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Marco Beltrami, Anna Drubich & Marcus Trumpp:

Fear Street Part Three: 1666 (Music from Netflix)

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. 

Marco Beltrami, Brandon Roberts:

Fear Street Part Two 1978 (MUSIC FROM NETFLIX)

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.

Brian Tyler, John Carey:

Escape Room - Tournament of Champions

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.

Nicola Benedetti:

Baroque

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. 

Long Yu - Shanghai Symphony Orchestra:

The Song Of the Earth - Mahler, Ye Xiaogang

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:

Beethoven - Complete Piano Concertos w/LSO, Rattle

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."

Stefan Obermaier:

BTHVN

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.  

Attacca Quartet:

Real Life

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.

Andris Nelsons - Boston Symphony:

Shostakovich Sym. #1,14,15 - Chamber Sym. in Cm

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.

Michael Shapiro:

Michael's Songbook with Ariadne Greif

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.

RIOPY:

Bliss

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.

Lorne Balfe:

The Tomorrow War (Amazon OMPS)

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.

Marco Beltrami & Marcus Trumpp:

Fear Street Part 1: 1994

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.

Devonte Hynes:

In Treatment

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. 

Christopher Willis:

Schmigadoon! ( Apple TV )

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+. 

PaTRAM Institute Male Choir:

More Honourable than the Cherubim

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.

Il Divo:

For Once In My Life: A Celebration Of Motown

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.  

Sacha Puttnam:

Spirit of Cinema w/The Classic Film Orchestra

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.

Brandee Younger:

Somewhere Different

Today Harpist and Composer Brandee Younger announces her major label debut album, Somewhere Different, set for release August 13 on Impulse! Records.  The genre-busting set is a seamless fusion of classical music, R&B, hip-hop, jazz and funk with the new bounce-infused single "Reclamation" out now.

Recorded at the legendary Van Gelder Studios and in New York City from November 2020 to February 2021 Somewhere Different expertly showcases Brandee's ethos of weaving genres that pay homage to her predecessors while forging new sonic ground. The eight-track collection, Produced by Dezron Douglas, features Allan Mednard on Drums, Rashaan Carter on Bass, Trumpeter Maurice Brown, Tenor Saxophonist Chelsea Baratz, Flutist Anne Drummond, and Drummer & Drum Programming by Marcus Gilmore. The set also features a Special Appearance by legendary Bassist Ron Carter on "Olivia Benson" and "Beautiful is Black", and Guest Vocals from Tarriona "Tank" Ball from Tank and the Bangas on "Pretend." 

Roberto Prosseda:

Ennio Morricone Piano Music

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.

If it is true that Maestro Morricone enjoyed enormous popularity for the many soundtracks he wrote – work which bestowed upon him multiple prizes and accolades, including two ©Oscar Awards - then it is also true that he remained keen on writing  pieces of classical music designed and conceived for performance in traditional concert halls. These compositions are designed for a range of forces - from solo instruments to complex symphonic ensembles.

Federico Albanese, Tara Nome Doyle:

The Moments We Keep

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."

Bion Tsang:

Bach - Cello Suites

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.

Sebastian Plano:

Save Me Not

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.

UMA:

wishing well

"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.

Gisele Ben-Dor:

Piazzolla: Important new recording

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. 

Inbal Segev:

20 For 2020 - Volume 1

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:

PATINA

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. 

Mathieu Lamboley:

LUPIN - Part 2 from the Netflix Original Series

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.

Redi Hasa:

The Stollen Cello - Delux

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.

Bomsori:

Violin on Stage - NFM Wrocław Phil.

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."

Rupert Gregson-Williams:

FATHERHOOD OMPS

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.

Carmela Rappazzo:

love & other difficulties

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.

Yo-Yo Ma, Emanuel Ax:

Hope Amid Tears

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.

Leif Ove Andsnes:

Mozart Momentum - 1785

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.

Sophie Hutchings:

Love & Keep

"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

Alice Coltrane:

Kirtan: Turiya Sings

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. 

Yannick Nezet-Seguin:

Introspection - Solo Piano Sessions

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:

Clique

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.

Isata Kanneh-Mason:

Summertime

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."

Randall Goosby:

Roots

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. 

Joey Alexander:

Summer Rising

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.

Agnes Obel:

Live from Brooklyn

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.

Konstantia Gourzi:

Anajikon

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.

Cymin Samawatie - Ketan Bhatti:

Trickster Orchestra

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."

Sinikka Langeland:

Wolf Rune

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." 

Thomas Stronen:

Bayou

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.

Andras Schiff:

Brahms-Piano Concertos w/ Orch of the Age of Enlig

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.

Joey Alexander:

Under The Sun

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.

Devonte Hynes:

Mainstream

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:

Blue Marble Sky

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" 

Stephan Micus:

Winter's End

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. 

Gustavo Dudamel:

Mahler Symphony #8 w/Los Angeles Philharmonic

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. 

ezinma:

Classical Bae

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. 

Moby:

Reprise

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.

Jerod Impichchaachaaha' Tate:

Lowak Shoppala' Fire and Light

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.

Sons of Kemet:

Black To The Future

Saxophonist, composer, philosopher and writer Shabaka Hutchings returns with a brand-new album from his Mercury Prize nominated outfit Sons of Kemet. Black To The Future, the band's fourth LP and second on Impulse! Records, is due out May 14.

This is the band's most dynamic project yet, featuring prominent vocalists including Angel Bat Dawid, poets Moor Mother and Joshua Idehen, and grime artist D Double E. The first single "Hustle" features Kojey Radical with backing vocals from singer Lianne La Havas and is out today with a dance-inspired metaphorical video directed by Ashleigh Jadee.

The last time Shabaka Hutchings released a record, it was March 13, 2020 – on the eve of the pandemic – with Shabaka & The Ancestors' We Are Sent Here By History. The "momentous" (NPR Music) album centered around themes of confronting the destruction of humanity as we know it. The prescient theme of this record was not lost on those who heard it.

Mark Mothersbaugh:

The Mitchells Vs. The Machines OMPS

Sony Music Masterworks today releases THE MITCHELLS VS. THE MACHINES (ORIGINAL MOTION PICTURE SOUNDTRACK) with music by prolific composer, singer, multi-instrumentalist and co-founder of DEVO MARK MOTHERSBAUGH.  Now available everywhere, the album includes score music written by Mothersbaugh for the animated film, which follows an eccentric family in the middle of the robot apocalypse.  The soundtrack is the latest in a longstanding creative partnership between Mothersbaugh and film producers Phil Lord and Chris Miller, having previously worked together on titles like The LEGO Movie, 21 Jump Street, Cloudy with a Chance of Meatballs and more.  Included within the 36-track collection is a new original song from Australian singer-songwriter ALEX LAHEY entitled "On My Way" – listen to the uplifting, indie-pop anthem here.  Featuring the voices of Abbi Jacobson, Danny McBride, Maya Rudolph, Beck Bennett, Fred Armisen, Eric Andre and Olivia Colman, The Mitchells vs. The Machines is now streaming globally only on Netflix.  

Hideko Udagawa:

Nostalgic Russia

Hideko Udagawa's latest album for Russian label Northern Flowers celebrates rich legacy of Russian music with world premieres and rare works for violin and piano. Recording includes first recordings of new transcriptions of Rachmaninov's Elégie and Tchaikovsky's Romance

‘A former pupil of Nathan Milstein, Hideko Udagawa shares with her legendary teacher a propensity for revealing the violin's natural soundworld by subtle coaxing rather than applied pressure,' BBC Music Magazine, June 2016

Russia's great tradition of violin playing inspired countless composers to create soulful melodies and dazzling showpieces. Hideko Udagawa's latest album, set for release by Russian label Northern Flowers on 9 April 2021, began with a quest to find fine repertoire rarities and works written to display the violin's abilities. Nostalgic Russia also includes world premiere recordings of Viktor Mikhailovsky's transcriptions for violin and piano of Rachmaninov's Elégie Op.3 No.1 and Tchaikovsky's Romance Op.5, and contains only the second ever recording of Four Pieces Op.64 by Czech composer Eduard Francevič Nápravník, principal conductor at the Imperial Mariinsky Theatre in St Petersburg and an important early interpreter of Tchaikovsky's music.

Cande y Paulo:

self-titled

Cande y Paulo, the Argentinian duo who caught the attention of the world when a performance of ‘Barro Tal Vez', an achingly intense but minimalist Argentine rock classic went viral on YouTube amassing over 12 million views, today announce their debut.  The self-titled album will be released on June 4th through the iconic Decca Records.

On the single, ‘Tuyo', released 9th April, Cande y Paulohave reimagined Brazilian singer-songwriter Rodrigo Amarante's bolero, famous for being the theme to Netflix's international hit series, Narcos. This sensual yet haunting version evokes a candle lit dinner as much as it does an epic road trip worthy of the vast expanse of their native Argentina. The opening slow dance between the classical guitar and double bass is transcended by Cande's soft yet dark vocal which is then transported somewhere warm by Paulo's Latin jazz piano.

Arturo O'Farrill w/Afro Latin Jazz Orchestra:

Virtual Birdland

Multi GRAMMY® Award-winning pianist/composer Arturo O'Farrill and nonprofit the Afro Latin Jazz Alliance (ALJA) announces today they have reached more than 1 million people in over 25 countries through their innovative "ALJA Digital Village" programming since its launch one year ago in March 2020. ALJA immediately responded to the onslaught of the COVID-19 global pandemic with a multi-faceted initiative to raise urgent funds for New York/New Jersey-based jazz musicians (over $100,000 was raised) while instituting a digital platform for ALJA's close network of standout musicians and educators. 

The flagship "ALJA Digital Village" program "Virtual Birdland" will celebrate the milestone with the global release of a new album, Virtual Birdland, featuring O'Farrill and his acclaimed 18-person Afro Latin Jazz Orchestra performing with an array of special guests on 10 ambitious compositions recorded across a span of more than 50 online concerts. Each Virtual Birdland session is recorded remotely from the safety of each artists' homes. Jon Pareles (Chief Popular Music Critic) of The New York Times included "Virtual Birdland" in his story, "10 Best Quarantine Concerts Online" (July 2021).

Vijay Iyer:

Uneasy

Uneasy, with Tyshawn Sorey and Linda May Han Oh, is Vijay Iyer's second trio album on ECM and his seventh appearance as a leader on the label. Navigating from one shape-shifting idea to another, he continues to push boundaries from one album to the next. His unique musical approach has gained him many accolades and much praise from the international press, The New York Times summarizing his persona as a "social conscience, multimedia collaborator, system builder, rhapsodist, historical thinker and multicultural gateway". On Uneasy, he draws on the history of the music while continuing to push it forward. In the course of this endeavour, the political and social turbulences dominating today's American landscape are reflected in musical contemplation and tense space. In his liner notes, Vijay elaborates on how today "the word ‘uneasy' feels like a brutal understatement, too mild for cataclysmic times. But maybe, since the word contains its own opposite, it reminds us that the most soothing, healing music is often born of and situated within profound unrest; and conversely, the most turbulent music may contain stillness, coolness, even wisdom."

Danish String Quartet:

Prism III - Beethoven / Bartok / Bach

This is the third volume of the Danish String Quartet's ongoing Prism series, which shows how the radiance of Bach's fugues is refracted through Beethoven's quartets to illuminate the work of later composers.  "Beethoven had taken a fundamentally linear development from Bach," the Danes note, "and exploded everything into myriads of different colours, directions and opportunities – much in the same way as a prism splits a beam of light. We hope the listener will join us in the wonder of these beams of music that travel all the way from Bach through Beethoven as far as to our own times." Here the quartet follows the beam from Johann Sebastian Bach's Fugue in c-sharp minor through Ludwig van Beethoven's String Quartet no.14, op. 131 to Béla Bartók's String Quartet No.1.  

Alchemy Sound Project:

Afrika Love

Alchemy is defined as "a seemingly magical process of transformation, creation, or combination" (OxfordEnglish Dictionary). It's hard to imagine a word that more aptly suits Alchemy Sound Project, a collective inwhich five esteemed composers and bandleaders - pianist Sumi Tonooka, woodwind players SalimWashington and Erica Lindsay, trumpeter Samantha Boshnack, and bassist David Arend - form a potentensemble greater than the sum of its parts. A synergy that seems almost supernatural, especially given the far-flung home bases fromwhich these artistsconverge,is evident throughout Afrika Love, the band's third album, due May14, 2021 via Artists Recording Collective.

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Oscar Rossignoli:

INERTIA

Oscar Rossignoli announces the release of; INERTIA, a collection of original compositions and improvisations from the Honduran born, New Orleans based pianist. This is Rossignoli's first recording as leader, and is also his first solo piano project, showcasing his long relationship with the instrument, as well as his process of discovery through improvisation. INERTIA will be available on May 25th, but you can pre-order the album and listen to "Vámonos", and "Nocturno" here. You can also watch a live performance of "Vámonos!" here.

Dustin O'Halloran:

Silfur

Dustin O'Halloran's debut Deutsche Grammophon album, Silfur, explores the shifting perspective of music through time and place in new pieces and reimagined earlier works. The album includes collaborations with American composer and multi-instrumentalist Bryan Senti, Icelandic cellist Gyða Valtýsdóttir and the Siggi String Quartet.

"Silfur is an exploration of the music of my past and how it reflects back to me now in the present. Evoking images of different moments, places and periods of my life, and rediscovering the pieces that have stayed with me. Sometimes we can only understand ourselves by looking back, and hopefully, finding the thread of who we are and who we have always been."
Dustin O'Halloran

Eydís Evensen:

Bylur

Icelandic pianist and post-classical composer Eydís Evensen has confirmed details of her debut album, BYLUR, which will be released on 23rd April, 2021 by XXIM Records, Sony's new imprint for innovative, post-genre instrumental music. The collection follows the 27-year-old's debut single, ‘Brotin' – the label's first official release, which appeared at the end of January – and features thirteen pieces written throughout her life so far for piano, with additional strings, brass and electronics on a number of tracks. 

Shunia:

Album

New self-titled album by Shunia blends Sanskrit chants, Latin prayer, ancient poetry and exquisite orchestration into a sound that feels both new and timeless.

SHUNIA, by Shunia, 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. The album charted on Amazon's Top 20 Digital New Releases for New Age and is available worldwide.

To create their self-titled album of transcendent music and melodic harmonies, Shunia -- music duo Lisa Reagan and Suzanne Jackson -- co- composed with Tony Award-winning producer Jamshied Sharifi. The album takes the listener through mantra melodies, energetic vocals, and dynamic compositions worthy of a feature film score. They are joined by renowned Moroccan artist Hassan Hakmoun, the godfather of Gnawa music, performing on two of the tracks.

Jacob Muhlrad:

Time w/Swedish Radio Choir

Those who peep through the window of Jacob Mühlrad's studio in Stockholm will see the composer busy behind his computer screen, perhaps blasting some Drake or FKA Twigs as he works on his own music. Judging from the outside, one might think that the fashionably dressed and energetic 29year-old is producing a hip-hop or pop album, when in fact, behind those doors Jacob's on a very different and profound kind of journey; composing choir music that deals with themes of mortality, of the human condition, of tradition and of the holy. In part, it is the very dichotomy between the it-man frequently appearing on ‘Sweden's best-dressed' lists and the introspective composer, that makes Jacob's work so unique and fascinating – he is known for infusing archaic and pious music with a brilliant modernity and sense of youthfulness. His debut album Time marries rhythm and words to the existential questions of humanity, and in that fusion Jacob attempts to understand the incomprehensible and express the infinite through new sounds.

Milos:

The Moon & The Forest

Celebrating 10 years with Universal Music, superstar and bona fide "Classical Guitar God" (The Times) MILOŠ releases a brand new album, featuring two outstanding original concertos, both specially-commissioned for the star musician – a testament to his outstanding musicianship and pioneering spirit, showcasing new guitar repertoire on the world stage. 

The Moon & The Forest, released on 30th April 2021, features works for guitar and orchestra by award-winning composers Howard Shore (Lord of the Rings, The Departed) and Joby Talbot (The Hitchhiker's Guide to the Galaxy, Winter's Tale). Inspired by his now legendary artistry and unique personal heritage, both Shore and Talbot worked closely with MILOŠ in order to create two distinctive, groundbreaking scores. 

Anoushka Shankar:

'Sister Susannah' from Love Letters P.S.

Seven-time Grammy® Award-nominated sitarist, composer and producer Anoushka Shankar announces a stunning new digital release Love Letters P.S., out on 4th June 2021 on Decca Records Group imprint Mercury KX. The new digital release follows on from the original Love Letters EP released in February 2020 and includes four new tracks: two remixes from composer-producers Kaitlyn Aurelia Smith and Sandunes and two brand new songs.

For Love Letters P.S., Anoushka is joined by a stellar line-up of female collaborators including singer, songwriter and pianist Norah Jones, singer, co-producer and co-writer Alev Lenz, singer and cellist Ayanna Witter-Johnson and mastering engineer Heba Kadry (Björk, Slowdive) alongside Kaitlyn Aurelia Smith and Sandunes. Celebrated, best-selling poet Nikita Gill contributes the spoken word poem to ‘Sister Susannah' - her first foray into music.

Susan Lim, Christina Teenz Tan, Manu Martin:

Lim Fantasy of Companionship for Piano & Orch.

Society currently finds itself at an intersection of technology and humanity as physical forms embedded with Artificial Intelligence (AI) systems fulfil an urgent need for previously unimaginable companions, such as robot caregivers, to address the twin challenges of longevity and loneliness. 

It is precisely this concept of an inanimate-human companionship that pioneer surgeon Dr Susan Lim, together with her project Co-Creative Director, Dr Christina Teenz Tan explore in the ‘Lim Fantasy of Companionship' for Piano & Orchestra, composed by Manu Martin and released on 23rd April 2021 on Signum Records.  Recorded in November 2019 at Abbey Rd Studios, the Lim Fantasy draws its inspiration from fifteen original songs composed for a proposed musical, ‘ALAN'.  It unfolds the story of an inanimate, ‘ALAN' and the journey of its soul, twice teleported, from an animate to inanimate and ultimately into a human being.  The Fantasy is brought to life through the performance of acclaimed pianist, Tedd Joselson alongside the London Symphony Orchestra, conducted by Arthur Fagen, together with solo electric guitar, solo voices and choral ensemble, London Voices.

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Simone Dinnerstein:

Richard Danielpour - An American Mosaic

On March 26, 2021, approximately one year after the first COVID-19 pandemic shutdowns in the U.S., pianist Simone Dinnerstein's recording of An American Mosaic by composer Richard Danielpour will be released on Supertrain Records. An American Mosaic is a set of fifteen miniatures, each commemorating a segment of the American population that has been affected by the pandemic – doctors, parents, children, front line workers, caretakers, and those who have lost their lives to the virus. The album also includes transcriptions by Danielpour for Dinnerstein of J.S. Bach's "Agnus Dei" from the Mass in B minor, as well as "Wenn Ich einmal soll scheiden" and "Epilogue Chorus: Wir setzen, uns mit Tränen nieder," from the St. Matthew Passion.

Jon Batiste:

We Are

WE ARE represents a completely new sonic chapter for Jon Batiste. Inviting some of the most esteemed creative minds to assist in birthing the album, he reached the finish line smack in the middle of the first wave of the worldwide pandemic and volatile social unrest. The result is a body of work characterized by the consciousness of Marvin Gaye, the grounded optimism of Stevie Wonder, the iconoclasm of Thelonious Monk and the swagger of Mannie Fresh.

Alongside songwriter Autumn Rowe and producer Kizzo, Batiste wrote and planned much of the project in about a week from his dressing room at The Late Show with Stephen Colbert, where he's the musical director and bandleader. WE ARE was recorded in New York, Los Angeles and in his native New Orleans, melding inspiration from his new home and new collaborators with that of the Batiste musical dynasty. The album was also recorded in between sessions for Disney/Pixar's 2020 hit film Soul­, which saw Batiste's music - and hands - incorporated into the animation about a teacher who dreams of being a jazz pianist.

Clark:

Playground in a Lake

On 26 March 2021 the ambitiously multifaceted musician/composer Clark presents his chillingly affecting ninth studio album Playground In A Lake, on which he broadens horizons and tries new things, with profound results. An intriguingly suggestive title, esoteric concept(s) and disparately unusual but cohesively fused components are chiselled into an effective, concise and painstakingly curated whole. Released as a single on 26 January, "Small" will offer a first glimpse into Clark's playground. Soloist Nathaniel Timoney delivers a grim message with an angelic ring and a haunting hook on one of the few vocal tracks of the upcoming album.

With its orchestral tropes and release on Deutsche Grammophon, Playground In A Lake may seem a departure to the casual observer, but is in fact a more illuminated development of clues from past releases. Seeds planted in Kiri Variations' bucolic noir, the piano vignettes from Clarence Park, the folky wonder of Iradelphic, the strings on Body Riddle and Clark's skewed symphonic rework of Max Richter's Path 5 have all grown in prominence and vivid detail

Joey Alexander:

SALT

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), and "Summer Rising" (May 28) set for global release on Verve. In just seven years subsequent to the release of five critically-acclaimed studio 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.

All before his 18th birthday (summer 2021), Alexander has accrued a lifetime of accolades and experiences a jazz pianist could only dream of. For Alexander, though, he's met each career highlight with great humility and lets his music speak for itself. He's appeared on primetime TV at the 58th GRAMMY Awards (2016); performed with Wayne Shorter and Esperanza Spalding for the Obamas at the White House (International Jazz Day, 2016); sold-out his debut at Carnegie Hall's Zankel Hall (2019); sold-out the Rose Theater at Jazz at Lincoln Center; and was profiled by 60 Minutes. A through-line consistent across his career remains a steadfast dedication to his craft as a melodic composer captivating the hearts of music fans across the globe.

Balmorhea:

The Wind

Copious creative influences run through 'Balmorhea's' Deutsche Grammophon' debut album. Released on April 9, 'The' Wind' comprises a dozen tracks inspired by meditations on the natural world and its fragility, an ancient tale of a saint who carried the wind to an airless French valley, and thoughts of climate activist Greta Thunberg crossing the Atlantic on the catamaran 'La Vagabonde.' 

The Wind' marks both a return to Balmorhea's original set-up and a new beginning for the Texas-based duo of' Rob Lowe and Michael A. Muller. Addressing their concerns for the way in which climate change is continuing unabated, and reflecting the solace that so many people are now finding in connecting with the natural environment, the album is a timely reflection on the need to cherish and protect our planet. It charts a journey through an evocative soundscape touched by echoes of prayer flags flapping in a Himalayan breeze, an old harmonium, pipe organ, a trio of double basses, wind chimes and beguiling guitar and piano instrumentals.'

Drew Angus:

Made To Love You

Drew Angus announces new single "Made to Love You," originally written for best friend's first dance

New York-based rising Singer/Songwriter Drew Angus is pleased to announce the release of his latest single, "Made to Love You," produced by Grammy Award winner Mikhail Pivovarov, available on all streaming platforms April, 30th 2021.

A sweeping blend of folksy roots and catchy pop melodies, Drew's wedding-ready "Made to Love You" features award winning Cellist Dave Eggar, leading cellist in Coldplay's "Viva La Vida" and other hits by Lindsay Stirling, Phillip Phillips and more. Drew and co-writer Matt Giella (Gee-EL-UH) wrote "Made to Love You" for Drew's childhood friends' first dance.

"My friends came to me looking for a perfect song for the first dance at their wedding. Matt and I had written a verse and part of the chorus earlier that week. I played what we'd written over the phone and they fell in love with it immediately. With their 11 year love story in mind, the song finished itself. It was meant to be." Drew says.

Drew's growing fanbase, including over 10k followers on Instagram and 16k on Facebook, finds authentic connection in his happy-go-lucky personality and heartfelt music.

"Made to Love You" follows his previous holiday EP "A Snowglobe Christmas" and single "Mr. Gemini," as Drew continues work on his next album due out late 2021.

Charles Richard-Hamelin:

Chopin - 24 Preludes, And. Spianato, Gr. polonaise

Chopin: 24 Préludes, Op. 28 - Andante Spianato & Grande polonaise brillante, Op. 22, the excellent new album by Charles Richard-Hamelin presents two important works by Frédéric Chopin and consolidates the musician's place in the highest ranks of the pianistic world. A pianist with exceptional artistic flair and musical skills, Charles Richard-Hamelin's previous recordings have won five Félix Awards for Album of the Year. 

Describing the 24 Preludes, Charles Richard-Hamelin says : "One can hear the entire scope of Chopin's output inside the microcosm that are the Preludes. Across all the different major and minor keys, we get hints of his Études, Nocturnes, Impromptus, Mazurkas, and even fragments of larger works such as the Ballades. Yet, there is also a sense of an overarching story being told in 24 chapters of various lengths and weights. It is Chopin at his most beautiful, heart-wrenching, experimental, dissonant, sometimes even violent. It is a fascinating journey through the human psyche and my interpretation aims to show precisely that." 

Mirga Grazinyte-Tyla:

The British Project w/ City of Birmingham Sym.

Troilus and Cressidacontains some of William Walton's most seductive music, as can be heard in the new e‑album from Mirga Gra?inytė-Tyla and the City of Birmingham Symphony Orchestra – their second for The British Project on Deutsche Grammophon. Set for release on 12 March 2021, the recording comprises the four-movement Symphonic Suite reworked and arranged from the original operatic score by Christopher Palmer. The CBSO and its charismatic conductor convey all the charm, swagger and sumptuous sonorities of this music in a performance captured live at Hamburg's Elbphilharmonie.

Michael Shapiro:

Second Sonata For Violin And Piano

The extraordinary violin virtuoso, Tim Fain, and New York Philharmonic and Brooklyn Knights pianist, Steven Beck, play Michael Shapiro's four movement Second Violin and Piano Sonata.  Each movement features their unique artistry portraying the exciting and sometimes bittersweet lyrical melodies of Michael Shapiro.  A special and meaningful presentation of unforgettable music.

With his adventuresome spirit and vast musical gifts, violinist Tim Fain has emerged as a mesmerizing presence on the music scene. The "charismatic violinist with a matinee idol profile, strong musical instincts, and first rate chops" (Boston Globe), was seen on screen and heard on the Grammy nominated soundtrack to the film Black Swan, can be heard on the soundtrack to Moonlight and gave "voice" to the violin of the lead actor in the hit film 12 Years a Slave, as he did with Richard Gere's violin in the film Bee Season. Fain captured the Avery Fisher Career Grant and launched his career with Young Concert Artists.

Shunia:

Ong Namo

Ong Namo Guru Dev Namo is used for "tuning in" to the divine flow and self-knowledge within each of us. It brings us out of the earthy frenetic energy to an inward focus. Shunia feels that the vibration that is created in the body while singing is centering and healing. It is believed that the mantra actually causes the energetical and physical bodies to change their inner vibrational frequency level, becoming more attuned with the divine energy.

As we were composing the music, Suzanne wanted to add the English translation words, "I bow to the divine wisdom, I bow to the Guru within." At first, Lisa resisted because she didn't want it to take us out of the hypnotic, mesmerizing feel of the music, but in the end we all agreed that the English words created another level of meaning.

We wanted to honor the ancient nature of this chant and the millions of people who have chanted these words all over the world for thousands of years. Fortunately, Shunia's producer, Jamshied knows several world musicians who play rare and ancient instruments. Their sound takes you to another time, to another world. It reminds us of how we as humans have stood on this earth for millennia and looked up to the heavens for understanding and wholeness.

Electric Youth, Pilotpriest:

Come True

Milan Records today releases COME TRUE (ORIGINAL MOTION PICTURE SOUNDTRACK), an album of music from IFC Midnight's latest sci-fi thriller by ELECTRIC YOUTH and PILOTPRIEST.  Available everywhere now, the album includes a mix of original music by Electric Youth as well as additional score music composed in partnership with Come True director Anthony Scott Burns under his music-making alias Pilotpriest.  Come True premieres in theatres and on demand today from IFC Midnight.  

The soundtrack was originally introduced last month with lead single "Modern Fears," an original track by Electric Youth which features as one of the film's most resonating music moments and showcases the composing duo's signature blend of melodic strings and synthesized vocals– listen here.  For the larger musical universe of Come True, Electric Youth and Pilotpriest have crafted a score of moving live strings, ethereal synthesizers and emotive vocals, with the 15-track collection also including Electric Youth's original title song "Come True" as well as new versions of previously recorded songs re-worked for several of the film's pivotal scenes.  In addition to the soundtrack's digital release, the album will be made available in vinyl format exclusively via Waxwork Records this May – preorder here. 

Arcade Fire, Owen Pallett:

HER

Milan Records today releases the ORIGINAL SCORE to director Spike Jonze's 2013 hit film HER by ARCADE FIRE and OWEN PALLETT – listen here.  Available for the first time digitally today, the album features music composed by the GRAMMY® Award-winning band and their longtime collaborator Owen Pallett for the Academy Award®- and Golden Globe® Award-winning film starring Joaquin Phoenix and Scarlett Johansson.  The score's release arrives nearly eight years since the film's debut in 2013, upon which the lush, piano-driven music incited widespread critical acclaim and a nomination for "Best Original Score" at the 2014 Academy Awards®.  Upon its announce in February, the album's vinyl edition immediately rocketed to the top spot on Amazon's Best Sellers in CDs & Vinyl List, completely selling out and prompting a second pressing of the fan-favorite collection, which is available to purchase now. The album is also available to purchase as a limited edition cassette tape exclusively via Urban Outfitters. 

Peter Gregson:

An Evening at Capitol Studios_ Bach Recomposed

London based artist & composer Peter Gregson releases his spellbinding performance recorded from the illustrious Capitol Studios in Hollywood, entitled: ‘An Evening at Capitol Studios'. Released via Deutsche Grammophon, Universal Music Group's prestigious Yellow Label, the performance features six performances from Gregson's 2018 release ‘Bach: The Cello Suites – Recomposed.

Filmed and recorded almost a year to the day, in January 2020 at the celebrated Capitol Studios at Capitol Records Tower in Hollywood where an endless name of legends once recorded in the same spot: Frank Sinatra, Michael Jackson, Nat King Cole and now, Peter Gregson. Watch Gregson's intricate and stunning playing alongside fellow cellists: Alisha Bauer, Mia Barcia-Colombo, Chris De Fazio, Mark Bassett and Joo Lee. 

Nik Bärtsch:

Entendre

A fascinating solo album from the Swiss pianist and composer , Entendre offers deeper insight into Nik Bärtsch's musical thinking, illuminating aspects of his playing and the nature of his modular pieces.

As its titles implies the new album, recorded at Lugano's Auditorio Stelio Molo studio, considers listening as a dynamic process. In these solo realizations, Bärtsch's polymetric pieces unfold with heightened alertness to the subtleties of touch. The pianist finds freedom in aesthetic restriction, while also seizing opportunities to guide the music to new places. An adaptive as well as a highly original musician, he diligently serves the context at hand, and the solo work has been developing in parallel to his group activities over the last few years. For Nik, some key moments in this regard have included his solo appearance at ECM's 50th anniversary celebration at New York's Lincoln Center in 2019, as well as performances in ongoing collaboration with visual artist Sophie Clements. A solo piano tour in 2017, furthermore, whose unorthodox itinerary took him to Teheran, Cairo, Alexandria, Kolkata and Delhi, had also prompted rumination on the intertwined relationships of performance and ritual music in different cultures. This, too, influenced the preparatory work on Entendre.

Momo Kodama:

Hosokawa - Mozart w/Mito Chamber Orchestra, Ozawa

Momo Kodama, whose acclaimed New Series solo album Point and Line contrasted Toshio Hosakawa and Claude Debussy, here presents the piano concerto Hosakawa wrote for her, the shimmering Lotus under the moonlight, a work that emerges numinously from silence and gradually returns to it. Composed in 2006, Lotus is also a homage to Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart, with distant echoes of Mozart's Concerto. No 23 in A Major, the work with which it is paired here in a concert recording from Japan, with Maestro Seiji Ozawa and his Mito Chamber Orchestra.

In a composer's note, Hosokawa writes that "Momo Kodama's transparency, sensitivity and expressiveness have continued to inspire my piano music deeply. As she touches this magical instrument, she touches the mysterious energy of the universe and stirs my soul."

Albrecht Mayer:

Mozart

Albrecht Mayerhas lived with Mozart's music for almost half a century. His encounters with the composer began while he was a boy soprano in the Bamberg Cathedral Choir and have multiplied over the course of his international career. The 55-year-old German oboist has waited until now, however, to record his first all-Mozart album, a personal and affectionate tribute to one of the greatest composers who ever lived. Mozart, set for release by Deutsche Grammophon on 9 April 2021, comprises six works arranged for oboe, oboe d'amore or English horn together with a specially commissioned completion of the fragmentary Oboe Concerto in F major, K 293 (416f).

Ferenc Snetberger, Keller Quartet:

Hallgato

Recorded live in the Grand Hall of Budapest's Liszt Academy, Hallgató is an inspired and moving album from Ferenc Snétberger and the Keller Quartett. Hungary's outstanding acoustic guitarist and its foremost chamber group are heard together and separately, in a programme with compositions by Snétberger, Shostakovich, John Dowland and Samuel Barber, which unfolds with its own internal logic and dramaturgy. This album marks the artists' first recorded collaboration, although Snétberger and András Keller have worked together often in live contexts.

Lise Davidsen:

Beethoven, Wagner, Verdi w/London Philharmonic

Few young singers merit the superlatives bestowed on them as "powerhouse" (Guardian) Norwegian soprano Lise Davidsen. The award-winner releases her second studio album – Beethoven • Wagner • Verdi – with Decca Classics, the label that launched her self-titled debut in 2019 to universal praise.

Recorded in London during the summer and autumn of 2020, Davidsen is accompanied by the London Philharmonic Orchestra and Sir Mark Elder on this hotly-anticipated new record offering listeners an audience with "one of the greatest vocal talents to have emerged in recent years, if not decades" (Gramophone).

Yiruma:

The Rewritten Memories

South Korean pianist and composer Yiruma is celebrating 20 years since his debut album with a new recording, The Rewritten Memories, out now via Universal Music Group Korea. It features brand-new orchestral arrangements of some of his best-loved works from the past two decades, including the globally popular ‘River Flows In You' – dubbed "the ‘Clair de lune' of the 21st century" (Classic FM) – and ‘Kiss The Rain'.

The Rewritten Memories is Yiruma's first orchestral studio album and features the composer himself on piano. "It was a challenging yet interesting experience," he says, describing the recording of the album with the Korean Symphony Orchestra during the Covid-19 pandemic. "The entire orchestra members couldn't gather simultaneously and had to record part by part." Yet the opportunity to collaborate with so many musicians was a refreshing change for Yiruma, who, like most composers, usually writes alone.

Lucas & Arthur Jussen:

The Russian Album

The Russian Album is the seventh album by Lucas and Arthur Jussen on the renowned Deutsche Grammophon label. The pianists selected compositions for two pianos by Russian masters Dmitri Shostakovich, Sergei Rachmaninov, Igor Stravinsky and Anton Arensky. Their aim was to capture the essence of Russian music with its unique character, timbre and energy. The compositions reflect some turbulent episodes in Russian history. As Lucas explains: "The romantic aspect is paramount to many admirers of Russian music but there is always another dimension. The feelings of anxiety and oppression are continually present in Shostakovich's work, even when the music itself sounds cheerful. And whilst Rachmaninov's music can emanate pure beauty, it's pervaded with that nostalgic feeling of homesickness. That is the magic of Russian music."

Pino Palladino, Blake Mills:

Notes With Attachments

Notes With Attachments, the new album from renowned bassist Pino Palladino and celebrated multi-instrumentalist and producer Blake Mills, is set for release March 12 via New Deal / Impulse!. Initially conceived as a solo record for Palladino, Notes With Attachments quickly evolved into a fully collaborative work centered around the two artists' love for experimentation.

"With a song like this, built in layers, at various points along the road you look around and go: what is this? Where is the composition? Sometimes you end up drawing the blueprints of the house after it's fully been built," says Mills about "Just Wrong." That process touches every song on the record, which typically began with Palladino's own melodic and rhythmic language and developed outward with references shared by the two musicians from West African and Cuban music, funk, jazz, and English folk. 

Initially conceived as a solo record for Palladino, Notes With Attachments quickly evolved into a fully collaborative work centered around the two artists' love for experimentation. "Ekuté" follows debut single "Just Wrong," which Stereogum praised as "a warm, hazy jazz instrumental that takes its time and gives Palladino's bass plenty of room to move" and Aquarium Drunkard called "the sort of song that tempts you to restart it before it even finishes," along with live recordings of "Just Wrong" and "Man from Molise."

Olafur Arnalds:

a sunrise session

On Sunrise Session Ólafur Arnaldscovers four songs from some kind of peace' in a completely acoustic performance arranged for OA's string quartet. The session was filmed last December 21, 2020, the Winter Solstice, also the shortest day of the year, and you started in complete darkness and finished as the sun finally rose into daylight. 

Spiral   

Still Sound   

Back To The Sky ft. JFDR  

We Contain Multitudes   

Angele Dubeau & La Pieta:

Immersion

Angèle Dubeau is releasing her 45th album today: Immersion. Recorded with the twelve brilliant musicians of La Pietà, Immersion echoes Pulsations, her previous album which won the Félix prize for Best Classical Album of the Year in 2020. While Pulsations brought together intense works, evocative of strong images, Immersion, the first of three albums to be released this year by the violinist, offers a deep introspective dive imbued with sensitivity.

A lifelong music lover, tireless in her research - she has spent hundreds of hours listening to music since March 2020! -, Angèle Dubeau found for her new album fourteen works "on which I lingered intuitively because I really needed them", she confides. Works that catered to her emotions and which have provided her with a salutary and necessary well-being in these turbulent and pandemic times. Now she offers her own interpre- tations to her vast public.

Teodor Currentzis and MusicAeterna:

Beethoven: Symphony No. 7 in A Major, Op. 92

Sony Classical announces the release of Symphony No. 7 on April 9, 2021 - the long-awaited sister-recording to Teodor Currentzis and musicAeterna's Beethoven Symphony No. 5 album. Recorded at the Vienna Konzerthaus in August 2018, both albums are the Russia-based musicians' seminal contribution to the composer's 250th anniversary celebrations.

The recording promises to be as significant as their Beethoven 5, released in April 2020, which the German Newspaper Die Welt heralded as "The Fifth for the 21st century", and the UK newspaper The Times defined as "one of those incendiary accounts that blows away the crust of familiarity to suggest anew the revolutionary force built into this master score."

Joy Harjo:

I Pray For My Enemies

In her first new recording in a decade, Joy Harjo – the first Native American named Poet Laureate of the United States – digs deep into the indigenous red earth and the shared languages of music to sing, speak and play a stunningly original musical meditation that seeks healing for a troubled world – I Pray for My Enemies, to be released from Sunyata Records/Sony Orchard Distribution on March 5, 2021.

Collaborating with producer/engineer Barrett Martin on this unique new album, Harjo brings a fresh identity to the poetry and songs that have made her a renowned poet of the Muscogee Creek Nation and one of the most authentic and compelling voices of these times. 

"The concept for I Pray for My Enemies began" says Harjo, "with an urgent need to deal with discord, opposition. It could have been on a tribal, national or a personal level. I no longer remember. The urgency had a heartbeat and in any gathering of two or more, perhaps the whole planet, our hearts lean to entrainment – that is, to beat together." 

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Juilliard String Quartet:

Beethoven - Bartok - Dvorak String Quartets

The Grammy - Award-winning Juilliard String Quartet celebrates the 75th anniversary of its founding with a new recording from the heart of the quartet repertoire, featuring works by Beethoven, Bartók and Dvořák that resonate with the legacy of chamber music at the ensemble's home, New York's Juilliard School of Music. Sony Classical will release the new recording on April 2, 2021.  Included are Ludwig van Beethoven's String Quartet in E Minor, Op. 59, the second of the composer's three "Razumovsky" quartets; Béla Bartók's String Quartet No. 3, Sz. 87; and Antonín Dvořák's String Quartet in F Major, Op. 96 "American".

Emile Mosseri:

Minari OMPS

Milan Records today announces the February 12 release of MINARI (ORIGINAL MOTION PICTURE SOUNDTRACK) with music by award-winning composer EMILE MOSSERI (The Last Black Man in San Francisco, Kajillionaire).  Available everywhere now, the album features score music written by Mosseri for director Lee Isaac Chung's family drama.  The resulting 16-track collection is an emotionally evocative body of music that enhances the film's intimate storytelling.  Minari originally made its debut at this year's Sundance Film Festival, where it won both the both the U.S. Dramatic Grand Jury Prize as well as the U.S. Dramatic Audience Award.  

Paul Edward-Francis:

Blood of Zeus-Music From The Netflix Anime Series

Milan Records today releases BLOOD OF ZEUS (MUSIC FROM THE NETFLIX ANIME SERIES) by composer Paul Edward-Francis.  Available everywhere now, the album features score music written by Edward-Francis for Netflix's hugely-popular original anime series set in the world of Greek gods and goddesses.  Produced by Powerhouse Animation Studios, the first season of Blood of Zeus is available to stream in its entirety on Netflix now.

Tom Hodge:

The Mauritanian OMPS

Sony Music Masterworks today releases THE MAURITANIAN (ORIGINAL MOTION PICTURE SOUNDTRACK) with music by acclaimed composer TOM HODGE.  Available everywhere now, the album features score music composed by Hodge for the inspiring true story of Mohamedou Ould Slahi's fight for freedom after being detained and imprisoned without charge by the U.S. government.  Nominated for two Golden Globe® Awards, The Mauritanian debuts today from STX Films.