The Santa Ynez Valley Concert Series will present Grammy Award-winning violinist and producer Johnny Gandelsman in A Violinist Explores Bach's Cello Suites, 7 p.m. Friday, March 20, at St. Mark's-in-the-Valley, 2901 Nojoqui Ave., Los Olivos. Gandelsman will perform as part of the 40th annual Santa Ynez Valley Concert Series.
Since its inception by founder Rose Knoles in 1981, the concert series has brought widely acclaimed classical artists to perform in intimate spaces in the Santa Ynez Valley. Noted for its acoustics and serene ambiance, St. Mark's-in-the-Valley Episcopal Church has been the home of the series since 2007. "We are very much looking forward to hearing Johnny Gandelsman's interpretations of Bach's timeless and transcendent music," said Robert Cassidy, artistic director. "A magical sonic environment will be experienced with the sound of the solo violin resonating off the long-grain fir, high-ceiling interior of the church."
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The Met Opera's Live in HD series for the 2019-20 season continues this Saturday, Feb. 29, 2020 with a transmission of "Agrippina," which was composed by Handel to a libretto by Grimani.
The broadcast, which kicks off 12:55 p.m. Eastern time, will feature Joyce DiDonato in the title role with Brenda Rae as Poppea, Iestyn Davies as Ottone, Matthew Rose as Claudio, Kate Lindsey as Nerone, Dunan Rock as Pallante, and Nicholas Tamagna as Narciso. Harry Bicket directs the production by Sir David McVicar. Find out which theaters in your local area are transmitting the simulcast by clicking here. PHOTO (Credit: Marty Sohl / Metropolitan Opera)
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Referred to as "the Jimi Hendrix of the ukulele," Jake Shimabukuro is a true virtuoso, and exhibits his talents once again with the release of ‘Trio', available through Music Theories Recordings. It's been a decade and a half since covering Jake's cover of George Harrison's "While My Guitar Gently Weeps" went viral and propelled Jake to a level of success most never plausible with a ukulele. Now, with nearly twenty albums already under his belt, Shimabukuro enlists the help of bassist Nolan Verner and guitarist Dave Preston, as well as legendary producer R.S. Field, in presenting the ambience of a classic jam session taken into a studio and transformed into a captivating 13 track album.
In conjunction with the alum release, Jake has made some time TODAY!! Feb. 24, 2020 to discuss the tracks with US radio.
Welcome to theartsdesk - Classical CDs Weekly: Beethoven, Bruckner, Notice Recordings. Definitive box sets of sonatas and symphonies, plus striking new music from a US independent label by Graham Rickson for Saturday, 22 February 2020.
"Beethoven paid no attention at all to the conventions of his own time In fact, he only ever wrote music for the future." One strength of Igor Levit's magnificent traversal of Beethoven's piano sonatas is how contemporary, how disarmingly modern he makes many of them sound. Speeds in outer movements are generally swift, the dynamic contrasts extreme. Try No. 25's tiny last movement, pushed to the limit here and almost buckling under the strain. But there's so much energy and joy; you suspect that Beethoven would have approved. He would also have grinned at Levit's fizzing account of No. 25, the grace and flamboyance perfectly matched. One of this set's many attractions is hearing Levit doesn't underplay the earlier, less familiar sonatas. The first three, dedicated to Haydn, are wonderfully handled. No. 2's first movement is laugh-out-loud funny, and No. 3's finale closes with a nicely emphatic full stop.
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In the episode n ° 907 of "ANIMAJAZZ", conceived and conducted by BRUNO POLLACCI , broadcast TUESDAY 25 February at 20.30, on PUNTORADIO, also streaming on www.puntoradio.fm will be the protagonists of the evening will be
TODD MOSBY - CD "Open Waters" Produced by Windham Hill Records founder Will Ackerman, and with a sound described as "an album to daydream to", Open Waters finds Mosby once again embarking on a creative journey navigating through elements of Jazz, New Age, Folk and Indian music. Coming from a family of inventors (he is the co-inventor of the Imrat guitar along with Kim Schwartz and Imrat Khan), Mosby's early musical DNA was formed from his love of Bluegrass and Folk music, which eventually expanded into Fusion and Jazz.
We remind you that "ANIMAJAZZ" can be heard on TUESDAY at 20.30 in immediate podcast on http://animajazz.eu Happy listening.
Pulsations, Angele Dubeau's new album, brings together works that evoke strong images and possess a profound emotional intensity. "A pulsation marks time, it infuses its rhythm in it and also evokes the heart. Just like those composers whose music calls out to me and who, with their unique signatures, mark time, our time. Features the music of; Olafur Arnalds, Jean-Michel Blais, Ludovico Einaudi, Alex Baranowski, Craig Armstrong, Peter Gregson, Yann Tiersen, Abel Korzeniowski, Johan Johannsson, Max Richter and Dala.
This week's Pulsations with Angele Dubeau is Craig Armstrong's 'Far From the Madding Crowd." LISTEN
A pianist of real character and refinement – plus a huge career in Europe – Lucas Debargue was on hand to lend his musicianship to a relatively rare outing of Franz Liszt's Piano Concerto no. 2.
It's hard to argue with the lineup of soloists Benjamin Zander and the Boston Philharmonic Orchestra (BPO) have brought to town this season. Their trend of finding and presenting some of the most striking artists of the day continued Thursday night at Sanders Theatre with the local debut of Lucas Debargue. A pianist of real character and refinement – plus a huge career in Europe – Debargue was on hand to lend his musicianship to a relatively rare outing of Franz Liszt's Piano Concerto no. 2.
Premiered in 1857, the Liszt Second turns the piano concerto genre on its head, cast as it is in a single continuous movement (instead of three or four individual ones) and generally eschewing glittering, bravura displays for something a bit more contemplative (though its technical difficulties remain Herculean).
For this effort, Debargue proved the perfect collaborator. He's a pianist of terrific facility, who's equally comfortable as a chamber musician and no-holds-barred soloist, and his performance on Thursday was strongly directed, as well as precisely articulated and carefully voiced. Indeed, the lightness of Debargue's touch was, at times, astonishing: the opening of the Concerto's short final section, for instance, had a kinetic, elfin quality that simply shimmered. Photo: Paul Marrotta.
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‘Love Letters' marks a different direction for the internationally celebrated artist; it offers a shift in intimacy and content and comes at a pivotal time in her career as she signs to her new record label, Mercury KX.
Milan Records today releases THE NEW POPE (ORIGINAL SOUNDTRACK FROM THE SKY – HBO – CANAL+ SERIES produced by FREMANTLE'S THE APARTMENT and WILDSIDE, co-produced with HAUT ET COURT TV and THE MEDIAPRO STUDIO) with music by LELE MARCHITELLI.
Referred to as "the Jimi Hendrix of the ukulele," Jake Shimabukuro is a true virtuoso, and exhibits his talents once again with the release of ‘Trio', available February 14th through Music Theories Recordings.
pianist, Damjan is the flutist. Both are globetrotting virtuosi with many degrees and international awards. The music is organic in the sense that it replicates natural phenomena; the flow of water, the breath of wind, the warmth of the sun on a flat rock. The miracle that you hear and feel, but don't see is that the music is almost entirely improvisational. No smoke and mirrors here.
A simple, melodic phrase opens the first tune, Drifting. Thies' piano theme is buoyant against Krajacic's itinerant flute. A sense of vastness is made up of clouds and blue sky, endless and infinitely beautiful. No salty oceans abide here. The sensation of weightlessness transforms into a kind of newfound freedom.
Using a prepared piano concept, that is, objects placed on the strings for a desired effect, Thies uses a puttied piano for the tune Forest Path. There is much green on the blue landscape and this jaunty tune guides us along on a favorite mossy trail and into some tall trees. We can still see the sky against dappled sunlight and the canopy above glistens like green stained glass.
You can just hear the murmur of vespers in your mind as you visit The Abandoned Monastery. It is one of my favorite tunes on the recording. There is a sustained reverence in the piece, as if one can feel the blessings and peace of a bygone era. I imagined tumbled down stone walls, deeply worn paths, and places of quiet contemplation in Thies and Kajacic's harmonious rendering. Kyrie eleison.
We travel to the shores of France for the next tune, Le Musicien. This troubadour is brooding, somber, and with a note of melancholy. He does not lighten his mood until Damjan's flute saunters into the music. Even then, there is a seriousness to it, as if it says, "You can follow me, but there are consequences". We follow anyway for the music is strong in our hearts.
The title tune, Frontiers has a sense of movement and urgency. For some, frontiers are made up of rocky borders and craggy coastline, but for others they are made out of challenges. This is a song of the undiscovered, the new, and the unheard music. Sometimes the mountains we traverse, the rivers we wade, and the distances we travel are not on colorful paper maps, but calculated by our own heartbeats. The leagues we travel might be measured without leaving our armchairs.
The next cut is called Infinity. I did not expect this tune to be so delicate and so gentle, but it changed on me. The melody transforms when Krajacic's bass flute swoops in to alter the temperament of the song. The flute wavers and bubbles, almost like an electronic instrument, giving the piece an inorganic, disembodied feel. It is one of the longer cuts on Blue Landscapes and by its finale, it loops back to an animated gentleness. Full circle.
A billion silver mirrors reflect the warmth and power of the ocean on the tune Waves on a Moonlit Sea. Of course, each mirror picks out a star and returns that reflection to us. There is more light here than on a cloudless day, inspiring us, keeping us afloat. Robert's piano is soulful and soothing, Damjan's flute reserved and ethereal.
How can you put anything new in your cup if it is already full? The last tune on the collection is called Letting Go. It is just plain sad, but the message in it may be subliminal. Damjan's flute haunts the tune like a wraith and Robert's piano plays out as if time has stopped. We sometimes hold onto things out of fear. Fear of change, fear of loss. It is okay to say goodbye to some of the old memories and hello to the new. But you have to have room in your cup.
Every track on Blue Landscapes III: Frontiers is a comfort, a balm for the scarred, weary soul that needs renewal and restoration. Thies and Krajacic have found a marvelous balance between their instruments. I believe their equilibrium stems from a common belief and a kindred spirit. All the angles are complimentary. On the one hand, the music is quite peaceful and on the other, it is perceptibly thoughtful. This is excellent music. Highly recommended. - R J Lannan, Artisan Music Reviews
Crossover Media Projects with Robert Thies - Damjan Krajacic
Mindfulness music leader Real Music presents Blue Landscapes III: Frontiers, the pioneering third album in the award-winning Blue Landscapes series from internationally renowned pianist Robert Thies and flutist Damjan Krajacic. The instrumental album ushers in the new new age by generously offering 15 improvisational tracks; Blue Landscapes III: Frontiers is scheduled for worldwide physical and digital release and available everywhere music is sold on January 24, 2020; visit myndstream or Blue Landscapes for more information and music.
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