmonia Mundi on August 13, 2015, we’ll feature this new album all week on Classical 90.5.

Featured Album: Pianist Eric Huebner

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Before being named pianist of the New York Philharmonic in 2012, Eric Huebner maintained a busy career playing and recording new music. Just take a look at his discography here.

His latest album skews a little older, with Robert Schumann’s Kreisleriana, inspired by E.T.A. Hoffmann’s character Johannes Kreisler; and Stravinsky’s Three Movements from Petroushka, a solo piano adaptation of the larger ballet’s more memorable moments. Night Fantasies, the most recently composed work on the album, was composed by Elliott Carter (for Paul Jacobs, a former NYPO pianist) and inspired by the solo piano music of Robert Schumann.

Here’s an excerpt from Messiaen’s Oiseaux Exotiques performed by the New York Philharmonic, with a prominent role for pianist Eric Huebner.

Featured Album: Rachel Grimes’ The Clearing

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In her second full-length studio album, Rachel Grimes offers a contemplative soundscape of chamber music in The Clearing. The composer/pianist is joined by collaborators from Louisville, and from the Amsterdam Sinfoniette, cellist Helen Money and sound designer Scott Morgan (LOSCIL). Listen to some of the music below and watch a video from Grimes’ members-only performance here at Classical 90.5.

Rachel Grimes and Ensemble perform at the Kentucky Center for the Performing Arts on June 26th as part of a presentation through the Kentucky Museum of Art and Craft.

Featured Album: Michael Tunnell’s nevolution

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Trumpeter Michael Tunnell left a legacy of recorded music from his 40-year career, before passing away last year. One of his last projects was recording a CD of music written for him and an instrument he championed, the Corno da caccia. “nevolution” features works written for him by his colleagues and friends, which Tunnell summarizes in the liner notes when he says the project, “…is all about friendship and music making…” You can purchase a copy here.

Featured Album: Avi Avital’s Vivaldi

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Mandolinist Avi Avital embarks on a Venetian journey in his latest Deutsche Grammophon album, with the Venice Baroque Orchestra and guests artists Juan Diego Fl√≥rez, Mahan Esfahani, Ophira Zakai and Patrick Sepec. “Vivaldi” includes the landmark concertos for mandolin (RV 356, 93 & 425), the Trio Sonata, RV 82; and a new recording of the “Summer” concerto from the Four Seasons. Listen to Avi Avital’s “Vivladi” this week on Classical 90.5! (Photo credit: (c) Harald Hoffermann/DG)