Bryn Terfel is one of opera's most popular and beloved singers, but on his latest disc, he takes on the assignment of singing music associated with devils, villains, outcasts and rogues.
Stephen Hough admits there was an element of fear in his latest recording project. The British pianist joined conductor Osmo Vanska and the Minnesota Orchestra to record Tchaikovsky's complete works for piano and orchestra--live in concert. But the risk paid off, and produced a two CD set of the composers best-known and least-known works -- performed by the electrifying Mr. Hough with one of the finest orchestras in the world today at the top of its game.
This new CD features choral music that ranges from Britten to Irving Berling. The performances are polished, bright, precise--and the singers are all in their teens.
In the Baroque period, composers sought new creative paths, whether their music was lyrical, virtuosic, or outright quirky. Daniel Hope's new CD explores the music of these composers who he says understood the "real meaning of crossover."
Two musicians in their early thirties tackle beloved, and daunting, concertos by Rachmaninoff on this new CD.
A young conductor and his orchestra make their mark in Ravel; Yannick Nezet-Seguin and the Rotterdam Philharmonic Orchestra.
On this new CD of Bach arias, singers blend their melodies with another singing line--supplied by violinist Hilary Hahn.
On his latest disc, Irish pianist John O'Conor takes a vacation from the classical repertoire to revisit the traditional songs he grew up with.
Tuesday, March 9th marks the 100th birth anniversary of American composer Samuel Barber. Pianist Robert DeGaetano was Barber's lifelong friend and joined Classical MPR's Julie Amacher to share some of his memories.
Last year's Mendelssohn anniversary brought together three star musicians who were longtime friends, but who had never performed together as a chamber ensemble before. Their performances are now out on CD.
She's sung for the Prince of Wales at Buckingham Palace, she's performed for the Supreme Court, and she was a featured artist on the televised concert at the Lincoln Memorial celebrating the inauguration of President Obama. Renee Fleming is "the people's diva." Recently, she won her third Grammy award for her latest recording titled, "Verismo."
When they wrote for the clarinet, Mozart and Spohr let the instrument sing out, almost as though it were a prima donna in the opera house. Jon Manasse takes on two of their concertos on his latest disc.
Conductor Leonard Slatkin has a longstanding connection with Rachmaninov's music-in his own career, and in his family history. In his new role as music director of the Detroit Symphony Orchestra, he's just made a recording of the Russian composer's most popular symphony.
Ralph Vaughan Williams was a tireless collector of English folk song. It shaped his own musical language, as you'll hear on this new disc which includes music for the stage, for dancing, and his single piano concerto.
Elgar's Violin Concerto is daunting in its length, but intimate in its emotions. Violinist Nikolaj Znaider takes on its challenges on a new recording.