Album of the Week

Classical WETA 90.9 FM showcases notable new (or newly reissued) albums each week. Hear selections from the album on-air throughout the week, and check online to learn more about the artist and the music.

The celebration of Beethoven’s 250th birthday continues with this new recording of his early chamber music. Emmanuel Pahud, principal flute of the Berlin Philharmonic, partnered with pianist Daniel Barenboim and four other Berlin- and Vienna-based musicians for an exploration of Beethoven’s music featuring the flute. These works all date from his formative years in Bonn and his first decade living in Vienna.  

Latvian mezzo-soprano Elīna Garanča presents a collection of German songs: Schumann’s Frauenliebe und Leben and a selection of Lieder by Brahms. As Garanča’s operatic career has begun to feature heavier dramatic repertoire like Amneris and Kundry, she comments on the very different facet of her artistry captured in this new album: 

“I want to demonstrate that I can still whisper and be tender and soft and intimate; that three notes on the piano and an intricate melody can mean the world.”