When Lily Afshar came to the United States from Iran in 1977, she had no idea it was possible to study guitar in college. Now a professor at the University of Memphis, Afshar explores the relationship between literature and the guitar in her new recording, <i>Musica de Camera</i>.
By presenting these early Mozart piano concertos in a string quartet setting, McDermott and the Calder Quartet offer you a chance to hear Mozart in way he sanctioned, yet is rarely recorded.
The name of this disc, <i>A Walking Fire</i>, is taken from a poem by 13th-century Sufi poet Rumi, and is a metaphor for love. It also beautifully encompasses the process through which each piece on this recording evolved — a journey of wide-eyed wonder transformed into a passionate creation.
Mandolin virtuoso Chris Thile ponders the interpretations of Glenn Gould, the writings of Charles Rosen, and much else as he brings out his first Bach album.
The new disc from the Emerson String Quartet actually features sextets. It's also their final disc with their longtime cellist David Finckel.
Banjo player Bela Fleck has collaborated with classical musicians in the past. On 'The Impostor,' he goes even farther, with a full-fledged concerto.
According to the producer of this new disc, composers often save their innermost thoughts for the choral medium.
With their combined talents, imaginations and deep collaborative commitment, Alessio Bax, Simon Over and the Southbank Sinfonia pry out some fresh ideas — and new life — in these familiar works by Mozart.
Everyday life for Dobrinka Tabakova is centered on the thing she loves most - composing. Though <em>String Paths</em> is the first full album devoted to her original compositions, she says she has always known this would be her path.
Simone Dinnerstein is a classical pianist; Tift Merritt is a singer/songwriter who's been compared with Joni Mitchell and Emmylou Harris. What happens when they join forces?
Pianist Yundi Li made his name with Chopin. Now he explores another romantic master, Beethoven.
This new choral disc from The Singers serves up a collection of American melodies, in arrangements that sometimes give the old tunes an unexpected spin.
Conductor Leonard Slatkin comes back to the orchestral music of Rachmaninov, 30 years after recording it for the first time.
Carl Sagan, Philip Glass, J. S. Bach, Karl Jenkins, Yehudi Menuhin — they all played a role in shaping Daniel Hope's new disc, inspired by the ancient concept of the music of the spheres.
A new disc from a 19-year-old pianist includes standards by Rachmaninoff and Ravel, and his own music, some based on the strange dreams he had when going off to college.