What are our musicians listening to during lockdown? GRAMOPHONE asked them each to nominate one recording that speaks to them at this particular time …
Soprano Sarah Traubel is the grand-niece of Helen Traubel, the famous Metropolitan Opera (and Hollywood) star soprano of the 1940s and 1950s. She holds a master's degree from the Manhattan School of Music. Her latest release is 'Arias for Josepha - Mozart's First Queen of the Night', is now available digitally from Sony Classical.
Sarah Traubel's pick is Wagner Die Meistersinger von Nürnberg Soloists; Bavarian State Opera Chorus and Orchestra / Wolfgang Sawallisch (Warner Classics)
she writes.....Wagner has always been with me, and not just because of my great-aunt and leading Wagnerian, Helen Traubel. My opera for these times of isolation would be his Meistersinger, his funniest and most humane work. If I had only one role to sing for the rest of my days, it would be Eva. The closing quintet offers some of the most beautiful yet devilishly difficult music ever written for the human voice. In this recording by Wolfgang Sawallisch, the conductor leads a legendary cast which includes Bernd Weikl as a Sachs of warmth and wisdom and Siegfried Lorenz as a Beckmesser, who for once is not a contorted fool but a real singer. Most importantly, Cheryl Studer's Eva with her amazing 'O Sachs! Mein Freund!' totally gets me every single time.
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Actor Jeff Goldblum is a distinctive presence in every role he plays, from his early portrayals in The Fly, Jurassic Park and The Big Chill, to recent turns in Law and Order: Criminal Intent and The Grand Budapest Hotel. Now Jeff brings his unique character, curiosity and enthusiasm to his newest adventure, as a jazz pianist and singer, releasing his second CD, I Shouldn't Be Telling You This.
After his live set being hailed as one of Glastonbury 2019's most iconic moments this summer, at which he announced from the stage that a brand new record was in the works, Jeff Goldblum released; 'I Shouldn't Be Telling You This' on Decca Records with his long-time band The Mildred Snitzer Orchestra, the enticingly-titled albumand features an impressive array of surprising duet guests.
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JUNO Award winner Laila Biali's deeply personal new album, Out of Dust features not only contributions from the singer/pianist's husband; Ben Wittman and son, but also multiple GRAMMY nominees and winners including Lisa Fisher, Alan Ferber, John Ellis, and Larnell Lewis. "There's a line from a song by the indie gospel group, Gungor, that has become like an anthem to me," Biali says. "‘He makes beautiful things out of dust.' That's where the title for the album comes from, and as a songwriter and musician, my ultimate intention and hope is to spread a little more love."
Laila Biali - Take Me to the Alley' makes KCRW: Los Angeles 'Rhythm Planet - Spring Mix' SEE THE ARTICLE & PLAYLIST
Violins of Hope is an artistic and educational project that utilizes instruments once owned by Jewish musicians, many of which were played in concentration camps and ghettos. Israeli luthiers Amnon and Avshalom Weinstein have collected many of these instruments, refurbishing them to concert quality, and in this singularly engaging album, violinist Niv Ashkenazi and pianist Matthew Graybil bring to life music by many Jewish composers both dead and alive, including Serenade by Robert Dauber, Nigun by Ernest Bloch, the theme from "Schindler's List" by John Williams, The Chassid by Julius Chajes, Bestemming: Triumph by Sharon Farber, Trois pièces de concert by Szymon Laks, Dance of the Rebbitzen by George Perlman, both Berceuse Sfaradite and Three Songs Without Words by Paul Ben-Haim, and Kaddisch by Maurice Ravel.
Throughout the CD the immensely gifted Niv Ashkenazi and Matthew Graybil, his superb collaborative pianist both play soulfully imbuing the music with appropriate emotional depth though never falling prey to sentimentality. Altogether a worthy project, Violins of Hope provided this listener with a lovely listening experience.
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This is the latest in a series of recordings by Lyn Stanley focussing on the songs made famous by Julie London, along with two songs she feels Julie would have recorded if she had been around. A lot of play is being made of that fact that this is a direct to disc recording, and in that respect, it is quite an incredible effort, as they were recording without a safety net. It also meant that there were only a few seconds to reset their minds before going straight onto the next. This meant the recordings had to be completed one complete side at a time for the original vinyl release, no opportunity to overdub or fix problems. From there it was just the case of choosing which set to go with, and ‘Favourite Takes – London With A Twist – Live At Bernie's' was done.
I am sure the pure audiophiles will state the sound quality produced by this is incredible, and if I were listening to this on a high-quality record player/amplified/speakers I am sure I would agree. As it is I am using Bluetooth headphones connected to an iPhone, so while I can say it does sound well produced I can't comment any more than that given the sound I am listening to has been both compressed and cut up. For me this sounds like a studio recording, and therein lies the problem for me, in that Lyn does make mistakes and there are times when she is flat and times when she isn't really singing but going for emotional emphasis. In a live environment, or on a live recording then that can all be forgiven, but this sounds like a studio effort. Many jazz bands record live, but flubs and flaws are often fixed, and that isn't the case here. It is interesting, but even with a take of Springsteen's "Pink Cadillac" on offer I can't see me returning to it again.
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On Tuesday, April 7 at 12:00 PM Pacific Time, Composer/performer Terry Riley joins Music on Main with his son, guitarist Gyan Riley at their A Month of Tuesdays concert (filmed live Tuesday, February 18, 2020).
On Saturday, April 11 at 7:00 PM Eastern Time, Violinist Jennifer Koh's Alone Together is an online commissioning project that brings composers together in support of the many freelancers among them. Twenty-one composers have each agreed to donate a new, 30-second micro-work for solo violin while also recommending a fellow composer to write their own 30-second solo violin work on paid commission from the artist-driven nonprofit ARCO Collaborative. Koh will premiere a selection of these donated and commissioned works each Saturday at 7:00 p.m Eastern Time . Photo by Juergen Frank
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With her debut album »Arias for Josepha« the young German, soprano Sarah Traubel pays musical tribute to the 18th century coloratura world star Josepha Hofer (1758-1819). On her first CD, Sarah Traubel compiled and recorded 14 arias, most of which have been written for and sung by the legend of the high notes, including numerous world premiere recordings. The CD will be released by SONY Classical and will be available available from 6 March 2020 on digital platforms like Spotify, Apple Music and amazon.
Traubel follows in the footsteps of Josepha Hofer - a sister-in-law and the first Queen of the Night by Mozart and talks to mdr - KLASSIK's Bettina Volksdorf about her musical discoveries.
‘Love Letters' marks a different direction for the internationally celebrated artist; it offers a shift in intimacy and content and comes at a pivotal time in her career as she signs to her new record label, Mercury KX.
Milan Records today announces the February 28 release of WENDY (ORIGINAL MOTION PICTURE SOUNDTRACK) with music by award-winning composer, songwriter and producer DAN ROMER and the film's award-winning director BENH ZEITLIN.
Wolfgang Muthspiel, whom The New Yorker has called "a shining light" among today's jazz guitarists, returns to the trio format with Angular Blues, the Austrian's fourth ECM album as a leader, following two acclaimed quintet releases and his trio debut.
World-renowned guitar hero Al Di Meola welcomes a new decade with an ambitious follow-up to his 2013 studio recording All Your Life: A Tribute to the Beatles with a sophomore homage to the Beatles, entitled Across The Universe, due out on earMUSIC on March 13, 2020.
With a career spanning over four decades and an impressive discography of more than forty albums, Angèle Dubeau continues to leave her mark in today's music world. Her virtuosity brings her on the most prestigious stages and she continues to be awarded international prizes for her recordings and to receive honors for her career.
Pulsations, the violinist's new album, brings together works that evoke strong images and possess a profound emotional intensity. In addition to the excellence of her playing, she has a flair for finding and recording the works of remarkable composers, thus placing her at the center of the post-minimalist movement, one of the most relevant musical genres of our time. The public's increasing interest for some of these composers whose works are featured on Pulsations tells us that we are witnessing the emergence of a golden age for this contemporary music.
"A pulsation marks time, it infuses its rhythm in it and also evokes the heart. Just like those composers whose music calls out to me and who, with their unique signatures, mark time, our time; Olafur Arnalds, Jean-Michel Blais, Ludovico Einaudi, Alex Baranowski, Craig Armstrong, Peter Gregson, Yann Tiersen, Abel Korzeniowski, Johan Johannsson, Max Richter and Dalal." - Angèle Dubeau, O.C., C.Q., O.M.
Once again, Angèle Dubeau is accompanied by the excellent musicians of her all-female string ensemble La Pietà, with whom she has been playing for over 20 years.
Her previous album, Ovation, released last year, was chosen as Album of the Week by important radio stations like Classic FM in London, KDFC in San Francisco and KUSC in Los Angeles. Angèle Dubeau is also one of the rare classical musicians in the world to have received Gold Records. In her career, she has sold more than 600,000 albums and her recordings have been streamed 80 million times, in a total of more than 100 countries. CLICK HERE FOR THE PODCAST
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An artist of rare versatility considered one of the most prominent violin virtuosos in Canada, for over 32 years Angele Dubeau has had a dazzling career in the great concert halls of the world. With a string of some 30 recordings, many concerts with renowned orchestras and as the conductor of her own ensemble, her talent, passion and musicality have won her uncommon acclaim. Prestigious prizes and numerous official honours have marked her path, including 10 Felix awards, an Opus Prize (Audience Prize), several Chocs de la musique, a Diapason d'or and the title of Soloist of the Year 1987, awarded by the French-language public radio networks, which took her to France, Belgium and Switzerland. She has also received the Tibor Varga Prize in Switzerland (1983) and the Prize of the Americas at the Vida del Mar International Competition Prize in Chile (1985). She has also become a Member of the Order of Canada and a Knight of the Ordre national du Quebec and has been awarded the Calixa-Lavalle Prize of the St-Jean-Baptiste Society of Montreal for her outstanding contribution to music in Canada. She is proud to present this new collection of classical favorites on Virtuose.
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