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She is the Bournemouth Symphony Orchestra's artist in residence, the latest in a succession of supremely talented musicians to have held that post, including Sunwook Kim, Johannes Moser and Nemanja Radulovic. In a move that signals that she is different, Gabriela Montero began her tenure with an impromptu piano performance on Bournemouth Pier last October. The term ends on February 26 with a recital with the BSO principals at the Lighthouse.
The other dimension to her being different is her unique improvisational gift. It has given her a devoted following around the world. She can take any melody and just run with it, as many audiences have discovered. Montero is a fascinating and intriguing interviewee even from three thousand miles away. Our conversation ranged from power and politics, to human rights, the state of her native Venezuela and music as a force for good. Picture:Shelley Mosman
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It has been 12 years since I picked up the album Gently Weeps album by the Hawaiian ukulele player Jake Shimabukuro, largely to see what he did with the George Harrison title track. You can make up your own mind on that here, but for me that was all the impetus I needed when this album (with bassist Nolan Verner and guitarist Dave Preston) turned up.
Let's just say Shimabukuro is unlike any other ukulele player you will ever have heard. In fact you'd probably be surprised to learn that it is ukulele at all on most of these tracks where he brings out a lute-like quality (Lament with Pink Floyd-like atmospherics), something akin to an acoustic guitar (the more MOR Summer Rain) and on the furious hard rock opener When the Masks Come Down with Preston off the leash and the gritty, fist-tight tension of Twelve this is to ukulele what Rodrigo y Gabriela are to flamenco.
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Pacific Symphony is keeping on with programming that works. Today, the orchestra announced its 2020–2021 classical series, underwritten by the Hal and Jeanette Segerstrom Family Foundation. On the schedule: lots of guest artists, plus a continued commitment to signature events.
The biggest name coming to Orange County next season is Lang Lang, who plays Beethoven's Second Piano Concerto with the orchestra on Oct. 4. Longtime Music Director Carl St. Clair conducts the one-night-only concert. As of now, tickets to this performance are only available to season subscribers.
Guest soloists for 2021 include Emanuel Ax, who plays Mozart, Jan. 14–16; James Ehnes, soloing in the Sibelius Violin Concerto, Feb. 25–27; and Rachel Barton Pine, who performs the Mendelssohn Violin Concerto, May 6–8, her first appearance with Pacific Symphony.
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The American jazz trio The Bad Plus confirmed their 2020 spring tour following the release of their second album, ACTIVATE INFINITY, which was released in October of 2019. The spring tour will include a multi-show residency at Village Vanguard in New York City for six consecutive days.
The tour will begin on March 19th in Kenosha, WI at the Bedford Concert Hall and will wrap up on April 12th in Washington, DC at the Blues Alley. The tour will include multi- show residencies not only in New York City but also in Oakland, CA and Washington, D.C. as well. The New York City residency is taking place at the Village Vanguard on March 24th through the 29th. The Oakland, CA residency will take place at Yoshi's on April 3rd and 4th. Washington's residency will take place at the Blues Alley on April 10th through the 12th.
The Bad Plus is made up of bassist Reid Anderson, drummer Dave King, and pianist Orrin Evans, hailing from Minneapolis, MN. Their newest album ACTIVATE INFINITY was produced by The Bad Plus themselves and engineered and mixed by Andy Taub at NYC's Brooklyn Recording back in May of 2019.
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He performed at the Royal Wedding of Prince Harry and Meghan Markle in 2018. Two years earlier, at the age of 17, he won the BBC's Young Musician Competition. And he's appeared on Britain's Got Talent with his six musical siblings. Yet, cellist Sheku Kanneh-Mason, who is just 20 years old and still studies at the Royal Academy of Music, is grounded in the music he loves. He's just released his second solo recording. It features Elgar's Cello Concerto in E minor and other pieces that are close to his heart.
"What I'm always searching for is the most convincing and expressive way to play the music that I'm playing. There are lots of pieces of music that I really, really want to learn. I think meaningful playing is what I practice for."
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One of the greatest losses to both avant-garde music and cinema in the past decade was the tragic death of Icelandic composer Jóhann Jóhannsson. Known best for his score for Mandy and his work with Denis Villeneuve on films like Sicario and Arrival, Jóhannsson's work became quickly beloved by cinema-heads the world over, which made his passing at 48 even more bitter; he had a lot of life yet to live and a lot more work to do. This included a burgeoning directorial career of his own - a year before his passing, the composer premiered his first film, an adaptation of Olaf Stapleton's sci-fi classic Last and First Men (which influenced the likes of H.P. Lovecraft, C.S. Lewis, and Arthur C. Clarke, and which you should really check out given that it's available for free online), in a work-in-progress exhibition at the Manchester International Film Festival, which he scored live alongside a narration done by Tilda Swinton.
Well, a completed version of Last and First Men will have its world premiere at the Berlin International Film Festival next week, and it already has a trailer ready to go. Take a look at this and tell us that you aren't intrigued.
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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.
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.
READ THE TRANSCRIPT - Last month when Yannick Nézet-Séguin led the Philadelphia Orchestra in a massive outdoor Papal mass, he fulfilled a lifetime dream - well, sort of. "Before I wanted to become a conductor, I wanted to become the pope," Yannick declares. "That was my first dream as a child. So now I have the impression that it's coming almost full circle. I'm a conductor but conducting for the pope. And so that was something obviously very special for me but especially for all the musicians of the orchestra and being part of that extraordinary moment of peace and of unity and especially because of the message of this particular pope - so yes it was a great honor."
A native of Montreal, Yannick Nézet-Séguin has certainly had his share of honors, including three honorary doctorates. He's a notable opera conductor and has regular engagements with the Metropolitan Opera. He's also the artistic director and principal conductor of the Montreal Metropolitan Orchestra and music director of the Rotterdam Philharmonic Orchestra. Earlier this month, he launched his fourth season as music director of the Philadelphia Orchestra with music of Rachmaninov, featuring a riveting young Russian pianist, Daniil Trifonov.
Trifonov, who was awarded the First Prize, Gold Medal and Grand Prix at the International Tchaikovsky Competition in 2011, is also featured on a new recording celebrating Sergei Rachmaninoff, a Russian composer who had a longtime affiliation with the Philadelphia Orchestra. "Oh, it's one of the most magical definitely aspects of - and perks even - of being the music director of this wonderful ensemble," says Yannick Nézet-Séguin. "Whenever we perform Rachmaninov together - we did the complete symphonies last year; the concertos, we almost did them all so far, even in just the few years that I've been the music director. And each time I marvel that there's this understanding of this music which is … due to the fact that actually the people from generation to generation were communicating their own knowledge of having worked with the master himself. And not only this - I think one important aspect of the story here is that Rachmaninov himself was in love with the sound of the orchestra at that time. And I believe that the sound is not really that different nowadays, and we're trying to cultivate the richness of that sound and all of the colors inside of it. And that means that it's a very special feeling whenever we start playing this music."
This new recording features variations Rachmaninov composed based on works by other composers. His most famous set of variations is the Rhapsody on a Theme of Paganini, which was written for and first recorded by the Philadelphia Orchestra in 1934, with Leopold Stokowski at the podium. Yannick explains how he and Danill approached this new recording of the Rhapsody: "It was very important for Daniil and I to have all the very small details and the interplay between the orchestra and the piano really apparent and coherent and very chamber-music-like because there's relatively few long lines and melodies in this piece. It's all about the micro events until we get to the famous 18th variation, where everything becomes this incredible melody. But up to that point, I think the vivacity of the playing is just to reflect the vivacity of the writing. and hopefully this is what the people will get from listening to it."
"Daniil is … a genius," Yannick continues. "Quite simply. But in the Rachmaninov, there is a feeling when he sits at the piano and starts playing that we are in the presence of Rachmaninoff himself. Now, it's hard to explain. Some people explain it because [Rachmaninoff] was born in Russia and then was very quickly abroad and felt maybe the nostalgia of living in the U.S. and being nostalgic about his home country. I think nowadays the world is very, very different than in Rachmaninov's time. And I think it's not only this that can explain his special feeling. But [Trifonov] has the complete vocabulary of the music which is not only the virtuosity and the power but also the most delicate moments, almost like a feather. And when we listen to Rachmaninov's own recordings - it's striking, all that contrast he has in his playing, and think Daniil is the same. And that was just … I felt a really, really great match with my orchestra."
As you listen to this new Rachmaninov recording, you'll quickly get the sense that this Great Russian composer had a gift for taking another composer's theme and making it his own. Yannick agrees. "I have to say that listening to the recording as a whole - this is what I had in my mind," he says. "I'm just thinking all of a sudden, 'Oh, yes. This is one of those composers who could really take one idea and transform it endlessly.' But also - maybe my favorite moment of the recording … it's not that it's not the Paganini Variations where I'm participating … but in the rest of the recording, the solo portion. I think the Chopin variations are especially beautiful and touching. And it takes already a very simple yet absolute masterpiece from Chopin and brings it to even greater or more detailed, finer layers of emotional feelings and context. And I think this is really a remarkable tribute to the genius of Rachmaninov."
After the highly acclaimed album "Destination Rachmaninov – Departure" Daniil Trifonov concludes his Rachmaninov project on 11 October 2019 with his new album "Destination Rachmaninov – Arrival". For this occasion, DG will release a 4 LP Gatefold set exclusively as D2C product, which will include all 4 Piano Concertos by Russian composer Sergei Rachmaninov.
In addition to the Piano Concertos, this album features a selection of Daniil Trifonov's own Rachmaninov transcriptions including Rachmaninov's famous "Vocalise" and virtuosic "The Silver Sleigh Bells". Finally, the product features an unreleased track of the heart-rending "Vocalise" in an exclusively long version.
As a teenager, Daniil Trifonov absorbed lessons from the recordings of Sergei Rachmaninov, lessons that fed the creative process of his latest Deutsche Grammophon project, Destination Rachmaninov – Departure, the first of two albums comprising Trifonov's cycle of the great Russian composer's piano concertos. Destination Rachmaninov – Departure, set for release on October 12, 2018, features Concertos Nos. 2 and 4, along with Rachmaninov's solo piano transcriptions of three movements from Bach's Violin Partita in E major. Together with its upcoming October 2019 sequel Destination Rachmaninov – Arrival, which contains Concertos Nos. 1 and 3, Trifonov's new album documents a journey of artistic exploration made in company with the Philadelphia Orchestra and its music director Yannick Nézet-Séguin, who have a special, historical connection to Rachmaninov. Rachmaninov first performed with the Philadelphia Orchestra and its then Music Director Leopold Stokowski in 1913 as a soloist in his own Third Piano Concerto and returned many times as pianist and conductor before his death thirty years later.
Pianist Daniil Trifonov's latest Deutsche Grammophon album captures the magic of Chopin's music and traces its influence through the works of five other composers. Chopin Evocations is set for release on October 6, and Trifonov will perform in the United States throughout October and November. On this double-disc set, Trifonov performs Chopin's two piano concertos and a selection of some of his earliest and latest solo works as well as tributes to Chopin by Grieg, Mompou, Schumann, Tchaikovsky and Barber. This recording features world premiere recordings of new orchestrations of the Piano Concertos by Trifonov's fellow pianist-composer Mikhail Pletnev, who conducts the Mahler Chamber Orchestra in these renditions.
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Daniil Trifonov is one of the few pianists to have recorded Liszt's concert Études in one concentrated period and the first to record them in full for Deutsche Grammophon. He set down his visionary interpretations within the space of five days, a feat in keeping with the tireless energy and superhuman spirit of Liszt himself. Trifonov's approach to Liszt is informed by the legacy of the Russian school of piano playing in which he was raised and by his profound understanding of the composer's musical language. "Liszt's technical virtuosity is just a means to evoke extremes of emotion," observes Trifonov. "His daring harmonic and structural innovations revealed new horizons for emotional and psychological expression in music. His compositions can be described as dynamic depictions of the spiritual experiences of a Romantic soul."
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Daniil Trifonov's latest recording for Deutsche Grammophon, released on August 28, 2015, pays homage to his musical idol, Sergei Rachmaninov, as the 24-year-old Russian artist connects with the soul and spirit of his fellow countryman's art. Rachmaninov Variations, his first studio album, unlocks the romance, energy and sheer virtuosity of the fiendishly difficult Variations on a Theme of Chopin and Variations on a Theme of Corelli, both ideal showpieces for this young pianist's talents. By way of a perfect interlude between these two classics of the solo piano repertoire comes the world premiere recording of Trifonov's own Rachmaniana, created as a tribute to the legendary pianist-composer.
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For Daniil Trifonov, January 28 marks the U.S. release of Trifonov: The Carnegie Recital, his debut album as an exclusive Deutsche Grammophon recording artist. Last February – the day before his sold-out main-stage Carnegie Hall recital debut –the young Russian pianist signed with the illustrious label, and the first release of their new partnership is a live recording of that performance. Capturing his accounts of Liszt's formidable B-minor Sonata, Scriabin's "Sonata-Fantasy" in G-sharp minor, Chopin's 24 Preludes, and, as an encore, the second of Medtner's Four Fairy Tales, the new disc has already scored a multitude of rave reviews in Europe; Germany's Bayerischer Rundfunk spoke for many in observing: "At 21, Daniil Trifonov has already cultivated a pianistic freedom that…will probably remain out of most pianists' reach all their lives." The U.S. release is timed to coincide with Trifonov's return to Carnegie Hall on February 6, when he will play Schumann's Symphonic Etudes alongside works by Ravel, Debussy, and Stravinsky. The same program serves as the vehicle for his Symphony Center recital debut, presented by the Chicago Symphony, three days later (Feb 9).
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