David Bowie's legacy continues under the expert direction of Mike Garson / Louder Than War

The magnificent legacy of David Bowie continues unabated as Ian Corbridge joined the massed gathering of Bowie's alumni, under the expert direction of Mike Garson, as A Bowie Celebration swept into Manchester at the start of another world tour.  It is still hard to believe that it is now over four years since David Bowie left this mortal coil and moved on to entertain those in another dimension. The morning of the 10th January 2016 is one of those moments I will never forget when the news filtered through on the radio and news apps confirming that only 2 days after the momentous re
 
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Busting myths and belting high notes. There's a lot to love about opera / npr: Weekend Edition Sunday

We've been starting this new year off with genres of music you might not listen to, or that you say you're not a fan of - so far, we've covered jazz, country and deep house. One of those styles of music people love to say they hate is opera, so we asked NPR's resident opera expert Tom Huizenga to explain what he loves about the music and to soothe some common opera-related anxieties. Well there's a lot to love about opera. For one thing, it's one of the most complicated art forms because, if you think about it: you've got drama, you've got music, you'
 
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udiscovermusic. picks 20 of the best music arrangers over the past century. Artists you've heard but not seen

You may not know they exist, but the best music arrangers can lift a song to new heights, making all the difference to whether it's a hit or not. Any musical composition can be reconceptualised – Franz Liszt arranged his own works for piano and transformed Bach's organ music – and the best music arrangers in jazz, pop and rock have become world famous. (Quincy Jones and Nelson Riddle are just two of the absolute modern masters.) Music arrangers can decide which instruments will be used, which notes will be repeated, and what sections of the music are repeated and in which or
 
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Voodoo ceremonies and cross-cultural jams: Inside Jackson Browne's all-star Haiti benefit LP / RollingStone

With help from Jenny Lewis, a member of the Head and the Heart, and others, the singer-songwriter forged new musical alliances, documented on ‘Let the Rhythm Lead.' Over the decades, Browne has found himself in some unusual situations linked to his music: singing in a jail cell after being arrested while protesting the opening of a nuclear power plant, or recording an album (Running on Empty) on tour buses and in hotel rooms. To that list, Browne can now add witnessing a voodoo ceremony in Haiti. "People would go into this kind of trance," the singer-songwriter recalls of
 
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Dvorak & Khachaturian Violin Concertos is a wholly enjoyable coupling with Rachel Barton-Pine in good form throughout / MusicWeb International

Rachel Barton-Pine is one of my very favourite violinists. There are a number of reasons for this but, in essence, it is her fusion of rock-solid yet scintillating technique allied to brilliant musicianship as well as intelligent and stimulating programming. The liner mentions that she has recorded 39 discs which, by definition, covers the bulk of the core violin repertoire as well as many fascinating rarities. Previously her albums have often been an interesting juxtaposition of the familiar and the rare. Here, although the coupling is unusual, each of the two concerti are well-known. 
 
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Decca Classics releases: Sheku Kanneh-Mason - Elgar / The Violin Channel

Recorded with conductor Sir Simon Rattle and the London Symphony Orchestra, the disc features the Elgar Cello Concerto in E Minor, Frank Bridge's ‘4 Short Pieces‘, Ernest Bloch's ‘Prelude‘ and ‘From Jewish Life‘, Gabriel Faure's ‘Elegie‘, Julius Klengel's ‘Hymnus‘ – plus a number of new cello arrangements of Elgar's ‘Enigma Variations‘ and ‘Romance‘ and the traditional folk songs ‘Scarborough Fair‘ and ‘Blow the Wind Southerly‘. "The main piece on the album is Elgar's Cello
 
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Rachel Barton Pine takes WETA through her favorite moments of the Dvorak - Khachaturian Concertos

WETA Evening Host James Jacobs speaks with world renowned violinist Rachel Barton Pine about her latest album on the Avie label, a pairing of the violin concertos of Antonín Dvořák and Aram Khachaturian, in which she collaborates with the Royal Scottish National Orchestra and conductor Teddy Abrams. In this wide-ranging conversation Ms. Pine takes us through her favorite moments of both works, analyzes the ways in which both concertos are derived from the folk music of the countries of their respective composers, and reveals the joy she felt in discovering a connection be
 
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Andris Nelsons, Vienna Philharmonic - Beethoven Complete Symphonies is the WFMT: Featured New Released

Andris Nelsons has joined forces with the Vienna Philharmonic to record Beethoven's nine symphonies for Deutsche Grammophon. The release marks the start of the label's celebration of the 250th anniversary of Beethoven's birth in 2020. Beethoven has been central to Nelsons' work since he began his career. The Latvian conductor garnered rave reviews for his 2013-14 Beethoven cycle with the City of Birmingham Symphony Orchestra and scored critical acclaim for more recent Beethoven performances as Music Director of the Boston Symphony Orchestra and Leipzig Gewandhaus Orchestra. p.p1 {m
 
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Black Oak Ensemble discusses 'Silenced Voices' with All Classical Portland

2020 (specifically, January 27) marks the 75th anniversary of the liberation of Auschwitz, the WWII concentration camp that is symbolic of the persecution and murder of millions of Jews and other groups by the Nazi regime.  In addition to the handful of people who survived the camps, a small body of art, including music, has emerged over time.  Music written by prisoners of the Nazis who persevered in their art despite the conditions.  The string trio Black Oak Ensemble (violinist Desirée Ruhrstrat, violist Aurélian Fort Pederzoli and cellist David Cunliffe) fir
 
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  Interview with All Classical Portland's John Pitman

Ted Poor - 'Only You' feat. Andrew D'Angelo makes this week's 'Play MPE Top 10 Downloads and Streams'

You Already Know, the New Deal/Impulse! debut from the acclaimed drummer Ted Poor - "a trustworthy engine in countless modern-jazz settings,"  (New York Times) isn't your typical jazz drummer's recording, almost defiantly so. But if you're at all familiar with the Seattle-based Poor's explorative career-or the wide-ranging work of his principal collaborators here, the deeply influential guitarist-producer Blake Mills and the saxophonist Andrew D'Angelo-this should come as no surprise. After all, Poor has proven equally brilliant in bands led by the visionary ava
 
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'Common Tones in Simple Time' from OSM: Kent Nagano - The John Adams Album is 'Out of the Box' on 99.5WCRB: Boston

"Common Tones in Simple Time" is featured on a 'minimalist' album brimming with sublime subtlety, which, like so many things in life, is much more than it first appears. The Montréal Symphony Orchestra's The John Adams Album presents some of John Adams's most spectacular orchestral works. Included are the Schoenberg-inspired "Harmonielehre," the fast-paced "Short Ride in a Fast Machine," and Adams's first minimalist orchestral work, our focus this week on Out of the Box, "Common Tones in Simple Time." Minimalism is, broadly speaking, a compositional style characterize
 
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Dispelling the stereotypes of classical crossover with Jim James & Teddy Abrams / WFMT

The classical crossover is not a new phenomenon, but it certainly is on the rise. In the 20th and 21st centuries, classical music has seen a boom in music that blends genres. But the word "crossover" does imply that these genres were never meant to converge, which is wrong. Throughout the history of classical music, great work has developed from such intersections. Think Aaron Copland's use of Mexican folk dances in his El Salón México, Maurice Ravel's jazz references in his violin sonatas, or the Romani "Csárdás" of Johannes Brahms's Hungarian Dances.  
 
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1917 is a major hit. It's nominated for 10 Oscars, including best film, best director and, of course, best music by composer Thomas Newman / Soundtrack WORLD

The movie 1917, directed by Sam Mendez, is a major hit in theatres. It is nominated for 10 Oscars, including best film, best director and, of course, best music. Composer Thomas Newman has been collaborating with Mendez since Mendez's first film American Beauty. Some of his movies had amazing scores, featuring Newman's famous piano melodies that I love, such as American Beauty and The Road to Perdition. 1917 would be a very different movie though, where during The Great War, two English soldiers have to cross through German-occupied territory as fast as possible to deliver a message. The wh
 
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Joyce DiDonato - Songplay makes WCRB '5 albums to watch at the 2020 GRAMMY Awards'

The 2020 GRAMMY Awards air this Sunday night! One of the GRAMMY-nominated classical albums we've had our eye on this year is Songplay by Joyce DiDonato, Nominated for: Best Classical Solo Vocal Album. Why we love it: Here's what DiDonato herself told us in an interview about this album that takes classical songs like Rosa's "Tu lo sai" and Giordani's "Caro mio ben" and gives them a jazz treatment: "Just give this a chance, just listen. Your heart is gonna explode open." There you have it. SEE THE FULL WCRB: Boston ARTICLE
 
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Nicola Benedetti - Wynton Marsalis: Violin Concerto, Fiddle Dance Suite makes WCRB '5 albums to watch at the 2020 GRAMMY Awards'

The 2020 GRAMMY Awards air this Sunday night! One of the GRAMMY-nominated classical albums we've had our eye on this year is Marsalis: Violin Concerto, Fiddle Dance Suite / Nicola Benedetti, Cristian Macelaru, Philadelphia Orchestra, Nominated for: Best Classical Instrumental Solo; Best Contemporary Classical Composition. Why we love it: In our Instant Replay: 006, Chris Voss wrote: "Such a cool new album, featuring a violin concerto and a dance suite written for violinist Nicola Benedetti by jazz-master Wynton Marsalis. Both pieces fuse the classical, jazz, and folk worlds into a b
 
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Paul Merkelo speaks with FM91 - Toledo about 'The Enlightened Trumpet'

Trumpet virtuoso (and principal of the Montreal Symphony Orchestra) Paul Merkelo has a new recording out on Sony Classical, which features stand-out performances of four popular concertos – all composed during The Age of Enlightenment in Europe (as Paul explains in this interview, the trumpet and its music was itself going through some changes during this period). Paul brings three different trumpets (including one of them custom made) for fresh and fantastic performances of works by Haydn, Telemann, Leopold Mozart, and Hummel. FM91 - Toledo OH, music host; Brad Cresswell spoke wi
 
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  Interview with WGTE's Brad Cresswell

Performances are superb on William Susman's 'Collision Point' as crystalline music shines / Fanfare

Back in Fanfare 38:2, I wrote about a disc of William Susman's music entitled Scatter My Ashes. Like the current disc, similarly on the Belarca label, playing time was short, but a sense of fun and enjoyment of life was long. Susman's minimalist tendencies are fully on display again in this release, itself entitled Collision Point. Scored for flute, alto sax, violin, cello and piano four-hands, Camille (2010) is based on the Afro-Cuban clave rhythm, with 3+2 layered against 2+3 in the first movement, "Vitality". Susman suggests the aural equivalent is that of Escher's woodcut Illustrati
 
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Pianist Magazine picks this year's unmissable Beethoven events

2020 marks 250 years since the birth of Beethoven. There are sonatas, concertos, marathons and more: We offer a taste of things to come in 2020. What better place to start than with ‘A' for Sir András Schiff. He has several Beethoven-themed performances scheduled throughout 2020, starting out with an all-sonata recital programme (including the ‘Moonlight') at Chicago's Orchestra Hall on 29 March. If you've already got plans that night, don't worry, he appears at the same venue two days later on 31 March – with a different assortment of sonatas (the ‘Les Ad
 
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Nicholas McGegan, Philharmonia Baroque have been great for each other / The Mercury News interview

Nicholas McGegan is back in the Bay Area this week, preparing an innovative, gender-fluid production of Handel's "Aci, Galatea, e Polifemo." Innovative isn't a word often used to describe early music performance, but McGegan, the acclaimed music director of the Philharmonia Baroque Orchestra, has been expanding the boundaries of the form for more than three decades. A co-production with the New York based venue and arts presenter National Sawdust, "Aci" opens Jan. 24 at ODC following a bracing 2017 run in New York. Handel's experimental early opera is directed by Christopher Alden and s
 
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Derek Bermel's GRAMMY nominated album tells the story of northward Migration / Classical101 - WOSU: Columbus

It was a fateful trip to the art museum. That trip decades ago, when Derek Bermel was just a kid - long before he became an award-winning composer and clarinetist -  that has landed Bermel on the list of Grammy Award nominees. On that trip through the galleries of New York City's Museum of Modern Art, Bermel first saw Migration Series, a series of 60 paintings by the 20th century African American painter Jacob Lawrence, and telling the story of African Americans' migration from the rural south to the north during and just after World War I. Inspired by those paintings, Bermel's Mig
 
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Jeff Goldblum and The Mildred Snitzer Orchestra perform 'The Beat Goes On' / The Kelly Clarkson Show

After his live set being hailed as one of Glastonbury 2019's most iconic moments, Jeff Goldblum announced from the stage that a brand new record was in the works. The release turned out to be an album which made the listener smile even more than his first recordding. If that is possible. With his long-time band The Mildred Snitzer Orchestra, the enticingly-titled album I Shouldn't Be Telling You This on Decca Records features an impressive array of surprising duet guests. Goldblum and the band recently appeared on The Kelly Clarkson Show. WATCH Jeff Gold
 
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Former Celtic Woman member Chloe Agnew rejoins tour for 15th anniversary / Greensboro News & Record

Former Celtic Woman member Chloë Agnew has rejoined the group as a special guest for its 15th anniversary tour, including a June 4 stop at the new Steven Tanger Center for the performing Arts. The Celebration tour will bring the successful Irish female group to more than 80 North American cities, according to a news release announcing the local tour date. Agnew is an original member of Celtic Woman. She joined the group at age 15, performing around the world for a decade, and is featured on 14 albums and DVDs. She returns to the show to celebrate a special milestone, showcasin
 
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There's something about Max Richter's music that triggers deep emotions / npr: Tiny Desk Concert

Half way through this performance of Max Richter's achingly beautiful On The Nature Of Daylight, I looked around our NPR Music office and saw trembling chins and tearful eyes. Rarely have I seen so many Tiny Desk audience members moved in this way. There's something about Max Richter's music that triggers deep emotions. In Daylight, which has been effectively used in movies such as Arrival and Shutter Island, a simple theme rolls out slowly in the low strings until a violin enters with a complimentary melody in a higher register. Richter, at the keyboard, adds a subterranean
 
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'Sgt. Pepper' reunites former Bad Plus pianist; Ethan Iverson with his mentor, choreographer; Mark Morris / Minneapolis Star Tribune

Choreographer Mark Morris was "an adorable child" (his words) when he first heard "Sgt. Pepper's Lonely Hearts Club Band." Jazz pianist and composer Ethan Iverson hadn't been born when it was released. Decades later, they came together over the Beatles' masterpiece to make something new. "Pepperland" arrives Saturday at the Northrop in Minneapolis, with 17 dancers, a singer, six musicians (Morris performs exclusively to live music) and Elizabeth Kurtzman's colorful Carnaby Street-smart costumes. Commissioned by the city of Liverpool for the album's 50th anniversary in 2017, the show is
 
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Jazz Society presents Kate McGarry / Napa Valley Register

The Napa Valley Jazz Society begins its second decade of live performances by leading jazz artists with a performance by vocalist Kate McGarry. The 2019 Grammy nominee for Best Jazz Vocal CD will appear with guitarist Keith Ganz and his trio at Blue Note on Sunday, Jan. 26, at 4 p.m. Kate McGarry has performed at Carnegie Hall, Lincoln Center, and Birdland, the Newport Jazz Festival, Berlin Jazz Fest, and Jazz Baltica. She has performed, recorded or toured with such jazz luminaries as Hank Jones, Clark Terry, Archie Shepp, Fred Hersch, Kurt Elling, Maria Schneider, John Hollenbeck and T
 
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Robert Thies & Damjan Krajacic use a passionate brush to paint vivid soundscapes on Blue Landscapes III: Frontiers / Artisan Music Reviews

Our planet is often referred to as the Blue Planet and for good reason. The surface is 74% water, some of it is frozen, and the rest is land. There is much to be inspired by on our beautiful, rocky blue ball and Robert Thies & Damjan Krajacic on their third installment of their Blue Landscapes Series, Blue Landscapes III: Frontiers use a broad and passionate brush to paint vivid soundscapes for all to enjoy. This album is fifteen tracks of contemporary and ambient themes featuring poignant piano and evocative flute. Robert is the pianist, Damjan is the flutist. Both are globetrottin
 
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Leonard Bernstein Biopic, directed by and starring Bradley Cooper, moves forward with Netflix / The Bulletin Time

On the heels of Oscar nods for The Irishman and Marriage Story, Netflix has secured the rights to the in-development biopic of Leonard Bernstein from Bradley Cooper. The Oscar nominee will direct and star throughout the film; he moreover co-wrote the script with Josh Singer and is among the many many producers. The deal marks Paramount's departure from the Amblin mission. Producing alongside Cooper, based mostly on Deadline, are Martin Scorsese, Steven Spielberg (who's moreover directing one different upcoming Bernstein-related mission: West Aspect Story), Todd Phillips (beneath his and
 
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Ace Vaptsarov to join composer team at Penka Kouneva Studios / yahoo finance

Penka Kouneva, the renowned game and film composer of 'exquisite talent' (Forbes) is excited to announce that she has appointed the award-winning composer Ace Vaptsarov to join her composer team at Penka Kouneva Studios, Inc. Penka Kouneva is a Hollywood composer whose music has been called "fantastic" (Billboard) and "breath-taking" (NPR), whose studio span four fields of entertainment (film, TV, video games and theme parks/Virtual reality). She scored the iconic games Prince of Persia: Forgotten Sands and co-scored Transformers: Revenge of the Gallen video games, The Mummy VR
 
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Win tickets to Ground Up Music Festival! courtesy of Miami New Times

Want to see artists like Chris Potter, Snarky Puppy, Camila Meza, & more?! We're giving awya a pair of GA tickets to one lucky winner who will be able to atend all three days of Ground Up Music Festival! Not onyl is this festival full of your favorite artists, but it's on the beach! What better way to spend your Valentine's Day weekend than on the beach, with your significant other, and great music?! Win Tickets to Ground Up Music Festival! When: February 14-16th Where: Miami Beach REGISTER TO WIN via Miami New Times p.p1 {margin: 0.0px 0.0px 0.0px 0.0
 
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Lang Lang is elegant, quirky, and magical in Beethoven concerto with HK Phil / South China Morning Post

Lang Lang is back. The serious left-arm injury of 2017 that left the star Chinese pianist out of action for a year seemed all but forgotten in his performance of Beethoven's second piano concerto with the Hong Kong Philharmonic Orchestra under the baton of music director Jaap van Zweden, on Thursday.  His performance, combining elegance with great technique and plenty of flamboyant hand gestures, made for an eccentric and entertaining centrepiece to an all-Beethoven concert. Photo: Ka Lam p.p1 {margin: 0.0px 0.0px 0.0px 0.0px; font: 12.0px 'Helvetica Neue'; color: #4d
 
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Vikingur Olafsson's much-anticipated new Debussy - Rameau album makes the GRAMOPHONE 'Listening Room'

James Jolly's fortnightly playlist includes a taster of Víkingur Ólafsson's much-anticipated new album 'Debussy - Rameau', Ruby Hughes singing Rhian Samuel's Clytemnestra, Jean-Philippe Collard in Granados's Goyescas and Sheku Kanneh-Mason's Elgar Cello Concerto with Sir Simon Rattle One of the most hotly anticipated albums this quarter is the third release for DG by Gramophone's current Artist of the Year, Víkingur Ólafsson. It's called 'Debussy - Rameau' (due out on March 27). It combines music by two composers &Oacut
 
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Sheku Kanneh-Mason - Elgar makes the GRAMOPHONE 'Listening Room'

James Jolly's fortnightly playlist includes a taster of Víkingur Ólafsson's much-anticipated new album 'Debussy - Rameau', Ruby Hughes singing Rhian Samuel's Clytemnestra, Jean-Philippe Collard in Granados's Goyescas and Sheku Kanneh-Mason's Elgar Cello Concerto with Sir Simon Rattle. A big concerto this week – the much-hyped Elgar from Sheku Kanneh-Mason (it's been a while since I saw an advert on the Tube for a mainstream classical album). It's an impressive release, with solo playing of big personality and a magnificently handled orches
 
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Gabriel Kahane picks the brains of students ahead of his Orlando Philharmonic performance / Positively Osceola

Young gifted artists like the ones that fill the halls and classrooms of Osceola County School for the Arts can spend each school day learning and expanding their talents and passion for the arts. It's one thing to sing, or to be proficient in playing an instrument, or to compose music, but it's something entirely different to do it so well that your drive is about performing and sharing that gift with others. So when arts-based students hear from someone who's gone down that "performance" road, and found success miles down it, they ask questions and absorb whatever they can. Or, in the
 
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'Why We Hate' podcast with Laura Karpman

Laura Karpman (Underground, Paris Can Wait, Step, Black Nativity) has scored the Discovery docu-series Why We Hate. The show is directed by Geeta Gandbhir & Sam Pollard and investigates the human capacity for hatred and how we can overcome it. The 6-parter traces the evolutionary basis of hate and uses stories from past and present to reveal the nature of the primal and universal emotion. Steven Spielberg, Alex Gibney (Taxi to the Dark Side, Enron: The Smartest Guys in the Room) and Frank Marshall (Jurassic World, The Sixth Sense) are executive producing the Amblin Television &
 
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Anne Akiko Meyers set to record Arvo Part's new composition dedicated to her; Estonian Lullaby

Right before Christmas, Anne Akiko Meyers received a beautiful handwritten manuscript of legendary composer, Arvo Pärt's new composition, Estonian Lullaby, dedicated to the violinist. Completely speechless upon receiving this tremendous work, Meyers decided to record the piece and will do so this week at the DiMenna Center for Classical Music in New York City with pianist, Reiko Uchida. Look for the exclusive release this spring! AAM is excited and can't wait for everyone to listen and feel the extraordinary beauty of this great composer's music!!   p.p1 {mar
 
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IUP's Lively Arts Program set to present Project Trio / The Penn

IUP's Lively Arts Program and the Kovalchick Convention and Athletic Complex both have a wide range of performances and events planned for the upcoming 2020 spring semester. On Tuesday, from 8 p.m. to 10 p.m. in the Gorell Recital Hall on the second floor of Sutton Hall, there will be a chamber music ensemble titled "Project Trio" which features three composers and performers that come from Brooklyn. Their performance will showcase their classical training and an assortment of musical tastes and styles. All audience members can enjoy free admission to this unique event and are promised
 
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Khatia Buniatishvili plays the Liszt 'Piano Concerto no. 2 in A Major' with fury and craftmanship at Kravis Center / Palm Beach Daily News

The Royal Philharmonic Orchestra opened a promising Sunday evening at the Kravis Center. Pianist Khatia Buniatishvili took the stage to perform Franz Liszt's "Piano Concerto no. 2 in A Major," S125. Benjamin Mellefont on clarinet had gorgeous moments with brief soloistic passages. A homogeneous violin section expertly blended every pitch and dynamic swell. It was a pleasure to witness the precision of articulation and bowing in the strings of the orchestra, allowing the audience to bathe in the beautiful Lisztian sound palette. Buniatishvili played with a fury that denoted battle and vi
 
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GoldenPlec interviews Bela Fleck

Banjo jazz? It sounds like a euphemism for something questionable. But though the banjo is often associated with white roots and folk music, it actually has its origins in the same Afro-American tradition that gave rise to blues and jazz - so the association isn't so strange after all. And then again, Béla Fleck has never been particularly concerned with genres. Named after composer Béla Bartók, in his 30-year career Fleck has been nominated for grammies for Folk, Country, Bluegrass, Jazz, Pop and World Music. He's won 14 times for both his own work with the Fleckto
 
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Sundance 2020 - offscreen events will host Max Richter's 'Sleep' / But Why Tho?

Sundance Institute will curate dozens of offscreen events, including behind-the-scenes panels on the art of filmmaking, musical performances and – around the theme of Imagined Futures – a public Bonfire and several extended post-screening conversations (known as IF Screenings), at the 2020 Sundance Film Festival taking place in Park City, Salt Lake City, and Sundance, Utah, January 23 through February 2, 2020. "Our offscreen programming provides a powerful cultural temperature check – it is an expression of what is preoccupying artists, bot  in terms of their own
 
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The Jake Shimabukuro trio will show Asheville their energy when they play The Orange Peel / Citizen Times

There's typically been a difference in the albums that ukulele virtuoso Jake Shimabukuro records and how he performs his compositions in concert. That difference is the amount of instrumentation, mostly drums, that are absent from the road. Shimabukuro made the difficult decision to not use drums on his upcoming project, an album titled "Trio" that will be released on Feb. 14. "The reason I wanted to do that is that because, even as much as I love the drums and the energy drums bring to an album, I felt that sometimes the sounds of the drums can hide some of the subtle nuances in the electr
 
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Simon Rattle and the LSO unearth Beethoven's only oratorio, and it could hardly be bettered / FINANCIAL TIMES

A year or two ago people must have been scratching their heads at orchestras around the world trying to think of a novel and interesting way to mark Beethoven's 250th anniversary. A complete cycle of the symphonies will have been pencilled in (the Barbican is offering two, of radically different kinds), but where to go from there? It might seem that there are no little-known works of any size by Beethoven left, but Simon Rattle and the London Symphony Orchestra set out to prove otherwise. Their choice fell on a performance of his only oratorio, Christus am Ölberge. What Rattle
 
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Sony Classical announces new 'Otello' with Jonas Kaufmann / OPERAWIRE

Sony Classical has announced a new recording of Verdi's "Otello" starring Jonas Kaufmann in the title role, and is set for release in March. The new recording is also set to star Carlos Alvarez as Iago and Federica Lombardi as Desdemonda with Antonio Pappano conducting the orchestra and choir Accademia Nazionale di Santa Cecilia. This album will mark Kaufmann's first CD recording of the role, which he has performed in London and Munich to great acclaim. Sony Classical previously released a DVD of his Royal Opera House appearance which OperaWire called, "One of History's Great Otellos."
 
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Paste celebrates MLK Day with footage from 1984 Kennedy Center tribute

When you think of Americans-or people anywhere-who truly changed the United States and the world for generations to come, there aren't very many that come to mind. However, Rev. Martin Luther King Jr. is certainly a member of those hallowed few. As a preacher, civil rights leader and progressive activist, he inspired many and moved the needle in America despite vigorous pushback. We might not see him as a controversial figure now, but during his lifetime, he was nowhere near unanimously loved. It's truly tragic that he never lived to see the progress that he helped set into motion,
 
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Welcome to Birdland, the jazz corner of the world / Forbes

"Welcome to Birdland, the jazz corner of the world," said Kurt Elling as he swung into Bob Dylan's "A Hard Rain's Gonna Fall." The performance was taking place in the upstairs Birdland Theatre where every wall was covered with framed photographs of jazz musicians and every seat in the house was taken - no wonder; this Grammy-Award winning singer/songwriter, dressed sharply in a brown suit, has been called the standout male jazz vocalist of our time. He turned every song, including "A Hard Rain's Gonna Fall" into a jazzy ballad as he sang in his rich baritone voice and scatted across four oc
 
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The Wood Brothers sing of the cyclical progression of life, chuckle at people being human, and resolve to make things better / Something Else! Review

The Wood Brothers sing of the cyclical progression of life, chuckle at people being human, and resolve to make better the things they can control and not worry about the rest. These are some of the broad, introspective themes found all over their seventh studio long player Kingdom In My Mind. And it all came about organically as they were breaking in their new Nashville studio, without them realizing they were forming a cohesive set of recordings. Oliver Wood (guitars), Chris Wood (bass, harmonica) and Jano Rix (drums, everything else) had been a confessional singer-songwriter troupe go
 
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Nicola Benedetti & Angelique Kidjo will perform at 2020 GRAMMY premiere ceremony / GRAMMY.com

The Recording Academy announced that preceding the 62nd Annual GRAMMY Awards telecast, the Premiere Ceremony will be hosted by two-time GRAMMY winner and current nominee Imogen Heap and feature a number of performances by current GRAMMY nominees. Currently slated to perform are classical violinist Nicola Benedetti, jazz legend Chick Corea, folk music supergroup I'm With Her, West African sensation Angélique Kidjo and Best New Artist nominee Yola. The live stream of the 2020 GRAMMY Premiere Ceremony will remain on GRAMMY.com as video on demand for 90 days following the ev
 
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Imogen Heap to host GRAMMY awards premiere ceremony / HYPEBOT

Innovative musician and artist advocate Imogen Heap will host this year's Grammy Awards Premiere Ceremony. The Grammy Awards Premiere Ceremony features the many awards that will not be included in the nighttime CBS broadcast. Nicola Benedetti, Chick Corea, I'm With Her, Angélique Kidjo and Yola are among the performers to be streamed live via GRAMMY.com on Sunday, Jan. 26th from 12:30 – 3:30 PM PT Presenting the first GRAMMY Awards of the day will be current nominees Luis Fonsi, Nathalie Joachim, Kimié Miner, PJ Morton, Esperanza Spalding and former Recording Academy
 
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Lucas Debargue dazzles sold-out Koerner Hall audience in canadian recital debut / Ludwig Van Toronto

Every once in a while a young pianist emerges who can challenge established ideas of performance and interpretation. It is usually a generational occurrence, one that everyone talks about, and over the past four years or so since his heartstoppingly unconventional performances at the 2015 International Tchaikovsky Competition, people have been talking about Lucas Debargue, rapturously and unceasingly. Other pianists have been extolled for their extraordinary neurological control (Yuja Wang) or perhaps their exemplary interpretive prowess (Khatia Buniatishvili) or even virtuoso breadth c
 
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Jesse Cook is going to get your attention with HEY! / Cashbox Canada

Award-winning and Internationally acclaimed guitarist, composer and producer Jesse Cook has swirled together Spanish guitar and Algerian violin and gumbri into an infectious musical mashup with multi-instrumentalist Fethi Nadjem for "HEY!" - a special single release, available January 10, 2020. "Some people think world music is anthropological field recordings," says Cook of the collaboration. "That's not my vibe…"Global music is the future, (and) I like it loud and bombastic!" And so sets the tone for "HEY!", the duo's global music mashup. The track was created soon after Co
 
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Devonte Hynes' synthetic pop aesthetics blend with Third Coast Percussion's soundscape magic for 'Fields' / I CARE IF YOU LISTEN

On October 11, 2019, pop music star Devonté Hynes (a.k.a. Blood Orange) released his debut classical album Fields in partnership with Grammy-Award winning ensemble Third Coast Percussion on Cedille Records. The album features world premieres of Hynes' music performed by Third Coast Percussion, with Hynes himself on synthesizers. Hynes' synthetic sounds blend pop aesthetics with classical and ambient soundscape composition, creating a foundation over which Third Coast Percussion works its magic as virtuoso performers. Hynes' cycle For all its Fury for Third Coast Percussion in col
 
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Downton Abbey - the film, set for release on DVD and Blu-ray in the UK / Harwich and Manningtree Standard

THE film from the hit drama created by West Stafford resident Julian Fellowes will be released on DVD and Blu-ray in the UK from January 27. It is already available to download and stream from streaming services. Downton Abbey the film (PG, 122 minutes) was an enormous hit on the big screen and a sequel is already in the works.  Downton Abbey is a crowd-pleasing frippery of froth, which assiduously ties up loose narrative threads from the acclaimed TV series and unpicks a few new ones. Michael Engler's film is comfortingly and disappointingly familiar, welcoming back most of th
 
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Need your film scored? Need a bloody good job? Call Thomas Newman / off the tracks

Thomas Newman long ago proved himself as one of the safest sets of hands in the film-scoring trade. Need your film scored? Need a bloody good job? Well, you'd call any of the Newmans of course, it's the family trade but Thomas, from the early 2000s, has been never less than quality – and he is a master of the careful, thoughtful integration of traditional strings and moody new shapes from synths and electronics. Subtle, wise. He hasn't made a clanger. He also is recognisable without ever really repeating himself. I knew that it was a Thomas Newman score from the opening frames
 
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Roberto Fonseca discusses new album and tour with France24

Roberto Fonseca has been enchanting jazz fans in Havana since he was 15. As the prodigious pianist once again heads a list of stars at the 35th edition of the Havana Jazz Festival, he spoke to AFP about his new -- and ninth -- album. "Music is like water: it's indispensible for life," Fonseca said as he took a break from practicing in a cramped appartement in Havana. "Aggua" -- a misspelled word meaning water -- is one of the tracks on his new album, "Yesun." The album's name is a recognition of his African roots, combining the words Yemaya -- the Yoruba goddess of the seas -- with
 
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Robert Thies, Damjan Krajacic - Blue Landscapes III is a visit to the frontiers you don't want to miss / Newage Music Guide

One would think that a genre like New Age music, with its free-flowing nature and few restrictions, would motivate artists to improvisation – but that is not the case. It is a shame since improvisation done right can be magical. One such inspired release is Robert Thies and Damjan Krajacic's third installment in the "Blue Landscapes – Music from a Quieter Place" series, called "Frontiers". The songs' ultra-light structure and meditative atmosphere make the album perfect for dreaming and creative work. It is a visit to the frontiers you don't want to miss. Blue Landscapes III: Fr
 
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'Arts for the Soul' brings Sofia Rei to Lincoln / Lincoln Journal Star

The Arts for the Soul music and fine arts series will bring renowned vocalist Sofia Rei in concert on Saturday, Jan. 25, at Lincoln NE - First Presbyterian Church. Folklore and futurism, graceful elegance and raw passion, virtuosic precision and spontaneous exploration all merge together in the music of this award-winning vocalist, songwriter and producer. Redefining authenticity from an intensely personal perspective, Rei has carried diverse Latin American traditions from her native Buenos Aires to the multi-cultural mecca of New York City, where she fused those sounds with jazz, clas
 
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Now and then a collaboration comes along that grabs your attention - Ola Onabule and The Hazelrigg Brothers / Jazz In Europe

Now and then a collaboration comes along that grabs your attention and earlier this week this is exactly what happened when the new EP from vocalist Ola Onabule and The Hazelrigg Brothers hit our mailbox. Ola Onabule is, of course, no stranger to Jazz In Europe readers however The Hazelrigg Brothers maybe a little less known and we expect that this release will somewhat change that perspective. For those readers not familiar with Ola Onabule, a simple Google search will deliver enough material to keep your eyes and ears busy for quite some time.  However, I think it appropriate to
 
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Rachel Barton Pine discusses Dvorak & Khachaturian Violin Concertos with Central and Northern Michigan Radio

Chart-topping, international violin soloist Rachel Barton Pine, joined multi-faceted conductor Teddy Abrams and the Royal Scottish National Orchestra for a new Dvořák and Khachaturian Violin Concertos release on AVIE Records.  The album, featuring Dvořák's Violin Concerto in A minor Op. 53 and Khachaturian's Violin Concerto in D minor, highlights each composer's prominent use of his own traditional ethnic music. The recording marks Pine's 39th recording and fifth on AVIE records. Pine's previous four AVIE albums, Mozart: Complete Vi
 
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Joep Beving says; 'peaceful music provides escape, comfort and change' / udiscovermusic.

"A lot of us are desperate to find some sort of essence and truth," says Joep Beving, the latest curator of the Peaceful Music playlist. Dutch pianist and composer Joep Beving is a 21st-century music phenomenon. His self-pressed 2015 debut album, Solipsism, quickly became a viral sensation; over the following five years, his tunes have gained more than 320 million streams. Beving, who stands 6' 10" and has a distinctive flowing beard, plays haunting, subtle music, some of which is featured on the brilliant Peaceful Music playlist he has guest-curated in partnership with Universal Music
 
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Highest-charting UK cellist of all time; Sheku Kanneh-Mason lands #1 on this week's 'Official Classical Albums Chart'

BBC Young Musician Sheku Kanneh-Mason scores a personal best and sets a new Official Chart record today, entering at Number 8 with his second album Elgar. The entry makes the 20-year-old Nottingham-born musician. who performed at Prince Harry and Meghan Markle's Royal Wedding in 2018, the highest-charting cellist of all time in the UK, and the first to break the Official Albums Chart Top 10. Sheku also lands at Number 1 on this week's Official Classical Albums Chart. Celebrating the news, Sheku said: "I am so excited that my album is in the Top 10 of the Official UK Album Chart –
 
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Dave Soldier - Zajal is a lovingly compiled musical scrapbook from the Middle East and Andalusia / blogcritics

Dave Soldier‘s newest release bracingly fuses originality and tradition. Zajal is a "world music" album that sounds like a lovingly compiled scrapbook of music from the Middle East and Andalusia. But it's deceptive: With one exception, all the music is by the ever-imaginative Soldier. For this project the keyboardist and guitarist has set thousand-year-old poems in Hebrew, Arabic and the other languages of Andalusia (English translations are online) to bubbling stews of traditional instrumentation with strains of jazz and swatches of the Western avant-garde. Singer Ana Nimouz lend
 
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Rachel Barton Pine inspires young musicians by celebrating black composers / CBS Evening News

At Brooklyn's Ryder Elementary School, students in the Harmony Program got a front row seat to world-class violinist Rachel Barton Pine. She plays music you may have never heard, by composers like Ignatius Sancho, a self taught British slave, and Chevalier de Saint-Georges, who was once the envy of Mozart. "This music, a lot of it hasn't been published. A lot of it was published but is long out of print due to historic discrimination," Pine said. In 1995, Pine suffered severe injuries and lost part of her leg in a Chicago train accident. While she was on the road to recovery, sh
 
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Semyon Bychkov discusses the misunderstandings of Tchaikovsky with 90.5WUOL - Louisville

When Semyon Bychkov began working with the Czech Philharmonic in 2013, The Tchaikovsky Project was almost immediately born. Since then, the orchestra and Bychkov have recorded Tchaikovsky's symphonies, other major orchestral works, and the piano concertos with Kirill Gerstein. In this conversation with Daniel Gilliam, Bychkov talks about the misunderstandings of the composer and what his music reveals. LISTEN TO THE 90.5WUOL Podcast p.p1 {margin: 0.0px 0.0px 0.0px 0.0px; font: 12.0px 'Helvetica Neue'; color: #4d4d4d}
 
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Paul Merkelo enlightens classical radio

Recognized among the finest trumpet virtuosos of his generation, Paul Merkelo releases The Enlightened Trumpet, his first recording for Sony Classical. Hailed as "a spectacular soloist ... a most impressive master of his instrument" (Montreal Gazette) who "knows no limits" (Der Spiegel) and with "unusual lyrical gifts" (Gramophone), Merkelo has been Principal trumpet with the Orchestre symphonique de Montréal since 1995, and has appeared as soloist with prestigious orchestras around the globe, from Melbourne to Shanghai. In The Enlightened Trumpet, Merkelo is joined by the Oxford Phi
 
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Joey Alexander 'Warna' makes JAZZIZ '10 albums you need to know for January 2020'

A guitar hero's new crosscultural project; the music of a jazz legend reimagined; a piano prodigy's major-label debut. All this and more on this month's list of ten albums you need to know about. Piano prodigy Joey Alexander released his debut album five years ago, at the age of 11, shortly after moving to the United States from Indonesia. Since then, he has grown in confidence and developed his own sound, his progression documented via three successive albums released via Motéma. Warna, his latest studio project, marks his debut for the legendary Verve label and it is a collecti
 
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Sheku Kanneh-Mason discusses new Elgar recording with classical radio

Award-winning cellist Sheku Kanneh-Mason returns with Elgar, a new album of works anchored around Elgar's Cello Concerto – arguably the best-known work in the classical canon written for solo cello, which saw the 100th anniversary of its first performance this month. Recorded at the famous Abbey Road Studios with the London Symphony Orchestra (LSO), and conducted by one of Sheku's lifelong heroes, Sir Simon Rattle, the work is a statement of intent from the 20-year-old musician whose rise to being "the world's new favourite cellist" (The Times) has taken nothing away from
 
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Dave Soldier's 'Zajal' is wonderful / Music Guru

Dave Soldier's 'Zajal,' which has some beautiful music flowing all around it, also contains lyrics in Hebrew, Arabic, Farsi, and 1 song in English. The music is wonderful, the voices sound very nice. If you understand all of the languages above, you'll be able to get the whole picture, otherwise, you'll just have to sit back & enjoy the music. I can understand French, Spanish, Hebrew & English, but not Arabic or Farsi, however, the music is enough to get you to enjoy this if you're a fan of classical or acoustic guitar. I give this 3 out of 5 Music Guru stars.  
 
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Extraordinary in its artistry, don't miss; Blue Landscapes III: Frontiers / Mainly Piano

Blue Landscapes III: Frontiers is the third installment in a remarkable series of piano and flute albums by Robert Thies and Damjan Krajacic. Subtitled "Music from a Quieter Place," the mostly improvised music is intended to "quiet the mind and nurture the soul" and was "inspired by and grounded in love for Earth's beauty and all of her natural wonders." All fifteen tracks were performed with piano and flutes (a "regular" C flute and a bass flute) only. Some of the different (plucked, muted, looped, etc.) sounds were created with techniques that add an expressive variety to the beautiful so
 
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1917 score is a combination of the things I dislike and love the most about Thomas Newman's music / MOVIE MUSIC UK

1917 is an astonishing, emotionally overwhelming, technical masterpiece of a film set in northern France during World War I. Directed by Sam Mendes and based in part on the experiences of his own grandfather during the war, the film stars George Mackay and Dean-Charles Chapman as Schofield and Blake, two young English soldiers serving in the trenches on the front lines.  The score for 1917 is by Thomas Newman, and marks the seventh collaboration between himself and director Mendes after American Beauty, Road to Perdition, Jarhead, Revolutionary Road, Skyfall, and Spectre. To boil i
 
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The Kanneh-Masons Q&A with QXR

Few classical musicians have had as many viral moments as the Kanneh-Masons have - and they're just getting started. I first saw the family of seven siblings, mostly string players, in a 2015 Facebook video of them huddled in a living room in Nottingham, England, absolutely shredding Monti's Csárdás. The next year, the older cellist, Sheku was in yet another viral video, winning the 2016 BBC Young Musician of the Year award. That moment led to an invitation from the royal family for Sheku to perform at the wedding of Prince Harry and American actress Meghan Markle. The globall
 
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Ludwig Van Toronto has 20 questions for Sheku Kanneh-Mason

For Royal watchers and classical music lovers alike, it was hard not to notice the extraordinary performance by cellist Sheku Kanneh-Mason at the Royal wedding of the Duke and Duchess of Sussex in 2018. His appearance was seen by over two billion viewers and took the world by storm. His debut record for Decca Classics, Inspiration, reached No. 1 on the classical charts and No. 18 on the UK Album charts and has been streamed over 2.5 million times on Spotify. Kanneh-Mason's latest album featuring Elgar's Cello Concerto with the London Symphony Orchestra and Sir Simon Rattle is out now. If th
 
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Camila Meza - Ambar makes 2019 npr music: jazz critics poll

NPR Music's 7th Annual Jazz Critics Poll, Francis Davis 14th, going back to the poll's beginnings in the Village Voice is in. 2019's results provided surprise after surprise. We're repeating an experiment we introduced last year. You'll again find a capsule review of each album in the Top 10, but instead of me doing all the heavy lifting, we've asked a critic who voted for that album to weigh in. The same with the top finisher in Vocal, Debut, & Latin. And as a bonus, we've added a few capsules about solitary No. 1s: albums appearing only on a single bal
 
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John Coltrane - Blue World makes 2019 npr music: jazz critics poll

NPR Music's 7th Annual Jazz Critics Poll, Francis Davis 14th, going back to the poll's beginnings in the Village Voice is in. 2019's results provided surprise after surprise. We're repeating an experiment we introduced last year. You'll again find a capsule review of each album in the Top 10, but instead of me doing all the heavy lifting, we've asked a critic who voted for that album to weigh in. The same with the top finisher in Vocal, Debut, & Latin. And as a bonus, we've added a few capsules about solitary No. 1s: albums appearing only on a single bal
 
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'Getz at The Gate' makes 2019 npr music: jazz critics poll

NPR Music's 7th Annual Jazz Critics Poll, Francis Davis 14th, going back to the poll's beginnings in the Village Voice is in. 2019's results provided surprise after surprise. We're repeating an experiment we introduced last year. You'll again find a capsule review of each album in the Top 10, but instead of me doing all the heavy lifting, we've asked a critic who voted for that album to weigh in. The same with the top finisher in Vocal, Debut, & Latin. And as a bonus, we've added a few capsules about solitary No. 1s: albums appearing only on a single bal
 
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Derek Bermel discusses 'Migrations' with Spokane Public Radio

Three world-premiere recordings from Grammy nominated composer and clarinetist, Derek Bermel entitled MIGRATIONS released on Naxos includes Bermel's Migration Series for Jazz Ensemble and Orchestra (2006); the song cycle Mar de Setembro (2011), with texts by Eugénio de Andrade; and the three-movement orchestral A Shout, a Whisper, and a Trace (2009), in performances by the Juilliard Jazz Orchestra, saxophonist Ted Nash, clarinetist Bermel, Brazilian jazz vocalist Luciana Souza, and the Albany Symphony under its music director, David Alan Miller.  Bermel's engagement
 
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Jeff Goldblum - MSO 'I Shouldn't Be Telling You This' is the WRTI: Jazz Album of the Week

Jeff Goldblum (yes, THAT Jeff Goldblum) and the Mildred Snitzer Orchestra are at it again, with more mash-ups, jazz standards, and collaborations on I Shouldn't Be Telling You This, the follow-up album to 2018's The Capitol Sessions. To refresh your memory, the first release was a product of Goldblum taking up a residency playing piano at a venue in Los Angeles that ended up being packed to the gills on a regular basis. On top of that, he performed an impromptu duet with Gregory Porter on British television. Decca records wanted something to happen, and it did. And now it happened again.
 
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Ofra Harnoy gets 'Back to Bach' / New Classical Tracks

Whatever happened to cellist Ofra Harnoy? She made 42 recordings and was touring 10 months out of the year two decades ago. Then, she fell off the classical radar. In talking with Ofra recently, she told me she took time off to raise two beautiful children and to care for her late mother who became ill with leukemia. When Ofra was ready to return to her busy performing schedule, she discovered she had developed a serious shoulder injury that required major reconstructive surgery. Then, something magical happened. She was reunited with her childhood sweetheart, Mike Herriott. Mike, to wh
 
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Joyce DiDonato makes jazzed up Italian love songs sound indispensable / npr:Tiny Desk Concert

When opera star Joyce DiDonato told us she wanted to sing centuries-old Italian love songs at the Tiny Desk we weren't surprised. But when she said she was bringing a jazz band to back her up, we did a double take. But that's Joyce, always taking risks. After all, the last time we filmed the down-to-earth diva, she insisted on singing an opera aria at the Stonewall Inn, the iconic gay tavern in Greenwich Village. On paper, the idea of jazzing up old classical songs seems iffy. At the least it could come across as mannered and at worst, an anachronistic muddle. But DiDonato someh
 
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New York Public Radio's 'New Sounds' presents Jackson Browne leading 'Let the Rhythm Lead: Haiti Song Summit Vol. 1'

For the Week of Jan. 13: New York Public Radio's New Sounds presents Jackson Browne leading A Haitian-American Benefit Project. A new album coming late this month features the veteran American songwriter and activist Jackson Browne in collaboration with musicians from Haiti, Mali, and beyond; titled Let The Rhythm Lead: Haiti Song Summit  Vol. 1, the LP is a benefit for the organization called Artists for Peace and Justice. The first single has just been released. It's called "Love Is Love" and features both Browne, still sounding much like his ubiquitous hit-making self of th
 
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Lyn Stanley bravely records 'London With A Twist - Live at Bernie's,' and it's polished and relaxed / Jazz Journal

This album is a "direct to disc" recording. This is an unusual technique and has been described as "plugging microphones directly into the cutting lathe". The performance has got to be almost perfect as there is no capacity to continuously retake or add post-production wizardry. So it is a brave artist who records this way and Lyn Stanley did just that. I only have the CD version to review, but "direct to disc" recording greatly favours vinyl. The album was recorded at Bernie Grundman Mastering in Hollywood, California. Grammy-winning engineers Allen Sides (recording and mixing) and Bernie
 
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Max Richter to headline London's 'Live At Chelsea Concert Series' / Far Out Magazine

It has been announced that both Max Richter and The Beach Boys will headline a huge outdoor summer show at the stunning Royal Hospital Chelsea in West London as part of the Live At Chelsea Concert Series 2020 on June 12. Richter, who will be playing his critically acclaimed Recomposed: Vivaldi's The Four Seasons & Three Worlds: Music From Woolf Works, is widely regarded as one of the most influential figures on the contemporary music scene. Having been producing ground-breaking work as a composer, pianist, recording artist and collaborator since the early 2000s, Richter has been pr
 
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Sheku Kanneh-Mason - Elgar is the CLASSIC fM: Album of the Week

Throughout the week Classic FM's presenters bring you the best new recordings, including world exclusives and premiere broadcasts of latest releases. This week Award-winning cellist Sheku Kanneh-Mason returns with his third album, Elgar, featuring music from Fauré, Bloch, Klengel, and of course – Elgar himself. The focal point of Sheku's latest release is Elgar's legendary ‘Cello Concerto', a piece which was first performed 100 years ago last October. The concerto was recorded at Abbey Road studios and made in the new Dolby Atmos sound, creating a more imme
 
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Sheku Kanneh-Mason on track to be first cellist in history to reach top 10 on UK album chart / The Voice

AWARD-WINNING CELLIST Sheku Kanneh-Mason is on track to become the first cellist in the history of the charts to earn a place in the UK Official Charts Top 10. The chart position would also make Kanneh-Mason the first British classical instrumentalist in over 30 years to reach the Top 10 after violinist Nigel Kennedy released Vivaldi's Four Seasons in 1989. According to the Official Chart Company (OCC) Midweeks report, Kanneh-Mason's album Elgar, released on Decca Classics, is a new entry at No.6 of the combined album chart, ahead of new releases from Big Moon and Georgia, and No.4 in t
 
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William Susman's 'Collision Point' finds a middle-ground between pure charm and Reichian repetition / ANEARFUL 'Best Of Classical 2019'

As far as music that I covered throughout 2019, this is the second largest category. Find the best in composed music about which I've already written along with special items that I either missed along the way or that came out late in the year.  Piccola Accademia Degli Specchi - William Susman: Collision Point - While the name of the title piece may imply drama or even violence, this album is instead an inviting collection that finds a middle-ground between the pure charm of those mid-70's Claude Bolling albums and Reichian repetition. The culmination of a 10-year collaboration wit
 
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In advance of Plano Symphony Orchestra performance, Sharon Isbin chats with Classical101: Dallas

Along with being named Musical America's 2020 Instrumentalist of the Year, Sharon Isbin has a lot of exciting things happening right now, including a concert with the Plano Symphony Orchestra on January 18. Hear her visit with Classical101: WRR - Dallas host; Amy Bishop to talk about the upcoming concert, playing Indian Classical music, and an amazing story involving a meeting with Mario Castelnuovo-Tedesco's granddaughter. LISTEN p.p1 {margin: 0.0px 0.0px 0.0px 0.0px; font: 12.0px 'Helvetica Neue'; color: #4d4d4d}
 
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In an era of superheroes, galaxies, and futuristic sci-fi films, 'Little Women's' classic story reminds us of the power of good classic literature and simple characters / Santa Fe New Mexican

The 2019 version of Little Women is the eighth film adaptation of the classic novel by Louisa May Alcott. I really enjoyed this coming-of-age film, mostly because of the genuine performances but also because these young women are so powerful, sensitive, smart and gentle. In an era of superheroes, galaxies and futuristic sci-fi films with special effects, this classic story reminds us of the power of good classic literature and simple characters. I read the original book a long time ago, so when I found out the movie was coming out, I was very excited. This adaptation is well done and touchi
 
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Jon Batiste chats with Southern California Radio - 89.3KPCC

Southern California Radio's 89.3KPCC host, Jon Horn talks with pianist and "The Late Show with Stephen Colbert" bandleader Jon Batiste about his musical influences that span his New Orleans roots, Thelonious Monk and the theme for the Sonic the Hedgehog video game. Batiste also reveals what first bonded him with Stephen Colbert and how he thinks about the power of music. Batiste's latest release; Chronology Of A Dream: Live At The Village Vanguard was recorded live during his six-night residency in the fall of 2018 and is a follow up to his recent critically acclaimed release, A
 
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Ottmar Liebert and Luna Negra set for Clearwater's Capitol Theatre / Tampa Bay Newspapers

Grammy nominee Ottmar Liebert and his band Luna Negra will perform this coming Saturday, Jan. 18, 8 p.m., at the Bilheimer Capitol Theatre in Clearwater FL. This will be Liebert's ninth appearance at the Bilheimer Capitol Theatre. Liebert and his band are on the road playing songs fans have come to know and love, as well celebrating their latest release, the July 2019 album "Fete." Liebert is a five-time Grammy nominee with multiple gold and platinum records. He has sold millions of records across the globe. A skilled practitioner of contemporary flamenco guitar, he is always a surprise
 
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Esther Yoo makes her ProMusica debut / COLUMBUS UNDERGROUND

Acclaimed for her grace and sparkling expression, Esther Yoo makes her Columbus OH - ProMusica debut with Tchaikovsky's Violin Concerto - tomorrow, January 12. one of the most celebrated works of the violin repertoire. From the early classical of Haydn to the contemporary with Golijov, the evening also features the beautiful "Elegie," composed by our music director's father, Wolfgang Danzmayr. The program includes; GOLIJOV – ZZ's Dream TCHAIKOVSKY – Violin Concerto W. DANZMAYR – Elegie HAYDN – Symphony No. 75 SEE THE COLUMBUS UNDERGROUN
 
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Sultans of String releases 'El Bint El Shalabeya' from upcoming REFUGE album / CASHBOX CANADA

Over the past dozen years and six albums, McKhool and his bandmates - co-founding guitarist Kevin Laliberté, bassist Drew Birston, Cuban percussionist Rosendo ‘Chendy' Leon and second guitarist Eddie Paton - have excelled at both. Thrilling listeners around North America with their genre-hopping fusion of Celtic reels, flamenco, Gypsy jazz, Arabic, Cuban, and South Asian rhythms, Sultans of String celebrate diversity and creativity with warmth and virtuosity. And they often do it with artists such as Paddy Moloney and The Chieftains, Richard Bona, Benoit Bourque (Bottine Souria
 
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Hildur Guonadottir is The Reykjavik Grapevine - 2020: Artist Of The Year

"Yeah, how do I explain it?" composer Hildur Guðnadóttir ponders aloud over the phone. She's currently in Berlin, sitting in her studio. "This year, just by complete accident, both projects that I worked on-the reception of them-went beyond my wildest dreams. It's been quite incredible." The projects in question are two soundtracks: one for the HBO miniseries ‘Chernobyl' and the second for the Warner Brothers film ‘Joker.' Calling each work "acclaimed" would be an understatement-'Chernobyl' won Hildur an Emmy award and is currently nominate
 
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Kent Nagano conducts the national anthem at Habs game / CTV News

Though Habs fans did not get the result they wanted Thursday night against the Oilers, they did get a rare treat as Montreal Symphony Orchestra maestro Kent Nagano took in the game and played the national anthem to the capacity crowd at the Bell Centre. Nagano was spotted on the metro green line before the game with his daughter Karen. "They managed to really seduce me to this great tradition," said Nagano. "It's wonderful... We're really looking forward to opening up the match today." This is the last year of Nagano's tenure as artistic director and conductor with the MSO. His
 
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The Haden Triplets share lost song written by their grandad, Charlie Haden's dad / GUITAR GIRL

The Haden Triplets-Petra, Rachel, and Tanya-are sharing "Memories of Will Rogers" from their upcoming album, The Family Songbook, out January 24.   The song was written by their grandfather (and legendary bassist Charlie Haden's father), Carl E. Haden, friend to the Carter Family and Porter Wagoner, and patriarch of the singing Haden Family, a fascinating footnote in country-music history. Arranged by the Triplets, their grandfather's songs made their way to the sisters via uncle Carl Haden Jr., who had recovered his father's sheet music and relics like the songbook Favorites of th
 
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Sheku Kanneh-Mason records Elgar's Cello Concerto at same age Jacqueline du Pre set down her iconic take / CLASSIC fM

Royal wedding cellist Sheku Kanneh-Mason records Elgar's Cello Concerto at Abbey Road Studios. Kanneh-Mason has recorded Elgar's monumental work at just 20 – the same age Jacqueline du Pré was when she set down her iconic take on the concerto. Joining the London Symphony Orchestra and Sir Simon Rattle, the recording marks the young cellist's second album on Decca Classics. Other works on the album include an arrangement of Elgar's ‘Nimrod' from the Enigma Variations, Fauré's Elégie in C minor, and arrangements of traditional songs ‘Scarborough Fair' an
 
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Benjamin Grosvenor to release new Chopin PC recording / Pianist Magazine

The British pianist presents two concerto favourites: Chopin's Piano Concertos Nos.1 and 2, accompanied by Elim Chan and The Royal Scottish National Orchestra. The record marks Benjamin's fifth album on Decca Classics, following the hugely successful Homages in 2016, and is his first orchestral album since 2012. These works have been an active part of Grosvenor's repertoire since his early teens. He explains: "Chopin was the first composer to whom I felt a strong connection with as a child. I have always been drawn to his music, and his piano concertos are among some of the finest in th
 
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Dave Soldier - Zajal is very unusual but very impressive / Jazz Quad

The third time I meet with the works of American musician Dave Solger (aka David Sulzer, a prominent neuropsychiatric scientist from Columbia University), and each time he amazes with the unusual, imagination and creativity of his musical projects. First it was The Eighth Hour of Amduat (2016) - an avant-garde opera (?) On the themes of Ancient Egypt, then The Brainwave Music Project (2017), a joint project with fellow scientist Brad Garton, where a computer program shot brain brain encephalographs of improvising musicians, translated they turned them into the language of music and turned t
 
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Cory Henry and The Funk Apostles set to headline Malasimbo music festival / ABS-CBN News

There are a few things to note about the 10th edition of the Malasimbo Music and Arts Festival in the Philippines. The lineup for this year's festival includes; Award-winning keyboardist Cory Henry and his band; The Funk Apostles who are set to headline . They'll be blessing the event with their unique soul, jazz, and gospel music, such as in the performance below A Brooklyn native, Henry may be best known for his role in Snarky Puppy, the instrumental jazz-pop orchestra hailed by Rolling Stone as "one of the more versatile groups on the planet right now." He's wo
 
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DePue Brothers Band joins the Key Chorale Singers for old-time and contemporary bluegrass / Sarasota

The seven-member DePue Brothers Band joins the Key Chorale Singers for a concert of old-time and contemporary bluegrass. These classical violin virtuosos, with blazing bluegrass chops, have pioneered the term "grassical," a vivid blend of bluegrass, gypsy, and jazz. They have been the subject of a PBS documentary, named Musical Family of America by presidential decree and released three acclaimed CDs. 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
 
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1917 wins 'Best Picture' at 3rd Annual Hollywood Critics Association Awards / Variety

The members of the Hollywood Critics Association celebrated 2019 and the end of the decade at the 3rd Annual Hollywood Critics Association Awards Ceremony on Thursday, January 9, 2020. Sam Mendes' "1917," which, in a surprise move, took home the Golden Globes' best picture award, also snagged the best picture award from the HCA. It was awarded best action/war film, best cinematography for Roger Deakins, and best editing for Lee Smith as well, giving it the most awards of the evening with four. Sony Music released the 1917 (ORIGINAL MOTION PICTURE SOUNDTRACK) with music by GRAMMY®, E
 
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Derek Bermel talks 'Migrations' with Spokane Public Radio

Three world-premiere recordings from Grammy nominated composer and clarinetist, Derek Bermel entitled MIGRATIONS was recently released on Naxos The album which scored a 2019 GRAMMY nomination, includes Bermel's Migration Series for Jazz Ensemble and Orchestra (2006); the song cycle Mar de Setembro (2011), with texts by Eugénio de Andrade; and the three-movement orchestral A Shout, a Whisper, and a Trace (2009), in performances by the Juilliard Jazz Orchestra, saxophonist Ted Nash, clarinetist Bermel, Brazilian jazz vocalist Luciana Souza, and the Albany Symphony under its music d
 
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Mellow madness on Todd Mosby's 'Open Waters' / Jazz Weekly

Toddy Mosby plays acoustic guitar, electric and acoustic imrat guitar, synth bass and fender Rhodes as he teams up with a mix and match collection of artists on bass, violin, piano, keyboards, percussion and voice on this delicate album of sounds from the days of Windham Hill. Metheny moods sparkle on "Water Dancer" with the imrat guitars teaming with Premik Tubbs' bansuri fluet, and tones akin to Mark Knopfler are featured by the leader on "Sea of Joni." Noah Wilding's pastoral voice breaths life to "Windward and Charlie Bisharats' violin gives an upbeat folk feel to "Coming About." Sitar-
 
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