September 2018 Staff Picks

Our September staff picks feature albums and playlists that we’re listening to this month! Each featured release has been handpicked by our staff along with a brief quote. Want to listen to the featured release? Simply click “Listen Now” in each review section. Happy listening!

“In anticipation of Nashville’s Classical Music Day celebration as well as Classical Music Month, I’ll be listening to unCLASSIFIED’s Classical Music Month playlist. It’s a great representation of the classical music community in Nashville, and a good reminder of the hand classical music has had in establishing Nashville as Music City, USA.” – Natalie | LISTEN NOW

“As a flutist myself, it’s refreshing to find new chamber works that utilize the extended techniques of the instrument in an interesting way. An introspective listen.” – Mara | LISTEN NOW

“The Märchenerzählungen, Op. 132 (Fairy Tale Narratives, version for clarinet, viola and piano) are probably one of the best and most passionate pieces written by Schumann.” – Philippe | LISTEN NOW

“For many people, first exposure to classical music comes from film or television, and this playlist collects many of those favorites. Whether it’s music composed specifically for the screen or classical standards that we all recognize from any number of movies or commercials, the tracks on this playlist will transport the listener to a magical and familiar place.” – Dan | LISTEN NOW

“I’m a massive fan of Danish music and have been fortunate to spend some time in Copenhagen, Denmark’s capital, getting to know many of its most notable composers, some of whom I am friends with. Dacapo’s latest release, with liner notes by the incomparable Andrew Mellor, is a name new to me. Soren Nils Eichberg’s fine and ambitious symphony is rendered in spectacular sound, and played by the Danish National Symphony Orchestra. Dacapo has done more to advance the cause of Danish music than any other label.” – Sean | LISTEN NOW

“This is a fantastic symphonic project that really takes the listener on a journey, whether you’re familiar with the Netflix ‘House of Cards’ series or not. The way that Jeff Beal used flute and guitar as soloists in the context of the orchestra brings out some very unique colors and effectively showcases the tremendous talent of both Jason Vieaux and Sharon Bezaly.” – Jesse | LISTEN NOW