Ron Howard's new Pavarotti doc makes billboard: 'upcoming music-driven movies' list

Ron Howard's latest project documents the life of famed opera tenor Luciano Pavarotti, with testimonials from Bono and Pavarotti's Three Tenors compatriots, while newly available archival clips feature everyone from Nelson Mandela to Princess Diana. Howard on opera's storytelling power: "I thought you'd respect Pavarotti so much more if you understood what it takes to actually achieve what he could achieve. [I wanted] to use the drama of those arias to help tell his story. We could almost create an opera about Pavarotti by using those arias. That was an organizing principle for me."&nbs
 
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Nicholas McGegan realizes a dream with 'Le Temple de la Gloire' / All Classical Portland

British-born Nicholas McGegan has been directing San Francisco's Philharmonia Baroque Orchestra since the 1980s (about the time that this interviewer started in radio), and has had many sweet successes during that time in bringing great Baroque works to audiences around the world.  One of the sweetest for McGegan happened just a few years ago, when he mounted a production of Jean-Philippe Rameau's opera, Le Temple de la Gloire (The Temple of Glory).  What made this production remarkable, besides the exquisite performance, is that the original manuscript had been in UC Berkeley's a
 
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Igor Levit draws a throaty collective bark of appreciation from Wigmore Hall audience / theartsdesk

You seldom hear a Champions League-level roar of approval at the Wigmore Hall. Last night, though, Igor Levit drew a throaty collective bark of appreciation from the audience after (for once) an awed hush had followed the final dying cadences of the aria's return in Bach's Goldberg Variations. Had he earned it? Absolutely. This recital was first of three devoted to the idea of Variations. Friday will see Levit play Beethoven's Diabelli set, and Frederic Rzewski's mighty deconstruction of the revolutionary anthem "The People United Will Never Be Defeated". On 27 May, the Russian-born Berlin
 
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Bill Frisell to perform in Vietnam for first time / Vietnam +

Guitarist Bill Frisell, widely known as one of the most versatile players in jazz history, will perform for the first time in Vietnam at the "Bill Frisell: Summer on Guitar" concert which will take place on May 26 at the Soul Live Project Complex in Ho Chi Minh City's district 3. The concert features Thomas Morgan on bass, Rudy Royston on drums, and Bill Frisell on guitar. The audience will experience a musical space of jazz full of improvisation and romance, as natural as breathing. They will be treated to an interesting conversation of the three instruments on stage, as well as the creati
 
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On this episode of Performance Today, harpist Yolanda Kondonassis and the Rochester Philharmonic play Jennifer Higdon's Harp Concerto

American composer Jennifer Higdon won the 2010 Pulitzer Prize for her Violin Concerto. Now she's written a new piece for solo harp and orchestra. On this episode ( MAY 22, 2019 ) of Performance Today, harpist Yolanda Kondonassis and the Rochester Philharmonic play Jennifer Higdon's Harp Concerto. The Higdon's Harp Concerto is the centerpiece to the Azica Records release; American Rapture and was written for and dedicated to Yolanda Kondonassis. Featuring the Rochester Philharmonic Orchestra, conducted by Music Director Ward Stare, the album also includes; Samuel Barber'
 
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In anticipation of the new Luciano Pavarotti film, CLASSIC fM presents a collection of photos into the family man, friend, actor and horse whisperer

In anticipation of the new Luciano Pavarotti film, CLASSIC fM delved deep into the archives and found the most beautiful photos of Luciano Pavarotti, showing his larger-than-life personality on and off stage. You might think you've seen all there is to see about Pavarotti, but the opera star led a very private life behind the stage curtain. CLASSIC fM found a collection of photos that give an insight into Luciano the family man, friend, actor and horse whisperer – as well as Pavarotti, global superstar. SEE THE CLASSIC fM PAGE p.p1 {margin: 0.0px 0.0px 0.0px 0.0px; font
 
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Ten reasons why you shouldn't miss Yo-Yo Ma's Athens Festival concert / tornosNews

Athens is but one of 36 cities in Yo-Yo Ma's Bach Project world tour. The internationally acclaimed cellist will perform The 6 Unaccompanied Cello Suites at the Odeon for a single spellbinding evening on 30 June, in his first ever appearance in Greece. Why is this concert one of the unmissable music events of the summer? Read here everything you should know about Yo-Yo Ma, and his rich body of work as an artist and an activist.  "Bach's cello suites have been my constant musical companions," says Yo-Yo. "For almost six decades, they have given me sustenance, comfort, and joy during
 
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Bach and The Beatles go hand-in-hand on Janoska Ensemble's 'Revolution' / New Classical Tracks

"Where is your personality inside the piece? Can I create my own music? And yes you can, of course you can. Every human being is a unique one. Everybody has another fingerprint. And you have to show the world who you are and where you come from." Sage advice from Julius Darvas, double bassist of the four-member Janoska Ensemble. Ondrej and Roman Janoska are the group's violinists, and Frantisek Janoska is the pianist. Here's how Frantisek and Julius describe the Janoska style, which is imprinted on their new recording, Revolution. Frantisek: "You know, before in Baroque time
 
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Crouch End Festival Chorus helps fuel soundtrack to Elton John 'Rocketman' biopic / itv

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Terry Riley, Laurie Anderson, and John Zorn hit it off at the chapel on Valencia Street / San Francisco Classical Voice

Terry Riley, Laurie Anderson, and John Zorn - three towering figures in U.S. experimentalism - don't immediately spark an association among them. Before their latest two-night, four-shows residency of a sort at the Chapel on Valencia Street. they had collaborated exactly once, coming together on the occasion of Zorn's 65th-birthday celebrations at the same venue in September 2018. The trio hit it off, and if the opening set from their current revival is any indication, we may not have heard the last from them. The atmosphere at the Chapel - a hip venue, both intimate and airy with its v
 
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WSHU 'classical music highlight' presents summer in a different way

Today Max Richter gives us another way to hear Summer from Vivaldi's Four Seasons with his "recomposed" version, featuring violinist Daniel Hope.  Composer, musician, producer, remixer and collaborator extraordinaire, Max Richter has struck a different sort of chord on his highly acclaimed Vivaldi Recomposed. A unique reworking of The Four Seasons for violin, chamber orchestra and moog synthesizer, these remixes include Spring 1 – Max Richter Remix, Summer 3 – Robot Koch Remix, Autumn 3 – Fear of Tigers Remix and Winter 3 – NYPC Remix, al
 
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Beethoven Unbound: Complete sonatas featuring Llŷr Williams is All Classical Portland featured CD

Any time that a pianist undertakes to record a complete set of anything in classical music, it's bound to be an endeavor taking considerable time and effort.  Take on the 32 piano sonatas of Beethoven, plus all the other solo piano pieces by one of music's giants, and I imagine that it must be daunting.  Enter Llŷr Williams, who has been lauded for his interpretations of the great man's music, who took a different approach than the many who have come before:  rather than arrange them in published order, the Welsh-born pianist paired pieces together by their relative char
 
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  Interview with All Classical Portland's John Pitman

Meet The NEA's 2020 Jazz Masters: McFerrin, Mitchell, Workman And Kirk / NPR - WBGO

Two eminent avant-garde elders, a chameleonic vocal improviser, and a pioneering community organizer and presenter will make up the 2020 class of NEA Jazz Masters, according to an announcement this morning by the National Endowment for the Arts. The four incoming inductees - saxophonist Roscoe Mitchell, bassist Reggie Workman, vocalist Bobby McFerrin, and jazz advocate Dorthaan Kirk - will officially be recognized next April 2, during a tribute concert and ceremony at the SFJAZZ Center in San Francisco. Since 1982, the NEA Jazz Masters award has been an annual tradition, often descr
 
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5 tips from 5 string players for conquering performance nerves / theStrad

Artists share their wisdom on battling the fear monster, as featured over the last five years of The Strad. Here are 5 tips 1. Concentrate on intention - A great artist by the name of Leon Fleisher once shared a secret with me when I was 18. My bow was shaking while I was playing in a masterclass for him and  he said something that in the moment did not seem very sympathetic: that if I had enough ideas in my mind of what I needed to communicate, then I wouldn't have room to be nervous. I have lived with that piece of advice for forty years. Kim Kashkashian, November 2018 2. Per
 
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Get a sneak-peak of new Pavarotti film / ShortListDubai

Veteran director Ron Howard, who also made the documentary The Beatles: Eight Days A Week, takes an intimate approach in telling Pavarotti's story, going beyond the public figure to reveal the man himself. With unique access to the Pavarotti family archives, home videos, behind the scenes and extensive live music footage, audiences will be able to see Pavarotti's personal story emerge, right through from his early days growing up in Italy to the moment he became a global star. Watch the trailer  p.p1 {margin: 0.0px 0.0px 0.0px 0.0px; font: 12.0px 'Helvetica Neue'; color: #4d4
 
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Angelique Kidjo shares her views on CNN: African Voices / THISDAY Newspapers

Sensational singer, song writer and producer, Angelique Kidjo, will this week join two other firebrand female musicians on African Voices, a magazine programme of the Cable News Network (CNN) sponsored by telecommunications company, Globacom. Originally Angelique Kpasseloko  Hinto Housinnou Kandjo Manta Zogbin Kidjo, the 58-year-old native of Benin Republic will be on the show with Sandra Suubi, an artiste and song performer from Uganda, as well as Ria Boss, a neo-soul singer and songwriter based in Accra, Ghana. Kidjo is renowned for  her diverse musical talents evidenced in
 
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Watch Silkroad's Haruka Fujii and Kaoru Watanabev with dueling taiko drums

Haruka Fujii and Kaoru Watanabe prepare to open Pauchi Saski's "Elektra" with dueling taiko drums. "Elektra" is one of five pieces that comprise "Heroes Take Their Stands," a new multi-media work from the Silkroad Ensemble about what it means to be fearlessly human. Yo-Yo Ma conceived Silkroad in 1998 as a reminder that even as rapid globalization resulted in division, it brought extraordinary possibilities for working together. Seeking to understand this dynamic, he began to learn about the historical Silk Road, recognizing in it a model for productive cultural collaboration, for t
 
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Watch Pavarotti EPK soundbites from SocialNews.XYZ

From the filmmaking team behind the highly-acclaimed documentary The Beatles: Eight Days A Week - The Touring Years, PAVAROTTI is a riveting film that lifts the curtain on the icon who brought opera to the people. Academy Award winner Ron Howard puts audiences front row center for an exploration of The Voice...The Man...The Legend. Luciano Pavarotti gave his life to the music and a voice to the world. This cinematic event features history-making performances and intimate interviews, including never-before-seen footage and cutting-edge Dolby Atmos technology. A CBS Films Polygram Enterta
 
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With 9 dates in 9 Australian cities this month, ZOFO speaks with MusicaVivaAustralia

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Watch Alex DePue open for Jefferson Starship in Solana Beach CA

Watch Alex DePue perform live, opening for Jefferson Starship at the Belly Up Tavern in Solana Beach, California on May 11th, 2019.               a few words from Alex.....Just a glimpse into the incredible weekend I had opening for Jefferson Starship at the Belly Up in San Diego, CA, as seen here through the eyes of China... you might recognize her from such hits as, "HER MOM IS Grace Slick" ! Add to that her character, just as sharp and accurate as can be... I owe this band a full-on blog, and I AM GONNA DO THAT.
 
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Olafur Arnalds becomes Apple Music curator for 'Peaceful Music' playlist / udiscovermusic.

Ólafur Arnalds believes that travelling the world playing music is an inspiring experience. "Travel is an influential part of my life," says the Icelandic multi-instrumentalist and composer. "It feels like your mind gets slowly pushed open, because you are seeing new things, learning new things and you are breaking down prejudices. That feeling induces a lot of creativity. When you come home from a trip to the Middle East, for example, you feel that you just want to create. You feel like your mind has expanded." It's this sense of adventure that Arnalds brings to the Peaceful Music p
 
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Sarah McKenzie speaks with CapRadio's Gary Vercelli

Australian-born, London-based Sarah McKenzie writes original songs that pay tribute to lots of people. On her list are Wayne Shorter, Antonio Carlos Jobim, Johnny Mercer, Cole Porter, Michel Legrand and George Gershwin. This makes her hard to categorize. She also admires a number of women musicians, and includes the legendary Marian McPartland as an early inspiration. McKenzie was a scholarship student at the Berklee College of Music in Boston and says she was really intimidated by the skill and talent she encountered when she first arrived. She worried the school had made a mistake giv
 
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Lara Downes & Hila Plitmann at Comunity makes LA Weekly's '12 best music shows this week in L.A.'

On her latest album, Holes in the Sky, pianist Lara Downes surrounds herself with an impressive lineup of special guests who help her cover music from across a variety of genres by such disparate women composers as Janis Ian, Clara Schumann, Georgia Stitt, Eve Beglarian, Joni Mitchell and Paola Prestini. Folk legend Judy Collins anoints the piano reverie "Albatross" with her trademark vocal grace, and Carolina Chocolate Drops' Rhiannon Giddens imbues Downes' spare, flickering piano accents with an intimate, jazzy warmth. Downes' other collaborators include Leyla McCalla, Al
 
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Joyce DiDonato interviews with VIAPublicMedia

With her album 'Songplay,' Mezzo-Soprano 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'.   
 
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  Interview with WVIA's Erika Funke

Lang Lang - Piano Book is Winnipeg: Classical 107 'May Record of the Month'

"Piano Book" is a collection of miniature masterpieces performed by one of the world's most celebrated virtuosos. "With Piano Book I'm going back to my first love, to the pieces that made me want to become a musician in the first place" Lang Lang states in the preface to his latest disc. Released in March 2019 with Universal Music Group and Deutsche Grammophon, the album features well-known masterworks thoughtfully chosen and performed by the global superstar on his first studio album since 2016. From Bach's Prelude in C minor, to Mozart's 12 Piano Variations on "Ah, vou
 
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Tedeschi Trucks Band plays 'Kimmel' / JamBase

The Tedeschi Trucks Band served as the musical guest on last night's ( Wednesday's ) episode of ABC late-night talk show Jimmy Kimmel Live. Led by Susan Tedeschi and Derek Trucks, the 12-piece performed four songs during an outdoor concert held on the streets of Los Angeles and one that was broadcast on the show. Kimmel Live featured a performance of "Shame" from the band's recently released Signs LP. "Signs, High Times" off the album was the opener for the group's unaired portion of the concert. Derek and Susan then led the band through "When Will I Begin" and "Hard Case" from Signs. The T
 
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Mark O'Connor will not be just fiddling around in Juneau / Juneau Empire Q&A

Mark O'Connor, the three-time Grammy Award-winner will close out the 33rd annual Juneau Jazz & Classics Festival with the O'Connor Band at at Centennial Hall and will be part of a free jam on Friday, May 17 at TK Maguire's Lounge. The O'Connor Band which is a foot-tapping, twangy bluegrass outfit that includes O'Connor's son, wife and daughter-in-law. The 57-year-old virtuoso is an accomplished classical musician with a jazz background in addition to being a hell of a fiddle player. O'Connor took time to answer some questions from the Capital City Weekly ahead of both his festi
 
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Jess Gillam is the youngest classical #1 saxophonist ever

Hailing from Ulverston in Cumbria, Jess Gillam is blazing a trail in the music world with her outstanding talent and infectious personality. She is the first saxophone player to sign an exclusive recording deal with Decca Classics and has already released three digital singles on the label as well as her new album 'Rise.' 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 bigges
 
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Lara Downes discusses 'Holes in the Sky' with classical radio

Lara Downes new album, Holes in the Sky, on Portrait / Sony 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 album 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 Judy Collins, boundary-br
 
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'American Rapture' highlights the most intriguing components of the RPO's musical identity in the Ward Stare era / Rochester City Newspaper

The Rochester Philharmonic Orchestra's new album "American Rapture" highlights the most intriguing components of the RPO's musical identity in the Ward Stare era. "American Rapture" represents both these inclinations, in a live recording that achieves the vibrancy of a concert performance combined with a polished, hi-resolution sound.  On the world premiere recording of Jennifer Higdon's mercurial Harp Concerto, the crystalline precision of Yolanda Kondonassis's harp, the rhythmic buoyancy of Stare's conducting, and the cohesion of the orchestra achieve a kind o
 
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Schiff, Laws, Einaudi and Winston make KCRW - Rhythm Planet: New Music Discoveries

This week's Rhythm Planet playlist showcases my picks for the best new releases in mostly jazz and world music. We will hear pianist András Schiff play one of my favorite Schubert impromptus on the keyboard of the composer's day, the piano-forte, precursor to the modern piano. I prefer modern pianos, but this album gives you a sense of what the piano sounded back then during Schubert's brief lifetime (1797-1828). We transition to the gorgeous sound of Hubert Laws' flute, playing the Kurt Weill/Ira Gershwin classic "My Ship." This track is an oldie, but I'm featuring it because La
 
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Christopher Tin set for his conducting debut at Carnegie Hall / BroadwayWorld

Christopher Tin, the two-time Grammy Award winner is making his Carnegie Hall conducting debut  on June 9 with the presentation of his classical crossover album Calling All Dawns. Presented by DCINY, Tin, the DCINY composer-in-residence, will be leading a mass choir of singers performing Calling All Dawns with a full orchestra. Featured soloists are Jacqueline Horner-Kwiatek, Mezzo-Soprano, Michael Odokara-Okigbo (Michael O.), Tenor, Camille Brault, Mezzo-Soprano, Holly Sedillos, Soprano, and Deanna Choi, Soprano. p.p1 {margin: 0.0px 0.0px 0.0px 0.0px; font: 12.0px 'Helve
 
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Katarzyna Musial discusses 'My Spanish Heart' with classical radio

With the release of My Spanish Heart (DUX recordings) pianist Katarzyna Musial builds upon her previous successful recording Come Dance with Me. My Spanish Heart continues to explore the idiom of dance through musical expression with this time focusing on renowned Spanish composers. In this album, Katarzyna Musial revels in the artistic and cultural splendors of the Iberian peninsula. "You don't have to be born in a culture to be enamored with it," she explains. In fact, her love affair with Spain was first sparked during childhood when, at five years old, she simply fell in love with t
 
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The main attraction of RPO's 'American Rapture' is the Jennifer Higdon harp concerto dedicated to Yolanda Kondonassis / The Rehearsal Studio

This Friday Azica Records will release its first recording of the Rochester Philharmonic Orchestra. The ensemble is led by Ward Stare, who became its Music Director on September 1, 2014. The title of the new recording is American Rapture; and, as is usually the case, it is currently available for pre-order through its Web page on Amazon.com.  The Rochester band became recognized nationally (if not internationally) as a platform for the performance of new compositions, particularly works by American composers. I was therefore delighted to see that the ensemble's Azica debut featured
 
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Andras Schiff reveals a new way of listening to Bach's Partitas at London's Wigmore Hall / The Independent

Sir Andras Schiff – the honorific suits him better with every year that passes – is on a roll. After demonstrating in concert the suitability of the fortepiano for Schubert's works, he has just brought out a CD (Franz Schubert – Sonatas & Impromptus) which drives the point unarguably home: to call this performance of the final two sonatas revelatory is nothing less than the truth, because the sound-world on his immaculately restored 1820 Brodmann up-ends all our expectations of these mysterious works; a Steinway, for all its sonic splendour, suddenly seems wildly inapp
 
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Rudolf Buchbinder at Xinghai Concert Hall makes 'that's 9 best things to do this week in Guangzhou'

One of the world's top classical pianist today, Rudolf Buchbinder has enjoyed an international repute throughout his career, which spans five decades. The golden hall of Musikverein in Vienna, Carnegie Hall in New York and The Berliner Philharmonie have all hosted Buchbinder's top-of-the-line performances, where the Austrian musician collaborated with world-renowned orchestras. His interpretation of Beethoven is widely recognized in the classical music domain, and Beethoven is what he will be performing at Xinghai Concert Hall this week on Wed May 15. SEE 9 THINGS ON that's
 
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Denk, Bell, Isserlis make beautiful music together at UCSBArts&Lectures / Santa Barbara Independent

Pianist Jeremy Denk and violinist Joshua Bell, both American with lofty international cred, are hardly strangers to Santa Barbara stages. Denk has played here many times, was an acclaimed director of the Ojai Music Festival in 2014, and has since joined the Music Academy of the West faculty, making him a star summering in our midst. Bell has been an annual visitor for years now, in various incarnations. But they are different animals: Denk embraces contemporary music and ideas; Bell tends to eschew such things and can seem like a buttoned-down conservative (despite his squirrely, swaying st
 
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Evgeny Kissin brings down the house at Symphony Center / WTTW

A number of extraordinary pianists of different generations have played on the Symphony Center stage during the past season or two: The 26-year-old Italian-born Beatrice Rana; the 28-year-old Russian-born Daniil Trifonov; and, last week, the 70-year-old Japanese-born Mitsuko Uchida. And all gave thrilling performances that earned rapturous responses from their audiences. But the extended standing ovations that followed each of the four works performed at Sunday afternoon's concert by Evgeny Kissin were something different. And the volcanic applause that erupted at the end of the concert
 
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On new album, Lara Downes, as always shows extreme care in nuance and suggestion / Classical Candor

p.p1 {margin: 0.0px 0.0px 0.0px 0.0px; font: 12.0px 'Helvetica Neue'; color: #4d4d4d} It's always a pleasure to welcome another album from American pianist Lara Downes. Like her previous discs, her new album, "Holes in the Sky," involves a central theme, this time music by contemporary women artists. And she's assisted in her efforts by an assortment of popular and talented female musicians, including singer/songwriter Judy Collins, violinist Rachel Barton Pine, pianist Simone Dinnerstein, singer/instrumentalist Rhiannon Giddens, cellist Ifetayo Ali-Landing, jazz singer/songwrite
 
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One glimpse at Bryce Dessner's El Chan shows you so much more / mxdwn

It's easy to forget that musicians have rich inner lives all to their own. Most of us are happy enough with what we get onstage and in the tone of the music, allowing that to inform our entire perception of an artist. But easy as it may be to forget their lives beyond the stage, it's similarly easy to forget that others are accomplished musicians outside of their primary group. Take for instance Bryce Dessner, if one were able to name him at all it would be as the guitarist of indie rock darlings The National, but one glimpse at his latest release El Chan shows you so much more. READ TH
 
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7 great string players share their motivational wisdom / theStrad

some words from the wise about strings via theStrad. SEE THE PAGE 1. Put yourself in the composer's shoes - Nicola Benedetti, May 2019.....I always believed that stepping into the mind and place of composers could get us to practice empathising. And doing so with those who seem situationally, geographically and culturally far from you is something we must continually readdress and practice throughout our lives. This type of practice not only has the potential to motivate and inspire you musically and emotionally, but to nurture your personality and humanity. 2. Choose repertoire
 
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Katarzyna Musial - My Spanish Heart is KUSC: Album Of the Week

With the release of My Spanish Heart (DUX recordings) pianist Katarzyna Musial builds upon her previous successful recording Come Dance with Me. My Spanish Heart continues to explore the idiom of dance through musical expression with this time focusing on renowned Spanish composers. "You don't have to be born in a culture to be enamored with it," Musial explains. In fact, her love affair with Spain was first sparked during childhood when, at five years old, she simply fell in love with the country upon a visit with her parents. The pianist explores the work
 
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Katarzyna Musial shows off her 'Spanish Heart' on new album / KDFC: Album Of the Week

With the release of My Spanish Heart (DUX recordings) pianist Katarzyna Musial builds upon her previous successful recording Come Dance with Me. My Spanish Heart continues to explore the idiom of dance through musical expression with this time focusing on renowned Spanish composers. "You don't have to be born in a culture to be enamored with it," Musial explains. In fact, her love affair with Spain was first sparked during childhood when, at five years old, she simply fell in love with the country upon a visit with her parents. The pianist explores the works of Falla, Albeniz, Gran
 
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Echoes reprises Alexandra Streliski feature

Alexandra Stréliski's INSCAPE is the work of an artist unconcerned with conventions, whose approach of neoclassicism is resolutely current. Stréliski has been in the spotlight this Summer following an incredible artistic collaboration with Jean-Marc Vallée for his latest HBO miniseries Sharp Objects, starring Amy Adams. Since then, her single Plus tôt is now over 2 million streams online. On today's Echoes, Monday, May 13, 2019, the daily two-hour music soundscape, distributed by Public Radio International revisits it's segment from January. O
 
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Louise Bessette to receive Canada's highest performing arts honour / Global News

Montreal-born Louise Bessette has been renowned over her 35 year career for the excellence of her performances and for her commitment to promoting contemporary music. Numerous organizations and international competitions have seen fit to reward her talent, and her reviews are constantly laudatory. She has recorded a wide variety of repertoire both as a soloist and with chamber ensembles, appearing the world over with distinguished orchestras and by invitation to many first-rate festivals. Many composers write especially for her. Beyond her exceptional performance career, Mrs. Bessette is a
 
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Jess Gillam's 'Rise' stays atop CLASSIC fM chart with Ludovico Einaudi's 'Seven Days Walking - Day 1 & 2' both in top spots

The top 5 remain unchanged this week, but six new entries enter the Classic FM chart with Jess Gillam's debut album Rise staying the favourite at No. 1, Andrea Bocelli's Sì at No. 2 and Einaudi's first album in his seven-album journey Seven Days Walking – Day One at No. 3. Six new entries make it on to the chart, including solo piano albums, choral work, and some unusual symphonies. Highlights among the new additions are young pianist Martin James Bartlett's debut album Love and Death at No. 29 and Weinberg: Symphony Nos. 2 & 21 played by the City of Birming
 
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A subtle interaction and mutual respect between Chick Corea and Bela Fleck at Strathmore / MD Theatre Guide

Strathmore was full Friday evening with an eclectic crowd gathered for a duo performance by Chick Corea and Bela Fleck. Blazers and gowns, as well as t-shirts and flip flops – fitting for the diverse capabilities of the artists performing. Fleck is as comfortable with Bach as with bluegrass or jazz, and his clear voice on the banjo makes the instrument a fit for whatever he is playing. Corea has been less a genre-jumper, but his ease on the piano and deft musicianship make him sound masterful at whatever he is playing. Together, they are a perfect pair. From the first phrases, the
 
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NOCCA 2019-20 concert season includes the return of Charles Richard-Hamelin / Vernon Morning Star

NOCCA unveils their 2019-2020 concert season, which will be presented at the Vernon and District Performing Arts Centre. The season will include highlights such as Mendelssohn's String Octet in E Flat Major, not previously performed in Vernon, a piano trio of international performers in their BC debut, and the return of the phenomenal pianist, Charles Richard-Hamelin on Saturday, February 29, 2020. The Quebec-born pianist, Hamelin brings an impressive set of credentials, including a master's degree from Yale and appearances at prestigious festivals around the world. He also wa
 
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Hans Zimmer and Vince Staples record new remix of UEFA anthem for FIFA 19 / GAMER ROOF

FIFA 19 is a soccer simulation video game developed by EA Vancouver as part of the Electronic Arts FIFA series. Announced on June 6, 2018, for its E3 2018 press conference, it was launched on September 28, 2018, for PlayStation 3, PlayStation 4, Xbox 360, Xbox One, Nintendo Switch, and Microsoft Windows. It is the twenty-sixth installment of the FIFA series. As with FIFA 18, Cristiano Ronaldo appears as the athlete on the cover of the regular edition. The game presents UEFA club competitions for the first time, including the UEFA Champions League. [3] Martin Tyler and Alan Smith return
 
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Laurence Hobgood: tesseterra is solitude captured with spirit and conviction / Financial Times

The gripping preludes that introduce the seven evergreen songs on this piano trio and string quartet set fade to a simmer when the tune kicks in. "Wichita Lineman", the album's lead track, captures solitude with bleakly voiced strings before supporting the melody with a gently rocking pulse. A clearly stated "All of You" arrives after an upbeat chase between trio and strings and the chirpy theme of The Beatles' "Blackbird" is set up by a bustle of string-delivered smears and plunks. Hobgood's arrangements focus on the emotional content of the lyrics and his score for the accomplished Et
 
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Homegrown dynamo: Kristin Chenoweth to perform at OKC Civic Center / The Oklahoman

Like the late, legendary Carol Channing, Oklahoma native Kristin Chenoweth is an award-winning dynamo who has made an indelible mark on both stage and screen. The two Tony Award winners also are known not just for taking a stage but seizing it. The Oklahoma City University graduate returns to her home state to perform "My Love Letter to Oklahoma" in concert Tuesday night at the Civic Center. "What you'll see in Oklahoma is from the Eagles to Dolly Parton. … You'll see some stuff from ‘Wicked,' because I'm not gonna get myself in trouble, am I?" Chenoweth said with a chuckle. "B
 
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Ilan Eshkeri delivers a beautifully dramatic score for 'The White Crow' / Synchrotones' Soundtrack Reviews

Ralph Fiennes' third film also marks the third collaboration with composer Ilan Eshkeri. Here the composer faces the challenge of creating a score that interacts with classical ballet pieces from the likes of Pyotr Tchaikovsky, Ludwig Minkus and Alexander Krein, as the film tells the true story of Russian ballet dancer Rudolf Nureyev's defection to the West in 1961. Ilan Eshkeri is such a wonderfully gifted composer, as he's proven time and time again with scores like The Young Victoria, Austenland and of course Stardust. His latest score is no exception. The White Crow also marks the t
 
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John Coltrane's 'Both Directions & New Directions' makes ft*Meyers Magazine: Lost & Found

No icon in the jazz pantheon is revered more than John Coltrane (Louis Armstrong and Charlie Parker also occupy that stratosphere) and in recent months we have been blessed to see the release of several newly discovered recordings from 1958 and 1963, two pivital years in his career. On March 6, 1963, John Coltrane, along with McCoy Tyner, Jimmy Garrison, and Elvin Jones, recorded an album at the legendary Van Gelder Studios in New Jersey. Coltrane and his quartet were to perform the last gig in a two-week engagement at iconic jazz club Birdland across the river in New York City that nig
 
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Matthew Lipman's 'Cadenza' with New Jersey's Classical Network

Violist Matthew Lipman made his Cedille label debut with Ascent, an album featuring, in the artist's words, "music enraptured by flights of fantasy," including world-premiere recordings of Dmitri Shostakovich's recently discovered Impromptu for Viola and Piano, Op. 33, and Clarice Assad's Metamorfose, which Lipman commissioned. The album of imaginative, improvisational works for viola and piano, created as a loving tribute to his late mother, also includes York Bowen's Phantasy for Viola and Piano, Op. 54; Robert Schumann's Märchenbilder (Fairy Tale Pictures), Op. 1
 
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CAA Signs 2CELLOS / Variety

2CELLOS, the Croatian duo of cellists Luka Šulić and Stjepan Hauser, has signed with CAA for representation worldwide. Widely known in Asia and Europe, their repertoire includes classical music, film music pop and rock. In the U.S., they have appeared on "Glee," where they performed Michael Jackson's "Smooth Criminal," "The Bachelor" and the 2013 Emmy Awards. Signed to Sony Masterworks, 2CELLOS boast a co-sign from Elton John, with whom they toured performing at such venues as Madison Square Garden and the Paris Olympia. Other high profile gigs include the Queen's Diamond Jubile
 
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McGill brothers with CYSO release; 'Winged Creatures' today!! / BroadwayWorld

Demarre McGill, principal flute of the Seattle Symphony Orchestra, and his brother Anthony McGill, principal clarinet of the New York Philharmonic, return to their early training ground, the Chicago Youth Symphony Orchestras (CYSO), for Winged Creatures, a homecoming album of duo concertos featuring world-premiere recordings of works by Michael Abels and Joel Puckett written expressly for the McGills and the CYSO's Symphony Orchestra. The McGills are among the few African-Americans who've held first-chair positions in major American orchestras. Available TODAY!! May 10, 2019
 
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Matthew Lipman chats with FM91-WGTE: Toledo

American violist Matthew Lipman, recipient of a 2015 Avery Fischer Career Grant, made his Cedille label debut with Ascent, an album featuring, in the artist's words, "music enraptured by flights of fantasy," including world-premiere recordings of Dmitri Shostakovich's recently discovered Impromptu for Viola and Piano, Op. 33, and Clarice Assad's Metamorfose, which Lipman commissioned. The album of imaginative, improvisational works for viola and piano, created as a loving tribute to his late mother, also includes York Bowen's Phantasy for Viola and Piano, Op. 54; Robert Schu
 
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Set for The Franco Center in Lewiston, Henry Kramer chats with NEWS CENTER MAINE

When Henry Kramer moved to Maine, finding new friends was difficult. What he found instead, was solace in playing his father's piano. While his social life eventually improved, so did his playing - now, Kramer travels the world performing for thousands of people. When he isn't traveling, he's teaching the music he loves. "I never want my career path to be defined by one thing or the other, I just feel like music so permeates my life and everything around me, and whatever way that expresses itself is a joy for me," says Kramer. We sat down with Kramer at a friend's home t
 
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Andras Schiff's committed playing on 'Franz Schubert Sonatas and Impromptus' / Classical Music Sentinel

With somewhere around 35 years of outstanding recordings to his credit, mostly for the Decca label, Hungarian pianist Andras Schiff certainly doesn't need a formal introduction. Except to say that he's always been highly respected for his clear and delicate articulation, and deeply insightful interpretations especially for the music of Mozart and Schubert. And this clarity of textures and voice separation is further enhanced in this new recording by the use of an 1820 Franz Brodmann fortepiano which produces a shallower sound than today's sonorous concert grands, and thus allows
 
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Five questions with Caroline Shaw & Jonathan Biss

Jonathan Biss brings his masterful artistry to one of Beethoven's most touching works, the Piano Concerto No. 3. Hear it back-to-back with the brand-new work it inspired-Watermark by North Carolina native and Pulitzer Prize winner Caroline Shaw, co-commissioned by the Symphony. The program includes; Beethoven: Overture to The Creatures of Prometheus Beethoven: Piano Concerto No. 3 Caroline Shaw: Watermark for Piano and Orchestra Prokofiev: Classical Symphony Performers North Carolina Symphony Grant Llewellyn, conductor Jonathan Biss, piano Watch the attached video as
 
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The latest chapter in Andras Schiff's ongoing documentation of Franz Schubert's music / Wisconsin Public Radio

..... the pianist plays the Four Impromptus D 899 plus compositions from 1828, the last year of Schubert's short life: The Three Pieces D 946, the C minor Sonata D 958, and the A major Sonata D 959. Schiff is playing his Brodmann fortepiano from circa 1820. "It is to me ideally suited to Schubert's keyboard works," he said. The critics agree with that choice and with how Schiff performs: "I cannot think of anyone of his caliber who has mastered the fortepiano as well as the modern piano and shown such distinction on both," wrote Stephen Plaistow in an Editor's Choice review in Gramophone.
 
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Lang Lang rediscovers pieces from his youth on 'Piano Book' / New Classical Tracks

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} span.Apple-tab-span {white-space:pre} If you took piano lessons growing up, or even if you didn't, you'll surely recognize the pieces Chinese pianist Lang Lang features on the Piano Book. It is an actual book, and a new recording filled with the pieces that helped him fall in love with playing the piano. "So, at the age of 36, I thought, 'I think it's time to revisit those pieces a
 
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IU's Jacobs School to sell 5 violins incl; early Joshua Bell 'Guadagnini' loaner / Violinist.com

The Indiana University Jacobs School of Music is selling five fine violins, including the 1750 Giovanni Battista Guadagnini violin that was loaned to Joshua Bell early in his career. "I officially started my career in 1982 at the age of 14, while continuing my studies at Indiana University under the great Josef Gingold," Bell said. "I was unable to afford a great violin at that time, but thankfully Indiana University was in possession of this wonderful Guadagnini violin, and kindly lent it to me during this crucial period in my musical life, until I was finally able to purchase an instrumen
 
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Joyce DiDonato chats with Spokane Public Radio

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 succeed in being simultaneously familiar and unexpected, and the album serves up Vivaldi in both its customary Baroque purity and swinging to the heady rhythm of a samba. As Joyce DiDonato explains:  "When you are just starting out as a singer, the first score you usually receive is Schirmer's 24 Italian Songs and Arias. These are considered starter pieces, so young singers work at them over and over again, usu
 
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Julian Lloyd Webber talks Malton appearance with The Yorkshire Post

Julian Lloyd Webber's father, William, the son of a self-employed plumber was an organ ‘buff'. "My father was an organist," says Julian. "He was in love with an organ at Westminster Central Hall, which is a magnificent instrument, and he was responsible for it being rebuilt when he was there. He was well versed in Methodism." It's fitting then that one of his two musical sons, the virtuoso cellist Julian, is hosting the first concert to be held at Malton's newly rebranded, Wesley Centre. A building of national significance, and a remarkable part of Britain's Methodist heritage, a
 
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George Winston's 'Restless Wind' appeals equally to the head and heart / All Music

Restlessness is not a quality often associated with George Winston yet the adjective suits his 2019 album Restless Wind. Constructed as a loose impressionistic journey through America's history, Restless Wind blurs distinctions between past and present, high and low art, city and country life. Winston favors grand gestures and over-arching connections over obscurity. Many of the songs he's chosen to record for Restless Wind are familiar: Sam Cooke's "A Change Is Gonna Come" is followed by Gershwin's "Summertime," Stephen Stills' "For What It's Worth" and the Doors
 
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Spokane Public Radio interview with Matthew Lipman

2015 Avery Fischer Career Grant recipient Matthew Lipman recently released his Cedille label debut with Ascent, an album featuring, in the artist's words, "music enraptured by flights of fantasy," including world-premiere recordings of Dmitri Shostakovich's recently discovered Impromptu for Viola and Piano, Op. 33, and Clarice Assad's Metamorfose, which Lipman commissioned. This imaginative album consisting of improvisational works for viola and piano was created as a loving tribute to his late mother and includes York Bowen's Phantasy for Viola and Piano, Op. 54; Rober
 
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k107.co.uk 'The Jazz Lounge' features Richard Ford & Luca

p.p1 {margin: 0.0px 0.0px 0.0px 0.0px; font: 12.0px 'Helvetica Neue'; color: #4d4d4d} On The Jazz Lounge with Grace Black for Wednesday 8th May & 15th, the musical world of Basso Profondissimo springs from the imagination of English bassist and producer Richard Ford. The collection was conceived and played on bass, creating a unique and surprising melding of sounds and adding some rough edges to the genres of jazz, ambient, bossa nova and neoclassical. Sharing some of the same musical landscape as Sigur Rós, Lyle Mays, Bebel Gilberto, ECM Records,
 
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Morten Lauridsen chats with Spokane Public Radio

A National Medal of Arts recipient and former composer-in-residence of the Los Angeles Master Chorale (1994–2001), American choral composer Morten Lauridsen is the country's most-performed choral composer and with over 200 albums containing his work, one of the most recorded. Recognized the world over, on his 75th birthday this year, the Chamber Choir of Europe recorded Lauridsen's landmark compositions, including two world premiere recordings, in close collaboration with the composer himself. Lauridsen joins Spokane PR Classical Music host - James Tevenan to discuss
 
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Chamber Music Society of Detroit commissions new Jessie Montgomery work / mySanAntonio.com

The world premiere of a piece for 16 strings will be featured in the Chamber Music Society of Detroit 's 75th anniversary season finale. "Trading Fours" will be performed next Sunday at Orchestra Hall during a concert featuring four American string quartets playing individually and collectively. The composer is Jessie Montgomery, who also will be performing as part of the Catalyst Quartet. The piece was commissioned by the Chamber Music Society of Detroit through contributions from about 120 donors and ticket buyers. The organization similarly commissioned Samuel Barber to compose a wor
 
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PublicRadio90: Classiclectic features Craig Swanson's 'French Suite Kit'

Craig Swanson is a pianist who is very familiar with Johann Sebastian Bach's French Suites, and is particularly fond of the Fourth suite in Eb Major.  He dreamed about the idea of "The French Suite Kit" since hearing Glenn Gould talk about the possibility of a "New Listener," who would control participation in the listening process. PublicRadio90 Michigan, Classiclectic host - Kurt Hauswirth spoke with Swanson about his experience with the music of J.S. Bach, his thoughts on Glenn Gould's philosophy, and his thoughts on how a listener can experience music. p.p1 {margin
 
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Beethoven's five piano concertos is focus of van Zweden - HK Phil's new season / South China Morning Post

The Hong Kong Philharmonic Orchestra under music director Jaap van Zweden will perform complete cycles of Beethoven's symphonies and concertos next season and the season after that to mark the 250th anniversary of the German composer's birth. Soloists Lang Lang, Rudolf Buchbinder, Rachel Cheung Wai-ching, Vikingur Olafsson and Nobuyuki Tsujii will accompany the orchestra in Beethoven's five piano concertos. "The diversity of programming is a little bit less in the coming season. That's because the central [focus] of the season is, of course, Beethoven and I think that's very important that
 
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VOCES8 - Barnaby Smith chats with Spokane Public Radio

VOCES8 - Enchanted Isle is an album of music reminiscent of rolling hills, green valleys, rugged mountainsides, and sleepy villages. It features reimagined pieces originally written for film or television (such as Lord of the Ringsand Game of Thrones), new arrangements of Scottish and Irish melodies, and compositions set to texts by great English poets. The ensemble's fourth album looks inward to the music of Britain in "Enchanted Isle." Barnaby Smith, a countertenor in the group, spoke with Spokane Public Radio's Jim Tenenan about this new project. Listen to the attached clip.
 
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Sistine Chapel Choir's unique sound is perfectly suited to the repertoire on 'O Crux Benedicta' / CD Hotlist

On my third time listening to this album, I finally realized what it was that struck me about it so strangely: its opening track is a piece of Gregorian chant on which the choir sounds absolutely eerie. The voices seem to be floating like mist out of a dark cave, which is fitting given the deep solemnity of the liturgical setting for which it's intended: Ash Wednesday, the first day of Lent. The remainder of the program is given over to polyphonic works by the likes of Palestrina, De Rore, Victoria, Festa, and Lasso, all of them chosen for liturgical purposes and all of them evoking the som
 
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The playing on Avi Avital's new J.S Bach album is outstanding / CD HotList

The mandolin has never gotten the respect it deserves in the context of classical music; these days in Europe it's most commonly associated with syrupy Neapolitan love songs, and in the US it's most widely known as a bluegrass instrument. But the repertoire of classical music featuring the mandolin is, if not vast, at least considerable, and one of the most notable composers to have used that instrument as a solo vehicle is Antonio Vivaldi, two of whose concerti (along with one trio sonata) are presented on this album by Julien Martineau. As lovely as these pieces are, though, what's really
 
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Ilan Eshkeri to guest on 90.1WUSB - SOUNDS OF FILM

Neo-classical UK-based composer Ilan Eshkeri is known for his acclaimed film scores, concert music and artist collaborations. His latest film score is for Sony Pictures Classics' THE WHITE CROW, a biopic on world-renowned Russian ballet dancer Rudolph Nureyev. The film is directed by Ralph Fiennes, who also stars in the movie. This is the third collaboration between Ilan Eshkeri and Ralph Fiennes. Through the years, Eshkeri has written a wide variety of film and television scores including STILL ALICE, STARDUST, SHAUN THE SHEEP, THE YOUNG VICTORIA, 47 RONIN, and THE INVISIBLE WOMAN. In
 
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Gustavo Dudamel, LA Phil - Celebrating John Williams is the WCLV: Recording of the Week

"There can be no real statistics to back up any of this, but it is surely obvious that John Williams has written by a long shot the most widely heard orchestral music of our time."  So began LA Times critic Mark Swed's review of the January 2019 concert contained on these two CDs. Mr. Swed continued, "How could it be otherwise with his scores that have all but defined blockbuster after blockbuster, decade after decade?  Certainly, no living composer has had more orchestral concerts devoted entirely to his music.  At 86, Williams himself may have lost count of his honors, to s
 
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Il Volo fulfills promise to Maltese fans with upcoming summer concert / Times of Malta

The three young Italian singers will keep the promise they made to their Maltese fans when Il Volo last performed here and will be returning to give a live concert in mid-July. Il Volo, who placed third at the 69th Sanremo Music Festival in February, are marking their 10th anniversary together with concerts around the world and their new album Musica. The concerts start in Japan later this month and will continue in Italy, various cities in Europe and even in Latin America. Piero Barone, Ignazio Boschetto and Gianluca Ginoble will sing at the Malta Fairs and Convention Centre, in Ta' Qali,
 
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Nicholas McGegan chats with Spokane Public Radio

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} In order to appease the somewhat provincial tastes of King Louis XV, composer Jean-Philippe Rameau and his librettist Voltaire altered the original version of Le Temple de la Gloire, and for centuries it was lost.  The manuscript was discovered-at the University of California, Berkeley's Jean Hargrove Music Library and was brought to the attention of conductor Nicholas McGegan.  For d
 
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Hauschka set for one night only return to Melbourne Recital Centre / Broadway World

Oscar-nominated German composer and pianist Hauschka, whose music expresses the immortal bond between music and nature, is coming back to Melbourne Recital Centre for one night only on Friday 28 June. Hauschka's music is a worthy companion to anyone who loves the journey over the destination. Populated with lush tones, pensive melodies and brooding rhythms, his works engage with our innate desire to connect more deeply with nature and ourselves. READ THE FULL Broadway World ARTICLE p.p1 {margin: 0.0px 0.0px 0.0px 0.0px; font: 12.0px 'Helvetica Neue'; color: #4d4d4d} p.p2
 
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Orchestra soars in Michael Fine premiere and Philip Mann farewell / Arkansas Democrat & Gazette

Maestro Philip Mann's nine-year tenure as music director and conductor of the Arkansas Symphony Orchestra ends this weekend with a spectacular program at Little Rock's Robinson Center. Opening with a world-premiere composition, the sixth and final concert of the season looks forward to the ASO's future artistic growth, nurtured by Mann, and offers through a well-loved composer a link to the maestro's earliest days with the orchestra. Michael Fine's Concerto for Oboe Section and String Orchestra -- a work suggested to the composer by Mann and receiving its first public pe
 
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The Piano Guys, set for Kiva Auditorium / Albuquerque Journal

The Piano Guys are touring in support of their new EP, "In Times of Distress." Leading up to tour, Jon Schmidt is a practicing fool. "You can't stink when the people are buying tickets and coming to the show," he says with a laugh. "That wouldn't be right to get out on stage and not be ready for the show." For the past month, Schmidt has spent hours in front the piano going over a stack of material. Schmidt is the pianist/composer of the group The Piano Guys. He is joined in the band by cellist Steven Sharp Nelson, videographer Paul Anderson and producer Al van der Beek. The quartet is
 
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Unearthed 'Getz At The Gate' augments legacy of the jazz great / udiscovermusic.

A previously unreleased recording of master jazz saxophonist Stan Getz and his quartet, recorded on 26 November 1961 at New York's Village Gate, will be released by Verve/UMe on 14 June. Getz At The Gate will be available as 2CD, 3LP and digital sets featuring every note performed that night by Getz with his new band of the time, featuring Steve Kuhn, John Neves and Roy Haynes. The show was professionally recorded with a view to possible commercial release but, after those plans were forgotten, the tape sat in the vaults for 58 years. The recording serves as a priceless document of a direct
 
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'Wireless gloves' now being made available to the public / Evening Standard

Pioneering wireless gloves which transform hand movements into music are being made available to the public following 10 years of painstaking development by scientists. The Mi.MU gloves use a range of sensors to translate gestures into sounds, meaning simple movements can lead to complex musical compositions. They can be preordered on the official website after nearly a decade of work by Grammy award-winning musician Imogen Heap and a team of computer scientists. General sale will begin on July 1 and fans can expect to pay £2,500 for the pair, or £1,250 each – "about t
 
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Jess Gillam becomes youngest ever saxophonist to reach top spot on UK 'classical album charts' / The Irish News

On the classical album charts, Jess Gillam, 20, has become the youngest ever saxophonist to reach the top spot with her album Rise. She said: "If someone had told me – when I first picked up a saxophone in the Barracudas Carnival Band in Barrow-on-Furness – that I would get a classical number one for my first album release, I wouldn't have believed them in a million years! It has been so exciting to record my debut with the team at Decca Classics, and special thanks to the producer John Harle, BBC Concert Orchestra and Milos for being a part of Rise. Music has been such an impor
 
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Pile, listening to Joep Beving / Brooklyn Vegan

Pile‘s new album Green and Gray is out today on Exploding In Sound Records, and it sees the Boston band's unique take on grungy post-hardcore in fine form. Pile are also gearing up for a tour that will hit Brooklyn's Music Hall of Williamsburg on May 23 with C.H.E.W. and Pelican Movement. As Pile are getting ready to hit the road, we asked the band what music they've been listening to lately, and all four members picked some songs and albums and wrote some commentary for each one. Here's a bit on Joep Beving's new recording – Henosis. This is the third in a trilogy o
 
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David Sanford and BMOP - Black Noise' resonates with history / I CARE IF YOU LISTEN

Black Noise (2019, BMOP/Sound) features three orchestral works by composer David Sanford, carefully interpreted by the Boston Modern Orchestra Project (BMOP) under the direction of Gil Rose, in which Sanford implicitly reflects on the complexity of this sonic history in a contemporary classical idiom. Exploring a variety of subjects and forms through his own evocative and narrative-driven compositional voice, Sanford makes progress towards his goal to "promote and normalize the contribution of Blacks in classical music." In the album's opening and eponymous composition, Black Noise (201
 
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The 'note between the notes' with David Krakauer

Only a select few artists have the ability to convey their message to the back row, to galvanize an audience with a visceral power that connects on a universal level. David Krakauer is such an artist. Widely considered one of the greatest clarinetists on the planet, he has been praised internationally as a key innovator in modern klezmer as well as a major voice in classical music. In 2015 he received a Grammy nomination in the Chamber Music/Small Ensemble category as soloist with the conductorless orchestra A Far Cry, and a Juno nomination for the CD Akoka with cellist Matt Haimovitz.
 
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See if you can find Fibonacci objects in the video

Utilizing Fibonacci math and sequences watch this video to locate Fibonacci objects. Produced by IMA and NAR Award finalist Lawrence Blatt, Fibonacci's Dream represents another unique recording in a catalog of releases always with specific theme in mind. On 'Longitudes and Latitudes, Blatt became interested in the gridded map of the earth that was first proposed by the Ancient Greek Explorers.  When recording his 'Out of the Woodwork,' the fingerstyle guitarist used a small-bodied 12-fret parlor guitar made with a German spruce top and Brazilian rose
 
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Countdown to 'Mozart Momentum' with Leif Ove Andsnes leading the Mahler Chamber Orchestra

The Kickoff is on   11 & 12 May 2019 - Frankfurt | Alte Oper Frankfurt,  followed by 5 more dates 14 May 2019 - Berlin | Berliner Philharmoniker 16 May 2019 - Grenoble | MC2: Maison de la culture de Grenoble 17 May 2019 - Evian | La Grange au Lac 18 May 2019 - Paris | Théâtre des Champs-Elysées 19 May 2019 - Lisbon | Gulbenkian Música Communication is an important element that we will be exploring in our four-year project. What are Leif Ove Andsnes' thoughts on the dialogues between piano and orchestra in Mozart's pi
 
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Ronn McFarlane visits NEPR studios for PRESTO podcast

American lutenist, composer and teacher Ronn McFarlane has been active nationally and internationally for over 40 years, both as a soloist and as a collaborator with other instrumentalists. McFarlane recently returned to some of his favorite repertory, 16th and 17th century Irish and Scottish music for his latest solo CD release, "The Celtic Lute". McFarlane visited the NEPR studios and talked with PRESTO's John Nowacki about his career and his music. LISTEN   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
 
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'Where's My Love' by SYML positively distinguishes itself on INDIE OBSESSIVE playlist

The outstanding emotive song of 2016 has surfaced. It's entitled "Where's My Love." The piano isn't complex. Nor is the support by the strings (cello, right?). The vocals aren't demanding. But the elements are combined in a manner that positively distinguishes the song from others in our playlist. "Where's My Love" is a track by SYML, which is the performance name of Brian Fennell. He was a founding member of the Seattle band Barcelona.    Lyrics of "Where's My Love" by SYML Cold bones, Yeah that's my love She hides away Like a ghost.  
 
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James Ehnes' encore w/SF Symphony was so thrilling, the audience called for another / San Francisco Chronicle

When musical soloists play particularly well - and often, frankly, when they don't - the audience will generally call them back for an encore. It's much less common for an encore to be so thrilling and so magnetic that it generates an encore of its own. But that's what happened during violinist James Ehnes' guest appearance with the San Francisco Symphony on Thursday, May 2. After his performance of Bruch's G-Minor Violin Concerto, patrons in Davies Symphony Hall said "Tell us more" - which led in turn to a second return trip. Ehnes returns with the San Francisco Sym
 
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Lara Downes releases recording of exceptional quality that celebrates the artistic spirit / textura

On earlier releases, Lara Downes celebrated Billie Holiday, Leonard Bernstein, and even America itself. On Holes in the Sky, the pianist shifts the focus to female artists and does so in a most expansive and encompassing manner. Works by contemporary composers, among them Elena Ruehr, Georgia Stitt, and Mary Kouyoumdjian, are presented alongside ones by earlier figures such as Florence Price, Hazel Scott, Lil Hardin Armstrong, and Billie Holiday; songs by iconic singer-songwriters Judy Collins and Joni Mitchell appear, and Downes also augments solo piano performances with ones featuring sin
 
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Ray Chen joins Alice Sara Ott for BBC Radio 3 - lunchtime at St Luke's / LONDONIST

Pianist Alice Sara Ott is a one-of-kind musician – a dazzling virtuoso as a soloist, a talented illustrator and designer, and a committed chamber musician, who relishes the opportunity to collaborate with other artists. For this series of BBC Radio 3 Concerts, Alice welcomes some of her closest colleagues for performances that showcase the joy of making music with others. For the first instalment, she is joined by another young star, violinist Ray Chen. Sit back and hear them performing a lunchtime concert from LSO St Luke's. SEE THE LONDONIST PAGE p.p1 {margin: 0.0px
 
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L.A. Weekly's 'goLA picks' Joshua Bell, Jeremy Denk & Steven Isserlis at the CSUN: Soraya

Joshua Bell is a flashy and stylish violinist who often appears as a star soloist with numerous orchestras, but in this May 8 concert at the CSUN: Soraya he breaks things down in a more intimate format, accompanied only by such classical-music luminaries as New York pianist Jeremy Denk and London cellist Steven Isserlis. Denk anchors this program of traditional piano trios by Mendelssohn, Shostakovich and Ravel, but the three merrily melodic works also give Isserlis and Bell plenty of room to demonstrate their own dazzling, high-flying technique. p.p1 {margin: 0.0px 0.0px 0.0px 0.0
 
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SYML's debut album is anything but / IRISH TIMES

Adopted as a child, SYML  ( former frontman of indie band Barcelona) discovered that his biological parents are Welsh, fuelling his curiosity about identity.  Swinging between sensitive pop-rock songs destined for the charts, such as the punchy and empathic Break Free, and experimental electronic songs, the singer-songwriter lays out all the elements of his life that define him. In a constant battle between darkness and light, Fennell uses the positives that surround him, like his family and friends, and uses their influence – good and bad – as a driving forc
 
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Ciao Italia! Sarah McKenzie stops by La7 Propaganda

As the 'Secrets of My Heart' tour moves through Italy, the collaboration reuniting Sarah with Chong Lim also includes a lineup of superb musicians, French bassist Pierre Boussaguet and Brazilian percussionist Rogerio Bocattoalongside guitarist Dan Wilson, drummer Donald Edwards, vibraphonist Warren Wolf,tenor saxophonist Troy Roberts, and cellist Jody Redhage Ferber(all of whom based in the United States). McKenzie penned the lion's share of Secrets of My Heart's 12 songs. Sarah says; Ciao Italia! I was just rehearsing with the studio band for my performance on
 
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Sarah McKenzie lives jazz as a beautiful bridge between tradition and our time / la Republica: Webnight Day

for 2 - MAY - 2019 - She is Australian, composes, sings, plays, is an artist with a beautiful album and a new project, "The secret of my heart", just released. Sarah McKenzie is a very good singer, pianist and composer who lives jazz as a beautiful bridge between tradition and our time. Secrets of My Heart, Sarah has reunited Sarah with Chong Lim and a band that includes French bassist Pierre Boussaguet and Brazilian percussionist Rogerio Bocattoalongside guitarist Dan Wilson, drummer Donald Edwards, vibraphonist Warren Wolf,tenor saxophonist Troy Roberts, and cellist Jody Redhage Ferb
 
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Sarah McKenzie speaks with Italy's RAI News 24

As Sarah McKenzie's return with Secrets of My Heart moves to Italy, Sarah was interviewed by Italian music journalist legend Fausto Pellegrini for RAI News 24 - the Italian state-run news channel which reaches millions of people. For Secrets of My Heart, Sarah has reunited with Chong Lim with a band lineup that includes French bassist Pierre Boussaguet and Brazilian percussionist Rogerio Bocattoalongside guitarist Dan Wilson, drummer Donald Edwards, vibraphonist Warren Wolf,tenor saxophonist Troy Roberts, and cellist Jody Redhage Ferber(all of whom based in the United States). McKe
 
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