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Major Themes

Welcome to Major Themes, a new monthly cooperative project from American Public Media affiliates, in which classical stations and programs around the country recommend a must-hear recording based on what's happening with them.

Check in each month to find out what Major Themes are being celebrated by classical music stations across the country and the CD recordings recommended for you to explore or add to your personal CD library.

This month, we checked in with friends in New York, Ohio, Minnesota, Tennessee and Chicago. Here are their top picks for must-hear recordings.

Images: Music of Jeff Tyzik; Eastman Wind Ensemble, conducted by Mark Davis Scatterday (Summit)

Welcome to Major Themes, a monthly feature in which classical music experts recommend a must-hear recording based on what's happening at classical stations and programs around the country. This month, we checked in with friends in Michigan, Tennessee, Vermont and California, and the national program Pipedreams. Here are their picks, with an emphasis on Women's History Month, piano, birthdays and vocal music.

Jakub Józef Orlinski: Anima Sacra (Erato)

 

Welcome to Major Themes, a monthly feature in which classical music experts recommend a must-hear recording based on what's happening at classical stations and programs around the country. This month, we checked in with friends in Minnesota, New York and Ohio. Here are their top picks for must-hear recordings.

 Valerie Coleman: Portraits of Langston, from the McGill/McHale Trio's Portraits (Cedille)

McGill/McHale Trio (from left): Demarre McGill, Michael McHale and Anthony McGill. Cedille Records

Welcome to Major Themes, a monthly feature in which classical music experts recommend a must-hear recording based on what's happening at classical stations and programs around the country. This month, we checked in with friends in Michigan, Minnesota, Ohio and Vermont. Here are their top picks for the holiday season.

Gabrieli Consort and Players: Messiah (DG Archiv)

Welcome to Major Themes, a monthly feature in which classical music experts recommend a must-hear recording based on what's happening at classical stations and programs around the country. This month, we checked in with friends in Michigan, Ohio, Tennessee and California, as well as American Public Media. Here are their top picks.

La Nef: Music for Joan the Mad (Dorian)

Welcome to Major Themes, a monthly feature in which classical music experts recommend a must-hear recording based on what's happening at classical stations and programs around the country. This month, we checked in with friends in Minnesota, Ohio and New York, plus the host of Performance Today. Here are their top picks.

Welcome to Major Themes, a monthly feature in which classical music experts recommend a must-hear recording based on what's happening at classical stations and programs around the country. For August's installment, we checked in with friends in Ohio, Tennessee and Vermont, as well as the new overnight host of Classical 24, the nationally syndicated classical music service. Here are their top picks.

  

John Adams: I Was Looking at the Ceiling and Then I Saw the Sky (Warner/Rhino)

For July's installment, we checked in with friends in North Carolina, Ohio and New York, as well as the host of SymphonyCast. Here are their top picks, with a modern summer twist.

Third Coast Percussion: Paddle to the Sea (Cedille)

Welcome to Major Themes for May 2018, a monthly feature in which classical music experts recommend a must-hear recording based on what's happening at classical stations and programs around the country. For this month's installment, we checked in with friends in Ohio, Vermont and Minnesota, as well as the host of Pipedreams. Here are their picks, with an emphasis on piano, moms, mermaids and Mass.

Martha Argerich & Sergei Babayan, Prokofiev for Two (Deutsche Grammophon)

April 2018

For our first installment, we checked in with friends in New York, North Carolina, Ohio and Texas, as well as the producers of Performance Today. Here are their picks, with an emphasis on soloists and chamber works from Bach to Brahms and beyond.

Anne Akiko Meyers, Serenade: The Love Album (eOne)