Jeremy Denk, one of the finest pianists on the stage today, is also a riot. His fascinating blog "Think Denk" provides an entertaining, alternative view of what many people think the life of a classical musician is all about.
Though critics initally called it a fight between the violin and the orchestra, Brahms' Violin Concerto has proven to be one of the most beautiful - if challenging - works in the violinist's repertoire.
From the ominous opening solo trumpet call to the triumphant whirlwind of the final pages, Mahler's Fifth is a brilliant journey through the human experience, from loss to blazing light.
A rare beauty from the Czech master Martinu, and Brahms summing up his art in his final symphony -- performed by one of the world's great orchestras.