Yo-Yo Ma and Emanuel Ax perform 'Beethoven's Cello Sonata No. 3 in A Major' for 'The New Yorker Radio Hour'


Between the two of them, Jerry Seinfeld and Steve Martin have nearly a century of experience in the delicate art of telling jokes. In a conversation with Susan Morrison during the 2020 New Yorker Festival, they discussed their long careers, learning how to adjust to new cultural forces, and the process of aging. Plus, Yo-Yo Ma and Emanuel Ax perform a piece of music that they have both been playing for more than forty years: Beethoven's Cello Sonata No. 3 in A Major. "This is such open, hopeful music," Ax said. Yet Beethoven signed one manuscript of the music, "amid tears and sorrow." "I thought this was a good piece for this moment," Ma told The New Yorker's music critic Alex Ross. "Because people are suffering, and we do think that music can give comfort." LISTEN TO THE PODCAST
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Robin Spielberg's 'Re-Inventions' racking up big #'s on Amazon, Spotify & Pandora


Created during the pandemic, Robin Spielberg reached into her treasure trove of music and discovered long lost friends--classical piano scores that always offered her comfort, companionship and piece. On RE-INVENTIONS, Spielberg presents celebrated composers of the past often held soirees where they concocted new ways to play one another's pieces. Mozart himself said that he strove to never play his pieces the same way twice.On this collection of 15 great masterworks, Robin honors the spirit of the great masters by re-inventing and re-imagining their works on an 1898 Steinway. Composers include: Mozart, Beethoven, Bach, Brahms, Chopin, Schumann, Schubert, Rubinstein and more. The project is racking up big numbers with a #1 on Amazon Hot New Releases in New Age Relaxation category, Spotify monthly listeners jumping to 247k, Pandora Streams hitting 203 million, and the initial lead track 'Skater's Waltz' now up to 24,300 listens on Spotify.
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Take some Time Out to celebrate 100 years of Dave Brubeck with 90.1WRTI


It was 1959-a pivotal year for jazz as a whole, but for Dave Brubeck it was utterly life changing. After years of college tours he had a smash hit album, Time Out, with his quartet and has been a household name ever since. Join us starting on Monday, November 30th for a week-long celebration of the centennial anniversary of the birth of Dave Brubeck. We'll have special programming leading up to his birthday on Sunday, December 6th. During jazz hours, we'll bring you the music of Brubeck through the years, including collaborations and live recordings. You'll also hear selections from our Jazz Album of the Week, which is a never-before released set of music from the Time Out sessions, called Time Out Takes. Our hosts will also present different interpretations of the music of Brubeck and his quartet. Our Classical Album of the Week, Sharon Isbin's Affinity, connects with Brubeck as well. The title track is a guitar concerto composed by Chris Brubeck. It has a slow movement that orchestrates his father's song "Autumn." Sharon says this tribute to Dave Brubeck, "forms the heart and soul of the piece, surrounded by all of these wonderful virtuosic Middle Eastern and jazz, and waltz-like elements…" You will hear selections from Affinity during classical shifts throughout the week. You'll also get to see and hear from members of our jazz department with their favorite Dave Bruebeck tunes and why they love them so much.   GETTY IMAGES/METRONOME READ THE FULL WRTI: Philadelphia ARTICLE
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Chloe Flower sits down with Celeb Secrets to discuss 'Carol of the Bells' cover for the holiday season


Chloe Flower is ready for the holidays! The dynamic pianist, producer and activist just dropped the music video for her eloquent twist on the ultimate holiday classic "Carol of the Bells" and we can't get enough of it. Once again teaming up with Asian-American female director Deb Tam who shot the music video on film, "Carol of the Bells" delivers a cinematic visual that evokes old Hollywood glamour as it switches from black-and-white to color vignettes.  Taking place in the iconic Grand Prospect Hall in Brooklyn with Great Gatsby glee and high-fashion elegance, Chloe performs with palpable passion at a Steinway & Sons piano as a choir carries the heavenly chorus and ballroom dancers joyfully launch stunning routines.  "I think the part where I dance is my favorite memory because of how scary it was for me.  Every dancer on set was INCREDIBLE, so I felt embarrassed dancing in front of them.  But there was no time to think about it, so I just went into Chloeyonce mode and got it done,"  READ THE Celeb Secrets Q&A & WATCH THE VIDEO
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Jonah Kim and Sean Kennard reunite to perform pieces from their youth / New Classical Tracks


For cellist Jonah Kim and pianist Sean Kennard, studying at the Curtis Institute of Music in Philadelphia was like being at Hogwarts. They were mesmerized by the spells they could cast every time they learned some new flashy technique. Two decades later, they've grown into musical wizards, and they just released their debut recording. It features the Sergei Rachmaninoff's Sonata for Piano and Cello and Samuel Barber's Sonata for Cello and Piano, two works they first performed while at Curtis. JK: "We started hanging out. Rachmaninoff actually was the very first piece we played together. So, almost 20 years later, to record this together and especially to record this along with the Barber really makes this special for us." LISTEN TO THE New Classical Tracks SEGMENT & READ THE TRANSCRIPT
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Ilan Eshkeri creates original score for BBC One - natural history series 'A Perfect Planet' / About Manchester


Sir David Attenborough's distinctive voice and an original score by award-winning composer Ilan Eshkeri feature in a new four-minute prequel, set against breath-taking scenery from the forthcoming new BBC One blue chip natural history series A Perfect Planet. The ‘sneak peek' prequel will be released globally on TV, social and digital platforms on 23 November at 2pm GMT ahead of the series, which will premiere next year around the world. This brand new series explores the great forces of nature that support, drive and enable life on earth. The first four episodes explore the power of volcanoes, sunlight, weather and oceans. The final episode in the series looks at the dramatic impact of the world's newest force of nature: humans – and what can be done to restore our planet's perfect balance. Award-winning composer Ilan Eshkeri created the music for A Perfect Planet, joining the ranks of Hans Zimmer and Steven Price who have previously created scores for other BBC natural history landmarks. Eshkeri's body of work includes collaborations with Annie Lennox, David Gilmour, Sinead O'Connor and KT Tunstall. Commenting on the project, Eshkeri said: "Creating the music for A Perfect Planet has been a hugely rewarding experience. The series celebrates the extraordinary world we are a part of as well as showing the delicate balance of the systems that support life, and what we need to do to ensure its future stability. It's a message that's very important to me and one that I believe we have a responsibility to engage with – in a way that not only educates but inspires the next generation. This influenced my approach to the music, and set me on an unconventional path. Composing the music for A Perfect Planet has also been enormously challenging – not least because of the unprecedented logistical issues of trying to record an orchestra during the lockdown! I'm grateful to everyone at the BBC and Silverback who supported me and the ideas I threw at them and I hope my music can play a small part in helping to inspire change." READ THE FULL About Manchester ARTICLE
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KCRW - Rhythm Planet: Autumn Harvest features; The Kanneh-Masons, Ofra Harnoy, and the new Yo-Yo Ma - Kathryn Stott album


This week, we sample a new crop of recent releases along with a few classic sides mixed in. A few new albums starring the cello make the playlist – there's a cello version of Bob Marley's classic "Redemption Song" from the talented family group The Kanneh-Masons; "She's Like the Swallow" from Ofra Harnoy's new album On the Rock; and Yo-Yo Ma's new version of "Over the Rainbow" recorded with pianist Kathryn Stott. SEE THE 89.9KCRW - LOS ANGELES 'Rhythm Planet' PAGE
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Listen to Bettye LaVette on the Talkhouse Podcast


The soul legend and the indie wunderkind talk releasing music during the pandemic, privilege in the industry, and making Pete Townshend cry. On this week's show, we pair in conversation the artists behind two of 2020's best albums: soul and blues legend Bettye LaVette and indie wunderkind Phoebe Bridgers. Though separated by five decades in age, when the two met backstage at a Tibet House US benefit at Carnegie Hall earlier this year, they immediately developed a mutual friend crush. Now that we've gotten them reconnected here, it appears something very dope is on the horizon… but more on that in the talk! Their warm, freewheeling convo takes in a lot, including: a wonderful overview of a career Bettye calls "tenuous at best"; the unexpected benefits of promoting a new album during the pandemic; and privilege in the music industry. We also get to hear about making Pete Townshend cry, quirky Little Stevie Wonder, and learn the answer to Bettye's query "What is a Princess Nokia?"  (Photo Credit: left, Frank Ockenfels; right, Carol Friedman; Edited by: Keenan Kush) Phoebe Bridgers Talks with Bettye LaVette on the Talkhouse Podcast. LISTEN
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Rachel Barton Pine and Elliott Forrest to donate lessons in support of battered women and children / The Violin Channel


The American violinist; Rachel Barton Pine is joined by WQXR: NYC broadcaster; Elliott Forrest to give lessons in support of battered women and children. The pair's Zoom classes will be auctioned off online from November 20th-28th as part of a larger fundraiser held by the Los Angeles House of Ruth, a shelter for the abused. Barton Pine, the violinist, will provide a violin-specific course while Forrest, will give two classes on juggling. "We have found over 40 years that our clients who are victims of domestic violence and those who are homeless have one thing in common: They do not have family or friends to help them," Executive Director of the Los Angeles House of Ruth, Jennifer Gaeta, said. "So, we become their family: getting them back on their feet by providing counseling, tutoring, parenting and anger management classes, referrals and so much more prior to transitioning them into section 8 housing for which we have a remarkable 90% success rate." The auction will feature over 100 items and/or experiences. SEE The Violin Channel PAGE
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Crossover Media projects pick up 16 GRAMMY nominations


Today!! - Tuesday November 24, the Recording Academy announced the nominees for the 63rd Annual GRAMMY Awards. The nominations were unveiled during a livestream event, with past winners like Dua Lipa, Imogen Heap and Nicola Benedetti presenting alongside Gayle King and Sharon Osbourne. This year Crossover Media represented projects in 16 GRAMMY nominated categories. Here's the list BEST LARGE JAZZ ENSEMBLE ALBUM
Data Lords, Maria Schneider Orchestra BEST LATIN JAZZ ALBUM
Four Questions, Arturo O'Farrill & The Afro Latin Jazz Orchestra BEST CONTEMPORARY BLUES ALBUM
Blackbirds, Bettye LaVette BEST GLOBAL MUSIC ALBUM
Love Letters, Anoushka Shankar BEST SCORE SOUNDTRACK FOR VISUAL MEDIA
1917, Thomas Newman BEST INSTRUMENTAL COMPOSITION
"Baby Jack" - Arturo O'Farrill & The Afro Latin Jazz Orchestra
"Sputnik" - Maria Schneider BEST ENGINEERED ALBUM, CLASSICAL
Hynes: Fields, Devonté Hynes & Third Coast Percussion
Ives: Complete Symphonies, Gustavo Dudamel & Los Angeles Philharmonic BEST ORCHESTRAL PERFORMANCE
Ives: Complete Symphonies - Los Angeles Philharmonic BEST CHAMBER MUSIC/SMALL ENSEMBLE PERFORMANCE
Hynes: Fields, Devonté Hynes & Third Coast Percussion BEST CLASSICAL INSTRUMENTAL SOLO
"Adès: Concerto for Piano and Orchesta" - Boston Symphony Orchestra
"Beethoven: Complete Piano Sonatas" -  Igor Levit
"Destination Rachmaninov - Arrival" - The Philadelphia Orchestra BEST CLASSICAL COMPENDIUM
Adès Conducts Adès, Mark Stone & Christianne Stotijn; Thomas Adès, conductor; Nick Squire, producer BEST CONTEMPORARY CLASSICAL COMPOSITION
Adès: Concerto for Piano and Orchestra, Thomas Adès
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Elina Duni, Rob Luft, Fred Thomas, Matthieu Michel - Lost Ships makes 'jazzwise: Editor's Choice, December 2020 - Best New Jazz Albums


The Editor's pick of the best new albums reviewed in the December 2020 issue of Jazzwise, featuring Keith Jarrett, Elina Duni & Rob Luft, Mary Halvorson, Rob Mazurek and Sun Ra Arkestra. 'On Lost Ships, guitarist Rob Luft makes his ECM debut and vocalist Elina Duni presents a new ensemble – and the result just happens to be a minor classic. On the strength of this album, Luft, a BBC New Generation Artist and an impressive soloist in ‘jazzy' jazz ensembles – whether it be honouring Monk and Coltrane with saxophonist Dave O'Higgins or in Byron Wallen's Four Corners – seems to have been put on earth to work in tandem with Duni. Implicit in working with such an exceptional talent is subtlety in both technique and conception, of doing the right thing at precisely the right moment, to enable her talent to blossom...'
- Stuart Nicholson Personell: Elina Duni (v), Rob Luft (g), Fred Thomas (p) and Matthieu Michel (flhn). Rec. February 2020 SEE THE jazzwise PAGE
 
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Keith Jarrett - Budapest Concert makes 'jazzwise: Editor's Choice, December 2020 - Best New Jazz Albums


The Editor's pick of the best new albums reviewed in the December 2020 issue of Jazzwise, featuring Keith Jarrett, Elina Duni & Rob Luft, Mary Halvorson, Rob Mazurek and Sun Ra Arkestra. 'It seems such a short step from 2016, when Keith Jarrett recorded these two double albums towards the end of his European tour, to his shock announcement last month that he has been forced to retire from jazz. The recorded evidence here reveals the creative spirit burning as strongly as at any point in his career – never at loss for ideas or inspiration, he continued to raise the bar for solo piano performance ever higher. Sometimes, it is easy to overlook the enormous creative challenge Jarrett set himself; each concert a tabula rasa, starting free from predetermined ideas or goals, by spontaneously creating a concert recital from the depths of his musical imagination in front of paying audiences in the most prestigious concert halls in the world...'
Stuart Nicholson SEE THE jazzwise PAGE
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Top 10 Albums for November

Martin Phipps :

The Crown - Season 4 S-track From The Netflix OS

Sony Music today announces the November 20 release of THE CROWN: SEASON 4 (SOUNDTRACK FROM THE NETFLIX ORIGINAL SERIES) with music by BAFTA and Ivor Novello Award-winning composer MARTIN PHIPPS (Black Mirror, Peaky Blinders).  Available everywhere now, the album features music written by Phipps for the fourth season of the critically-acclaimed Netflix Original Series. Of the soundtrack, composer MARTIN PHIPPS says, "In Season 4, the world of our middle aged characters is blown apart by the arrival of Princess Diana. I wanted to represent this bombshell in the music, culminating in Episode 5 when Australia goes nuts for Diana and the score switches to a brash, technicolor electronic palette. We are also in the ‘80s throughout the season, so the score is sprinkled with retro synth elements. Peter Morgan (showrunner/general maestro) was clear that he also wanted a strong sense of musical continuity with Season 3, so I updated many of our familiar, more orchestral themes from previous episodes. One of my favorite scenes is the reuse of the Simple Harp theme, as Diana returns triumphant from shooting a stag during her ‘Balmoral tests.'  I hope you enjoy the new series, and its score, as much as I enjoyed writing it."
Hans Zimmer, David Fleming :

Hillbilly Elegy - Music From the Netflix Film

Milan Records today releases HILLBILLY ELEGY (MUSIC FROM THE NETFLIX FILM) with music by Academy Award®-winning composer Hans Zimmer and frequent collaborator David Fleming.  Available everywhere now, the album features music written by the duo for Academy Award®-winning director Ron Howard's big screen adaptation of J.D. Vance's best-selling memoir of the same name.  The project marks Zimmer's ninth collaboration with Howard, extending the legendary 29-year creative partnership between the two.  Hillbilly Elegy premieres on Netflix and in select theaters on November 24.
Chloe Flower :

Carol Of the Bells

Dynamic pianist CHLOE FLOWER has given the Christmas classic "CAROL OF THE BELLS" an eloquent twist on her latest single, which was co-written and co-produced alongside GRAMMY® Award-winning icon Kenny "Babyface" Edmonds.  A video for the song will be released on November 20. Earlier this year, Chloe released her original single "Flower Through Concrete." Garnering critical acclaim, The Coveteur profiled her extensively and proclaimed, "When someone says ‘Renaissance woman,' you should think of Chloe Flower." Pianist Magazine also examined her "life as a pianist in quarantine."
Michael Ball | Alfie Boe :

Together At Christmas

They're back! Just in time for the festive season! Musical duo Michael Ball and Alfie Boe have joined forces again for a magical new album ‘Together at Christmas', out now on Decca Records. Two of the greatest voices in the world, Michael and Alfie are back doing what they love the most, but this time with an album packed full of holiday cheer! 2020 has been a year of isolation and social distancing and Michael and Alfie want to make this holiday season special, however you're together at Christmas. The record has everything you could want from a Christmas album, and more. The pair breathe new life into favourites such as ‘It's Beginning to Look A Lot Like Christmas', ‘Silent Night' and ‘Have Yourself A Merry Little Christmas', to name a few. Gregory Porter joins on ‘The Christmas Song', and the duo perform the heart-warming ‘My Christmas Will Be Better Than Yours' – a brand new original song.
Tigran Mansurian :

Con Anima

Conceived jointly by violinist Movses Pogossian and violist Kim Kashkashian on the occasion of Tigran Mansurian's 80th birthday, the Con anima project brings together a dedicated cast of players to perform the chamber music of Armenia's great contemporary composer. The emphasis is on newer pieces - only the Third String Quartet dates from the 20th century - but there is a timeless quality to Mansurian's work, all of which resounds with the spirit of his homeland. "Mansurian's works are full of signifiers that come from Armenian ornaments, paintings or stones," writes Elena Dubinets in the CD notes. "His music itself feels as if it was carved out of stone." It can seem both ancient and modern at once, as it carefully explores and reveals relationships between contemporary Western composition and Armenia's sacred and secular music traditions. These characteristics are immediately evident in Agnus Dei, dedicated to the memory of Russian violinist Oleg Kagan. Here, violin, clarinet and cello sing against a sparse piano backdrop, in a piece whose form conveys the melos of Armenian spiritual music.
Elina Duni, Rob Luft, Fred Thomas, Matthieu Michel :

Lost Ships

Lost Ships is the first collaborative album from Elina Duni and Rob Luft. Their programme of songs of love and exile has been gathering momentum since 2017, when the Albanian-Swiss singer and the British guitarist began their collaboration at a series of workshops in Lausanne. And what started as a kind of enhanced version of Duni's solo Partir project, with Luft expanding the atmospheric sound-world of the songs with electronics and effects, has developed into a partnership where musical parameters are established by both artists, with guitar often effectively a second voice. Along the way the duo has been augmented by distinguished guests. On Lost Ships British multi-instrumentalist Fred Thomas – heard here on piano and percussion - and Swiss flugelhornist Matthieu Michel make significant contributions to the overarching concept. 
Dino Saluzzi :

Albores

Recorded in Buenos Aires last year, Albores [Dawn] is among Dino Saluzzi's most intimate albums, featuring the great Argentine bandoneonist alone with the instrument that has been his constant companion since childhood. ECM has documented Saluzzi's work in many different creative contexts over the years, but it was as a solo performer that he made his first major statement for the label, with Kultrum (recorded 1982) and then Andina (1988). His bandoneon soliloquies hold a special fascination. To hear Dino playing solo is to hear him thinking aloud, in music that traces aspects of a long life and reflects upon friendships and on spiritual matters, drawing inspiration from the arts and from everyday reality. Like one of his permanent references, Jorge Luis Borges, Saluzzi combines memories, meditations, and imaginative flights in the creation of his own world. "Albores is the outcome of more than six decades of understanding music as the product of reason and discernment," writes Luján Baudino in the liner notes, "the act of capturing feelings in the depth of the soul."
Stephan Moccio :

Winter Poems

Having amassed over 55M streams on his piano album ‘Tales of Solace' released earlier this year, Grammy and Academy Award-nominated composer, songwriter and producer Stephan Moccio returns with a brand-new instrumental Christmas album ‘Winter Poems', out on now on Decca Records. After writing chart-topping hits for the likes of The Weeknd, Miley Cyrus, Céline Dion and Avril Lavigne, Stephan went back to his roots as a classical musician and pulled inspiration from some of life's most profound themes (love, relationships, and ageing) to create an incredibly beautiful body of work in ‘Tales of Solace'. He has now taken that same sentiment and put it towards a soothing and dazzling holiday album which features timeless classics such as ‘Have Yourself A Merry Little Christmas' and ‘O Holy Night', and several original compositions.
Volker Bertelmann, Dustin O'Halloran :

Ammonite (Original Motion Picture Soundtrack)

Milan Records today releases Ammonite (Original Motion Picture Soundtrack) with music by Dustin O'Halloran and Volker Bertelmann. Available everywhere now, the album features music written by the duo for director Francis Lee's critically-acclaimed film starring Kate Winslet and Saoirse Ronan. Continuing a fruitful creative partnership, the nine-track album features music co-composed by O'Halloran and Bertelmann, who previously teamed on the Academy® Award, BAFTA, and Golden Globe® Award-nominated score for 2016's Lion, A Christmas Carol and more.  Following its world premiere at the 2020 Toronto International Film Festival (TIFF), NEON opens the film in select theaters today. 
Ben MacDougall :

Godfall (Music from the Video Game)

Milan Records today announced the release of GODFALL (MUSIC FROM THE VIDEO GAME) by composer Ben MacDougal. Available everywhere now, the album features music from the history-making Sony PlayStation 5 launch title and groundbreaking fantasy-action, roleplaying game.  Making its debut alongside today's announcement is Godfall's main theme song, "Aperion's Champion," which can be heard here.  Godfall is currently available in stores and online in tandem with the global arrival of the new PlayStation 5. Of the soundtrack, composer BEN MACDOUGALL says, "I'm thrilled that the musical experience of Godfall is going to be available both in and outside of the game, and to be partnering with Milan Records on it is awesome. Whether it's the sweeping cinematic moments, the heart-pounding combat sequences, or the music denoting the incredible world of Aperion that draws you in, writing this score was an amazing journey."
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