For all the classical music lovers out there, Boston’s Isabella Stewart Gardner Museum is offering a great number of free classical compilations/podcasts for you to enjoy.
The Concert series features live recordings from both young and seasoned contemporary classical artists.
Their latest offering are the Selections recorded for Summer 2012. It contains 18 tracks from a host of talented musicians, playing their own versions of some of your favorite classical pieces.
It’s hard to find great classical albums these days. Even though you may argue that there is still a market for it, it pales down in comparison to the ravenous pop appetite of the masses these days. Hence, it’s always exciting to see the brave few who make an effort to get their love for stringed and classical instruments heard.
The Concert: Selections, Summer 2012 is one awesome compilation enough to satisfy any classical music lover’s craving. There are 18 tracks on the album and most are recorded live. Starting with a solo double bass number from renowned bassist, DaXun Zhang; the song is composed of four pieces beautifully traversing melody and emotion.
A few other cuts worth noting include Katherine Chi’s version of Mozart’s masterpieces and Musician’s from Marlboro’s String Quintet in C Major, K. 515. The Rebel Baroque Orchestra also pulled off a moody piece that’s simply breathtaking. One of my favorite tracks from the compilation.
Overall, it’s a wonderful album that soothes and gives talented classical artists a chance to shine. It’s definitely a real treat. Perhaps the best part of it all is that this one is absolutely free. Make sure to check it out and grab the download. It’ll be worth it.
Isabella Stewart Gardner Museum Official Website
Isabella Stewart Gardner Museum on Free Music Archive
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