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A 1910 portrait of King George V in procession. A new album of choral works by Hubert Parry features music he wrote for the king's coronation one year later.

Read Classical Lost And Found: Hubert Parry's Glorious England

December 4, 2012 – A new album of Hubert Parry's neglected works for chorus and orchestra swells with English pride.

Mezzo-soprano Joyce DiDonato.

Read Joyce DiDonato: Sublime Singing Makes The Unreal Real

November 27, 2012 – Hear a celebrated mezzo-soprano sing an aria from her exceptional new recording of Baroque opera.

The special effects in Carl Philipp Emanuel Bach's music helped forge a new cutting-edge style.

Read Calculated Instability: The Pioneering Sonatas Of C.P.E. Bach

November 20, 2012 – The quirky music of J.S. Bach's most impressive son delights in an album by pianist Danny Driver.

Read Young Cellist With An Old Soul Plays Elgar, Elliott Carter

November 6, 2012 – Hear an excerpt from an excellent album of cellist Alisa Weilerstein playing music classic and new.

For violinist Gidon Kremer's new album, he commissioned 11 composers to rework and build on keyboard music by J.S. Bach.

Read Gidon Kremer's Bach Makeover

October 30, 2012 – Hear the violinist play a newly commissioned work based on Bach.

The vocal ensemble Roomful of Teeth, founded and directed by Brad Wells (left).

Read Roomful Of Teeth: Experimental Singing, Smiles Guaranteed

October 23, 2012 – Hear this exciting group bring a 21st-century spin to a capella singing on their debut album.

Read Esa-Pekka Salonen's Excellent Violin Adventure

October 16, 2012 – The composer-conductor's award-winning Violin Concerto makes a stunning CD debut.


The Budapest String Quartet in 1919.

Read Budapest Quartet Gets To The Heart Of Beethoven

October 16, 2012 – Critic Lloyd Schwartz says the group's versions of Beethoven's string quartets are incomparable.


Vagn Holmboe is considered Denmark's finest composer of symphonies after Carl Nielsen.

Read Classical Lost And Found: Neglected Symphonies By A Great Dane

October 2, 2012 – The brilliant and rigorously built chamber symphonies by Vagn Holmboe have finally made it to disc.

Read A Young Pianist Triumphs In Music From The Young 20th Century

September 26, 2012 – With a new album, a pianist again fulfills the promise of his Chopin Competition dominance.

Read Trifonov's Triumph: Tchaikovsky, Twice Over

September 18, 2012 – A blazingly talented young Russian pianist records the concerto that's become his calling card.

Septuagenarian conductor Neeme Järvi brings youthful vigor to an album of brilliant pieces by Saint-Saëns.

Read Classical Lost And Found: Symphonic Sensations From Saint-Saens

September 4, 2012 – A new album, captures old chestnuts and new surprises in spectacular sound.

Pianist and conductor Daniel Barenboim captured in a 2006 photo from Berlin.

Read Barenboim's Beethoven: A Soloist And Conductor In Complete Agreement

August 28, 2012 – Hear an excerpt from Beethoven's piano concertos played and conducted by Daniel Barenboim.

French composer Jules Massenet died 100 years ago, leaving the opera world with a wealth of elegantly composed dramas.

Read Making A Case For Massenet, The Misunderstood Sentimentalist

August 14, 2012 – A new 23-CD set explores the suave elegance of one of the most successful opera composers.

Alfredo Casella's orchestral scores are finally receiving well-deserved attention these days.

Read Classical Lost And Found: Making a Case For Casella

July 31, 2012 – The brilliant orchestral scores of Alfredo Casella are finally receiving well-deserved performances.

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