Classical New Releases

Saturdays, after the opera

Your host Mark Pinto spotlights notable new classical recordings and other additions to WRTI’s ever-expanding classical music library. You’ll hear renowned international performers alongside acclaimed local artists and ensembles in music you already know and music Mark thinks you should. He always puts together a varied, entertaining, and informative mix. Whenever the opera ends on Saturday afternoons, check out Classical New Releases with Mark Pinto!

June 4, 2018. Here’s an unusual pairing: Piano works by Philip Glass and J.S. Bach, played by pianist Simone Dinnerstein, with performances by the Boston-based string orchestra, A Far Cry.  Dinnerstein’s new release Circles is a circuit of virtuosity.

May 28, 2018.  Discovering this album is really quite a treat.  On Prokofiev for Two pianist Martha Argerich is joined by Armenian-born American pianist Sergei Babayan in his transcriptions for two pianos.  Together, they play some of Prokofiev’s best-loved music. 

5-21-18.  In Wagner: Orchestral Music from Der Ring des Nibelungen, JoAnn Falletta and the Buffalo Philharmonic perform highlights from Wagner’s monumental Ring cycle. Beginning with the first of four music dramas, Das Rheingold, and proceeding through Die Walküre, Siegfried, and Götterdämmerung, it’s a thrilling  journey and a chance to be swept up in the magic of Wagner’s orchestral color.

May 14, 2018.  A name familiar to many of our listeners is the subject of this week’s Classical Album of the Week.  In Rachmaninoff, artist Ching-Yun Hu draws deeply from her passion for Rachmaninoff, and packages it into a wonderful album. 

April 30, 2018.  What a fascinating study of an instrument not frequently heard in a solo role:  the viola!  On Motherland, superstar violist David Aaron Carpenter shows us the range and depth of his instrument.

April 9, 2018. A new release featuring pianist Murray Perahia connects the consummate artist to two Beethoven sonatas that have yet to be included in his studio repertoire.

April 2, 2018. The reviews are in! Pianist Seong-Jin Cho has put together a splendid recording of the keyboard music of Claude Debussy. Just listen to his new Debussy album. 

March 19, 2018. As if Yannick Nézet-Séguin weren’t busy enough with The Philadelphia Orchestra, the Met Opera, his Orchestre Métropolitain, and the Rotterdam Philharmonic! He’s also been recording regularly with the Chamber Orchestra of Europe. Yannick’s latest venture with that group is Visions of Prokofiev, featuring superstar violinist Lisa Batiashvili.

March 12, 2018. Fugue State highlights music from two centuries of keyboard composers from the High Baroque period.  Pianist Alan Feinberg interprets a musical range beginning with Danish-German composer Dieterich Buxtehude and concluding with Bach and Handel. 

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