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Laila Biali:

A Case of You - LIVE

SOCAN Music and JUNO Award winner Laila Biali shares an intimate acoustic cover of Joni Mitchell's classic love song, A Case of You, captured live off the floor at Revolution Recording Studios. This heartfelt interpretation, created with Valentine's Day in mind, features George Koller on upright bass and Laila's husband Ben Wittman on djembe. 

Laila Biali – vocals, piano, arrangement
George Koller – bass
Ben Wittman – djembe, mix

Ilan Eshkeri:

A Perfect Planet

Sony Music today announces the January 8, 2021 release of A PERFECT PLANET (SOUNDTRACK FROM THE BBC SERIES) with music by composer ILAN ESHKERI (Stardust, The Young Victoria). Available everywhere now, the album features the music from Eshkeri's fourth collaboration with Sir David Attenborough, the legendary naturalist who will narrate the BBC series.

Composer ILAN ESHKERI says: "Creating the music for A Perfect Planet has been a hugely rewarding experience. The series celebrates the extraordinary world we are a part of as well as showing the delicate balance of the systems that support life, and what we need to do to ensure its future stability. It's a message that's very important to me and one that I believe we have a responsibility to engage with – in a way that not only educates but inspires the next generation. This influenced my approach to the music, and set me on an unconventional path. Composing the music for A Perfect Planet has also been enormously challenging – not least because of the unprecedented logistical issues of trying to record an orchestra during the lockdown! I'm grateful to everyone at the BBC and [production company] Silverback who supported me and the ideas I threw at them and I hope my music can play a small part in helping to inspire change."

Yo-Yo Ma | Kathryn Stott:

Comfort and Hope

Cellist Yo-Yo Ma and pianist Kathryn Stott come together again, this time for Songs of Comfort and Hope, set for release on December 11, 2020 on Sony Classical. Available now for preorder, Songs of Comfort and Hope is inspired by the series of recorded-at-home musical offerings that Ma began sharing in the first days of the COVID-19 lockdown in the United States. Throughout the spring and summer, Yo-Yo Ma's #SongsofComfort grew from a self-shot video of Antonín Dvořák's "Goin' Home" into a worldwide effort that has reached more than 18 million people.

Jane Ira Bloom, Mark Helias:

Some Kind of Tomorrow

Soprano saxophonist Jane Ira Bloom and bassist Mark Helias come together to create duets discovered in the moment in a way that is rarely heard today with Some Kind of Tomorrow. The long time bandmates, separated by space and time find a way to play in real time with one another and the results are magical. Two master improvisers and composers bring listeners up-close and personal to the first spark of their imaginations at work, recording eleven duet improvisations over the spring, summer, and fall of 2020. The music is raw, authentic, intimate, alive, and unapologetic in its passion. Their sound is deep wood and polished brass recorded with a depth that is hard to describe. They played the music, recorded it, mastered it firsthand and are now making it available to listeners for the first time as a digital download on Bandcamp. Don't miss these fearless jazz explorers as they face the future.  

Catalyst Quartet:

Uncovered Vol. 1 - Samuel Coleridge-Taylor

On Friday, February 5, 2021, GRAMMY Award-winning Catalyst Quartet releases UNCOVERED Volume 1 on Azica Records. The first of a multi-volume set, Volume 1 features the works of Samuel Coleridge-Taylor including his Quintet in G minor for Pianoand Strings with pianist Stewart Goodyear, Fantasiestück, and Quintet in F sharp minor with clarinetist Anthony McGill.

UNCOVERED Volume 2 will feature the works of Florence Price and Volume 3 and beyond will feature Coleridge-Taylor Perkinson, William Grant Still, and George Walker among others.

Catalyst Quartet poses, "Over the course of time there have been many overlooked artists in classical music, especially because of their race or gender. It is important to acknowledge that we have not yet heard the whole story due to this sidelining of musical voices. Composers like Samuel Coleridge-Taylor, Florence Price, and Coleridge-Taylor Perkinson have contributed beautifully crafted work to the repertoire but are not widely celebrated because quality recordings and performances of their music are rare or non existent. With our next recording project we are helping to change this unfortunate reality."

Chad Lawson:

When the Party's Over

Pianist and composer Chad Lawson shares his cover of Billie Eilish's song "When the Party's Over" today; listen/watch HERE. The track is Lawson's first release since he shared his album You Finally Knew last fall; check it out HERE.

"A great song is a great song no matter the genre or instrument," says Lawson. "When I first heard this track, I was geeking how FINNEAS crafted such a unique melody based on his chordal theme; so creative. Add Billie's unabashed vulnerability to the mix and you have the artistic marriage of head & heart. I knew this song would resonate with just a piano."

With You Finally Knew, Lawson sought to create an album that would be "an invitation for self-reflection." Overwhelmed by the number of people reaching out to express how his music has helped them through difficult times-especially during the pandemic-he launched a new podcast, Calm it Down. Passionate about how music can help people, reduce stress levels and improve emotional health, the podcast seemed to be the next logical step and a great way of connecting with and helping his audience. Live across all DSPs, new episodes are released every Tuesday. Calm it Down is now nominated for an iHeart Radio Podcast award. The virtual awards show will be broadcast across streaming platforms and iHeartMedia radio stations on January 21.

Ezinma:

Drummer Bae

Violin sensation, Ezinma, releases "Drummer Bae," (Decca Records) an imaginative medley of cherished Christmas melodies. The holiday single was produced by Brandon Korn (Travis Scott) and Steven Epstein (Wynton Marsalis) and its available everywhere now. You can listen to "Drummer Bae" and watch the accompanying video here. 

Ezinma's style is a blend of virtuosic melodies and symphonic soundscapes with hard hitting beats-a classical-fusion that is cinematic, orchestral and anthemic. This fusion, is fully showcased on "Drummer Bae" as Ezinma expertly weaves together, in her own unique way, classics such as "Little Drummer Boy," "We Wish You A Merry Christmas," and "Joy To The World." Her EP, Classical Bae, is set for release on February 6th and it succinctly displays her talent as she reimagines music from the classical greats (Beethoven, Bach and Vivaldi) with her own hip-hop infused style. 

The Comet Is Coming:

Imminent

"The London-based trio The Comet Is Coming-made up of the saxophonist King Shabaka, the percussionist Betamax, and the keyboardist Danalogue-thrusts empyrean jazz into an apocalyptic future, where raucous psych rock and danceable electro-grooves ride lush tenor lines to outer space."  -THE NEW YORKER

The Comet is Coming follows up the band's globally successful 2019 projects Trust in the Lifeforce of the Deep Mystery and The Afterlife with two new pulsating singles and a music video. "Imminent," featuring Joshua Idehen was previously released only in physical format as an exclusive RSD Black Friday 12" vinyl, with a DJ Noss remix of the standout track "Super Zodiac" on Side B. Last week, Impulse! Records digitally released the pair of roaring singles and can be streamed here. Released today is the fast-paced, gritty lyric video for "Imminent" directed by the trio's frequent collaborator Jordan Copeland (Tentacle Films Production). 

Nick Cave - Nicholas Lens:

L.I.T.A.N.I.E.S

Belgian composer Nicholas Lens & Australian singer and songwriter Nick Cave present their lockdown album L.I.T.A.N.I.E.S

The Bad Seeds frontman Nick Cave has written 12 "litanies" for a new vocal work by Belgian composer Nicholas Lens

Lens describes L.I.T.A.N.I.E.S as "a pure form of poetry… a lyrical form of minimalism which might lead to a trance-like state"

All the musicians had to record their parts separately in Lens's home, and his artist daughter played keyboards, helped produce and even sang vocals on the recording – purely because she happened to be stuck in Brussels due to the travel ban

With L.I.T.A.N.I.E.S Lens continues one of his novel approaches to composition by collaborating with dynamic, fêted writers from way outside the classical world. His former work includes the operas Slow Man (2012), with Nobel and Booker Prize winner J.M. Coetzee, and Shell Shock (2014), also with Nick Cave

L.I.T.A.N.I.E.S is out now via Deutsche Grammophon

There are several things that Belgian composer Nicholas Lens and Australian singer and songwriter Nick Cave have in common, but chief among them is that neither likes to waste time. Very early into the COVID-19 pandemic, both realised that their respective schedules for 2020 were likely to be heavily disrupted. Lens was dismayed to see performances of his operas cancelled right through to the following year, likewise Cave saw an extensive tour of North America and Europe for his band The Bad Seeds put on ice until 2021.

Cast Albums:

THE PROM - MUSIC FROM THE NETFLIX FILM

Sony Music Masterworks today announces the release of THE PROM (MUSIC FROM THE NETFLIX FILM), an album of music from the forthcoming Netflix film directed by Ryan Murphy and based on the hit Broadway musical from Bob Martin, Chad Beguelin, and Matthew Sklar.  Available digitally December 4 and on CD December 18, the album includes all sixteen songs from the original musical written by Matthew Sklar and with lyrics by Chad Beguelin, each newly recorded by the film's star-studded cast including Meryl Streep, James Corden, Nicole Kidman, Kerry Washington, Andrew Rannells, Keegan-Michael Key, ArianaDeBose and newcomer Jo Ellen Pellman.  Joining the songwriting team for the film adaptation are Adam Anders and PeerAstrom, both longtime collaborators of Ryan Murphy and known for their award-winning music for Murphy's hit television series Glee and American Horror Story. 

Max Richter:

Beethoven - Opus 2020

Max Richter and Deutsche Grammophon are set to release a brand-new orchestral composition to mark the 250th anniversary of Beethoven's birthday. Beethoven – Opus 2020 was commissioned by the Beethoven-Haus Bonn, birthplace of the composer and now a museum, cultural institution and research centre. The British composer's new work will be available on all digital streaming platforms from 17 December, the day on which Beethoven was born. Its world premiere performance is scheduled to take place at the Beethoven-Haus on 16 December and will be streamed live on Deutsche Grammophon's Facebook page. Andante Loops, a piece for solo piano derived by Richter from his Opus 2020 score, meanwhile received its premiere on 11 December in Apple Music's Beethoven Room. The two works will be paired together on a digital EP, available from 18 December. 

Ben MacDougall:

Godfall (Music from the Video Game)

Milan Records today announced the release of GODFALL (MUSIC FROM THE VIDEO GAME) by composer Ben MacDougal. Available everywhere now, the album features music from the history-making Sony PlayStation 5 launch title and groundbreaking fantasy-action, roleplaying game.  Making its debut alongside today's announcement is Godfall's main theme song, "Aperion's Champion," which can be heard here.  Godfall is currently available in stores and online in tandem with the global arrival of the new PlayStation 5.

Of the soundtrack, composer BEN MACDOUGALL says, "I'm thrilled that the musical experience of Godfall is going to be available both in and outside of the game, and to be partnering with Milan Records on it is awesome. Whether it's the sweeping cinematic moments, the heart-pounding combat sequences, or the music denoting the incredible world of Aperion that draws you in, writing this score was an amazing journey."

Cecilia Bartoli:

Queen of Baroque

Decca Classics releases a stunning collection of arias from Cecilia Bartoli, ‘The Queen of Baroque'. Cecilia's first compilation album in a decade features the very best of Bartoli's treasured recordings of musical delights and discoveries of the 17th and 18th centuries, including two previously unreleased, world premiere recordings of forgotten jewels by Italian composers Leonardo Vinci and Agostino Steffani.

A champion of Baroque repertoire throughout her career, Cecilia is joined on this recording by special guests Philippe Jaroussky, June Anderson, Franco Fagioli and Sol Gabetta, sharing her passion for musical curiosities uncovered throughout the centuries.

William Susman:

A Quiet Madness

"When you think you have a clear idea of a composer's purpose, suddenly you realize that something is hiding behind it, and behind it, again and again. I will keep playing William Susman's music for a long time." –Francesco Di Fiore, 2012

Violinist Karen Bentley Pollick, pianist Francesco Di Fiore, bayan accordionist Stas Venglevski, and flutist Patricia Zuber have been knitting restorative sonic garments from the compositional yarn of William Susman for over a decade. Their rapport is deeper and more apparent than ever on A Quiet Madness, an appropriately titled new masterwork for our zeitgeist. 

A Quiet Madness immerses the listener in a photorealistic sound world of understated beauty. At once calming and thought-provoking, it allows the ear and mind to make their own connections without feeling overwhelmed by thematic constraints. Susman's precise harmonic and rhythmic languages invite us into a subdued, enchanting expression of madness that roams all over the map, akin to the mind wandering during a rainy day-or, perhaps clairvoyantly, akin to the strange passage of time spent in self-isolation during the collective trauma of COVID-19.

Avi Avital:

Art of the Mandolin

Backed by years of study and critically acclaimed performances, Avi Avital's latest album for Deutsche Grammophon presents a survey of the finest works ever written for mandolin. The pioneering Israeli musician's first full recording of original compositions for his instrument reflects the quality and breadth of its classical repertoire. Art of the Mandolin, released today internationally, also charts the artistic journey of a performer whose inspired new commissions and arrangements of virtuoso works have introduced the solo mandolin to the world's leading concert halls.

Art of the Mandolin, on which Avital is joined by the Venice Baroque Orchestra, harpist Anneleen Lenaerts, guitarist Sean Shibe, harpsichordist Yizhar Karshon and theorbo player Ophira Zakai, includes a concerto by Vivaldi, a sonata by Domenico Scarlatti, Beethoven's exquisite yet little-known Adagio ma non troppo for mandolin and harpsichord (or harp), and more recent chamber and solo works by Paul Ben-Haim, Hans Werner Henze, Giovanni Sollima and David Bruce. The programme not only reveals the versatility of this instrument but allows glimpses of its fascinating history over the last three centuries. Avital has specifically chosen music by composers not known for their mandolin works: "I wanted to explore what the instrument meant, and means, in the wider world – to composers who are, as it were, coming to it from the outside rather than the inside." 

Christian Loffler:

Parallels

Invited to experiment with Deutsche Grammophon's Shellac Project – a collection of digitized material restored from early 20th-century 78s in a collaborative initiative with Google Arts & Culture – German musician, visual artist and producer Christian Löffler has created his own experimental electronica tribute to Beethoven. Löffler's digital EP Parallels (Beethoven), featuring "Pastoral", "Fate", "Freiyheit" and "Funebre", released on 27 November 2020 on the Yellow Label.

"When listening to the recordings, I got the idea that Beethoven's music was actually very human and accessible but became somewhat unearthly with decades of replaying and overthinking it," Löffler  explains. "I wanted to bring it back to the very basic feels."

The artist was given open access to the Shellac Project by Deutsche Grammophon – he took the complete set of recordings to his log-cabin studio on Germany's Darss peninsula and started improvising around individual tracks.

Hera Hyesang Park:

I am Hera

Three short words speak volumes in the title of Hera Hyesang Park's Deutsche Grammophon debut album. I am Hera, set for release on 29 January 2021, captures the directness and authenticity of the 31‑year‑old South Korean soprano's performances. Created in company with the Wiener Symphoniker and Betrand de Billy, her recordings reveal the soul of an expressive, free-spirited artist. Hera's album comprises arias by Bellini, Gluck, Handel, Mozart, Pergolesi, Puccini and Rossini together with music from her homeland. Each work relates to a key moment in the life and career of one of today's most engaging young singers.

Shunia:

Har Hare Hari Wahe Guru

Shunia's latest release is taken from their forthcoming self-titled album. "Har Hare Hari Wahe Guru" is based on a mantra that encourages your creative expression and lights the spark of artistry within.

Working with album producer Jamshied Sharifi and many excellent global musicians, Shunia creates a genre-defying track with the power to connect you to the energy within and around you. Collaborating again with renowned Moroccan artist Hassan Hakmoun, Shunia said, "Hassan's performance on this song takes us to where we can feel the spirit and beauty of the life force."

"Har Hare Hari Wahe Guru" uses the primal force of creativity to bring one through any block and awaken your own creative potential within.

Hans Zimmer, David Fleming:

Hillbilly Elegy - Music From the Netflix Film

Milan Records today releases HILLBILLY ELEGY (MUSIC FROM THE NETFLIX FILM) with music by Academy Award®-winning composer Hans Zimmer and frequent collaborator David Fleming.  Available everywhere now, the album features music written by the duo for Academy Award®-winning director Ron Howard's big screen adaptation of J.D. Vance's best-selling memoir of the same name.  The project marks Zimmer's ninth collaboration with Howard, extending the legendary 29-year creative partnership between the two.  Hillbilly Elegy premieres on Netflix and in select theaters on November 24.

Luna Pearl Woolf:

Fire and Flood

From a deeply stirring Mass to hauntingly re-imagined Leonard Cohen masterpieces, LUNA PEARL WOOLF: Fire and Flood encompasses 25 years of vocal and choral works by the innovative American- Canadian composer. The composer-portrait album features new and compelling performances from The Choir of Trinity Wall Street and NOVUS NY conducted by Julian Wachner, cellist Matt Haimovitz, soprano Devon Guthrie, mezzo-soprano Elise Quagliata, and Broadway actress Nancy Anderson.

In her penetrating album notes, The New York Times contributing writer Corinna Da Fonseca- Wollheim comments, "Luna Pearl Woolf trains a zoom lens on the collective experience, sometimes plunging us right into the midst of destruction and anarchy only to pull back, in one swoop, to a clear-eyed plane of compassion." These arresting works include her frequently-performed cello- choir concerto, Après moi, le deluge, which emerges from the tragic aftermath of Hurricane Katrina; and the dramatic, low-voiced To the Fire, with its prophetic, Old Testament text. In One to One to One, "three female singers reflect and refract the male gaze in an uproar of vocal virtuosity" (Da Fonseca-Wollheim); while Missa in Fines Orbis Terrae journeys to the ends of the earth in search of revelation, mercy, peace.

Lambert:

False

"False has given me the freedom to develop myself artistically in all kinds of directions," Lambert explains. "I can now go anywhere." 

False the new album by the extraordinary Berlin-based composer and pianist Lambert will be released on November 13th by Mercury KX.  All 14 tracks are collaborations, resulting in Lambert's most dazzlingly diverse album yet. Encompassing urgent breakbeats (with Tre B Mal), furious freeform jazz (aided by Pernille Solberg), gliding pedal steel Americana (from both Bob Drew and Jean Daeriou), industrial soundscapes (via Cole Collective) and even, on Room Trail collaboration ‘Spheres', a full-on Autotuned vocal pop workout. 

Erkki-Sven Tüür:

Lost Prayers

Lost Prayers is the first of Estonian composer Erkki-Sven Tüür's New Series recordings to be devoted entirely to his chamber music. Scaled-back instrumental forces, however, are no indicator of reduced expressive power, and the volatility of Tüür's  concept emerges forcefully from the first seconds of Fata Morgana which is, with Lichttürme, one of two pieces for violin, violoncello and piano.  These pieces are performed by the Estonian trio of Harry Traksmann, Leho Karin and Marrit Gerretz-Traksmann, all of whom have played Tüür's music extensively and made appearances on earlier ECM discs, including Crystallisatio and Oxymoron.  The German-based Signum Quartett plays Tüür's Second String Quartet, Lost Prayers, and Signum violinist Florian Donderer also performs Synergie together with cellist Tanya Tetzlaff.  Collectively the musicians underline Erkki-Sven Tüür's view that "one can build up a really rich and wide palette of sounds with only three or four instruments. You don't necessarily need a full orchestra to operate with a powerful soundscape." The album was recorded in April 2019, in Bremen's acoustically-responsive Sendesaal, a  room with long-established  associations with ECM (reaching back to Jarrett's Solo Concerts: Bremen/Lausanne of 1973).

Martin Phipps:

The Crown - Season 4 S-track From The Netflix OS

Sony Music today announces the November 20 release of THE CROWN: SEASON 4 (SOUNDTRACK FROM THE NETFLIX ORIGINAL SERIES) with music by BAFTA and Ivor Novello Award-winning composer MARTIN PHIPPS (Black Mirror, Peaky Blinders).  Available everywhere now, the album features music written by Phipps for the fourth season of the critically-acclaimed Netflix Original Series.

Of the soundtrack, composer MARTIN PHIPPS says, "In Season 4, the world of our middle aged characters is blown apart by the arrival of Princess Diana. I wanted to represent this bombshell in the music, culminating in Episode 5 when Australia goes nuts for Diana and the score switches to a brash, technicolor electronic palette. We are also in the ‘80s throughout the season, so the score is sprinkled with retro synth elements. Peter Morgan (showrunner/general maestro) was clear that he also wanted a strong sense of musical continuity with Season 3, so I updated many of our familiar, more orchestral themes from previous episodes. One of my favorite scenes is the reuse of the Simple Harp theme, as Diana returns triumphant from shooting a stag during her ‘Balmoral tests.'  I hope you enjoy the new series, and its score, as much as I enjoyed writing it."

Jonas Kaufmann:

It's Christmas

In a Christmas album that is a gift itself, Jonas Kaufmann – the most acclaimed operatic tenor of the age – echoes his own holiday memories and joys with It's Christmas!, celebrating the most festive time of the year with a unique selection of beloved songs and carols. This uniquely rich and diverse holiday album features 40 favorites that reflect the many facets of Christmas, from ancient Christian hymns to contemporary pop classics. It's Christmas! will be released worldwide November 20 on Sony Classical.

"When I think of Christmas, many memories spring to mind," Kaufmann writes, in his liner note for It's Christmas! "In this I'm probably like everyone else. Christmas is the festival of contemplation and remembrance, of joy and light."

Todd Mosby:

Aerial Views

If the music on guitarist and composer Todd Mosby's newest release, Aerial Views, seems to take flight and soar, that's not coincidental. From the time he was six years old, Mosby has been in love with flying-now, on this collection of a dozen towering tracks, he conveys that sensation through his music.

"I had early childhood experiences piloting my father's plane; he was a professional aviator," Mosby says, "and we spent a lot of time in the air, feeling a special freedom and independence whenever we took to the sky. As I grew older, that freedom evolved into an ever expanding musical and spiritual journey. Music became integral to my sense of centeredness, allowing my spirit to take flight through rhythm and melody. Practice was like a meditation and prayer, performance allowed my soul to soar. "

Richard Danielpour:

The Passion of Yeshua

Richard Danielpour's World Premiere Recording, The Passion of Yeshua led by JoAnn Falletta with the Buffalo Philharmonic

GRAMMY® NOMINATED IN 3 CATEGORIES:

BEST ENGINEERED ALBUM, CLASSICAL
BEST CHORAL PERFORMANCE
BEST CONTEMPORARY CLASSICAL COMPOSITION

Richard Danielpour's newest oratorio, The Passion of Yeshua, a world premiere recording, is now available on Naxos. Presented and commissioned by the GRAMMY Award-winning Buffalo Philharmonic Orchestra and Music Director JoAnn Falletta, the two-CD set also features a superb group of soloists led by Hila Plitmann (soprano), J'Nai Bridges (mezzo soprano), Kenneth Overton (baritone), Matthew Worth (baritone), Timothy Fallon (tenor) and James Bass (bass) with the Buffalo Philharmonic Chorus (Andrew Luebke, Director) and the UCLA Chamber Singers (James Bass, Director).

Olafur Arnalds:

some kind of peace

'some kind of peace' is the stunning new album from the ground-breaking composer and producer Ólafur Arnalds, available now on Mercury KX. The record features a brand new track 'The Bottom Line' ft. Josin, alongside a beautiful video featuring the work of Japanese flower artist Azuma Makoto out today, and 'Loom', Arnalds' collaboration with Bonobo. Also out now is 'finding some kind of peace', a very special behind the scenes film about the new album.

Ólafur has been confirmed as the closing act for Iceland Airwaves' virtual festival, ‘Live from Reykjavík', on November 13th, where he will perform mostly new material played live for the very first time. Ólafur's music will also play a major role in the forthcoming Netflix documentary on Shawn Mendes, 'In Wonder', which is set to be released on November 23rd. Ólafur has also recently surpassed a staggering 1 billion streams, an incredible milestone for the Icelandic multi-instrumentalist.

Chloe Flower:

Carol Of the Bells

Dynamic pianist CHLOE FLOWER has given the Christmas classic "CAROL OF THE BELLS" an eloquent twist on her latest single, which was co-written and co-produced alongside GRAMMY® Award-winning icon Kenny "Babyface" Edmonds.  A video for the song will be released on November 20.

Earlier this year, Chloe released her original single "Flower Through Concrete." Garnering critical acclaim, The Coveteur profiled her extensively and proclaimed, "When someone says ‘Renaissance woman,' you should think of Chloe Flower." Pianist Magazine also examined her "life as a pianist in quarantine."

Laila Biali:

Silent Night

JUNO-winning artist Laila Biali offers a stirring gospel-infused arrangement of Silent Night, featuring John Ellis on tenor sax. Biali grew up singing the classic carol in harmony with her sisters at candlelit Christmas Eve services year after year, and you can feel the emotion and nostalgia in her powerful delivery.

Laila Biali – vocals, piano, arrangement
John Ellis – tenor saxophone
Glenn Patscha – B3 organ
George Koller – bass
Ben Wittman – drums

Mixed and mastered by Ben Wittman
Artwork by Halla Creative

Shunia:

Alleluia

Taking a fresh approach to singing "Alleluia" -- one of the most well recognized and universal chants in the world -- the classically-trained duo, Shunia, adds layers of depth with the 23rd Psalm performed in Latin as well as Gregorian chant and global instruments. Beautiful, yet haunting, Shunia's "Alleluia" is another unique yet timeless offering that is perfect for the season of lights. 

 

Lyrics:

Alleluia 

Dominus regit me, et nihil mihi deerit: in loco pascuæ, ibi me collocavit. 

Super aquam refectionis educavit me; animam meam convertit. 

Deduxit me super semitas justitiæ propter nomen suum. 

Nam etsi ambulavero in medio umbræ mortis, non timebo mala, quoniam tu

mecum es. 

Virga tua, et baculus tuus, ipsa me consolata sunt. 

 - 23.Psalm

 

WHO IS SHUNIA? Shunia is a duo (Lisa Reagan and Suzanne Jackson) that combines addictive melodies, ancient chants and polycultural rhythms into a sound that feels both new and timeless. Together, they create genre-defying music to transform and connect you to the energy within and around you.

 

Executive Producer Lisa Reagan


Directed by Jordan Mizrahi https://madebymiz.com


©2020 Satori Productions, LLC • https://www.shuniasound.com

 

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Daniil Trifonov:

Silver Age

Daniil Trifonov's latest album for Deutsche Grammophon, recorded with Valery Gergiev and the Mariinsky Orchestra, recalls a time when Russia's composers, poets, artists, dramatists and star performers were among the most original anywhere in the world. Internationally released today, November 2020, Silver Age illustrates the artistic audacity and brilliance of a turbulent era in the country's history with works by three of its most pioneering composers.  

The Russian pianist's new album, which will be available in double disc and e-album formats, includes Scriabin's Concerto for Piano and Orchestra in F sharp minor Op.20, Prokofiev's Piano Concerto No.2 in G minor Op.16 and Stravinsky's Three Movements from Petrushka. The tracklist also comprises Stravinsky's Serenade and excerpts from The Firebird (arranged for piano by Agosti), together with Prokofiev's Sarcasmes Op.17, Piano Sonata No.8 in B flat major Op.84 and the "Gavotte" from 3 Pieces from "Cinderella" Op.95 No.2.

Sarah McKenzie:

You, Me & the Christmas Tree

The magic of Christmas! Joy is in the air, everybody's in good cheer and you can hear carols everywhere. The outside is covered in snow, but it is warm by the fireside. Romance is at your heart, while you sit with your loved-ones under the Christmas tree. These are images that Sarah McKenzie creates in this original composition called ‘You, Me & the Christmas Tree'. It captures the spirit of Christmas. It's a song about love and being together. Sarah admits that only when she moved to Boston to study at the Berklee College of Music did she grasp the full meaning of those legendary jazzy Christmas songs. In her home country of Australia she has never experienced a ‘White Christmas', so "a lot of those iconic songs only really started to make sense to me once I experienced winter on the East-coast of the United States with tons of snow and cold temperatures, but also saw the lit-up Christmas trees and Christmas markets, the smell of mulled wine and ‘chestnuts roasted on an open fire'. I instantly fell in love with that season of the year and always wanted to put my feelings in a song." 

Sarah chose to record ‘You, Me & the Christmas Tree' with an A-lister cast of Jazz' finest: John Clayton on double bass, Jeff Hamilton on drums, Warren Wolf on vibes and Randy Napoleon on guitar. And they went to legendary Capitol Studios in Los Angeles for this recording, the studio in which a lot of famous Christmas albums have been recorded (Frank Sinatra's ‘A Jolly Christmas', ‘Christmas Carousel' by Peggy Lee, Diana Krall's ‘Christmas Songs'), but also the building on which the famous Christmas tree is lit up every year since 1958. According to Los Angeles Magazine that Christmas tree was the first of its kind, designed by Ollsen Lighting and it featured 4,373 bulbs at 25 watts each.

Tigran Mansurian:

Con Anima

Conceived jointly by violinist Movses Pogossian and violist Kim Kashkashian on the occasion of Tigran Mansurian's 80th birthday, the Con anima project brings together a dedicated cast of players to perform the chamber music of Armenia's great contemporary composer. The emphasis is on newer pieces - only the Third String Quartet dates from the 20th century - but there is a timeless quality to Mansurian's work, all of which resounds with the spirit of his homeland. "Mansurian's works are full of signifiers that come from Armenian ornaments, paintings or stones," writes Elena Dubinets in the CD notes. "His music itself feels as if it was carved out of stone." It can seem both ancient and modern at once, as it carefully explores and reveals relationships between contemporary Western composition and Armenia's sacred and secular music traditions. These characteristics are immediately evident in Agnus Dei, dedicated to the memory of Russian violinist Oleg Kagan. Here, violin, clarinet and cello sing against a sparse piano backdrop, in a piece whose form conveys the melos of Armenian spiritual music.

Michael Ball | Alfie Boe:

Together At Christmas

They're back! Just in time for the festive season! Musical duo Michael Ball and Alfie Boe have joined forces again for a magical new album ‘Together at Christmas', out now on Decca Records.

Two of the greatest voices in the world, Michael and Alfie are back doing what they love the most, but this time with an album packed full of holiday cheer! 2020 has been a year of isolation and social distancing and Michael and Alfie want to make this holiday season special, however you're together at Christmas.

The record has everything you could want from a Christmas album, and more. The pair breathe new life into favourites such as ‘It's Beginning to Look A Lot Like Christmas', ‘Silent Night' and ‘Have Yourself A Merry Little Christmas', to name a few. Gregory Porter joins on ‘The Christmas Song', and the duo perform the heart-warming ‘My Christmas Will Be Better Than Yours' – a brand new original song.

Elina Duni, Rob Luft, Fred Thomas, Matthieu Michel:

Lost Ships

Lost Ships is the first collaborative album from Elina Duni and Rob Luft. Their programme of songs of love and exile has been gathering momentum since 2017, when the Albanian-Swiss singer and the British guitarist began their collaboration at a series of workshops in Lausanne. And what started as a kind of enhanced version of Duni's solo Partir project, with Luft expanding the atmospheric sound-world of the songs with electronics and effects, has developed into a partnership where musical parameters are established by both artists, with guitar often effectively a second voice. Along the way the duo has been augmented by distinguished guests. On Lost Ships British multi-instrumentalist Fred Thomas – heard here on piano and percussion - and Swiss flugelhornist Matthieu Michel make significant contributions to the overarching concept. 

Dino Saluzzi:

Albores

Recorded in Buenos Aires last year, Albores [Dawn] is among Dino Saluzzi's most intimate albums, featuring the great Argentine bandoneonist alone with the instrument that has been his constant companion since childhood.

ECM has documented Saluzzi's work in many different creative contexts over the years, but it was as a solo performer that he made his first major statement for the label, with Kultrum (recorded 1982) and then Andina (1988). His bandoneon soliloquies hold a special fascination. To hear Dino playing solo is to hear him thinking aloud, in music that traces aspects of a long life and reflects upon friendships and on spiritual matters, drawing inspiration from the arts and from everyday reality. Like one of his permanent references, Jorge Luis Borges, Saluzzi combines memories, meditations, and imaginative flights in the creation of his own world. "Albores is the outcome of more than six decades of understanding music as the product of reason and discernment," writes Luján Baudino in the liner notes, "the act of capturing feelings in the depth of the soul."

Stephan Moccio:

Winter Poems

Having amassed over 55M streams on his piano album ‘Tales of Solace' released earlier this year, Grammy and Academy Award-nominated composer, songwriter and producer Stephan Moccio returns with a brand-new instrumental Christmas album ‘Winter Poems', out on now on Decca Records.

After writing chart-topping hits for the likes of The Weeknd, Miley Cyrus, Céline Dion and Avril Lavigne, Stephan went back to his roots as a classical musician and pulled inspiration from some of life's most profound themes (love, relationships, and ageing) to create an incredibly beautiful body of work in ‘Tales of Solace'. He has now taken that same sentiment and put it towards a soothing and dazzling holiday album which features timeless classics such as ‘Have Yourself A Merry Little Christmas' and ‘O Holy Night', and several original compositions.

Volker Bertelmann, Dustin O'Halloran:

Ammonite (Original Motion Picture Soundtrack)

Milan Records today releases Ammonite (Original Motion Picture Soundtrack) with music by Dustin O'Halloran and Volker Bertelmann. Available everywhere now, the album features music written by the duo for director Francis Lee's critically-acclaimed film starring Kate Winslet and Saoirse Ronan. Continuing a fruitful creative partnership, the nine-track album features music co-composed by O'Halloran and Bertelmann, who previously teamed on the Academy® Award, BAFTA, and Golden Globe® Award-nominated score for 2016's Lion, A Christmas Carol and more.  Following its world premiere at the 2020 Toronto International Film Festival (TIFF), NEON opens the film in select theaters today. 

Shunia:

Breeze At Dawn

The breeze at dawn has secrets to tell. Don't go back to sleep. You must ask for what you really want. Don't go back to sleep. People are going back and forth across the doorsill where the two worlds touch. The door is round and open. Don't go back to sleep.

Rumi was a 13th-century Persian poet, theologian, and Sufi mystic. Rumi's influence transcends national borders and ethnic divisions. People of many countries have greatly appreciated his spiritual legacy for the past seven centuries. Rumi has been described as the "most popular poet" and the "best selling poet" in the United States.

Rumi believed passionately in the use of music, poetry and dance as a path for reaching God. Rumi encouraged listening to music and twirling, or doing the sacred dance. The dance represents a mystical journey in which the seeker symbolically turnstowards the truth, grows through love, and finds the truth. The seeker then returns from this journey, with greater maturity, to love and to be of service to the whole of creation without regard to beliefs, races, classes and nations. It was from these ideas that the practice of whirling Dervishes developed. 

Rumi's poems have been widely translated into many of the world's languages and today Rumi's poems can be heard in churches, synagogues, Zen monasteries, as well as in the downtown New York art/performance/music scene. Recordings of Rumi poems have made it to the USA's Billboard's Top 20 list. A selection of his love poems have been performed by artists such as Madonna, Goldie Hawn, Philip Glass and Demi Moore.

Pablo Sainz-Villegas:

Soul of Spanish Guitar

"It's safe to call him the global ambassador of Spanish guitar" Billboard Magazine

Now regarded as one of the world's leading soloists on his instrument, Pablo Sáinz-Villegas embodies "the soul of the Spanish guitar" and has long been internationally acclaimed as an ambassador of Spanish culture. He is the first guitarist in almost four decades to be invited by the Berliner Philharmoniker to perform in the Berlin Philharmonie, and also the first guitarist within that period to perform at the orchestra's traditional New Year's Eve concert. At the end of 2020 he will play Joaquín Rodrigo's Concierto de Aranjuez under Kirill Petrenko. After some thirty prizes at international competitions and after concerts in over forty countries Pablo Sáinz-Villegas is rightly seen as the worthy successor of the legendary father of the classical guitar, Andrés Segovia. On the Sony Classical label he takes his place in the famous tradition of outstanding guitarists that includes John Williams and Julian Bream.

Madison Cunningham:

Wednesday

Grammy-nominated singer-songwriter and guitarist Madison Cunningham's new covers EP, Wednesday, is out today via Verve Forecast. 

NPR New Music Friday raves, "Cunningham brings this incredible musicality to everything she touches." 

The EP features covers of songs by Radiohead, John Mayer, Tom Waits and The Beatles. "I challenged myself at the beginning of last year to learn and post a cover song every week as a way to stay inspired both in writing and preforming," Cunningham explains. "What started as a fun prompt cracked something open in me and stayed for good, freeing me up in the areas I tend to be too cautious in. After weeks and weeks of this, I decided to release four of these songs as an EP of interpretations, in hopes that they would bring comfort to people in the same way they for did me during this painful year."

Sarah McKenzie:

Waiting Here for You

I was very lucky that during lockdown the Diablo Regional Arts Association in Walnut Creek, CA commissioned me to create a 60-minute video extravaganza with the theme MUSIC CONNECTS OUR WORLD. My idea was to create ten cross-genre video clips that would include musicians from all corners of the world and put the videos together with announcements so they become like a concert. The stylistic reach was from Bossa Nova to Tango, from Bebop to Choral Music. And there was this one song in my drawer that sounded a bit like pop music, but I did not really know what to do with it. My Australian producer Chong Lim, who I happened to speak to during that time, just had his tour as keyboarder for David Foster cancelled and he recommended that I speak to the drummer of that tour, John JR Robinson. John was all up for it and recorded the drums for the track and recommended that I speak to Michael Thompson for guitars. Michael then added the guitars and recommended that I ask Jon Gilutin to add Hammond B3. It was amazing! All these legends, who had worked with the likes of Michael Jackson, Lionel Ritchie, Whitney Houston, Chaka Khan, Barbra Streisand and Celine Dion suddenly recorded a song of mine and I was playing and singing alongside them. I very much hope that you'll like it! Here is WAITING HERE FOR YOU.

Peter Manning Robinson:

Carol of the Bells

Peter wanted to do a Refractor Piano cover of a Christmas/Holiday song.
Carol of the Bells lends itself to the Refractor Piano because it's a type of ostinato.
 
Love the 3/4, 6/8 time signature flow.
It's taken many weeks to evolve the song into a Refractor Piano piece.
 
Ennio Morricone:

Morricone Segreto

To commemorate what would have been the 92nd birthday of iconic Italian composer Ennio Morricone, his home label Decca joins forces with CAM Sugar to present Morricone Segreto, a brand-new collection featuring seven previously unreleased tracks. The collection, which marks Morricone's first posthumous release, is available digitally and on CD/vinyl on 6th November.

The new release is a treasure trove of rare and forgotten pieces and alternate takes from the historical archives of CAM Sugar. Morricone Segreto explores what is possibly Morricone's richest creative period, between the end of the 1960s to the early 80s, demonstrating his long-lasting influence on generations of musicians and film directors to this day.

Featuring seven original pieces which have never been released before, the collection is an acid-tinged sonic journey through mysterious voices, fuzz guitars, airy strings, eerie synths and modern grooves from the composer who was always ahead of the trend, dictating style in his own way. Listeners can hear a selection of scores where Morricone managed to create his unique and unmistakable style, blending an array of genres including avant-garde with the finest pop-psych sounds. Highlights include extracts from Lui Per Lei, Stark System, La Smagliatura, and Il Clan Dei Siciliani.

Laura Karpman - Raphael Saadiq:

Lovecraft Country (HBO ORIGINAL SERIES)

WaterTower Music is pleased to announce today's release of the 62-track Lovecraft Country (Soundtrack from the HBO® Original Series), featuring music from the first season of Lovecraft Country, which airs on HBO/ HBO Max, and is Based on Matt Ruff 's novel of the same name.

In addition to 11 tracks performed by the show's cast in the first season, the album showcases original music by multiple Emmy Award-winning composer Laura Karpman, whose career spans film, television videogame and concert music; and Grammy-winning, Oscar- nominated producer/ musician/ songwriter Raphael Saadiq.

Karpman discussed working on the show and the soundtrack. "I am so proud to be a part of this project along with my partner and brother Raphael Saadiq. We both owe a huge debt of gratitude to (Lovecraft Country Executive Producer) Misha Green who gave us a wide palette to musically explore every conceivable genre while focusing on the hearts and souls of our heroes.  The album" continued the composer, "is organized by episode, hopefully taking the listener back to many visceral moments in this remarkable series."

Snack Cat:

Fight or Flight

Fight or Flight is a song that was written during the height of the pandemic by guitarist and bandleader Aleksi Glick. A few months ago things had seemed to be just fine. His career was going well and he as well as his family and friends were healthy. This all changed very suddenly in March when Glick himself began to feel quite sick with what turned out to be Covid-19. Worse yet his father had gotten a case that had put him in the hospital, not to mention just like so many other musicians his career had been completely brought to a halt. Needing to process all of this Glick went into a composing frenzy. It was his way of coming to terms with all that had suddenly changed. During this time he thought a lot about the choices that he had previously made in his life and how they had affected where he was today and the difficult choices he would have to make in the coming months if he wanted to push through with all his life goals.

Christopher Hoyt Knight:

Yellow Rose OMPS

Sony Music Masterworks announces the release of YELLOW ROSE (ORIGINAL MOTION PICTURE SOUNDTRACK), an album of music featured in the upcoming musical drama from director Diane Paragas.  Available everywhere October 9, the album features a mix of newly-recorded original tracks as performed in the film by Eva Noblezada, Dale Watson and Lea Salonga as well as score tracks by composer Christopher H. Knight.  The result of a collaborative writing process between the director, country singer Dale Watson and Filipino-American singer and actress Thia Megia, the new original tracks are performed in the film by Watson and lead Eva Noblezada, a breakout star of Broadway's hit smash Hadestown.  Following the story of a young Filipina teen as she fights to pursue her dreams of becoming a country performer, Yellow Rose makes its theatrical debut Friday, October 9 via Sony Pictures' Stage 6 Films.

Dickon Hinchliffe:

The Third Day: Winter (From The Limited Series)

Milan Records announces the release of THE THIRD DAY: WINTER (MUSIC FROM THE LIMITED SERIES) with music by award-winning composer DICKON HINCHLIFFE.  Available everywhere Friday, October 9, the album features music written by Hinchliffe for the second half of Sky and HBO's six-part limited series starring Jude Law and Naomie Harris.  Today's news follows the September release of The Third Day: Summer (Music from the Limited Series) by Cristobal Tapia de Veer – available everywhere now.  The Third Day premiered on HBO and HBO Max on Monday, September 14 and Sky Atlantic (UK) on Tuesday, September 15.   

Adam Janota Bzowski:

Saint Maud

Milan Records announces the release of SAINT MAUD (ORIGINAL MOTION PICTURE SOUNDTRACK) with music by ADAM JANOTA BZOWSKI. Available Friday, October 9, the album features score music written by Janota Bzowski for the eerie thriller and film debut from writer-director Rose Glass. Starring Morfydd Clark, Jennifer Ehle, Lilly Frazer, Lily Knight, Marcus Hutton, Turlough Convery, Rosie Sansom.

Keith Jarrett:

Budapest Concert

Budapest Concert is the second complete show to be issued from Keith Jarrett's 2016 European tour, recorded two weeks earlier than the widely-acclaimed concert released as Munich 2016. The new double album documents the pianist's solo performance at the Béla Bartók National Concert Hall in Budapest. Jarrett, whose family roots reach back to Hungary, viewed the concert as akin to a homecoming – also with regard to his lifelong affection for Bartók, as he explained to the audience - and the context inspired much creative improvisation. 

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HAUSER:

Plays Morricone w/Prague Symphony Orchestra

Known for putting his unique spin on some of the greatest musical compositions ever created, HAUSER today releases his newest collection of covers in tribute to the late, great film composer Ennio Morricone, celebrating the release with a brand new video performance special that will premiere on his official YouTube channel today at 3PM NYC | 7PM London | 8PM CET.  Available everywhere now, HAUSER PLAYS MORRICONE revisits, reimagines and recharges eight instantly recognizable compositions from the Academy Award®-winning catalogue of arguably the most prolific and influential film composer of all time, with HAUSER performing alongside the Prague Symphony Orchestra as conducted by Robert Ziegler.  In true HAUSER fashion, he pairs the EP release with a gorgeous new visual, once again taking viewers across his native Croatia for a special performance in celebration of Morricone's timeless contributions to the canon of film music.

The Piano Guys:

10

Having spent the last decade together releasing chart-topping music, debuting stunningly original music videos and touring in sold-out venues across the globe, THE PIANO GUYS will celebrate their tenth anniversary as a group with the release of their tenth new album 10, out November 20 from Sony Music Masterworks.  Available for preorder now, the 2-disc album reflects on The Piano Guys' greatest career moments thus far with fifteen newly-remastered fan favorite tracks from the past decade as well as introduces their next chapter with seven brand new songs and six tracks never-before-released CD.  Making its debut today alongside album preorder is the first of these new tracks, a newly-recorded rendition of Lauren Daigle's chart-topping hit "You Say" that combines the uplifting ballad with Beethoven's "Sonata Pathétique" to create a rich mosaic of strings and piano – listen here.  As visually creative as they are sonically, The Piano Guys pair today's release with a new music video filmed amidst the gorgeous scenery of their home state of Utah.

Dave Brubeck:

Lullabies

Verve Records announces the release of Lullabies, a collection of familiar songs and original compositions for the entire family from a giant of American jazz, Dave Brubeck. The last recorded solo album from the inimitable musician, the album showcases his signature improvisational style on well-known children's songs, beloved standards and originals. 

Dave recorded this serene collection of music as a gift to his grandchildren and as his last studio recording.  His ingenuity and integrity, all hallmarks of great Brubeck recordings, are abundantly apparent on the album.  The set contains covers and originals that will appeal to existing jazz and Dave Brubeck fans, as it exhibits his innovative style over delicate, inviting compositions that will also be enjoyed by the entire family.  At the time of the recording, Brubeck commented on the project and his hopes for the compilation. "Some of the melodies on this album are like those familiar songs," says Brubeck.  "Some are original pieces that I thought would appeal to babies as well as an older generation. I hope the littlest ones will respond to this music, and that parents and grandparents will enjoy it as well."

Helene Grimaud:

The Messenger

For her latest studio album, pianist Hélène Grimaud travels to Salzburg where she creates a fascinating juxtaposition between the eternal Mozart and the Ukrainian composer Valentin Silvestrov (b. 1937). Hélène has long had a passion for Silvestrov's music, which some call post-modernist or even neoclassical.  The composer's own words hint at why this is for her so intriguing: "I do not write new music. My music is a response to and an echo of what already exists."

In selecting the music for this album, Hélène has carefully chosen music by Mozart that fits into an overall dramaturgy: from Mozart's famous unfinished D minor Fantasy, Helene transitions seamlessly into the great D minor concerto K. 466 - one of the most popular amongst Mozart's 27 concertos (and one of only two in a minor key). The C minor Fantasy here signals "the end of Mozart" and a new beginning: The Messenger starts with a theme reminiscent of Mozart, and like a messenger, creates a connection between the present and the world that existed before. Melancholy and hope, sadness and exuberance can be felt emanating from both Mozart's and Silvestrov's works. The Messenger, one of Silvestrov's most performed works, is dedicated to his wife Larissa Bondarenko, who had recently passed away. The Two Dialogues with Postscript that serve here as an epilogue, leave the outcome open, leading the way to Schubert, Wagner and beyond.

Sarah McKenzie:

Schneller

When the corona virus hit in early March Sarah McKenzie was just on tour in France and all her shows got cancelled. At the same time the US government implemented a travel ban for everyone who was travelling from the Schengen territory so Sarah was unable to return to her home in Los Angeles immediately. ?In order not to get stuck during lockdown in a big city I rented an old school house in the very South of England, in Hastings at the English Channel coast. It was a very romantic place from the 17th century with vines on the outside and a large garden with roses and lots of other flowers and old, very stylish furniture on the inside and an old piano that I would play every day. We had planned to stay for two weeks, in the end it was 3 1/2 months. I found a small but well equipped recording studio in Hastings, that had an engineer who had recorded a lot of jazz, and a Yamaha baby grand piano. Perfect conditions to start working 24/7. The song SCHNELLER! was inspired by drives on the German highway. It is called Autobahn and it is one of the very few places in the world where there is no speed limit. For someone not used to this it is quite a frightening experience to travel at 130 mph. So once I had picked my finger nails out of the dashboard I thought this experience needs a song. I then had to find the right musicians for it. With Geoff Gascoyne (bass) and Donald Edwards (drums) I have a long lasting working relationship already, but who could play those trumpets? I was very lucky to then come across Lincoln Center Jazz Orchestra's Kenny Rampton, who is a fantastic trumpet player and who put in the extra miles that it needed to make this song special. I hope you'll like it.'

Devonte Hynes:

We Are Who We Are (Original Series Score)

Milan Records today announces the release of Luca Guadagnino's WE ARE WHO WE ARE (ORIGINAL SERIES SCORE) featuring music by producer, multi-instrumentalist, composer, songwriter and vocalist DEVONTÉ HYNES. Available everywhere Friday, October 2, the album features 12 score tracks written by Hynes for HBO®'s new coming-of-age drama series, as well as four previously released instrumental tracks from acclaimed composers Julius Eastman and John Adams.  From Luca Guadagnino (Call Me By Your Name), We Are Who We Are made its critically-acclaimed debut on HBO and HBO MAX September 14 and airs Mondays at 10:00PM ET.

Seth MacFarlane:

Great Songs From Stage & Screen

Grammy-nominated vocalist, Seth MacFarlane, releases his 6th studio album, Great Songs From Stage & Screen (Republic/Verve). The collection of tender ballads and uptempo tunes is full of lush and rich orchestrations courtesy of acclaimed composer, Bruce Broughton. 

Recorded at the legendary Abbey Road studios, MacFarlane recruited a stellar group of musicians that included Chuck Berghofer (Bass), Peter Erskine (Drums), Larry Koonse (Guitar), Dan Higgins (Alto Sax) and Tom Ranier (piano). Together with members of the John Wilson Orchestra, longtime friend and collaborator, composer/producer Joel McNeely and engineer extraordinaire, Rich Breen, MacFarlane deftly weaved songs of theatrical and filmic origins into a collection that harkens back to Hollywood's Golden Age.

Andrea Bocelli:

Believe

World-renowned Italian tenor Andrea Bocelli is set to release his breathtaking new album, Believe, via Sugar/Decca Records on November 13, celebrating the power of music to soothe the soul. He is joined on the record by Alison Krauss, the most awarded singer in Grammy history, for a powerful and emotional rendition of ‘Amazing Grace'.

It follows Bocelli's record-breaking ‘Music for Hope' performance at Easter from the historic Duomo cathedral in Milan which was watched live by millions around the globe. The new album also features two duets with leading opera singer Cecilia Bartoli, a previously unreleased track from the late, great Italian composer Ennio Morricone, as well as ‘Gratia Plena' – the closing song from the critically acclaimed new movie, Fatima.

Cristobal Tapia de Veer:

The Third Day -Summer (From The Limited Series)

Milan Records announces the release of THE THIRD DAY: SUMMER (MUSIC FROM THE LIMITED SERIES) with music by award-winning composer CRISTOBAL TAPIA DE VEER.  Available everywhere now, the album features music written by Tapia de Veer for the first half of Sky and HBO's six-part limited series starring Jude Law and Naomie Harris.  The first of three episodes encompassing the "Summer" chapter of The

Elina Garanca - Malcolm Martineau:

Brahms, Schumann Lieder

Deutsche Grammophon releases Elīna Garanča's first solo recital album
The Latvian mezzo is accompanied in programme of Schumann and Brahms by Scottish pianist Malcolm Martineau

For Elīna Garanča, the Lied is the most intimate of musical forms. Whereas in opera, for example, one singer may be directly reacting to another, performing Lieder is about the expression of one person's innermost feelings: "There are no limits to longing and imagination in Lieder." The Latvian mezzo has now recorded her first solo recital album devoted exclusively to this genre, choosing works that she has been performing live on stage for many years with the aim of documenting her personal interpretations of some classics of the German song repertoire. The album is released today, 6 November, 2020, by Deutsche Grammophon. 

Thelonious Monk:

Palo Alto

In the fall of 1968, a sixteen-year old high school student named Danny Scher had a dream to invite legendary jazz pianist and composer Thelonious Monk and his all-star quartet to perform a concert at his local high school in Palo Alto, CA. In a series of twists and turns, against a backdrop of racial tension and political volatility, that concert was recorded by the school's janitor. Palo Alto is now available  physically on Impulse! Records and digitally on Legacy Recordings, the catalog division of Sony Music Entertainment. 

Melody Gardot:

Sunset in the Blue

‘Sunset in the Blue' is the title track from Melody Gardot's new album of the same name, an exquisite collection of originals and covers, all centered around love and collaboration. It is an orchestral celebration of Melody Gardot's jazz roots. She is reunited with the multi-Grammy award winning production team of her platinum-selling album ‘My One and Only Thrill': Producer Larry Klein(Joni Mitchell, Herbie Hancock), arranger and composer Vince Mendoza((Björk, Robbie Williams, Elvis Costello) and thelegendary engineer Al  Schmitt (Frank Sinatra, Joao Gilberto, Bob Dylan, Paul McCartney). An underlying theme of determination to create and evolve her craft has always been present in Melody Gardot's work but never more so than during the production of ‘Sunset in the Blue', despite all obstacles she has assembled a stunning new body of collaborations in this most challenging of times.

Richard Reed Parry:

The Nest OMPS

Milan Records today releases THE NEST (ORIGINAL MOTION PICTURE SOUNDTRACK) with music by multi-instrumentalist, producer, composer and Arcade Fire member RICHARD REED PARRY.  Available everywhere now, the album features music written by Parry for the thriller and marks Parry's debut feature film score as solo composer.  Written, directed, and produced by Sean Durkin and starring Jude Law and Carrie Coon, The Nest debuts in theaters Friday, September 18 from IFC Films.  

Of the soundtrack, composer RICHARD REED PARRY says, "When I watched the very first rough cut of The Nest without any music, I could feel right away what I wanted the score to be: Music that sounded like it was written and played somewhere within the massive old manor house that so much of the film centers around… I am very grateful to my fantastic musical collaborators, and for Sean Durkin's trust in my own intuitive musical process and the artistic space and freedom he gave me to explore the musical landscape of his film."

Daniel Pemberton:

Enola Holmes (Music From The Netflix Film)

Milan Records announces the September 18 release of ENOLA HOLMES (MUSIC FROM THE NETFLIX FILM) with music by award-winning composer DANIEL PEMBERTON (Birds of Prey, Spider-Man: Into the SpiderVerse).  Available now, the album features music from Netflix's newest mystery film starring Millie Bobby Brown, Sam Claflin, Fiona Shaw and Louis Partridge with Henry Cavill and Helena Bonham Carter.  Making its debut alongside today's album preorder is the soundtrack's lead offering – listen to "Enola Holmes (Wild Child)" here.  Based on the series of young adult novels written by Nancy Springer, Enola Holmes will premiere on Netflix Wednesday, September 23.  

Laura Benanti:

self-titled

Sony Music Masterworks, the 11-track album features the versatile artist performing a mix of covers both classic and contemporary, breathing new spirit into everything from modern pop songs to jazz-influenced ballads. 

"I hope the album becomes a part of someone's own canon," says LAURA BENANTI of her major label debut album. "You could put it on at a dinner party or listen to it in the bath. It could speak to so many different possible moments. Across the board, the record really fulfills my desire for musical outreach. I tried to showcase some really great playing-and hopefully singing."

Andras Schiff / Jorg Widmann:

Johannes Brahms - Sonatas | Widmann - Intermezzi

For years András Schiff and Jörg Widmann have come together again and again to play these sonatas from the twilight of Brahms's career. Both artists are firmly rooted in the Austro-German classical-romantic repertoire; they have held deep discussions of their love for Brahms, deciphered the scores, and developed readings at once intimate, emotionally fulfilled and structurally compelling.

Ella Fitzgerald:

The Lost Berlin Tapes

Verve Records announces the release of a never-before-heard stellar live recording from the First Lady of Song, Ella Fitzgerald. 

The Lost Berlin Tapes were recorded – incredibly in both mono and stereo – at Berlin's Sportpalast on March 25, 1962 and finds Ella at the top of her game with a trio led by pianist Paul Smith, Wilfred Middlebrooks on bass, and Stan Levey on drums. 

There was just something about Berlin that brought out the best in Ella. In February of 1960, she gave a concert at the Deutschlandhalle, which became one of her best-known and best-selling records, Mack The Knife: Ella in Berlin. The album won her 2 Grammys, it went on to be inducted into the Grammy Hall of Fame. 

Two years after that historic concert, Ella returned to the city at the height of her career, in the midst of her most extensive European tour to date. Flanked by her stalwart rhythm section including pianist Paul Smith, bassist Wilfred Middlebrooks and drummer Stan Levey, Ella delivers an energized, top-of-her-game set a month before her 45th birthday. 

Diana Krall:

This Dream Of You

Diana Krall releases her new album, This Dream Of You, on Verve Records today.  The single "Autumn in New York" features a trio with Christian McBride and Russell Malone. This Dream Of You is music for right now but it is also a "long playing record," one that feels like a movie that you might share with someone because you know they'll stay with it until the final reel. As Diana says, "If ‘But Beautiful' is the overture, then ‘Singing In The Rain' is the end title."

Diana Krall is the only vocalist, in the jazz category, to have nine albums debut at the top of the Billboard Jazz Albums chart. To date, her albums have garnered five Grammy® Awards, ten Juno® Awards and have also earned nine gold, three platinum and seven multi-platinum albums.  

Andrew Wan:

Ginastera - Bernstein - Moussa w/OSM, Nagano

Andrew Wan, concertmaster of the OSM, and the Orchestre symphonique de Montréal, under the direction of Kent Nagano, present the album Ginastera – Bernstein – Moussa : Works for Violin and Orchestra.

Recorded in concert at the Maison symphonique de Montréal in 2019, the album brings together important works, namely the Violin Concerto, Op. 30 by Alberto Ginastera, a score that requires no less than seven percussionists handling some fifty instruments, the imposing Serenade for Solo Violin, Strings, Harp and Percussion by Leonard Bernstein (after Plato's Symposium), and the Violin Concerto "Adrano" by Samy Moussa, a world premiere recording and an OSM commission.

Andrew Wan's impeccable playing is impressive and confirms his place among the greatest violinists playing in Canada today. Energetic, articulate and in perfect harmony with the soloist, the OSM and Maestro Nagano elevate these works with their transcendent performance. The result is nothing short of masterful.

Andrew Wan, Charles Richard-Hamelin:

Beethoven Sonatas No. 1,2,3 & 5

Analekta announces the release of the second volume of Beethoven's complete Violin Sonatas, performed by two of the most outstanding musicians of their generation, Andrew Wan, concertmaster of the Orchestre symphonique de Montréal since 2008, and Charles Richard-Hamelin, winner of the silver medal and the Krystian Zimerman prize at the 2015 International Fryderyk Chopin Piano Competition in Warsaw.

Radio-Canada considered the first volume as one of the best classical albums of 2018. The skillful and expressive playing of these two musicians and their musical bond on this second volume make for a thrilling music listening experience and a remarkable contribution to the celebration of Ludwig van Beethoven's 250th anniversary.

The Kanneh-Masons:

Carnival of the Animals

Decca Classics will release Carnival, a very special collaboration between Academy Award-winning actor Olivia Colman, children's author Michael Morpurgo and the seven "extraordinarily talented" (Classic FM) Kanneh-Mason siblings – Isata, Braimah, Sheku, Konya, Jeneba, Aminata and Mariatu. The brand-new Kanneh-Mason album, their first as a family, will be released on 6th November 2020.

Recorded at London's Abbey Road Studios, the release includes new poems written by War Horse author Morpurgo to accompany French composer Saint-Saëns' beloved musical suite ‘Carnival of the Animals'. The poems are read by the author himself, joined by The Favourite actor Colman, and guest musicians complete the ensemble for the suite.

Maria Schneider Orchestra:

Data Lords

Data Lords is a new double-album by Grammy Award-winning composer and bandleader Maria Schneider. Inspired by conflicting relationships between the digital and natural worlds, the recording features Schneider's acclaimed orchestra of 18 world-class musicians.

"No one can deny the great impact that the data-hungry digital world has had on our lives. As big data companies clamor for our attention, I know that I'm not alone in struggling to find space – to keep connected with my inner world, the natural world, and just the simpler things in life," says Schneider. "Just as I feel myself ping ponging between a digital world and the real world, the same dichotomy is showing up in my music. In order to truly represent my creative output from the last few years, it felt natural to make a two- album release reflecting these two polar extremes."

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Vangelis:

Juno to Jupiter

Inspired by the ground-breaking mission of NASA's Juno space probe and its ongoing exploration of Jupiter, Juno to Jupiter is a multi-dimensional musical journey through electronic, progressive, ambient, techno, orchestral, and vocal music. The project features soprano Angela Gheorghiu and sounds from space recorded by NASA.

Labrinth:

Euphoria (Original Score From The HBO Series)

Milan Records, an imprint of Sony Music Masterworks, today releases?EUPHORIA (ORIGINAL SCORE FROM THE HBO SERIES)?with music by chart-topping, multiplatinum-selling artist and producer?LABRINTH.??Available everywhere now, the album features score music from the first season of the hit HBO series and marks Labrinth's first-ever project as lead composer.?

Written and recorded in close collaboration with the show's writer Sam Levinson, his original compositions feature prominently throughout the series as a sonic companion to the show's angst-driven narrative.??The resulting 26-track collection is a genre blending mix of gospel, soul and electronic influences, indicative both of Labrinth's imitable style as well as the show's deeply moving storyline.??

Of the album,?LABRINTH?says, "My experience with?Euphoria?has made me a better musician. It was a dream come true to give wings and add magic to the different storylines. It was a collaborative effort among Sam Levinson, the crew and the cast - I only added texture to an already phenomenal show. I hope that anyone who listens to the music embraces feeling something."

Robin Spielberg:

Re-Inventions

Created during the pandemic, Robin reached into her treasure trove of music and discovered long lost friends--classical piano scores that always offered her comfort, companionship and piece. Celebrated composers of the past often held soirees where they concocted new ways to play one another's pieces. Mozart himself said that he strove to never play his pieces the same way twice.

On this collection of 15 great masterworks, Robin honors the spirit of the great masters by re-inventing and re-imagining their works on an 1898 Steinway.

Composers include: Mozart, Beethoven, Bach, Brahms, Chopin, Schumann, Schubert, Rubinstein and more.

You might not have heard of composer/pianist Robin Spielberg, but her music has very likely accompanied you on your day. Spielberg, who is releasing "Re-Inventions," her 20th album on November 20, is in the top 1% of artists played on Pandora Radio, the internet's largest radio station. In addition to over 200 million streams on that platform, she has over 220,000 monthly listeners on Spotify and has sold over a million physical CDs of her piano-centric music. Known for her expressive touch at the piano, melodic original compositions and unique arrangements of covers, Spielberg's newest recording contains original arrangements of classical masterpieces by Mozart, Beethoven, Chopin, Strauss, Schumann, Schubert, Brahms and more.

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Matt Haimovitz - Mari Kodama:

MON AMI, Mon amour

The vibrant, expressive musical palette of cellist Matt Haimovitz and the graceful insight of pianist Mari Kodama meld in MON AMI, Mon amour, the new album from the PENTATONE Oxingale Series, available internationally on November 6, 2020. Haimovitz's soaring cello and Kodama's incisive piano flow together in constant, colorful conversation for rarities by sisters Lili and Nadia Boulanger, in the poignant Kaddish by Ravel and the melancholic Eìleìgie by Milhaud, for iconic works by Poulenc and Debussy, and in beloved gems by Fauré. Framed by the 20th century's two world wars, these French composers overcome profound moments of darkness, never losing sight of their joie de vivre.

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Yuri Liberzon:

J.S. Bach - 3 Violin Sonatas

Classical Guitarist Yuri Liberzon has released his third solo album ‘3 Violin Sonatas.' The album will be released by Laudable Records label and distributed by The Orchard, subsidiary of Sony Music.

A colossal project, the album features Yuri's expressive interpretations of three of Johann Sebastian Bach's violin masterpieces (BWV 1001, 1003, and 1005) on the classical guitar, using transcriptions by Maestro Manuel Barrueco, with whom Yuri studied at the Peabody Conservatory of the Johns Hopkins University.

Daniel Hope:

Hope@Home

Violinist Daniel Hope spent his period of social distancing by performing chamber concerts online from his living room in Berlin with specially invited guests including Christoph Israel, Till Brönner, Matthias Goerne and more. Deutsche Grammophon is proud to present Hope@Home the album, a selection from this series of livestream events which attracted a combined audience of 2.5M viewers. Every track is live, one take only. As Hope says, "There were no patches or editing, no second takes. Sometimes life doesn't allow for second takes. This was my world for six magical and highly unusual weeks. I hope you enjoy listening."

 

 

 

Ofra Harnoy:

On the Rock

For her second recording on the Analekta label, On the Rock, superstar cellist and five-time Juno Award winner Ofra Harnoy was inspired to celebrate the sounds and spirit of Newfoundland. Upon visiting "The Rock" in the summer of 2018, the cellist immediately fell in love with the place and its people. "The more I explore this beautiful island and get to know the people, food, and the culture, the more I feel Newfoundland becoming a part of me. Through these songs I can really express the wonderful connection I have with my new home," says Harnoy. 

Her husband, Mike Herriott, multi-instrumentalist, arranger and co-producer of the album, adds "With the guidance and contribution of Bob Hallett, we were able to compile a selection of songs, jigs, and reels that Ofra felt she really connected with and that told a story of what she has come to know and love about the province."

Laila Biali:

Both Sides Now

JUNO and SOCAN Music Award winner Laila Biali celebrates Canadian icon Joni Mitchell's birthday with an intimate cover of Mitchell's beloved song, "Both Sides Now." Biali's stripped down approach illuminates poignant lyrics that speak to the heart.

Multi-award winning singer-songwriter and pianist Laila Biali has performed on prestigious stages from New York City's Carnegie Hall to Beijing's National Centre for the Performing Arts. Known for her signature sound that "masterfully mixes jazz and pop" (Washington Post), Biali has received top honors including a 2020 SOCAN Music Songwriting Award plus the 2019 JUNO (Canada's GRAMMY) for Vocal Jazz Album. She has also toured with pop icon, Sting, and hosts a national radio show on CBC Music.

Peter Manning Robinson:

Double Helix

Multiple award-winning composer and pianist Peter Manning Robinson, will be releasing his debut double-CD album titled DOUBLE HELIX with Heart Dance Records this spring on Friday, Sept. 25th. Robinson is the inventor of The Refractor Piano™ and showcases his unique style and original compositions, colors and sounds, which he calls "Refracted Music" on his new release.

"the title Double Helix refers to the two strands of piano music on this album. On one disc are eight very evocative, transformational, solo piano improvisations and on the second disc are eight "Refractor Piano™ music" pieces - a new, innovative way to create immersive, never heard before music using my invention: a "Refracted", acoustic piano. "Like the helixes of DNA, the two intertwined strands of music are aspects of the same musical voice." -  Peter Manning Robinson. 

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Lang Lang:

Johann Sebastian Bach - Goldberg Variations

"This is a very important dream-come-true moment", says Lang Lang. The superstar pianist, who waited 20 years before playing Johann Sebastian Bach's monumental composition in public, has finally achieved his goal of recording the Goldberg Variations. The result of two decades of deep study and personal reflection, his vision of Bach's Aria and 30 Variations is out now onDeutsche Grammophon. 

Chad Lawson:

You Finally Knew

Pianist and composer Chad Lawson releases his new solo piano album, You Finally Knew, recorded at the famous Abbey Road Studios. "You Finally Knew is an invitation of self-reflection," explained Chad Lawson. "Beckoning us to pause and look inside ourselves, to see what makes each of us uniquely us. It is becoming increasingly difficult to be honest with ourselves as we unintentionally set aside even the smallest life-giving activities to address everyday obligations."

Ben Rosenblum - Nebula Project:

Kites and Strings

Ben Rosenblum doesn't just invite a diverse array of influences into his music. While his projects reflect his potent and deeply rooted point of view, the pianist, accordionist, composer and arranger positively thrives on a thrum of contrasting approaches. With Kites and Strings, his third album as a leader and the debut of the Ben Rosenblum Nebula Project, he's convened an exceptionally vivid cast of collaborators and provided them with a program of arrestingly beautiful pieces. Slated for release on October 16, 2020 via One Trick Dog, the album is the work of an artist who's found that his voice contains multitudes. Regularly employed by some of jazz's most revered masters, Rosenblum has already established a national profile as bandleader by logging thousands of miles on the road, playing some 100 gigs annually with his trio at clubs, theaters, schools and community centers, and relishing the opportunity to bring jazz into communities where fellow musicians rarely play. 

Shunia:

Sa Re Sa Sa

Shunia Releases a New Genre-Defying Album of Chants and Music

Moroccan artist Hassan Hakmoun and producer Jamshied Sharifi join Lisa Reagan and Suzanne Jackson, aka Shunia, for a new album that blends Sanskrit chants, Latin prayer, ancient poetry, and exquisite orchestration into a sound that feels both new and timeless. 

This album features the fusion of classical instruments from different countries, multiple styles of vocals, and the focusing energy of ancient chants, to bring feelings of joy, hope, and awareness to Western culture at a crucial moment in time. 

In advance of the album's launch, Shunia is releasing the track, "Sa Re Sa Sa." To create their self-titled album of transcendent music and melodic harmonies, Shunia, music duo Lisa Reagan and Suzanne Jackson co-composed with Grammy nominated producer Jamshied Sharifi. The album takes the listener through mantra melodies, energetic vocals, and dynamic compositions worthy of a feature film score (www.shuniasound.com). They are joined by renowned Moroccan artist Hassan Hakmoun on two of the tracks.

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Michael Shapiro:

Frankenstein - The Movie Score

James Whale's film classic Frankenstein (1931), starring Boris Karloff, was released without a musical score, as were many films in those early days of the talkie.  A number of critics, including Leonard Maltin, have remarked that Frankenstein is badly in need of music.  Michael Shapiro's 70-minute score is written to be played simultaneously with the screening of the film.  For modern-day concert- and moviegoers, his haunting music adds significantly to the emotional impact of the film.

Michael Shapiro was commissioned in 2002 by the Boris Koutzen Foundation to write this film score. The world premiere of this work, with live chamber orchestra and film, occurred in October 2002 at the Film Society of Lincoln Center's Jacob Burns Film Center in New York. Since its premiere, it has received over 50 performances worldwide, including its European premiere at the Bergen International Festival in Norway, and at the Mariinsky Theater Film Annex in St. Petersburg, with major symphony orchestras in the United States, Canada, and the U.K., by Federal service bands such as the United States Navy Band in Washington, D.C., and the Royal Canadian Air Force Band (La Musique de Aviation royale canadienne) in Winnepeg, and university ensembles throughout the Americas.

Khatia Buniatishvili:

Labyrinth

Khatia Buniatishvili's new recording for Sony Classical is a concept album as imaginative, sensitive and philosophical as the pianist herself.

"Labyrinth" explores the unfathomable quest that is human life. It plots a filmic course through hesitance, wistfulness, sensuality, pleasure and pain – all seen through the eyes of a woman enlightened by self-reflection and wisdom.

Recorded at La Grande Salle Pierre Boulez at the Philharmonie de Paris, the album occupies its own half-real domain, drawing on the evocative language of composers from Scarlatti to Morricone and from Bach to Glass.

The labyrinth, says the French-Georgian pianist, is ‘our fate and creation; our impasse and deliverance; the polyphony of life, senses, reawakened dreams and the neglected present; unexpected and expected turnings of the said or unsaid ... The labyrinth of our mind.'

Daniel Lozakovich:

Beethoven Violin Concerto

"Immensely gifted emerging artist" (The New York Times) Daniel Lozakovich has been dreaming about recording the Beethoven Violin Concerto since he was eight. He first performed it on stage when he was 13, and at 15 was invited by Valery Gergiev to perform the concerto with him in Moscow. A few short years later, he has reunited with his mentor Gergiev to record the Beethoven with the Munich Philharmonic for Deutsche Grammophon

Smaro Gregoriadou:

A Healing Fire

As the innovative, world-renowned guitarist Smaro Gregoriadou says in her notes for this stunning new recording, her fourth for Delos, its music offers "encouragement and hope," and illuminates with "a different kind of light, a different sort of fire."

The program begins with her beautiful transcription of Bach's beloved Solo Violin Sonata #2 and offers Britten's fascinating Nocturnal, along with works by Gubaidulina and Hétu. As Raymond Tuttle put it, in a Fanfare review of one of Smaro's earlier Delos releases, "Gregoriadou evokes musicians such as Vladimir Horowitz, Glenn Gould, and Wanda Landowska in her willingness to find a new way to express herself and to reanimate the music."

Anja Lechner | Francois Couturier:

Lontano

On Moderato Cantabile, their 2013 duo recording, Anja Lechner and François Couturier illuminated some musical and spiritual affinities linking Komitas Vardapet, George I. Gurdjieff and Federico Mompou, composers at the crossroads of East and West.  With Lontano, the German cellist and the French pianist widen the scope of their music. 

Out of their shared work – which has included concerts and recordings with the Tarkovsky Quartet and the Il Pergolese project as well as duo activities – a shared language has evolved. Whether playing their own pieces, compositions by Henri Dutilleux or Giya Kancheli or Anouar Brahem, drawing upon a Bach cantata or an Argentinean folk lament, Lechner and Couturier have established a distinctive musical identity. Finding atmospheric and expressive connections among far-flung sources, they also create new music that reflects and refracts its inspirations. 

Melody Gardot - Sting:

Little Something

World-renowned singer-songwriter Melody Gardot announces her long-awaited new album along with the release of a highly anticipated single which sees her join forces with 17-time Grammy Award winning music icon Sting. The duet ‘Little Something', released today on Decca Records, brings together Gardot and Sting's distinctive vocals on this up-tempo, Latin inflected pop track.  Mixed by 4x Grammy-Award winner, Robert Orton (Lady Gaga, Carly Rae Jepsen, Lana Del Rey) the song was created by Melody Gardot, Sting, his long-time guitarist Dominic Miller and French producer Jen Jis.

Ezinma:

Beethoven Pleads The Fifth

Today, violin sensation, Ezinma, announces the release of "Beethoven Pleads The Fifth," (Decca Records) an exhilarating and thumping reimagination of Beethoven's 5th Symphony.  Produced by Brandon Korn (Travis Scott, DJ Khaled, Lil Wayne) and Steven Epstein (Yo-Yo Ma, Wynton Marsalis, Placido Domingo) the re-envisioned hip-hop infused classical track is from her upcoming un-titled EP and the accompanying video is out now.

Bettye LaVette:

Blackbirds

Blues Hall of Famer Bettye LaVette has decided to release her stirring rendition of "Strange Fruit" ahead of schedule as it says as much about the history of American racism and the state of the country today.  "Strange Fruit" was originally recorded by Billie Holiday in 1939 and written by Jewish teacher Abel Meeropol who wrote the song based on a photo of two black men who were lynched as a crowd of white people looked in the camera pointing and smiling. LaVette's version will be featured on her album, "Blackbirds" (Verve) set for release August 28. 

Redi Hasa:

The stolen cello

A new album from Decca Records and the team behind global sensation Ludovico Einaudi is to be released exploring the inspiring story of a young man caught up in the Albanian conflict in the early 1990s, as he navigates his new life in Italy with his most prized possession: a stolen cello.

The younger son of a cello teacher in Tirana, Albania and a choreographer at the Academy of Tirana, Redi Hasa learnt the entire cello repertoire by the age of 13, performing on an instrument owned by the state Music Academy. In 1989, as the Berlin Wall fell, Albania hurtled towards civil war, overwhelmed by poverty and financial unrest. 

Jess Gillam:

Time

Jess Gillam is the trailblazing young artist forging a new path in classical music and carving out a new repertoire landscape for her instrument. Curated by Jess herself, TIME features music rooted in minimalism, with a track sequence shaped to mirror the flow of energy in a 24-hour cycle. The album is centered around Michael Nyman's virtuosic Where the Bee Dances concerto, framed by shorter tracks from pioneering and genre-breaking artists and composers.

Gustavo Dudamel:

Charles Ives - Complete Symphonies

Deutsche Grammophon releases Gustavo Dudamel and the Los Angeles Philharmonic's performances of the complete Charles Ives symphony cycle. Called "a revelation" by the Los Angeles Times, the rarely heard symphony cycle was recorded in early 2020 as part of the LA Phil's Dvořák and Ives festival.

"Performances like this don't come around every day." - Los Angeles Times

Igor Levit:

Encounter

A very personal double album marked by a desire for encounter and togetherness. The program includes rarely played arrangements of Bach and Brahms by Ferruccio Busoni and Max Reger, as well as Palais de Mari – Morton Feldman's final work for piano.

Longing and its fulfilment at the same time: Igor Levit's new double album "Encounter" is the pianist's sixth disc released on the Sony Classical label and conveys the urgent desire for encounter and human togetherness – at a time when isolation is the order of the day. The result is a very personal recital. While speaking touchingly of the hardships and unexpected feelings of liberty resulting from social distancing, musically the recital stands out for the objective spirit of its carefully crafted form.

Joseph Calleja:

The Magic of Mantovani

The Magic of Mantovani features remasters of famed Anglo-Italian conductor Mantovani's original orchestral stereo recordings, set with brand new vocals for the first time from "outstanding" (The Guardian) tenor Joseph Calleja. Highlights include beloved mid-century standards, Rodgers and Hammerstein classics, and selections from West Side Story, including a special guest appearance by Grammy-winning American soprano Renée Fleming in a performance of "Somewhere."

Stephan Moccio:

Tales Of Solace

Stephan returns to his roots in classical composition and back to the instrument he knows best, the piano. But if truth be known, the piano has never been too far away. In fact, they are inseparable. Throughout his career, you can hear his performances on countless recordings by the world's biggest artists. His classical upbringing and discipline combined with his pop-songwriting sensitivities gives him a unique edge in the piano music genre. It is why he has been recognised for his impeccable mastery of hand-crafted melody, arrangement, harmonic depth and a provocative pianistic touch.

Stephan's new music explores some of life's more profound themes: love, relationships and ageing. New single ‘Fracture', released today, takes the listener through the "beautiful and dark sides of life". A song that will bring beauty, subtlety and poignancy to the senses… intimate, elegant and a very emotive piece of music.