TUNE IN TONIGHT to see Yo-Yo Ma on The Late Show with Stephen Colbert

Tune in tonight to see Cellist Yo-Yo Ma on The Late Show with Stephen Colbert on CBS at 1135pm EST / 1035 CST. Ma and pianist Kathryn Stott have created a unique classical music experience with their new Sony Classical recording - Songs from the Arc of Life. Released on September 18, this all-new recording also celebrates thirty years of friendship and collaboration in concerts and recordings for Ma and Stott. The album includes pieces they have frequently performed but never recorded, as well as a handful of discoveries. Born of Chinese descent on October 7, 1955, in Paris, France, Yo-Yo Ma's 60th birthday is this Wednesday, and the cellist has had an asounding career which has produced more than 75 albums and 15 Grammy Awards. Artistic director of the Silk Road Project, an organization dedicated to promoting the various traditions along the ancient Silk Road trade route, Ma was awarded the National Medal of Arts in 2001, and in 2010, was the recipient of the Presidential Medal of Freedom. SEE WQXR: New York - POST READ THE Colbert News Hub
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Eldar Djangirov brings another strong perofrmance to DPAS / Reading Eagle

The force of nature that is pianist Eldar Djangirov was bestowed on the Berks County community once again, this time by Reading Area Community College's Downtown Performing Arts Series in the Miller Center for the Arts on Saturday night. Eldar has performed both as a soloist and with his trio three times as part of Boscov's Berks Jazz Fest. This time, in place of his usual trio, he performed with bassist Massimo Biolcati and drummer Jordan Perlson, both formidable players who fit Eldar's style and spirit. I anticipate each of Eldar's performances with considerable excitement. I can't think of another pianist who equals his power, intelligence, subtlety, inventiveness and, of course, technique. There's much to be said for classical Russian technique applied to jazz; it's a match made in heaven.  READ THE FULL Reading Eagle REVIEW
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Yundi - Chopin: Preludes / KDFC: CD Of the Week

Chinese pianist Yundi made history in 2000 by becoming the youngest person ever (18) to win the International Chopin Competition. This year he will be the youngest jury member ever of the prestigious competition. For his latest album, he has recorded the complete Chopin Preludes; 24 short works in every major and minor key. The recording is the first step in Yundi's Chopin Project, which will continue next year with the recording of the two concertos. Yundi has attained "Rock Star" status in his native China, where his concerts are regularly mobbed and he has over 17 million followers on the Chinese version of Twitter!  Yundi - Chopin: Preludes is the KDFC: San Francisco - CD Of the Week
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Quartetto di Cremona plays Chamber Music Tulsa / Tulsa World

The Quartetto di Cremona, which made its exuberant Tulsa debut in 2013, returns to perform under the auspices of Chamber Music Tulsa. The quartet, which takes its name from the Italian city where it first came together, and which also is the hometown of the legendary violin maker Antonio Stradivari, has been described as making music that is as "sleek and elegant as an Armani suit." For its Chamber Music Tulsa concert, this Italian ensemble will be performing a program of Austrian music, including Webern's "Langsamer Satz" and Six Bagatelles for String Quartet, Op. 9, along with Mozart's Quartet in C Major, K. 465, "Dissonance," and Schubert's Quartet No. 14 in D Minor "Death and the Maiden." SEE THE Tulsa World LISTING
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Myung-Whun Chung | SPO - Mahler: Symphony No 5 / WFMT: New Release Of the Week

The Seoul Philharmonic Orchestra signed a contract with Deutsche Grammophon in 2011 to release 10 albums over five years, making it the first time that an Asian orchestra has signed such an extensive contract. Following the critically acclaimed Mahler Ninth from last year, this new album (recorded live in 2014) is the fourth Mahler recording by the Seoul Philharmonic Orchestra with maestro Myung-Whun Chung. The Mahler: Symphony No 5 in C-sharp minor: III, Scherzo (17:34) on Deutsche Grammophon by the Seoul Philharmonic Orchestra led by Myung-Whun Chung is a WFMT: Chicago - New Release Of the Week.    
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Renee Fleming | Emerson String Quartet - Music of Berg & Wellesz / WFMT: New Release Of the Week

This release unites soprano Renée Fleming and the Emerson String Quartet for the first time. They embark on a journey to Vienna in the 1920s and ‘30s through music imbued with late romanticism and burgeoning modernism. The record features Alban Berg's intricate Lyric Suite and Egon Wellesz's Sonnets by Elizabeth Barrett-Browning, sung in German translations by Rainer Maria Rilke. The Berg: Lyric Suite: V, Presto delirando (4:40); VI, Largo desolato (5:58) Music of Berg & Wellesz on Decca is a WFMT: Chicago - New Release Of the Week        
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Yundi - Chopin: Preludes / WFMT: New Release Of the Week

Pianist Yundi returns to Chopin – the composer he is most closely associated with. This album features Chopin's complete Preludes, a collection of beloved works for solo piano. The release coincides with the 15th anniversary of Yundi's legendary victory at the International Warsaw Chopin Competition in 2000. At 18 he was the youngest and first-ever Chinese winner. Chopin: 24 Preludes, Op 28 (33:39) Deutsche Grammophon is the WFMT: Chicago - New Release Of the Week  
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Karin and Mike Kelleher - Melange / Jazz Weekly review

Here's a surprisingly successful album that mixes strings with chamber jazz. The husband and wife team of vocalist Mike Kelleher with violinist Karin mix strings along with jazz guitar,drums and bass on a serenely swinging affair. I'd thought I had heard it all, but a string read of Herbie Hancock's "Dolphin Dance" along with Eliot's bass and Mike's vocals is a Godiva Dark Chocolate treat! George Harrison's "Something " inclues a rich cello sol by Gita Ladd as well as Karin's charming string work, while Johnny Mercer's "Moonlight" has Gil Evans-like harmonics, albeit with strings. Traditional folk material such as "Black is the Color" and Bach's "Kyrie" from his Mass in B Minor take familiar themes and make them as fresh and colorful as a revamp of Florence's Basilica of San Lorenza. Modern and yet timeless. SEE THE Jazz Weekly PAGE
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Elektra Kurtis plays HB Artist Series / Scarsdale Patch

Violinist, educator and composer Elektra Kurtis-Stewart performs "My Inspirations", a recital of works that serve as her inspiration on Friday, October 23, 2015, at 8:00 p.m. at the Greenville Community Church, 270 Ardsley Road, Scarsdale. Part of the Hoff-Barthelson Music School HB Faculty Artist Series, Ms. Kurtis-Stewart will be joined by fellow faculty member Eleonora Rotshteyn, piano and guest artists Curtis Stewart, violin and Nicole Verderosa, cello. Inspired by jazz and the ethnic music of her heritage, as well as the music of Bach, Bartók and more contemporary composers, Ms. Kurtis-Stewart integrates varied musical styles and traditions experienced over the course of her life into innovative recital programming. In her appearance on the HB Artist Series, she will perform a program of J.S. Bach, Béla Bartók, Igor Stravinsky and Karol Szymanowski. Works by Mikis Theodorakis and Manos Hadjidakis, arranged for string trio by Ms. Kurtis-Stewart, Greek folk songs and her own original jazz, rock and blues inspired compositions complete the program. READ THE FULL Scarsdale Patch ARTICLE
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Natalie Dessay - Barbican review: 'sublime' / The Telegraph

La Belle France has produced some musical wonders in the past thirty years or so, but top-rank sopranos are not among them. Some would say Natalie Dessay is the only one. She's certainly had a glittery career in the world's top opera houses, and her seraphic high notes and comic talent wowed London when she played Marie in Donizetti's La Fille du Régiment some years back. Natalie Dessay: 'You can't teach personality' - But being France's reigning diva is quite a mantle to bear, and there were times in this packed Barbican Hall recital when it seemed too heavy for her. That was partly because of the programme, which seemed like a manifesto. It said: don't think I'm only fit for ironic trifles by French composers such as Poulenc (like the ones on her delightful new CD Fiançailles pour rire) or orientalist songs by Bizet, or coloratura fireworks by Donizetti. I also do heavyweight German art song.

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Quartetto di Cremona play Chamber Music Tulsa / Tulsa News On 6

In their fifth volume of the Complete Beethoven Chamber Music for Strings, the Quartetto di Cremona – currently Italy's most exciting string quartet – present an enraptured late work, the Quartet Op. 132 with the great Adagio "thanksgiving", alongside Beethoven's only String Quintet, Op. 29, this together with Lawrence Dutton, violist of the Emerson String Quartet. In conjunction with the new release, the Quartetto will be travelling throught the US visiting local radio stations.

This weekend, there is a special performance for Chamber Music Tulsa at the Tulsa Performing Arts Center.  Quartetto Di Cremona will be playing in the John H. Williams Theatre on Sunday.  Watch the 6 In The Morning preview.
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BBC Radio 3 sets two world records with broadcast of Max Richter's Sleep /

Radio 3 established two Guinness world records on Sunday 27 September with a live broadcast of Max Richter's Sleep. The eight-hour, one-minute and 23-second  performance was the ‘longest live broadcast' and the ‘longest single continuous broadcast of a piece' to have ever featured on radio. Sleep was composed in collaboration with the neuroscientist David Eagleman as an exploration of the interaction of music and the sleeping mind. Richter calls it his ‘lullaby for a frenetic world.'Sleep is scored for a chamber ensemble of strings, keyboard, electronics, and solo soprano, who performed in shifts throughout the night, taking breaks to sleep. READ THE FULL PIECE
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Top 10 Albums for October

John Scofield :

Past Present

John Scofield updates his early-'90s quartet with drummer Bill Stewart and saxophonist Joe Lovano by recruiting bassist Larry Grenadier for his fetching, appropriately titled impulse! debut, Past Present. Between 1990 and 1992, the celebrated guitarist released three well-received discs – Meant to Be, Time on My Hands and What We Do – for the Blue Note label as the John Scofield Quartet. On those records, either Marc Johnson or Dennis Irwin played bass. Nevertheless, Grenadier also has history playing with Scofielld; he toured with Scofield in support of the 1996 disc, Quiet. The nine exciting tunes Scofield penned on Past Present also reflects his philosophy on playing jazz music. He stresses the importance of being knowledgeable of the music's deep, complex roots while simultaneously being spontaneous and in the moment while performing it. For an artist with such a multifaceted discography as Scofield's, getting to the root of jazz means channeling the blues, as demonstrated on the disc's closing, titled-track.  60 NEW  155 Total SYND: NPR/Songs We Love, PRI/Jazz After Hours, Voice Of America Direct: SiriusXM/Real Jazz, MOOD Markets include: New York, Los Angeles, Chicago, San Francisco, Philadelphia, Atlanta, Miami, Minneapolis, Detroit, Baltimore, Denver, Portland, St. Louis, Detroit, New Orleans, Milwaukee, Albuquerque, San Antonio, Orlando, Tampa, Knoxville, Hartford, Sacramento, Raleigh NC, Rochester & Syracuse NY, Tampa, Madison WI, Honolulu, Montreal, Vancouver Online: MOJA, Something Else, Taintradio, Jazz From Gallery 41, Party 934, KUHS, Green Arrow, Jazz Weekly INTER: Canada, Australia, Ireland 44 Jazzweek ADD's
Yo-Yo Ma | Kathryn Stott :

Songs from the Arc of Life

Cellist Yo-Yo Ma and pianist Kathryn Stott create a unique classical music experience with their new Sony Classical recording Songs from the Arc of Life available September 18, 2015. This all-new recording also celebrates thirty years of friendship and collaboration in concerts and recordings for Ma and Stott. The album includes pieces they have frequently performed but never recorded, as well as a handful of discoveries. 38 NEW  133 Total SYND: NPR/First Listen, Classical 24, CBC Direct: SiriusXM, Music Choice, MOOD Markets include: New York, Los Angeles, Chicago, San Francisco, Boston, Philadelphia, Wash DC, Dallas, Atlanta, Seattle, Cleveland, Minneapolis, Portland, Cincinnati, Detroit, Baltimore, Denver, Pittsburgh, Houston, Austin, New Orleans, Albuquerque, Louisville, Buffalo, Madison WI, Columbus OH, Canada Online: Taintradio
Black Violin :


Wilner "Wil B" Baptiste (viola) and Kevin "Kev" Marcus Sylvester (violin) are Black Violin, a duo who radically fuse hip-hop and pop with classical music to create a kaleidoscope of sounds uniquely their own.  Classically trained musicians, they have opened for such diverse top names in music as Kanye West, 50 Cent, Aerosmith and Tom Petty, and also creatively collaborated with the likes of Wu-Tang Clan, Linkin Park, Wyclef Jean and Alicia Keys, the latter for the Billboard Music Awards. Set for release on September 18 on Universal Music Classics, their major label debut was produced by Eli Wolf (The Roots & Elvis Costello, Norah Jones).   
Arvo Part :

Musica Selecta

Arvo Pärt and Manfred Eicher have maintained their creative partnership for more than thirty years. Eicher launched ECM New Series in 1984 as a platform for Pärt's music, bringing the Estonian composer to the world's attention with the album Tabula Rasa. Since that epochal release, all first recordings of Pärt's major works have been made for ECM, with the composer's committed participation. This association between composer and record producer is, as Paul Griffiths has noted, "an example of loyalty and collegiality unique in our time." Musica Selecta - A Sequence by Manfred Eicher features Gidon Kremer, Keith Jarrett, Susan Bickley, Alexander Malter, Alexei Lubimov, Thomas Demenga, Vladimir Mendelssohn, Lynne Dawson, The Hilliard Ensemble, Tallinn Chamber Orchestra, Estonian Philharmonic Chamber Choir, Vox Clamantis, Sinfonietta Riga, Lithuanian Chamber Orchestra, Latvian Radio Choir, Orchester der Beethovenhalle Bonn, Swedish Radio Symphony, Swedish Radio Choir, Staatsorchester Stuttgart, Stuttgart Radio Symphony Orchestra, Tõnu Kaljuste, Saulius Sondeckis, Dennis Russell Davies, Andrey Boreyko. 26 NEW -  32 Total SYND: Classical 24, Hearts Of Space, CBC, Stingray Direct: SiriusXM, Music Choice, MOOD Markets include: New York, Los Angeles, Chicago, San Francisco, Boston, Atlanta, Seattle, Cleveland, Minneapolis, Portland, Detroit, Baltimore, Austin, New Orleans, Buffalo & Rochester NY, Canada Online: Taintradio
Nano Stern :

Mil 500 Vueltas

With "Mil 500 Vueltas", Chilean Folk Virtuoso Nano Stern has decided to feature Uruguayan legend Jorge Drexler and international folk music icon and social activist Joan Baez (USA). The album also features guest vocalist performances by Marta Gomez (Colombia), Susana Baca (Peru) & Pedro Aznar (Argentina). Stern's 5th studio album - Mil 500 Vueltas" entered the iTunes Chile Album Chart at #1 after it's July 2015 release. Nano Stern's path as an artist follows richly crafted song lines laid by his family and his Chilean musical ancestry, and unites those with a sound utterly fresh and relevant. Nano has found something within that has positioned him as the voice of a generation. Chilean Nueva Canción legends like Inti-Illimani and Victor Jara- who suffered exile and even death during troubling times in Chile continue to inspire Nano's breadth of sound and emotion. 38 NEW   58 Total SYND: NPR/Alt. Latino Direct: MOOD Markets include: New York, Los Angeles, Chicago, San Francisco, Denver, Baltimore, Austin, Berkeley CA, Boulder, San Antonio, Albuquerque, Madison WI Online: Taintradio, Statesman, Jazz Intersection, NewWorldBuzz
Laura Karpman :


"Ivesian collage with club-culture remixing"- The New York Times "Carnegie Hall reaches a climax with Laura Karpman's new work"- The New Yorker "Fevered, restrained, super-lush in turns...always impressive."- Vanity Fair "Audacious, mesmerizing… Karpman has the skill to shift musical gears with ease." - Gramophone ASK YOUR MAMA - Setting of  Langston Hughes' 1961 epic poem by Emmy Award-winning composer Laura Karpman A Carnegie Hall commission & RELEASED via AVIE RECORDS. A plural vision of the American dream deferred, ASK YOUR MAMA bursts the boundaries of time, place and expression, tracing the currents and tributaries of cultural diasporas, from African to the Americas, the South to the North, cities to suburbs. The prophetic voice of Langston Hughes echoes throughout, "ONE'S COUNTRY IS YOUR MAMA." Commissioned by Carnegie Hall and released by Avie records.
Cistercian Monks|Timna Brauer-Elias Meiri Ensemble :

Chant for Peace

Seven years ago the Monks of Stift Heiligenkreuz in Austria became the unlikeliest of musical superstars when their album of Gregorian plainsong became a worldwide hit. Now Deutsche Grammophon presents the million-selling monks in a unique collaboration – an historic project uniting the Jewish and Christian faiths through the power of music. The new album, Chant for Peace, mixes the Cistercian brothers' ancient plainchant with Old Testament texts sung by Timna Brauer, a celebrated Jewish singer who has represented Austria in the Eurovision Song Contest. 39 NEW -  56 Total SYND: Classical 24, Echoes, CBC, Stingray Direct: Music Choice, MOOD Markets include: New York, Los Angeles, Chicago, San Francisco, Boston, Philadelphia, Wash DC, Atlanta, St. Louis, Seattle, Cleveland, Minneapolis, Cincinnati, Detroit, Baltimore, Denver, Pittsburgh, Austin, New Orleans, Buffalo, Honolulu, Canada Online: Taintradio, Live 365
Lang Lang :

In Paris

Ever since his first visit to the magical space that is the Hall of Mirrors in the Palace of Versailles, Lang Lang had dreamed of performing there. When his dream came to fruition in the form of a special recital on June 22, 2015 he chose Chopin's four momentous Scherzi and Tchaikovsky's rare but masterly cycle The Seasons to present to his audience. A studio recording of the repertoire was made in the Salle Liebermann at the Opéra Bastille and the live concert was filmed in 4K in the Hall of Mirrors for release on DVD and Blu-ray. 41 Total SYND: Classical 24, CBC Direct: SiriusXM, Music Choice, MOOD Markets include: New York, Los Angeles, Chicago, San Francisco, Boston, Philadelphia, Wash DC, Dallas, Atlanta, St. Louis, Seattle, Cleveland, Minneapolis, Houston, Portland, Detroit, Denver, Pittsburgh, Austin, New Orleans, Memphis, Buffalo, Honolulu, Canada Online: Taintradio
Ed Calle :


Blending the mambo of Cachao with the structural and improvisational roots of blues, swing, jazz, bebop, Afro-Cuban jazz, rock, and pop,Dr. Ed Calle Presents Mamblue began as a celebration of and collaboration with great musicians and friends who have played important roles throughout the history of Miami's music scene. During the composition and orchestration of this material, music was specifically tailored for a large number of soloists and featured artists. As the tracking began, an unprecedented congress of legendary musicians transformed the music breathing into it a life of its own. With great excitement and energy, all of the brilliant artists featured on Mamblue agreed to participate and created an environment of love and respect for the music, each other, the music community we represent, and the listeners we serve.
Mother Falcon :

Good Luck Have Fun

Austin-based indie orchestra Mother Falcon has released their third full-length album, Good Luck Have Fun, on Universal Music Classics. Their first release on UMC, the album marks the beginning of a new partnership, which includes plans to record and release a fourth album in 2016. Mother Falcon's Matt Puckett says of this new venture, "Good Luck Have Fun explores more deeply the indie-pop as well as the neo-classical sides of our sound.  It's new territory for us both sonically and now in our partnership with UMC. We feel the team at the label truly understands both aspects of what we are up to musically and we can't wait to see what comes next.