Now in its 39th season, the Alexander String Quartet has undergone some personnel changes, but its founding violist, Paul Yarbrough, is still in his lofty place. That will change on May 16, with Yarbrough's final performance as a member of the ASQ, in the Herbst Theater closing of the 2019–2020 San Francisco Performances Saturday Morning Series.
After Yarbrough's retirement, this summer the quartet will welcome his successor, David Samuel, a violist with a long history of working with the ASQ as a guest artist in recording and education projects. Samuel has a prestigious career as a chamber musician, soloist, and orchestral musician. He is currently associate principal violist with the Auckland (NZ) Philharmonia Orchestra, and serves on the faculty of the University of Auckland. Photo Credit: Shirley Singer
READ THE FULL San Francisco Classical Voice ARTICLE
Norwegian composer and pianist Ola Gjeilo has a musical style that is often described as cinematic and evocative, characterised by warm harmonies, flowing melodies and gently rocking, repeated figures. He is an exclusive Decca Classics recording artist, and the new album follows the highly successful Winter Songs (2017) and Ola Gjeilo (2016), which also feature Tenebrae, Voces8 and the Choir of Royal Holloway. NIGHT is his first solo piano album to be released on Decca.
Gjeilo's now presents a stunning collection of brand-new original works for solo piano, composed and performed by Gjeilo himself. NIGHT is an intimate and meditative collection of peaceful piano music, inspired by the twilight hours in the place he now calls home – New York City.
In conjunction with this release Ola has made some time today! Thursday February 28 to speak with US radio.
Game of Tones:
Microtonal Guitarist John Schneider plays the 30th iteration of PITT's Beyond 2020 Microtonal Music Festival.
Despite its modernist ring, microtonal music is not a recent phenomenon. The term was first coined over a century ago, and the concept - music using altered pitches and tuning systems to play notes not found in the standard Western twelve-tone system - has been utilized as far back as history books go. But thanks to the internet, the ease of self-education through YouTube tutorials, and the advancement of musical technology, microtonal music has evolved into an (almost) mainstream field of study and expression.
Founder of MicroFest, John Schneider is a guitarist and arranger who also writes for harp and percussion. A professor of music at Los Angeles Pierce College, Schneider also hosts the KPFK Los Angeles weekly radio program "Global Village."
From Fri., Feb. 28 to Sun., March 1, a slate of local and international groups will explore microtonality from a variety of approaches through a mix of electronic and acoustic instruments, light shows, video projections, and dance, as well as lectures from experts in the field. Performers include Del Sol String Quartet (San Francisco), MikroEnsemble (Finland), Brightwork Ensemble (Los Angeles), and Pittsburgh musicians Aaron Myers-Brooks, Nuiko Wadden, and Lindsey Goodman, and many more.
READ THE FULL PGH City Paper ARTICLE
Rhythm Planet showcases mostly new releases in our playlist this week, together with some rediscoveries and remembrances along the way. On the jazz front, we hear the music of saxophonists Eric Alexander, Wayne Shorter (by Jazz at Lincoln Center Orchestra), and Brent Jensen; plus pianists Tim Ray, Joey Alexander's "Inner Urge", and Laurence Hobgood's lovely string-quartet version of Glen Campbell's classic song "Witchita Lineman." Vibraphonist Chris Dingman's new album is called Embrace, and we listen to "Inner Child" from it. This week's playlist also includes; Sheku Kanneh-Mason & London Symphony Orchestra / "Blow the Wind Southerly.
READ THE FULL KCRW: Rhythm Planet Article and Playlist for 2/25/20:
Joey Alexander, the Grammy-nominated jazz pianist, composer and bandleader recently unveiled 'Warna' (Verve Records). The album is primarily a collection of reflective, moving new and original music by an experienced and confident musician. Translating as "color" from Alexander's native language of Bahasa, WARNA follows four Motéma Music albums that garnered the pianist three Grammy nominations and such honors as historic critics' and readers' poll victories in DownBeat and JazzTimes. Joining Alexander on the new album are Larry Grenadier and Kendrick Scott, who comprise the core piano trio. On several tracks, Venezuelan-born percussion Luisito Quintero, and flautist Anne Drummond, join the burgeoning jazz pianist.
Joey sits down with 91.3KXCI: Tucson to discuss the recording. Listen to the attached file
The two Piano Concertos by Frederic Chopin recorded here have been an integral part of British pianist Benjamin Grosvenor's repertoire ever since his early teens. And this level of familiarity definitely manifests itself in his playing. There's a constant fluid limpidity and clarity to his phrasing, and an overall forward momentum shaped by delicate contours. Nothing ever sounds forced or affected, but rather seemingly moves along naturally. The slow passages are contemplative whilst the fast passages quite simply dance off the keyboard. And when a certain degree of darkness creeps into the music, his playing takes on an appropriately different mien, and the same can be said when the music takes on a highly Polonaise style.
READ THE FULL Classical Music Sentinel REVIEW
Touring solo artists come to Western Pennsylvania almost every week of the concert season. Touring orchestras, by contrast, are a real rarity. Yes, Gustav Mahler and the New York Philharmonic played in Pittsburgh before World War I, and Leonard Bernstein and the Vienna Philharmonic came here more than 30 years ago.
The Venice Baroque Orchestra will perform a program called "Vivaldi and the Apotheosis of the Concerto in the 18th Century" on Feb. 29 at Pittsburgh's Carnegie Music Hall in Oakland. Andrew Fouts is keyed up for the Venice Baroque concert. He and his colleagues in Chatham Baroque are mainly responsible for local concerts which present baroque music in historically informed style on period-style instruments.
READ THE FULL TRIBLIVE ARTICLE
‘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 releases THE NEW POPE (ORIGINAL SOUNDTRACK FROM THE SKY – HBO – CANAL+ SERIES produced by FREMANTLE'S THE APARTMENT and WILDSIDE, co-produced with HAUT ET COURT TV and THE MEDIAPRO STUDIO) with music by LELE MARCHITELLI.
Referred to as "the Jimi Hendrix of the ukulele," Jake Shimabukuro is a true virtuoso, and exhibits his talents once again with the release of ‘Trio', available February 14th through Music Theories Recordings.
OSM - The John Adams Album gets 2020 JUNO Award nomination
Posted: January 29, 2020 12:00 AM
| By: Admin
Released to coincide with Nagano's final season with the Montréal Symphony, The John Adams Album contains his key orchestral works conducted by one of his greatest, lifelong champions "Like all great pieces, each time one returns to them and restudies them, I'm able to find something more - new dimensions that I haven't seen before, other reflections of innovation and genius." - Kent Nagano on John Adams.
Released to coincide with Nagano's final season with the Montréal Symphony, The John Adams Album contains his key orchestral works conducted by one of his greatest, lifelong champions "Like all great pieces, each time one returns to them and restudies them, I'm able to find something more - new dimensions that I haven't seen before, other reflections of innovation and genius." - Kent Nagano on John Adams
Continuing the award-winning series of orchestral and operatic recordings from OSM and Nagano on Decca
Kent Nagano, who studied with Leonard Bernstein for six years until his death in 1990, and the Orchestre Symphonique de Montréal release the world premiere recording of the chamber version of Bernstein's opera A Quiet Place. Adapted by the senior music editor at the Bernstein Office, Garth Edwin Sunderland, A Quiet Place features an outstanding international cast of young singers headed by Claudia Boyle and Joseph Kaiser.
This is the second recording to be released in Decca's newly revived association with the Montreal Symphony under Music Director Kent Nagano. Always a benchmark for supreme audiophile quality this relationship now bears fruit with innovative and unusual repertoire: this recording presents a program of rare and familiar music to celebrate Halloween including Rimsky-Korsakov's technicolor re-orchestration of Mussorgsky's Night on a Bare Mountain and Dukas's The Sorcerer's Apprentice. The album is also filled with rarities such as Balakirev's tone poem Tamara and Charles Ives's Hallowe'en, the first of his ‘Three Outdoor Scenes' of which Central Park in the Dark is the best-known.
21 NEW 47 TOTAL
SYND: Classical 24, CBC Direct: SiriusXM, MOOD Markets include: New York, Los Angeles, Chicago, San Francisco, Boston, Philadelphia, Wash DC, Atlanta, Seattle, Cleveland, Dallas, Houston, Minneapolis, Portland, New Orleans, Albuquerque, Pittsburgh, Baltimore, Cincinnati, Austin, Louisville, IN(Network), Canada Online: AccuRadio
Decca and the Orchestre symphonique de Montréal (OSM),one of the finest partnerships in recording history, present a rare delight for opera fans with the world premiere recording of L'Aiglon. The double-disc set's release in March 2016 marks the launch of a new multi-album contract intended to enhance the OSM's award-winning Decca discography. L'Aiglon, by Arthur Honegger and Jacques Ibert, is brought to life by an outstanding cast of French and French-speaking singers under the baton of Kent Nagano, the OSM's critically acclaimed Music Director since 2006. The five-act lyrical drama was recorded in March 2015 at the time of its North American premiere at the orchestra's new home, the Maison symphonique de Montréal.
27 Total 43 Total
SYND: Classical 24, CBC, TRH Direct: Music Choice Markets include: New York, Los Angeles, Chicago, San Francisco, Boston, Philadelphia, Wash DC, Atlanta, Dallas, Houston, St. Louis, Cleveland, Minneapolis, Portland, Detroit, Denver, Pittsburgh, New Orleans, Honolulu, Canada Online: AccuRadio, Taintradio, Voix des Arts, Musical Toronto
Few symphonies that can compete with the Symphony No. 3 "Organ" from Saint-Saens in terms of grandeur, majesty and sheer tonal opulence. The important contribution of the organ "the king of instruments," adds at work increased size of imposing sound. Yet this symphony is an anomaly in the composer's work. First, it is the only one of his five symphonies have acquired a lasting reputation. Moreover, Saint-Saëns is not especially considered a "symphonic" and if it were not for his Symphony "Organ", he would not have more importance in this area that Fauré and Gounod. (Saint-Saëns also left two numbered symphonies and two unnumbered, all written several years before the Third).
58 Total 98 Total
SYND: Classical 24, CBC Direct: SiriusXM, Music Choice, MOOD, Stingray Markets include: New York, Los Angeles, Chicago, San Francisco, Boston, Philadelphia, Dallas, Atlanta, Houston, St. Louis, Seattle, Cleveland, Minneapolis, Portland, Detroit, Denver, Austin, Pittsburgh, New Orleans, Albuquerque, SC-State, Buffalo, Columbus OH, Omaha, Honolulu, Canada Online: Taintradio
ANALEKTA's catalogue already features seven of Beethoven's nine symphonies performed by the Orchestre Symphonique de Montréal, under the direction of Maestro Kent Nagano. The Canadian label is now releasing the famed composer's complete nine symphonies, together in a 6 CD box-set: Between The Enlightenment and Revolution. Produced by the OSM, this complete set of Beethoven's symphonies is the result of several years of work and effort. With its 56-page booklet, this multiple album set reflects a significant period of Beethoven's life, between 1800 and 1830.
33 NEW 74 TOTAL
SYND: PRI/C24, CBC
Direct: SiriusXM, Music Choice, MOOD Markets include: New York, Los Angeles, Chicago, San Francisco, Boston, Philadelphia, Wash DC, Atlanta, Dallas, Cleveland, Seattle, Minneapolis, Baltimore, St. Louis, Denver, Cincinnati, Austin, New Orleans, Pittsburgh, Portland, Buffalo, Columbus OH, Honolulu Online: Taintradio, AccuRadio
Kent Nagano and the OSM explore Korean composer Unsuk Chin's artistic landscape. Chin's music is modern in language, but lyrical in communicative power. The colour of her music might be explained by Chin's affinity for non-European music and by her occupation with electronic music. This recording principal work, the prestigious Grawemeyer award-winning Violin Concerto, Viviane Hagner shows an almost hauntingly masterful display of technique and artistry. Also on this recording, the iridescent Rocana, an orchestral work commissioned by Maestro Kent Nagano.
2 New ON this week 45 Total
Markets include: Los Angeles, Atlanta, Houston, St. Louis, New Orleans, Berkeley CA, Buffalo Online: allmusic, WGOE