NY Phil: Julia Wolfe - Fire In My Mouth selected for 2019 GRAMMY nomination for Best Engineered Album & Best Contemporary Classical Composition.
The New York Philharmonic and Music Director Jaap van Zweden's World Premiere performances of Julia Wolfe's Fire in my mouth on Decca Gold features; The Crossing, conducted by Donald Nally, and the Young People's Chorus of New York City, directed by Francisco J. Núñez. The New York Times called the work "ambitious, heartfelt, often compelling. … There is both heady optimism and a sense of dread in Ms. Wolfe's music. … Mr. van Zweden led a commanding account of a score that … ends with an elegiac final chorus in which the names of all 146 victims are tenderly sung to create a fabric of music and memory." The performance earned the coveted spot in the highbrow / brilliant quadrant of New York
Mirga Grazzinyte-Tyla Weinberg Symphonies Nos. 2 & 21 selected for 2019 GRAMMY nomination for Best Orchestral Performance.
Young maestro Mirga Grazinytė-Tyla made history with her Deutsche Grammophon signing – home to legendary conductors such as Herbert von Karajan, Leonard Bernstein, Claudio Abbado, Karl Böhm, Pierre Boulez and Carlos Kleiber. The Lithuanian musician, who is the Music Director of the City of Birmingham Symphony Orchestra, becomes the first female conductor to sign an exclusive long-term contract with the label.
Grazinytė-Tyla will release her debut album on May 3 – a collection of orchestral works by Polish composer Mieczysław Weinberg, whose centenary falls this year. She conducts the combined forces of the CBSO, Kremerata Baltica and violinist Gidon Kremer in Symphony No. 21 "Kaddish" – a major work completed in 1991 and dedicated to the victims of the Warsaw Ghetto. She also directs Kremerata Baltica in the early Symphony No. 2.
Yuja Wang - The Berlin Recital selected for 2019 GRAMMY nomination in the Best Classical Instrumental Solo category.
Internationally-acclaimed pianist, Yuja Wang's release of solo works, The Berlin Recital via Deutsche Grammophonon is a survey of landmark works by the late-romantic era and 20th century composers: Rachmaninov, Scriabin, Ligeti and Prokofiev. In anticipation of the full recital release, a digital-only EP of Encores is available today. The album was recorded live in Berlin, as part of a North-American and European tour.
Yuja Wang's philosophy of music is both simple and profoundly complex. "I want to relate all life to music," she recently told veteran British critic Fiona Maddocks. The Beijing-born pianist's latest album captures the white heat of solo works by Rachmaninov, Prokofiev, Scriabin and Ligeti, a trio of renowned Russians paired with one of the late 20th century's greatest composers. The Berlin Recital was recorded live this summer at the Berlin Philharmonie's Kammermusiksaal during Yuja's extensive solo tour of North America and Europe. The Yellow Label also recorded her sublime series of Berlin encore pieces to form a separate EP, which spans everything from the riffs and roulades of Nikolai Kapustin's jazz-tinged Toccata to Earl Wild's sonorous transcription of the Pas de Quatre from Tchaikovsky's Swan Lake.
Nicola Benedetti - Wynton Marsalis: Violin Concerto, Fiddle Dance Suite selected for 2019 GRAMMY nomination in both 'Best Contemporary Classical Composition' & 'Best Classical Instrumental Solo' category.
Nicola Benedetti's Decca Classics album features premiere recordings of two works written especially for her by jazz musician Wynton Marsalis: Violin Concerto in D and Fiddle Dance Suite for Solo Violin. Benedetti performs Violin Concerto in D with The Philadelphia Orchestra under the baton of Cristian Măcelaru who has collaborated with the violinist to perform the work six times. The concerto was co-commissioned by the London Symphony Orchestra (LSO), Ravinia, LA Philharmonic, National Symphony Orchestra Washington, Gewandhausorchester Leipzig and Netherlands Radio Philharmonic. Benedetti performed the world premiere with the LSO under conductor James Gaffigan in London in November 2015.
Nadia Shpachenko - The Poetry of Places selected for 2019 GRAMMY nomination in the Best Classical Compendium category.
Nadia Shpachenko's Reference Recordings release The Poetry of Places features World Premiere recordings of works for solo piano, for two pianos, percussion, electronics, voice, and toy piano in a fascinating mélange inspired by great architecture and places. The eight compositions monumentalize places as wildly diverse as the Copland House in Cortlandt, NY, The American Visionary Art Museum in Baltimore, Louis Kahn's National Assembly Buildings in Bangladesh, Newgrange Ancient Temple in Ireland, and Frank Gehry's House in Santa Monica, CA. Included is a significant new work from Andrew Norman, Frank's House, for two pianos and percussion, and another large work from Nina C. Young, Kolokol, for two pianos and electronics (a ‘fantasy' inspired by Russian Orthodox Church Bells), recorded with Los Angeles Philharmonic pianist Joanne Pearce Martin and Los Angeles Percussion Quartet artists Nick Terry and Cory Hills. Additionally, six solo works were written specifically for this project by Amy Beth Kirsten, Hannah Lash, James Matheson, Harold Meltzer, Lewis Spratlan, and Jack Van Zandt. The composers use very different musical approaches and sonic techniques in response to their chosen spaces.
Joyce DiDonato - Songplay selected for 2019 GRAMMY nomination in the Best Classical Solo Vocal Album category.
With her album Songplay, Joyce DiDonato takes a new and creative angle on vocal music from the Baroque and Classical periods, as well as from the 20th century. The 14 tracks on Songplay succeed in being simultaneously familiar and unexpected. The album serves up music by Vivaldi in both its customary Baroque purity and swinging to the heady rhythm of a samba. It brings a tango sizzle to an aria by Vivaldi's contemporary Marcello, and it plays with the voice of Bach in George Shearing's ‘Lullaby of Birdland'.
"Songplay, as a title, suggests exactly what this album is," says the pianist Craig Terry, who developed the concept for the album along with Joyce DiDonato. The band features; Terry, Charlie Porter, Chuck Israels, Jimmy Madison & Lautaro Greco
Jennifer Higdon's Harp Concerto from Yolanda Kondonassis - American Rapture Best selected for 2019 GRAMMY nomination inboth 'Contemporary Classical Composition' & 'Best Classical Instrumental Solo' category.
Azica Records release of American Rapture featuring harpist Yolanda Kondonassis and the Rochester Philharmonic Orchestra, conducted by Music Director Ward Stare includes the world premiere recording of Pulitzer Prize-winner Jennifer Higdon's Harp Concerto, written for and dedicated to Yolanda Kondonassis; Samuel Barber's Symphony No. 1 in One Movement, Op. 9; and the world premiere recording of Patrick Harlin's Rapture. The album is designed to highlight three generations of American composition and, as defined by Harlin in the context of his work, to depict rapture not as a religious event, but as an experience of extreme human emotion.
Chart-topping, international violin soloist Rachel Barton Pine, joined by multi-faceted conductor Teddy Abrams and the Royal Scottish National Orchestra, releases Dvořák and Khachaturian Violin Concertos, on AVIE on November 1.
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Grammy Award-winning ensemble Third Coast Percussion plays music by international R&B and pop music star Devonté Hynes (aka Blood Orange) on their newest album, Fields, marking Hynes's recording debut as a classical composer.
"Bridging the gap between experimentation and accessibility" (Rolling Stone), The Comet Is Coming announces the digital release of the group's highly-anticipated mini-album The Afterlife, via Impulse! The Afterlife will serve as a companion piece to the group's breakout album Trust In The Lifeforce Of The Deep Mystery and the lead track "Lifeforce Part II.
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TRANSCRIPT - Itzhak Perlman recently marked his 70th birthday. He's been playing violin for most of those years, and says he's still very much moved by the music. His latest recording demonstrates his musical passion. It features two early Romantic-era Violin Sonatas: one by Gabriel Fauré, the other by Richard Strauss. "I've played these works for many, many years," Perlman says. "But when we recorded it, I still felt so moved by the music, still today. Some people say, what kind of challenge do you have for the future? And I always say to them, 'My challenge is to stay interested in what I do.' And just because I've done something for the umpteenth time, I should not think about it as, 'Oh, not again.' Which I don't. So I feel that that's very lucky, that I can actually go on stage and be inspired by the music."
Perlman's chamber partner on this new release is his longtime friend and colleague, Pianist Emanuel Ax. "I've known Manny for many, many years," Perlman recalls. "We used to go to Juilliard and so on. We were living in the same neighborhood, basically Manhattan. I don't remember any time when we did not know each other. But we've never recorded together, and those two sonatas, which I've been playing in recitals for many years, I realized all of a sudden, I've recorded everything else in the repertoire, but why not these? So one time we were sitting down to dinner and I said, 'Listen, we should really do this.' And then I think that lasted a few years until finally we were able to get everybody's schedule properly so that my free days and his free days coincided and … so we went into the recording studio and that's what happened."
What happened is a feast for your ears. Gabriel Fauré's teacher, Camille Saint-Saëns said of Fauré's work, "In this sonata you can find everything to tempt a gourmet." Perlman, who's a bit of a gourmand himself, agrees it is rich and aromatic. "The way I think about the Fauré is not so much about food but about wine. I was saying that it sounds to me like a fine Burgundy wine. For me this is the Pinot Noir of music. There is an aroma when you sort of smell the wine, it has this ambrosia flavor to it and so on, and that's what I think of when I think of this piece é it's like a fine French Burgundy.
"When you think about Fauré, you think about a group of composers that had similar kind of attitude towards harmony, you know. I think about Franck, I think about Chausson, which is incredible when you think about it. Again, that kind of harmonic machinations, progressions and so on that are associated very much with French composers. Of course, the colors are in the score and of course the musicians' challenge is to do these, to express these colors in the way that it does justice to the music, and I'm actually very happy with this recording. Sometimes you listen to the recording and you're always so critical about what you're doing. But this thing, I thought, worked nicely. So I'm very excited that we did that."
Richard Strauss's Violin Sonata in E-flat Major is much more dramatic. The second movement was written as a love poem to his future wife. "There's an intimacy about it, but there's an unabashed romanticism," Perlman says. "I always think of the middle section, it's basically in the piano part, I think about just sitting in one of those café houses in the corner and having a pastry and listening to a pianist in the corner doing a little bit of background music. So it's a very intimate kind of flavor in that particular section and of course the last movement é there's great drama in that movement, when the piano starts very quietly, and all of sudden there's a hero kind of theme almost … that Strauss has been known to compose about. And then the violin comes in and the whole thing is extremely dramatic."
Creating a scene to accompany a piece of music is not uncommon. It's a technique Perlman encourages his students to try as well. "When I teach, I always tell my students, 'If there is something that'll help you interpret the piece - whether it's a story, whether it's a painting, whether it's a scenario - just do it.' But everybody has their own kind of thing that helps them perform something with great intensity and great success and so on. When you think about Mozart, you always think about opera. When you think of a Mozart theme, of anything by Mozart, you always think it's operatic because Mozart was such a great opera composer and so on. So when it comes to either the Strauss or the Fauré, I can think about just colors. The Strauss has more intense colors while the Fauré is more pastel."
Rich and creamy or soft and hazy, this new sonata recording with Itzhak Perlman and Emanuel Ax is tantalizing for the ears … and the imagination.
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Legendary violinist Itzhak Perlman is known the world over as one of the most recognizable and beloved classical artists today. The 16-time Grammy winning Perlman celebrates his 70th birthday on August 31; the milestone is marked with multiple releases paying tribute to his catalogue as well as Perlman's first new solo recording in 16 years. Fauré & Strauss Violin Sonatas with pianist Emanuel Ax released on August 28 on Deutsche Grammophon/UMC, on the heels of the 25-CD box set Itzhak Perlman: Complete Recordings on Deutsche Grammophon, released May 26 on DG/UMC.
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