Louisa May Alcott's classic tale "Little Women" is back on the big screen, in at least its fifth cinematic adaptation, this time in the confident hands of writer/director Greta Gerwig. She has assembled a magnificent cast, using a great script (that she wrote), and crafted a warm, superb movie that is absolutely one of 2019's best.
For those unfamiliar, "Little Women" is about the March sisters: their lives and adventures in Massachusetts around the time of the Civil War, in which their father has volunteered to fight for the Union. As women in a less enlightened era, they are at a disadvantage when it comes to certain privileges enjoyed by men, but that doesn't stop them from carving their own paths.
Alexandre Desplat's music is playful and sad and always pairs well with its scenes. Jacqueline Durran's costume design shows why she won the Oscar for that category. Yorick Le Saux's cinematography is sumptuous, and he and Gerwig employ warm and cool color palettes to differentiate the dual timelines, though they begin to merge as the past catches up to the present.
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On Saturday, February 22, at 8:00pm and Sunday, February 23, at 4:00pm, Greenwich Symphony Orchestra will perform an all Beethoven program, the Eroica and the Emperor, in honor of the 250th anniversary of Beethoven's birth. Soloist John O'Conor, known as ‘the world's preeminent Beethoven interpreter', will perform Piano Concerto No.5, (Emperor). John O'Conor Is one of the most popular soloists ever to collaborate with Greenwich Symphony. The concert will take place at the Performing Arts Center at Greenwich High School. A free pre-concert lecture will take place one hour before each performance.
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While recording their third studio album, The Undivided Five, A Winged Victory for the Sullen experienced the capricious extremes of life and death. "This record was bookended by two huge events in our lives," explains Dustin O'Halloran, speaking on Skype from Los Angeles. The other half of this highly acclaimed American ambient duo, Adam Wiltzie, joins us from Brussels. "A really close friend died when we started working on the record. Towards the end of the album cycle, my first child was born."
Dustin O'Halloran, Adam Wiltzie deceased friend was the Icelandic composer Jóhann Jóhannsson. The album's title is inspired by a group formed by a pioneering Swedish artist called Hilma Af Klimt, who was a mystic, as was WB Yeats, Gustav Mahler, Piet Mondrian and Wassily Kandinsky. In 1896, Af Klimt founded a ‘Friday group' called ‘The Five' with four other like-minded female artists.
"They communed with the other side," O'Halloran says. "It wasn't based on Catholicism or anything, but more about the spiritualism of communicating with the unknown. In a lot of ways that is like the magic that happens between Adam and I. Our project becomes something bigger than us. It becomes its own entity with subconscious ideas in tune to universal energies." O'Halloran and Wiltzie discovered more parallels. Photograph: Jonatan Gretarsson
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Musician Jake Shimabukuro released a new album, Trio, on Friday, which features his first-ever recording of a traditional Hawaiian song "Wai'alae." The song is special to Shimabukuro as he shares, "When I first started touring in Japan back in 1999, I opened for one of my favorite Hawaiian bands, ‘Side Order Band.' It consisted of Chris Kamaka, Bryan Tolentino, Del Beazley, and Asa Young. They are four legendary musicians who I grew up listening to. During that tour, the band would open up the concert with Wai'alae and it brought tears to my eyes as I missed home so much. Recording Waialae on the Trio record was a tribute to these four stellar musicians who inspired me since I was a little kid strumming my mom's ukulele."
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Laila Biali recently released the first single 'Sugar' from her deeply personal new album, 'Out of Dust.' The JUNO Award winning Biali's hard-won optimism is apparent in the music on this new recording. Co-produced by Biali and her husband, Ben Wittman, 'Out of Dust' is a celebration of life; warm and uplifting even as it confronts her recent challenges (and the current political climate!) head-on "These new songs took shape as I processed my own feelings of doubt and loss," Biali reveals. "I believe that nothing is wasted, that even life's greatest challenges can produce something meaningful, even if only to make us more aware of and empathetic to the struggles of those around us."
The album will be released Friday, March 27, and Biali is currently touring through Canada and the US. She recently stopped by CBC Radio One's 'Saskatchewan Weekend' with Shauna Powers to discuss the recording, touring and life's challenges. LISTEN
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Everyone enjoys a great New Year's party, especially when the music's rockin'. And this year's New Year's Concert in Vienna with conductor Andris Nelsons on the podium was no exception, as it included a few hitherto unheard pieces during this 80 years running event.
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'.
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Terence Blanchard is in town for his performance TONIGHT at the Rialto Center and talked to UPFRONT about his numerous TV and film projects. He'll be teaming up with Raphael Saadiq this spring to score the soundtrack for NatGeo's GENIUS: ARETHA biopic starring Oscar-nominated actress Cynthia Erivo. He is also reuniting with Spike Lee for Da 5 Bloods and a reboot of Perry Mason. Blanchard also reveals his most challenging project to date and his unfailing love for the late jazz legend Billie Holiday.
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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.
You Already Know, the New Deal/Impulse! debut from the acclaimed drummer Ted Poor-"a trustworthy engine in countless modern-jazz settings," per the New York Times-isn't your typical jazz drummer's recording, almost defiantly so.
"All of the positive attention and high praise that 26-year-old pianist Igor Levit has garnered in Europe is thoroughly justified by his Sony Classical debut release encompassing Beethoven's last five sonatas. Levit's affinity for the composer's essentially linear style and intense expressivity borders on clairvoyance… This is Beethoven playing of the highest distinction, not to be missed." Jed Distler, ClassicsToday.com. Listen to Mr. Levit's conversation with WCLV's Angela Schmidt.
Sparked by the tragic death of a close friend in an accident, Igor Levit's piano playing reflects upon an experience of loss encompassing grief, despair, resignation and solace. He concentrates on works whose gloomy grandeur and melancholy beauty have occupied him for years. Each of them pays tribute to the virtuoso possibilities of the piano. Poetic moments of contemplative silence blend with life-affirming and extremely sensual music with a direct physical fascination. ...
Sony Classical announces the release of Pianist Igor Levit's third album - Bach, Beethoven, Rzewski. Available October 30, the album includes Bach's Goldberg Variations and Beethoven's Diabelli Variations, long considered acid tests of the performer's art, plus Frederic Rzewski's gigantic cycle on the Chilean revolutionary song ¡El pueblo unido, jamás será vencido!, which has the reputation of being nearly unplayable. Not content with canonized masterpieces, Levit is equally drawn to the physical challenge of Rzewski's virtuosic tightrope walks.
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Igor Levit has recorded the Partitas by this incommensurable Bach, BWV 825-830: it's the second release by the 27-year-old pianist, whom many regard as the greatest talent of his time. With his debut album, featuring the late Beethoven sonatas, Levit already enjoyed great success and international critical acclaim: the album rose to no. 46 in Germany's Top 100 album charts.
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"Unlike those technically brilliant young pianists who dazzle briefly and disappear, Levit is pre-eminently a real musician who seems built to last." – The Guardian
For the last three years, Igor Levit's name has been the first to be mentioned whenever there has been talk of the most exciting of the younger generation of pianists. What is so surprising about Levit is not only the maturity of his interpretations, but his boundless appetite for new repertoire of works as difficult and demanding as possible. For his long awaited debut album, the twenty-six-year-old Levit has chosen some of the most challenging repertoire ever written for piano: Beethoven's last five piano sonatas. On his two-CD debut set, Levit is not just another young aspiring pianist releasing his debut album, but rather an outstanding artist who meets the exceptionally high demands of this extraordinary music. Levit's technical and artististic command in the difficult "Hammerklaviersonate" op. 106 is sure to be recognized as one of the most astounding accomplishments in recent history of Beethoven recordings.