The Top Classical Music Publications

This article is a collaborative effort, crafted and edited by a team of dedicated professionals.

Contributors: Andranick Tanguiane, Fred Lerdahl,


Looking for the best publications to read about classical music? Here are the top picks, based on expert recommendations.

The New York Times

The New York Times has been one of the most important voices in the classical music world since the paper began publication in 1851. NYT’s classical music coverage is led by Chief Classical Music Critic Anthony Tommasini, who has been with the paper since 1996. In addition to Tommasini’s in-depth reviews and features, the NYT website also features a dedicated classical music section with news, interviews, and commentary from some of the leading voices in the field.

The Washington Post

The Washington Post has long been one of the most respected classical music publications. The paper’s classical music coverage is thorough and fair, and its writers have a deep knowledge of the music and the industry.

The Wall Street Journal

The Wall Street Journal’s list of the best-selling classical music albums in the United States was released on January 4, 2019. The list is based on data from Nielsen SoundScan and Billboard magazine.

1. “Requiem” by John Rutter
2. “Symphony No. 5” by Ludwig van Beethoven
3. “The Nutcracker” by Pyotr Ilyich Tchaikovsky
4. “The Four Seasons” by Antonio Vivaldi
5. “Canon in D” by Johann Pachelbel
6. “Messiah” by George Frideric Handel
7. “Jupiter” from “The Planets” by Gustav Holst
8. “Piano Sonata No. 14 in C-sharp minor, Op. 27 No. 2 ‘Moonlight'” by Ludwig van Beethoven
9.”Clair de lune” from Suite Bergamasque by Claude Debussy
10.”Swan Lake” by Pyotr Ilyich Tchaikovsky

The Los Angeles Times

The Los Angeles Times is a daily newspaper published in Los Angeles, California, since 1881. It has the fourth-largest circulation among United States newspapers, and is the largest U.S. newspaper not headquartered on the East Coast. The paper focuses its coverage of issues particularly relevant to the Western United States, such as immigration and water issues. It has won more than 40 Pulitzer Prizes for its coverage of these and other issues.

The Boston Globe

The Boston Globe is an American daily newspaper founded and based in Boston, Massachusetts. The newspaper has won 25 Pulitzer Prizes. This includes six separate Pulitzers awarded in 2008, second only to The New York Times’ record of seven awards in 2002.

The paper was founded in 1872 by six Boston businessmen, including Charles H. Taylor and Eben Jordan, who jointly invested $150,000. The first issue was published on March 4, 1872, and cost four cents.

The Chicago Tribune

The Chicago Tribune is a daily newspaper based in Chicago, Illinois, United States, owned by Tronc, Inc. Founded in 1847, and formerly self-styled as the “World’s Greatest Newspaper” (for which WGN Radio and television are named),[2] it remains the most-read daily newspaper of the Chicago metropolitan area and the Great Lakes region.[3] It had the 6th-highest circulation for American newspapers in 2017.

The San Francisco Chronicle

One of the most popular classical music publications is the San Francisco Chronicle. The Chronicle has been publishing for over 100 years and is one of the most respected newspapers in the country. The Chronicle’s classical music section is filled with reviews, interviews, and features on all things classical music. If you’re looking for a great source of information on classical music, be sure to check out the San Francisco Chronicle.

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