Mary Gauthier brings military veterans and their families into her latest album / 89.3KPCC

Singer-songwriter Mary Gauthier brought military veterans and their families into the writing process for her latest album, "Rifles and Rosary Beads." NPR music critic Ann Powers says the album "is the product of compassion and a call for more compassion at a time when it's needed most." 89.3KPCC - Pasadena CA Veteran Affairs reporter Libby Denkmann spoke with Gauthier and with a wounded service member who says their collaboration helped heal the invisible injuries of war. LISTEN TO THE SEGMENT p.p1 {margin: 0.0px 0.0px 0.0px 0.0px; font: 12.0px 'Helvetica Neue'; color: #606060}
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Llyr Williams sits down with Spokane Public Radio to discuss monumental Beethoven recording

Welsh Pianist Llyr Williams tackles the complete solo piano repertoire of Beethoven in live reocdings from London's Wigmore Hall on his new 12-disc box set Beethoven Unbound. The stunning cycle comprises nearly 14 hours of music, which Williams says comprise "all of life." As well as the complete piano sonatas, the box set also features other works including the 32 Variations in C minor, Eroica Variations, Opus 126 Bagatelles and the Diabelli Variations, a total of almost 14 hours of music. This is Williams' fourth album on Signum Classics. Beethoven Unbound is presented in a beautiful hinged box with extensive notes by Mischa Donat, and personal notes by Williams and the album's award-winning producer Judith Sherman, with whom Williams worked previously on his Wagner without Words release. p.p1 {margin: 0.0px 0.0px 0.0px 0.0px; font: 12.0px 'Helvetica Neue'; color: #606060} p.p2 {margin: 0.0px 0.0px 0.0px 0.0px; font: 12.0px 'Helvetica Neue'; color: #606060; min-height: 14.0px} Williams sat down with Spokane Public Radio's James Tevenan to discuss this monumental recording. Listen to the attached interview
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  Interview with Spokane PR's Jim Tevenan

Leif Ove Andsnes connects the building blocks on new Chopin recording / Classical Music Sentinel

One of the many aspects I admire about Leif Ove Andsnes' playing, is that he can always extract gold from the soil without the need for a pickax and shovel. By this I mean that unlike some pianists, he doesn't fuss over details or feel the need to micromanage, or manipulate each and every note as if it holds a key to the expressive narrative of a piece. He sees the arc, the long line of a composition, and allows the music to flow and speak for itself. After all, I'm sure Chopin knew what he was doing when he composed these long, allegorical tales he titled 'Ballades'. Unlike the shorter Preludes, Etudes or Mazurkas, it's the dénouement of the journey that presents and holds the logic of the work, not only its harmonic progression or technical demands. So a good pianist need only follow the expressive directions, which are clearly marked, and the music will always lead home. It's like a hamburger; if you overdo it with the spices and condiments then you can't taste the meat. If you enjoy Murray Perahia's interpretations, I'm sure you will find that Leif Ove Andsnes comes from the same school of thought. In the booklet notes Andsnes states that the Ballades are "absolute music" whose stories are told through architectural juxtapositions and he obviously knows how to connect the building blocks. An excellent recording of someone presenting the music of Frederic Chopin at face value. SEE THE Classical Music Sentinel PAGE
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MSO names Ken-David Masur - new music director / Milwaukee Journal Sentinel

Ken-David Masur, 41, is the Milwaukee Symphony's next music director. He will shepherd the orchestra artistically as it prepares to move into its new concert hall in the fall of 2020. Jonathan Kirn, Milwaukee Symphony. In naming Ken-David Masur its next music director, the Milwaukee Symphony has selected a conductor with worldwide experience, steeped in Germanic tradition, recognized for his collaborative approach and in love with choral music.  But wait, there's more: Masur appreciates the challenge and opportunity waiting for a music director leading a symphony orchestra through the opening of a new concert hall. As a boy, he watched his father, the famed conductor Kurt Masur, open the new Gewandhaus concert hall in Leipzig. Masur will begin full time duties as music director with the 2019-'20 season, when he will conduct eight weeks of programs. In the 2020-'21 season, he will conduct 13 weeks of programs.   (Photo: Jonathan Kirn, Milwaukee Symphony) p.p1 {margin: 0.0px 0.0px 0.0px 0.0px; font: 12.0px 'Helvetica Neue'; color: #606060} p.p2 {margin: 0.0px 0.0px 0.0px 0.0px; font: 12.0px 'Helvetica Neue'; color: #606060; min-height: 14.0px} READ THE FULL Milwaukee Journal Sentinel ARTICLE
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Alexandra Streliski shares new INSCAPE video for 'Overturn' / sonofmarketing

Alexandra Stréliski is a French-Canadian composer and pianist which made her debut with the album Pianoscope in 2010. Two years after Demolition, she's back with a new album. INSCAPE is out now via Secret City Records. Recorded in the Fall of 2017 at Studio PM in Montreal, INSCAPE is the work of an artist unconcerned with conventions, whose approach of neoclassicism is resolutely current. Produced by Stréliski and Maxime Navert, the attempt was to fill a certain emotional emptiness, a creative urge that commits to taking the listener back to a form of lost sincerity.  Stréliski shares a new video for the track "Overturn". It was directed by Édith Jorisch. WATCH
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Jeff Goldblum's 'Capital Studios Sessions' is like a long lost perfect puzzle piece / The Michigan Daily

From his stint in "Jurassic Park" as a sharp-tongued mathematician to his more recent role in Marvel's "Thor: Ragnarok" as The Grandmaster, Jeff Goldblum has grown to be a true pop-culture icon. The addition of "jazz musician" to Goldblum's vibrant and diverse roster is more than fitting. His new album with the Mildred Snitzer Orchestra, The Capital Studios Sessions, is like a long lost perfect puzzle piece - the world didn't know it needed Jeff Goldblum singing and performing jazz with Sarah Silverman and Haley Reinhart until he gave it to them. While Goldblum doesn't reinvent jazz the way one might expect (many consider jazz to be a "dying" genre in need of reinvention or a merciful death), he capitalizes on the advantages of jazz as a genre of live performance. The result is a strange yet delightful mixture of satisfying jazz riffs, velvet-smooth vocals and playful humor. p.p1 {margin: 0.0px 0.0px 0.0px 0.0px; font: 12.0px 'Helvetica Neue'; color: #606060} p.p2 {margin: 0.0px 0.0px 0.0px 0.0px; font: 12.0px 'Helvetica Neue'; color: #606060; min-height: 14.0px} READ THE FULL Michigan Daily REVIEW
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Radio New Zealand pre-views Womad 2019

Radio New Zealand's Episode 110 pre-views just some of the line-up of international and local musicians who will be appearing at Womad on the 15 – 17th March 2019. The program includes music from Yo-Yo Ma & The Silk Road Ensemble, along with an interview with Emere Wano, the Event Director and NZ Program Manager talking about her role in Womad and why the Womad festival always makes for a unique musical experience that is always different, sometimes challenging but forever rewarding. Silk Road Ensemble music on this show includes; Yo-Yo Ma & The Silk Road Ensemble Feat. Kaoru Watanabe Shingashi Song Kaoru Watanabe Sing Me Home Sony Classical   The Silk Road Ensemble & Yo-Yo Ma Briel The Silk Road Ensemble & Yo-Yo Ma A Playlist Without Borders Sony Classical   The Silk Road Ensemble Feat. Bill Frisell If You Shall Return The Silk Road Ensemble Feat. Bill Frisell Sing Me Home Somy Classical
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SMF celebrates its 30th season with a stellar lineup / Savannah Morning News

From March 28 through April 13, 2019, the Savannah Music Festival (SMF) celebrates its landmark 30th season with a stellar lineup of concerts, recitals, dance parties and presentations, and family-friendly performances in nine venues across Savannah's Historic District. From its origins as Savannah On Stage, SMF has grown to become one of the nation's leading multi-disciplinary musical arts events, distinguished by its commitment to innovative programming and known for attracting top-flight artists and audiences from across the country and overseas. The 30th festival season features many artists making their SMF debuts, new collaborations with area arts organizations, and original programs from Associate Artistic Directors (and SMF artists) violinist Daniel Hope, in a performance of Beethoven's Triple Concerto with David Finckel and Wu Han of The Chamber Music Society at Lincoln Center and the Atlanta Symphony Orchestra. In his 16th season as SMF Associate Artistic Director, Hope brings together world-class musicians from across North America and Europe for Daniel Hope & Friends, SMF's annual chamber music series. This year's lineup includes violinists Benny Kim and Simos Papanas, violists Paul Neubauer and CarlaMaria Rodrigues, cellists Eric Kim and Keith Robinson, bassist Joseph Conyers, and pianists Simon Crawford-Phillips and Sebastian Knauer. On the final day of the festival, Hope appears on a special presentation with his father, Christopher Hope, in a program titled "My Son the Fiddler" (April 13). SMF brings together artists collaborating for the first time in their careers, with unique double bills that include John Medeski's Mad Skillet with Jon Cleary; Kat Edmonston with Pokey Lafarge; and others. SMF also welcomes back guitarist Charlie Hunter and his Trio, joined by vocalist Lucy Woodward (April 11). READ THE FULL Savannah Morning News ARTICLE
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Tafelmusik makes a case for the obscure baroque music of Agostino Steffani / Toronto Star

It's not just established masterworks that guarantee a magical concert. Tafelmusik proved this Thursday evening at the first performance of a program devoted to the now-obscure Baroque-era composer Agostino Steffani. Not only was his music a revelation, the concert itself was beautifully performed by the period-instrument Tafelmusik Orchestra, Chamber Choir and guest soloist, Toronto-based mezzo-soprano Krisztina Szabó. Tafelmusik Baroque Orchestra and Chamber Choir with mezzo-soprano Krisztina Szabó. Ivars Taurins, conductor plays Toronto's Trinity-St Paul's Centre through Nov. 11. READ THE FULL Toronto Star REVIEW p.p1 {margin: 0.0px 0.0px 0.0px 0.0px; font: 12.0px 'Helvetica Neue'; color: #606060} p.p2 {margin: 0.0px 0.0px 0.0px 0.0px; font: 12.0px 'Helvetica Neue'; color: #606060; min-height: 14.0px}
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Andrew Wan, Charles Richard-Hamelin - Beethoven Violin Sonatas is WFMT 'Featured New Release'

The Analekta label has released the first of three albums that will cover Beethoven's complete Violin Sonatas, performed by two of Canada's most outstanding musicians. Andrew Wan is concertmaster of the Montreal Symphony Orchestra and Charles Richard-Hamelin was winner of the silver medal at the 2015 International Chopin Piano Competition. In this first volume, we find the three Sonatas, Op. 30, each highlighting various facets of the composer. Andrew Wan, Charles Richard-Hamelin - Beethoven Violin Sonatas is WFMT: Chicago 'Featured New Release' p.p1 {margin: 0.0px 0.0px 0.0px 0.0px; font: 12.0px 'Helvetica Neue'; color: #606060}
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For the Allegro Guitar Society, guitarist Jason Vieaux proves why he's one of the world's best classical guitarists / TheaterJones

Classical guitarists suffer from a lack of exposure that keeps the names of the superstars out of the public's adoration list of musicians. Asked to name a classical guitarist, even devoted concertgoers struggle to come up with a name, a fate not shared by pianists and violinists. Enter the Allegro Guitar Society/Fort Worth Classic Guitar Society to fill this void by presenting recitals presented by universally admired guitarists in both Dallas and Fort Worth venues. It is not unusual for classical music buffs to admit that they don't know about them but that is easily remedied by attending such a concert. A perfect example is the recent pair of recitals played by the Grammy-winning guitarist, Jason Vieaux. He was one of the founders of the guitar department at the highly respected Curtis Institute of Music. Since 1997 he has served on the faculty of his alma mater, The Cleveland Institute of Music, and has headed the guitar department since 2001. He has a collection of other honors as well as prizes in international competitions. He first came to notice in 1992 when he won first prize in the prestigious Guitar Foundation of America International Guitar Competition, the event's youngest winner ever. Currently, he is a member of their advisory board. When Vieaux took the stage for the recital, the first impression is that even though he is his mid-40s and is a large man, he still has a boyish demeanor with his shock of blond hair; and an informality when giving personal comments about what he is playing. However, all that vanishes the minute he sits down with his guitar to play. From that moment on, he is all business and laser-like concentration. The program covered a wide range of composers, from Bach to Duke Ellington. Since the instrument has a shockingly small repertoire, much of a guitar recital depends on arrangements, usually made by virtuosi for their own use in concertizing. Vieaux ‘s program contained more than the usual amount of music specifically written for the guitar. READ THE FULL TheaterJones REVIEW
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Kenny Broberg leads Kimbell Museum audience through a superbly conceived, brilliantly executed journey from darkness to light / TheaterJones

Pianist Kenny Broberg, Silver Medalist of the 2017 Van Cliburn International Piano Competition, returned to Fort Worth Thursday night for a recital on The Cliburn concert series at the Kimbell Art Museum, and led his audience through a superbly conceived, brilliantly executed journey from darkness to light. The program itself was unceasingly fascinating, combining little-known and well-known works in a way that effectively "sold" and underlined the genius of each item. Broberg, 25, is a son of the American Heartland, educated in Houston and Kansas City, but he is definitely worthy of the international spotlight-just like the namesake of this recital series, who also happened to be a son of the Heartland. With this concert, Broberg demonstrated a blazing intellect, impeccable technical skills, and the ability to build a strikingly imaginative and intelligent program. p.p1 {margin: 0.0px 0.0px 0.0px 0.0px; font: 12.0px 'Helvetica Neue'; color: #606060} p.p2 {margin: 0.0px 0.0px 0.0px 0.0px; font: 12.0px 'Helvetica Neue'; color: #606060; min-height: 14.0px} READ THE FULL TheaterJones REVIEW
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Top 10 Albums for November

Tall Heights :

Pretty Colors For Your Actions

Rising duo Tall Heights release their much-anticipated sophomore album Pretty Colors For Your Actions today via Sony Music Masterworks.  Pretty Colors For Your Actions heralds a new chapter for Tall Heights, who made their major label debut with 2016's Neptune and have since racked up 140 million streams to date as well as critical acclaim from the likes of NPR, Wall Street Journal, Paste, Stereogum and more.  The 11-track collection is grounded by the duo's signature melodies, layered and shaped with live instrumentation and contemporary production to create a sonic universe all their own.  
Imogen Heap :

The Music of Harry Potter and the Cursed Child

Written, composed, performed and recorded by Grammy and Ivor Novello Award-winner Imogen Heap, The Music of Harry Potter and the Cursed Child is presented as four contemporary musical suites, each showcasing one of the play's theatrical acts.  This unique new album format from Imogen Heap chronologically features the music heard in the stage production, further reworked to transport listeners on a sonic journey through the world of Harry Potter and the Cursed Child.
Charlie Haden-Brad Mehldau :

Long Ago and Far Away

Legendary jazz bass player Charlie Haden and pianist Brad Mehldau joined forces back in November 2007 to perform together at the Christuskirche church in Mannheim, resulting in the live recording Long Ago and Far Away. After 11 years, the recording has finally been released on Impulse! Records. After meeting for the first time back in 1993, Haden found a way to bring Mehldau out to LA to perform with himself and Lee Konitz at the Jazz Bakery in 1996. This led to a trio recording on Blue Note (1997) called Alone Together. In 2011, he and Brad recorded a live album with Lee Konitz and Paul Motian for ECM called Live at Birdland. Mehldau and Haden remained friends from the time of their first meeting – they had a special connection. In the early days, Haden, in a sense, mentored this young pianist in life lessons. He would later go on to pronounce Mehldau one of the most important musicians of his generation because of his unique voice, his depth of knowledge and facility on the instrument, and how he has moved the language of jazz forward.
Sarah Brightman :


The world's most successful and best selling soprano Sarah Brightman will unveil her much anticipated fifteenth full-length album, HYMN, on November 9, 2018 (Decca Gold/ Universal Music Group). This marks the multi-platinum, GRAMMY® award-nominated, classical crossover pioneer's first new studio recording since she released the international chart-topper Dreamchaser in 2013. In addition to her new album, Sarah Brightman announced her world tour, Hymn: Sarah Brightman In Concert, which will begin in South America in November 2018 and include 125 shows across five continents throughout 2019. The North American dates of the tour, produced by Live Nation, will kick off in January 2019 and tickets for the general public will go on sale beginning Friday, September 21 at 10:00am local time at HERE. Fanclub and forum community members can purchase tickets before the general public starting today at 2:00pm local time HERE. Citi is the official presale credit card for the Hymn: Sarah Brightman In Concert Tour. As such, Citi cardmembers will have access to purchase U.S. presale tickets beginning Tuesday, September 18th at 10:00am local time until Thursday, September 20th at 10:00pm local time through Citi's Private Pass program. For complete presale details visit Every pair of online tickets for this show includes a physical CD of Sarah Brightman's forthcoming album, HYMN. All albums must be redeemed by April 29, 2019.* Additional tour dates to be announced in the coming months. See the announced tour routing below.
Angele Dubeau & La Pieta :


Angèle Dubeau & La Pietà - Ovation. Recorded in concert during the One Last Time tour, we hear a violinist at the top of her form and a concert where magic and perfection are in symbiosis. In December 2017, with two sold-out concerts at the Maison symphonique de Montréal, the One Last Time tour by Angèle Dubeau & La Pietà came to an end. This tour of thirty-three concerts was, for the violinist, an opportunity to thank her Quebec fans for the support they had given her throughout her career. It was on that tour, during the concerts at Palais Montcalm in Quebec City, that Ovation was recorded. This new album features musical works composed by the likes of Einaudi, Richter, Glass, Enescu and Saint-Saens and which have been landmarks of the first 20 years of La Pietà's career. The album also showcases a violinist at the top of her form and a concert where magic and perfection are in symbiosis.

Let There Be Cello

The Croatian duo of Luka Sulic and Stjepan Hauser, better known as 2CELLOS, today release their much-anticipated new album, Let There Be Cello, via Sony Music Masterworks – available everywhere now.  A follow-up to the 2017 release of Score, Let There Be Cello finds the pair exploring a diverse catalogue with their signature boundary-breaking playing style.  Known for their electric live performances, 2CELLOS now gear up to take their newest album on the road for their first-ever U.S. arena tour, which is set to kick off February 2019.
Cally Banham :

Cor Christmas

Jiri Belohlavek | Czech Philharmonic Orchestra :

Janacek - Glagolitic Mass

The latest recording with the Czech Philharmonic posthumously released from the late Jiři Bělohlávek, this all-Janáček album features Glagolitic Mass, the rhapsody Taras Bulba,Sinfonietta, and The Fiddler's Child.
Krystian Zimerman :

Bernstein - The Age of Anxiety w/Berlin-Rattle

When Leonard Bernstein celebrated his 70th birthday, Krystian Zimerman was asked to perform Symphony No. 2 (The Age of Anxiety) with Bernstein for the first time. Full of praise for Zimerman's performance, Bernstein asked the pianist to perform the piece again when the composer turned 100. To fulfill that promise, Zimerman releases a new recording of Bernstein's Symphony No. 2, performed with the Berlin Philharmonic and conducted by Simon Rattle in his last appearance as its chief conductor.
Yo-Yo Ma :

Six Evolutions - Bach Cello Suites

YO-YO MA releases Six Evolutions – Bach: Cello Suites today.  The new album from Sony Classical marks Ma's third and final recording of the works and celebrates his nearly six-decade-long relationship with the music.  Six Evolutions – Bach: Cello Suites is available to stream and download now on all digital service providers and for purchase as a 3-LP 180-gram vinyl set. As Ma's "constant musical companions" for almost 60 years, Bach's Cello Suites first entered the cellist's life at the age of four, when he learned the first measure of the Prélude to Suite No. 1 under his father's instruction.  His Grammy Award-winning first complete recording of the suites was made in his late twenties. His second, Inspired by Bach, was released in his early forties and recorded alongside a multi-genre, collaborative exploration of the works. Both previous recordings of the Cello Suites, also on Sony Classical, became landmarks in classical discography, as well as milestones in Ma's musical life.  Since then these works have been a through line in his life, guiding him through times of happiness as well as hardship, prompting Ma to ask, "What power does this music possess that even today, after three hundred years, it continues to help us navigate through troubled times'"