Marlboro Music Festival closes 68th season / Rutland Herald

"Plus ça change, plus c'est la même chose," usually translated as "the more things change, the more they stay the same," commonly attributed to Voltaire, was actually penned by French critic, journalist and novelist Jean-Baptiste Alphonse Karr (1808-1890). The famous maxim applies perfectly to Marlboro Music Festival, which closed its 68th season last weekend. Despite just announcing its fifth change in artistic direction in all those years the final season's concerts, last Saturday and Sunday, reflected the founding spirit of Vermont's most revered, and one of the country's most respected music institutions. Emblematic was Sunday's closing performance of Beethoven's "Choral Fantasy," Op. 80, for Piano, Chorus and Orchestra, a tradition beginning in 1957 with co-founder Rudolf Serkin as piano soloist (recently changed to every other year). Appropriately, artistic director Mitsuko Uchida was the piano soloist delivering Beethoven's unique mix of passion, joy and grandeur, while Leon Fleisher conducted the Marlboro Music Festival Orchestra and Chorus. Fleisher, now 90, first came to Marlboro as a pianist in 1959, Uchida in 1974. READ THE FULL Rutland Herald ARTICLE
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John Williams' Tanglewood haunted house composition making world premiere / Associated Press

A new John Williams composition about a ghost said to have scared Leonard Bernstein is making its world premiere. "Highwood's Ghost, an Encounter for Harp, Cello, and Orchestra" will be performed Sunday at Tanglewood in Massachusetts, the summer home of the Boston Symphony Orchestra. The ghost haunts Highwood House, a building on the Tanglewood property. Many people have reported encounters with the specter over the years, but Bernstein's story is perhaps the most famous. Bernstein said he was approached by an apparition in 1990 while sitting by a window on the second floor. Startled, he sprang from his seat and called out to the figure. Williams said he wrote the piece for fun and to "provide the unusual combination of harp and cello an opportunity to set the stage for an ectoplasmic visit." SEE THE AP ARTICLE
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The Best of Bernstein is KDFC - Album of the Week

This week's Album of the Week also benefits KDFC: San Francisco ! Become a member of KDFC for just $10 a month (or $120 all at once) and we will send you this week's Album of the Week, "The Best of Bernstein." It's a special 3-CD set featuring Bernstein the conductor, the composer and the performer, created especially for public radio – not available anywhere else! We only have a limited quantity of these special sets, so when they are gone they are gone! Don't miss your chance to celebrate one of the greatest American musicians of all time AND support your favorite classical radio station at the same time. For the Week of August 20th - The Best of Bernstein is the KDFC - Album of the Week 
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The Best of Bernstein is KUSC - Album of the Week

This week's Album of the Week also benefits KUSC: Los Angeles ! Become a member of KDFC for just $10 a month (or $120 all at once) and we will send you this week's Album of the Week, "The Best of Bernstein." It's a special 3-CD set featuring Bernstein the conductor, the composer and the performer, created especially for public radio – not available anywhere else! We only have a limited quantity of these special sets, so when they are gone they are gone! Don't miss your chance to celebrate one of the greatest American musicians of all time AND support your favorite classical radio station at the same time. For the week of August 20, 2018, The Best of Bernstein is KUSC - Album of the Week 
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Mindful vibrato from Yo-Yo Ma / Premier Guitar

Liberation from muscle-memory habits is a major goal of this column. And is any aspect of guitar playing more susceptible to mindless auto-pilot than vibrato? This lesson will help you truly listen to your vibrato. You'll get better at applying the effect mindfully to heighten your musical ideas, as opposed to automatically wiggling your fretting hand whenever you reach a sustained note. We'll look at vibrato technique in general, and then try some exercises designed to help you deploy various approaches with greater awareness. But first, the easy part: a listening party! Classically Speaking, here's Yo-Yo Ma with Kathryn Stott playing "The Swan" from Camille Saint-Saens's Carnival of the Animals. Ma applies vibrato almost constantly (watch his left hand!) but the effect never gets tiresome. Man, the way he occupies every single note! Classical composers generally don't give note-for-note vibrato instruction in their scores, though there might be a general indication like molto vibrato and non vibrare, which translate roughly from Italian as "shake it, baby" and "give it a rest, Mr. Jiggles." Check out other renditions of this piece on YouTube to hear how differently each cellist employs vibrato, even though they're all playing note-for-note from the same score. READ THE FULL Premier Guitar ARTICLE
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Midori has one of the best Leonard Bernstein stories ever / Northeast Public Radio

Midori, perhaps, perhaps has one of the best Leonard Bernstein stories of all time. In happened in 1986 at Tanglewood when she was performing Bernstein's "Serenade," conducted by Bernstein. During the performance, she broke the E string on her violin, then again on the concertmaster's Stradivarius after she borrowed it. She finished the performance with the associate concertmaster's instrument and received a standing ovation. The next day The New York Times front page carried the headline, "Girl, 14, Conquers Tanglewood with 3 Violins" Midori has maintained an international presence for almost three decades, first as a performer, and increasingly as a musical community engagement advocate, and educator. Tanglewood's season-long Bernstein centennial celebration will culminate in a gala concert on Bernstein's actual 100th birthday, August 25th featuring Midori playing Serenade - conducted by Christoph Eschenbach. LISTEN TO THE SEGMENT
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Shhhh....uffle! University librarians are creating spotify playlists ending the days of silent study / Daily Mail

University librarians are creating Spotify playlists to help pupils focus while studying – an about-turn after years of telling students to ‘be quiet'. Oxford, Newcastle and Liverpool universities are just some of the many institutions throughout the UK which are now encouraging students to listen to music on their headphones to improve focus. However, eight years ago, Spotify was banned at Oxford, as there were concerns that having scores of students using the internet at the same time would slow down others' access to online research, according to The Times. For about two years, though, the Sainsbury Library has been offering playlists to replicate ‘library ambience' with the likes of Max Richter and Ólafur Arnalds providing contemporary classical experimental music to ‘help you focus in the library'. p.p1 {margin: 0.0px 0.0px 0.0px 0.0px; font: 12.0px 'Helvetica Neue'; color: #606060} p.p2 {margin: 0.0px 0.0px 0.0px 0.0px; font: 12.0px 'Helvetica Neue'; color: #606060; min-height: 14.0px} span.Apple-tab-span {white-space:pre} READ THE FULL Daily Mail ARTICLE
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Montreal Chamber Music Festival presents Eldar Trio

The Montreal Chamber Music Festival presented Grammy-nominee Eldar Djangirov and his trio. Djangirov has been described by The New York Times as "a blend of musical intelligence, organizational savvy, enthusiasm and prowess," while Downbeat stated that "his command of his instrument is beyond staggering." Eldar came to the U.S. from the former Soviet Union at age 10 and was signed to Sony Masterworks at 17. Releasing multiple albums since then, Eldar has appeared at numerous major jazz festivals as well as with world renowned symphony orchestras. Come hear the pianist Dave Brubeck calls "a genius beyond most young people I've heard." attached, Watch Eldar Trio - from June 8, 2018 performance "Point of View Redux" Eldar Djangirov (piano)
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Yo-Yo Ma plays NPR: Tiny Desk

Cellist Yo-Yo Ma brought his great inspiration, and in turn part of his own life story, to an enthusiastic audience packed around the Tiny Desk on a hot summer day. Ma is returning, yet again, to the Six Suites for Unaccompanied Cello by Johann Sebastian Bach, a Mount Everest for any cellist. He has just released Six Evolutions - Bach: Cello Suites, his third studio recording of the complete set and is taking the music on a two-year, six-continent tour. Ma's first recording of the Suites, released in 1983, earned him his first Grammy. SET LIST J.S. Bach: "Prelude (from Suite No. 1 for Solo Cello)" J.S. Bach: "Sarabande (from Suite No. 6 for Solo Cello)" J.S. Bach: "Gigue (from Suite No. 3 for Solo Cello)" Photo: Samantha Clark/NPR. READ AND LISTEN
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John Coltrane's Both Directions at Once: The Lost Album is a great find, perhaps best one of the year / AUDIOPHILE AUDITION

This release of a 55-year old recording of John Coltrane, one of the century's greatest jazz performers/composers, seems to be a great find, perhaps the best one of the year. Both Directions at Once: The Lost Album was made on a single day in March 1963 but it took this long for it to see the beguiling mists of twilight. However, its title is a bit disingenuous. It's not the lost album. There have been two other John Coltrane finds I know of: Thelonious Monk Quartet with John Coltrane at Carnegie Hall (which I reviewed on these pages) and Live at the Half Note: One Down, One Up, both released in 2005. Coltrane biographer Ben Ratliff says Verve (Impulse!'s parent company) has eighty-six CDs worth of Coltrane's concert recordings, and it doesn't really matter whether they are "found" or not. There's more in the queue. READ THE FULL AUDIOPHILE AUDITION REVIEW p.p1 {margin: 0.0px 0.0px 0.0px 0.0px; font: 12.0px 'Helvetica Neue'; color: #606060}
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Take a seat on the Echoes piano bench with Peter Kater

On Monday 8/20 2018 Grammy Award winner Peter Kater comes in to Echoes to play a live, solo piano set. He plays free improvisations inspired by his album, Dancing on Water. We give you a seat on the piano bench. Echoes is a daily two-hour music soundscape, distributed by Public Radio International and broadcast on 120 radio stations from Maine to Hawaii. With host John Diliberto, a writer for Billboard, Pulse and other magazines, Echoes brings together a wide array of styles, from acoustic to electronic, jazz to space music, the avant-garde to rock. Echoes is a sound that is cross-cultural and trans-millennial, merging cultures and forms, technology and tradition, the ancient past and the possible future. Echoes has featured artists and composers such as Brian Eno, Moby, Peter Gabriel, Kate Bush and Enya, Laurie Anderson, Steve Roach, and The Orb. Concerts have included Pat Metheny, Yo-Yo Ma, Dead Can Dance, Ólafur Arnalds, Air, Loreena McKennitt  and many more. p.p1 {margin: 0.0px 0.0px 0.0px 0.0px; font: 12.0px 'Helvetica Neue'; color: #606060} p.p2 {margin: 0.0px 0.0px 0.0px 0.0px; font: 12.0px 'Helvetica Neue'; color: #606060; min-height: 14.0px}
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Robin McKelle's Melodic Canvas is reflective and personal / Jazz Weekly

Vocalist and composer Robin McKelle comes across as a wandering pilgrim, searching for answers on this intimate and personal album. Her voice is part indie, part dreamy, teaming with guests including Chris Potter/ts-ss, Shedrick Mitchell/key, Vincent Ardher/b, Daniel Sadownick/perc, Al Street/g, Martin Sweill/g and The Piano Man's Choir. The overall mood is reflective and personal, with themes such as a crisis of faith with Mitchell's B3 on the confessional "Do You Believe?" and a gentle gospel'd "Swing Low, Sweet Chariot." The team is earnest as she tells a story on "Simple Man" and able to get earthy on "It Won't End Up" with a more placid than normal read of "Yes We Can Can" with a vocal choir in support. Potter's soprano adds to the atmosphere on the pulsed "Come to Me" while McKelle searches for truth on "Lyla." Intimate musical musings for the Janis Ian set. SEE Jazz Weekly PAGE
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Top 10 Albums for August

Yo-Yo Ma :

Six Evolutions - Bach Cello Suites

YO-YO MA releases Six Evolutions – Bach: Cello Suites today.  The new album from Sony Classical marks Ma's third and final recording of the works and celebrates his nearly six-decade-long relationship with the music.  Six Evolutions – Bach: Cello Suites is available to stream and download now on all digital service providers and for purchase as a 3-LP 180-gram vinyl set. As Ma's "constant musical companions" for almost 60 years, Bach's Cello Suites first entered the cellist's life at the age of four, when he learned the first measure of the Prélude to Suite No. 1 under his father's instruction.  His Grammy Award-winning first complete recording of the suites was made in his late twenties. His second, Inspired by Bach, was released in his early forties and recorded alongside a multi-genre, collaborative exploration of the works. Both previous recordings of the Cello Suites, also on Sony Classical, became landmarks in classical discography, as well as milestones in Ma's musical life.  Since then these works have been a through line in his life, guiding him through times of happiness as well as hardship, prompting Ma to ask, "What power does this music possess that even today, after three hundred years, it continues to help us navigate through troubled times'"
John Coltrane :

Both Directions at Once - The Lost Album

On March 6, 1963, John Coltrane and his Classic Quartet - McCoy Tyner, Jimmy Garrison, and Elvin Jones - recorded an entire studio album at the legendary Van Gelder Studios. This music, which features unheard originals, will finally be released 55 years later. This is, in short, the holy grail of jazz. Both Directions at Once: The Lost Album will be released on June 29 on Impulse! Records, Coltrane's final and most creative label home. The first week of March in 1963 was busy for John Coltrane. He was in the midst of a two-week run at Birdland and was gearing up to record the famed John Coltrane and Johnny Hartman album, which he did on March 7. But there was a session the day before that was the stuff of legend, until now. On Wednesday, March 6, Coltrane and the quartet went to Van Gelder Studios in Englewood, NJ and cut a complete album's worth of material, including several original compositions that were never recorded elsewhere.  They spent the day committing these to tape, taking time with some, rehearsing them two, three times, playing them in different ways and in different configurations.
Leonard Bernstein :

The Best of Bernstein

Leonard Bernstein unquestionably was one of the most astonishing and magnetic personalities in the world of music. He bestrode the musical scene in the second half of the 20th century like few others: composer, conductor, pianist, educator; but it was as a great communicator – of music and through music – that every facet of his life and legacy is bound together. He was a Renaissance man, a multifaceted genius, but it was his career as a composer that meant the very most to him. Deutsche Grammophon joins the Bernstein centennial celebrations with a range of offerings including box sets, LPs and new recordings. The Best of Bernstein is a 3-CD compilation featuring some of Bernstein's very best recordings for Deutsche Grammophon. This album is only available to classical radio stations at an exclusive rate to support fund drives and even includes a special note of thanks to listeners and donors for their support. The album is programmed as a celebration of Bernstein's work as both a composer and conductor and features excerpts from Candide and West Side Story as well as ever-popular works by Beethoven, Brahms, Debussy, Gershwin, Mozart, Shostakovich, Stravinsky and others.
Madeleine Peyroux :


Madeleine Peyroux's new album, Anthem, finds the singer-songwriter collaborating with writers/musicians Patrick Warren (Bonnie Raitt, JD Souther, Bob Dylan, Bruce Springsteen, Lana Del Rey, The Red Hot Chilli Peppers), Brian MacLeod (Sara Bareilles, Leonard Cohen, Tina Turner, Ziggy Marley) and David Baerwald (Joni Mitchell, David and David, Sheryl Crow), who are also the basic rhythm section players on the album. Together, they cast a sober, poetic, and at times philosophical eye on the current state of the world. Produced and co-written by Larry Klein, the album came to life during the pivotal 2016 US elections, with the writers absorbing a "constant stream of news" over many months. The "consciously not too preachy" songs, fuse Peyroux's, at times political outlook, with glimpses into her personal world. Honed and patiently refined with fellow writers they mix the public with the personal, striking that perfect equilibrium of dark humour and compassion.
Harry Gregson-Williams :

The Equalizer

Sony Music proudly announces the release of THE EQUALIZER 2 (Original Motion Picture Soundtrack) with original music by Golden Globe® nominee Harry Gregson-Williams (The Chronicles of Narnia, Shrek). The soundtrack will be released on July 13th, 2018. THE EQUALIZER 2 will open in U.S. theaters on July 20th, 2018. If you have a problem and nowhere else to turn, Robert McCall will help – he is The Equalizer. McCall has been aiding the beaten, exploited, and oppressed by serving an unflinching justice. But when McCall's dangerous past cuts especially close to home, he will need all of his skills to settle the score. This time, he must come face to face with highly trained assassins who will stop at nothing to destroy him. Denzel Washington returns to one of his signature roles in the first sequel of his career.  Starring Denzel Washington, Pedro Pascal, Ashton Sanders, with Bill Pullman and Melissa Leo, The Equalizer 2 is directed by Antoine Fuqua, written by Richard Wenk, and produced by Todd Black, Jason Blumenthal, Denzel Washington, Antoine Fuqua, Alex Siskin, Steve Tisch, Mace Neufeld, Tony Eldridge, and Michael Sloan. 
Anne Akiko Meyers :

Mirror in Mirror

Superstar violinist Anne Akiko Meyers is one of today's most in demand classical performers. A Billboard Top Selling Classical Instrumentalist of the Year, she is beloved by audiences around the world, with a reputation for innovative programmes and ground-breaking commissions. Mirror in Mirror marks her 36th studio album and is one of her most personal projects to date.
Dustin O'Halloran :

Puzzle OMPS

Sony Music proudly announces the release of PUZZLE (Original Motion Picture Soundtrack) with original music by Oscar® and Golden Globe nominee Dustin O'Halloran. The soundtrack released on July 27th, 2018. The movie open in U.S. theaters on July 27th, 2018. Directed by the producer of Little Miss Sunshine, Marc Turtletaub, and starring Golden Globe® nominee Kelly MacDonald (No Country For Old Men, Boardwalk Empire) & Irrfan Kahn (Slumdog Millionaire), PUZZLE tells the story of Agnes, who, taken for granted as a suburban mother, discovers a passion for solving jigsaw puzzles that unexpectedly draws her into a new world, where her life unfolds in ways she could never have imagined.
Lee Konitz, Dan Tepfer :


Having first performed together in 2007, acclaimed Jazz musicians Lee Konitz and Dan Tepfer join forces to release their Sophomore duo album,'Decade, on Verve Records. The album will be released digitally on 7/6 and is available for pre-order now. The duo will'play two NYC dates on July 26 and 27 at the Jazz Gallery, where they first performed together, in light of the album release.' Decade'marks ten years since the duo's first and only release together in 2008, the critically acclaimed,'Duos with Lee, lending to its title. Having spent the intermittent years individually touring across North America, Europe, Asia and Australia both as a duo and in larger settings, Konitz and Tepfer have developed a deep complicity that is evident on the upcoming album.'
Ray Chen :

The Golden Age

Deemed one of today's most charismatic and compelling young violinists, Ray Chen reveals his new album The Golden Age – a thrilling collection of chamber and orchestral works – to be released on June 8. It is his first recording on Decca Classics since signing to the label last year. The Violinist handpicked a selection of works for the upcoming album, all of which celebrate the "golden age" of the violin – not only in terms of repertoire, but also in terms of performance style and ingenuity. The centrepiece is Max Bruch's Violin Concerto, performed with the London Philharmonic Orchestra and conductor Robert Trevino and recorded in August last year.
Cast Albums :

Desperate Measures

The Original Cast Recording from the hit musical comedy Desperate Measures is now available digitally from Masterworks Broadway, with the CD set for release August 10.  With music by David Friedman (Listen to My Heart) and lyrics by Peter Kellogg(Anna Karenina), the album is produced by 7 time Grammy and Tony Nominee Robert Sher (Patti LuPone's Gypsy, Daniel Radcliffe's How To Succeed…) with liner notes by Peter Filichia.  The album is Executive Produced by Mary Cossette (The WillRogers Follies; Woody Sez; Carol Welsman's What'Cha Got Cookin'') and Willette Klausner (The Band's Visit; Smokey Joe's Café; Latin History For Morons). Described by the Huffington Post as "a good old-fashioned musical comedy… a happy surprise of a show filled with enjoyable songs," Desperate Measures is currently playing at New World Stages in New York City.