Cellist Inbal Segev's inspirational commissioning project, 20 for 2020, continues apace with the second of four digital EPs featuring five of the 20 composers she commissioned in response to the extraordinary combination of events the world experienced 2020. A gesture of support to her fellow musicians and solace for audiences, 20 for 2020 features an immensely varied palette of strong and distinctive compositional voices spanning a range of ages, genders and cultures, and reflects by turns the darkness of the pandemic, the BLM movement, isolation and contemplation. Collectively the works celebrate a stunning array of music for the soulful sound of the cello in the 21st century.
Libera are a phenomenon with over 100 million hits on You Tube. One of the leading worldwide exponents of the British choral tradition, the three-time Classical BRIT nominees have recorded a brand new studio album titled ‘If'. The new album will be available on 15 October 2021 on CD plus digital formats through Invisible Hands Music and features 15 songs including 5 brand new compositions.
Brian Wilson of The Beach Boys – who knows a bit about vocal harmonies - said, "When I heard them sing – it actually took me to tears." This album provides a welcome respite from over a year of unrelenting bleakness; the boys who make up Libera are very happy to be back making music. This album continues Libera's mission of spreading joy and hope through the beauty and purity of their wonderful voices and arrangements.
With shimmering, mystical chords and ecstatic harmonies, they are unlike any other group you have ever heard. The distinctive sound of Libera has garnered fans all over the world, particularly in the USA, the UK, the Philippines, South Korea and Japan. Their albums top the mainstream and classical charts and they pack concert halls and cathedrals, appearing in their trademark flowing white robes.
The success and audience that the group have reached is nothing short of staggering; they have performed for Popes and Presidents. Libera have graced programmes such as the BBC's ‘Last Choir Standing', ‘Songs Of Praise' and Classic FM. This new album is a wonderful collection of beautiful songs, old and new, delivered in the peerless Libera way. ‘If' you are looking for a really special and engaging choral album, then look no further.
In March and April of 2021 soprano saxophonist Jane Ira Bloom and drummer Allison Miller came together on five Tuesdays in March and April of 2021 to record some improvised sax and drum duets to see what might happen. They didn't set out to make an album - they just wanted to play because they needed to improvise any way that they could. They played with complete abandon, performing remotely from their home studios in New York City in the reality of the world of 2021. Tues Days is the result of those recordings that now appear on Bloom's Outline label and are available through Miller's Bandcamp site, mixed and mastered by bassist Mark Helias with breathtaking fidelity. It's a musical duet saturated in a kaleidoscope of color. The music is spontaneous composition at its best by two masterful improvisers – energetic, tactile, and alive. Miller's multi-colored array of percussion augments her drumset in exquisite counterpoint to Bloom's signature tone on the soprano sax. The music is both rhythmic and deeply lyrical - drum and sax dancing around one another until their song is sung. The compositions are Bloom and Miller making-it-up live and in the moment, taking you on a wild ride through their musical universe. From the adventurous journey of "The Wild Frontier" to the unpredictable "A & J's Test Kitchen," get ready for Tues Days - a story for your ears that will have your head spinning in wonder.
After nearly six decades, a private recording of a rare, nightclub performance by John Coltrane of his magnum opus, A Love Supreme, is set for commercial release. Recorded in late 1965 on the culminating evening of a historic week-long run at The Penthouse in Seattle, A Love Supreme: Live In Seattle is a musical revelation of historic importance, capturing Coltrane as he began to expand his classic quartet-adding Pharoah Sanders on second saxophone and Donald Garrett on second bass-and catapulting him into the intense, spiritually focused final phase of his career. Today, you can listen to A Love Supreme, Part IV – Psalm, watch the visualizer here https://JohnColtrane.lnk.to/ALSPIV. The full album A Love Supreme Live in Seattle is for release October 8, on Impulse! Records/UMe.
"Chopin is reserved, visionary and mysterious," says Beatrice Rana. "There are many layers to his music. It's pleasing to the ear and sincere in its communication, but the deeper you go, the more you find …" For this album, Rana pairs Chopin's 12 op 25 études with his four scherzi, focusing on two musical genres that the composer, combining intellect and imagination, transformed into something new. "It was Chopin who invented the ‘concert study'," explains Rana.
"To me, the études seem implicitly connected, joined by a single line of expression, as if they are taking you on a journey. The scherzi are evocative pieces, full of contrasts … They represent three distinct stages of Chopin's life and creativity and it is easy to read stories into them." When Beatrice Rana played the op 25 études for her New York recital debut in 2019, the New York Times wrote: "If you can play Chopin's études comfortably, you can probably play anything written for the piano ... and the best performances convey their musical riches. In that regard, Beatrice Rana set a new standard … She didn't just surmount the technical challenges; she made the pieces sound as poetic and colorful as anything Chopin ever wrote."
"This album is, in many ways, about love: the romantic love between Johann Sebastian and his first and second wives; familial love between parents and their children; and love for the Creator." Daniil Trifonov
"… a prodigious live performance of arguably the least performable and unarguably greatest contrapuntal exercise in the history of music, Bach's The Art of the Fugue, by Daniil Trifonov … he is already one of the world's most remarkable pianists. The legend grows." Los Angeles Timesconcert review
Daniil Trifonov presents his new Deutsche Grammophon solo recording, Bach – The Art of Life. Centred around Johann Sebastian Bach's late masterpiece The Art of Fugue, the new double album reflects Trifonov's insight into the family life and music-making of one of the greatest composers of all time. Works by four of Johann Sebastian's sons, as well as two pieces known to have been Bach family favourites are also included in a programme taking in everything from lighthearted dance-like pieces to the mournful majesty of the Chaconne in D minor. Already renowned for his recordings of the Romantic repertoire, Daniil Trifonov brings the same magical combination of vitality, sensitivity and flawless technical command to these works of an earlier age. Bach – The Art of Life will be released on 8 October 2021.
Harpist and Composer Brandee Younger releases her major label debut album, Somewhere Different, on Impulse! Records. The compositions are a luminous blending of genres, and you can listen to the album here. An accompanying visualizer for the track "Pretend", featuring Tarriona "Tank" Ball from Tank and the Bangas, can be watched here. To mark the release of the album, Ms. Younger will go live on her Instagram this Monday, August 16 at 1:00 PM ET with the renowned Bassist, Ron Carter, and Producer of the Album, Dezron Douglas.
Stillpoint is the moment between thoughts, when all mental chatter ceases and the clarity of absolute mind emerges from within. Stillpoint is also an album of original music and a book of short stories from Latin Grammy-winning producer, writer, and Zen practitioner, Barrett Martin. Building on his previous two books that also came with musical soundtracks (The Singing Earth 2017, The Way Of The Zen Cowboy 2019), Stillpoint is a stand alone studio album, but it also serves as the soundtrack for Barrett's 3rd book in the series titled, Stillpoint: Reflections From A Year On The Cliff.
THE GURRUMUL STORY is the first ever collection of Gurrumul's most enduring and popular songs. To be released by Decca Australia, the collection will be available on digital platforms in September 2021, and on CD, Deluxe CD+DVD and on vinyl in October 2021.
The anthology contains alternate versions of two of Gurrumul's most popular songs. ‘Wiyathul (Longing For Place)' is a brand new, orchestrally-augmented version of ‘Wiyathul' – the song that thrust Gurrumul into the limelight back in 2008. This new version will be accompanied by a new music video (the song's first official music video) that was filmed in May 2021 on Gurrumul's home of Elcho Island and features local dancers interpreting the song's lyrics through the movement of their totemic dance.
Also included on the album is a rare duet version of the song ‘Bayini', from Gurrumul's sophomore album Rrakala, featuring a touching contribution by Australian singer/songwriter Sarah Blasko.
"Look At What A Mess You Made Of Me" is the first single to emerge from the artistic collaboration between French Jazz prodigy Camille Bertault and Grammy and Latin Grammy nominated composer John Finbury. With lyrics by Ned Claflin, Patty Brayden and the composer, this music features Finbury's blend of Jazz and Vaudeville traditions with a nod to the "Roaring 20s", past and present. The song needed a singer who could bring just the right playful approach to interpretation, which led the composer and his producer Emilio D. Miler to reach out to Camille Bertault, who quickly embraced the project. Camille has startled the Jazz world with her vocal prowess and unmatched improvisational skills, as well as her ability to write lyrics to some of the most iconic jazz solos in history. She has released three albums that showcase her interpretative talents with music and lyrics of her own. Given the careful studio protocols in pandemic times, the artists and producers sought a simple instrumentation, so "Look At What A Mess You Made Of Me" became a voice and bass duet. They entrusted the bass chair to Christian McBride, who achieved a stunning balance of brawny playing with a sense of humor.
The renowned American pianist Tedd Joselson presents a ‘companionship' of his favourite concertos – the Grieg Piano Concerto and Rachmaninov's Second Piano Concerto.
Led by conductor Arthur Fagen with the Royal Philharmonic Orchestra (Grieg) and the Philharmonia Orchestra (Rachmaninov), the disc is also a companion to Joselson's April 2021 recording of the Lim Fantasy of Companionship for Piano and Orchestra, recorded at the same time at Abbey Road with the London Symphony Orchestra.
Belgian-American pianist Tedd Joselson was only 17 when he auditioned for the Philadelphia Orchestra's music director, Eugene Ormandy, after which the famous conductor remarked "Anything you want, you can play with us". He was offered a recording contract by RCA whilst still a student at Juilliard, and quickly became, and remained until his retirement, one of the most sought after performers regularly appearing with nearly every important symphonic ensemble and conductor. He gave his debut piano recital on the Great Performer's series in Lincoln Center in NYC in 1975. Thereafter, his annual sold out recital tours were eagerly awaited events on the music calendar. Noted for his lyrical playing across a wide range of repertoire, his recordings of works span 400 years of music from Bach to Lim, and have won numerous awards including several Grammy nominations.
Sheku and Isata, the charismatic siblings from the talented Kanneh-Mason family, announce their first duo album, Muse – a selection of music for piano and cello composed by Samuel Barber and Sergei Rachmaninov. Due for release on 5th November on Decca Classics, the recording captures the siblings' musicality and refined skill from years of performing together – both at home and in recitals worldwide.
Both the Rachmaninov and Barber cello sonatas found a natural place in Sheku and Isata's concert programmes before the pandemic. During the COVID-19 lockdowns, they found shared enthusiasm along with a familiar comfort in playing the pieces together. Considering this, they asked themselves an important question: can a live concert be replicated, offstage? The siblings aspired to share the process of exploration and discovery behind each piece and to demonstrate where they stood in their realisation of them. Capturing this energy for the recording of Muse, when all concerts were paused worldwide, the album offers a snapshot of their musical collaboration during an unexpected time together. Sheku and Isata embrace a musical relationship that holds no rivalry; its security encourages risks with their interpretation of the composers' broad works and the result is thrilling.
After the global successes of Philip Glass · Piano Works, Johann Sebastian Bach, Debussy · Rameau and Debussy · Rameau Reflections (227.5 million career streams to date and over 320K albums sold), multi-award-winning pianist Víkingur Ólafsson now turns his attention to the music of MOZART. Ólafsson presents some of his favourite Mozart keyboard works in the company of pieces by a selection of the composer's leading contemporaries. Juxtaposing works by Mozart, Haydn and C.P.E. Bach with rarely-recorded Galuppi and Cimarosa, Mozart & Contemporaries dispels the image of Mozart as the angelic and prodigious idiot savant, instead presenting a mature composer through music primarily dating from the 1780s: a resourceful, hard-working adult who had come to know adversity. All is artfully brought together by Ólafsson's signature thought-provoking programming.
Ólafsson comments: "I find this decade of Mozart's life and art endlessly fascinating. Mozart was not just a composer, and I feel that when he was writing for himself as a virtuoso pianist he indulged more than ever in the sublime playfulness that lay at the core of his originality and inventiveness. This is the period when Mozart was not just perfecting the Classical tradition but subtly subverting it … the shadows are darker, the nuances and ambiguities more profound."
Legendary pianist Jean-Yves Thibaudet announces Carte Blanche, a new album continuing his long-standing relationship with Decca Classics. Thibaudet has performed world-wide to audiences for more than three decades. A recording legend, the LA-based French artist has sold more than 1.5 million albums and generated 640 million streams. After more than 40 albums-including definitive recordings of Debussy's Préludes, the complete solo piano works of Satie and Ravel, and creative arrangements of opera music and jazz-Carte Blanche features a host of musical gems close to Thibaudet's heart.
To mark a milestone birthday and celebrate a new chapter in his relationship with the label, Thibaudet was given "carte blanche" by Decca to choose personal music that he has never recorded before-a selection that reflects on the people and pieces that have impacted his life as an artist while expanding his already diverse repertoire in new directions. Carte Blanche will be released on 10 September, following Thibaudet's birthday on 7 September.
Set for international stardom with the release of his debut album, Christian Li is an extraordinary talent. His remarkably mature musicianship and approach to interpretation, combined with his innate musical passion, have established a promising future for this inspirational young musician.
At only 13 years old, the Australian-Chinese violinist becomes the youngest violinist ever to professionally record Vivaldi's thrilling chamber work The Four Seasons, included on his new album of the same name, released on Decca Classics on 20th August. Christian's debut – for which he play-directs an ensemble comprising members of the Melbourne Symphony Orchestra – marks the first recording of The Four Seasons on Decca in 17 years, following in the footsteps of label-mate Janine Jansen.
After penning chart-topping hits for superstar artists like Miley Cyrus, The Weeknd, and Celine Dion, Oscar-nominated and Grammy-nominated songwriter and producer Stephan Moccio has announced a joyous return to his roots on the piano. One of the most compelling writers in music today, Moccio possesses a rare power to express incredibly complex and nuanced emotions through melody alone, establishing himself as a handcrafting melodist with a "rare gift of delivering emotionally charged tales of love, loss and hope without words" (Billboard). In a musical career that's included seven hits on the Billboard Hot 100 Chart, three Grammy nominations and an Oscar nod for co-writing The Weeknd's seven-times-platinum "Earned It," the classically trained virtuoso has announced his most extraordinary work to date. Due out October 15th on Decca Records, Lionheart affirms Moccio as a truly singular force who's redefining the possibilities of piano music, adding an entirely new urgency to the time-honored genre.
Milan Records today releases ANNETTE (CANNES EDITION – SELECTIONS FROM THE MOTION PICTURE SOUNDTRACK) in North America, an album of music by legendary art-pop duo SPARKS and featured within the forthcoming musical film from director LEOS CARAX. Available everywhere now, the 15-track collection features music composed and performed by Sparks with lyrics co-written by Sparks and Leos Carax and vocal performances from the film's leads ADAM DRIVER, MARION COTILLARD and SIMON HELBERG. The soundtrack was initially introduced in May with lead single "SO MAY WE START," the film's opening ensemble number performed by Sparks, Adam Driver, Marion Cotillard and Simon Helberg – listen here and watch the music video here. The album is also available now in North America in vinyl format, arriving in a gatefold sleeve and including an alternate version of the film poster exclusive to the LP. Having opened the 74th annual Cannes Film Festival in July to widespread critical acclaim, Annette debuts in the United States in theaters today and arrives on Amazon Prime Video Friday, August 20.
For his eighth and latest Deutsche Grammophon album, Canadian pianist extraordinaire Jan Lisiecki has chosen to return to the music of Frédéric Chopin. Following on from Works for Piano & Orchestra (2017) and Chopin: Études (2013), Chopin: Complete Nocturnes is now set for international release on 13 August 2021 and features profoundly personal interpretations of some of the most beautiful and best-loved pieces ever written for solo piano.
Lisiecki is perhaps most celebrated for his masterfully sensitive and refined interpretative approach. His newest release – recorded last October at Berlin's historic Meistersaal – not only captures the spirit of Chopin's pianism, but also represents the time and circumstances in which it was made, as the pianist himself explains: "I'm the first to question why we should record something that has been recorded many times before. But music only lives through performance and is different every time we hear it, even when it's a recording. I think there was something for me to say with this album. It reflects on the last year and my thoughts on that as well as on the escape and understanding that music gives us."
Milan Records today releases THE GREEN KNIGHT (ORIGINAL MOTION PICTURE SOUNDTRACK) with music by composer and performer DANIEL HART. Available everywhere now, the album features music written by Hart for director David Lowery's latest fantasy adventure film based on the classic Arthurian tale of Sir Gawain and The Green Knight. The resulting 29-track collection is both as epic and unique as the film itself, a sweepingly dramatic and expansive body of music that straddles the divide between medieval and modern. The soundtrack is the latest in a longstanding creative partnership between Lowery and Hart, the duo having worked together previously on Ain't Them Bodies Saints, Pete's Dragon, A Ghost Story and The Old Man & the Gun. Starring Dev Patel as Sir Gawain, The Green Knight makes its theatrical debut today from A24.
Following a string of globally successful virtual festivals, revered vocal group VOCES8 announces brand new album Infinity, released on 27th August on Decca Classics. This new collection of meditative and otherworldly choral recordings transcends genres and features six brand-new compositions interspersed with eight newly arranged covers from renowned composers.
In this space-inspired concept album, VOCES8 leads listeners on an introspective journey beyond our world, inviting them to escape for an hour of contemplative and calming music. The sublime blended voices of VOCES8 are intermingled with ethereal strings, harp, bowed vibraphones and, in one of the new compositions, a sample of the Sputnik satellite.
Today, prolific and pioneering composer Max Richter releases his 33-minute work Exiles on a brand new album of the same name on Deutsche Grammophon. The title piece features alongside expansive reimaginings of tracks composed by Richter for a Virginia Woolf-inspired ballet, Fendi fashion runways, Hollywood blockbusters, Golden Globe-winning documentaries, and a record loved by David Bowie.
Fader 5 Music today releases BEFORE I GO (ORIGINAL MOTION PICTURE SOUNDTRACK) with music by Peabody Award-winning Composer and songwriter Matthew Puckett (HOPKINS, GUIDANCE). Available everywhere now,the album features score music written by Matthew Puckett for director Eric Schaeffer'snewest film that tells the story of a former songwriter who has lost her way and is searching for new meaning to her life. The album is the latest scoring effort from Puckett, following his most recent songwriting collaboration with critically-acclaimedsinger-songwriter Garrison Starr ("Girl I Used To Be"). The project also continues along standing creative partnership for Puckett and Schaeffer who have worked together
With Overpass, recorded in Brazil in 2018, Marc Johnson makes a decisive and intriguing contribution to ECM's solo bass recordings. It is an album that takes note of that tradition - Johnson has said that Dave Holland's Emerald Tears was among the solo recordings that fired his imagination almost half a century ago - and builds upon it in a personal and imaginative way.
The Nebraska-born bassist first came to broader attention in the late 1970s as a member of Bill Evans's last trio where the tune "Nardis" became effectively a workshop for nightly discoveries about the bass's potential as a lead voice. The Miles Davis tune, long associated with Evans, is revisited here. As Johnson points out, "‘Nardis' is where solo bass explorations all started for me and this performance distills much of the conception and vocabulary I am using throughout this album." Alex North's "Love Theme from Spartacus", another tune that Evans liked to play, is featured, too, in an interpretation and arrangement that honours the form of the composition.
For her tenth Deutsche Grammophon release, pianist Alice Sara Ottreturns to the music of Frédéric Chopin. She approaches Chopin's 24 Préludes op. 28 from a fresh perspective, finding a personal thread that parallels the music's dramatic arc and wide-ranging moods. The pianist frames the Préludes within a contemporary context by interspersing them with seven works by 20th- and 21st-century composers. The thought-provoking yet emotionally and musically fulfilling end result is Echoes Of Life.
Andrew Cyrille's album The News carries forward the story from The Declaration of Musical Independence, the 2014 ECM recording described by Down Beat as "an unabashed exploration into time, pulse space and atmosphere…ambitious yet simple, rich yet stripped-down, challenging yet infinitely satisfying." The New York Times cited the album as evidence of a "late career renaissance" for the drummer.
A force in improvisation for more than sixty years, Cyrille has played across the landscape of jazz from Coleman Hawkins's The Hawk Relaxes to Cecil Taylor's Unit Structures, led his own bands, and worked extensively with Milford Graves, Walt Dickerson, David Murray, Muhal Richard Abrams, Oliver Lake, Reggie Workman and many, many more. His first ECM appearance was on 1970's Afternoon of a Georgia Faun, Marion Brown's album with Chick Corea, Anthony Braxton, Bennie Maupin and Jeanne Lee. Half a century later Cyrille appeared with his Lebroba trio with Wadada Leo Smith and Bill Frisell at Lincoln Center's 50th birthday tribute to the label.
Chloe Flower is a visionary, a powerhouse, an icon in the making, an activist, a fashion influencer and so much more. Bridging the gap between classical and pop, her self-created Popsical genre sees sweet melodies, epic strings, and hip-hop beats collide with impressive aplomb.
Born in Pennsylvania, Chloe first reached for piano keys at the age of two. By twelve, she was studying at the Manhattan School of Music and later at London's Royal Academy of Music. She is now an Official Steinway artist and sits on the board of directors for The Liberace Foundation.
Chloe has been working on her eponymous debut album, Chloe Flower, for over a decade. Living through the COVID-19 pandemic changed not only Chloe's life, but also the course of her music. The stay-home message was a clear signal to take ownership and to create an album which matters and speaks volumes.
Chloe Floweris broken down into three acts: Innocence, Suffering and Hope, Chloe's debut album is book-ended by a prelude and finale that redefine the meaning of classical crossover. Chloe's compositions are dramatic, fragile, spellbinding, beautiful and truthful.
Azica Records announces the September 17, 2021 release of Pulitzer Prize and GRAMMY award-winning composer Aaron Jay Kernis' Elegy . . . for those we lost as a single in digital format. This world premiere recording of the work is an arrangement for trumpet and harp performed by Michael Sachs, Principal Trumpet of The Cleveland Orchestra, and multiple GRAMMY-nominated harp soloist, Yolanda Kondonassis. Originally composed for solo piano, Kernis created this work as a powerful tribute to the families of beloved COVID-19 victims, "to give some measure of solace to families within a grief-filled musical poem," according to Kernis.
It's been more than nine and ten years respectively since Hélène Grimaud made her only two Mozart recordings. One might almost think there simply hasn't been room for his music in her multifaceted repertoire, and the pianist does confess that her younger self found the "lightness of being" she associated with his piano works unfulfilling. Now, however, for her latest concept album The Messenger, she has created a pianistic dialogue between Mozart and the Ukrainian-born contemporary composer Valentin Silvestrov. The album released by Deutsche Grammophon in October 2020, is now available as an extended digital edition and on Dolby Atmos, featuring a new track by Silvestrov (3 Bagatelles, Op. 1: III. Moderato) accompanied by a performance video.
Pianist and composer Kit Armstrong steps back in time to revive the spirit of the early English composers William Byrd andJohn Bull in his Deutsche Grammophon debut album. Exploring a remarkable legacy of works originally written for organ or the virginal – close relative of the harpsichord – William Byrd · John Bull – The Visionaries of Piano Music is set for release on 9 July 2021. In the notes that accompany the double-disc album, Armstrong discusses the composers' immeasurable contribution to keyboard music, their contrasting means of expression, and his own approach to performing sixteenth-century repertoire on a modern instrument.
On Friday, August 20, 2021, Apollo Chamber Players releases their fifth studio album, With Malice Toward None, on Azica Records. The album is a breathtaking collection of globally-inspired compositions and collaborations, with each composer sharing their own personal interpretations of folk music. Works include a title track by Vietnam War-veteran J. Kimo Williams with a performance by electric violinist Tracy Silverman, Pamela Z's The Unraveling, What is the Word? by Christopher Theofanidis and Mark Wingate, new arrangements of a trio of Armenian folk songs by pioneering Armenian composer Komitas, and Eve Beglarian's We Will Sing One Song for duduk, string quartet, percussion, and track. The Pamela Z, Theofanidis and Wingate, and Beglarian pieces are part of Apollo's 20x2020 project, launched in 2014 with a mission to commission 20 new multicultural works before the end of the decade.
Milan Records today releases GUNPOWDER MILKSHAKE (ORIGINAL MOTION PICTURE SOUNDTRACK) by composer FRANK ILFMAN (Big Bad Wolves, The Operative, Rory's Way ). Available everywhere now, the album features music written by Ilfman for Navot Papushado's Gunpowder Milkshake. The film is a female-driven, high-concept thriller with a rich mythology and multi-generational narrative that give it a fresh, 21st century perspective on the traditional assassin film. Directed and co-written by Navot Papushado (Big Bad Wolves), Gunpowder Milkshake debuts on Netflix in the US, Canada and Nordics today, with theatrical releases rolling out everywhere else worldwide from July 15.
Milan Records today releases FEAR STREET PART 3: 1666 (MUSIC FROM THE NETFLIX FILM) by composers MARCO BELTRAMI, ANNA DRUBICH and MARCUS TRUMPP. Available everywhere now, the album features music co-composed by Beltrami, Trumpp and Drubich for the third and final installment in the Netflix horror film trilogy based on R.L. Stine's best-selling horror series. Today's release follows soundtracks for Fear Street Part 1: 1994 by Beltrami and Trumpp and Fear Street Part 2: 1978 by Beltrami and Brandon Roberts. Fear Street Part 3: 1666 debuts on Netflix today.
Milan Records today releases FEAR STREET PART 2: 1978 (MUSIC FROM THE NETFLIX FILM) by composers MARCO BELTRAMI and BRANDON ROBERTS. Available everywhere now, the album features music co-composed by Beltrami and Roberts for the second installment in the Netflix horror film trilogy based on R.L. Stine's best-selling horror series. The soundtrack follows last Friday's release of FEAR STREET PART 1: 1994 (MUSIC FROM THE NETFLIX FILM) by Beltrami and Marcus Trumpp – listen here. Milan Records will also release the soundtrack for Fear Street Part 3: 1666 by Beltrami, Anna Drubich and Trumpp on Friday, July 16, coinciding with the film's wide release date on Netflix. Fear Street Part 1: 1994 and Fear Street Part 2: 1978 are available to watch on Netflix now.
Escape Room: Tournament of Champions is the sequel to the box office hit psychological thriller that terrified audiences around the world. In this installment, six people unwittingly find themselves locked in another series of escape rooms, slowly uncovering what they have in common to survive…and discovering they've all played the game before.
Decca Classics is thrilled to announce a new Baroque album from Grammy award-winning violinist Nicola Benedetti. This is the first album Benedetti has released on a period set-up including gut strings, and she is joined by a leading group of freelance baroque musicians, forming the Benedetti Baroque Orchestra for the very first time. The album features a selection of concerti by Vivaldi plus Geminiani's incredible arrangement of Corelli's ‘La Folia', one of the oldest western classical themes which has been arranged by many composers over time, particularly in the baroque era. Geminiani was one of the greatest violinists of the era and Corelli was one of his teachers whilst growing up in Italy. Later when he moved to London, Geminiani reworked a number of Corelli's works for local audiences including this arrangement of ‘La Folia'. Singles will be released on 4, 25 June and 2 July in the lead-up to the full album being available from Friday 16 July.
Deutsche Grammophon to release Shades Of Love – an anthology of reimagined themes from k-drama soundtracks. Arrangements and new works created by Marco Hertenstein and performed by the Zürcher Kammerorchester under David Philip Hefti and star soloists including Daniel Hope, Philipp Jundt, Albrecht Mayer, Richard Yongjae O'Neill and Sir James and Lady Jeanne Galway
East meets West in Shades Of Love, which presents arrangements of music from k-drama soundtracks, with pieces from the hit series Crash Landing on You, Reply 1988, Mr. Sunshine and many more. Also included are two original Korean-inspired works by German composer Marco Hertenstein, who co-created the project with Swiss flautist Philipp Jundt. The album features performances by, among others, DG artists Daniel Hope and Albrecht Mayer, with orchestral accompaniment from the Zürcher Kammerorchester conducted by David Philip Hefti. Shades Of Love is out now on Deutsche Grammophon. It is available for digital download and on Pure Audio Blu-ray in Dolby Atmos®, which offers a uniquely immersive listening experience.
John Finbury sat at his piano in Massachusetts that night and responded to the sad news by playing a somber, repetitive passage that seemed to provide solace. He made a phone recording and sent it to his friend, singer Thalma de Freitas. The next morning, Thalma woke up in Los Angeles, listened to the music, and was inspired to improvise a melody and lyrics on top of John's piano motif. She sent a voice recording back to John, and a song was born.
Producer Emilio D. Miler heard this recording and suggested releasing a studio version of the song, as the sentiments that inspired it were shared by music lovers everywhere. Through the challenges posed by the pandemic, John recorded his piano part at a local studio and Thalma recorded her vocals in L.A.
Afro-Brazilian singer-songwriter Thalma de Freitas and American composer John Finbury wrote the songs on their 2020 Grammy® nominated album "Sorte!." Here they collaborate again with producer Emilio D. Miler, who brought together the same production team for this homage to Chick, "Ring The Bells."
Centuries-old Chinese poetry is brought vividly to life in a new recording from Long Yu and the Shanghai Symphony Orchestra. Their second album for Deutsche Grammophon, The Song of the Earth, is set for international release on 09 July 2021. Recorded in Shanghai with soloists Michelle DeYoung, Brian Jagde, Liping Zhang and Shenyang, it pairs Gustav Mahler's symphonic song-cycle Das Lied von der Erde ("The Song of the Earth"), based on German translations of seven ancient Chinese poems, with the world premiere recording of Xiaogang Ye's settings of the same texts in the original Mandarin.
Long Yu is passionate both about breaking down barriers between different cultures and about promoting new music by contemporary composers from China and across the world. He has brought international orchestras and a wide range of western classical music to China, toured the West with Chinese orchestras, and commissioned dozens of works from composers as varied as Qigang Chen, Tan Dun, Philip Glass and Krzysztof Penderecki.
Krystian Zimerman joined forces with Sir Simon Rattle and the London Symphony Orchestra last December in Beethoven's five piano concertos. Their spellbinding performances, streamed on DG Stage from LSO St Luke's and recorded live by Deutsche Grammophon, harvested a bumper crop of critical superlatives. Here was "history in the making", wrote The Times in its five-star review, while Bachtrack noted, "Purity and clarity are hallmarks of Zimerman's playing and there was an almost aristocratic composure to his phrasing and a velvet touch … Everything was meticulous, not … a quaver out of place."
Satisfaction is an unreliable feeling. That may explain the driving quality of this music. While the beats keep you calm and centred, his melodies also draw you ever upward. Listening to Stefan Obermaier's invigorating music places you at the mercy of this pleasurable interplay forces. In this series of classical works especially, eternal melodies hover over his intricately programmed rhythm and beats.
In this case, the music of the personally unpredictable Ludwig van Beethoven becomes the focus of the 40-year-old electronic artist from the state of Salzburg, or Salzburgerland. He has made the big city his home since 2001. The urban comings and goings inspire music in him that has rhythmic urgency as well as cascades of dreamy harmonies. In his "Classic Reloaded" series he borrows the melodies only from the best – from Mozart, from Beethoven.
The ATTACCA QUARTET share the title track and video "Real Life" from their upcoming genre-defying debut album on Sony Classical. Their re-working of the Louis Cole original is a radical orchestral meets four-on-the-ﬂoor thunder stomp. Of the track, Attacca Quartet says: "Who doesn't love a little Louis Cole?! His music is zesty, humorous, and extremely satisfying. His song ‘Real Life' encapsulates the wild and carefree feelings that we enjoyed so much while making this album."
For their forthcoming Sony Classical debut, the multi-genre, Grammy Award-winning string ensemble embody their redeﬁnition of what a string quartet can be. Real Life, a vibrant album that transcends musical boundaries, is out July 9th and available now for preorder. Attacca Quartet's momentum will continue well into 2021, lining up a second album later this year featuring music by Philip Glass, Arvo Pärt as well as several Renaissance composers.
Three Grammy Awards and a mountain of rave reviews stand behind Andris Nelsons' ongoing cycle of the fifteen symphonies of Dmitri Shostakovich. The conductor's run of visionary interpretations with the Boston Symphony Orchestra, recorded live by Deutsche Grammophon, is set to continue with the release of a double-disc album of the Russian composer's Symphonies Nos. 1, 14 & 15. The new recording connects with both the swaggering energy of youth and the profound reflections of a composer nearing the end of his life. It also includes a searing account of the tragic Chamber Symphony.
My song cycles,?Dublin Songs?and?Canciones,?were written during my twenties and reflect my fascination with the poetry of James Joyce and Federico Garcia Lorca.??In particular, I love the freedom of Joyce's lyricism and the visionary color and rhythm of Lorca.??They are very much my heroes in their choice of words and subject matter.??It is a long way from Dublin to Barcelona, but perhaps closer than one might imagine.??My way is to follow where the poems go and fill in with musical sounds the imagery and imagining of the poesy, remembering at all times the careful and caring depiction of humanity by these two great souls.
A collection of 11 titles unveiled one by one every month, each a jewel of pure emotion, will allow RIOPY to enter into an uninterrupted conversation with the fans of his music. His inspiration has been guided by his will to pay tribute to the anonymous but true heroes of "normal life". Although he has rejected tricks of over-produced music, preferring the sheer power and shine of an amazing Fazioli piano, he manages to create incredibly cinematic music, built chapter by chapter, character by character, growing into a piano tale – a piano tale that, for the listener, will become an unforgettable experience of Bliss.
Milan Records today releases THE TOMORROW WAR (AMAZON ORIGINAL MOTION PICTURE SOUNDTRACK) with music by GRAMMY Award®-winning and Emmy®- and BAFTA-nominated producer and composer LORNE BALFE. Available everywhere now, the album features music written by Balfe for the futuristic action film directed by Chris McKay and marks the second collaboration between the composer and director, who previously worked together on McKay's directorial debut The Lego Batman Movie. Starring Chris Pratt, J.K. Simmons and Yvonne Strahovski, The Tomorrow War premieres globally on Amazon Prime Video today.
Milan Records today releases FEAR STREET PART 1: 1994 (MUSIC FROM THE NETFLIX FILM) by composers MARCO BELTRAMI and MARCUS TRUMPP. Available everywhere now, the album features music co-composed by Beltrami and Trumpp for the first installment in the Netflix horror film trilogy based on R.L. Stine's best-selling horror series. Milan Records will also release the soundtracks for Fear Street Part 2: 1978 by Beltrami and Brandon Roberts on Friday, July 9 and Fear Street Part 3: 1666 by Beltrami, Anna Drubich and Trumpp on Friday, July 16, coinciding with each film's wide release date on Netflix. Fear Street Part 1: 1994 debuts on Netflix today.
Milan Records today releases IN TREATMENT (HBO® ORIGINAL SERIES SOUNDTRACK) with music by producer, multi-instrumentalist, composer, songwriter and vocalist DEVONTÉ HYNES. Available everywhere now, the album features score music written by Hynes for the Season 4 reimagining of HBO's ™ Emmy®-winning drama. The project is the latest scoring effort from Hynes, following his critically-acclaimed score for director Luca Guadagnino's HBO Original series We Are Who We Are and, most recently, his score to the Gia Coppola-directed film Mainstream. Season 4 of In Treatment is available to watch now on HBO and to stream on HBO Max.
Milan Records today releases two albums of music from episodes 1 and 2 of "SCHMIGADOON!," the Apple Original musical comedy series executive produced by Lorne Michaels. Available everywhere now, Episode 1 and Episode 2 soundtracks feature original music and lyrics by the show's co-creator and showrunner CINCO PAUL in addition to score music by composer CHRISTOPHER WILLIS. Performing the show's musical numbers is a renowned cast of talent that includes CECILY STRONG, KEEGAN-MICHAEL KEY, MARTIN SHORT, ALAN CUMMING, KRISTIN CHENOWETH, AARON TVEIT, DOVE CAMERON and more. The albums make their debut alongside the global launch of the series' first two episodes, which are now streaming on Apple TV+. Milan Records will continue to release episodic soundtracks for the remaining four episodes in the series as they debut on Apple TV+.
The Patriarch Tikhon Russian-American Music Institute strives to present Russian Orthodox choral music in its highest possible form, uniting deep spirituality, a profound love for the rich traditions of Orthodox Christian singing, and an uncompromising standard of musical professionalism rooted in the great traditions of Russian choral composers. The 725-year-old Kursk Root Icon of the Mother of God of the Sign is one of the most ancient icons of the Russian Orthodox Church. This holy relic is linked with many important events in Russian history: repelling the invasions of the Tatars, the liberation of the Russian nation from the Polish-Lithuanian incursion in 1612, and the victory over Napoleon during the Patriotic War of 1812. The 2019 PaTRAM Institute Recording Project was to record the sacred works of Alexander Gretchaninoff, but as the project was in development, His Eminence Metropolitan Hilarion (Kapral), First Hierarch of the Russian Orthodox Church outside Russia, had granted his special permission and blessing to allow the 725- year-old wonderworking Kursk Root Icon of the Mother of God of the Sign to travel with the PaTRAM Choir to the recording location in Saratov, Russia. The timing of the recording also coincided with the Feast of the Dormition of the Mother of God. In honour of this event, the repertoire was changed to a compendium of sacred masterpieces by various composers, glorifying the Most Holy Lady Theotokos. The album brings together singers from five countries, including an unprecedented nine octavists, to form the fifty-six-member international PaTRAM Institute Male Choir.
Famed vocal superstars IL Divo (Spain's Carlos Marin, America's David Miller, France's Sebastien Izambard and Switzerland's Urs Buhler) release their 10th studio album, For Once In My Life: A Celebration Of Motown (Decca Gold) today, July 16th. The jubilant set features special guests Smokey Robinson and Boyz II Men and kicks off with an incredible rendition of the Marvin Gaye and Tammi Terrrell pop soul classic "Ain't No Mountain High Enough."
IL Divo's celebratory collection of Motown classics include their distinctive take on chart topping songs such as "I'll Be There" (The Jackson 5), "For Once In My Life" (Stevie Wonder), and "Say You, Say Me" (Lionel Richie). Additionally, the quartet introduce brand new collaborations with superstar group Boyz II Men ("I'll Make Love To You"), the legendary Smokey Robinson ("The Tracks Of My Tears") and the peerless vocals of singer/songwriter Marvin Gaye ("Aint No Mountain High Enough"). The 10-track album truly showcases the quartet's incredible vocal talents as they pay tribute to the legendary artists and label that has been a part of the musical fabric of America and the world for over 60 years.
Maya Music & Ulysses Arts present: SACHA PUTTNAM ‘S_P_I_R_I_T_ _O_F_ _C_I_N_E_M_A_' _WITH THE CLASSIC FILM ORCHESTRA ALBUM RELEASE 6TH NOVEMBER 2020 LISTEN TO THE ALBUM | ALBUM & SINGLE ARTWORK | PRESS IMAGES | FILM IMAGES Cinema has always been a part of Sacha Puttnam's life, his dad being the iconic and multi-award winning producer David Puttnam whose films have won 10 Oscars and 25 BAFTAS. Living, breathing and absorbing a world where he was surround by filmmakers, illustrious composers and music producers such as Mark Knopfler, Michael Kamen and George Fenton Sacha's obvious aptitude for music flourished. Having been mentored by the likes of legendary film composer Vangelis (Chariots of Fire, Blade Runner) and Quincy Jones (Frank Sinatra, Ella Fitzgerald, Miles Davis), Sacha studied at Boston's Berklee College of Music and then Moscow's Tchaikovsky Conservatory where he conducted Schubert's Unfinished Symphony at the Bolshoi Hall on Christmas Day, 1991.
One year following his passing, Universal Music Italy is proud to pay a respectful and creative tribute to Ennio Morricone - a true Maestro who, in a career spanning more than seven decades, and through a dual role of both composer and conductor, brought so much prestige through music to his beloved home country.
Mercury KX are excited to present ‘Too Lost To Be Found' the first track from a collaborative EP between Berlin based Irish/Norwegian singer-songwriter Tara Nome Doyle, and Italian composer and pianist Federico Albanese. The forthcoming EP's title ‘The Moments We Keep', is a reference to Virginia Woolf's concept of time, and her interest in fleeting moments and the perception of them being relative. Lyrically, the tracks all orbit around moments that might have seemed ordinary at the time, but which stick with us, reflecting upon the intangible qualities of time. As Tara explains in relation to ‘Too Lost To Be Found', "(It) is a track about the strange sensation of being overwhelmed with a situation and realising that you've been at the exact same point before, experiencing the same problems and finding the same solutions. We recognise that there is this mental amnesia that creeps in while we're not looking, luring us back into old patterns, because there is a peculiar comfort in going back to what we know, even when we know it hurts."
A new recording BION TSANG: BACH CELLO SUITES from Sony Classical combines the artistry of the remarkable cellist Bion Tsang with the exquisite sonority of a rarely heard Stradivari cello. Tsang's Bach Suites follow the success of his Dvorak/Enescu Cello Concertos with Scott Yoo and the Royal Scottish National Orchestra (2019), also from Sony Classical. Tsang recorded the Six Suites for Violoncello Solo by Johann Sebastian Bach in Bastyr Chapel, Seattle, on the 1713 "Bass of Spain" Antonio Stradivari cello.
Argentinian cellist, composer and producer Sebastian Plano releases new album ‘Save Me Not' today via Mercury KX. If his third (2019's Grammy nominated ‘Verve') was exceptional – a filigree of gently stroked strings, rippling piano lines and eloquent electronica, his fourth shifts things to a whole new level. Recorded at nights in his Berlin studio, it finds him going to unprecedented, even greater extremes to satisfy his urge to express himself through the creation of ensemble music alone.
"An unconventionally beautiful combination of guitar, trumpet and the rarely-heard corno da caccia." London Jazz Festival
The name UMA comes from the South Estonian Seto dialect and means ‘own.' Both musicians - Alexei Saks + Robert Jürjendal are classically trained and mix purely produced sound with live electronics, creating a meditative float somewhere between new age, ambient, electronica and the subtle, cool tones of ECM-style jazz.
"Recording was like a cozy home concert, performed in peace and calm for your best friends, for people you appreciate and share with your life values." UMA is the common project of two Estonian musicians – guitarist Robert Jürjendal and trumpet/corno da caccia player Aleksei Saks – who came together at the beginning of 2007.
Cien Años: A Paean to Piazzolla and Tango from Conductor Gisèle Ben-Dor and Bandoneón Soloist Juanjo Mosalini
CD Featuring Pro Arte Chamber Orchestra of Boston Commemorates Influential Argentine Composer's 100th Anniversary with Four World Premieres
"I have a vision that my work will still be heard in the year 2020 and also in the year 3000," Astor Piazzolla once predicted. So far, the man who revolutionized the tango sounds like a prophet.
"Cien Años" is not only an exquisitely expressive celebration marking the centennial of Piazzolla's birth, the CD honors more than one man's immeasurable musical contributions. For Uruguayan-born conductor Gisèle Ben-Dor, a fierce champion of Latin American composers, equally important as paying homage to the Argentine nuevo tango legend was capturing the uniquely mesmerizing performance of bandoneón player/arranger/composer Juanjo Mosalini on Piazzolla's most ambitious work-the Aconcagua concerto-and showcasing an exciting new piece she commissioned from this extraordinary musician. Mosalini's title composition, Cien Años, is in turn a heartfelt 100th birthday tribute to his own grandfather and the legacy of his family's four generations of bandoneónists.
June 25 marks the release of the first volume of Inbal Segev's "20 for 2020" commissioning project, featuring works by five of today's most compelling composers. Galvanized by the unprecedented worldwide crises that characterized 2020 and encouraging creative recovery from them, the cellist launched this major new project last fall to capture something of that collective experience through the music of composers with strong and distinctive voices in a panorama of styles. An established driving force in the creation of new cello repertoire for the 21st century, Segev committed to commissioning and recording, in four volumes, new chamber works from a roster of cutting-edge composers for a music video series and an album on Avie Records. Newly announced works by John Luther Adams, Camille El Bacha, Gloria Coates, Stewart Goodyear, Adolphus Hailstork, Molly Joyce, Christopher Tyler Nickel, Immanuel Wilkins, Agata Zubel, and Segev herself join the previously announced diverse compositional voices of Timo Andres, Sophia Bass, Christopher Cerrone, Viet Cuong, Avner Dorman, Vijay Iyer, James Lee III, Angélica Negrón, Fernando Otero, and Bruce Wolosoff. Digital releases for the four volumes are set for June 25, August 27, November 19, and early 2022, the last also including a physical release. Click here to pre-order, and here to stream an audio single.
Peter Gregson, renowned composer, cellist and Deutsche Grammophon recording artist, is set to present his fifth studio album, Patina. Scored for solo cello, analogue synthesisers, piano and string orchestra, the album will be released on 10 September 2021. As a taster, the title track – featuring heavily vocoded cello and evoking the sounds of a city waking up to a new day – will be released as a single on 28 May. The video for "Patina" will be available exclusively on Apple Music from 28 May, with a general release to follow on 4 June.
Milan Records today releases LUPIN (MUSIC FROM PT. 2 OF THE NETFLIX ORIGINAL SERIES) with music by MATHIEU LAMBOLEY. Available everywhere now, the album features music written by Lamboley and Hokoyama for part 2 of the Netflix international heist series.
Assane's quest for revenge against Hubert Pellegrini has torn his family to pieces. With his back to the wall, he now has to think of a new plan, even if it means putting himself in danger. Watch Lupin Part 2, June 11 only on Netflix.
Following the success of his debut album, The Stollen Cello, cellist Redi Hasa releases a new Deluxe Edition out on Decca Records. Continuing his inspiring journey 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 exquisite collection of music will be joined by 5 new tracks which showcase Hasa's unique style and reveal more of his poignant story, Finger Dance guides you through the scales and choreography of mastering his instrument, Play Time is wistfully reminiscent of childlike play and games, Not Far is an emotive exploration of dreams that weren't as far away as once thought and Morning Breeze paints a picture of waking up to morning in the mountains. The final addition to the deluxe album is an unexpected cover of The Beatles' With a Little Help from My Friends Hasa's tribute to a band that inspired him as a young musician who dreamed of freedom.
A superstar in her homeland and in high demand worldwide as a soloist, South Korean violinist Bomsori now presents her solo debut album on Deutsche Grammophon. Violin on Stage includes works written for or inspired by opera or ballet. Recorded at the state-of-the-art National Forum of Music in Wrocław last December with the NFM Wrocław Philharmonic and its Music Director Giancarlo Guerrero, the album also captures the close bond Bomsori feels with Poland, its music and its musicians.
The violinist's chosen repertoire reflects her desire to communicate with her audiences through her instrument's expressive voice. "I'm not a loud person – I usually don't talk much in everyday life," she says. "But that's why I love playing the violin, because I can speak and communicate through music. I've loved singing and ballet since I was a small child and am always moved by hearing voices and watching dancers. I wanted to bring that special spirit of poetry and drama to listeners through my instrument, which can sing freely in these wonderful pieces."
Sony Music Masterworks today releases FATHERHOOD (ORIGINAL MOTION PICTURE SOUNDTRACK) with music by critically acclaimed film and television composer RUPERT GREGSON-WILLIAMS (Hotel Rwanda, The Crown, Veep). Available everywhere now, the album features score music written by Gregson-Williams for Netflix's latest film starring Kevin Hart as a newly widowed father. Directed by Paul Weitz, Fatherhood is available to watch worldwide on Netflix today.
This Father's Day weekend, Kevin Hart stars in a heartwarming, funny and emotional true story about a widower taking on one of the toughest jobs in the world: fatherhood. Alfre Woodard, Lil Rel Howery, DeWanda Wise, Anthony Carrigan, and Paul Reiser round out this all-star cast.
While experiencing covid lock down in New Orleans Carmela wrote and recorded her seventh project "Love and Other Difficulties" an exploration of the many aspects of love.
The thirteen tracks are comprised of six original songs of Carmela's and three collaborations with pianist and composer Oscar Rossignoli. There are also three standard covers and a cover of New Orleans singer songwriter Paul Sanchez.
The standards chosen were Cole Porter's "So In Love" with it's tango-esque arrangement and it's sense of longing, Billy Strayhorn's "A Flower is a Lovesome Thing" his love song to flowers, and Hoagy Carmichael's "Skylark" another beautiful song of longing.
On Friday, June 4, Yo-Yo Ma and long-time friend and musical partner Emanuel Ax released Hope Amid Tears, a new recording of Beethoven's complete works for cello and piano, on Sony Classical. Available now for preorder, Hope Amid Tears presents Beethoven's five sonatas for cello and piano in the order in which they were composed, tracing an important arc in Beethoven's development and approach as a composer. Joining them are Beethoven's three sets of variations for cello and piano.
The title is an allusion to the possibly apocryphal story that, in 1809, Beethoven sent a copy of the recently-completed Sonata No. 3 to his friend Ignaz von Gleichenstein with the note "Inter lacrimas et luctum"-"amid tears and grief." At the time, Vienna was embroiled in the chaos of the Napoleonic Wars, and many of Beethoven's closest friends and supporters had fled the city. But in this period of loneliness and isolation, compounded by his increasingly profound deafness, Beethoven nonetheless completed works of enduring spirit.
Mozart Momentum 1785 is the first of two releases on which pianist Leif Ove Andsnes and the Mahler Chamber Orchestra are exploring the remarkable years of 1785/86 in W.A. Mozart's life. It includes piano concertos Nos 20-22, the Piano Quartet in G minor, Masonic Funeral Music and Fantasia in C minor for solo piano.
In 1781, aged 25, Mozart made the bold move of going freelance, "Vienna is piano land!" he exclaimed in a letter to his father, Leopold, in an attempt to argue his case for resigning from the employment of the Archbishop of Salzburg. With both public and private concerts taking place on a daily basis, Vienna was the place to be for an ambitious young composer and performer, and Mozart was quick to realize the opportunities on offer. Within a couple of years he had established himself as one of the most famous musicians in Vienna but by1785 he had competition on his doorstep.
Mozart wrote a series of masterpieces and revolutionized the nature of the piano concerto. The five piano concertos, no.20-24, are game-changers in the history of the form. Mozart began to re-examine the roles of the soloist and orchestra and created a dialogue between the two entities in a way that had not been heard before. "It changes completely with Mozart's Piano Concerto No 20 [in D minor K466]," says Andsnes.
"Sometimes melancholic, often with an exhilarating beauty." - The Guardian
Following the release of the singles Elysian Days and Not Alone from Australian composer Sophie Hutchings, today she presents her Love & Keep EP, that floats in calm repose as her unique piano style dances over a melody of peaceful quietude.
As an insomniac, Sophie has established musical creativity into her evening routine to aid her sleep. Love & Keep embraces Sophie's love for nature, with an elegant nod to world sleep day. The EP draws from nature's diversity to bring true an all-encompassing tranquillity into a potentially uncertain space.
"Love & Keep is a bit of nostalgic contemplation on appreciating the simple things that we perhaps took for granted and now value as extremely precious. Instead of holding onto and valuing something from before, it's about building on that, rather than allowing the world of technology to fill in the social fabric and to consider the longevity and significance of friendships in time of uncertainty and struggle. I guess it's also just allowing time to ponder, and breathe, to free us of extra anxiety to what has already been brought upon us and to not feel alone in that." - Sophie Hutchings
This summer, the world will finally hear an intimate, spiritual recording made by the godmother of spiritual jazz, Alice Coltrane. Recorded in 1981 and never shared in this form with the world at large, Kirtan: Turiya Sings is a stunning collection of nine devotional songs, featuring the never-before-heard combination of Alice Coltrane's voice and organ. Kirtan: Turiya Sings will be available July 16 on Impulse! Records/UMe, as part of the legendary label's 60th anniversary celebration.
Though known by many as the musical partner and wife of John Coltrane, Alice Coltrane is revered for her groundbreaking contributions to spiritual jazz with her legendary Impulse! recordings Journey in Satchidananda and Ptah, The El Daoud, among others. Throughout the 1970s, in addition to maintaining the busy schedule of a recording and touring artist, Alice Coltrane was immersing herself in Eastern philosophies, mythologies, and Vedic religious practices. By the early 1980s, she had become a guru and spiritual teacher and began to make music exclusively for her community at The Vedantic Center, northwest of Los Angeles.
Famous conductor Yannick Nézet-Séguin is also a versatile pianist. In Summer 2020, when the pandemic turned down most of the cultural life all over the world, he found, as he describes it, "kind of a salvation" in playing the piano – and recorded his very first Piano Solo Album, inspired also by the memory of his admired teacher Anisia Campos who had passed away that year.
Playing the piano "gave me an opportunity for introspection, something that I think most of us did – not only artists and musicians, but every human being – recalibrating our priorities, what our purpose is in life, and what our aspirations are", says Yannick Nézet-Séguin about this project. However, "now that I'm a conductor, when I go back to my instrument, I especially want to find the intimacy and the softer colors, the soothing ones and also the painful ones, the unknown areas where composers go".
"It was important for me to reflect the whole range of repertoire that Madame Campos taught me," continues Yannick Nézet-Séguin "and to offer this album as a journey through some very dark and intimate places, but also through some dreamy ones, more positive and hopeful. It's a broad spectrum from Scarlatti to today." One piece included on this album (D‘après Hopper) has been composed especially for Yannick Nézet-Séguin by the great composer Éric Champagne and dedicated to him during the pandemic.
Patricia Barber, the performer known for boldly blurring the lines between poetry, jazz, and art song, has announced the forthcoming release of a new all-standards album Clique (Impex Records), due out August 6th in breathtaking hi-fi. The long-awaited successor to Nightclub, her critically acclaimed and fan-favorite first all-standards album, Clique features a tracklist of tunes that Barber has frequently performed as encores throughout her illustrious career, including classics by Rodgers & Hammerstein, Stevie Wonder, Lee Hazlewood, Lerner & Loewe, Thelonious Monk and more. After growing an international cult following, earning the first-ever Guggenheim Fellowship awarded to a non-classical songwriter, and becoming an elected member of the American Academy of Arts and Sciences, Patricia Barber is back with a "silk, velvet, languid, warm" journey through music history as she "respects traditions, bends them to make her own points, and freshens them into something new," as noted in the album liner notes by NPR's Susan Stamberg.
Following on from her award-winning, debut album Romance, a portrait of Clara Schumann that landed at the top of the UK Classical Chart on its release in 2019, 25-year-old British pianist Isata Kanneh-Mason presents her vibrant second album Summertime, fizzing with her signature virtuosic flair. The album is released on CD and digitally on Decca Classics on 9th July 2021.
Isata says, "I am delighted to be presenting my second solo album Summertime, which features a rich array of pieces from many of my favourite American classical composers. The Barber Piano Sonata forms the anchor around which the rest of the album was developed; I fell in love with the piece the first time I heard it, and it's a real pleasure to have recorded it for Decca. I wanted this album to illustrate the diversity of music in America at that time, and so it was important to me to include the more familiar Gershwin songs, as well as the Samuel Coleridge-Taylor spirituals to which I feel a personal connection."
Today rising star violinist Randall Goosby announces his debut album Roots, (Decca Classics) is set for release on June 25th. The album is an exploration of the music written by Black composers and inspired by Black American culture. The collection is a homage to the pioneering musicians that paved the way for Goosby and his generation of young artists. The first single "Adoration" was written by the African-American composer Florence Price and is recorded with violin for the first time ever on Roots. The world premiere recording can be heard here.
Three-time GRAMMY Award-nominated pianist Joey Alexander follows his major-label debut album, WARNA (Verve Records), with three new singles "SALT" (March 19: LINK), "Under the Sun" (April 23: LINK), and "Summer Rising" (May 28: LINK) set for global release on Verve. In just seven years subsequent to the release of five critically-acclaimed albums (My Favorite Things, Countdown, Joey.Monk.Live!, Eclipse, WARNA), Alexander leads a career rarely witnessed in the jazz genre. He's garnered international acclaim from mainstream media, three nominations from The Recording Academy, and high praise from legendary jazz icons while evolving into one of today's most distinguished composers and bandleaders.
Danish-born, Berlin-based singer-songwriter, pianist and producer announces her new digital EP, Live from Brooklyn, set for release on 21 May 2021
Following the release of her fourth studio album Myopia in 2020, Agnes Obel returns with a new four-track digital EP, Live from Brooklyn. The live performances, recorded during Agnes's intimate National Sawdust shows in Brooklyn, New York in January 2020, feature four tracks from Myopia: "Camera's Rolling", "Island Of Doom", "Myopia" and "Won't You Call Me".
Obel hopes that the release of these live tracks will provide some consolation to fans who were unable to attend her 2020 world tour after it was cut short because of COVID-19 restrictions.
"When we played in Groningen there was this strange, eerie feeling at the venue and amongst us in the band that this would be the very last time we would play together. It was an incredible feeling – for the audience too. It sounds weird, actually, the audience were so warm and attentive, and it was like they knew they wouldn't go to a concert for a while," recalls the artist.
Anájikon, the second ECM album by Athens-born and Munich-based Konstantia Gourzi, incorporates her chamber and orchestral music of the past decade. The composer also conducts the Lucerne Academy Orchestra here: "I see composing and conducting as a whole, as an inseparable relationship," she says. Gourzi is particularly concerned with making connections between the arts, which also relates to the question of her own artistic identity and the influence of her origins. In Gourzi's sound language, elements of different musical traditions repeatedly merge, and East and West enter into a dialogue.
Singer Cymin Samawatie and percussionist Ketan Bhatti from the Berlin-based group Cyminology apply their poetic musical language on a larger scale with the Trickster Orchestra. Under Cymin's and Ketan's artistic direction, the orchestra interprets their characteristic blend of trans-traditional contemporary music. Cymin draws inspiration from ancient to modern verses spanning psalms to texts by Sufi poets Rumi and Hafiz, performing not only in Farsi but also in Hebrew, Turkish, and Arabic. With growing instrumentation comes an expansion of dynamics, textures, and colours.
The Trickster Orchestra represents Cymin Samawatie's and Ketan Bhatti's first shared collaboration outside of Cyminology, their Berlin-based group, whose three ECM recordings (As Ney, Saburi and Phoenix) each respectively gained praise for their cross-cultural approach. This program sees Cymin and Ketan expanding their musical reach with the Trickster Orchestra. "When working with this orchestra," says Cymin, "Ketan and I step outside of our musical comfort zone and reinvent ourselves – try out new paths that we still have to discover."
Wolf Rune, the first solo recording in Sinikka Langeland's ECM discography, sheds new light on the multifaceted work of the Norwegian folk singer and kantele player. Few artists embody the spirit of place as resolutely as Sinikka and her songs, compositions, poem settings and arrangements reflect, in different ways, the histories and mysteries of Finnskogen, Norway's ‘Finnish forest', which has long been both her home base and inspirational source.
The new album incorporates rune songs, spells and incantations, religious tunes and traditional folk dances, as well as verses that testify to the interlinked nature of all things. This pantheistic spirit is echoed in Sinikka's choice of writers – from 13th century medieval mystic and philosopher Meister Eckhart (quoted and adapted on "When I was The Forest") to contemporary playwright and poet Jon Fosse ("Row My Ocean"). Langeland's own lyrics, too, have an almost shamanistic vibrancy as on "The Eye of the Blue Whale": "The eye of the blue whale/It was already here/we were without a body/ swathed in sinew, flesh and blood/we were without words."
A fresh and open music – delicate, space-conscious and adventurous – is shaped as drummer Thomas Strønen and pianist Ayumi Tanaka, previously heard together in the ensemble Time Is A Blind Guide, resurface in a trio with clarinettist/singer/percussionist Marthe Lea.
The trio had been conceived primarily as an open-form rehearsal and sound research project, "drifting between elements of contemporary classical music, folk music, jazz, whatever we were inspired by. Sometimes the music was very quiet and minimalistic, and sometimes it was the opposite. Playing together generated some special experiences."
That spontaneous spirit is reflected in the trio's debut recording. With the exception of the title piece, based on a traditional Norwegian tune, the music on Bayou was created collectively, in the moment, drawing upon the individual and shared histories of the musicians. The improvisations here are named for diverse waterways, rivers and lakes, as fitting metaphor for the glistening fluidity of the music, and also in acknowledgement of the recording location, in Lugano, Switzerland.
Arnold Schoenberg called him ‘Brahms the Progressive'. Whilst Johannes Brahms's musical language and formal cosmos were deeply rooted in the past, by burrowing into the music of Bach and Beethoven he brought forth compositional fabrics of a tight-knit perfection that pointed far into the future.
Yet, over years of continuously evolving interpretations, Brahms's oeuvre has acquired an inappropriate heaviness more likely to conceal the fabric of his music than to unveil the subtle intricacies of its ‘developing variations', to quote Schoenberg's term for his compositional method. András Schiff emphasizes precisely this point in his new recording of the two piano concertos with the Orchestra of the Age of Enlightenment.
The British Orchestra of the Age of Enlightenment was founded in 1986. True to its name, it is devoted primarily to music from the Age of Enlightenment. It plays on so-called ‘period instruments' built at the time that the music was composed. Its 50 musicians frequently play without a conductor.
Three-time GRAMMY Award-nominated pianist Joey Alexander follows his major-label debut album, WARNA (Verve Records), with three new singles "SALT" (March 19: LINK), "Under the Sun" (April 23: LINK), and "Summer Rising" (May 28) set for global release on Verve. In just seven years subsequent to the release of five critically-acclaimed albums (My Favorite Things, Countdown, Joey.Monk.Live!, Eclipse, WARNA), Alexander leads a career rarely witnessed in the jazz genre. He's garnered international acclaim from mainstream media, three nominations from The Recording Academy, and high praise from legendary jazz icons while evolving into one of today's most distinguished composers and bandleaders.
Milan Records today releases MAINSTREAM (ORIGINAL MOTION PICTURE SOUNDTRACK) featuring music by producer, multi-instrumentalist, composer, songwriter and vocalist DEVONTÉ HYNES. Available everywhere now, the album features score music written by Hynes for director Gia Coppola's newest film following a couple as they navigate viral fame. The album is the latest scoring effort from Hynes, following his critically-acclaimed score for director Luca Guadagnino's HBO original series We Are Who We Are. The project also continues a longstanding creative partnership for Hynes and Coppola, the duo most notably having worked together on Coppola's directorial debut Palo Alto. Starring Maya Hawke and Andrew Garfield, Mainstream debuts in theaters Friday, May 7 from IFC Films.
JOMORO is the alias of the musical merger of...Joey Waronker – Veteran drummer of session and live renown with the likes of Paul McCartney, Johnny Cash, Adele, Beck, Roger Waters, Air and R.E.M., and full-fledged member of Ultraista and Atoms for Peace, the latter of which also featured bandmate...
Mauro Refosco – International percussionist hailing from Brazil to Broadway-specifically David Byrne's American Utopia-with additional credits ranging from Vampire Weekend and Red Hot Chili Peppers to Dirty Projectors, Bebel Gilberto and Caetano Veloso, among others.
Whereas the two have recorded together before-notably alongside Thom Yorke, Flea and Nigel Godrich on Atoms For Peace's #2 charting album AMOK-with JOMORO, Joey and Mauro build their own world at the crossroads of the electronic and the percussive. The expanse of the duo's musical realm is mapped throughout the sonic geography of its debut album, Blue Marble Sky (Sony Music Masterworks): a 12-track travelogue that transports the listener to aural environs ranging from the tranquil Brazilian rainforest to bustling city streets, with occasional breezy pop detours along the way.
The album is preceded by first single, "Delicate Butterfly" featuring Lucius and currently available across all platforms. The single is the direct result of the pair reaching back to the pre-genesis of JOMORO: a live soundtrack they created for Rag & Bone's Fall/Winter 2016 New York Fashion Week show. "Delicate Butterfly" fleshes out an original instrumental framework and adorns it with the vocals of Jess Wolfe and Holly Laessig of Lucius. The end product is a heavenly harmonic duet that flutters off into the ether like a choir at the edge of the galaxy.
"Delicate Butterfly" is both first single and second taste of JOMORO's debut, as it follows last month's soft release of the instrumental track "Mirror"
The Japanese poem accompanying Winter's End, Stephan Micus' 24th solo album for ECM, seems like a metaphor for his music. He chuckles at the suggestion, as he thinks of the hours and hours working with dozens of different instruments which he builds up layer upon layer in his studio. "For a musician or an artist, it's very important to keep your childlike nature," he says. "Of course, it's more fun to walk in deep snow than on an asphalt road. This is something I try to keep in mind in daily life."
The range of instruments on this album is one of the most extensive in Stephan Micus' catalogue with eleven instruments from ten countries: Mozambique, Gambia, Central Africa, Egypt, Japan, Bali, Xinjiang, Tibet, Peru and the USA. Most important, there are two instruments that he's never used before. One is recently acquired from Mozambique, the other has been sitting on a shelf awaiting its turn for 40 years.
Gustav Mahler's mighty Eighth Symphony spans a universe of emotions, channelled through everything from passages of intimate reflection to overwhelming outbursts of choral and orchestral sound. This extraordinary work can now be heard in a revelatory interpretation from Gustavo Dudamel, the Los Angeles Philharmonic, massed choirs and a masterful assembly of solo voices, recorded live at Walt Disney Concert Hall (30/31 May & 2 June 2019). Released today, June 8, 2021, Gustav Mahler – Symphony No. 8 documents a landmark performance that brought the LA Phil's centennial season to a triumphant conclusion in 2019.
Celebrated classical fusion violinist Ezinma debuts her EP, Classical Bae, (Decca Records). The collection succinctly showcases her talent as she reimagines music from the classical greats (Beethoven, Bach and Vivaldi) with her own hip-hop infused style. The four-track set is available now across all digital platforms and you can listen to the EP here. Additionally, the video to the track "House of Bach" makes its debut today and you can watch it here.
Ezinma's style is a blend of virtuosic melodies and orchestral soundscapes with hard hitting beats-a classical-fusion that is cinematic, orchestral and anthemic. This fusion, this juxtaposition of seemingly unrelated worlds, allows her to connect with diverse audiences and bring classical music to new audiences. The EP was produced by Brandon Korn (Travis Scott, Lil Wayne) and Steven Epstein (Yo-Yo Ma, Wynton Marsalis).
Ezinma (eh-zeen-ma) is a Nebraskan born from a Guyanese father and a German-American mother. Her mixed cultural and ethnic background influenced her musical upbringing and helped mold her into the versatile artist she is today. While classical music will always be a passion for her, she felt a strong need to present the world with a different side of her and has collaborated with jazz, R&B, pop, hip-hop and electronic artists such as Beyoncé, Stevie Wonder, Mac Miller, Yo-Yo Ma and countless others.
This past year Ezinma launched a nonprofit foundation, HeartStrings, a music-based youth development program for children K-5 of diverse backgrounds and was also selected to work with a variety of brands that include Lexus, Tracfone, Luminous Diamonds, Reebok, Essentia, Gucci, SK-II, and Zappos.
Musical pioneer Moby announces his new album Reprise, out May 28th on Deutsche Grammophon. Reprise sees Moby revisiting and reimagining musical highlights from his past. Together with the Budapest Art Orchestra, he has re-envisioned some of his most recognizable rave classics and anthems with new arrangements for orchestra and acoustic instruments. He's also joined by a stellar line-up of guest artists from across the musical spectrum, including Alice Skye, Amythyst Kiah, Apollo Jane, Darlingside, Gregory Porter, Jim James, Kris Kristofferson, Luna Li, Mark Lanegan, Mindy Jones, Nataly Dawn, Skylar Grey and Víkingur Ólafsson.
Reprise includes Moby's biggest tracks, among them his breakthrough dance track "Go", "Extreme Ways" (famous from the Bourne movie franchise), "Natural Blues" and "Why Does My Heart Feel So Bad?". Some of the new versions are sparser and slower, while others exploit the bombastic potential an orchestra can offer. Three decades into Moby's career, Reprise is less of a greatest hits record and more of a chance to reflect on the way in which art can adapt over time to different settings and contexts.
Composer Jerod Impichchaachaaha' Tate releases the world premiere recording of Lowak Shoppala' (Fire and Light) on Azica Records.
Lowak Shoppala' expresses Chickasaw identity through the medium of modern classical music and theatre through eight scenes and features orchestra, narration of a libretto by Chickasaw poet and Pulitzer Prize finalist Linda Hogan, children's chorus, traditional Chickasaw and classical vocal soloists, and Chickasaw storytellers. Each scene (Fire and Light, Double Header, Shell Shaker, Clans, Removal, Spider Brings Fire, Hymn, Double Header & Finale) depicts a part of Chickasaw culture and history and is sung in Chickasaw.
The recording, conducted by Tate, features the Chickasaw Nation Children's Chorus and Nashville String Machine, an ensemble made up of musicians from the Nashville Symphony, and soloists including narrators Richard Ray Whitman, Lynn Moroney, and Wes Studi (Dances with Wolves); baritone Stephen Clark; and sopranos Chelsea Owen and Meghan Vera Starling.