Peter and the Wolf in Hollywood / WFMT: Featured New Release

Alice Cooper says that narrating Peter and the Wolf in Hollywood took him back to his childhood. "I first heard this back in Detroit, when I was six or seven years old. My mom put the record on and I was instantly transported to another world," he recalls. "And it has been huge fun for me to do something new after nearly 50 years in the business." This modern-day version is set in Los Angeles with a prequel that takes Peter on a thrilling journey before capturing the wolf. Prokofiev's Peter and the Wolf from the Deutsche Grammophon Peter and the Wolf in Hollywood, narrated by Alice Cooper is a WFMT: Chicago - Featured New Release Alice Cooper, narrator; National Youth Orchestra of Germany / Alexander Shelley
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Vladimir Horowitz - Return to Chicago / WFMT: New Release Of the Week

Vladimir Horowitz was very popular in Chicago – between 1928 and 1986 he played here thirty-seven times, having to repeat most of his performances in order to reach as many of his admirers as possible. In 1986, he offered to present a concert that would be broadcast as a gift to the city of Chicago. It was broadcast locally over WFMT and has not been heard since that time. Deutsche Grammophon has released the complete recital along with two interviews that were used as intermission features during the broadcast. Vladimir Horowitz: Return to Chicago on Deutsche Grammophon WFMT: Chicago - Featured New Release. Featured Tracks are: Scarlatti: Sonata in E major, K 380 (4:14); Sonata in E major, K 135 (4:17) & Schumann: Arabeske in C major, Op 18 (7:07) Vladimir Horowitz, piano    
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Julia Lezhneva - Handel / WFMT: Featured New Release

The new album from Russian coloratura soprano Julia Lezhneva is a vibrant showcase of Handel's Italian compositions, works known for their vocal virtuosity, sense of drama and melodic beauty. Lezhneva offers a selection of both sacred and secular arias for the soprano voice. She recorded the album at the Giovanni Arvedi Auditorium in Cremona, the northern Italian city famous as the home of great violin and string instrument makers. Handel: La Resurrezione: Disserratevi, o porte d'Averno (4:50) from Julia Lezhneva Sings Handel on Decca is a WFMT: Chicago - Featured New Release. Julia Lezhneva, soprano; Il Giardino Armonico / Giovanni Antonini    
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Andrew Wan | OSM - Saint-Saens: Violin Concertos / WFMT: Featured New Release

The concerto provided Saint-Saëns the opportunity to display technical virtuosity as well as to express musical ideas. He explained: "It is virtuosity itself I mean to defend. It is the source of color in music. It gives wings to the artist to help him escape from the prosaic and commonplace." Andrew Wan is equally at home as a soloist, chamber musician, and concertmaster. In 2008, he was named concertmaster of the Montreal Symphony Orchestra, making him one of the youngest leaders of a major orchestra. Saint-Saëns: Violin Concerto No 3 in B minor, Op 61 (30:26) from Andrew Wan | OSM - Saint-Saens: Violin Concertos on Analekta is a WFMT: Chicago - Featured New Release. Andrew Wan, violin; Montreal Symphony Orchestra / Kent Nagano    
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Five Reasons Why You Must Go See The Blind Boys Of Alabama / Folio Weekly

If, as Elvis Presley purportedly said, "Gospel music is the purest thing there is on this Earth," then The Blind Boys of Alabama are the purest keepers of that eternally pure flame. Formed in 1944 at the Alabama Institute for the Negro Blind when its seven founding members were all of nine or ten years old, the group has performed nearly everywhere, from the Jim Crow South to pivotal Civil Rights Movement marches to 60 Minutes to the White House. They've won more awards than we can count (OK, we can count five Grammys), recorded with myriad notables, from Booker T. Jones to Ben Harper to Bon Iver, and dabbled in pop, funk, soul, and hip-hop, all while remaining true to their gospel roots. Most amazing, founding member Jimmy Carter is still leading the band, which now includes three more visually impaired singers and four backing musicians. Since The Blind Boys of Alabama are appearing at St. Augustine Amphitheatre on Nov. 29, we came up with five more reasons why this show is a can't-miss, must-see.   READ ALL THE REASONS
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Itzhak Perlman | Emanuel Ax - Faure & Strauss Violin Sonatas / The Strad review

There are a number of Romantic violin sonatas that work well together in a pairing, by dint of either their similarities or their contrasts. Those of Fauré and Strauss, however – appearing together on this first duo recording by Itzhak Perlman with Emanuel Ax – provide both. The Fauré, elegantly drawn despite its generally unwieldy structure, and the Strauss, with its innocent and enthusiastic lyricism set within a more traditional construction, are perfect prisms through which to see the infinite variety of colours and the quiet, understated experience of these two great players. Furthermore, that they are a hitherto unrecorded combination – despite a lifetime of duo playing – is an added bonus for this disc, released alongside some major reissues of Perlman's older recordings to celebrate his 70th birthday. But, most of all, these performances are bathed in the warm light of two performers of incomparable musical depth and worldliness.  READ THE FULL Strad REVIEW
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Huffington Post Chats with Rufus Wainwright

Grammy-nominated singer/songwriter Rufus Wainwright releases his debut opera, Prima Donna, for the first time on audio since its 2009 premiere at the Manchester International Festival.  The recording, just released on October 2 on Deutsche Grammophon/UMC follows the live event, Prima Donna: A Symphonic Visual Concert held at the Athens Festival in Greece in September. Prima Donna's central character, a retired Diva struggling to make her return to the stage and regain her former years of greatness, was inspired by the BBC Lord Harewood interviews with Maria Callas in her later years. In addition to its Manchester premiere and most recently the Athens visual concert, Prima Donna also had a run at Sadler's Wells in London, Luminato: Toronto Festival of Arts and Creativity in Toronto and its American premiere in New York City Opera in February 2012 at the Brooklyn Academy of Music.  Mike Ragona from Huffington Post Chats with Rufus Wainwright
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Huffington Post Chats with Band of Merrymakers

Sony Music Masterworks imprint Portrait Records signs the holiday super-group – Band of Merrymakers, a rotating group of travelling troubadours. Their debut album "Welcome To Our Christmas Party" will make a donation to MusiCares for every album and track sold.   Led by hit songwriters/producers Sam Hollander (Train, One Direction, The Fray, Pentatonix) and Kevin Griffin (Taylor Swift, Sugarland, James Blunt, Howie Day...also of Better Than Ezra), the band features special guests: 3OH!3, Alex & Sierra, Andrew McMahon (Andrew McMahon in the Wilderness), Bebe Rexha, Charles Kelley (Lady Antebellum), Christina Perri, Dan Wilson (Semisonic), David Hodges (Evanescence), David Ryan Harris, Firekid, Jason Wade (Lifehouse), Mark McGrath (Sugar Ray), Michael "Fitz" Fitzpatrick (Fitz and The Tantrums), Natasha Bedingfield, Nick Hexum (311), Owl City, Sinclair, Smallpools, Streetcorner Symphony, The Grand Southern, The Mowglis and Tyler Glenn (Neon Trees) Mike Ragona from Huffington Post chats with Band of Merrymakers Sam Hollander and Kevin Griffin
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Angele Dubeau and La Pieta perf/chat with

The musicians of the Montreal-based ensemble La Pietà recently gave a knock-your-socks-off performance of several pieces by contemporary composer Ludovico Einaudi and jazz legend Dave Brubeck at our studios in downtown St. Paul. (La Pieta recently released a recording featuring Einaudi's music, which was featured on New Classical Tracks). The founder of La Pietà, violinist Angèle Dubeau, sat down with Classical MPR's Julie Amacher to chat about the history of the ensemble, the importance of playing "goosebump" music and why there's no limit to how meaningful and relevant music can be to our lives. They also talked about why, no matter where they are performing, the members of La Pietà always wear red. They do that, Dubeau says, to honor their inspiration and namesake, Antonio Vivaldi. Not only was he known as The Red Priest because of his shock of flaming red hair, he also worked with the young female residents of L'Ospedale della Pieta, one of the five orphanages in Venice. That particular institution's color was red. A few tips for watching the "Life" video: everyone can view it on a laptop or phone without VR by clicking and dragging around to see the whole room, but the best result is to watch it using a VR or Google Cardboard headset on an Android phone in the YouTube app. For those using a headset, click the "Cardboard" option on the YouTube video screen when the video is paused (it looks like a little mask). This type of YouTube viewing has not been enabled for iPhones yet, but that functionality could be just around the corner.  LISTEN TO THE SEGMENT CLICK HERE FOR ClassicalMPR SEGMENT
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Max Emanuel Cencic sings the MET's Baroque Masters Series / New York Times

Since there were no program notes or translations for any of the obscure baroque arias sung in Italian by the countertenor Max Emanuel Cencic on Friday at the Metropolitan Museum of Art, discerning how he conveyed a particular mood or shaded a certain word with meaning became secondary to simply enjoying the sound of his gorgeous voice. Accompanied by the fresh-faced and dynamic period instrument ensemble Il Pomo D'Oro, led by Maxim Emelyanychev on harpsichord, Mr. Cencic offered selections by composers associated with Naples, including Domenico Sarro, Nicola Porpora, Leonardo Leo, Leonardo Vinci and Alessandro Scarlatti. (Some are featured on "Arie Napoletane," Mr. Cencic's recent CD.) READ THE FULL New York Times REVIEW
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Daniil Trifonov & Philadelphia Orchestra: Rachmaninoff in Concert / WRTI

Listen to The Philadelphia Orchestra in Concert broadcast on WRTI, this Sunday, November 29th, 2015 at 1 pm, to hear pianist Daniil Trifonov and The Philadelphians perform Rachmaninoff's Piano Concerto No. 4. This is the first broadcast in the Orchestra's 2015/2016 season. Rachmaninoff's Piano Concerto No. 4 is not very well known in America. But it has a strong connection with The Philadelphia Orchestra, which continues to mine the richness of the work. WRTI: Philadelphia - Susan Lewis has more. LISTEN TO THE SEGMENT
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A dinner date for Snarky Puppy / Jazzfm

American Grammy Award-winning band Snarky Puppy has released a teaser video for the forthcoming ‘Family Dinner Vol.2' vocal album. Recorded down in New Orleans this album has the biggest and most diverse array of guest performers so far, comprising legendary, established and emerging vocalists and instrumentalists. The band have again worked with film maker Andy LaViolette for the DVD release and theatrical screenings will begin in January 2016. The Worldwide album release date is February 12, 2016.  

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Top 10 Albums for November

Soundtracks :


Decca/Universal Music Classics is releasing one of the most anticipated film soundtracks of the year: SPECTRE – the 24th James Bond adventure. After the success of Skyfall and winning a BAFTA for best film music, Thomas Newman (‘American Beauty', ‘The Shawshank Redemption') returned on SPECTRE to create an original score to accompany the film.  The soundtrack album includes a new instrumental version of Sam Smith's new Bond main title song ‘Writing's On The Wall'. Thomas Newman comments: "It was a real honor to write the score to SPECTRE. The Bond films have such a rich musical heritage so it's been an incredible privilege to return to the franchise after Skyfall and create a soundtrack for this spectacular new movie." 24 Total  SYND: The Score, Sixty Second CD, Westwood One Direct: SiriusXM, Music Choice, Stingray, MOOD Markets include: New York, Los Angeles, Portland, Detroit, San Antonio, Albuquerque, Long Is. NY, Canada Online: Taintradio
Various :

The History of Classical Music in 24 Hours

The History of Classical Music in 24 Hours has been created for the listener who has had their first few dates with the classics and is contemplating a lifetime commitment. For them, Deutsche Grammophon has created this album that moves far beyond a collection of greatest hits. While the hits are included - one will find Vivaldi's Four Seasons and Beethoven's Fifth Symphony - The History of Classical Music in 24 Hours includes other lesser known works such as string quartets by Bartok, Prokofiev and Shostakovich. Great music, yes. Greatest hits' Not yet! 73 TOTAL SYND: NPR, C24, CBC Direct: SiriusXM, Music Choice, MOOD Markets include: New York, Los Angeles, Chicago, Philadelphia, Wash DC, Dallas, Atlanta, Seattle, Cleveland, St. Louis, Minneapolis, Denver, Portland, Baltimore, Cincinnati, New Orleans, Detroit, Pittsburgh, Austin, Memphis, Albuquerque, Buffalo Online: AccuRadio
John Scofield :

Past Present

John Scofield updates his early-'90s quartet with drummer Bill Stewart and saxophonist Joe Lovano by recruiting bassist Larry Grenadier for his fetching, appropriately titled impulse! debut, Past Present. Between 1990 and 1992, the celebrated guitarist released three well-received discs – Meant to Be, Time on My Hands and What We Do – for the Blue Note label as the John Scofield Quartet. On those records, either Marc Johnson or Dennis Irwin played bass. Nevertheless, Grenadier also has history playing with Scofielld; he toured with Scofield in support of the 1996 disc, Quiet. The nine exciting tunes Scofield penned on Past Present also reflects his philosophy on playing jazz music. He stresses the importance of being knowledgeable of the music's deep, complex roots while simultaneously being spontaneous and in the moment while performing it. For an artist with such a multifaceted discography as Scofield's, getting to the root of jazz means channeling the blues, as demonstrated on the disc's closing, titled-track.  11 NEW  257 Total SYND: NPR/Songs We Love, PRI/Jazz After Hours, Voice Of America Direct: SiriusXM/Real Jazz, MOOD Markets include: New York, Los Angeles, Chicago, San Francisco, Boston, Philadelphia, Wash DC, Atlanta, Miami, Seattle, Minneapolis, Detroit, Baltimore, Denver, Portland, St. Louis, San Diego, Detroit, New Orleans, Milwaukee, Albuquerque, San Antonio, Orlando, Berkeley CA, Tampa, Honolulu, Montreal, Vancouver Online: MOJA, Something Else, Taintradio, Jazz From Gallery 41, Party 934, KUHS, Green Arrow, Jazz Weekly, Jambase, PopMatters, Kaleidophonic Jazz, relix, Dirty Dog, animajazz INTER: Canada, Australia, Ireland, Italy 65 Jazzweek ADD's
Soundtracks :

The Walk

Alan Silvestri has scored some of the most iconically revered and profitable films in Hollywood history, amassing over a hundred credits to the tune of two Oscar and Golden Globe nominations, as well as three Grammy awards. While stylistically diverse, the unifying voice of Alan's work is an unmistakable rhythmic melody whose themes continue to embody movie excitement and drama for generations of moviegoers. Silvestri has scored well over 100 films of every imaginable style and genre. His energy and experimentation has brought excitement and emotion to the (…) scores. The Walk is a new production of the decades long collaboration between Silvestri and filmmaker Robert Zemeckis. (…) no film partnership defines their creative relationship better than Zemeckis' 1994 Best Picture winner, "Forrest Gump", for which Silvestri's gift for melodically beautiful themes earned him an Oscar nomination and the affection of film music lovers everywhere. (Alan Silvestri Homepage) 24 Total  SYND: The Score, Sixty Second CD, Westwood One Direct: Music Choice, Stingray, MOOD Markets include: New York, Los Angeles, Philadelphia, Cleveland, St. Louis, Minneapolis, Portland, New Orleans, Detroit, San Antonio, El Paso, Long Is. NY, Canada Online: Humboltdt 101, Live 365, GURU, Taintradio
Arturo Sandoval :

Live at Yoshi's

Melbourne, Australia's ALFI Records present the new album from brilliant trumpet player Arturo Sandoval - Live at Yoshi's. The prolific Cuban-born, Los Angeles-based Sandoval has squeezed a whole lot of living into his 65 years. His bio reads so much like a film script that his life was actually turned into an HBO movie starring Andy Garcia. Trained in classical music at the Cuban National School of Arts, Sandoval eventually defected from Cuba while in Europe on tour with Gillespie's United Nation Orchestra and settled in Miami to begin his musical life anew as a jazz composer, performer, producer and bandleader. 6 NEW  148 Total SYND: PRI/Jazz After Hours Markets include: New York, Los Angeles, San Francisco, Boston, Philadelphia, Cleveland, Miami, Atlanta, Minneapolis, Portland, Baltimore, St. Louis, Detroit, Milwaukee, Denver, New Orleans, Albuquerque, Louisville, San Antonio, Hartford CT, Boulder CO, Honolulu, Vancouver Online: Taintradio, MOJA, Jazz From Gallery 41, Dirty Dog, M3, SoulandJazz 51 JazzWeek ADD's
Julia Wolfe :

Anthracite Fields

Haunting, poignant and relentlessly physical, Julia Wolfe's Anthracite Fields is a lovingly detailed oratorio about turn-of-the-20th-century Pennsylvania coal miners, and a fitting recipient of the 2015 Pulitzer Prize for Music. NPR Music's Tom Huizenga describes the piece as "...almost a public history project and a music project at the same time," which hints at the work's universal appeal. Weaving together personal interviews that she conducted with miners and their families, along with oral histories, speeches, rhymes and local mining lore, Wolfe sought to honor the working lives of Pennsylvania's anthracite region. "It's not necessarily mainstream history," she told NPR shortly after she received word of winning the Pulitzer. "The politics are very fascinating-the issues about safety, and the consideration for the people who are working and what's involved in it.  4 NEW  13 Total Markets include: New York, Los Angeles, San Francisco, Boston, Seattle, Houston, Detroit, Austin, Baltimore Online: Second Inversion, Taintradio
Max Emanuel Cencic :

Arie Napoletane

The award-winning Max Emanuel Cencic celebrates the musical riches of Naples in his latest solo album for Decca. Arie Napoletane follows naturally from the prodigious countertenor's critically acclaimed recording of opera arias by Hasse, Rokoko. This new album includes ten world premiere recordings of virtuoso arias by Porpora, Leo, Vinci and Alessandro Scarlatti. Cencic's selection of repertoire reflects his determination to breathe fresh life into neglected masterworks from the 17th and 18th centuries. His rich blend of technical agility, daring artistry and tonal clarity is ideally suited to his choice of works, which includes the heroic "Quel vasto, quel fiero" from Porpora's Polifemo and "No, non vedrete mai" from Leo's Siface. Cencic is partnered by his long-standing artistic collaborators Il Pomo d'Oro and Maxim Emelyanychev, who also performs the flamboyant solo keyboard part in Domenico Auletta's Concerto in D for harpsichord, two violins and continuo. 25 NEW  28 Total SYND: Classical 24, CBC Direct: Music Choice, MOOD Markets include: New York, Los Angeles, Chicago, San Francisco, Boston, Philadelphia, Wash DC, Seattle, Minneapolis, Portland, St. Louis, Cincinnati, Pittsburgh, Houston, Austin, Canada Online: Taintradio
Laura Karpman :


"Ivesian collage with club-culture remixing"- The New York Times "Carnegie Hall reaches a climax with Laura Karpman's new work"- The New Yorker "Fevered, restrained, super-lush in turns...always impressive."- Vanity Fair "Audacious, mesmerizing… Karpman has the skill to shift musical gears with ease." - Gramophone ASK YOUR MAMA - Setting of  Langston Hughes' 1961 epic poem by Emmy Award-winning composer Laura Karpman A Carnegie Hall commission & RELEASED via AVIE RECORDS. A plural vision of the American dream deferred, ASK YOUR MAMA bursts the boundaries of time, place and expression, tracing the currents and tributaries of cultural diasporas, from African to the Americas, the South to the North, cities to suburbs. The prophetic voice of Langston Hughes echoes throughout, "ONE'S COUNTRY IS YOUR MAMA." Commissioned by Carnegie Hall and released by Avie records. 10 New  33 Total SYND: PBS: NewsHour Direct: MOOD Markets include: New York, Los Angeles, Chicago, San Francisco, Atlanta, Detroit, Albuquerque, Orlando, Tucson, Montreal Online: Variety, Huffington Post,, Gramophone,, Taintradio, Thought Catalog  
National Youth Orchestra of Germany :

Peter and the Wolf in Hollywood

New York production company Giants Are Small and Deutsche Grammophon/UMC proudly present Peter and the Wolf in Hollywood -- an unforgettable journey of classical music, visual wonder, and digital play that bring aninvigorating new perspective to Prokofiev's classic. Audiences of all ages will be able to experience the beloved story of the resourceful Russian boy in multiple complementary formats: digital album, CD, and the richly immersive, interactive experience of an iPad app designed especially for children (age 5-8).   All will be available on November 13. 16 NEW  187 Total SYND: C24, CBC Direct: Music Choice, MOOD Markets include: New York, Los Angeles, Chicago, San Francisco, Boston, Philadelphia, Wash DC, Dallas, Atlanta, Seattle, Cleveland, Minneapolis, Portland, Cincinnati, Detroit, Baltimore, Denver, Pittsburgh, Houston, Austin, New Orleans, Indianapolis, Albuquerque, Louisville, Buffalo, Madison WI, Columbus OH, Honolulu, Canada Online: Taintradio
Yo-Yo Ma | Kathryn Stott :

Songs from the Arc of Life

Cellist Yo-Yo Ma and pianist Kathryn Stott create a unique classical music experience with their new Sony Classical recording Songs from the Arc of Life available September 18, 2015. This all-new recording also celebrates thirty years of friendship and collaboration in concerts and recordings for Ma and Stott. The album includes pieces they have frequently performed but never recorded, as well as a handful of discoveries. 13 NEW  200 Total SYND: NPR/First Listen, Classical 24, CBC Direct: SiriusXM, Music Choice, MOOD Markets include: New York, Los Angeles, Chicago, San Francisco, Boston, Philadelphia, Wash DC, Dallas, Atlanta, Seattle, Cleveland, Minneapolis, Portland, Cincinnati, Detroit, Baltimore, Denver, Pittsburgh, Houston, Austin, New Orleans, Indianapolis, Albuquerque, Louisville, Buffalo, Madison WI, Columbus OH, Honolulu, Canada Online: Associated Press , axs, AARP, Today Show Weekend, Wall Street Journal, Late Show with Stephen Colbert, Live With Kelly & Michael, New York Magazine, AllMusic, Classicalite  Taintradio, Pop Sugar