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 Hyperion label continues its exploration of the classical piano concerto with this sixth volume, devoted to John Baptist Cramer. Born in Germany but raised in London, he became an important figure in the development of piano technique in the late 18th century. Cramer wrote these concertos to show off his keyboard skills, drawing large audiences to his subscription concerts in London and acclaim from composers including Beethoven and Schumann during his European tours.  

This recording features three of his eight concertos, written between 1792 and 1812, with Howard Shelley at the keyboard and conducting the London Mozart Players.