Classical Archive

A Venetian Coronation, 1595 - It's good to be king --- or, in Venice, Doge. The Doge was the chief magistrate. Thus, a man of a certain age and accomplishment. And, in Venice, a man of

Alexander Nevsky - The greatest score in all of film --- so good that it inspired John Williams' shark theme in “Jaws” and James Horner's music for “Star Trek II:

Anonymous 4 - In the Middle Ages, women weren’t allowed to sing in public cathedrals. As late as the 1980s, women weren’t performing medieval chant and polyphony. In 1986, four women wondered what

Appassionato Yo-Yo Ma - Appassionato Yo-Yo Ma  

Arvo Part - Do you recall how Michael Moore handled the attack on the World Trade Center in 'Fahrenheit 9/11'? To the surprise of those who hate him, he did it very, very artfully. Almost a minute

Bach: Mass in B minor - Bach’s B Minor Mass was never played in his lifetime, but once it was discovered a century or so later, it was an object of awe. Beethoven kept a picture

Bach: Suites for Unaccompanied Cello - Considering that the Bach Cello Suites live in the marrow of millions and millions of music lovers, it seems hard to believe that these six masterpieces, written

Beethoven Violin Concerto - Franz Clement may not have been as great a violinist as Ludwig van Beethoven was a composer, but he was quite the celebrity in 19th century

Beethoven: Piano Concertos - If you're in the mood to hear five of the greater piano concertos ever written --- and if my experience is any guide, it's a very easy mood to

Benedictines of Mary, Queen of Apostles - If a classical CD sells 500 copies a week, that’s good enough to propel it to #1 on the Billboard Traditional Classical list. “Lent at Ephesus,” the new CD by

Carmina Burana - Some would say that the most overplayed piece of classical music --- if only because people continue to get married --- is Pachelbel's Canon in D.

Christmas with the Tallis Scholars - THE AMAZON LINK: There are now two ways to get to Amazon and support this site. Old: Click on the “Buy it from Amazon” link on any review and go

Claudio Monteverdi: Vespers of the Blessed Virgin (Vespro Della Beata Vergine) - THE AMAZON LINK: There are two ways to get to Amazon and support this site. 1) Click on the “Buy it from Amazon” link on any review. 2) CLICK HERE.

Four Last Songs/ The Year of Living Dangerously - Iraq is dissolving. This should be a surprise to no one. Easy to say this, from the comfort of a room with broadband and hot coffee. Much harder for the

Gabriel Faure: Requiem - It's been a year of unexpected deaths and serious illnesses of friends --- reality telling us who's boss. Which set me to thinking: Have you ever noticed how often, at memorial services,

Glenn Gould: The Goldberg Variations - In 1741, a Russian count who lived in Leipzig had trouble sleeping. To calm his nerves, Count Kaiserling ordered Johann Gottlieb Goldberg, his personal pianist, to play

Jacqueline du Pre - Her career lasted only 12 years, but if had been only half as long, she'd be considered one of the greatest cellists of the century --- her

Julia Fischer - This is the age of the phenomenon, of unknowns rising like rockets and lighting up the sky until they're all we can see. But only briefly.

Lara St. John - Video Bach: BWV 1041, Allegro assai Is there a more frequently recorded piece of classical music than Vivaldi's Four Seasons? And talk about over-played --- I don't know if

Les Choristes -  "I got in on the ground floor of Tina Turner," a gent announced decades ago at a party. I was confused --- had the man, a Wall Street type, invested in