Four of America's most exciting young string quartets join Leon Fleisher for conclusion to Chamber Music Society of Detroit season / BroadwayWorld


p.p1 {margin: 0.0px 0.0px 0.0px 0.0px; font: 12.0px 'Helvetica Neue'; color: #4d4d4d} In a fitting conclusion to an historic season, on Sunday, May 12 at 3 PM, the Chamber Music Society of Detroit returns to Orchestra Hall, its home for more than 20 of its 75 years. Four of America's most exciting young string quartets the Attacca, Catalyst, Dover and Harlem Quartets are joined by master pianist Leon Fleisher, who will perform Mozart's K. 414 Piano Concerto plus music of Bach. The program also includes a world premiere by Jessie Montgomery, plus the Mendelssohn Octet performed by members of all four quartets switching off for different movements in a game of musical chairs. PROGRAM:
Mendelssohn: Octet for Strings in E-flat major, Op 20
Jessie Montgomery: Trading Fours (world premiere)*
J.S. Bach: Sheep May Safely Graze, from Cantata 208, arr. Egon Petri
Mozart: Piano Concerto No. 12 in A major, K. 414 READ THE FULL BroadwayWorld ARTICLE
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'White Crow' composer; Ilan Eshkeri discusses film and music with classical radio


Half-hearted concessions to freedom of expression were not enough to hold Rudolf Nureyev in the Soviet Union. The young dancer, a superstar soloist of the Kirov Ballet, caused an international sensation when he became the first Soviet artist to defect to the West during the Cold War. The White Crow, a new film directed by Ralph Fiennes, charts Nureyev's journey from childhood poverty in Siberia and meteoric rise as a principal dancer to the decisive moment of his defection in June 1961 at Le Bourget airport in Paris. The story's personal and political drama surges through Sir David Hare's screenplay and is intensified by the austere beauty of Ilan Eshkeri's original score. Deutsche Grammophon is set to release the soundtrack album on 22 March 2019 to coincide with the movie's international release. In conjunction with the film and soundtrack release, composer Ilan Eshkeri has made himself available today!! April 23, to discuss the movie and recording with classical radio stations throughout the US. Watch for our tweets.
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Lara Downes discusses 'Holes in the Sky' with CapRadio


Pianist Lara Downes will host the 2019 Mondavi Center Young Artists Competition this week. The event features top-notch talent competing for scholarships to support their musical studies. Earlier this year, Lara Downes spoke with CapRadio's morning classical host Kevin Doherty about her latest album "Holes in the Sky," which features collaborations with Judy Collins, Rachel Barton Pine, Ifetayo Ali-Landing, Rhiannon Giddens, and Simone Dinnerstein. The album tells the story of "what women and girls can contribute to the world when they are given a chance - their dreams can make holes in the sky." The 2019 Mondavi Center Young Artists Competition will be held April 26 and April 27. Listen to LD discuss the new album with Central California: CapRadio music director Kevin Doherty p.p1 {margin: 0.0px 0.0px 0.0px 0.0px; font: 12.0px 'Helvetica Neue'; color: #4d4d4d} p.p2 {margin: 0.0px 0.0px 0.0px 0.0px; font: 12.0px 'Helvetica Neue'; color: #4d4d4d; min-height: 14.0px}
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A classical radio casualty in the Rio Grande Valley with sale of PublicRadio88


It is not just National Public Radio and local news that will be lost when RGV Public Radio 88 FM ceases to operate. Mario Muñoz's classical music show "New Edition" will also be lost from the airwaves. It is a one-of-a-kind production in the Rio Grande Valley.  "It is very sad that the Valley will be losing this program," said Max Horowitz, a New York-based music promoter who has provided albums and artist interviews for Muñoz's show for many years. "Programs such as Mario's can only be found on non-commercial radio. To not have a non-commercial radio station that plays music in your market, means it is next to impossible to hear several genres of music." The Diocese of Brownsville is selling 88.1 and 88.9 FM to California-based Immaculate Heart Media. The new buyers plan to air religious programming, meaning NPR, local news provided by the Rio Grande Guardian, and music shows such as "New Edition" will be lost to the Valley. "I have run the classical music show for the past five years," Muñoz said. "The 30-minute show goes out at 11:30 a.m. every Tuesday. We feature selections from the newest classical music CDs, providing commentary about the music and interviews with the performers and composers." In addition to Muñoz's classical music show, the airwaves will also lose Chris Maley's blues music show, "On The Road Side." p.p1 {margin: 0.0px 0.0px 0.0px 0.0px; font: 12.0px 'Helvetica Neue'; color: #4d4d4d} p.p2 {margin: 0.0px 0.0px 0.0px 0.0px; font: 12.0px 'Helvetica Neue'; color: #4d4d4d; min-height: 14.0px} READ THE FULL Rio Grande GUARDIAN ARTICLE
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Laurence Hobgood brings his 7piece ensemble to Union Arts Center for 't e s s e t e r r a' debut / lohud.


Grammy Award-winning pianist/composer Laurence Hobgood has accompanied vocalists, collaborated with a poet laureate and fronted his own jazz trio. Now Hobgood is headed in yet another direction: Fusing his trio with a string quartet to create what poet Robert Pinsky calls "the adventure of unlikely mergings." On his new CD, Hobgood reinterprets standards by Jimmy Webb, Hoagy Carmichael, Paul McCartney and others with instrumental arrangements replacing the lyrics that have become so familiar. Hobgood will bring the seven-piece ensemble to Union Arts Center in Sparkill on April 27 for a concert to debut his new CD, "t e s s e t e r r a." The recording's title refers to the sonic textures expressed by music. The concert is presented by Hobgood and Circumstantial Productions, whose founder, Richard Connolly of West Nyack, is a writer, editor and publisher who has produced several of Hobgood's recordings. Hobgood, former accompanist/arranger for vocalist Kurt Elling, has been widely praised for his singular touch and tone, and his ability to bring something fresh to even the most timeworn Christmas classics. Read the lohud Q&A with Hobgood about his new project
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'Call Me Irresponsible' from Lyn Stanley's 'London Calling,' featured on Punto Radio: animajazz


In the episode ° 863 of "ANIMAJAZZ", conceived and conducted by BRUNO POLLACCI , aired TUESDAY April 23 at 20.30, on PUNTORADIO, also in streaming on www.puntoradio.fm and in immediate podcast on http: // animajazz. eu will be 'Call Me Irresponsible' from Lyn Stanley's 'London Calling.'   In this stunning new collection - London Calling…A Toast To Julie London, listeners will discover a side of singer Lyn Stanley that they haven't heard before. The 17 tunes on this recording explore phases of romance from first glance in ‘Blue Moon' to a missed chance in Cry Me a River.'  Most of the wide-ranging material presented here was originally recorded by singer/actress Julie London, along with a couple of offerings that Stanley feels would have been perfect for the sultry songstress, such as "It's Impossible," and "I Heard It Through the Grapevine." SEE animajazz PLAYLIST
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This Andris Nelsons - BSO account of Shostakovich haunts the mind long after audition / Classical Music Sentinel


The booklet notes state that of his Symphony No. 6 in B minor, Op. 54 from 1939, Dmitri Shostakovich (1906-1975) said: "Here I wanted to express feelings of springtime, joy and youth." And that is readily apparent within the middle and last movements, with the final movement in particular sounding more like "Rossini meets Circus Music". And I love the way Andris Nelsons hams it up and really brings it home. But what about the long, extended 20 minute Largo that is the first movement. Aside from the one and only powerful climax at the 6:00 mark that Nelsons captures and projects exceptionally well, the rest of the movement is bleak and subdued. The main theme that precedes the climax is doleful, and everything else that follows is very mournful and predominantly quiet and soft. Most of it is scored for a couple of woodwind instruments that seem to be involved in a secret conversation, against a backdrop of extremely soft shimmering strings. Everything is hushed, as if the conversation must not be heard by whoever else is listening in the darkness. And Nelsons well projects this mood of secrecy and contempt being covertly monitored by the Soviet regime. I think it's one of the most typical and memorable Shostakovich statements, and this account by the Boston Symphony Orchestra is chilling, and haunts the mind long after audition. SEE THE FULL Classical Music Sentinel REVIEW p.p1 {margin: 0.0px 0.0px 0.0px 0.0px; font: 12.0px 'Helvetica Neue'; color: #4d4d4d}
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Nemanja Radulovic set to make BBC Proms debut with the BSO / Bournemouth Daily Echo


With chief conductor Kirill Karabits at the helm, the Bournemouth Symphony Orchestra will return to the Royal Albert Hall for the BBC Proms. The world famous orchestra will be joined by critically acclaimed violinist Nemanja Radulovic, who will be making his BBC Proms debut. The concert on Sunday, July 21, marks the anniversary of the moon landing which the orchestra will celebrate with a performance of The Planets by Holst. In addition, the programme will also include Barber's Violin Concerto – performed by Nemanja Radulovic – and John Adams' Short Ride in a Fast Machine. Bournemouth Symphony Orchestra gave the UK and London premieres of Adams' popular fanfare for orchestra in 1988 with the then-principal conductor Andrew Litton. Radulović said: "I'm thrilled to be making my BBC Proms debut this summer, joining Bournemouth Symphony Orchestra and Kirill Karabits on the Royal Albert Hall stage. I first performed Barber's Violin Concerto with Kirill and BSO when I was their artist-in-residence in the 2016-17 season, and I look forward to revisiting this work with them in July." READ THE FULL Daily Echo ARTICLE
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Andreas Ottensamer and Yuja Wang share romantic gems for the 'Blue Hour' / KDFC: Album Of the Week


Recording for the first time together, clarinetist Andreas Ottensamer and pianist Yuja Wang perform beloved chamber repertoire by Brahms, Mendelssohn, and Weber in new arrangements. For Weber's Clarinet Concerto No.1 in F minor, Ottensamer is joined by one of the leading orchestras in the world, the Berlin Philharmonic under the baton of Mariss Jansons. These two young classical superstars team up for this album of Romantic-era gems. For the Week of April 22nd, the KDFC: San Francisco 'Album Of the Week' presents; Andreas Ottensamer, clarinet and Yuja Wang, piano Blue Hour.     p.p1 {margin: 0.0px 0.0px 0.0px 0.0px; font: 12.0px 'Helvetica Neue'; color: #4d4d4d} p.p2 {margin: 0.0px 0.0px 0.0px 0.0px; font: 12.0px 'Helvetica Neue'; color: #4d4d4d; min-height: 14.0px}
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Andreas Ottensamer and Yuja Wang 'Blue Hour' is KUSC: Album Of the Week


Recording for the first time together, clarinetist Andreas Ottensamer and pianist Yuja Wang perform beloved chamber repertoire by Brahms, Mendelssohn, and Weber in new arrangements. For Weber's Clarinet Concerto No.1 in F minor, Ottensamer is joined by one of the leading orchestras in the world, the Berlin Philharmonic under the baton of Mariss Jansons. These two young classical superstars team up for this album of Romantic-era gems. For the Week of April 22nd, the KUSC: Los Angeles 'Album Of the Week' presents; Andreas Ottensamer, clarinet and Yuja Wang, piano Blue Hour.   p.p1 {margin: 0.0px 0.0px 0.0px 0.0px; font: 12.0px 'Helvetica Neue'; color: #4d4d4d} p.p2 {margin: 0.0px 0.0px 0.0px 0.0px; font: 12.0px 'Helvetica Neue'; color: #4d4d4d; min-height: 14.0px}
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Who's afraid of the big bad wolf? Not Montrealers / CBC


CBC/QWF writer-in-residence Emira Tufo meets the yellow-eyed wolf who serenades Metro commuters. The masked violinist who plays in the Montreal Metro was inspired by the French-Belgian-German film, Le joueur de violon - the story of a concert musician who abandons the spotlight to play for passersby in the Paris Metro. The old proverb says; the Wolf is always bad, regardless of the colour of his pelt, and taken to its logical conclusion, wolf neither sings nor harbours good intentions. And yet, there is a yellow-eyed wolf who makes the rounds of the Montreal Metro, violin in hand, offering the comfort of music to the crowds of humans, mingling the melodies of Bach and Chopin with the roar of the passing trains and the familiar voice of Michèle Deslauriers: Attention à tous les passagers. Il y a un ralentissement de service sur la ligne … (and you pause, frozen in suspense, hoping not to learn, as you invariably will, that it is, indeed, your line. Again.)
PHOTO:  (Emira Tufo/CBC) READ THE FULL CBC ARTICLE & WATCH THE VIDEO
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Andreas Ottensamer and Yuja Wang ?Blue Hour? is WFMT: Featured New Release


Recording for the first time together, clarinetist Andreas Ottensamer and Yuja Wang perform beloved Romantic chamber repertoire by Brahms, Mendelssohn, and Weber in new arrangements. For Weber's Clarinet Concerto No.1 in F minor, Ottensamer is joined by one of the leading orchestras in the world, the Berlin Philharmonic under the baton of Mariss Jansons. For Sunday April 21, Andreas Ottensamer and Yuja Wang ‘Blue Hour' is the WFMT: Chicago 'Featured New Release'
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Top 10 Albums for April

Ludovico Einaudi :

Seven Days Walking - Day 1

Ludovico Einaudi has played piano on an Arctic glacier, performed at huge pop music festivals, and become the most-streamed classical artist in the world, but the composer and pianist's new album may be his most ambitious project yet. On March 15 2019, he released the first episode of a seven-part new album called Seven Days Walking (Decca Records/Universal), before embarking on a North American tour at the end of May.  Einaudi also announces today his signing of a new worldwide contract with Decca Records, under Universal Music Group. After nearly 15 years and six album releases together, Decca – the world's No.1 classical music label – is thrilled to renew its working relationship with Einaudi and be the home to his music globally. This is the first time Einaudi's music will be released via Universal Music Group in the United States. 
Sistine Chapel Choir :

O Crux Benedicta

The fourth installment in the acclaimed collaboration between DG and the Sistine Chapel Choir, O CRUX BENEDICTA: Lent and Holy Week At The Sistine Chapel features world premiere recordings of works by Palestrina, Di Lasso, and more. This series of state-of-the-art recordings breathes new life into Renaissance and Baroque choral masterpieces at the highest artistic level, transferring listeners into a meditative and peaceful state – a refreshing break from the trappings of modern life.
Angelique Kidjo :

Celia

On April 19, Angélique Kidjo will release Celia (Verve/Universal Music France), an album that honors Celia Cruz, widely known as "the Queen of Salsa" and the most popular Latin artist of the 20thcentury.  On Celia, Angélique explores the African roots of the Cuban-born Cruz and reimagines selections from Cruz's extraordinary career in surprising new ways, infused with an explosion of sounds and rhythms from Cuba, Africa, the Middle East, America and beyond.  The album includes performances by Tony Allen (Fela Kuti) on drums, Meshell Ndegeocello on bass, and British saxophonist Shabaka Hutchins plus his band Sons of Kemet.   
Max Richter :

Never Look Away OST

Max Richter's score for the 2018 drama Never Look Away is released on DG. The latest from director Florian Henckel von Donnersmarch (Lives of Others), Never Look Away is inspired by the life of artist Gerhard Richter through the story of an art student in post-war East Germany. The film was selected as the German entry for Best Foreign Language Film for the Academy Awards and stars Tom Schiling, Sebastian Koch and Paula Beer.
Sarah McKenzie :

Secrets of My Heart

After the great success of Sarah McKenzie's 2017 disc, Paris in the Rain(Impulse! Records), the 31-year-old pianist, singer, and composer returns with the poignant, Secrets of My Heart, reuniting with noted Australian composer, arranger, and events music director, Chong Lim, who produced her first two discs – Don't Tempt Me and Close Your Eyes. Recorded in New York City, Secrets of My Heart exudes cosmopolitan flair with its lineup that includes French bassist Pierre Boussaguet and Brazilian percussionist Rogerio Bocattoalongside guitarist Dan Wilson, drummer Donald Edwards, vibraphonist Warren Wolf,tenor saxophonist Troy Roberts, and cellist Jody Redhage Ferber(all of whom based in the United States).    
The Comet Is Coming :

Trust In The Lifeforce Of The Deep Mystery

The Comet Is Comingreleases their Impulse! Debut - Trust In The Lifeforce Of The Deep Mystery US tour starts March 12. Includes; Los Angeles, SXSW, New York, Philadelphia, DC, Big Ears, Bonnaroo The Comet Is Coming, "an improvisational, intergalactic mash-up" (The Guardian), will release their Impulse! debut, Trust In the Lifeforce Of The Deep Mystery, on March 15. Their first-ever US tour begins in Los Angeles on March 12 and takes them through SXSW, NYC, Philadelphia, DC, Big Ears Festival and finally lands them in Bonnaroo on June 13. The first track from the album, "Summon The Fire," is available today. The Comet Is Coming, who in 2016 were shortlisted for the Mercury Music Prize, is comprised of King Shabaka (Shabaka Hutchings) on saxophone, Danalogue (Dan Leavers) on keys/synth, and Betamax (Max Hallett) on drums. On this album, Trust In The Lifeforce Of The Deep Mystery, the trio envisage a 21st century take on spiritual jazz that is part Alice Coltrane, part Bladerunner.
Avi Avital :

J.S. Bach

Deutsche Grammophon presents the extended, limited edition of Avi Avital's "spellbinding" (Newark Star-Ledger) DG debut, Bach. The album features several tracks of newly recorded Bach, all arranged by Avital for the mandolin, including the famous Prélude from Cello Suite No. 1, BWV 1007.
Ilan Eshkeri :

The White Crow OMPS w/Lisa Batiashvili

Half-hearted concessions to freedom of expression were not enough to hold Rudolf Nureyev in the Soviet Union. The young dancer, a superstar soloist of the Kirov Ballet, caused an international sensation when he became the first Soviet artist to defect to the West during the Cold War. The White Crow, a new film directed by Ralph Fiennes, charts Nureyev's journey from childhood poverty in Siberia and meteoric rise as a principal dancer to the decisive moment of his defection in June 1961 at Le Bourget airport in Paris. The story's personal and political drama surges through Sir David Hare's screenplay and is intensified by the austere beauty of Ilan Eshkeri's original score. Deutsche Grammophon is set to release the soundtrack album on 22 March 2019 to coincide with the movie's international release.
Yo-Yo Ma :

Salonen Cello Concerto w/Los Angeles Philharmonic

On March 8, Sony Classical will release a recording of Esa-Pekka Salonen's cello concerto featuring Yo-Yo Ma and the Los Angeles Philharmonic under Salonen's baton. Co-commissioned for Ma by the Chicago Symphony Orchestra, the New York Philharmonic, the Barbican Centre, and Elbphilharmonie Hamburg, Salonen's cello concerto premiered on March 9, 2017 with Salonen himself conducting the Chicago Symphony Orchestra. Ma and the concerto then came to the New York Philharmonic on March 17, 2017, with then-Music Director Alan Gilbert conducting; Ma and Gilbert continued the premiere season with performances at London's Barbican Centre and Hamburg's Elbphilharmonie. This recording captures the live performance in Los Angeles on February 8, 2018.
Joep Beving :

Henosis

Dutch composer and pianist Joep Beving releases his third album, Henosis today on Deutsche Grammophon – the album marks the final volume in a trilogy of albums that comprises Beving's debut album Solipsism and his sophomore album Prehension. This album also marks the end of an intensely personal four-year spiritual and philosophical exploration for the acclaimed composer/pianist. 
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