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Jeff Goldblum & The Mildred Snitzer Orchestra:

Lover - Tattoo, Featuring Haley Reinhart

Jeff Goldblum revealed two brand new singles featuring singer, songwriter & actress Haley Reinhart. Accompanied by his long-time band The Mildred Snitzer Orchestra, the duo are covering Taylor Swift’s classic hit “Lover” & Loreen’s “Tattoo”, out digitally now via Decca Records. Physical 7-inch copies of the two tracks single will also be available on September 7th, and can be pre-ordered here.

Speaking about the release, Jeff Goldblum says: “With apologies to Sammy Cahn, recording with Haley is even lovelier the second time around. She interprets Taylor Swift and Loreen with her own unique style and skill to make it sound like it’s the first time you hear these love songs sung.”

Following the release of their latest EP ‘Plays Well With Others’, Jeff & the band toured across US & Europe, during which they performed short renditions of "Lover" and "Tattoo". With each show, the band's interpretation evolved, increasingly making them our own, much to the audience's delight. Naturally when the opportunity arose to record new tracks, they opted to create full arrangements of both songs. Haley Reinhart, with her profound understanding of both pop and jazz genres, was the ideal vocalist to enhance these recordings.

Jeff Goldblum has been playing the piano for most of his life, and performing with his band for the past 30 years, but it was only when he accompanied soul-jazz star Gregory Porter on BBC’s Graham Norton Show that the actor’s distinctive style and natural feel for the instrument caught the attention of Decca Record executives, who suggested he make an album. After a run of glowing reviews in the press followed by packed live shows in prestigious jazz clubs and venues in London, Paris and Berlin, which were met with yet more praise from critics, Goldblum landed a No.1 jazz album in both the UK and US with his record ‘The Capitol Studios Sessions’, followed up by another No.1 album ‘I Shouldn’t Be Telling You This’, in 2019.

Last year, Jeff Goldblum released in his inimitable style his EP ‘Plays Well With Others’, delivering  sheer joy with his idiosyncratic take on a collection of standards that, for him, are amongst the best songs ever written. With all tracks newly arranged by The Mildred Snitzer Orchestra themselves, Jeff is joined by an array of talented, and unexpected, guest singers including Kelly Clarkson, Mattiel Brown, Rodrigo Amarante or Freda Payne. 

Oded Tzur:

My Prophet

There’s a cunning intensity that inhabits this freshly etched programme of five extensive pieces plus an introductory miniature, presenting saxophonist Oded Tzur in a light that balances the extremes: bright inflections of fiery refrains go hand in hand with long passages of ruminative and deeply felt interplay. In the process, the saxophonist exhibits some of his fiercest playing yet. Accompanied by his quartet of pianist Nitai Hershkovits, bassist Petros Klampanis and the new group member Cyrano Almeida on drums, the saxophonist continues on the idiosyncratic musical path he has carved out for himself – a flowing jazz idiom that seamlessly combines multiple forms of expression –,  while delving deeper into the meditative and highly concentrated realm of improvisation.

The Guardian’s John Fordham called Tzur’s last album Isabela “a bewitching session” and “a gem in the playbook of doing more with less,” while observing how his “saxophone tones materialise imperceptibly, (…) his fragile, meticulously-shaped notes seem to float in still air.” Indeed, The New York-based saxophonist’s uniquely soft, flute-like tone bears resemblance to none of his contemporaries and his uncompromising determination in forging a singular way through the realm of jazz and improvisation is unmistakably his very own, and has reached a whole new level of maturation on My Prophet.

Chad Lawson:

'Sanctuary' from 'Where We Are'

World-renowned pianist, podcaster, and certified breathwork educator Chad Lawson has announced Where We Are, a new album of original solo piano works inspired by messages from his fans about how his music has affected their lives. Lawson is known for exploring the intersection between music and wellness with chart-topping contemporary classical releases and his iHeart Radio Award-nominated podcast Calm It Down, which explores mental health topics and meditation techniques soundtracked by Chad’s music. Lawson’s music has struck a chord with listeners worldwide, with plays of his recordings totaling a billion streams. His last two albums breathe and You Finally Knew have received over 700MM streams, unprecedented in the classical genre.

A certified breathwork expert, Lawson has shared the lead single, “Sanctuary,” along with an accompanying music video to mark World Breathing Day, April 11th, a global celebration of the practice of conscious breathing. On the track he plays a delicate piano melody in an almost-cyclical repetition. “It sets the theme of what the album is,” he notes. “‘Sanctuary’ is the place where you personally find healing. People want to be gentle with themselves and feel okay, but they don’t know how.”

Coinciding with the announcement and release of “Sanctuary,” Chad is partnering with the International Breathwork Foundation for a Zoom workshop titled “Healing through Music and Breathwork.” Chad’s live piano playing will be interwoven with a conscious connected breath session led by Lauren Chelec Cafritz. The session will happen on April 11 at 4pm ET/1pm PT/9pm CET. Tickets are free here: https://ibfbreathwork.org/world-breathing-day-april-11/

“My role is to impact the heart rather than impress the mind,” he notes. “That’s how I see my music. Right now, it seems like everyone is very tired. So, I’m trying to meet people Where They Are—which is where the name of the album came from. I’m going to be in the thick of it with them. I’m putting my hands out and saying, ‘I’ll hold you through this’.”

Jon De Lucia:

The Brubeck Octet Project

Ever curious about the underexplored corners of jazz history, alto saxophonist Jon De Lucia breathes new life into one important such chapter with The Brubeck Octet Project, dropping July 12 on his own Musæum Clausum Recordings imprint. The album documents De Lucia and his octet’s rediscovery and reconditioning of the arrangements played by the Dave Brubeck Octet, the innovative 1946-1950 unit with which the iconic West Coast pianist began his career.

De Lucia’s octet predates The Brubeck Octet Project. He formed the band in 2016 for another project at City College of New York (where he then taught), but it quickly became a weekly reading band, leaving the saxophonist constantly in search for new (old) repertoire. It was this quest that led him to the archives at Mills College (Brubeck’s alma mater), where he found many of the Brubeck Octet’s original handwritten charts in the papers of the band’s tenor sax and arranger, Dave Van Kriedt.

“They were a bit of a mess, full of mistakes and scribbles that made them hard to read,” recalls De Lucia in the album’s liner notes. “I always wanted to take the time to put them into notation software, fix the mistakes, rehearse a band, and record this music anew. Finally, thanks to support from CUNY and the Brubeck and Van Kriedt families, it has happened.”

Jazz being jazz, however, De Lucia also sought ways to make his own mark on the work—and to allow his collaborators to do the same. He wrote new intros and backgrounds for the arrangements (by Brubeck, Van Kriedt, and baritonist/clarinetist Bill Smith), and, more importantly, expanded their solo spaces, giving his musicians room to have their say.

Listeners get to reap those rewards. From De Lucia’s own muscular alto workout on “I Hear a Rhapsody” to pianist Glenn Zaleski, tenor saxophonist Scott Robinson, and trumpeter Brandon Lee’s gleeful runs on “IPCA” to Robinson and trombonist Becca Patterson’s thoughtful, enigmatic submissions on “What Is This Thing Called Love,” the players offer irresistible interpretations and expressions on the historical arrangements.

As such, the music both remains a product of its time—an experimental thrill ride of the early bebop era—and crackles with renewed vigor and spontaneity at the hands of De Lucia and his cohorts. “This is the first time in 74 years that this music has been played and recorded again,” the alto saxophonist writes. “I think the results turned out great!” Indeed they have.

Benedetti / Grosvenor / S. Kanneh-Mason:

Beethoven - Triple Concerto

Three of the world’s greatest classical stars join forces to record Beethoven’s Triple Concerto - Nicola Benedetti, Benjamin Grosvenor, Sheku Kanneh-Mason

All alumni of the BBC Young Musician competition, they are great friends, but this is the first time they have appeared on record together. They have a joint reach of our 1 million and are all touring regularly internationally

The first recording of the work on Decca Classics, Nicky, Sheku and Benjamin toured the concerto around the UK in 2023, after which they recorded it with the Philharmonia and their Principal Conductor Santtu-Matias Rouvali

The works are accompanied by a selection of Beethoven’s rarely performed Folk Songs, along with celebrated baritone Gerald Finley

Reflecting the Scottish, Welsh, Irish and English roots of the musicians

The album concludes with the trio alone: Kreisler’s arrangement of ‘Londonderry Air’, often known as ‘Danny Boy’.

"We had three soloists working in harmony without losing any of their distinct personalities. Cellist Sheku Kanneh-Mason was the lyrical dreamer, violinist Nicola Benedetti was the lively energiser and pianist Benjamin Grosvenor acted as a quicksilver mediator between the two. Their approach was virtuosic, sympathetic and full of character." - The Times

Tarmo Peltokoski:

Mozart Symphonies w/Deutsche Kammerphilharmonie Br

“Peltokoski’s natural charisma means neither his musicians nor anyone else in the auditorium can take their eyes from the podium” (Le Monde, reviewing the Toulouse concert of 2 December). Tarmo Peltokoski, who became the youngest conductor on the Deutsche Grammophon roster when he signed an exclusive contract with the label last October, is continuing to captivate critics and audiences alike with his dazzling live performances at leading venues around the world.

His debut DG album, presents Mozart’s Symphonies Nos. 35 “Haffner”, 36 “Linz” and 40 in G minor. Peltokoski recorded the works with The Deutsche Kammerphilharmonie Bremen, of which he was appointed the first ever Principal Guest Conductor in early 2022 and which was named Orchestra of the Year at the 2023 Gramophone Awards. Their Mozart album available digitally and on CD today, with the opening movement of Symphony No. 40 and the Andante from No. 36. The digital version also contains three bonus tracks featuring virtuosic solo piano improvisations from Peltokoski, one based on each of the three symphonies.

Born in 2000, Tarmo Peltokoski is already recognised as one of the world’s top-flight conductors (“the Finnish wonder-conductor”, “a talent of a century” – Tagesspiegel). His knowledge and versatility allow him to move between the concert hall and the opera house – he conducted his first full Ring cycle at 22 – in repertoire that ranges from Classical to contemporary. In the space of just two years he has been named Music Director Designate of the Orchestre National du Capitole de Toulouse, Music and Artistic Director of the Latvian National Symphony Orchestra and Principal Guest Conductor of the Rotterdam Philharmonic Orchestra, as well as of The Deutsche Kammerphilharmonie Bremen.

Keaton Henson:

Somnambulant Cycles

Following on from his 2023 album House Party, Somnambulant Cycles is more of a spiritual successor to 2014’s cult favourite Romantic Works - seeing Henson return to those single, hyper-evocative compositions but with a sound and sensibility transformed by having since created seven albums, acclaimed scores for film and dance, and the vast orchestral work Six Lethargies.

The album is soaked in Keaton’s signature deeply intimate sound but has an added collaborative element; with features not only from Daniel Herskedal but also from the ethereal singer and composer Hinako Omori, adding electronics and piano, as well as working with previous trusted collaborators such as cellist Ren Ford, who featured heavily on Romantic Works, and multi-instrumentalist and composer Dorry Macaulay. Starting his career as an illustrator, creating the artwork for a number of acclaimed albums, Henson has always designed the artwork for all of his releases.

Henson describes the album as ‘bedroom,’ but deep and rich. Undulating meditative synth rhythms and electronic textures can be heard alongside emotive raw strings and horns - separate elements glued together with a humanness and vulnerability of performance, recorded up close and with flaws left in.

A cult hero who has been releasing music for over a decade, Keaton Henson excels in all formats and media in one aspect: total emotional honesty. With eight studio albums including the hugely acclaimed Birthdays, Dear, Romantic Works and Six Lethargies), five books and sold out shows in cathedrals, museums and concert halls around the world, his music has resonated with fans worldwide, exploring genres spanning from folk, indie, rock, pop, classical and beyond. Henson has also exhibited his visual art in galleries internationally, as well as scoring for film, ballet and TV, most notably his acclaimed scores for the film ‘supernova’ and BBC’s ballet war epic ‘Young Men.’ and his orchestral works performed at venues such as Sydney Opera House and the Barbican.

Louis Armstrong:

LOUIS IN LONDON

Verve Records is proud to announce LOUIS IN LONDON, the last great performance by the most influential American musician of all time, Louis Armstrong. Recorded live at the BBC on July 2, 1968 – just weeks after the groundbreaking GRAMMY® Award-winning artist hit the #1 spot on the UK charts with “What A Wonderful World” – the 13-track collection will be released on standard black and exclusive blue vinyl, CD, and digital, accompanied by extensive liner notes by Armstrong’s biographer and Director of Research Collections for the Louis Armstrong House Museum, Ricky Riccardi, on Friday, July 12. 

Richard Danielpour:

Songs in Three Languages w/Plitmann - Iranshahr

Richard Danielpour writes…..I have known Hila Plitmann since 2010; since that time, we have collaborated on seven different works together. She has sung my music on five different Naxos recordings over the years (Ancient Voices, 8.578311-12; Darkness in the Ancient Valley, 8.559707; The Passion of Yeshua, 8.559885-86; Toward a Season of Peace, 8.559772; String Quartet No. 7 ‘Psalms of Solace’, 8.559845). We have each had such a productive professional relationship with Naxos of America and with one another, so it seemed fitting that we should create a recording together of three new works of mine, two of which were commissioned and composed expressly for Hila.

I chose the three works on this album – Songs of Love and Loss, Canti Della Natura (‘Songs of Nature’), and Songs of My Father – in part because each work is in a different language. Each of these languages has been important and central to me throughout my life: Songs of Love and Loss is in Farsi, the language of my Persian ancestors; Canti Della Natura is in Italian, which is a language that I speak fluently from my many years of living in Italy; and Songs of My Father is derived from poems in English that were written by my father, Sayid Danielpour. These poems of my father, which have remained very dear to me throughout the years, were written in 1964 as love letters to my mother.

Kyle Stegall - Bomi Kim:

Visions

Centaur Records, tenor Kyle Stegall, and pianist Bomi Kim are thrilled to announce the release of their latest album: ‘Visions’ a streaming-only offering showcasing the vibrant world of contemporary classical art song from the US and Australia. The album, featuring compositions by living composers, is set to debut on June 14. Partnering with Korean pianist, Bomi Kim, this innovative project reflects Stegall’s commitment to pushing the boundaries of classical music and highlighting the works of today’s most intriguing vocal composers. The album promises a dynamic listening experience, blending the rich traditions of classical music with fresh, modern voices of the current era and a sound palette which dares to go beyond.

Kyle Stegall, known for his emotive performances and versatile artistry, brings his unique interpretive skills to this collection, delivering powerful readings that capture the essence of each composition. The album is a testament to his dedication to exploring new musical landscapes and supporting the works of living composers. “This album is a celebration of the creativity and innovation happening in classical music today.” Stegall said. “But more than that, it is a collection of songs which speak to the world as it is today, and seeks to connect us to the well of humanity within each of us.”  

Sharon Isbin:

Live in Aspen w/ Khan, Amaan and Ayaan Ali Bangash

Multiple Grammy Award-winning guitarist Sharon Isbin’s newest recording Live in Aspen, with India’s legendary sarod masters Amjad Ali Khan, his sons Amaan Ali Bangash and Ayaan Ali Bangash, and tabla virtuoso Amit Kavthekar, will be released June 21, 2024 on ZOHO Music (ZM202405). The album was recorded live at their sold-out concert for the Aspen Music Festival, one of North America’s largest and most beloved summer festivals, and is being released in celebration of the festival’s 75th anniversary this season.

Their Strings for Peace (ZM202004), recorded following a tour in India, was awarded Best of 2020 by publications around the world. It rose to #2 on Amazon’s World Music Chart and was praised by Rolling Stone as “A remarkable spiritual and emotional journey,” and by NPR’s All Songs Considered as “Highly sensual, both in a spiritual and sexy way!”

Live in Aspen opens with Isbin’s solo performance of celebrated 19th-century Spanish guitarist Francisco Tárrega’s Capricho árabe, rich in Moorish influences. Spanish composers often found inspiration in flamenco, a tradition believed to have evolved in Andalucía with influences from the Romani who migrated from India hundreds of years ago.

Isbin is then joined by Ayaan Ali Bangash in Sacred Evening, the first of three works composed by Amjad Ali Khan for guitar, sarod and tabla. In By the Moon, Amaan Ali Bangash joins Isbin in a Raga Behag. Maestro Khan’s solo set includes folk music of Bengal, and the final work, Romancing Earth, features all five performers.

Skylark:

Clear Voices in the Dark

Clear Voices in the Dark [Sono Luminus (DSL92278)], a new recording by the Skylark Vocal Ensemble under the direction of Artistic Director/Conductor Matthew Guard features Figure Humaine, Francis Poulenc’s hymn to LIBERTÉ  intriguingly interspersed with songs of the American Civil War. 

Poulenc’s Figure Humaine is considered one of the greatest works ever composed for an unaccompanied choir. Poulenc wrote the cantata in 1943 during the Nazi occupation of France, based on resistance-inspired poems by Paul Éluard including LIBERTÉ. The cantata is a stunning 8-movement exploration of the grim realities of war, culminating in an optimistic and embattled cry for liberty in the face of oppression. Asked why Skylark decided to record Clear Voices in the Dark now, Guard says “I think art borne out of a time of societal turmoil can be particularly profound; As we live once again in a time of unspeakable horrors in Ukraine, Russia, Israel and Gaza, we believe the music on this album can shed light on nightmares of the past through the art that emerged from them, and most importantly, affirm the incredible power of the human spirit to endure in times of tragedy. Rarely performed or recorded due to its difficulty, this is the first US recording of Figure Humaine.

Kun-Woo Paik:

MOZART - Piano Works 1

Since the Granados’ Goyescas Suite (2022) pianist Kun-Woo Paik is this time returning with Mozart.

This is the first ever Mozart album from the pianist during his lengthy career. Well known for his deep dive into the composer for each project, the Mozart recording will be released as a trilogy until 2025.

The current release is the first volume of it, consisting of both interpretation of popular repertoires and introduction to ones relatively lesser known. Resonating the purity and diverse colors of Mozart repertoires, the project is in part dedicated to young audience to enjoy. The cover artwork has been created through a contest, inviting elementary school children to draw Kun-Woo Paik & Mozart’s music to their own imagination.

Yunchan LIm:

Chopin Etudes

Yunchan Lim, one of the most talked-about classical artists on the planet right now, announces the release of his debut studio album, Chopin Études via Decca Classics, on 19th April 2024. Hailed as a “One-in-a-million talent” (Dallas Morning News) and having “the potential to become a once-in-generation pianist, one who combines astounding virtuosity with interpretive depth.” (The New Yorker), Yunchan will be performing the Chopin Études at his Carnegie Hall debut on 21st February.
He is the pianist everyone wanted to sign, and hit the headlines (again) when Decca proudly released the news that they had snapped up the musician, following a prolonged bidding war. Known as the 'Classical answer to K-Pop,' he became the youngest-ever winner of the Van Cliburn Competition in June 2022. His magnetic stage presence, combined with deep musicality, has garnered him a devoted global fanbase, leading to sold-out concert halls worldwide. The public has described the teenager's performances as “visceral,” “magnetic,” and “poetic.” His blazing rendition of Rachmaninoff's Piano Concerto No.3 in Texas moved conductor Marin Alsop to tears and reached 13 million streams online. The New York Times named his interpretation in the finals one of the top 10 classical performances of 2022, and The Economist stated, “Anyone needing a break from doomscrolling is advised to join the millions of listeners enthralled by Mr. Lim’s Rach 3.”

GOGO PENGUIN:

FROM THE NORTH

Some buildings are more than just bricks and mortar, they carry their history with them and their ghosts within them. One such building is the Old Granada Studios in Manchester, an iconic studio complex, right in the heart of Manchester, and during the heyday of regional TV broadcasting (70s-90s) home to the legendary Granada Television and it’s most famous export the soap opera Coronation Street. ‘From the North’ was Granada Television’s original strapline, an institution that prided itself on a strong northern identity. This is where Manchester music champion Tony Wilson handed live TV debuts to many local bands, perhaps most famously Joy Division back in 1978. The old Granada TV building and its iconic sign was a prominent part of the Manchester skyline until it closed in 2013. Following the closure, the studios became a temporary home to Low Four Studios, whilst both Mr Scruff and 808 State took up residence in the building, the latter in the old Granada transmission suite.

GoGo Penguin - From The North both celebrates that heritage and captures the Manchester-based trio at an exciting moment within their trajectory. The opportunity came out of the blue when the band were invited back to do a live session in summer 2023. Now operating as Versa Studio 4, the band felt that the studio had played a significant part of their own musical history – they had already filmed a performance in front of a live audience in 2016 and recorded their 2018 album A Humdrum Star there - and wanted to document both the space and also the fast-developing relationship with newest member, drummer Jon Scott. The decision was taken to get the cameras up close so fans can both see and hear the band at work.

Camille Thomas:

Aznavouriana

Parisian cellist sensation Camille Thomas is back with her first crossover album “Aznavouriana” dedicated to the legendary Charles Aznavour to mark his 100th anniversary (May 22nd).

A declaration of love to the work of Aznavour, the great poet who has forever marked the French Pop, accompanied by the Armenian State Symphony Orchestra and Sergey Smbatyan.

A prolific artist, Charles Aznavour built up an unrivalled repertoire (51 albums in French, 42 in foreign languages) and sang on stages all over the world.

Part of the profits from the album will be donated to the refugees of Nagorno-Karabakh through the Aznavour Foundation.

Julius Rodriguez:

Evergreen

You can find Julius Rodriguez in many places. You could walk into a packedMeshell Ndegeocello’s The Omnichord behind the piano with energy practically surging from his fingers through the room. You might scroll up on social media and catch him alternating from drums to bass to guitar at the speed of a jump cut. You may also step onto festival grounds and see him on stage either solo or accompanying another likeminded visionary, jamming like his life depends on it. No matter where, the New York-born and Los Angeles-based multi-instrumentalist, composer, and producer electrifies any lane. By doing so, he also transcends perceived boundaries between genres and styles, redefining the music to mirror his own fluid creative inclinations and delivering a sound that’s solely his alone.

Following widespread applause from The New York Times, Vanity Fair, The FADER, and more, collaborations with everyone from Wynton Marsalis to A$AP Rocky, and tens of millions of streams, he grows in as many directions as possible on his second full-length offering, EVERGREEN [Verve Records]. “I kept seeing the word EVERGREEN everywhere,” he recalls. “I looked up the definition, and it struck me. An ‘EVERGREEN’ is a plant whose foliage remains functional for all seasons. That’s similar to how I like to be; I want to be myself no matter the genre I’m playing or what’s going on around me. There are a lot of styles on this record, but it’s recognizably my voice.”

Cast Albums:

Stereophonic

Now with a record-breaking 13 Tony Award nominations including “Best Play,” Sony Masterworks Broadway, Sue Wagner, John Johnson, Seaview, Sonia Friedman Productions, Linden Productions, and Ashley Melone & Nick Mills release 2 new songs, “Masquerade” and “Bright v1” from the Original Cast Recording of Stereophonic, the season’s most critically acclaimed new play on Broadway. To celebrate being the most Tony-nominated play ever, the cast of Stereophonic performed “Masquerade” last night on The Tonight Show with Jimmy Fallon.

Produced by Playwrights Horizons, the album features original songs by Academy Award® nominee and Grammy Award® winner Will Butler, formerly of Arcade Fire. The digital album arrives this Friday, May 10, 2024 with the physical CD release set for June 14, and available for preorder now.  

Direct from its smash hit world premiere engagement at Playwrights Horizons, David Adjmi’s Stereophonic is directed by Daniel Aukin. The show dominated the “Best Theater of 2023” lists, with top rankings in The New York Times, New York Magazine, The Washington Post, Time Out New York, Town & Country, TheaterMania, Theaterly, and The Spectator. With an official opening night on Friday, April 19, Stereophonic is now in performances through August 19 at Broadway’s Golden Theatre (252 W. 45th Street).   The cast, reprising their highly lauded performances, includes Will Brill as Reg, Andrew R. Butler as Charlie, Juliana Canfield as Holly, Eli Gelb as Grover, Tom Pecinka as Peter, Sarah Pidgeon as Diana, and Chris Stack as Simon.

Julius Asal:

Scriabin - Scarlatti

The album begins and ends with a fragment from the finale of Scriabin’s First Piano Sonata Asal’s full performance of the Sonata is framed by a selection of Scriabin’s etudes and preludes,  six sonatas by Scarlatti and two improvisatory Transitions by the pianist himself Julius Asal chose two different Steinways for the recording,  one for its sumptuous dark sonorities, the other for its clear, crisp sound

“These miniatures by Scriabin and Scarlatti are like mythical creatures from another dimension, with their own character, their own life, their own past, present and future.” - Julius Asal

Alexander Scriabin (1872-1915) and Domenico Scarlatti (1685-1757) prove to be engaging and complementary characters in the hands of German pianist Julius Asal, whose debut Deutsche Grammophon album is set for release in all formats on 3 May 2024. Scriabin – Scarlatti is built from works by two composers rarely mentioned in the same breath, the one a Russian absorbed by mysticism and its expression in the arts, the other a Neapolitan noted for the panache of his 555 keyboard sonatas. The album creates a dreamlike meditation in which the boundaries between pieces, eras and states of mind fade away. “Everything’s possible in a dream”, says the 27-year-old artist, who has a rare talent for innovative programme curation. “Even seemingly different materials from different times and with different densities can merge and create a new substance that’s never existed before. That’s how I felt while I was recording the music of Scriabin and Scarlatti.”

Miro Quartet:

Home

The Miró Quartet presents Home, a new album that explores the many concepts of what the term “home” can mean. Its complexity is woven in a variety of ways into the music: the pieces, all composed by Americans past and present, invite you to feel, reflect, and engage in Miró’s world. In this regard, the album also represents the United States, Miró’s artistic home, in many ways. The program presents two new commissions by Kevin Puts and Caroline Shaw, as well as known and lesser known works by George Walker and Samuel Barber.

This is the Miró Quartet’s second album on Pentatone, following their recording of Beethoven’s Complete String Quartets (2019).

“The Miró Quartet is so excited to be releasing our new album ‘Home’. This album is the culmination of a long and creative process of discovery, exploring our relationships with living composers as well as exploring and recording the existing core repertoire of American string quartet music. It has been an exciting musical journey that ultimately has brought us home as musicians in a new and special way.” - The Miró Quartet

Excerpts from the liner notes: “We all have a home on this planet, and yet no matter how settled and comfortable it may be, aren’t all of us in a sense ever in search of our “true home”, however we define that individually?

Home represents stability and safety, yet human life is a journey of constant change, acquisition and loss, a journey traveling away from our origins, and hopefully onwards towards our goals, our true home.

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