Danaë Xanthe Vlasse is an award-winning composer and pianist, born in France to a Greek father and French mother. Her music encompasses art song, chamber music, works for solo piano and choral pieces. Following a deeply fulfilling collaboration on her 2020 album Poème, which celebrated Danaë's French upbringing, Mythologies is a creative exploration of Ms. Vlasse's Greek heritage, bringing its well-known myths into the realm of contemporary classical music, in the voices of sopranos Hila Plitmann and Sangeeta Kaur, joined by a select group of acclaimed instrumentalists, including the composer herself at the piano in four of the pieces. While inspired by ancient stories and characters, Mythologies is a timeless expression of ideas so deeply ingrained in our culture that they become a fair reflection of our present, and project well into the future.
The Slovenian-born, Los Angeles–based guitarist Mak Grgic has recorded MAK|Bach, an album of popular Bach pieces performed on well-tempered guitar that reproduces a style of tuning used by Bach himself. It will be released on July 2, 2021, on MicroFest Records [and will be available for preorder at www.MicroFestRecords.com and at Apple Music, Spotify, and Amazon.]
MAK|Bach represents the continuation of Grgic!s exploration of microtonality captured on his previous MicroFest album, MAKrotonal, a collection of new music that also contained Bach!s famous Chaconne in D Minor. Listeners who were so captivated by that recording will be thrilled by Grgic!s expanded and deepened Bach recordings on Mak|Bach.
Decca US is proud to present the original soundtrack to SYBERIA: THE WORLD BEFORE, the latest installment in the cult adventure video game franchise SYBERIA, composed by Grammy-award-winning composer INON ZUR and featuring viral Tik Tok pianist EMILY BEAR.
The Syberia series has sold over 3 MILLION video game units to date.
Syberia: The World Before is the fourth installment in the cult adventure game series – Syberia – created by late author and graphic novel artist Benoît Sokal and published by Microids. This new game, to be release on 10 December 2021, follows the incredible journey of two women across two time periods and is set in the fantastic and poetic world of Benoît Sokal's Syberia, with its breathtaking scenery and iconic characters.
Mercury KX today releases the original motion picture soundtrack to Spencer, the highly anticipated new film from director Pablo Larraín, starring Kristen Stewart in the lead role as the late Princess Diana. It is accompanied by a brand-new instrumental score composed by Jonny Greenwood, a poignant accompaniment to the film, of genre bending music that combines strait-laced classical baroque with spiralling free jazz. The movie premiered at Venice Film Festival on September 3 and was released in cinemas in the UK and US on November 5, 2021. Spencer is the latest film score from award-winning composer Jonny Greenwood, following such acclaimed soundtracks such as Phantom Thread, There Will Be Blood, and Norwegian Wood.
Hania Raniand Dobrawa Czocher are the youngest female composer duo signed to Deutsche Grammophon. They began making music together in their early teens, discovering an instinctive artistic connection with one another. Both are now successful musicians in their own right, but that special bond remains unchanged. "There's a lot of sisterhood between us," explains Rani. Czocher agrees, adding, "When you're siblings, you can be honest. We trust each other." That sense of mutual trust and understanding has inspired their debut DG album. Written by composer-pianist-singer Hania and composer-cellist Dobrawa, and recorded by them in their native Poland, Inner Symphonies is their first full album of original works
Milan Records today releases THE WHEEL OF TIME: THE FIRST TURN, an album of principal themes composed by LORNE BALFE for the upcoming Amazon Original Series. Available everywhere now, The Wheel of Time: The First Turn (Amazon Original Series Soundtrack) is a largely conceptual album that includes key themes written by Balfe for the characters, settings and ideas central to The Wheel of Time universe. The 14-track collection provides a foundation for the fantasy series' rich soundscape, with much of Balfe's final score cues developing as variations of these initial themes. The Wheel of Time: The First Turn album will be followed by three additional soundtrack albums to be released as separate volumes alongside the show's first season.
Milan Records releases ARMY OF THIEVES (SOUNDTRACK FROM THE NETFLIX FILM) by composers HANS ZIMMER & STEVE MAZZARO. Produced by Snyder and co-starring Nathalie Emmanuel (the Fast and the Furious franchise), Army of Thieves chronicles the harrowing adventures that transformed Dieter from a sheepish German bank teller named Sebastian into the badass safe-cracker who became a fan-favorite character in Army of the Dead. Sebastian's impassioned YouTube videos about the fabled safes designed by the locksmith Hans Wagner (Christian Steyer) catch the eye of Gwendoline (Nathalie Emmanuel), a beguiling career criminal whose take-no-prisoners exterior belies a desire to love and be loved. To Dieter's shock, Gwen enlists him to be part of her motley crew of some of Interpol's most wanted: the jack-of-all-trades Korina (Ruby O. Fee), rugged bad boy Brad (Stuart Martin), and getaway sidekick Rolph (Guz Khan).
Milan Records today releases THE ELECTRICAL LIFE OF LOUIS WAIN (ORIGINAL MOTION PICTURE SOUNDTRACK) by composer ARTHUR SHARPE. The album features score music written by Sharpe for the film, which tells the true story of Louis Wain, the eccentric British artist known for his psychedelic depictions of cats. Working in close collaboration with his brother and the film's director Will Sharpe, the composer was tasked with creating a soundscape that carries the viewer not only across time spans but also on the trips into Louis' mind, which become more frequent and extreme as the film unfolds. Sharpe's score speaks to Louis' chaotically beautiful and ever-changing world, combining traditional orchestral instrumentation with an ensemble of unorthodox instruments like the musical saw, the theremin (performed on the score by a descendant of Leon Theremin himself), the mellotron, and more. The resulting 24-track collection captures both the electrical innovations of the time period that inspired Louis' artwork as well as the sweetness and levity inherent in both his own demeanor and the cats he became famous for representing.
Jorge Rossy makes his leader debut for ECM on vibraphone and marimba, carving out a diversified musical programme in interplay with Robert Landfermann on bass and Jeff Ballard on drums. The Spanish musician's switch to mallets follows his contribution on drums to guitarist Jakob Bro's trio with Arve Henriksen on Uma Elmo. Puerta sees Jorge leading his trio through a set of original compositions. The album's inception can be traced back to Jorge's growing interest in the vibraphone, going back over a decade. "With this trio the objective was to leave a lot of space for the instruments to breathe and unfold by playing fewer, essential notes. It is also something I finally felt ready to do, after having played it safe in the comfort of harmonically dense line ups in the past," explains Jorge. Thus, Puerta proves a collaboration based on an equal footing – each instrument sharing the spotlight to the same degree.
Composer and pianist Chad Lawson presents his new holiday EP, Christmas in My Dreams. Showcasing Lawson's signature emotive sound, the four-track collection includes a unique collaboration between Lawson and the vocals of adored singer Dinah Washington, with Chad accompanying the vocal track of Dinah's enchanting version of "Silent Night." Listen to this never-before-heard version here and the full EP here.
In addition to the standout arrangement of "Silent Night," the EP also features three new renditions of well-loved holiday tunes such as "Have Yourself a Merry Christmas" and "I'll Be Home for Christmas." The end result is an instant classic that is sure to become a part of many Christmases to come.
Milan Records today releases RED NOTICE (SOUNDTRACK FROM THE NETFLIX FILM) with music by film, television and gaming composer STEVE JABLONSKY. Available everywhere now, the album features score music written by Jablonsky for Netflix's latest action-comedy thriller directed and written by Rawson Marshall Thurber. The soundtrack marks the second collaboration between Jablonsky and Thurber, the duo having worked together on Thurber's 2018 action thriller Skyscraper. Starring Dwayne Johnson, Gal Gadot and Ryan Reynolds, Red Notice premiered in select theaters Friday, November 5 and debuts on Netflix today, Friday, November 12.
Brought together on this unique double album are Ashkenazy's latest Bach recording of English Suites 1-3 and his first-ever Bach recording from 1965, the Concerto in D minor. An astonishing 56 years and a lifetime's experience of this timeless music span the two recordings, marking the longest exclusive association between pianist and record label in history. This new recording of the first three English Suites is the latest addition to Ashkenazy's discography of the major keyboard works of JS Bach. Back in 2004 he began with ‘The 48' (the 48 Preludes & Fugues of ‘The Well-Tempered Clavier') and this was immediately greeted with critical acclaim: "The pianist's straightforward, intelligent, and vibrantly clear interpretations are a joy to hear", wrote Classics Today, going on to say "He eschews Glenn Gould's idiosyncrasies of tempo and phrasing, and proves more stylish than older, erstwhile Russian colleagues like Nikolayeva and Richter." Gramophone added: "you will surely return to Ashkenazy for his unfailing lucidity and musicianship."
"Canadian band Sultans of String keeps imaginative imperatives in overdrive for the entirety of Christmas Caravan, a generous pitch for global unity through the music of Christmas, Kwanzaa and Hanukkah. These five musicians have jubilantly recharged the classics with arrangements that demand attention. ???? - Downbeat, USA
As winter crests and the mercury falls, everyone from your taxi driver to the music supervisor at the mall starts running timeless hits like "Jingle Bells" and "Silent Night."
But Canada's global groove wizards Sultans of String wanted to go deeper into this beautiful tradition, and have launched their 2021 Christmas Caravan Playlist, featuring songs from their album which hit Billboard's World Music Charts and the New York Times Hits List. Recorded and co-produced with JUNO Award winning engineer John ‘Beetle' Bailey, Christmas Caravan isn't your typical holiday collection. You may recognize a few titles but you've never experienced seasonal music quite like this before. They celebrate the holiday spirit with an adventurous musical trip around the world, featuring exuberant originals, world-music inspired classics, and seasonal favourites to warm your heart on a cold winter's night.
A new collection of music from Gameloft's most popular games to stream and download . Featuring music from the Asphalt Franchise, March of Empires, N.O.V.A., Dungeon Hunter, Modern Combat, Dragon Mania Legends, Sniper Fury, Gangstar, and more. Gameloft, a leader in the creation and publishing of games, in partnership with Decca Records US (a division of Verve Label Group) are thrilled to announce the release of the new compilation album High Scores: Music From Gameloft Games, out now on digital music platforms. High Scores presents music from some of the most famous and beloved mobile games of all time, spanning twenty years of mobile gaming, and including the globally successful Asphalt franchise, which has surpassed one billion downloads.
Charles debuted her renditions of Sarah Vaughan's "Detour Ahead" and Marlena Shaw's "Woman Of The Ghetto" to critical praise; FLOOD Magazine proclaims, "Charles' reimagination of Sarah Vaughan's ‘Detour Ahead' is an ode to resilience," while Billboard declares, "Breathing new life into a 1960's anthem for empowerment, Melanie Charles delivers a charged performance of Marlena Shaw's ‘Woman of The Ghetto.'"
On Y'all Don't (Really) Care About Black Women, Charles leaves listeners with a powerful statement on what solidarity with Black women can look like. It includes not only care and attention to the everyday struggles that animate Black women's lives, but also to the beauty and joy as well. At its core, the record is a call for a more intersectional vision of the world in which Black women can live more freely and express their full humanity.
After nearly six decades, a private recording of a rare, nightclub performance by John Coltrane of his magnum opus, A Love Supreme, is set for commercial release. Recorded in late 1965 on the culminating evening of a historic week-long run at The Penthouse in Seattle, A Love Supreme: Live In Seattle is a musical revelation of historic importance, capturing Coltrane as he began to expand his classic quartet-adding Pharoah Sanders on second saxophone and Donald Garrett on second bass-and catapulting him into the intense, spiritually focused final phase of his career. Today, you can listen to A Love Supreme, Part IV – Psalm, watch the visualizer here https://JohnColtrane.lnk.to/ALSPIV. The full album A Love Supreme Live in Seattle is for release October 8, on Impulse! Records/UMe.
LOVE FOR SALE, the new collaborative album from Tony Bennett and Lady Gaga, will be released on October 1st via Columbia Records/Interscope Records. This historic album will be Tony's last studio recording, showcasing the Cole Porter songbook of classic popular music with both duet and solo selections from both artists.Their duet, "I Get A Kick Out Of You," will be the first single. Tony Bennett celebrates his 95th Birthday today and appropriately will be at Radio City Music Hall tonight performing the songs he has spent a lifetime singing and sharing the stage with Lady Gaga, a cherished musical collaborator.ONE LAST TIME: AN EVENING WITH TONY BENNETT AND LADY GAGA sold out both Radio City performances for August 3rd and 5th within a day of going on sale to the public. MTV will exclusively air the global premiere of Tony Bennett & Lady Gaga's new video "I Get A Kick Out Of You" on Friday, August 6th at 12PM ET. The video will make its broadcast premiere on MTV, MTV Live, MTVU, across MTV's worldwide network of channels in 180+ regions and the ViacomCBS Times Square Billboard.
This Holiday season, Todd Mosby a leader and innovator in the Contemporary Instrumental genre, brings new vision to a classic Holiday song. Easily traversing, jazz, new age and fusion with the highest level of skill and musicianship, Mosby wraps this tune in an ever expanding package of lush harmonies and interconnecting interludes, full of surprises and intricacies which will delight listeners ears.
Inviting us into a distant realm of music and lore, one in which creativity knows no time nor bounds, offering his most ripened ideas to a cast of seasoned artists, maestro Mosby churns up a most delectable re-imagined version Auld Lang Syne. Featuring award winning vocalist Lola Kristine and and drummer extraordinaire Steve Davis (Dave Liebman, Bill Evans, John Pattitucci), this track sizzles at a warm burn to feed the Holiday Spirit.?
Deutsche Grammophonpresents Winter Tales features music from some of the label's star composers, who were invited to reimagine the music of Christmas and Chanukah, drawing inspiration from their childhoods and homelands. The album of 12 very personal responses to that creative challenge, all of which have something fresh and timely to say about winter's promise of renewal and light's power over darkness. The album opens with Roger and Brian Eno's Wanting to Believe – a brand new vocal track from the duo and the perfect prelude to music by composers as diverse as Peter Gregson, Víkingur Ólafsson, Hania Rani and Dobrawa Czocher, Balmorhea, Mari Samuelsen, Ane Brun, Dustin O'Halloran and Bryan Senti, ABBOTT, Vanbur, Classical Sundays and Joep Beving.