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.
Recording any one of these variations would be quite a feat, so I asked Igor why he decided to record all of these variations into one marathon package. "I think they speak to each other, they create an incredible atmosphere, they are incredibly human, the human idea is really strong in these pieces," he explains. "And I wouldn't want to record Goldberg only or Diabelli only or 'People' only. I really thought that these compositions belong together. They are unique among any variation cycles, I think, ever written for piano. So when I had the chance to record all three of them over a year - it took me a year to record them, but it took me 12 years to work on them … of course, there was no doubt to do it."
Most recently, Levit teamed up with artist Marina Abramovic for a bare-bones performance of Bach's Goldberg Variations at the Park Avenue Armory in New York City. Igor told me this humbling experience has forever changed his approach to this set of variations. "What happens is - that once people go get into the Park Avenue, they have to leave their mobile phones, their watches, laptops, iPads, whatever, in a locker," he says. "They get noise-canceling headphones. They walk into the space and then there's nothing. It's just silence. So for 30 minutes, people are just there in total silence. And after these 30 minutes, once I arrive in the middle of the space, then once I start playing, there's nothing else than the music."
Of the three works on this recording, Igor Levit has probably lived with Beethoven's Diabelli variations the longest. It was first introduced to him by his piano teacher when he was just 15 years old. "He said, 'I think the Diabelli Variations are going to be your piece. Look at it.' So he gave me the pages and they were in the wrong order. So basically I started reading from the middle of the piece and it was quite exciting.
"What I think is very important about it is the experience of expressions. Beethoven writes this most incredible piece, 33 variations. And what you experience, very often, is that … it's like if you cook with ingredients which do not fit together at all. Sometimes, within one variation there are emotions which do not fit together at all. In the end, though, you realize, 'Hey. That's the one and only possible way.' And you make this incredible journey from the theme … to the end. Once someone from the audience came and said, 'There's this one variation - it sounds like a musical Tourette's Syndrome.' And I always answer, 'What is so bizarre about that?' That is what human nature is about. All of us, we experience that. So what you experience here in this piece, again, among many, many other experiences, is the pure most intense picture of the human nature. Everything is in it."
While he was working on both the Diabelli and the Goldberg variations, Igor Levitt decided to also master another very challenging set by American composer Frederic Rzewski. Igor was just 16 when he discovered "The People United Will never be Defeated," and he was absolutely amazed. He ordered the music and was absolutely horrified he couldn't play a note at the time. "But since then I've been working slowly on 'The People United'," he admits. "I realized that this piece, 'The People United,' really is one of the most significant compositions, musical works, ever written by one of the significant composers of our time. And I think this piece is right up there with Goldberg and Diabelli. And I know for some people that sounds provoking, but I stand there and say absolutely this is the case."
Music that explores the human condition by Bach, Beethoven and Rzewski all compiled into one complete collection by Igor Levit, a young artist who is molding the future of classical music.
This week on New Classical Tracks, you can enter for a chance to win a copy of Igor Levit's Bach: Goldberg Variations, Beethoven: Diabelli Variations, Rzewski's 'The People United will Never be Defeated' three-CD set. Winners will be drawn at random. Be sure to enter by midnight CST on Tuesday, Jan. 19, 2015.
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.