Classical Album of the Week on WRTI 90.1

Every week, on the air and online, you'll hear music from new releases and favorite albums that have been carefully selected for your listening pleasure. Check out our posts for commentary from our hosts and video highlights for each Classical Album of the Week.

August 19, 2019. Women and their emotions have been subjects of literature for centuries. In Reason and Madness, soprano Carolyn Sampson and pianist Joseph Middleton perform music from 16th-century England to 19th-century Germany and 20th-century France, exploring through song the various ways women have been characterized as "mad."

August 12, 2019. Summer nights feel especially precious now that we’re well into August, and summer twilights seem especially magical. The "blue hour"—that last period of day when the sun has set, but residual light gives the sky a soft, bluish shade—this time and mood is captured in a recent album of the same name by clarinetist Andreas Ottensamer and pianist Yuja Wang.

August 5, 2019. It’s not every day we have an opportunity to mark a 400th anniversary, even in classical music circles. This week, we’re excited to celebrate the work of Barbara Strozzi (1619-1677)—one of the most important composers of 17th-century Venice.

August 12, 2019. Summer nights feel especially precious now that we’re well into August, and summer twilights seem especially magical. The "blue hour"—that last period of day when the sun has set, but residual light gives the sky a soft, bluish shade—this time and mood is captured in a recent album of the same name by clarinetist Andreas Ottensamer and pianist Yuja Wang.

July 29, 2019. When Evgeny Kissin made a rare chamber music appearance with the Emerson Quartet in April 2017, Carnegie Hall quickly sold out. The veteran artists chose to collaborate in three masterworks from the piano/strings chamber reperotire, and the resulting concert and encore nearly “lifted the lid off the hall,” said The New York Times.

July 22, 2019. Two musical forces of nature join together in a live performance of fantasy, adventure and romance. Our WRTI Classical Album of the Week and Film at Five weekday feature combine in this powerful Deutsche Grammophon album, Celebrating John Williams.

July 15, 2019.  At age 21, if your last name has already been transformed into an “ism," then it’s fair to say you’ve arrived. So it is with British saxophonist Jess Gillam.

July 1, 2019. The hope in the "American Dream" is heard in the 2016 album, America Again, by pianist Lara Downes. WRTI’s Susan Lewis has the story.

Michele Corbman Photography

July 8, 2019. The ensemble Kleine Kammermusik, which, translated means "a little chamber music," celebrates the fanfare and filigree of chamber music from Paris and Dresden in the late 17th and early 18th centuries in this album released in 2017.

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