NetNebraska has 15 questions for Lara Downes

p.p1 {margin: 0.0px 0.0px 0.0px 0.0px; font: 12.0px 'Helvetica Neue'; color: #4d4d4d} p.p2 {margin: 0.0px 0.0px 0.0px 0.0px; font: 12.0px 'Helvetica Neue'; color: #4d4d4d; min-height: 14.0px} Lara Downes is known for her eclectic presentations of the piano repertoire – from iconic favorites to newly-commissioned works – her performances bridge musical genres and traditions, and engage a wide range of audiences with what San Francisco Classical Voice has called "an elegant example of how accessibility and a breezy relevance can exist, organically, in a classical music concert
 
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Lyn Stanley - London With A Twist, Live At Bernie's is solidly swingin / Contemporary Fusion Reviews

When it comes to ultra-hip solidly swinging jazz vocals, Ms. Stanley has no equal… she's no stranger to our pages… my latest review of her work was for her "London Calling" album, where she got very high marks.  Her performance on Bobby Troup's jazz classic "Route 66" video below is just superb……the video production is totally professional, & will give you some real insights into the hipness we cruised through when we took that route back in the day…  In addition to Lyn's stunning vocals, you'll also hear Otmaro Ruiz, piano; Mike Lang, pi
 
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Yolanda Kondonassis - American Rapture is a delicious sampling of neoromanticism / New Music Buff

Two contemporary world premieres paired with Samuel Barber's masterful First Symphony make this disc a delicious sampling of neoromanticism in American music. The standout here, and the main reason to buy this disc is the glorious Jennifer Higdon Harp Concerto (2017).  Higdon, the third woman to win a Pulitzer Prize (by my count) is clearly schooled in a wide variety of compositional techniques which she uses judiciously.  She is unabashedly a romantic but her sound is hardly retro.  She, like many well trained and talented composers, uses her many skills and techniques j
 
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Nadia Shpachenko - The Poetry of Places is a superb assemblage of works that explores architecture as inspiration / I CARE IF YOU LISTEN

Multi-GRAMMY nominated pianist Nadia Shpachenko reflects on the role of the concert hall in the liner notes for her recent Reference Recordings album The Poetry of Places: "The hall is the most important instrument…we spend a great deal of time learning to embrace the space, learning what our pieces mean in the space, how our interpretation must change because of where we are." An album of solo and duo piano, electronics, and percussion, The Poetry of Places is a superb assemblage of works by various composers. Each piece, inspired by a particular building, weaves together a collage
 
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Paula Cole's 'Hope is Everywhere' is everything a feel-good resistance anthem needs / riff magazine - Tuesday Tracks

Vacation time is here, there or right around the corner-and if you're in San Francisco, Karl the Fog is back! It's time to get out of dodge and find the sunshine, so who has time to sit at home and check out new music? That summer playlist won't make itself, so we have done the compiling while you're hitting the beach. We're happy to bring you the latest, greatest new songs in this weekly segment. Here's to some good listening to start your week off right. Paula Cole released her album bonus track in support of the LGBTQ+ community. "Hope Is Everywhere" starts out as a slow jam, but bec
 
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Anna Shelest discusses 'Donna Voce' with KPR

Donna Voce is Anna Shelest's first release featuring virtuosic repertoire by women composers from the last three centuries. The program sheds light on the under-explored territory of piano repertoire and makes the case that the music of female composers, many of whom were virtuoso pianists, is as relevant today as the music of their male counterparts. Works contained on the recording are by; Clara Schumann, Fanny Mendelssohn, Cecile Chaminade, Amy Beach, Lili Boulanger, and Chiayu Hsu. The Ukrainian pianist discusses these famous 19th-20th century female pianist composers with Micha
 
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  Interview with KPR's Michael Keelan

Listen to PublicRadio90's 'Classiclectic Connection' in conversation with Sung-Won Yang

The Johann Sebastian Bach Cello Suites are one of the most frequently performed pieces for unaccompanied cello, and also some of the most recognizable solo pieces ever written for the instrument.  Cellist Sung-Won Yang recorded these pieces for the first time on a 2005 release from EMI, and then in 2017, he was allowed the opportunity to record these pieces again, but in a 19th century French church (specifically, the Notre Dame de Bon Secours in Paris). Kurt Hauswirth, the host of Michigan's Public Radio 90's Classiclectic, had an opportunity to speak to Sung-Won about his
 
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  Interview with Public Radio 90's Kurt Hauswirth

Exciting Duo Deloro collaboration is KUSC: Album Of the Week

With brand new arrangements by Adam del Monte and Mak Grgic, La Buena Vida explores classics of Iberian Romanticism from Albeniz and Granados as well as promoting the vivid ethnic rhythms of Ginastera and the beautiful filmic nostalgia of Carlos Gardel, master of the tango-song. The bittersweet poetic richness of Hector Stamponi is balanced by del Monte's own original flamenco dances, which take the genre into vivid new directions. Adam del Monte and Mak Grgic make up Duo Deloro, who are in the vanguard of the new Classical/Flamenco movement. This exciting collaboration - Duo Deloro
 
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Could Chloe Flower help bring interest to classical music? / The Indy Review

Most people would consider pop music and classical music at opposite ends of the musical spectrum. Chloe Flower is here to wipe away that perception. Since making waves playing piano alongside Cardi B at the 2019 Grammy awards, Flower's star has been rising through incredible musicianship that has been masterfully packaged with all the stylings of today's current pop artists. Her first original single, "Get What U Get", begins on a meditative note before launching into a virtuoso piano performance, backed by the modern trappings of hip hop production (which isn't surprising, as the song
 
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Adam del Monte and Mak Grgic's exciting collaboration, take the genre into vivid new directions / KDFC: Album Of the Week

With brand new arrangements by Adam del Monte and Mak Grgic, La Buena Vida explores classics of Iberian Romanticism from Albeniz and Granados as well as promoting the vivid ethnic rhythms of Ginastera and the beautiful filmic nostalgia of Carlos Gardel, master of the tango-song. The bittersweet poetic richness of Hector Stamponi is balanced by del Monte's own original flamenco dances, which take the genre into vivid new directions. Adam del Monte and Mak Grgic make up Duo Deloro, who are in the vanguard of the new Classical/Flamenco movement. This exciting collaboration - Duo Deloro
 
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Chatter previews the work of Poul Ruders / Albuquerque Journal

Next week's Chatter Sunday at the offers a preview of the idiosyncratic work of Danish composer Poul Ruders. The composer of the Santa Fe Opera's world premiere "The Thirteenth Child," Ruders also is the author of a vast array of chamber and orchestral music. "The Thirteenth Child" opens July 27. The Chatter lineup at the Las Puertas Event Center includes American soprano Grace Kahl, guitarist Daniel Ward and the San Francisco-based Del Sol String Quartet. The quartet returns to Chatter annually for a program of music by contemporary composers appearing at the Santa Fe Opera. The musici
 
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An afternoon with Lyn Stanley / part - time audiophile

Lyn Stanley and I first started chatting through email and social media right after I reviewed The Moonlight Sessions: Volume One on my blog back in August 2017. She's the type of performer–and there are many of them–who reach out and thank reviewers when they have kind words for her. After that, Lyn always made sure I had copies of her new releases, in formats that ranged from redbook CD to SACD to LP to reel-to-reel tape. Over the last two years I've had plenty of nice things to say about her and her music. She cares deeply about sound quality. She injects intelligence into he
 
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For the 200th anniversary of Clara Schumann's birth, Isata Kanneh-Mason takes us on a journey through the composer's extraordinary life / WFMT

For the 200th anniversary of Clara Schumann's birth, pianist Isata Kanneh-Mason takes us on a journey through the composer's extraordinary life. Kanneh-Mason joins forces with an all-female line-up to champion the significance of women musicians throughout the years and their influence on the classical music canon. The recording features Clara Schumann's Piano Concerto, along with solo works for piano and Three Romances for violin and piano. For Friday July 12, Isata Kanneh-Mason ROMANCE - THE PIANO MUSIC OF CLARA SCHUMANN is the WFMT: Chicago 'Featured New Release p.p1 {
 
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Yannick Nezet-Seguin underwrites 'Cabrillo Festival Of Contemporary Music' for next 3 years / BroadwayWorld

The Cabrillo Festival of Contemporary Music is pleased to announce that it has received a $30,000 gift commitment from Conductor & Pianist Yannick Nézet-Séguin, Music Director of the Metropolitan Opera and The Philadelphia Orchestra, and Artistic Director of Orchestre Métropolitain de Montréal. Nézet-Séguin's gift will underwrite the Festival's Conducting Fellowships over the next three years. Nézet-Séguin stepped forward with this multi-year gift after a major grant from the Bruno Walter Memorial Foundation, which was
 
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With no editing, Lyn Stanley charms us on 'London With a Twist - direct to disc' / LEMON WIRE

Lyn Stanley continues to amaze fans and critics alike. Her latest release, "Lyn Stanley's Favorite Takes London With a Twist Live at Bernie's" is a direct-to-CD recording. Without the convenience of magnetic tape, or the opportunity to edit or "fix" later, the music is recorded directly onto an analog disc. The musicians play straight through, and if a mistake is made, either they stop playing or they continue. The result is a vibrant album that finds Stanley making classics sound like her own. Songs originally done by a range of artists from Cole Porter to Bruce Springsteen, take on a diff
 
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Cliff Eidelman & Michael McHale visit with Jim Svejda at KUSC

Cliff Eidelman's recent release; Symphony for Orchestra and Two Pianos and Night in the Gallery was recorded at Abbey Road Studios. The album features the London Symphony Orchestra and soloists Michael McHale and Tom Poster under the direction of the composer. Eidelman began composing his new Symphony for Orchestra and Two Pianos years ago prompted by an inner creative resolve.  As a composer of music for film including Star Trek VI: The Undiscovered Country and Christopher Columbus. Eidelman had no hesitation in selecting the London Symphony Orchestra for its virtuosity and th
 
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Warm, clear, cozy, bopping and bluesy, Sarah McKenzie 'Secrets Of My Heart' is bubbling with ideas / Jazz Weekly

Vocalist and songwriter Sarah McKenzie plays piano with Pierre Boussaguet/b, Dan Wilson/g, Donald Edwards/dr and a collection of guests on percussion, strings and woodwinds on summery mix of originals and covers. Her phrasing is warm and clear, cozy with her  samba'd "De Nada" teamed with Danilo Caymmi's flute, and breezy "Till The Endo of Time" with strings and sax in support. A pair of bopping and bluesy work with Boussaguet maxes for some swinging "I Fell In Love With You" and "It's All About Love" with her voice intimate with Wilson on her intro to "My True Love Is You." She shows
 
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Roberto Alagna and Aleksandra Kurzak set to headline Bastille Day concert / OPERAwire

The Orchestra National de France and the Choeur and Maîtrise de Radio France will present a free Bastille Day concert on Sunday, Jul. 14, 2019 which will take place "at the foot of the Eiffel Tower . . . [and] will be followed by the very famous fireworks," according to SortiraParis. Jaap Van Zweden will lead the orchestra. The event will kick off with the "Hungarian March" from Berlioz' "The Damnation of Faust." Then, Polish soprano Aleksandra Kurzak will sing the aria "Je Veux Vivre" from Gounod's "Roméo et Juliette." The orchestra will perform the opening from Bizet's "C
 
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George Winston planning a 'summer songs' set for Wildwood Park / Arkansas Democrat & Gazette

Pianist George Winston will play primarily spring and summer songs for his program tomorrow Friday June 12 at Wildwood Park for the Arts. He thinks it has been more than two decades since he last performed in Little Rock. He's close. His last concert in Fayetteville was in November 2009; he played Fayetteville and Little Rock in February 1994. "I haven't been there in awhile," he admits. "It's been too long. Just one thing or another; I don't know what happened. It's great to get back there. I hope to make it more often than every 20 years." Winston will be donating
 
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Anna Shelest discusses 'Donna Voce' with classical radio

Anna Shelest's first release featuring virtuosic repertoire by women composers from the last three centuries. The program sheds light on the under-explored territory of piano repertoire and makes the case that the music of female composers, many of whom were virtuoso pianists, is as relevant today as the music of their male counterparts. Works by Clara Schumann, Fanny Mendelssohn, Cecile Chaminade, Amy Beach, Lili Boulanger, and Chiayu Hsu. In conjunction with this new release Ms. Shelest has made herself available TODAY!!!, July 11, to discuss the recording with classical radio net
 
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Long Yu and the Shanghai Symphony Orchestra - Gateways / WFMT: Featured New Release

The Shanghai Symphony Orchestra may be China's oldest orchestra, but it is marking its 140th anniversary with a thrilling new beginning. Recently signed to Deutsche Grammophon, the SSO and Music Director Long Yu are launching a series of albums featuring works by major Chinese composers. Gateways, the first album, contains two works by Qigang Chen, as well as Rachmaninoff's vibrant Symphonic Dances and Kreisler's delightful Tambourin chinois. It features Maxim Vengerov as violin soloist. For July 11, Long Yu and the Shanghai Symphony Orchestra - Gateways is the WFMT: Chicago 'Featur
 
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Ola Onabule's 'POINT LESS' is timely, emotional and extremely thought-provoking / Jazz in Europe

Point Less, is a follow up to Ola Onabulé's last album, It's The Peace That Deafens, with the new album boldly expressing his views on social injustice, reminiscent of Marvin Gaye's What's Going On. It is an activist's call – at once a celebration of life and a cautionary take on the social forces that threaten it. Violence, immigration, xenophobia, betrayal, and dignity are themes considered on Point Less, rendered with a powerful and knowing generosity of spirit. Onabulé is rueful yet optimistic. So embodies the artistic – and entrepreneurial – philosop
 
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Soft and graceful modes by Luca on 'Lions' / Jazz Weekly

Soft and graceful vintage R&B modes are produced here by Luca, who sings, plays keyboards and synths, teaming up with a mix and match ensemble of Sean Dixon/dr, Jordan Scannella/b, Dave Goldman/synth-p and a handful of guests. He gives a gentle a cappella "Solstice" and then a Churchie "Saint Sulpice" with keys, accordion and synth to bookend the 11 tunes, which range from a R&B rappish " To My Arms" to an intimate "Until." The keys and mood gets stark on the shadowy "Fall From Grace" and a funky 80s Pong game is remembered during the bouncy "Nothing But." Vintage soul takes place o
 
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Jan Lisiecki continues his exploration of Romanticism with new Mendelssohn piano concertos / All Classical Portland

Canadian pianist Jan Lisiecki continues his exploration of, an interest in the different facets of Romanticism, following his Chopin CD with this new one of Mendelssohn's piano concertos. The concertos anchor the CD, but are not the only highlight: Lisiecki tells me (in our conversation), that from the beginning he wanted to incorporate the "Serious Variations", and the "Rondo Capriccioso", which capture your attention with their virtuosity and melodic content. Jan's parents are Polish, and was able to record these works in his adopted country (he has dual citizenship), with New York's Orph
 
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  Interview with All Classical Portland's John Pitman

Michael Whalen releases 'Cupid Blindfolded' / BroadwayWorld

Real Music and Solace jointly announce the forthcoming July 12th release of Cupid Blindfolded by award-winning composer and pianist Michael Whalen. With hundreds of millions of streams to his credit, two Emmy awards, and a career spanning three decades, people everywhere have been moved by Whalen's emotive heart-based music. The captivating new release, Cupid Blindfolded, is his first solo piano album in 20 years, reflecting upon the importance of deep listening...to the music, and the meaning behind it...to each other...and to the truth in one's own heart. Relaxing and melodic, the
 
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Unique and adventurous, Lyn Stanley's 'London With a Twist' has a bigger story beyond the exquisite music / MAKING A SCENE

We introduced you to jazz vocalist Lyn Stanley back in December 2017 with her double CD-set of the Great American Songbook classics., Moonlight Sessions Vol. 1 and Vol 2. You may want to reference that for her amazing back story. In 2018 she released her tribute to Julie London, with London Calling; A Tribute to Julie London and now we have another, her most unique project yet with her seventh album, Favorite Takes – London With a Twist- Live at Bernie's.  The unique and adventurous nature of this album is perhaps a bigger story than the exquisite music. This is recorded live
 
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Ron Howard discusses new documentary about the larger-than-life Luciano Pavarotti / The List

Sometimes, a bit of distance is what you need. Take Ron Howard, the Oscar-winning filmmaker of A Beautiful Mind. When he was approached to make a documentary about the opera star Luciano Pavarotti, he was by no means an expert. 'I didn't make the movie because I was a committed Pavarotti fan,' he says. 'I had nothing but respect for him and opera, but what more sparked my curiosity [was] a world to shed light on and inhabit.' Understandably, Pavarotti's rarefied existence is like catnip to filmmakers. The Italian tenor lived a larger-than-life existence that went
 
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Ron Carter, set to bring his trio to the Newport Jazz Festival, interviews with glideMagazine

As you look at all the seminal legends and stars of jazz that have performed at the Newport Jazz Festival, now celebrating its 65th anniversary, a phenomenal list of artists follows that is also a ringing endorsement of this organization's legacy, bringing these historic figures to the stage. In the past decade, a more recent generation of jazz veterans have also been appearing on stage to much appreciation and deserved recognition of their contributions to this unique form of music, developed in this country by African-American culture. The Newport Jazz Festival's 2019 line-up will be
 
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Lyn Stanley takes unplugged to a new level on 'Live at Bernie's' / Midwest Record

LYN STANLEY'S FAVORITE TAKES/London With a Twist-Live at Bernie's: Talk about taking unplugged to a new level of the game... Stanley revisits a bunch of the Julie London tunes she recorded on her tip of the cap to London, but she cuts them all over again, live direct to disc in a session that crackles like it was in front of a live, appreciative audience. There's a few curve balls in the song stack so that you don't feel like you are buying the same album twice but over all, this top jazz vocalist could have you buying the same album twice without you registering a complaint
 
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Jane Ira Bloom makes Vanity Fair - Sisters of Swing

For a century, jazz was a men's club. Half a century ago, the acclaimed music critic George T. Simon said everything you need to know about sexism in jazz: "Only God can make a tree, and only men can play good jazz." This gender bias has deep roots. Jazz has always been a boys' club, a macho art form reserved for brash, fast-fingered men living on the road, in cramped quarters, hustling from gig to gig. And despite playing a pioneering role in integration and the civil rights movement, jazz has had an abysmal record on gender. The pantheon of jazz giants is overwhelmingly male, com
 
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1010WINS sits down with EWF's Philip Bailey

The legendary group Earth, Wind & Fire is going to rock the house Tuesday night and Wednesday in a 2-day concert at the Beacon Theater, part of their current tour schedule. This multi Grammy and Rock and Roll Hall of Fame band has been thrilling audiences all of the world for almost five decades with its fusion of R & B, soul, funk, rock and jazz. Lead singer, Philip Bailey who attributes the longevity of Earth, Wind & Fire to its unique sound has just released a solo album 'Love Will Find A Way' via Verve Records. On Love Will Find a Way, Bailey proves that the
 
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Definitive scholarship, intelligence of production & quality of performance and recording make Sonata Dementia an essential part of Partch, microtonal music / New Music Buff

Bridge Records is one of those labels whose every release is worth one's attention. Their series of music of Elliott Carter, George Crumb, et al are definitive. And while this listener has yet to hear the first two volumes of the Harry Partch series this third volume suggests that Bridge continues to maintain a high standard as they do in all the releases that I've heard. Like Philip Glass and Steve Reich would later do, Harry Partch formed his own group of musicians to perform his works. For Glass and Reich they could not find performers who understood and wanted to play their music. F
 
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Ahead of UK release, CLASSIC fM catches up with Ron Howard to find out what he learned about the 'king of the high Cs'

Pavarotti, a new biopic by Ron Howard (The Da Vinci Code, Apollo 13), is an intimate portrayal of the ‘king of the high Cs'. If, like us, you already know and love Pavarotti for his voice, Howard's film gives you exactly what you want. There's unseen footage of the tenor backstage before performances and you get to see clips of him performing ‘Nessun dorma', both as a soloist and with The Three Tenors. But the film also provides a seldom-seen insight into the tenor's impish character. Howard says: "The people who knew him loved that spirit. It was almost boyish, and he never los
 
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Meet the husband and wife team behind Bridge records, in preparation for 'The Thirteenth Child' world premiere at this year's Santa Fe Opera Festival / Opera Now

The Thirteenth Child, a new opera by Danish composer Poul Ruders, is set to a libretto by Becky & David Starobin, based on a fairy tale by the Brothers Grimm. The Thirteenth Child was co-commissioned by The Santa Fe Opera and the Odense Symfoniorkester. This release coincides with The Santa Fe Opera productions: July 27 (world premiere), 31, August 9, 14, 21, 2019.    The recording features soprano Sarah Shafer as Princess Lyra; mezzo-soprano Tamara Mumford as Queen Gertrude (Ms. Mumford will also create the role for The Santa Fe Opera production); bass-baritone Ashraf
 
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Placido Domingo powers into record books with a 60 year career / Yahoo

When Peter Gelb took over New York's legendary Metropolitan Opera in 2006, one of his jobs was to organise a farewell for Placido Domingo. But 13 years later the indefatigable Spanish tenor is still "the king of opera", headlining France's oldest musical festival at Orange at the weekend. "Since it was unimaginable that he could possibly be singing for much longer after an unmatched Met career that was soon to span four decades of starring roles," Gelb told AFP, "one of the responsibilities I was preparing for was Placido's farewell." With many singers' voices withering
 
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Vienna Philharmonic, Gustavo Dudamel & Yuja Wang - Summer Night Concert 2019 is the CLASSIC fM: Drive Discovery

Throughout the week Classic FM's presenters bring you the best new recordings, including world exclusives and premiere broadcasts of latest releases. John Brunning plays a track from his featured Drive Discovery at 6.20pm every weekday. The Vienna Philharmonic returned for another annual Summer open-air concert in the stunning Schönbrun Palace, Vienna, this year, under the baton of Gustavo Dudamel. This album captures the energy from the live concert with its brilliant recordings of Bernstein's Candide: Overture, Gershwin's Rhapsody in Blue with soloist Yuja Wang, and
 
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Getz, McGill, Pavarotti & PARTCH make KCRW - Rhythm Planet 'Summer Mix'

Tom Schnabel's 'Rhythm Planet: Summer Mix' features lots of new releases in jazz, classical, and world music, plus a few reissues and evergreens. Highlights include an interesting and previously unreleased live album called Getz at the Gate, with Stan Getz at the Village Gate in New York. This album was recorded just three weeks after John Coltrane's iconic Village Vanguard sessions of November 1961, and we hear Getz's version of Coltrane "Impressions" from the Village Vanguard sessions. It feels almost as if Getz was replying to Coltrane. A very young Steve Kuhn, just out of Ha
 
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Music from the Ron Howard 'Pavarotti' documentary is the KUSC: Album Of the Week

"When I began singing, in 1961, one person said, "run quick, because opera is going to have at maximum 10 years of life." At the time it was really going down. But then, I was lucky enough to make the first Live From the Met telecast. And the day after, people stopped me on the street. So I realized the importance of bringing opera to the masses." – Luciano Pavarotti Pavarotti's life – beyond the goosebumps inducing voice – is captured in a new documentary by Oscar-winning director, Ron Howard. The KUSC: Los Angeles 'Album Of the Week' for J
 
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Pavarotti - music from the motion picture is the KDFC: Album Of the Week

"When I began singing, in 1961, one person said, "run quick, because opera is going to have at maximum 10 years of life." At the time it was really going down. But then, I was lucky enough to make the first Live From the Met telecast. And the day after, people stopped me on the street. So I realized the importance of bringing opera to the masses." – Luciano Pavarotti Pavarotti's life – beyond the goosebumps inducing voice – is captured in a new documentary by Oscar-winning director, Ron Howard. The KDFC: San Francisco 'Album Of the Week' for July 8 features mus
 
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Maya Beiser's heartbeat is her inspiration, and it is beautiful / GRUNGE CAKE

It is one thing to listen to ambient, elevator music, or heavy bass instrumentals. It's another to be at peace as a seven-minute composition plays as you think about all of the things you won't be doing this Monday. ‘Moonlight Sonata: Adagio' by the Israeli composer, Maya Beiser, is my record of choice. As someone who wakes up when most people at home are resting their bodies, I have to find music that goes with the tide, non-interruptive BPMs and such. How or why is it not interruptive? Her heartbeat is her inspiration, and it is beautiful. Born to an Argentinean father and Frenc
 
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Yo-Yo Ma is in top form for Salonen Cello Concerto / LIMELIGHT

The Finnish conductor and composer, Esa-Pekka Salonen, has often been interested in the idea that music is the creative tension between its organic and mechanical elements. He was written that he thinks "musical expression is bodily expression, there is no abstract cerebral expression in my opinion. It all comes out of the body." Music for Salonen, therefore, is deeply and essentially physical; approaching composition as an exercise in thought and ideology is the wrong way forward. His Cello Concerto, co-commissioned by the Chicago Symphony Orchestra, the New York Philharmonic, the Barbican
 
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Philip Bailey tops billboard jazz chart with 'Love Will Find A Way' / JAZZIZ

There were big shakeups in the jazz charts this week as Philip Bailey, the falsetto-voiced frontman of Earth, Wind & Fire, rocketed to the top of the Jazz Billboard Chart on the strength of his new album Life Will Find A Way, while over in the JazzWeek Radio Chart, bassist and vocalist Nicki Parrott ascended into the Top 10 with a new album that bridges French and American jazz. Bailey has emerged as the new king of the Billboard Charts by landing in the No. 1 spot in his first week in the runnings (and nudging vocalist Michael Bublé from the top slot in the process). The EWF
 
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Ron Howard's latest documentary is no mere love-in for the late Luciano Pavarotti / The National

After a highly successful acting career in his youth, Ron Howard, 65, has long been established as one of Hollywood's most successful directors. Films such as Apollo 13 and A Beautiful Mind, which won him the Oscars for Best Picture and Best Director in 2002, are on his CV. But only recently has Howard turned to documentary features, with 2013's Jay Z film Made in America and his 2016 film about The Beatles, Eight Days A Week – The Touring Years. "I find it incredibly stimulating and inspiring to work on a doc project," he explains, when we meet to talk about the subject of his latest
 
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Sultans of String brought a lively, international mix of music to Peterborough Musicfest / The Peterborough Examiner

Instrumental band The Sultans of String brought a lively, international mix of music to Del Crary Park. Performing on the Fred Anderson Stage, The Juno-nominated instrumental band played Celtic, Cuban, Middle Eastern and flamenco music for the crowd at the park. 3x JUNO nominees and SiriusXM winners Sultans of String create "Energetic and exciting music from a band with talent to burn!" (Maverick Magazine UK). Thrilling their audiences with their genre-hopping passport of Celtic reels, flamenco, Gypsy-jazz, Arabic, Cuban, and South Asian rhythms, Sultans of String celebrate musical fusi
 
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Dave Matthews Band covers Dr. John with Preservation Hall Jazz Band at Alpine Valley / jambands.com

Dave Matthew Band played the first of two nights at Alpine Valley Music Theatre in Elkhorn, WI, on Friday night, and the group welcomed members of opening act Preservation Hall Jazz Band for a special tribute to New Orleans legend Dr. John. Near the middle of a set that featured DMB staples like "Too Much," "Warehouse," "Crush," "Dancing Nancies," "What Would You Say," "Don't Drink the Water," "Two Step" and "Ants Marching," Matthews and company welcomed out all of the NOLA collective to the stage to cover "Right Place, Wrong Time," one of Dr. John's most known compositions. The Crescent ci
 
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Jeff Goldblum makes first trip to Glastonbury with Mildred Snitzer Orchestra and declares it 'the greatest festival anywhere' / Evening Standard

Jeff Goldblum is so amped up after playing his Glastonbury set that he forgets to put his seat-belt on. He's glad when I remind him. We're in the back seat of a Land Rover barreling through the fields to get to a record signing on the other side of the Worthy Farm festival site on time. This is Goldblum's first trip to Glastonbury, and he has fallen for its spirit, declaring it "the greatest festival anywhere - when the crowd cheered it was stirring". Goldblum excels at hyperbole and he is a spirited conversationalist, exclaiming, touching my arm and spontaneously bursting into song. He
 
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Roberto Prosseda set to open SOIMumbai autumn season / mid-day.com

When you step in for a western classical concert, chances are you will be in the midst of perfection. For, classical musicians are ine­­v­i­tably striving for perfection, gi­ven the strict diktats of their ge­nre of choice. And when we're talking about Italian pianist and composer Roberto Prosseda, then it gets even more interesting, not only because of his unique to­uch and in-depth research on ig­nored Italian composers, but also because he is one of the few musicians who has had a face-off against a robot pianist. And now, this master of innovation
 
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'LSO w/Sir Simon Rattle plays Ravel in Trafalgar Square' is the Gramophone: Video of the day

The London Symphony Orchestra have just been announced as one of 10 nominees for this year's Gramophone Orchestra of the Year Award, and here we see them very much at home performing Ravel's La valse with their music director Sir Simon Rattle in the middle of London's Trafalgar Square. The performance was part of BMW Classics 2019, a free concert with an audience of 7000 people of music by Dvorák, Bushra El-Turk, Poulenc, Ravel and Britten, which took place at the end of June. The orchestra has a long history with La valse, having recorded it with Monteux, Frémaux
 
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Renee Fleming presents her first full-length Lieder album in almost two decades / WFMT: Featured New Release

Four-time Grammy winning soprano Renée Fleming presents her first full-length Lieder album in almost two decades. The new album, Lieder, features songs by Brahms, Schumann, and Mahler, each of whom bring Romantic poetry to life through exquisite word-setting and sublime melody. Fleming is joined by Christian Thielemann and the Munich Philharmonic in a performance of Mahler's Rückert Lieder. For songs of Brahms, including the beloved Lullaby, she is partnered by her long-standing artistic collaborator Hartmut Höll on piano. Fleming and Höll also perform Schumann's Fraue
 
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Ludovico Einaudi ADD's Coventry show to winter tour / stereoboard

The composer and pianist will stop at the Warwick Arts Centre on November 1, in addition to his already announced performances in Birmingham, Brighton, Liverpool, Edinburgh, Glasgow and Nottingham between October 12 and November 2. He also has a seven-date residency lined up at London's Barbican Hall in August and plans in mainland Europe throughout the year. All tickets are on sale now. Einaudi's forthcoming shows are in support of his latest project, ‘Seven Days Walking', which sees seven bodies of work released over seven consecutive months. The latest, 'Day 4', arrived in
 
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Rick Wakeman brings 'Piano Odyssey Tour' to the White Rock Theatre / Hastings Observer

Renowned keyboardist Rick Wakeman visits Hastings' White Rock Theatre on Sunday, July 21, with his Piano Odyssey Tour. The songwriter, producer and radio presenter is best known for his work in the prog rock band Yes, but has also had a highly successful solo career. This Hastings gig forms part of the second half of Rick's current tour. A spokesperson said: "Upon the release of his Piano Portraits album in January 2017, the Yes keyboardist made chart history, having the first solo piano album to enter the UK's Top 10, eventually reaching number six. Inspired by the unprecedented public
 
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Jess Gillam joins BBC Proms TV line-up / Music Week

BBC Music has announced its plans for TV coverage of the BBC Proms, including the addition of Jess Gillam to presenting duties. Extensive coverage of the world's largest classical music festival – which runs July 19 to September 14 – will be available across BBC TV and Radio. Twenty-five Proms concerts will be screened on BBC One, BBC Two, BBC Four and CBeebies, alongside the full coverage on BBC Radio 3. Following her performance at the Last Night of the Proms in 2018, Decca-signed Jess Gillam will join the core presenting line-up of the BBC Proms television coverage, along
 
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Seong-Jin Cho returns to Shanghai to open the city's 10th 'Music in the Summer Air' festival / Shine

Seong-Jin Cho, the first Korean to win the International Chopin Competition in 2015, returned to Shanghai this week to perform with the New York Philharmonic Orchestra to open the city's 10th Music in the Summer Air festival. The city was among the first places Cho, 25, played after winning the prestigious event in Warsaw four years ago. He has gone on to play 100 concerts a year, working with musical masters around the world. For the festival opening on Tuesday, Cho played Mozart's Piano Concerto No. 20 in D minor, under the baton of orchestra conductor Jaap van Zweden. Cho enjoys almo
 
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Isata Kanneh-Mason takes listeners on a journey through the extraordinary life of Clara Schumann / udiscovermusic.

Pianist Isata Kanneh-Mason hit the national headlines in April 2019 following the announcement of her signing to Decca Classics, joining her younger brother, cellist Sheku, on the label in Decca's 90th birthday year. Isata's debut album Romance, takes listeners on a journey through the extraordinary life of Clara Schumann, one of the most distinguished composers and pianists of the Romantic era. Isata Kanneh-Mason joins forces with an all-female line-up to champion the significance of women musicians throughout the years, and their influence on the classical musical canon. The r
 
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'Sonata Dementia' is an impressively played album covering Harry Partch / The Guardian

Performing the music of Harry Partch on the instruments he invented is always challenging, and Bridge's series dedicated to that has been appearing slowly since it launched seven years ago. The latest volume, Sonata Dementia, performed by the eponymous ensemble Partch, is just the third. The work that gives the album its title, recorded for the first time, was Partch's earliest abstract instrumental composition, a sextet using the 43-step musical scale he had devised, though it was left as a set of sketches and not intended for public performance. The rest of this impressively played album
 
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The sound of the jazz underbelly is alive and well in Dubai this summer, courtesy of Brenna Whitaker / The National

The sound of jazz's un­der­bel­ly is alive and well in Dubai this summer, cour­te­sy of US sing­er Brenna Whit­a­ker. She is the latest res­i­dent ar­tist at Dubai's Qs Bar and Lounge, the in­ti­mate mu­sic ven­ue cu­ra­ted by mu­sic pro­duc­er Quin­cy Jones. For five nights a week, Whit­a­ker and her three-piece band can be heard per­form­ing songs that pro­vide a dif­fer­ent as­pect of the genre, one that is re­moved from the glit­ter and the fame. From Fe­ve
 
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John Tesh will perform and tell stories at Norwalk concert / THE HOUR

Emmy Award-winning pianist John Tesh will be performing at Norwalk's Wall Street Theater on Sept. 13 in an intimate evening, as he plays songs from his throughout his career, while recounting personal stories from his life featured in his memoir "Relentless: Discovering a Life of Persistence, Grit, and Faith." The show will feature mostly original music, including love songs. He's titled it "Songs and Stories from the Grand Piano," and it's a build-up to filming his eighth Public Broadcasting Service special. "It's performance art-type stuff," he told gazette.com. "The music is synchro
 
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Masters of Monteverdi 'I Fagiolini' will mask L'Orfeo at the university / York Press

MASTERS of Monteverdi's music, I Fagiolini, will combine singing, acting and live puppetry in tonight's staging of the Italian composer's first opera, L'Orfeo, in York. The 7.30pm performance at the Sir Jack Lyons Concert Hall, University of York, will form the first evening concert of the 2019 York Early Music Festival, running from today to July 13. "In a festival focusing on the theme of Innovation: The Shock Of The New, L'Orfeo is a work that straddles the new world of baroque vocal expression and the older Renaissance traditions of court entertainment and madrigal, thus presenting the
 
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LA Phil's Hollywood Bowl open was an enchanting hoot with Katia and Marielle Labeque & actor Sean Hayes / STAGEANDCINEMA

Utilizing the expressive piano duo, sisters Katia and Marielle Labèque, and humorous actor Sean Hayes, LA Phil's Hollywood Bowl 2019 opening was an enchanting hoot. I was already looking forward to seeing the French pianists, having recently heard their astoundingly accessible (given some new music) CD of El Chan, which has the ladies absolutely nailing American composer Bryce Dessner's Concerto For Two Pianos. But Sean Hayes? you may ask. From TV's sitcom Will & Grace? I was surprised and bemused when I saw his name inserted in the program with a note: "Text by Sean Hayes."
 
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TTB brings their 'Wheels Of Soul tour to CCNB Heritage Park Amphitheatre / Greenville Journal

For the last six months or so, The Tedeschi Trucks Band has essentially been playing tribute shows; every time they go out onstage, they're paying homage to a fallen brother, their keyboardist Kofi Burbridge, who passed away in February from complications from emergency heart surgery. "Every show that we do, we're working through it and trying to honor him," says Derek Trucks, "but we're also trying to hold our sh*t together a little bit. He was such a big part of who we are. I was onstage with Kofi for about 20 years, he was a huge part of everything I did. So it was kind of hard to imagin
 
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Sharon Isbin and the Calidore String Quartet are headed to Lincoln Center / The Epoch Times

Classical composer Luigi Boccherini was an Italian cellist, but he's also known for a number of guitar quintets, including one that features the famous Spanish dance "Fandango" movement. "Audiences go nuts, because there is a pacing to the movement that is so skillful and builds in such a way, with moments of relaxation and release … there's an excitement about it, by the time it gets to the end people just leap to their feet because they've had this journey that is at once exotic, Spanish, and just really exciting," said the eminent classical guitarist Sharon Isbin, who can't im
 
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Jeff Goldblum's MSO plays Jurassic Park theme at Glastonbury festival / 98.7KLUV: Dallas

In case you didn't already know but actor Jeff Goldblum has a jazz band called the Mildred Snitzer Orchestra. They've been playing at small jazz clubs around the world for a while now. Last weekend Goldblum and company performed in front of thousands during their Sunday set at the Glastonbury Music Festival.  The crowd was so pumped to see Jeff Goldblum that before he took the stage, everyone joined in singing the theme from Jurassic Park together. When the Mildred Snitzer Orchestra finally did perform, Goldblum teased the Jurassic Park theme on the piano midway through his set. 
 
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Ron Davis - SymphRONica UpfRONt. Funny puns, serious project / Jazz Quad

Symbolic accident: a link to this album was sent to us by the PR agency Crossover Media. It is symbolic because it is difficult to imagine a brighter and talented incarnation of the musical direction under the conditional name crossover, than the album of Canadian pianist and composer Ron Davis SymphRONica UpfRONt. You can, of course, smile with funny puns with the writing of the name of the album, where the name Davis is accentuated, but SymphRONica is a serious project that already exists since 2013 and is distinguished by its very special sound. SymphRONica UpfRONt - this is the third al
 
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Isabel Leonard shines with SFO in magical performance of Ravel's L'Enfant et les Sortileges / OPERAwire

Fantasy. Enchantment. The Land of Dreams. So it was in San Francisco on the last day of June with Ravel's "L' Enfant et des Sortileges" at Davies Symphony Hall and the Annual San Francisco Gay Pride Parade. Just getting to the concert hall was a multi-colored, multi-media challenge, long-before the audience was presented with the anime-enhanced multi-chorus semi-staged opera. And indoors, it was all French. First performed in 1925, Ravel's creation is thoughtful as well as ravishing. The story of a child rebelling against the social strictures imposed on his far-flying imagination and e
 
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Yolanda Kondonassis premieres new harp concerto by Jennifer Higdon on 'American Rapture' / New Classical Tracks

New Classical Tracks is a Syndicated feature heard national on Classical 24 and Statewide via Minnesota Public Radio. LISTEN TO THE SEGMENT & READ THE TRANSCRIPT Yolanda Kondonassis has played a lot of contemporary harp concertos. Her new recording, American Rapture, features the world premiere of one written especially for her by American composer Jennifer Higdon. "I've played a lot of contemporary music where it's been more, sort of, a catalog of special effects. But the way she's used the special effects on the harp are very idiomatic, and I actually get to play virtu
 
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Lara Downes - Holes in the Sky is the WRTI 'Classical Album of the Week'

Lara Downes new album, Holes in the Sky, on Portrait / Sony Music Masterworks label is a genre-fluid collection of music written and performed by today's leading female artists, celebrating the contributions of phenomenal women to the past, present, and future of American music. The music of Holes in the Sky tells the story of what women and girls can contribute to the world when they are given a chance - their dreams can make holes in the sky. Lara collaborates with an extraordinary multi-generational group of female guest artists on this album, including the iconic singer / songwriter
 
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Ron Howard's serious look at Luciano Pavarotti / The Spokesman-Review

Director Ron Howard's recent interest in documentary filmmaking has created three productions that share a similar musical baseline but are very different in design and texture. "Made In America," a backstage look at Jay-Z's music festival, had a raw chaotic nature to it, while "The Beatles: Eight Days a Week" took a more intimate approach in looking at the Fab Four. Howard's third and latest offering, "Pavarotti," takes a more traditional approach to storytelling. In a three-act design, Howard shows the life and legend of Luciano Pavarotti, the man dubbed "The People's Tenor." Through
 
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Ola Onabule's 'POINT LESS' is a sweet smart set, that wraps you up in good vibes / Midwest Record

A Nigerian Afro popster that has made his presence felt around the world now turns his sights to conquering America just as easily and handily. Easy rolling, world pop that might be socially conscious but never feels like protest music, this is a sweet, smart set that wraps you up in it's good vibes before you even know what is happening. A set anyone with international tastes is sure to like, it's a delightful change of pace that plays on so well. Hot stuff.  p.p1 {margin: 0.0px 0.0px 0.0px 0.0px; font: 12.0px 'Helvetica Neue'; color: #4d4d4d} SEE ALL Midwest Recor
 
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Harry Partch may not be a household name, but his visionary musical approach is still being celebrated long after his passing by the L.A. ensemble / 89.3KPCC - The Frame

The Grammy Award-winning PARTCH Ensemble, hailed as "funny, moving, inventive and insanely theatrical" by the San Francisco Chronicle, announced the release of Sonata Dementia, their third volume of music by American maverick composer Harry Partch (Bridge Records 9525).  Sonata Dementia follows on the success of the ensemble's Vol. 1: Bitter Music: Harry Partch's Depression Journal (Bridge 9349A/C); which earned a GRAMMY Award nomination in 2012 for Best Classical Compendium, and Vol. 2: Plectra & Percussion Dances (Bridge 9432), the 2014 GRAMMY Award winner for Best Classi
 
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Luca is thinking outside of the box on 'Lions' / Blitz Magazine

Luca Scoppetta-Stern has a multi-faceted personality. On this thirteen track self-produced (in tandem with David Lawrence Goldman) album, the New York-based composer, vocalist and multi-instrumentalist Scoppetta-Stern is all over the musical map. From the half-minute opener, Solstice to the out of left field Spring Again to the dreamscape leanings of Ozone, Lions darts about like the arrow on a computer screen when the Wi-Fi crashes. Snippets of everyone from Mose Allison and Keith Jarrett to Joey DeFrancesco and the late Mac "Doctor John" Rebennack surface along the way without initially a
 
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Yo-Yo Ma plays impromptu two and a half hour Bach concert under the Acropolis / Tornos News

World-famous musician Yo-Yo Ma spent three days in Athens, one to present his Bach Project at the Herod Atticus Odeon on Sunday and another two where he performed impromptu for the public in Athens and Piraeus, ANA reports. At the ancient Odeon, the American cellist of Chinese descent performed his beloved six Bach suites for cello for 2.5 hours straight in a relaxed manner under the Acropolis, with the audience packing the open-air theatre to the gills. He often addressed himself to the public about the Bach Project, performance in 36 unique sites of the planet that promotes the role of ar
 
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Wisconsin Public Radio music hosts share songs of summer

Now that summer is finally here, the Wisconsin Public Radio music hosts share songs of summer from A 13th Century Round To A Classic Of The American Songbook, Music That Evokes The Season. The staff has put together a collection of music that evokes the warm summer months. The range is wide, covering over 800 years, including some well-known favorites plus some pieces that might be new discoveries for you. There are also two versions of a popular American song, and something just right for Independence Day. Norman Gilliland, 'Midday' Host selects the oldest surviving round in En
 
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CapRadio's classical hosts are loving Higdon, Pavarotti, and Shelest this July

Our classical music hosts serve as your tastemakers on the air, but what they're listening to in their free time can give an even clearer vision of the people behind the voices. So to give you a window into the personal libraries of our classical hosts, CapRadio is curating a monthly playlist featuring pieces our hosts have had in heavy rotation in their homes, cars and headphones. With heart-wrenching cello music from Jennifer Reason, Beethoven deep cuts from Victor Forman and some patriotic selections from Kevin Doherty, here's what our hosts have been listening to this month, from their
 
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More sax please, we're Glastonburians / NME

"This is a one-off clash between two of the big current British jazz bands," Paul from Bristol explains to NME. He's standing at the back of the Wormhole, a dungeon-like room situated near the Park stage which holds maybe 100 people. Like the rest, Paul is here to see a sound-clash between Sons of Kemet and Ezra Collective, two of the UK's most exciting jazz acts, who each played their own sets this weekend. There isn't a body not dancing to the frenzied, pulsing freeform rhythms of the two bands on stage. "I've been coming to Glastonbury for 30 years," Paul says, "I've worked on the West H
 
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Meryl Streep recites poetry while Yo-Yo Ma plays the cello / CLASSIC fM

Award-winning actress Meryl Streep recited poetry to an audience in China while Yo-Yo Ma played the cello – and it's everything we need to get us through the week. The Hollywood icon gave the reading in China – and it was accompanied by a stunning sonata performed by the virtuoso cellist. We don't deserve these two. The powerful performance took place back in 2011 and is currently doing the rounds again online (we love the Internet). It was part of the US-China Forum on the Arts and Culture that took 16 American stars to China to participate in four days of cultural exc
 
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Jess Gillam - Rise is the WFMT: Featured New Release

This is the debut album from the trailblazing saxophonist and rising star, Jess Gillam. The first saxophonist to sign to Decca Classics and the winner of the "Sound of Classical Poll" at the Classic Brits, Jess presents a stunning collection of tracks that reflect her varied and colorful musical tastes and inspirations. Includes beautiful cover versions from two of Jess's biggest heroes, Kate Bush and David Bowie, and film music hits from John Williams and Michael Nyman. For July 1, Jess Gillam - Rise is the WFMT: Chicago 'Featured New Release&
 
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Lucie Horsch explores the music of baroque Europe, with The Academy of Ancient Music / WCRB: CD of the Week

The virtuosic young recorder player Lucie Horsch explores the music of baroque Europe, with the exquisite company of The Academy of Ancient Music. Lucie Horsch was a teenager when she became the first recorder player to sign with the prestigious record label Decca. Now in her twentieth year, she is as joyful and curious as ever, and her new CD Baroque Journey has all the spark and expressive force that made her fall in love with the recorder in the first place. Lucie Horsch - Baroque Journey is the WCRB: CD of the Week. SEE THE PAGE
 
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Philip Bailey is back with 'Love Will Find a Way' / burning ambulance

Philip Bailey is back with a new solo release, Love Will Find a Way, and while the material leans toward R&B and early '70s jazz, with one notable exception, the performers cross generations, including several names that are very much of the moment. The roster of guests includes Robert Glasper, Chick Corea and Kenny Barron on piano and keyboards; trumpeter Christian Scott; saxophonist Kamasi Washington; guitarist Lionel Loueke; bassists Christian McBride and Derrick Hodge; and drummers Steve Gadd and Kendrick Scott, as well as guest vocalists including Bilal and Casey Benjamin. The
 
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PARTCH - Sonata Dementia is like falling down a rabbit hole into a surreal estate / ICON

The Grammy Award-winning PARTCH Ensemble, hailed as "funny, moving, inventive and insanely theatrical" by the San Francisco Chronicle, announced the release of Sonata Dementia, their third volume of music by American maverick composer Harry Partch (Bridge Records 9525).   Sonata Dementia follows on the success of the ensemble's Vol. 1: Bitter Music: Harry Partch's Depression Journal (Bridge 9349A/C); which earned a GRAMMY Award nomination in 2012 for Best Classical Compendium, and Vol. 2: Plectra & Percussion Dances (Bridge 9432), the 2014 GRAMMY Award winner for Best
 
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Roman Rabinovich and Camille Thomas, set for their Interlochen Center for the Arts concert, visit IPR's Studio A

Pianist Roman Rabinovich and cellist Camille Thomas will perform a concert of classical music at Interlochen Center for the Arts tonight at 7:30. For more information and tickets click here. Thomas and Rabinovich visited IPR's Studio A to talk about their repertoire and about beginning to collaborate on performances. They played music of Mendelssohn and Faure. Hear the entire performance and interview below. LISTEN TO THE IPR SEGMENT
 
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'Yesterday' composer Daniel Pemberton recreated the Beatles as inexactly as possible / Variety

"Yesterday" director Danny Boyle asked composer Daniel Pemberton to help actor Himesh Patel become comfortable with the Beatles material he'd be performing. Pemberton hesitated until Boyle promised the job would only last three or four weeks. So Pemberton said yes, and was on the film for a year and a half. In the film, Patel plays Jack Malik, a struggling singer who is about to give up on his career when an unexplained phenomenon erases all memory of the Beatles from the entire world - except, amazingly, for him. He starts playing Beatles songs that nobody else knows and is acclaimed a
 
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Bill Charlap and Kat Edmonson set for 7th annual True Blue Jazz festival / Cape Gazette

Straight-ahead American jazz is alive and thriving in downtown Rehoboth Beach with the recent announcement of the Oct. 16-20 schedule for 2019's 7th Annual True Blue Jazz Festival. Founders and producers Eddie Sherman and Peggy Raley have created a calendar of events in keeping with the True Blue Jazz mission of Preservation Through Performance, and the True Blue Youth Jazz Initiative.   The festival will kick off from 6 to 9 p.m., Wednesday, Oct. 16, at Bethany Blues Lewes to celebrate budding musicians of the future with Youth Jazz Appreciation Night. Local elementary, middl
 
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Isata Kanneh-Mason's 'Romance - The Piano Music of Clara Schumann' gets CLASSIC fM 'Album Of the Week'

Every week, Classic FM presenter and music expert David Mellor reviews the best new releases and re-issues from the world of classical music. This week, David picks out Isata Kanneh-Mason's 'Romance - The Piano Music of Clara Schumann' on Decca. After the rise to fame of cellist Sheku Kanneh-Mason, now along comes his sister Isata, making her debut album on Decca. It's a well chosen disc, dedicated to the 19th century piano virtuoso Clara Schumann in this her 200th anniversary year. Clara was married to Robert Schumann, and outlived him by almost four decades. During th
 
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Soundtrack to Ron Howard's Pavarotti gets CLASSIC fM 'Album Of the Week'

Every week, Classic FM presenter and music expert David Mellor reviews the best new releases and re-issues from the world of classical music. This week, David picks out Music From The Motion Picture - Pavarotti on Decca. This month, Ron Howard's much publicised documentary Pavarotti is released. This is the soundtrack album, which I have listened to with much enjoyment. Given the significance of the 1990 World Cup in Pavarotti's career, when ‘Nessun dorma' brought him global fame well outside the ranks of established opera fans, it's appropriate for me to desc
 
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Busy, busy, busy. Yannick Nezet-Seguin just got busier / The Philadelphia Inquirer

The Philadelphia Orchestra music director, also the music director for the Metropolitan Opera, was just drafted to fill in for the ailing Mariss Jansons for a high-prestige late-summer tour with the Bavarian Radio Symphony Orchestra. The four concerts, from July 30 through Aug. 4, start with two dates at the BBC Proms in London's Royal Albert Hall and end with two at the Salzburg Festival. Nézet-Séguin will be among friends. He has been a frequent Bavarian orchestra visitor, and his violin soloist is an old friend, Lisa Batiashvili. The repertoire has no strangers: Prokofiev's
 
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Soundtrack to Ron Howard's Pavarotti is the WFMT: Featured New Release

To coincide with the release of the Ron Howard-directed documentary Pavarotti, Decca Records has released an album of the music featured in the soundtrack. This cinematic event showcases history-making performances and intimate interviews, including never-before-seen footage. Pavarotti: Music From The Motion Picture features selections from operas including Turandot, La Bohème, Aida, and Tosca as well as Italian songs and collaborations with friends including Plácido Domingo, José Carreras, U2, Brain Eno, and Passengers. For June 29, the soundtrack to Ron Howard'
 
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Feeling a bit blue? These sad violin pieces are for you / CLASSIC fM

These are definitively the most melancholy pieces of violin music you've ever heard. All the rosin in the world will not be able to dry your tears. Feeling a bit blue? These sad violin pieces are for you, or 12 sad violin pieces that will make you weep uncontrollably. John Williams – ‘Theme' from Schindler's List Considered by many to be the finest film score of recent decades, Schindler's List earned John Williams his fifth Oscar. Williams followed director Steven Spielberg's suggestion for the soundtrack's soloist and hired the great violinist Itzhak Perlman.
 
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Ron Howard's new 'Pavarotti' documentary explores the hugely talented tenor's voice and legacy / Wisconsin Public Radio

Luciano Pavarotti was known as a hugely talented tenor, one who helped bring opera to a wide audience. The film's soundtrack is fabulous, and selections for the accompanying CD have been made with great care. They range from a recording made in 1961 to two of Pavarotti's triumphant live appearances as a member of the Three Tenors. The recording's 22 tracks collectively express an enormous range of emotion, drawing arias from opera's greatest hits and closing with two sacred works, including Schubert's "Ave Maria." One of Pavarotti's many gifts was his ability to chan
 
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Billy Childs performs with amazing musicianship and holy inspiration in 'Jazz Vespers at All Saints Church' / Pasadena Now

The All Saints Jazz Vespers program brings together amazing musicianship and holy inspiration six times a year for a service of prayer, meditation and music. Billy Childs has been a regular guest at the series, which also features Alan Broadbent and Shelly Berg, Alan Pasqua, Bill Cunliffe and Holly Hofmann, Walter Smith III, John and Gerald Clayton and many other first-class musicians. Billy Childs has emerged as one of the foremost American composers of his era, perhaps the most distinctly American composer since Aaron Copland. As a pianist, Childs has performed with Yo-Yo Ma, Sting, Renee
 
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Emanuel Ax set for a Mozart opening night at Tanglewood with the BSO / WAMC - The Roundtable

Globally celebrated pianist, Emanuel Ax, will perform Mozart's Piano Concerto No. 22 with Andris Nelsons and The Boston Symphony Orchestra's season opening concert in The Shed at Tanglewood on July 5 at 8 p.m. The program that evening will also feature the orchestra playing Mahler's Symphony No. 5. Ax will be back at Tanglewood in August to play two concerts at Ozawa Hall – one with Leonidas Kavakos and one with Kavaokos and Yo-Yo Ma -- and will participate in a Concerto Conducting Class led by Stefan Asbury. The latter is a Tanglewood Learning Institute OpenStudio event to be held Ju
 
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Ilan Eshkeri discusses 'The White Crow' score with 89.7WCPE

"The White Crow" is a 2019 biopic from director/actor Ralph Fiennes, which studies the drama of the ballet superstar Rudolf Nureyev and his defection from the Soviet Union. The score of the film, by British composer Ilan Eshkeri, is the next collaboration of music and film between Eshkeri and Fiennes, with two previous films together. The soundtrack (on Deutsche Grammophon) also features solo violinist Lisa Batiashvili, representative of Nureyev and his love of solo violin music. 89.7WCPE: Wake Forest NC classical host Rob Kennedy spoke with Eshkeri about the composition process, his co
 
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Using a wide range of tones and instruments, Richard Ford creates rich images and deep shadow'd atmospheres / Jazz Weekly

Richard Ford uses a panoply of basses on this (mostly) solo album of songs and soundscapes. Using a wide range of tones and instruments , he can create rich images and deep shadow'd atmospheres as on "Dusty Theatre" as well as a dreamy pastoral "Palhaco" with melody used with a piccolo bass. He's rich and melodic without any extra layers on "Westbeth" while with vocalist Michelle Gonzales creates a misty and mystical "Calango Reco." He shows his fun and funky side with guests on percussion, keys and voice on George Duke's R&B beauty "Malibu."  Intimate and personal, yet highly appr
 
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Loreena McKennitt set for three concerts in Turkey / Hurriyet Daily News Q&A

As part of her world tour following the 2018 release of her album "Lost Souls," Canadian singer-songwriter Loreena McKennitt brings her music to İzmir, Ankara and Istanbul. She will perform her eclectic Celtic blend of pop, folk and world music at three venues. The artist, who described her music as "musical travel writing" and has sold more than 14 million albums worldwide, will kick off the Turkish leg of the tour at the Kültürpark Open Air Theater in the western province of İzmir on June 29. From there she will be heading to the Congresium Ankara on June 30 and will t
 
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Sung-Won Yang discusses the Bach Cello Suites with classical radio

After releasing an album of the J.S. Bach, Six Cello Suites with EMI in 2005, Sung-Won Yang went back to once again record the Suites, this time for Decca Classics. Recorded at Notre Dame de Bon Secours in Paris, this recording, of one of the most adored pieces in the cello repertoire, benefits from all the natural sound present in the historic 19th century catholic church, and for this reason, the album was mixed specifically to minimize post production. You can experience the maturity and depth of Sung-Won's cello sound as compared with the recording from 13 years ago. Sung-Won Yang&#
 
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Milos returns with new album featuring music from Portishead, Radiohead and Leonard Cohen / udiscovermusic.

Miloš returns with his new album ‘Sound Of Silence' featuring classical guitar pieces and songs by Portishead, Radiohead and Leonard Cohen. Miloš, described as, "The hottest guitarist in the world" will release Sound Of Silence on 13th September. Miloš' first three releases achieved major chart successes around the globe and turned him into "classical music's guitar hero" (BBC Music Magazine). His album of classic songs by The Beatles, Blackbird, received unanimous acclaim. Unfortunately Miloš' was struck by an inexplicable but devastating hand injury w
 
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Larger-than-life Luciano Pavarotti is the subject of Ron Howard's latest documentary / Detroit Free Press

With a smile and sense of playfulness as vibrant as his high C notes, Luciano Pavarotti was a superstar who brought opera to the masses. The maestro defied the unwritten rules for serious artists by performing in huge arenas, sharing the stage with pop stars like Bono, doing a TV ad for American Express and even starring in a movie, 1982 's "Yes, Giorgio," where he fell in love with his throat doctor. The larger-than-life personality of the great Italian tenor is the subject of director Ron Howard's latest documentary, "Pavarotti," which traces his life from his childhood in Modena,
 
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Ramin Karimloo will join Barbra Streisand for upcoming London - Hyde Park concert / Playbill

The Phantom of the Opera and Love Never Dies star Ramin Karimloo will join Barbra Streisand for her July 7 concert at British Summer Time Hyde Park, which will also feature Streisand's A Star Is Born co-star Kris Kristofferson and British singer-songwriter Brian Ferry. Karimloo earned a Tony nomination for playing Jean Valjean in the 2014 Broadway revival of Les Misérables. He is also known for playing the Phantom in Andrew Lloyd Webber's The Phantom of the Opera and its sequel Love Never Dies. His stage appearances also include the Broadway premiere of Anastasia, as well as Murd
 
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Tanglewood marks one of the most anticipated events of the 2019 music season / Live 95.9

This Friday, June 28, at 9 a.m., Tanglewood marks one of the most anticipated events of the 2019 music season, the official opening weekend of the four-building Linde Center for Music and Learning and Tanglewood Learning Institute programs, with a public ribbon-cutting ceremony that will include speeches from a cross-section of the administration, builders, and funders who made the new complex and programming initiatives possible. Following the ribbon-cutting, the public can tour the facility, located along the top of the Highwood ridge, overlooking Ozawa Hall and the Berkshire Hills. T
 
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ClassicalAustin 89.5KMFA will have its own permanent home / SIGHT LINES

For the first time in its 52-year history, Austin's classical music radio station KMFA 89.5 will have its own permanent home. The non-profit radio station has purchased land adjacent to the Rebekah Baines Johnson Center (RBJ Center) as part of a 17.8-acre yet-to-be-named, mixed-use development just east of IH-35 on the north shore of Lady Bird Lake, at 21 Waller Street. The planned 18,000-square-foot building will triple the size of the current KMFA studios in an office building on Lamar Blvd. Most importantly, the building will have new purpose-built amenities including performance and rec
 
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Keith Jarrett J.S. Bach - The Well-Tempered Clavier LIVE is the WFMT: Featured New Release

In February 1987, Keith Jarrett recorded, on a Steinway grand piano, the first book of The Well-Tempered Clavier by Johann Sebastian Bach. It was the first in a series of acclaimed Bach recordings he would make for ECM. On March 7, 1987, prior to the release of the studio set, Jarrett performed the complete Book I for an audience at the Troy Savings Bank Music Hall in New York state. An archival live recording of this concert is being presented for the first time. When the studio album was released, Jarrett's manner in these iconic preludes and fugues surprised many listeners with its poeti
 
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