Actor Jeff Goldblum is a distinctive presence in every role he plays, from his early portrayals in The Fly, Jurassic Park and The Big Chill, to recent turns in Law and Order: Criminal Intent and The Grand Budapest Hotel. Now Jeff brings his unique character, curiosity and enthusiasm to his newest adventure, as a jazz pianist and singer, releasing his second CD, I Shouldn't Be Telling You This.
After his live set being hailed as one of Glastonbury 2019's most iconic moments this summer, at which he announced from the stage that a brand new record was in the works, Jeff Goldblum released; 'I Shouldn't Be Telling You This' on Decca Records with his long-time band The Mildred Snitzer Orchestra, the enticingly-titled albumand features an impressive array of surprising duet guests.
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JUNO Award winner Laila Biali's deeply personal new album, Out of Dust features not only contributions from the singer/pianist's husband; Ben Wittman and son, but also multiple GRAMMY nominees and winners including Lisa Fisher, Alan Ferber, John Ellis, and Larnell Lewis. "There's a line from a song by the indie gospel group, Gungor, that has become like an anthem to me," Biali says. "‘He makes beautiful things out of dust.' That's where the title for the album comes from, and as a songwriter and musician, my ultimate intention and hope is to spread a little more love."
Laila Biali - Take Me to the Alley' makes KCRW: Los Angeles 'Rhythm Planet - Spring Mix' SEE THE ARTICLE & PLAYLIST
What are our musicians listening to during lockdown? GRAMOPHONE asked them each to nominate one recording that speaks to them at this particular time …
Soprano Sarah Traubel is the grand-niece of Helen Traubel, the famous Metropolitan Opera (and Hollywood) star soprano of the 1940s and 1950s. She holds a master's degree from the Manhattan School of Music. Her latest release is 'Arias for Josepha - Mozart's First Queen of the Night', is now available digitally from Sony Classical.
Sarah Traubel's pick is Wagner Die Meistersinger von Nürnberg Soloists; Bavarian State Opera Chorus and Orchestra / Wolfgang Sawallisch (Warner Classics)
she writes.....Wagner has always been with me, and not just because of my great-aunt and leading Wagnerian, Helen Traubel. My opera for these times of isolation would be his Meistersinger, his funniest and most humane work. If I had only one role to sing for the rest of my days, it would be Eva. The closing quintet offers some of the most beautiful yet devilishly difficult music ever written for the human voice. In this recording by Wolfgang Sawallisch, the conductor leads a legendary cast which includes Bernd Weikl as a Sachs of warmth and wisdom and Siegfried Lorenz as a Beckmesser, who for once is not a contorted fool but a real singer. Most importantly, Cheryl Studer's Eva with her amazing 'O Sachs! Mein Freund!' totally gets me every single time.
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What are our musicians listening to during lockdown? GRAMOPHONE asked them each to nominate one recording that speaks to them at this particular time …Gramophone's 2018 Young Artist of the Year, Soprano: Lise Davidsen's most recent release of Richard Strauss and Wagner was an Editor's Choice in June 2019. Her critically acclaimed performance as Leonore in Beethoven's Fidelio, from the Royal Opera House earlier his year, will be screened on BBC4 next month.
she's listening to.....JS Bach St John Passion Soloists; The Monteverdi Choir and English Baroque Soloists / John Eliot Gardiner (Archiv Produktion)
The last weeks have been emotional on many levels, and a lot of music passed through my mind when I was asked to suggest one album. From lighter pop-music to the Sieben Frühe Lieder by Alban Berg. But as so many times before, I go back to Bach to find a distraction from what I'm studying and performing, but also as a reminder of what I still think of as 'my music', even though I don't perform it any more. What can beat a great St John Passion when we are facing a stay-at-home Easter? There are many wonderful recordings, but this was one of the first that I was introduced to and it has stayed with me ever since. I love the conductor's choices in both tempi and phrasing. The simplicity from both choir, soloists and orchestra is maybe why I enjoy it so much and also return back to it all the time. And when we can't go and listen to it live during Easter I would suggest this one as a small comfort.
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What are our musicians listening to during lockdown? GRAMOPHONE asked them each to nominate one recording that speaks to them at this particular time … Cellist Hee-Young Lim is the first Korean musician ever appointed as Professor to the Beijing Central Conservatory and was previously appointed as the Principal Solo Cellist of the Rotterdam Philharmonic Orchestra, the first female Asian cellist to ever lead a section in a major European orchestra. Her second Sony Classical album, cello sonatas by Rachmaninov and Prokofiev, is set for release in June.
she selects.......Rachmaninov Piano Concerto No 2 Sergey Rachmaninov; Philadelphia Orchestra / Leopold Stokowski (RCA)
I would like to recommend Rachmaninov himself playing his own Second Piano Concerto. It's truly awe-inspiring and I never get tired of listening to how he performs his own work. His phenomenal playing and authentic interpretation have been a great inspiration for me. I've always listened to his playing of this Second Concerto when I am frustrated and it helps me get through challenging times. Knowing that he also went through depression – and this concerto was written after that difficult period in his life – makes me think that perhaps without the hardship, this concerto would not have been composed in this way or become such a masterpiece.
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Violins of Hope is an artistic and educational project that utilizes instruments once owned by Jewish musicians, many of which were played in concentration camps and ghettos. Israeli luthiers Amnon and Avshalom Weinstein have collected many of these instruments, refurbishing them to concert quality, and in this singularly engaging album, violinist Niv Ashkenazi and pianist Matthew Graybil bring to life music by many Jewish composers both dead and alive, including Serenade by Robert Dauber, Nigun by Ernest Bloch, the theme from "Schindler's List" by John Williams, The Chassid by Julius Chajes, Bestemming: Triumph by Sharon Farber, Trois pièces de concert by Szymon Laks, Dance of the Rebbitzen by George Perlman, both Berceuse Sfaradite and Three Songs Without Words by Paul Ben-Haim, and Kaddisch by Maurice Ravel.
Throughout the CD the immensely gifted Niv Ashkenazi and Matthew Graybil, his superb collaborative pianist both play soulfully imbuing the music with appropriate emotional depth though never falling prey to sentimentality. Altogether a worthy project, Violins of Hope provided this listener with a lovely listening experience.
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This is the latest in a series of recordings by Lyn Stanley focussing on the songs made famous by Julie London, along with two songs she feels Julie would have recorded if she had been around. A lot of play is being made of that fact that this is a direct to disc recording, and in that respect, it is quite an incredible effort, as they were recording without a safety net. It also meant that there were only a few seconds to reset their minds before going straight onto the next. This meant the recordings had to be completed one complete side at a time for the original vinyl release, no opportunity to overdub or fix problems. From there it was just the case of choosing which set to go with, and ‘Favourite Takes – London With A Twist – Live At Bernie's' was done.
I am sure the pure audiophiles will state the sound quality produced by this is incredible, and if I were listening to this on a high-quality record player/amplified/speakers I am sure I would agree. As it is I am using Bluetooth headphones connected to an iPhone, so while I can say it does sound well produced I can't comment any more than that given the sound I am listening to has been both compressed and cut up. For me this sounds like a studio recording, and therein lies the problem for me, in that Lyn does make mistakes and there are times when she is flat and times when she isn't really singing but going for emotional emphasis. In a live environment, or on a live recording then that can all be forgiven, but this sounds like a studio effort. Many jazz bands record live, but flubs and flaws are often fixed, and that isn't the case here. It is interesting, but even with a take of Springsteen's "Pink Cadillac" on offer I can't see me returning to it again.
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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 announces the February 28 release of WENDY (ORIGINAL MOTION PICTURE SOUNDTRACK) with music by award-winning composer, songwriter and producer DAN ROMER and the film's award-winning director BENH ZEITLIN.
Wolfgang Muthspiel, whom The New Yorker has called "a shining light" among today's jazz guitarists, returns to the trio format with Angular Blues, the Austrian's fourth ECM album as a leader, following two acclaimed quintet releases and his trio debut.
World-renowned guitar hero Al Di Meola welcomes a new decade with an ambitious follow-up to his 2013 studio recording All Your Life: A Tribute to the Beatles with a sophomore homage to the Beatles, entitled Across The Universe, due out on earMUSIC on March 13, 2020.
There's an infectious bounce and sparkle to Nelsons' direction that impels the members of the orchestra to produce a sound marked by precise attacks, sharp accents, and punctilious rhythms and dynamics. At once gracious, velvety rich, highly nuanced and energetic, this is one of the best interpretations of the Blue Danube Waltz I've heard in a long time. And one of my all-time favorites, the Light Cavalry Overture by Franz von Suppé (1819-1895) is given a dramatic touch in this riveting account. The brass ensemble work in particular is a thrill to hear. It builds to such a powerfully well-attained coda that even the applause at the end is spectacular. This is a party not to miss, 'cause the music is a rockin'.
The 2020 New Year's Concert - The Vienna Philharmonic and Andris Nelsons
There are few concerts in the world that are awaited with as much excitement as the New Year's Concert from Vienna. Under the direction of Andris Nelsons, the Vienna Philharmonic ushers in the New Year with a concert in the magnificent Golden Hall of the Vienna Musikverein.
The concert is relayed to over ninety countries all round the world, reaching an audience of more than fifty million.
The 2020 New Year's Concert will be conducted for the first time by the Latvian conductor Andris Nelsons, who first worked with the Vienna Philharmonic in October 2010 and who has been a regular and invariably welcome guest since then, not only at the orchestra's subscription concerts in the Vienna Musikverein and at the Salzburg Festival but also on tours of Asia, the United States and Europe. So far he has appeared more than sixty times on the podium of the Vienna Philharmonic.
There are few concerts in the world that are awaited with as much excitement as the New Year's Concert from Vienna. Under the direction of Christian Thielemann, the Vienna Philharmonic ushers in the New Year with a concert in the magnificent Golden Hall of the Vienna Musikverein.
The concert is relayed to over ninety countries all round the world, reaching an audience of more than fifty million.
The 2019 New Year's Concert will be conducted for the first time by Christian Thielemann. A native of Berlin, Thielemann has been a regular and welcome guest of the Vienna Philharmonic since 2000, with the result that his first New Year's Concert may be seen as setting an example and providing an appropriate tribute to his previous work with the orchestra. According to the orchestra's chairman, Daniel Froschauer, orchestra and musicians trust each other completely: "The profound musical understanding and trust that have existed from the outset and that have always functioned perfectly have subsequently borne remarkable fruit in the symphonic repertory as well."
Riccardo Muti celebrated his 75th birthday with a program at the 2016 Salzburg Festival featuring two masterworks from the Austro-German tradition that had both been premiered by the Wiener Philharmoniker under the direction of their respective composers: Bruckner's Symphony No.2 and R. Strauss'Orchestral Suite Der Bürger als Edelmann. Alongside lauded pianist Gerhard Oppitz is violinist Rainer Küchl, on the eve of his retirement from the Wiener Philharmoniker following a remarkable 45 years of service.
Few concerts can claim to generate such tremendous international interest as the New Year's Concert from Vienna. Under the baton of the world's leading conductors, the Vienna Philharmonic rings in the New Year with a gala concert from the magnificent setting of the Golden Hall in Vienna's Musikverein. The event is broadcast to over 90 countries all over the world and watched by more than 50 million viewers. In 2018 Riccardo Muti will conduct the prestigious New Year's concert for the 5th time (1993, 1997, 2000 and 2004). Together with Zubin Mehta, Riccardo Muti is one of the most engaged New Year's Concert conductors since the era of Lorin Maazel. The conductor's close artistic relationship with the Vienna Philharmonic orchestra celebrates 47 years, 500 concerts and dates back to 1971. In 2011, this exceptional bond was awarded with the Honorary Membership in the Vienna Philharmonic.
Summer Night Concert 2017: The Vienna Philharmonic with Christoph Eschenbach & Renée Fleming
Sony Classical is proud to announce the release of this year's Vienna Philharmonic Summer Night Concert Schönbrunn 2017, conducted by Christoph Eschenbach with soprano Renée Fleming as soloist.
The Summer Night Concert, performed this year on May 25th 2017, is an annual open-air event, which has been held since 2008. The previous series was the "Concert for Europe", which took place from 2004 until 2007. The park of Schönbrunn Palace in Vienna/Austria is the magical setting for the concert, which is free of charge for all residents and visitors of the city. The illustrious conductors who have previously led the orchestra at this event are Georges Prêtre, Daniel Barenboim, Franz Welser-Möst, Valery Gergiev, Gustavo Dudamel, Lorin Maazel, Christoph Eschenbach, Zubin Mehta and Semyon Bychkov.