Margaret Batjer presents violin concertos old and new / FM91: Toledo


Violinist/concertmaster Margaret Batjer celebrates 20 years with the Los Angeles Chamber Orchestra by releasing a new album of violin works, including a piece she helped premiere: the violin concerto by composer Pierre Jalbert. Also on the disc: soulful, beautiful works for violin and orchestra by Baltic composers Arvo Pärt and Peteris Vasks, balanced with a lovely rendition of J.S. Bach's Concerto in A Minor, BWV 1041. Listen to the interview with FM91: Toledo's Brad Cresswell p.p1 {margin: 0.0px 0.0px 0.0px 0.0px; font: 12.0px 'Helvetica Neue'; color: #4d4d4d}
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Charles Richard-Hamelin Chopin - Ballades & Impromptus makes PublicRadio90's 'Genre Fluid Fridays on Classiclectic'


Genre Fluid Fridays on Classiclectic: Music exploration and discovery through the lens of classically-minded composers and musicians.  Explore beyond the horizon of classical music, Fridays on Public Radio 90, beginning just after 9:30am ET.  This edition brings newer releases from New Amsterdam Records, including music from Nathan Schram & Attacca Quartet and JACK Quartet & So Percussion.  A combination of harp and electronics comes from Sarah Page and her release Dose Curves, and veteran television and session musicians Pat Irwin & J. Walter Hawkes bring us Wide Open Sky.  We've also got a new recording of Telemann sonatas, bossa nova meets classical from Toquinho, the husband and wife duo of Folias Music (from Grand Rapids, Michigan), and pristine recordings of ballades of Chopin by Charles Richard-Hamelin. Chopin: Ballades & Impromptus, Charles Richard-Hamelin's fifth album on the Analekta label, is simply stunning. This complete edition of Frédéric Chopin's ballades and impromptus makes it possible to appreciate the exceptional playing of the pianist, as well as two important sides of the composer's work and that is the narrative impetus of his ballades and his talent as an improviser on the four impromptus. Frédéric Chopin's ballades are the first instrumental works to bear this name, originally used to designate refined vocal pieces. Very free in form, all four present a similar psychological journey, in which tension will increase to a fiery coda. Written between 1831 and 1842, they testify to the evolution of Chopin's piano writing. SEE THE PublicRadio90 'Genre Fluid Fridays on Classiclectic' PAGE
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Ola Onabule chats with The Paul Leslie Hour


Our artist guest Ola Onabulé is a British-Nigerian singer-songwriter, performing & recording artist. In his two decade long career, Onabulé has performed around the globe. His music has gained inspiration from jazz, soul, pop and world styles. His new studio record is entitled "Point Less," and is a heavy album, worthy of your listening attention. It was a pleasure meeting Ola Onabulé and have no doubt he is an artist certain to make a lasting and positive affect on the planet. You're hearing the interview right here on The Paul Leslie Hour. LISTEN TO THE SEGMENT   p.p1 {margin: 0.0px 0.0px 0.0px 0.0px; font: 12.0px 'Helvetica Neue'; color: #4d4d4d} p.p2 {margin: 0.0px 0.0px 0.0px 0.0px; font: 12.0px 'Helvetica Neue'; color: #4d4d4d; min-height: 14.0px}
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'Happiness Does Not Wait' from Angele Dubeau - La Pieta is the KUSC: Download Of the Week


Pulsations is the very latest from the Canadian group, La Pieta and their leader, violinist Angele Dubeau. ("She has a flair for finding and recording the works of remarkable composers, thus placing her at the center of the post-minimalist movement", La Scena Musicale.) Pulsations, the violinist's new album, brings together works that evoke strong images and possess a profound emotional intensity. In addition to the excellence of her playing, she has a flair for finding and recording the works of remarkable composers, thus placing her at the center of the post-minimalist movement, one of the most relevant musical genres of our time. The public's increasing interest for some of these composers whose works are featured on Pulsations tells us that we are witnessing the emergence of a golden age for this contemporary music.  Download for free a work by the contemporary Icelandic composer Olafur Arnalds entitled, Happiness Does Not Wait compliments of KUSC: Los Angeles
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'Happiness Does Not Wait' from Angele Dubeau - La Pieta is the KDFC: Download Of the Week


Pulsations is the very latest from the Canadian group, La Pieta and their leader, violinist Angele Dubeau. ("She has a flair for finding and recording the works of remarkable composers, thus placing her at the center of the post-minimalist movement", La Scena Musicale.) Pulsations, the violinist's new album, brings together works that evoke strong images and possess a profound emotional intensity. In addition to the excellence of her playing, she has a flair for finding and recording the works of remarkable composers, thus placing her at the center of the post-minimalist movement, one of the most relevant musical genres of our time. The public's increasing interest for some of these composers whose works are featured on Pulsations tells us that we are witnessing the emergence of a golden age for this contemporary music.  Download for free a work by the contemporary Icelandic composer Olafur Arnalds entitled, Happiness Does Not Wait.
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Charles Richard-Hamelin Chopin - Ballades & Impromptus is the WFMT: Featured New Release


In 2015, Canadian pianist Charles Richard-Hamelin received the Silver Medal at the International Chopin Piano Competition in Warsaw. He has continued to explore the music of Chopin in many of his recordings. Richard-Hamelin's latest album from Analekta features the complete Ballades and Impromptus, showing two important sides of the composer's work. For November 13, Charles Richard-Hamelin Chopin - Ballades & Impromptus is the WFMT: Chicago 'Featured New Release'  
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Echo Collective's 'Stuk' makes KCRW: Rhythm Planet - New Music Favorites


p.p1 {margin: 0.0px 0.0px 0.0px 0.0px; font: 12.0px 'Helvetica Neue'; color: #4d4d4d} p.p2 {margin: 0.0px 0.0px 0.0px 0.0px; font: 12.0px 'Helvetica Neue'; color: #4d4d4d; min-height: 14.0px} This week's playlist features a mix of jazz, world, tropical Latin, and crossover classical new releases that I'm enjoying now. I love to feature new jazz sides in each playlist, so here is a whole bunch of new stuff. We hear an atmospheric piece called 'Stuk' composed by the late Jóhann Jóhannsson, performed by the Belgian Echo Collective. Jóhann Jóhannsson's sudden and untimely death in February 2018 put an end to his unique practice of bringing different art forms together. The Icelandic composer was known for his inventiveness in allowing music and literature, music and theatre, music and film to communicate with one another in his works, and for combining classical and electronic elements with original, profound and often melancholic results.  British philanthropist and art collector Richard Thomas was fascinated by this process of breaking down artistic boundaries. He came up with the idea of commissioning a work that would establish a dialogue between music and the visual arts, with neither form overpowering the other, and in which the production and interpretation aspects of each would blend together to create a single entity. Thomas already had an artist in mind for his project – Berlin-based painter Thilo Heinzmann. He in turn thought instantly of Jóhann Jóhannsson.  SEE KCRW: Los Angeles - Rhythm Planet's New Music Favorites FULL PAGE
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William Susman's 'Camille: I. Vitality' makes KCRW: Rhythm Planet - New Music Favorites


This week's playlist features a mix of jazz, world, tropical Latin, and crossover classical new releases that I'm enjoying now. I love to feature new jazz sides in each playlist, so here is a whole bunch of new stuff. First, from William Susman in a chamberistic style. Susman's new album 'Collision Point' on Belarca Records features Rome-based ensemble Piccola Accademia degli Specchi and features music inspired by love, loss, redemption, and the writings of Allen Ginsberg, Colum McCann and Francis Bacon. The album brings together four premiere recordings including two pieces for the full ensemble: Camille (2010), which was written for the ensemble, and The Starry Dynamo (1994), as well as a piano trio, Clouds and Flames (2010) and a duo, Motions of Return (1996) for flute and piano. SEE KCRW: Los Angeles - Rhythm Planet's New Music Favorites FULL PAGE
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'Concertante' podcast with Los Angeles Chamber Orchestra concertmaster; Margaret Batjer


Making their first appearance on BIS, Margaret Batjer and the Los Angeles Chamber Orchestra cross great distances in both time and space in this programme of  concertante violin works. In this podcast we speak with Los Angeles Chamber Orchestra concertmaster; Margaret Batjer about the album. Listen to the podcast Here are some notes about the pieces on the recording.          The disc opens with a Violin Concerto by the American composer Pierre Jalbert (b.  1967), whose music has been described as ‘rich in  instrumental colour and harmonically engaging.' Composed in 2017, the 26-minute concerto was a commission from the orchestra and here makes its first appearance on disc. The next work takes us to 18th - century Germany, where Johann Sebastian Bach had  been busy studying the concertos of his Italian colleagues,  and especially Vivaldi. His Concerto in A minor is thought to have been composed around 1730, at a time when Bach had freed himself from his models, producing works  richer in both texture and sentiment.  For the second half of the programme we return to our own time, travelling northwards to the Baltic countries, as Bach is followed by one of his great admirers in modern music, the Estonian composer Arvo Pärt (b. 1935). Margaret Batjer and the orchestra offer us their performance of what is probably Pärt's most famous  piece, Fratres from 1977. Originally written for chamber ensemble ‘without fixed instrumentation', it soon became a modern classic and exists in numerous versions. The one heard here, for violin, string orchestra and percussion, was made by the composer in 1992. The closing Lonely Angel is by Pärt's slightly younger colleague P.teris Vasks (b. 1946) from Latvia. Reworked from a movement for string quartet, the piece was inspired by a particular image: ‘I saw an angel, flying over the world; the angel looks at the world's condition with grieving eyes, but an almost imperceptible, loving touch of the angel's wings brings comfort…' Concertante works for the violin spanning three centuries  Produced & Narrated by Max Horowitz - Crossover Media This content, as well as the related podcast, are licensed under Creative Commons Attribution 4.0 International (CC BY 4.0) for redistribution and adaptation. p.p1 {margin: 0.0px 0.0px 0.0px 0.0px; font: 12.0px 'Helvetica Neue'; color: #4d4d4d}
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Sharon Isbin discusses 'Souvenirs of Spain and Italy' with All Classical Portland


Guitarist Sharon Isbin has recorded nearly everything in her instrument's repertoire. Still, it's refreshing to hear that, when an artist such as Ms. Isbin revisits a work (such as the Vivaldi D Major concerto), she gives us an interpretation with subtle differences from what came before. On "Souvenirs of Spain and Italy", Isbin partners with Pacifica Quartet, so the Vivaldi has an especially intimate feel to it. The disc also sheds light on works that have stayed in the shadows somewhat. The Quintet by Mario Castelnuovo-Tedesco is such a work. Turina's "Bullfighter's Prayer" and Boccherini's Quintet with the Fandango finale (complete with castanets and tambourine) give us a well-rounded tour of the Iberian and Italian peninsulas. LISTEN TO THE All Classical Portland SEGMENT p.p1 {margin: 0.0px 0.0px 0.0px 0.0px; font: 12.0px 'Helvetica Neue'; color: #4d4d4d}
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Angele Dubeau's 'Pulsation' this week is 'Happiness Does Not Wait' by Olafur Arnalds


A pulsation marks time, our time. It infuses its rhythm in it and evokes the heart. This week's pulsation is 'Happiness Does Not Wait' by Olafur Arnalds. Pulsations, Angele Dubeau's new album, brings together works that evoke strong images and possess a profound emotional intensity. "A pulsation marks time, it infuses its rhythm in it and also evokes the heart. Just like those composers whose music calls out to me and who, with their unique signatures, mark time, our time. Features the music of; Olafur Arnalds, Jean-Michel Blais, Ludovico Einaudi, Alex Baranowski, Craig Armstrong, Peter Gregson, Yann Tiersen, Abel Korzeniowski, Johan Johannsson, Max Richter and Dalal." LISTEN via PRX p.p1 {margin: 0.0px 0.0px 0.0px 0.0px; font: 12.0px 'Helvetica Neue'; color: #4d4d4d}
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Luka Sulic returns to his classical roots with cello arrangement of Vivaldi's 'Four Seasons' / WFMT: Featured New Release


After seven years of touring the world as part of the critically acclaimed duo 2Cellos, Luka Šulić returns to his classical roots with his first solo album for Sony Classical.  A graduate of London's Royal Academy of Music and a prize-winning cellist, Šulić takes on one of the most iconic works in classical music for his first independent recording project. His dramatic interpretation of Vivaldi's The Four Seasons is the first complete recording of the popular cycle of Baroque concertos arranged for a cello soloist. For November 10, 2019 - Luka Sulic 'The Four Seasons' is the WFMT: Chicago 'Featured New Release'  SEE THE PAGE
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Top 10 Albums for November

Jon Batiste :

Chronology Of A Dream - Live@The Village Vanguard

The inimitable musician and bandleader, Jon Batiste, sets to release Chronology Of A Dream: Live At The Village Vanguard on November 1. Recorded during his six-night residency in the fall of 2018, the live album is a follow up to his recent critically acclaimed release, Anatomy of Angels: Live at the Village Vanguard, and is part two of the two-part series.  You can listen to the first single "HIGHER" and pre-order the album here. Anatomy of Angels and Chronology of a Dream are two sides of the same coin. Batiste explains, "My compositions on Chronology focus on thematic development within short form structures with memorable melodic themes, while Angels focuses on thematic development within longer form structures that are built for deconstruction, never to be played the same way twice."
Jeff Goldblum & The Mildred Snitzer Orchestra :

I Shouldn't Be Telling You This

JEFF GOLDBLUM WITH BRAND NEW ALBUM  FEATURING - SHARON VAN ETTEN • FIONA APPLE • ANNA CALVI • INARA GEORGE • GINA SAPUTO In DUETS WITH JEFF GOLDBLUM  - OUT NOVEMBER 1 ON DECCA RECORDS "I'm crying with ecstasy over this new album. Creatively, I'm happy as a clam. This collection of cohorts (cream of the crop), with whom I get to cavort, is outa this cosmos. Ouch, my crackling cranium! I'm crowing!!!" – Jeff Goldblum After his live set being hailed as one of Glastonbury 2019's most iconic moments this summer, at which he announced from the stage that a brand new record was in the works, Jeff Goldblum is now set to release an album which will make the listener smile even more than his first one. If that is possible. With his long-time band The Mildred Snitzer Orchestra, the enticingly-titled album I Shouldn't Be Telling You This will be released globallyNovember 1 on Decca Records and features an impressive array of surprising duet guests.
The Comet Is Coming :

The Afterlife

"Bridging the gap between experimentation and accessibility" (Rolling Stone), The Comet Is Coming announces the digital release of the group's highly-anticipated mini-album The Afterlife, via Impulse! The Afterlife will serve as a companion piece to the group's breakout album Trust In The Lifeforce Of The Deep Mystery and the lead track "Lifeforce Part II." "The Afterlife has been a topic of deep consideration and of the keys to spiritual mythology around the world for millennia," claims kinetic keyboardist Danalogue. He continues to state "The two records can be seen as companions, that cannot exist without each other, like day and night, light and dark, creation and destruction. They were made together, at the same time, and have always been intended to be experienced together."
Laura Karpman :

WHY WE HATE

p.p1 {margin: 0.0px 0.0px 0.0px 0.0px; font: 12.0px 'Helvetica Neue'; color: #4d4d4d} Laura Karpman (Underground, Paris Can Wait, Step, Black Nativity) has scored the Discovery docu-series Why We Hate. The show is directed by Geeta Gandbhir & Sam Pollard and investigates the human capacity for hatred and how we can overcome it. The 6-parter traces the evolutionary basis of hate and uses stories from past and present to reveal the nature of the primal and universal emotion. Steven Spielberg, Alex Gibney (Taxi to the Dark Side, Enron: The Smartest Guys in the Room) and Frank Marshall (Jurassic World, The Sixth Sense) are executive producing the Amblin Television & Jigsaw production with Stacey Offman, Richard Perello (Super Troopers), Darryl Frank & Justin Falvey (The Americans, The Haunting of Hill House), Yael Melamede, Erica Sashin and Steve Tisch (Forrest Gump, The Equalizer). Karpman has previously scored the Spielberg-produced 2002 mini-series Taken. Why We Hate will premiere later this year on Discovery.
Luka Sulic :

The Four Seasons

After seven years of touring the world as part of the critically acclaimed duo 2CELLOS, Luka Šulić returns to his classical roots with his first solo album for Sony Classical.  A graduate of London's Royal Academy of Music and a prize-winning cellist, Luka Šulićtakes on one of the most iconic works in classical music for his first independent recording project. Available everywhere Friday, October 25, his dramatic interpretation of Vivaldi's The Four Seasons is the first complete recording of the popular cycle of Baroque concertos arranged for a cello soloist.  Also arriving today is the album's lead offering, "La Primavera (Spring) Op. 8 No. 1 in D major – I. Allegro," released alongside an accompanying video of Šulić performing the track from his world live Premiere –
Sweet Crude :

Rougarou

South Louisiana natives and indie pop six-piece, Sweet Crude release their Verve Forecast label debut single, "Rougarou."  The track presents a darker, more mature sound for Sweet Crude, mirroring the supernatural rougarou, a werewolf-like creature from Louisiana folklore. The single is from the band's upcoming 2020 full-length project and you can listen to the song here. Fronted by vocalist Alexis Marceaux and multi-instrumentalist Sam Craft, Sweet Crude is a drum-infused, bilingual band that takes their native music and language and produces a completely fresh sound that thrusts century-old traditions into the present. Sweet Crude delivers exciting shows featuring exuberantly bellowed harmonies, and lyrics that jump from English to Louisiana French all over New Orleans rhythms. Rounding off the musically multi-faceted group is Jack Craft (Keys), Stephen MacDonald(Bass), David Shirley (Drums) and Skyler Stroup (Trumpet/keys/drums).
Ola Onabule :

POINT LESS

Socially conscious singer/songwriter Ola Onabul' has built an enviable career as an international touring performer and has now turned his attention to the North American market with a newly recorded collection of original songs. Onabul''s meticulous attention to detail in his arrangements and production as well as the support from Sennheiser/Neumann have contributed to the manifestation of an impressive recording.'' Point Less, is a follow up to Onabul''s last album, It's The Peace That Deafens, with the new album boldly expressing his views on social injustice, reminiscent of Marvin Gaye's What's Going On. It is an activist's call - at once a celebration of life and a cautionary take on the social forces that threaten it. Violence, immigration, xenophobia, betrayal, and dignity are themes considered on Point Less, rendered with a powerful and knowing generosity of spirit. Onabul' is rueful yet optimistic.
Jan Garbarek, The Hilliard Ensemble :

Remember Me, My Dear

Garbarek blends with the vocal lines – sung captivatingly by the Hilliards – like a fifth voice. With restraint and the greatest of control he wanders and floats through the spaces created by the singers…The early music is not just given a modern sheen. Garbarek explores a space from the inside, but with a sound whose hymnic character and pathos cannot be denied. The music raises the question of what is old and what is new. - Peter Rüedi, Die Weltwoche  25 years on from the release of Officium, the groundbreaking alliance of Jan Garbarek and The Hilliard Ensemble, comes a live album from their unforgettable final tour. Remember me, my dear, named for the Scottish ballad which concludes the concert, was recorded in October 2014 at Chiesa della Collegiata dei Santi Pietro e Stefano in Bellinzona, in the Ticino canton of Switzerland. The album embodies all the special attributes of this unique alliance between the Norwegian saxophonist and the British vocal ensemble.
Sultans Of String :

Heart Of Gold

p.p1 {margin: 0.0px 0.0px 0.0px 0.0px; font: 12.0px 'Helvetica Neue'; color: #4d4d4d} p.p2 {margin: 0.0px 0.0px 0.0px 0.0px; font: 12.0px 'Helvetica Neue'; color: #4d4d4d; min-height: 14.0px} Sultans of String releases Heart of Gold (Live) By NEIL YOUNG (Silver Fiddle Music) on Nov. 12, on Neil Young's Birthday!! This song has a lot of meaning to SOS leader Chris McKhool. He grew up in a classic music loving house. His mother was a piano teacher and all the kids from the neighbourhood would come to their living room for lesson. McKhool's first instrument was classical violin, which was amazing for ear training. He was even in a string orchestra called the National Capital String Academy, and loved it. But by the time he was a teenager, violin was kind of a square instrument, and when he got to high school he had learned enough about music already that he could teach himself how to play guitar and bought his first steel string guitar from Steve's Music in Ottawa where he grew up. A plywood model by Yamaha. Heart of Gold by Neil Young was the very first song he learned on it.  
Jim James, Teddy Abrams, Louisville Orchestra :

The Order Of Nature

THE ORDER OF NATURE presents a hypnotic meeting of the classical and folk-rock worlds with both classic and brand-new material by Jim James (lead singer of critically/commercially successful My Morning Jacket) and fused with Teddy Abrams' inspired orchestrations with the Louisville Orchestra.
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