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.
Modernist Korean composer Unsuk Chin brought her arresting version of Lewis Carroll's iconic creation - Alice in Wonderland to LA's Walt Disney Concert Hall last Friday February 26. The opera featured - Rachele Gilmore as Alice and Christopher Lemmings as Mouse, and Finnish conductor Susanna Malkki conducted the Los Angeles Philharmonic.
A huge undertaking, the project was written for Fifteen singers assuming 31 roles and an eclectic orchestra that includes plenty of utensils. Nothing in this opera is easy including executing the high pitched sounds compliments of the Los Angeles Children's Chorus. READ THE FULL Los Angeles Times REVIEW
Released to coincide with Nagano's final season with the Montréal Symphony, The John Adams Album contains his key orchestral works conducted by one of his greatest, lifelong champions "Like all great pieces, each time one returns to them and restudies them, I'm able to find something more - new dimensions that I haven't seen before, other reflections of innovation and genius." - Kent Nagano on John Adams
Continuing the award-winning series of orchestral and operatic recordings from OSM and Nagano on Decca
Kent Nagano, who studied with Leonard Bernstein for six years until his death in 1990, and the Orchestre Symphonique de Montréal release the world premiere recording of the chamber version of Bernstein's opera A Quiet Place. Adapted by the senior music editor at the Bernstein Office, Garth Edwin Sunderland, A Quiet Place features an outstanding international cast of young singers headed by Claudia Boyle and Joseph Kaiser.
This is the second recording to be released in Decca's newly revived association with the Montreal Symphony under Music Director Kent Nagano. Always a benchmark for supreme audiophile quality this relationship now bears fruit with innovative and unusual repertoire: this recording presents a program of rare and familiar music to celebrate Halloween including Rimsky-Korsakov's technicolor re-orchestration of Mussorgsky's Night on a Bare Mountain and Dukas's The Sorcerer's Apprentice. The album is also filled with rarities such as Balakirev's tone poem Tamara and Charles Ives's Hallowe'en, the first of his ‘Three Outdoor Scenes' of which Central Park in the Dark is the best-known.
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Decca and the Orchestre symphonique de Montréal (OSM),one of the finest partnerships in recording history, present a rare delight for opera fans with the world premiere recording of L'Aiglon. The double-disc set's release in March 2016 marks the launch of a new multi-album contract intended to enhance the OSM's award-winning Decca discography. L'Aiglon, by Arthur Honegger and Jacques Ibert, is brought to life by an outstanding cast of French and French-speaking singers under the baton of Kent Nagano, the OSM's critically acclaimed Music Director since 2006. The five-act lyrical drama was recorded in March 2015 at the time of its North American premiere at the orchestra's new home, the Maison symphonique de Montréal.
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Few symphonies that can compete with the Symphony No. 3 "Organ" from Saint-Saens in terms of grandeur, majesty and sheer tonal opulence. The important contribution of the organ "the king of instruments," adds at work increased size of imposing sound. Yet this symphony is an anomaly in the composer's work. First, it is the only one of his five symphonies have acquired a lasting reputation. Moreover, Saint-Saëns is not especially considered a "symphonic" and if it were not for his Symphony "Organ", he would not have more importance in this area that Fauré and Gounod. (Saint-Saëns also left two numbered symphonies and two unnumbered, all written several years before the Third).
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ANALEKTA's catalogue already features seven of Beethoven's nine symphonies performed by the Orchestre Symphonique de Montréal, under the direction of Maestro Kent Nagano. The Canadian label is now releasing the famed composer's complete nine symphonies, together in a 6 CD box-set: Between The Enlightenment and Revolution. Produced by the OSM, this complete set of Beethoven's symphonies is the result of several years of work and effort. With its 56-page booklet, this multiple album set reflects a significant period of Beethoven's life, between 1800 and 1830.
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Kent Nagano and the OSM explore Korean composer Unsuk Chin's artistic landscape. Chin's music is modern in language, but lyrical in communicative power. The colour of her music might be explained by Chin's affinity for non-European music and by her occupation with electronic music. This recording principal work, the prestigious Grawemeyer award-winning Violin Concerto, Viviane Hagner shows an almost hauntingly masterful display of technique and artistry. Also on this recording, the iridescent Rocana, an orchestral work commissioned by Maestro Kent Nagano.
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