The notes that a musician plays may have been written down by the composer, but an infinite number of decisions are involved in creating the music that reaches your ears. Listen in as Joshua Bell and pianist Jeremy Denk discuss the omnipresence of improvisation in their lives as performers, on Friday's - September 30 Performance Today.
Bell's new Sony Classical album, For the Love of Brahms, with Denk, Steven Isserlis and the Academy of St Martin in the Fields, is a landmark recording. Available today, the new album is a unique project that features works of Brahms and Schumann. Bell calls it "music about love and friendship." A personal, deeply affectionate impulse frequently sparked the music of Johannes Brahms and his mentor, Robert Schumann – often including their mutual friend, the violinist and composer Joseph Joachim. It clearly drove all three works on For the Love of Brahms.
Hour 1 includes
Alexander Scriabin: Two Etudes: C-sharp minor, F-sharp minor - Garrick Ohlsson, piano
Alexander Scriabin - The Complete Etudes - Bridge 9287
Jean-Fery Rebel: Les Elements, overture to the ballet suite ('Le Chaos')
Lausanne Chamber Orchestra; Ton Koopman, conductor -Salle Metropole, Lausanne, Switzerland
Sulkhan Tsintsadze: Six Miniatures - Avi Avital, mandolin; Dover Quartet
Savannah Music Festival, Temple Mickve Israel, Savannah, GA
Franz Schubert: Wanderer Fantasy, D. 760: Movement 1 - Garrick Ohlsson, piano
The Cliburn, Bass Performance Hall, Fort Worth, TX
Hour 2 includes
Gaetano Donizetti: L'elisir d'amore: Una furtiva lagrima - Joshua Bell, violin; Orchestra of St. Luke's; Michael Stern, conductor Voice Of The Violin Sony
Daniel Levitan: Marimba Quartet (2nd Movement) - Seattle Marimba Quartet - In Studio at KING FM, Seattle, WA
Edvard Grieg: Peer Gynt, Suite No. 1, Op. 46 - Trondheim Symphony Orchestra; Krzysztof Urbanski, conductor
Chopin and his Europe International Music Festival, Philharmonic Concert Hall, Warsaw, Poland
Johannes Brahms: Violin Sonata No. 3, Op. 108 -Joshua Bell*, violin; Jeremy Denk, piano -Jerome L. Greene Performance Space, WQXR, New York, NY
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Song of Lahore - The Sachal Ensemble is a wonderul collection of old & new songs re-imagined and re-interpreted by Pakistan's The Sachal Ensemble. The singers range from Cibo Matto to La Mirasoul and Seu Jorge. What makes this album different is the inclusion of South Asian musical sounds in each track. All the tracks work in this album.
***1. Fusion of South Asian sounds esp percussion featuring Wynton Marsalis, Works, 4.08
** 2. Earthy/powerful vocals by Susan Tedeschi with a South Asian music bed. Play it. 3:56
***3. A lil bit of soul, a lil bit of funk & some tabla/flute etc. 3:58
**4. Michale Jackson's Man in The Mirror remixed w tabla/sitar. Kinda works 4.23
**5. Meryl Streep recites an evocative poem. 4.41
6. Sean Lennon channels a lil bit of his dad in this track. 4.24
***7. An old African-American spiritual re-imagined with tabla/sitar. SUnd in English & Urdu. Slow. Poignant. 6:06
***8. This Bob Marley track with a South Asian flavor comes as a pleasant surprise. Vocals by Cibo Matto & music by Sachal
*** 9. A short & wonderful version of a track forever associated with Nusrat Fateh Ali Khan. 2.57
***10. A Stevie Wonder calssic remixed w Hindustani music. Charming. 3.44
11. A slow/mellow traditional track. 4.33
***12.Wonderful track with vocals by La Marisonl of La Santa Cecilia. They are a LA-based band.
**13. A George Harrison song remixed by Brazilian singer Seu Jorge.
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Cellist Matt Haimovitz's continuously-evolving and intense engagment with the Bach Cello Suites reaches a new zenith with Overtures to Bach, six new commissions that anticipate and reflect each of the cello suites. The new overtures expand upon the multitude of spiritual, cross-cultural, and vernacular references found in the Bach, building a bridge from the master's time to our own.
88.9 WCVE: Richmond VA - Classical Music Host, Mike Goldberg recently had the chance to speak with Matt about the new release and how he strives to bring new listeners to classical music by bringing it to non-traditional venues. Listen in as he explains this project that travels over time, taking us on a journey to explore ties between the music of Bach and today's composers.
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Minimalism is a genre that gets a bad rap, sometimes unfairly. In the public imagination, if a stereotype of a minimalist composition exists at all, it is of a man sitting at a piano, pressing the same white key ad infinitum until everyone involved loses their will to live; or at best, John Cage's four minutes, thirty-three seconds of silence. The kind of stuff your Status Quo-loving uncle would dismiss as "pretentious guff".
But minimalism can also be exciting and innovative, shifting the spotlight from the cheap thrills of melody to rhythm and timbre, engendering a trance-like atmosphere and pushing what we conceive as music to hitherto-unknown frontiers. It lies at the basis of the kosmische of Can, Neu and Kraftwerk, the trance music of Klaus Schulze and his cultural progeny and the electro-dance-punk joyousness of LCD Soundsystem. So it's quite an honour to have the chance to see one of the pioneers of the genre, Terry Riley, perform some of his epoch-defining work at the London Barbican.
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Edgar Meyer, guest soloist for the Midland Symphony Orchestra's season-opening concert Saturday, says that not working across musical genres would be "odd." A 2002 MacArthur Fellow and winner of several Grammy Awards, Meyer will solo with the MSO on his own Double Bass Concerto No. 1 and Bottesini's Concerto No. 2 for Double Bass at the concert, which begins at 7:30 p.m. at the Midland Center for the Arts auditorium. Asked about collaborating across several different styles of music, including not only classical but also bluegrass and jazz, Meyer said, "It strikes me that the alternative is odd, i.e. to only study music within a narrow bandwidth. Seems a little like deciding to study classical music, but only classical music between 1850 and 1880."
Meyer's collaborations include "The Goat Rodeo Sessions," a 2011 album with cellist Yo-Yo Ma, mandolin player Chris Thile (soon to take up his duties as the new host of the radio show "A Prairie Home Companion") and bluegrass musician Stuart Duncan. That album won two Grammy Awards, including Best Folk Album. "If one thinks of music as a language, the stylistic spectrum is much closer to a range of dialects than a collection of distinct tongues," Meyer said. "Learning about a range of music affords the opportunity to compare similarities and differences, which is a gateway to exploring exactly how music works."
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Yanni is going to cast his magical spell on the capital's fans with no less than two shows -- one on Thursday and another on Friday at the du Forum in Yas Island. He is happy to be in Abu Dhabi and "excited" about his debut in the capital. "I have been to Dubai and Sharjah. It's nice to be here. I wanted to come here for some time now but never managed to get the dates correctly. I am beginning to learn that all the emirates are different. I am learning about the culture," he said during a media interaction held at Fairmont Bab Al Bahr Hotel in the Capital on Wednesday. Recounting his first visit to Dubai, Yanni said: "I had seen photographs of Dubai and I had an imagination of how this city will be. At the airport, I thought will anyone recognise me? Just then the guard waved at me and said 'Hey, how are you doing. Welcome home'. And that's how my relation started with the UAE. Every time I come here, I am treated like a royalty. like a brother."
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Tuesday evening's Milwaukee Symphony audience really didn't want the concert to end. The lights came up in Uihlein Hall and the ushers opened the doors, but a standing, cheering audience continued to call Itzhak Perlman back to the stage for more bows. Perlman, who ended the concert with a deeply moving performance of the Bruch Concerto, brought a fitting conclusion to a concert that been remarkable from the start.
Known the world over as one of the most recognizable and beloved classical artists today, The 16-time Grammy winning violin legend recently celebrated his 70th birthday, a milestone is marked with multiple releases paying tribute to his catalogue as well as his first new solo recording in 16 years. Fauré & Strauss Violin Sonatas with pianist Emanuel Ax released on Deutsche Grammophon/UMC.
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Coming off a Grammy win earlier this year for his last album, Past Present, John Scofield has been largely in the spotlight over the last year, sitting in the with The Roots on The Tonight Show with Jimmy Fallon, gracing the cover of Downbeat and garnering the attention of NPR.
Steve Reich has been described by The Guardian as one of "a handful of living composers who can legitimately claim to have altered the direction of musical history" and as "the greatest musical thinker of our time" by The New Yorker.
Twenty years after her recording debut, Dreamland, Madeleine Peyroux continues her musical journey of exploration beyond the ordinary with Secular Hymns, a spirited and soulful masterwork to be released September 16 on Impulse!/Verve Label Group.
Resolution marks a major step forward for Mehmet Ali Sanlıkol, the musical polyglot, multi-instrumentalist, restless bandleader and prolific composer who writes in both contemporary classical and jazz but draws heavily from Turkish influences.
Charlie Hunter is not only a singular guitarist - he uniquely plays a custom-made seven-string ax that allows him to deliver bass grooves simultaneously with rhythm chords and solo notes - but he's also a creative whose style and expression continue to advance with each project he immerses himself into.
Matt Haimovitz's continuously-evolving and intense engagement with the Bach Cello Suites reaches a new zenith with Overtures to Bach, six new commissions that anticipate and reflect each of the cello suites.
'Ensemble Caprice: Adagio' is this week's KDFC: San Francisco / Download Of the Week
Posted: November 5, 2013 12:00 AM
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Under the artistic direction of Matthias Maute,Ensemble Caprice is renowned for its innovative interpretations of baroque music. Performed entirely on period instruments, their new Analekta disc: Adagio is a powerful, emotional recording and is this week's: KDFC: Download Of The Week.
On Chaconne - Voices of Eternity, Ensemble Caprice gathers some of the most beautiful chaconnes and passacaglias from the hundreds of composed during the Baroque period. In the chaconne and the passacaglia, repetition of the same harmonic formula allowed for the representation of a notion of time that transcended that of day-to-day experience – in other words, eternity! As a geometrically variable group, Ensemble Caprice here draws on the talents of seven musicians playing period instruments, who are joined by organist Jean-Willy Kunz, sopranos Dawn Bailey and Jana Miller and mezzo-soprano Maude Brunet. In addition to the instrumental pieces judiciously selected from a vast repertoire, Matthias Maute (conductor and composer) has rearranged certain others for two recorders and bass, including Johann Sebastian Bach's famous Chaconne BWV 1004 for solo violin and Monteverdi's Chi vol che m'innamori (with its closing "Today we are light, and then tomorrow, shadow"). The album also contains hauntingly beautiful 16th-century Czech folksongs. Everything, in a program of heightened feeling, takes us to this indescribable notion of eternity.
16 NEW 76 Total
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Under the artistic direction of Matthias Maute, Ensemble Caprice renowned for its innovative interpretations of baroque music records ‘Adagio.' Founded in Germany in 1989, Ensemble Caprice is now well established in Montreal and has achieved national and international success. The Ensemble is often invited to perform in Europe and in the United States.
"The music of the CD Adagio: A Consideration of a Serious Matter lies exactly where real questions begin..." - Matthias Maute
20 New 'ON' 81 TOTAL
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Winner of one Juno and three Prix Opus from Conseil quebecois de la musique, notably "performer of the year" in 2010, Ensemble Caprice is renowned for its innovative interpretations of baroque music. The New York Times even called it "a group that encourages listeners to rehear the world." This new recording of the Ensemble combines Johann Sebastian Bach's famous Brandenburg Concertos, composed between 1712 and 1721, with a few preludes and one fugue by Dmitri Shostakovich, as arranged by music director Matthias Maute.
31 New 'ON' this week: 172 Total
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Ensemble Caprice is proud to present: Salsa Baroque. One can describe baroque music of Latin America as a fusion of harmonies and rhythms of Europe and Africa blended with Amerindian nuances and styles. This unique fusion dates back to the 16th century and gave rise to a complex and fascinating multitude of musical forms resulting in a great variety of instrumentations, structures, and rhythmic and melodic phrasing. Salsa is the Spanish word for sauce, designating at the same time a dance as well as a family of musical genres in Latin-American music. It is this latter meaning and its ancient roots that, together with a bit of humour, we have taken to give the title Salsa baroque to our project. Despite the human and political tragedies surrounding the colonization of the South-American continent, the multipolar musical culture that resulted is distinguished by its fiery spirit and passion: here is music with a unique character that enriches the repertoire of the 17th century with refreshing novelties.
13 New 'ON' this week: 66 Total
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The Ensemble Caprice members are putting on their gypsy attire! Following a wild journey along with Vivaldi on the bohemian road, they do it again with Telemann! High-octane performances of the composer's oeuvre are intertwined with sparkling Matthias Maute's arrangements of gipsy pieces. All the colors and opulence of a unique cultural heritage offered to you. From Telemann's own writings, after listening to gypsy musicians and their music: One can hardly believe what wonderful imaginative ideas these pipers and fiddlers have as they improvise. In only a week, a composer could be inspired for an entire lifetime. I have written several major concertos in this style.
8 New ON this week 69 Total Synd: APM/Performance Today, PRI/Classical 24 Direct: SiriusXM/Boundaries, Music Choice/Light Classical, In-Flight on Air Canada Markets include: Los Angeles, Chicago, San Francisco, Boston, Philadelphia, Minneapolis, Houston, Cleveland, Detroit, Baltimore, New Orleans, Kansas City, Berkeley CA, Honolulu Online: Taintradio, RadioIO, Beethoven.com