Julian Lloyd Webber's 4album set 'Span Of Time' makes CLASSIC fM 'New Releases'


Throughout the week Classic FM's presenters bring you the best new recordings, including world exclusives and premiere broadcasts of latest releases. John Suchet plays a track from his featured Album of the Week at 10.15am every weekday. You. John Brunning plays a track from his featured Drive Discovery at 6.15pm every weekday, and David Mellor picks out his three favourite new releases and re-releases every week - including his own Album of the Week and a Bargain Boxset. Featured this week is Julian Lloyd Webber - A Span Of Time on Naxos
A leading cellist looks back at an incredible career in this retrospective box set (previously one of David Mellor's picks). But not only do we hear him on his favoured instrument, we also hear him as conductor and arranger, providing a portrait of a complete musician as well as a distinguished soloist. SEE THE CLASSIC fM PAGE p.p1 {margin: 0.0px 0.0px 0.0px 0.0px; font: 12.0px 'Helvetica Neue'; color: #606060} 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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Martha Argerich, Sergei Babayan - Prokofiev for Two is WFMT: Featured New Release


Pianists Martha Argerich and Sergei Babayan have recorded selections from Prokofiev's music for stage and screen in magnificent two-piano transcriptions by Babayan. "Prokofiev for Two" captures for posterity the sense of mutual inspiration felt by these kindred spirits, palpable in their live performances together. The album features Babayan's twelve-movement transcription of music from the ballet Romeo and Juliet and arrangements of Prokofiev's incidental music for Hamlet and Eugene Onegin, film score for The Queen of Spades and opera War and Peace. Martha Argerich & Sergei Babayan - Prokofiev for Two is WFMT: Chicago 'Featured New Release' p.p1 {margin: 0.0px 0.0px 0.0px 0.0px; font: 12.0px 'Helvetica Neue'; color: #606060}
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Fiona Apple and Michael Whalen collaborate for - I Can't Wait To Meet You / NME


Michael Whalen is a two-time Emmy® Award winning composer and music supervisor (8 nominations) who has worked in advertising, television, film and video games for over 30 years. ("Veronika Decides to Die" (2014), "What the Bleep Do You Know?", "As The World Turns", themes for HBO, CBS News, ABC News' "Good Morning America", "The Oprah Winfrey Show", dozens of specials for PBS, National Geographic, Discovery, The BBC, NHK and the History Channel and television films for Lifetime and the Hallmark Channel. As pianist, Whalen has 30 solo and soundtrack recordings to his credit, and has produced/exec. produced over 100 additional recordings for other artists. Fiona Apple's gorgeous new lullaby, 'I Can't Wait To Meet You',  a collaboration with Whalen features piano loop, marching drums and the memorable protest chan.     LISTEN ON NME
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watch - John Hollenbeck & Theo Bleckmann with l'Orchestre national du jazz Montreal


John Hollenbeck leads l'Orchestre national du jazz Montreal through an original, and highly unconventional concert.  Part performance art, part theatre improv, Hollenbeck's composition reimagines the role of improvisation.  Considered by the composer as a "spatial experiment", the project was noticeably free of most musical and theatrical boundaries.   Hollenbeck, an American drummer and educator, leads the orchestra members (and guest vocalist Theo Bleckmann) to extend their improvisation beyond notes and instruments, to the full and expressive movement of the entire body.  Eclectic gestures, peculiar stage positioning, whistling, and yelling all play a role in the avant garde piece, that was debuted at the 2017 Montreal International Jazz Festival. Winner of the Prix Opus - Concert de l'année, Jazz - du CQM - Conseil québécois de la musique, the performance was fully embraced by the members of the orchestra - many of whom were experimenting well outside of their comfort zone - and by the adoring audience, who called the orchestra back for an encore.  Watch the attached video.
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Midday host position opens up at Sacramento's CapRadio


Capital Public Radio is seeking a dynamic classical music host to add to our creative, experienced and expanding team. Are you warm and engaging on air? Do you have a rich knowledge of classical music and a knack for telling a good story? Does playing a role in crafting our vibrant, classical music format appeal to you? Are you eager to expand the audience for classical music through community engagement initiatives? If you're nodding enthusiastically to these questions, then we want to hear from you! CLICK HERE FOR MORE INFO
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Pauline Frechette creates moody parlor atmosphere on intimate collection / Jazz Weekly


Pianist/vocalist Pauline Frechette creates a moody parlor atmosphere with a mix of cellos and violins along with bass, tenor sax and guest Stanley Clarke on this intimate collection. Her voice is fragile an ddelicate, getting eerie on "Come Away With Me" and deeply melancholic on "Follow Your Heart." Clarke's solo adds to a bohemian "Love in the Afternoon" while her instrumentals include a reflective Stewart Cole's trumpet on a second "Follow My Heart" while her own piano serves well on "Song for Michael." Long moon shadows. READ ALL THE Jazz Weekly REVIEWS
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Maria Schneider Orchestra highlightes newer works at Savannah Music Festival / jazzwise


The middle period of the Savannah Music Festival featured most of its jazz shows, as the stylistic orientation shifted, throughout a 17-day run. This 29th edition celebrated the accustomed diverse blend of blues, country, classical, latin, cajun, flamenco, bluegrass and African musics. The Maria Schneider Orchestra appeared at the splendidly retro-preserved Lucas Theatre For The Arts, opened way back in 1921. The composer's anticipated regulars were lined up, including Scott Robinson, Donny McCaslin (reeds), Ryan Keberle (trombone), Ben Monder (guitar), Frank Kimbrough (piano), Gary Versace (accordion) and Johnathan Blake (drums), all of them on fine soloing form. Schneider displayed her distinctive conducting style, both in its physical language, and in the resultant sonic colourations. While still selecting a few old favourites, the leader was intent on highlighting newer works, often with a topical edge. Her older chestnuts frequently celebrate nature, but 'Data Lords', for instance, is more concerned with criticising the social media beast, cannily anticipating recent developments. A bristling beginning featured a muted Mike Rodriguez trumpet, heavily reverbed as swirling dark clouds gathered for this foreboding AI warning. This is a much darker Schneider universe. Steve Wilson took an alto solo, then both of these soloists responded, as their leader's signals became increasingly agitated and insistent, prompting a free-form strengthening. George Flynn's gruff bass trombone provided a deep undercurrent throughout. Robinson and McCaslin soloed vigorously during 'Arbiters Of Evolution', exchanging repeated blasts as this leviathan trucked along, the latter saxophonist reaching a monumental climax, Robinson then quite wisely taking it way down to a serene level.
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Hans Zimmer to receive Steiner Award at 'Hollywood in Vienna Gala' / Variety


Composer Hans Zimmer will receive the 2018 Max Steiner Award at the annual Hollywood in Vienna concert gala. The event is scheduled for Oct. 19 at the Konzerthaus in the Austrian capital, Hollywood in Vienna founder and CEO Sandra Tomek announced. "Hans Zimmer has had a close connection to Vienna for some time now," Tomek said, citing such recent recording projects as "The Crown," "Blue Planet II" and "Inferno," all recorded at Vienna's new Synchron Stage. "For a city so rich in music history, it is only fitting to give this award, named after the great Max Steiner, to this exceptional and multi-talented composer. Zimmer is an 11-time Oscar nominee, most recently for "Dunkirk." He won the Academy Award for best original score in 1994 for "The Lion King." He is also a three-time Grammy winner and two-time Golden Globe winner. The event will be broadcast internationally to more than 35 countries, and later be released on Blu-Ray. PHOTO: CREDIT: MICHAEL BUCKNER/REX/SHUTTERSTOCK READ FULL Variety ARTICLE
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Bette Midler returns to Hello Dolly! for six weeks this summer / BritishTheatre.com


Producer Scott Rudin has announced that Bette Midler will return to Hello Dolly! at Broadway's Shubert Theatre for six weeks only from July 17. Bernadette Peters, has been playing the role opposite Victor Garber as Horace Vandergelder. Both Peters and Garber will play their last performance on July 15, 2018. David Hyde Pierce will return to the role of Vandergelder alongside Midler. In a press release dated Friday Bette Midler said:     "I am delighted to return to the scene of one of the greatest experiences of my life, and I know the brilliant Bernadette Peters enjoyed her turn as much as I did, Dolly Levi is one of the most joyful characters in Broadway history, and Bernadette and I were lucky to be able to step into her glorious shoes." READ THE FULL BritishTheatre.com ARTICLE
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When piano and string quartet are as good as It gets / The Boston Musical Intelligencer


Evgeny Kissin returned to Boston in the Celebrity Series, performing with the Emerson String Quartet Sunday afternoon at Symphony Hall. The word "performing" hardly captures the artistry and profound fluency with which the five consummate musicians brought to life works by Mozart, Fauré and Dvořák. The key is that they seemed genuinely to delight in making music together, playing for each other as much as for the loudly appreciative audience. 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} READ THE FULL Boston Musical Intelligencer REVIEW
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Slowing down long enough to chat with billboard, the indefatigable Terence Blanchard touches on everything


"People don't know how to take me," says jazz trumpeter/composer Terence Blanchard with a laugh. It's a rare rainy day in Los Angeles and the five-time Grammy Award winner is seated inside a West Hollywood hotel suite. Flanked by a piano festooned with sheet music on one side and a keyboard roosting on a granite kitchen countertop on the other, Blanchard is talking about the trio of projects he's been juggling. "There's the E-Collective electric band, my film career and an opera," he explains. "People ask, ‘How do you do all this?' Well, I have a fascination with and love for music. It's just that simple." Slowing down long enough to chat with Billboard, the indefatigable Blanchard touches on everything from living in a "weird" Twilight Zone episode under the narcissistic direction of President Trump and dispelling opera myths to nurturing the wide-eyed vision of jazz's next generation. READ THE FULL billboard ARTICLE
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Bill Frisell knows what Music IS / NWADemocrat & Gazette


I've interviewed four American presidents. Norman Mailer. Madonna. Tom Cruise. They can work out well and make great pieces, but I hardly ever get excited about doing interviews. Because I was talking about Bill Frisell. The occasion was a show he was scheduled to play at Little Rock's Ron Robinson Theater -- a show that wound up being canceled because of bad weather. So while I talked to Frisell and wrote the interview for our blood, dirt & angels blog (blooddirtangels.com), obviously I didn't get to see and review the show. Now Frisell, who for years has served as a sideman for figures as disparate as free jazz composer-producer-saxophonist John Zorn and alt-folkie Vic Chesnutt, has released the remarkable jazz guitar album Music IS (OKeh Records). This is his first completely solo effort since 2000's Ghost Town. It's composed of 15 Frisell compositions; the 16 tracks have two new stripped-down versions of his venerable tune "Rambler," which in its original form was the title track of Frisell's 1984 album and featured flugelhorn and tuba. On the new album, the artist plays acoustic and electric guitars, with a little bass and ukelele in the mix. Yet the most salient feature of the recording might be Frisell's subtle and sensitive use of a looper pedal to create a sonic canvas for some of his most painterly playing. This is a fairly straightforward album, at least for a musician as eclectic and resistant to characterization as Frisell. You can pick out elements of folk, rock, country and jazz, delivered with his trademark American tonal flavor. His playfulness weaves lightly through the project, and though the tracks are multilayered and harmonically complex, they never become dense. Above everything else, a sense of joy and tenderness permeates the project -- like we're hearing Frisell pray through his instrument. 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} READ THE FULL NWAOnline ARTICLE
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Top 10 Albums for April

Soundtracks :

Jesus Christ Superstar Live in Concert

Drawing nearly 10 million viewers, NBC's highly anticipated special event "Jesus Christ Superstar Live in Concert" received rave reviews for its production, calling it "genuinely thrilling" (The New York Times), "truly transcendent" (Hollywood Reporter) and "the best live TV musical yet" (The Daily Beast). Today, Masterworks Broadway is excited to release the Jesus Christ Superstar Live in Concert – Original Soundtrack of the NBC Television Event, which features lyrics by Tim Rice and music by Andrew Lloyd Webber, via all digital service providers.  12 TOTAL Markets Include: New York, Los Angeles, Cleveland, Baltimore, Albuquerque, Virginia Beach Little Rock AR, New London CT Online: Hidden Remote, The Reviews Hub, Britishtheatre.com
Johann Johannsson :

Englaboorn & Variations

Fresh perspectives unveiled on poignant reissue of the late Jóhann Jóhannsson's debut album, set for release by Deutsche Grammophon in remastered form with additional album of ‘reworkings' During the weeks before his untimely passing on February 9, award-winning Icelandic composer Jóhann Jóhannsson was closely involved in preparations for the reissue of his debut album, Englabörn. Originally released in 2002, the record had been especially remastered, and a second disc containing reworkings of a number of its tracks had also been assembled. Some were by Jóhannsson himself – including a piano version of the title track, performed by fellow Deutsche Grammophon artist Víkingur Ólafsson – while others involved included Ryuichi Sakamoto, A Winged Victory for the Sullen and Hildur Guðnadóttir. Following discussions with his family, the release of Englabörn & Variations will go ahead on March 23, 2018.
Various :

Hopes and Dreams - The Lullaby Project

History was written in 2000 BC, and 2018 marks the 150th anniversary of Brahms' Lullaby, so this precious musical tradition has deep cultural and emotional roots. These personal songs bring people together, span generations, and tell stories about where we come from, who we are now, and our hopes for the future. The legacy continues with the release of Hopes and Dreams: The Lullaby Project on Decca Gold (Verve Label Group). The recording is inspired by the Lullaby Project, a program of Carnegie Hall's Weill Music Institute which pairs pregnant women, new mothers, and family members with professional artists to write and sing personal lullabies for their babies, supporting maternal health, aiding child development, and strengthening the bond between parent and child. Hopes and Dreams: The Lullaby Project features fifteen lullabies written by parents from across New York City, as performed by Fiona Apple, the Brentano String Quartet, Lawrence Brownlee, Rosanne Cash, Joyce DiDonato, Janice Freeman (The Voice 2017), Rhiannon Giddens (Nashville), Angélique Kidjo, Patti LuPone, Natalie Merchant (10,000 Maniacs), Dianne Reeves, Gilberto Santa Rosa, Pretty Yende, and Catherine Zeta-Jones.  33 TOTAL SYND: CBC Markets Include: New York, Chicago, San Francisco, Boston, Baltimore, Rochester NY, Wilmington NC, Spokane, Madison, Winnipeg, Barcelona INTER: Canada, UK, Spain Online: The Jazz UK, Pure Jazz Radio, GreenArrowRadio, all about jazz, Quisqueya FM, billboard
Bill Frisell :

Music IS

Almost every day, Bill Frisell gets up in the morning, has some coffee, and writes music. At this point, there are piles and piles and piles of single pages of staff paper filled with his graceful script. "I don't know where the melodies come from," says Frisell. "I try not to judge anything and just let them be." Frisell's mantra, or motto so to speak, is, "Music is good" – a statement said to him by his dear friend and great banjo player Danny Barnes. "That is something that I can say is always true. It's so perfect. Everything I need to know is that phrase, ‘Music is Good.' I almost called the album that, but then I thought that might be too literal. It's good to leave it open."  27 NEW  236 TOTAL SYND: PRI/Jazz After Hours, All Jazz Radio, BBC Direct: SiriusXM Markets include: New York, Los Angeles, Chicago, San Francisco, Boston, Philadelphia, Wash DC, Minneapolis, Atlanta, Portland, Cleveland, Milwaukee, St. Louis, New Orleans, Detroit, Austin, Denver, Kansas City, Baltimore, Albuquerqe, San Antonio, Louisville, Wichita, Madison WI, Sacramento, Long Is NY, Boulder CO, Madison WI, Buffalo, Tucson, Reno, Hartford CT, Knoxville TN, Honolulu, WV(Statewide), MS(Statewide), KS(Statewide), VT(Statewide), OR(Statewide), Montreal, Toronto, Vancouver, London, Barcelona, Berlin, Pisa, Melbourne INTER: Canada, Mexico, UK, Spain, Portugal, Italy, Germany, Poland, South Africa, New Zealand Online: Soulandjazz.com, popMATTERS, JazzPages, Freelance, ArkansasOnline, Radio Valencia, Taintradio, Jazz From Gallery 41, Jazz Views, GreenArrowRadio, Jazz Weekly, HUFFPOST, Radio Free Amsterdam, City World Radio, Film Journal, MAKING A SCENE, Elsewhere, JazzTimes, Audiophile Audition, Quisqueya FM, jazznadblues report, Taintradio, Broadway.com, CFWebRadio, BrooklynVegan, saltpeanuts, Jazzdagama, jazztrail, QuisqueyaFM, jazzwise, GuitartWorld, allaboutjazz, SomethingElse 45 JazzWeek ADD's
Sons of Kemet :

Your Queen Is A Reptile

Shabaka Hutchings, saxophonist, band leader and composer, has signed to impulse! records under the umbrella of Verve Label Group. One of his groups Sons of Kemet will release their third album Your Queen Is A Reptile on impulse! on March 30, 2018. To celebrate this signing and the label returning to the United States under VLG, impulse! will present a showcase at Winter Jazzfest on January 12 at Le Poisson Rouge, featuring Sons of Kemet and pianist Sullivan Fortner.   20 NEW  87 TOTAL SYND: NPR/All Songs Considered, Songs We Love, ModernJazzToday, CBC, BBC Direct: AccuRadio Markets include: New York, Los Angeles, Boston, Philadelphia, St. Louis, Detroit, New Orleans, Austin, Reno, Long Is. NY, ME(Statewide), WV(Statewide), Vancouver, Barcelona, Pisa INTER: Canada, Mexico, UK, Ireland, Italy, Spain, Portugal, Denmark, Slovakia, Norway, New Zealand Online: Soulandjazz, textura, Pitchfork, RadioToday, RollingStone, New Model Radio, MMagazine, Felix, TheGeorgiaStraight, jazzwise, AccuRadio, GlobalRootsandCulture, CLASH, SPIN, The Atlantic, JazzSpecial, LimerickReader, CLASH, SoulandJazz, JazzFromGallery41, MusicOMH, theguardian
The Lao Tizer Band :

Songs From The Swinghouse

With more than five years since their last release, The Lao Tizer Band has taken the time to grow in every aspect. An updated larger band is exploring some new methods on their upcoming CD/DVD combo, Songs From The Swinghouse: recorded live in just three days at Conway Studios in Hollywood, the band explores three cover tunes with vocalist, a first for the group, alongside original instrumental tracks, bringing them to new heights of excellence and exuberance. 11 NEW 125 TOTAL SYND: Smooth Jazz Network, BBC Radio, All Jazz Radio, Jazz Variations, CBC Markets include:New York, Chicago, San Francisco, Boston, Philadelphia, Atlanta, St. Louis, Cleveland, Portland, Miami, Denver, Baltimore, Indianapolis, Long Island NY, Las Vegas, Berkeley CA, San Antonio, Madison WI, Boulder CO, Hartford CT, ME(Statewide), KS(Statewide), Santa Barbara, Honolulu, Ottawa, Vancouver, Barcelona, Pisa INTER: Canada, UK, Italy, Spain, Germany, South Africa, Australia Online:BDS, Live For Live Music, Pure Jazz Radio, KUHS, GreenArrow, Jazz From Gallery 41, Jazz Weekly,Soulandjazz.com, Radio Free Amsterdam, Mixcloud, billboard, TheJazzUK, 5FingerReview, Sounds Of Timeless Jazz, SmoothJazzmag  27 JazzWeek ADD's All Press Secured by DL Media
Kurt Elling :

The Questions

The Questions, Kurt Elling's newest studio recording, is his musical response to this moment in history and the widespread anxiety of our times. It touches artfully on challenges – personal, political, global, spiritual, and existential – and on hopes and aspirations for the future. Elling offers a vibrant and surprising choice of songs, from Bob Dylan and Paul Simon classics to jazz, Broadway, and the Great American Songbook, plus two new originals. The Questions, Elling's second recording for OKeh Records/Sony Music Masterworks, will be released on March 23, 2018.
Solomon Grey :

Human Music

Human Music is a collection of intricately crafted songs showcasing the band's cinematic-style emotive soundscapes. The album delves into themes of choice, love and loss, and was written by the band at the time singer Joe's mum was diagnosed with a terminal illness. The album was influenced by her passing. Solomon Grey explain, "The album is fundamentally about exploring loss and finding out how integral it is to life. That's where it started for us but it can mean whatever you want it to."
Tony Banks :

5 w/Czech National Symphony Orchestra

Tony Banks today releases "Prelude to a Million Years", the first track to be taken from his forthcoming orchestral album entitled Five, out February 23 via BMG. Five will be available on CD, double 12" gatefold vinyl, digital download and stream. A Rock & Roll Hall of Fame inductee as a member of Genesis (2010), Five is Banks' tenth album outside of the band and his third orchestral album following the releases of Seven: A Suite for Orchestra (2004) and Six Pieces for Orchestra (2012). Five is a collection of five compositions written by Tony Banks and was produced by long-time collaborator Nick Davis. Nick Ingman, renowned orchestrator and conductor, agreed to be involved in the project immediately after hearing the demos played to him personally by Banks. Ingman has worked with a plethora of artists and musicians from David Bowie and Oasis to the London Symphony Orchestra and Royal Philharmonic Orchestra.
Francois Moutin - Kavita Shah duo :

Interplay

Francois Moutin & Kavita Shah - Interplay is an improvisational journey across lyric-driven and wordless pieces alike. Together, Moutin and Shah embrace virtuosity, spontaneity, and lyricism through a repertoire of standards and original music adapted to the unique instrumentation of acoustic bass and voice. The album, recorded at Sear Sound Studios in New York and Le Studio de Meudon in Paris, features 11 tracks ranging from classics like 'dith Piaf's "La Vie en Rose" to instrumental songs like Dafnis Prieto's "Blah Blah" to original compositions by Shah and Moutin.
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