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Bryce Dessner works with Brooklyn Youth Chorus for performance of "Black Mountain Songs" / Brooklyn Daily Eagle


Brooklyn Academy of Music (BAM) will present "Black Mountain Songs," an evening-length choral work produced and performed by Brooklyn Youth Chorus (BYC) from Nov. 20nd to 23rd. "Black Mountain Songs" is dedicated to the late Mary Anne Yancey, former board chair of Brooklyn Youth Chorus and longstanding BAM supporter. BAM and BYC commissioned Crossover Media artist Bryce Dessner, along with his co-curator Richard Reed Parry to assemble a diverse group of collaborators tow ork with the chorus. Dessner has worked closely with BYC since he performed with them in 2011 for the world premiere of "Tell the Way" which was another commission by BYC. Read the full Brooklyn Daily Eagle article and see BYC perform at Brooklyn, New York's BAM Harvey Theatre November 20th-23rd.
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Emanuel Ax accompanies Simon Keenlyside on Schubert's Winterreise / The Guardian review


Simon Keenlyside returned to the concert platform with Schubert's Winterreise in its more traditional format with only his deeply sensitive accompanist Emanuel Ax for company. The baritone drew discreetly on his great actorly abilities, occasionally pacing the platform, looking up to the heavens and, finally and most theatrically of all, stepping forward to the front of the stage for a motionless delivery of the bleakest of bleak final songs. Ax was, for the most part, a self-effacing companion on Keenlyside's journey, reluctant to draw attention away from the baritone. The pianist's beautifully judged tone was a constant source of pleasure but also a reminder that the accompanist can in some senses represent the orderly world that the singer is leaving behind. As in every other aspect of this deeply serious evening, there was a thought-out artistic purpose at each twist and turn; it is hard to recall a more numbed conclusion than the one these artists achieved as the organ-grinder's tune died on the edge of the void. READ THE FULL Guardian REVIEW.
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Cecilia Bartoli Soars at Salzburg / New York Times interview


When Cecilia Bartoli became artistic director of the Salzburg Whitsun Festival in 2012, she celebrated by organizing the first festival under her leadership around Cleopatra. "Since a woman was in charge for the first time, I chose to focus on this fascinating woman," she said in an interview here. The choice of program was typical of the opera superstar's hands-on approach to her new assignment. The main attraction of the festival program was Handel's "Giulio Cesare," with Ms. Bartoli starring as the irresistible queen of ancient Egypt. The theme also embraced other works, including Massenet's "Cleopatra." Now, after two years of Ms. Bartoli's leadership, the Salzburg Whitsun Festival - once a rather low-key event held annually under the auspices of the main Salzburg Festival - has become a must-see fixture on the opera calendar. Ms. Bartoli sang the title role in Bellini's "Norma" last year at her second Salzburg Whitsun Festival as artistic director. It won the International Opera Award for Best New Opera Production of 2013.  

READ THE FULL New York Times PIECE
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Anja Lechner and Francois Couturier - Moderato cantabile / The Classical Reviewer review


After a decade of shared work, German cellist Anja Lechner has teamed up with French pianist François Couturier to form a new duo. The different backgrounds of these players bring mutually beneficial interests and experiences. Lechner is a classical soloist with an interest in improvisation whereas Couturier is a jazz musician travelling ever further from jazz. Together they have recorded a new disc for ECM New Series entitled Moderato cantabile where they present their own arrangements of works by three fascinating composers that are, to a greater or lesser extent, on the margins of music history. It includes the Russian spiritual teacher George Ivanovitch Gurdjieff, Armenian priest, composer, music ethnologist and musicologist, Soghomon Soghomonian, and the Spanish composer and pianist Federico Mompou (1893-1987). READ THE FULL Classical Reviewer REVIEW.
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Sergio Mendes - Magic / Blogcritics.org Review


Sergio Mendes, arguably the man most responsible creating the groundswell for Brazilian pop music and jazz in the U.S. back in the day (certainly one of the prime movers), makes his debut recording for the Okeh label with the newly released Magic. At age 73, the pianist, composer, with more than 50 albums to his credit, is still going strong. If the new album is any indication, he still has the magic. Collaborating with an extensive roster of talent-musicians, composers, producers, old hands and new voices, Brazilian and North American-he has put together a baker's dozen tunes that add a contemporary vibe to the familiar Mendes sound. The music is recognizably Sergio Mendes, but it is Mendes with an eye to what music needs to be in 2014. So, in addition to what you might expect, you also get him working with will.i.am, the freshman3 and Cody Wise on "My, My, My, My Love" for a vital new sound, and with Janelle Monae on a jazzy "Visions of You" and John Legend on "Don't Say Goodbye" a more typically Mendes sound, but with an English lyric and even a hint of scat. READ THE FULL Blogcritics.org REVIEW.
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Cameron Carpenter - If You Could Read My Mind / Classicalite interview


We caught up with celebrated organ virtuoso Cameron Carpenter last week in Berlin, where he is touring in support of his Sony Classical disc If You Could Read My Mind (a record that quickly became the top-selling classical album in the United States). Having completed his custom-built, $1,000,000 International Touring Organ (ITO), Carpenter finally has the mobility he needs. It's no wonder, then, Carpenter was the 2012 winner of the prestigious Leonard Bernstein Award. Since then, he's polished his keyboard skills via numerous transcriptions and collaborations with leading jazz and pop musicians--including the forefather of American minimalism, Terry Riley. We wanted to know how that experience was, how he picks his repertoire and just how he tours with his ITO. READ THE FULL Classicalite INTERVIEW.
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Trio Settecento to perform at University of the Pacific / RecordNet.com interview


Rachel Barton Pine will perform with her Chiago-based Trio Settecento this Sunday at University of the Pacific's Faye Spanos Concert Hall in Stockton, CA. Pine will be performing on her authentic baroque-era violin built in 1742 by Italian Giuseppe de Jesu while John Mark Rozendaal will perform on a seven-string viola da gamba and David Schrader adding harpsichord filigree. "Baroque is the closest to jamming," said Barton Pine, known for mixing heavy-metal rock and classical music. "One does a little twirl. One a little flourish. The collective consciousness of the whole becomes the sum of its parts." READ THE FULL RecordNet.com INTERVIEW.
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Bebel Gilberto - Tudo / The Jazz Breakfast review


It's been five years since Bebel Gilberto, daughter of Brazilian singers Miúcha and João (the latter a genius as far as I'm concerned), was in the studio for an album under her own name: Tudo. This one takes a little time to get going. Her own opener Somewhere Else is an average song but she is never at her best singing in English (I can understand how Brazilians might feel they should sing in English in order to have more international appeal, but really, when your first language is the most beautiful singing language in the world, why bother with dull old English?) She begins to hit her stride with Nada Não, and really nails it with fellow composer Seu Jorge adding guest vocals on Novas Ideias and after a brief hiccup with Neil Young's Harvest Moon (nice song and pretty arrangement but Bebel struggles to get the English lyrics to flow) the title song is a gossamer dream which adds a little more bass groove with each verse. Luiz Bonfa's Saudade Vem Correndo bossas along at a pretty pace with flute solo from Stuart Wylen and the ghost of Walter Wanderley dancing in Didi Gutman's organ. Areia is a classic example of an exquisite miniature, while Tout Est Bleu has Gilberto singing in French which is fine – anything but English! – and a tasty groove. The flow of originals and Brazilian standards continues to make a complete package. Gilberto quite rightly keeps the innovations subtle in an album that stays true to the delicacies and nuances of Brazilian jazz samba.-Peter Bacon
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Kat Edmonson - The Big Picture / Daily Trojan review


Kat Edmonson's voice sounds like it belongs on a record player or gramophone; it's vintage in the modern era. Full of delicacy and a slight rasp, the American singer-songwriter's voice radiates charm and evokes a lost sound from seven decades past, more than four decades before she was even born. Edmonson released her latest record, The Big Picture, in September, and with it adds a litany of songs that all aim to emulate and elicit the sonic and lyrical style of the artists who shaped her early years. The sweet songstress, 31, who now has three completed albums in her discography, began singing along to her television when she was four years old. Edmonson favored old movies featuring the famed singers of the 1940s and 1950s such as Fred Astaire, Gene Kelly, Bing Crosby and Frank Sinatra. The musicians that informed the development of her sound would now be considered of an older style of singing, she said, and one that glorified different aspects of music than listeners are accustomed to today. READ THE FULL Daily Troan REVIEW.
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Yo-Yo Ma plays with Greenville Symphony Orchestra / The Greenville News review


The Greenville Symphony Orchestra and the world renowned cellist, Yo-Yo Ma, are a grand match for Greenville, as was apparent recently at the special performance Mr. Ma gave at the Peace Center. For the GSO to appeal to a musician of Mr. Ma's caliber and be able to support that level of talent through providing him with our own accomplished musical talents is truly a compliment to the symphony. It is proof in the pudding of the symphony's high quality and the community's ever-growing appreciation and support of classical music. READ THE FULL Greenville News REVIEW.
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Cecilia String Quartet to play 2014 Modulus Festival / The Vancouver Sun


The Cecilia String Quartet is collaborating with dancers for Dances for a Small Stage at the 2014 Modulus Festival. They will perform a number of works by composer John Oswald, including preLieu for string quartet, as well as Tchaikovsky's String Quartet No.1 in D major, Op. 11. Each movement will feature dance choreography by a differentartist, with styles ranging from contemporary to urban to physical theatre.The quartet will also close the 2014 Modulus Festival with a moving ocnert of music by Franz Schubert and Felix Mendelssohn. READ THE FULL Vancouver SUN ARTICLE.
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The Piano Guys deconstruct strategy for viral video mashups / The Hollywood Reporter interview


The Piano Guys are about to hit a very high note - 500 million views on YouTube. So how did four dads from Utah collect over 3.3 million subscribers and debut their fourth studio album, Wonders, at the twelfth spot on the Billboard Top 200 earlier this month - their highest debut and biggest opening sales week to date? With a little help from Batman, One Direction and Swedish House Mafia. READ THE FULL Hollywood Reporter INTERVIEW.
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Top 10 Albums for October

Daniel Hope :

Escape to Paradise: The Hollywood Album

"Daniel Hope is a force to be reckoned with." Gramophone Deutsche Grammophon releases Classical BRIT-Award-winner Daniel Hope's new recording, Escape to Paradise: The Hollywood Album, in the US (The album is released in Europe a day earlier.) The British violinist has a "thriving solo career" per the New York Times, which "has been built on inventive programming and a probing interpretive style." The new release draws on Hope's extensive research into European composers - among them Eric Wolfgang Korngold, Miklós Rózsa, Hanns Eisler, and Franz Waxman to name a few - who fled fascist persecution to relocate to Los Angeles where they penned some of the 20th century's most iconic film scores. Recorded with Alexander Shelley leading the Royal Stockholm Philharmonic and guest artists including vocalists Sting and Max Raabe, Hope's unprecedented new collection juxtaposes examples of the émigré composers' film and concert music with selections by those they influenced – like leading contemporary movie composers John Williams, Ennio Morricone, and Thomas Newman – in a nostalgic search for the quintessentially lavish "Hollywood sound. 40 NEW   48 Total SYND: PRI/Classical 24, CBC Direct: SiriusXM, Music Choice, MOOD Markets include: New York, Los Angeles, Chicago, San Francisco, Boston, Philadelphia, Atlanta, Minneapolis, Cleveland, Seattle, Dallas, St. Louis, Portland, Minneapolis, New Orleans, Cincinnati, Austin, Pittsburgh, Detroit, Baltimore, Louisville, Buffalo, Canada Online: Taintradio, ClassicallyHip
Jackie Evancho :

Awakening

Platinum-selling, 14-year-old vocal sensation Jackie Evancho releases her third studio album, Awakening. Produced by Nick Patrick, Awakening is Evancho's first album under her recent worldwide recording agreement with Sony Music Masterworks imprint Portrait. The release will be supported by an International tour, a new PBS Special (set to air in December) and appearances on America's Got Talent (9/10), Today Show (9/22) and Queen Latifah (10/2). Awakening signals some new directions for Evancho. Without foregoing the beautiful and lush classical-crossover compositions for which she has become famous, and extends her stylistic reach with contemporary material on songs such as the haunting folk song "The Rains of Castamere" from HBO's hit series Game of Thrones, her version of U2's "With or Without You," and several original songs including the anthem "Take Me There" and "Open Fields of Grace." 22 NEW -  29 Total SYND: CBC Direct: Music Choice Markets include: Philadelphia, Wash DC, St. Louis, Cleveland, Minneapolis, New Orleans, Canada Online: ClassicallyHip, Taintradio, Daily Herald
Sergio Mendes :

Magic

"The sound of Brazilian musician Sergio Mendes has been a summer soundtrack for generations of listeners." - NPR In a career that spans more than half a century, Sérgio Mendes is an old hand at creating a unique sonic blend that electrifies a mass global audience. His knack for delivering hit after hit has made him the most successful Brazilian musician of his time. A grand conceptualizer, his well-polished talents as a pianist, composer, bandleader, vocalist and producer make him a truly singular artist. With Magic, his debut recording for the storied OKeh label, he triumphs once again, delivering a timely update on the infectious mix of Brazilian rhythms and contemporary styles from his homeland, the U.S. and elsewhere that make the Mendessound instantly recognizable.
Kat Edmonson :

The Big Picture

Kat Edmonson announces October tour dates in support of her third album, The Big Picture out September 30 via Sony Music Masterworks. A full tour will follow in early 2015. Edmonson's premiere track "Rainy Day Woman" is available via iTunes HERE and for streaming on SoundCloud HERE.  Check out her new video album trailer HERE. The album is her label debut and was recorded with Grammy-nominated producer Mitchell Froom (Paul McCartney) in his Los Angeles studio. Of the album, Edmonson states, "There's no particular theme, but there are some commonalities, one of which is my ever-underlying influence from motion pictures and film scores. I have always felt that music and film go hand in hand, because that was how I was first exposed to music-from old movies and musicals-and to me there wasn't a separation between an actor acting, dancing and singing." See full tour dates below. 
Anne Akiko Meyers :

The American Masters

On September 30th, celebrated violinist Anne Akiko Meyers will release The American Masters internationally on eOne.  This recording, Anne's 30th, features world premieres of two pieces written for her: Mason Bates's Violin Concerto and the Lullaby for Natalie by Oscar and Grammy Award winning composer John Corigliano. Samuel Barber's Violin Concerto, a staple of the violin repertoire, and the most popular American concerto for violin and orchestra is also featured on this recording.  Leonard Slatkin, a champion of all three composers, conducts the London Symphony Orchestra. 39 NEW -  47 Total SYND: Classical 24 Direct: SiriusXM, Music Choice, MOOD Markets include: New York, Los Angeles, Chicago, San Francisco, Philadelphia, St. Louis, Seattle, Cleveland, Minneapolis, Cincinnati, Portland, Denver, Pittsburgh, Austin,  Online: Classical Candor, Auduiphile Audition, all about jazz
The Bad Plus :

Inevitable Western

The Bad Plus - bassist Reid Anderson, pianist EthanIverson, and drummer David King - release their tenth studio recording, Inevitable Western, is comprised entirely of originals and continues the band's committed belief in what Nate Chinen of The New York Times dubbed ‘avant-garde populism' - the idea that serious music can be as engaging and accessible as it is forward-thinking and provocative. Inevitable Western sees the group exploring the same set of aesthetic principles that fired their inception: an exploration of myriad musical forms born of jazz and advanced using any sonic source that forwards music that is uniquely The Bad Plus. The spark continues on tracks like Anderson's lyrical "Do It Again" and the post-rock twists and turns of King's "Gold Prisms Incorporated." This is an album where pop, blues and folk meld with classic melodies and rhythmic innovation into that rarest of hybrids: intelligent music for themasses. 19 New 'ON' 108 Total SYND: 60 Second CD Markets include: New York, Los Angeles, Chicago, Boston, San Francisco, Philadelphia, Wash DC, Miami, Atlanta, Baltimore, Seattle, Cleveland, Houston, Portland, Denver, New Orleans, Albuquerque, Boulder CO, Berkeley CA, Las Vegas, San Antonio, El Paso, Honolulu, Canada, UK Online: Taintradio, MOJA, GreenArrow, WGOE, SoulandJazz.com, Jazz From Gallery 41, Good Music Speaks, Jazz Man, Willamette Week
Cecilia Bartoli :

St Petersburg

This fall, best-selling mezzo-soprano Cecilia Bartoli looks to the little-known operas of 18th-century Russia on her upcoming release, Cecilia Bartoli– St Petersburg. These Baroque musical treasures were written by Italian and German composers working for the Russian court: specifically, Francesco Araia (at the court 1735–59), Hermann Friedrich Raupach (1759–61), Vincenzo Manfredini (1761–63), and Domenico Cimarosa (1787–91). The works were commissioned under the rules of empresses Anna Ioannovna (1730–40), Elizaveta Petrovna (Elizabeth, 1741–62), and Catherine II (known as Catherine the Great, 1762–96). The three rulers continued and completed the wholesale redefinition of Russia into an enlightened European state that began under Peter the Great. Cecilia Bartoli – St Petersburg, which releases on October 14, aims to shed new light on this incredible and momentous time for Russia, while simultaneously exploring the first instances of operatic music writing in the country. 30 NEW -  35 Total SYND: Classical 24, CBC Direct: Music Choice, MOOD Markets include: New York, Los Angeles, Chicago, San Francisco, Philadelphia, Wash DC, Dallas, Atlanta, St. Louis, Cleveland, Minneapolis, Cincinnati, Pittsburgh, Austin, New Orleans, Honolulu, Canada Online: ClassicallyHip
Lang Lang :

The Mozart Album

Sony Classical is delighted to announce Lang Lang's first albumentirely devoted to the music of Wolfgang Amadeus Mozartavailable September 30. World renowned pianist, Lang Lang, will be joined by the legendary Nikolaus Harnoncourt and the Vienna Philharmonic Orchestra. Harnoncourt is famous for his ability to match deep knowledge of 17th and 18th century musical language with an interpretative mind of outstanding originality.  46 NEW   117 Total SYND: PRI/Classical 24, CBC, The Romantic Hours Direct: SiriusXM, Music Choice, MOOD, Spafax Markets include: New York, Los Angeles, Chicago, Boston, San Francisco, Philadelphia, Wash DC, Atlanta, Dallas, Seattle, Minneapolis, Cleveland, Denver, Cincinnatti, Austin, St. Louis, Portland, Pittsburgh, Baltimore, New Orleans, Detroit, Louisville, Honolulu, Columbus OH, Madison WI, Canada Online: Taintradio, Classical Candor, ClassicallyHip
Billy Childs :

Map To The Treasure: Reimagining Laura Nyro

When the Grammy-winning Composer/Arranger/Pianist Billy Childs was 11 years old, his older sisters introduced him to the work of Hall Of Fame singer-songwriter Laura Nyro. Her blend of Broadway-inspired melodies, jazz improvisation and socially conscious lyrics have stayed with him. Now he has returned to this early source of inspiration, conceiving and orchestrating Map To The Treasure: Reimagining Laura Nyro, an all-star interpretation of this songwriter's beloved works. Released by Masterworks, Mr. Childs leads guests include - Renee Fleming, Esperanza Spalding, Yo-Yo Ma, Alison Krauss, Ledisi and Wayne Shorter. 22 NEW 'ON'  -  104 Total SYND: PBS/Tavis Smiley, NPR/Weekend Edition, VOA/Jazz America, Dial Global, The Midnight Special, UnderCurrents  Markets include: New York, Los Angeles, Chicago, San Francisco, Boston, Philadelphia, Atlanta, Minneapolis, Cleveland, Denver, San Diego, Seattle, Denver, Baltimore, Houston, Detroit, Las Vegas, Albuquerque, Berkeley CA, San Antonio, Madison WI, Honolulu, Toronto Online & Press Downbeat, Taintradio, Jazz From Gallery 41, MOJA, CD Insight, TribLive, GreenArrow, The Jazzy Vegetarian
Brooklyn Rider :

The Brooklyn Rider Almanac

Brooklyn Rider -"the future of chamber music," according to Strings magazine-celebrates its 10th anniversary this fall with a major multi-disciplinary project called the Brooklyn Rider Almanac, beginning with a new Mercury Classics album of specially commissioned work from a diverse group of composers, set for worldwide release on September 30. In the cross-disciplinary spirit of Der Blaue Reiter ("The Blue Rider"), the legendary European artistic collective that is the group's namesake, each work-by musicians including Bill Frisell, Padma Newsome, Vijay Iyer, Aoife O'Donovan, Glenn Kotche from the Grammy Award-winning rock band Wilco, and Greg Saunier from the rock band Deerhoof-is inspired by a creative muse of the composer's choice from the past half-century, ranging from groundbreaking composer Igor Stravinsky to king of funk James Brown to Mississippi novelist William Faulkner to iconic choreographer Mark Morris. 19 NEW  57 Total SYND: NPR, Classical 24 Direct: SiriusXM, Music Choice Markets include: New York, Los Angeles, Chicago, San Francisco, Boston, Philadelphia, Atlanta, Seattle, Dallas, Minneapolis, Baltimore, Denver, Pittsburgh, St. Louis, New Orleans, Baltimore, Austin, Louisville KY Online: Taintradio, ClassicallyHip, MusiClassical
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