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Jon Batiste:

Chronology Of A Dream - Live@The Village Vanguard

The inimitable musician and bandleader, Jon Batiste, sets to release Chronology Of A Dream: Live At The Village Vanguard on November 1. Recorded during his six-night residency in the fall of 2018, the live album is a follow up to his recent critically acclaimed release, Anatomy of Angels: Live at the Village Vanguard, and is part two of the two-part series.  You can listen to the first single "HIGHER" and pre-order the album here.

Anatomy of Angels and Chronology of a Dream are two sides of the same coin. Batiste explains, "My compositions on Chronology focus on thematic development within short form structures with memorable melodic themes, while Angels focuses on thematic development within longer form structures that are built for deconstruction, never to be played the same way twice."

Jeff Goldblum & The Mildred Snitzer Orchestra:

I Shouldn't Be Telling You This

JEFF GOLDBLUM WITH BRAND NEW ALBUM 
FEATURING - SHARON VAN ETTEN • FIONA APPLE • ANNA CALVI • INARA GEORGE • GINA SAPUTO
In DUETS WITH JEFF GOLDBLUM  - OUT NOVEMBER 1 ON DECCA RECORDS

"I'm crying with ecstasy over this new album. Creatively, I'm happy as a clam. This collection of cohorts (cream of the crop), with whom I get to cavort, is outa this cosmos. Ouch, my crackling cranium! I'm crowing!!!" – Jeff Goldblum

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 is now set to release an album which will make the listener smile even more than his first one. If that is possible. With his long-time band The Mildred Snitzer Orchestra, the enticingly-titled album I Shouldn't Be Telling You This will be released globallyNovember 1 on Decca Records and features an impressive array of surprising duet guests.

The Comet Is Coming:

The Afterlife

"Bridging the gap between experimentation and accessibility" (Rolling Stone), The Comet Is Coming announces the digital release of the group's highly-anticipated mini-album The Afterlife, via Impulse! The Afterlife will serve as a companion piece to the group's breakout album Trust In The Lifeforce Of The Deep Mystery and the lead track "Lifeforce Part II."

"The Afterlife has been a topic of deep consideration and of the keys to spiritual mythology around the world for millennia," claims kinetic keyboardist Danalogue. He continues to state "The two records can be seen as companions, that cannot exist without each other, like day and night, light and dark, creation and destruction. They were made together, at the same time, and have always been intended to be experienced together."

Laura Karpman:

WHY WE HATE

Laura Karpman (Underground, Paris Can Wait, Step, Black Nativity) has scored the Discovery docu-series Why We Hate. The show is directed by Geeta Gandbhir & Sam Pollard and investigates the human capacity for hatred and how we can overcome it. The 6-parter traces the evolutionary basis of hate and uses stories from past and present to reveal the nature of the primal and universal emotion. Steven Spielberg, Alex Gibney (Taxi to the Dark Side, Enron: The Smartest Guys in the Room) and Frank Marshall (Jurassic World, The Sixth Sense) are executive producing the Amblin Television & Jigsaw production with Stacey Offman, Richard Perello (Super Troopers), Darryl Frank & Justin Falvey (The Americans, The Haunting of Hill House), Yael Melamede, Erica Sashin and Steve Tisch (Forrest Gump, The Equalizer). Karpman has previously scored the Spielberg-produced 2002 mini-series Taken. Why We Hate will premiere later this year on Discovery.

Luka Sulic:

The Four Seasons

After seven years of touring the world as part of the critically acclaimed duo 2CELLOS, Luka Šulić returns to his classical roots with his first solo album for Sony Classical.  A graduate of London's Royal Academy of Music and a prize-winning cellist, Luka Šulićtakes on one of the most iconic works in classical music for his first independent recording project. Available everywhere Friday, October 25, his dramatic interpretation of Vivaldi's The Four Seasons is the first complete recording of the popular cycle of Baroque concertos arranged for a cello soloist.  Also arriving today is the album's lead offering, "La Primavera (Spring) Op. 8 No. 1 in D major – I. Allegro," released alongside an accompanying video of Šulić performing the track from his world live Premiere –

Sweet Crude:

Rougarou

South Louisiana natives and indie pop six-piece, Sweet Crude release their Verve Forecast label debut single, "Rougarou."  The track presents a darker, more mature sound for Sweet Crude, mirroring the supernatural rougarou, a werewolf-like creature from Louisiana folklore. The single is from the band's upcoming 2020 full-length project and you can listen to the song here.

Fronted by vocalist Alexis Marceaux and multi-instrumentalist Sam Craft, Sweet Crude is a drum-infused, bilingual band that takes their native music and language and produces a completely fresh sound that thrusts century-old traditions into the present. Sweet Crude delivers exciting shows featuring exuberantly bellowed harmonies, and lyrics that jump from English to Louisiana French all over New Orleans rhythms. Rounding off the musically multi-faceted group is Jack Craft (Keys), Stephen MacDonald(Bass), David Shirley (Drums) and Skyler Stroup (Trumpet/keys/drums).

Ola Onabule:

POINT LESS

Socially conscious singer/songwriter Ola Onabul? has built an enviable career as an international touring performer and has now turned his attention to the North American market with a newly recorded collection of original songs. Onabul?'s meticulous attention to detail in his arrangements and production as well as the support from Sennheiser/Neumann have contributed to the manifestation of an impressive recording.??

Point Less, is a follow up to Onabul?'s last album, It's The Peace That Deafens, with the new album boldly expressing his views on social injustice, reminiscent of Marvin Gaye's What's Going On. It is an activist's call - at once a celebration of life and a cautionary take on the social forces that threaten it. Violence, immigration, xenophobia, betrayal, and dignity are themes considered on Point Less, rendered with a powerful and knowing generosity of spirit. Onabul? is rueful yet optimistic.

Jan Garbarek, The Hilliard Ensemble:

Remember Me, My Dear

Garbarek blends with the vocal lines – sung captivatingly by the Hilliards – like a fifth voice. With restraint and the greatest of control he wanders and floats through the spaces created by the singers…The early music is not just given a modern sheen. Garbarek explores a space from the inside, but with a sound whose hymnic character and pathos cannot be denied. The music raises the question of what is old and what is new. - Peter Rüedi, Die Weltwoche 

25 years on from the release of Officium, the groundbreaking alliance of Jan Garbarek and The Hilliard Ensemble, comes a live album from their unforgettable final tour. Remember me, my dear, named for the Scottish ballad which concludes the concert, was recorded in October 2014 at Chiesa della Collegiata dei Santi Pietro e Stefano in Bellinzona, in the Ticino canton of Switzerland. The album embodies all the special attributes of this unique alliance between the Norwegian saxophonist and the British vocal ensemble.

Sultans Of String:

Heart Of Gold

Sultans of String releases Heart of Gold (Live) By NEIL YOUNG (Silver Fiddle Music) on Nov. 12, on Neil Young's Birthday!! This song has a lot of meaning to SOS leader Chris McKhool. He grew up in a classic music loving house. His mother was a piano teacher and all the kids from the neighbourhood would come to their living room for lesson. McKhool's first instrument was classical violin, which was amazing for ear training. He was even in a string orchestra called the National Capital String Academy, and loved it. But by the time he was a teenager, violin was kind of a square instrument, and when he got to high school he had learned enough about music already that he could teach himself how to play guitar and bought his first steel string guitar from Steve's Music in Ottawa where he grew up. A plywood model by Yamaha. Heart of Gold by Neil Young was the very first song he learned on it.
 

Jim James, Teddy Abrams, Louisville Orchestra:

The Order Of Nature

THE ORDER OF NATURE presents a hypnotic meeting of the classical and folk-rock worlds with both classic and brand-new material by Jim James (lead singer of critically/commercially successful My Morning Jacket) and fused with Teddy Abrams' inspired orchestrations with the Louisville Orchestra.

Third Coast Percussion:

Fields

Grammy Award-winning ensemble Third Coast Percussion plays music by international R&B and pop music star Devonté Hynes (aka Blood Orange) on their newest album, Fields, marking Hynes's recording debut as a classical composer. Fields, became available on October 11, 2019, via Cedille Records and features world-premiere recordings of works adapted from music Hynes composed for Third Coast Percussion's 2018 collaboration with modern dance ensemble Hubbard Street Dance Chicago.

Orchestrated, arranged, and performed by Third Coast Percussion, the album's compositions include Hynes's multimovement For All Its Fury, which includes the title track "Fields," Perfectly Voiceless, and There Was Nothing  "Seeing what Third Coast Percussion has done with the pieces is magical," Hynes says Hynes is also credited as a performer on tracks that incorporate prerecorded synthesizer passages originally intended for Third Coast's reference in orchestrating the scores, all of which Hynes composed in a digital audio workstation (DAW).

Angele Dubeau & La Pieta:

Pulsations

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. 

Los Angeles Chamber Orchestra, Kahane-Batjer:

Jalbert, Bach, Part & Vasks

Los Angeles Chamber Orchestra - Jalbert, Bach, Pärt & Vasks - Jeffrey Kahane, Margaret Batjer, violin music for violin and orchestra   on BIS

Making their first appearance on BIS, Margaret Batjer and the Los Angeles Chamber Orchestra (LACO) cross great  distances in both time and space in this programme of  concertante violin works. The disc opens with a Violin Concerto by the American composer Pierre Jalbert (b.  1967), whose music has been described as ‘rich in  instrumental colour and harmonically engaging.'

John Coltrane:

Blue World

In 1964, John Coltrane and his Classic Quartet went into Van Gelder Studios and, in an unprecedented move for Coltrane, recorded new versions of some of his most famous works. This never-before-heard recording, Blue World, will be released on September 27 in CD, vinyl LP and digital editions via Impulse!/UMe.  Early in 1964, the year he recorded A Love Supreme, Coltrane was approached by a Quebecois filmmaker, Gilles Groulx. Groulx was planning his film Le chat dans le sac, a love story set in Montreal with political undertones. A die-hard Coltrane fan, Groulx was fixated on having Coltrane record a soundtrack for his film. Groulx approached Coltrane via a personal connection with bassist Jimmy Garrison, and amazingly, Coltrane agreed. 

Blue World has been mastered from its original analog tape by Kevin Reeves at Universal Music Mastering in New York. The new vinyl edition's lacquers were cut by Ron McMaster at Capitol Studios.

Echo Collective:

Johannsson - 12 Conversations with Thilo Heinzmann

Jóhann Jóhannsson's sudden and untimely death in February 2018 put an end to his unique practice of bringing different art forms together. The Icelandic composer was known for his inventiveness in allowing music and literature, music and theatre, music and film to communicate with one another in his works, and for combining classical and electronic elements with original, profound and often melancholic results. 

British philanthropist and art collector Richard Thomas was fascinated by this process of breaking down artistic boundaries. He came up with the idea of commissioning a work that would establish a dialogue between music and the visual arts, with neither form overpowering the other, and in which the production and interpretation aspects of each would blend together to create a single entity. Thomas already had an artist in mind for his project – Berlin-based painter Thilo Heinzmann. He in turn thought instantly of Jóhann Jóhannsson. 

Radical Face:

Ghost - anniversary edition

Radical Face's cult classic Ghost has been streamed over 150 Million times on Spotify alone, has been featured on numerous TV shows and movies such as Weeds, Blacklist, Skins and Humboldt County, as well as the song "Welcome Home, Son" becoming the theme song for brand Nikon globally for 8 years. The growth over the last decade has been completely organic and continues to sell and stream more today and it did upon its release. Ben made the record in a shed behind his moms house in Jacksonville Florida between midnight and 6 a.m. so he could record without car noises in the background. He wrote, produced, mixed, mastered and performed everything on the record as well as created all original artwork.

Douglas Lyons - Ethan D. Pakchar:

Beau

Sony Masterworks Broadway today releases the World Premiere Recording of Douglas Lyons and Ethan D. Pakchar's latest musical Beau.  Available everywhere now and on CD beginning November 15, the album features original music, concept, book and lyrics by Lyons (Beautiful), who built an original funk-folk score with Pakchar (Five Points) for the production's debut this summer at The Adirondack Theatre Festival.  

In celebration of the album's release, the show's composers and key performers, will host a special concert presentation of Beau at Joe's Pub in New York on Monday, October 28, at 9:30pm.  Additional information and tickets can be found here. 

Beau's World Premiere Recording features Tony Nominee Jenn Colella (Come From Away), Mykal Kilgore (Motown), Aisha Jackson (Frozen), Saint Aubyn (Ain't Too Proud), Charity Angél Dawson (Waitress), Gerard Canonico (Be More Chill), Ben Roseberry (Hercules), John Krause (Hadestown), Max Sangerman (Smokey Joe's Cafe), Jeb Brown (Beautiful), Matt Rodin, Katie Thompson (Oklahoma!), Olivia Griffin, Marlene Ginader (Once Tour), Amelia Cormack (Kinky Boots Tour) and Jeremy Sevelovitz (Chasing The Song).

Beau tells the story of Ace Baker, who at 12 discovers the grandfather his mother intended to keep a secret. A man who changes Ace's life forever by putting a guitar in his hand, and self – love in his heart. 

Cally Banham:

Cor Christmas

"Intimate, Warm, Plaintive, Whimsical, Fresh, And Full Of Heart, You'll Feel It To The Cor - " Los Angeles Stage And Cinema

"The English horn is an instrument known for it's eloquent voice-like quality, perfect to express joyful lyrical lines, as well as peaceful and reverent emotions." - Cally Banham

Announcing the re-release of Cor Christmas, an instrumental collection of sacred and secular carols featuring the soulful sound of the English horn, performed by Saint Louis Symphony Solo English horn player Cally Banham. Featured on the album are Banham's own ensemble Cortango, Adam Maness Trio, and Trombones of the Saint Louis Symphony, and harpist Allegra Lilly and percussionist William James.. Cor Christmas presents a varied journey through popular Christmas tunes, presented in a fusion of classical and jazz styles and reimagined in new and sonorous arrangements!

This 2019 re-release includes an added track, (Arabian Dance from "The Nutcracker"). In 2018, Cor Christmas, was awarded the KDFC San Francisco and KUSC Los Angeles "Album of the Week" during Christmas week 2018, and was the WKNO Memphis "Album of the Month" for December 2018.
 

Jon Batiste:

Anatomy of Angels

In the fall of 2018, pianist and bandleader Jon Batiste played a six-night residency at the historic Village Vanguard in downtown New York City. On August 2, Batiste will release selections from those nights entitled Anatomy of Angels: Live at the Village Vanguard via Verve Records.

The selection for Anatomy of Angels is comprised mostly of Batiste's own compositions, which range from bluesy ("Dusk Train To Doha") to Coltrane-esque explorations (the titular track "Anatomy of Angels" and "Creative.") In addition to his own works, Rachael Price from Lake Street Dive joins him for Ray Noble's "The Very Thought Of You." Batiste also arranged on one of the most famous works of his idol Thelonious Monk, "'Round Midnight."

Jan Lisiecki:

Beethoven Complete Piano Concertos

In anticipation of Beethoven's 250th birthday in 2020, Jan LIsiecki presents a full cycle of Beethoven's five piano concertos, accompanied by the Academy of St Martin in the Fields. Beethoven's Piano Concerto No. 4 in G Major, Op. 58 has particularly played a significant role in Lisiecki's career. In 2013, he performed the work with Orchestra Mozart under Claudio Abbado in Bologna, replacing an indisposed Martha Argerich at short notice, and he performed the same work at his Carnegie Hall debut with the Philadelphia Orchestra under Yannick Nézet-Séguin. 

Christopher Elliott:

Gabriel & Serge

Renowned composer & arranger Christopher Elliott's debut EP "Gabriel & Serge" out now

The award-winning London based composer & arranger Christopher Elliott has recently released is stunning debut EP for Nettwerk Records titled "Gabriel & Serge".

Featuring four original tracks and two piano versions, it's an EP that includes all of Elliott's trademarks. From the inspirational piece "Stillness" featuring soft, minimalist piano and a sumptuous string arrangement that he's famed for, to the swelling, cinematic majesty of the title track "Gabriel and Serge" that points towards Elliott's admiration for the canon of French music, from Debussy and Ravel to Serge Gainsbourg and Michel Legrand. 

Diderot String Quartet:

Jadin

In their second release with Bear Machine Records, Diderot String Quartet presents a masterful performance of Jadin's String Quartet in E flat, Op. 2, No. 1. Undeniably influenced by Mozart's famous "Dissonance" Quartet (Diderot String Quartet: Bear Machine Records, 2018), the work's opening Largo conjures a menacing sunrise only to give way to a kaleidoscope of moods that could obviously only come from a playful mind. From the expansive warmth of the Allegro Moderato, to the lovesick pleas of the Adagio, the jovial Menuetto, and the joyously raucous Finale Allegro, Diderot String Quartet leads an expert tour through the soul of this now forgotten composer. 

Born in 1776 as the spirit of revolution starts to sweep across the world, Hyacinthe Jadin is a composer who might have become a household name were it not for his short and tragic life. A prodigy from an early age, Jadin was first published at nine years old and made his concert debut at Paris' legendary Concert Spirituel at thirteen. He lived and died in the shadow of Versailles, where his father was a bassoonist and oboist and his older brother served as piano teacher to Marie-Antoinette, in the final days of the Royal Court Orchestra. But as the French Revolution swept away the Anciene Régime Jadin began composing for revolutionary festivals, and in 1795 he was appointed professor to the first class of women pianists at the newly created Paris Conservatoire. Despite his bright beginning Jadin's health began to fail him, leading Napoleon Bonaparte to personally excuse him from military service, granting Jadin the rest of his short life to compose and perform. After his final performance of one his own piano concertos in June of 1800, Jadin disappeared from public life. Impoverished, he died of tuberculosis four months later at the age of 24 in his family home in Versailles. Despite such a short life, Jadin left behind over fifty works, including twelve string quartets that are finally garnering the composer the acclaim he's arguably deserved over the past 200 years.

Diderot String Quartet first formed in 2012 after some chance meetings at Oberlin Conservatory and The Juilliard School. Their combined modern conservatory and early music training directly informs their unique perspective, breathing new life into familiar music, all while bringing unknown and underappreciated works to the ears of audiences across North America. Heralded for their "perfect blend of gravitas and lyricism" (Stage and Cinema, September 2018) Diderot String Quartet is in their fourth year as Quartet in Residence at the Washington National Cathedral. 

Paula Cole:

Revolution

"Revolution is an exceptional piece of work, a timely reminder of how soulful, perceptive and harrowing a writer and singer Cole is and has always been. It neither sags nor wears out its welcome. The songs that come towards the end, in particular "Universal Empathy", which wouldn't have sounded out of place on Teena Marie's Congo Square album (2010, Universal) and the epic "Hope Is Everywhere", which morphs from a trip-hop soul ballad into an all-out dance banger, are urgent and mobilising. Of course, Cole is most likely in sync politically with her fanbase, who are sure to love Revolution. But I hope the music will also reach other people who could benefit from hearing these bold, highly melodic polemics and cris de coeurs, and having their views challenged." 
Charles Donovan, popmatters

Paula Cole's tenth album, Revolution, fulfills the promise of her 1994 debut. Titled Harbinger, it hinted at what was to come in the singer-songwriter's life and career. It didn't so much foreshadow her subsequent accomplishments: the double-platinum second album, This Fire; her hit singles "Where Have All the Cowboys Gone" and "I Don't Want To Wait," her Best New Artist Grammy and an additional six Grammy nominations; or becoming a Grammy-nominated producer and founder of her own 675 record label. But Harbinger signaled Cole's dedication to breaking the silence of generations of women and giving voice to those left behind by history. 

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Ori Barel:

Centrifugal Force

Albany Records has released a new album from composer Ori Barel featuring music for Player Piano. Featuring Barel's 4 part composition Centrifugal Force, a work inspired by robotic art, Barel comments: "We live in a culture where things happen extremely fast and so much information is condensed. I wanted to create a piece that would explore that aspect of our culture using elements of traditional and free jazz as well as silent film music, culminating in a musical fusion of today's technological world with pieces of the past. Using the player piano, I explored rhythms and tempos that would have been impossible for a performer to play accurately. To create a twist on this aesthetic, some sections of the piece accentuate the machine element and others sound like a performer is playing. This interplay between extreme fast and slow speeds fascinates me: an automated world contrasting a fake manual world."

Charles Richard-Hamelin:

Chopin - Ballades & Impromptus

Chopin: Ballades & Impromptus, Charles Richard-Hamelin's fifth album on the Analekta label, is simply stunning. This complete edition of Frédéric Chopin's ballades and impromptus makes it possible to appreciate the exceptional playing of the pianist, as well as two important sides of the composer's work and that is the narrative impetus of his ballades and his talent as an improviser on the four impromptus.

Frédéric Chopin's ballades are the first instrumental works to bear this name, originally used to designate refined vocal pieces. Very free in form, all four present a similar psychological journey, in which tension will increase to a fiery coda. Written between 1831 and 1842, they testify to the evolution of Chopin's piano writing.

Harry Connick Jr:

True Love: A Celebration of Cole Porter

Harry Connick, Jr., the Grammy® and Emmy® winning and Tony nominated musician and actor, announces today his forthcoming debut album on legendary Verve Records, his new label home. True Love: A Celebration of Cole Porter is set for release October 25 and available for pre-order now (https://HarryConnickJr.lnk.to/TrueLovePR). The first single is "Just One Of Those Things."

Anne-Sophie Mutter:

John Williams - Across the Stars

Legendary film composer John Williams conducts a brand-new album of many of his beloved movie themes in stunning new adaptations written especially for his superstar violinist friend and collaborator Anne-Sophie Mutter. Recorded in Hollywood, Across the Stars will be released on August 30 via Deutsche Grammophon and includes familiar themes from blockbuster films including Star Wars and Harry Potter, as never heard before.

youn sun nah:

immersion

Describing the music of South Korean vocalist Youn Sun Nah can leave even the most articulate at a loss for words. Her voice, one of the most versatile and powerful of a generation, belies her modest stage presence between songs. This tension between modesty and raw power is ever apparent on her upcoming release Immersion, available through Warner Music Group's ARTS MUSIC Division.

Youn Sun Nah typically performs to sold-out theaters throughout Europe and Asia; she has also had two gold records in France and Germany. Immersion, Youn Sun Nah's American debut, is an eclectic snapshot of emotionally riveting originals, traditional American folksongs and her takes on Marvin Gaye, Leonard Cohen and Supremes classics. 

Sharon Isbin, Pacifica Quartet:

Souvenirs of Spain and Italy

Pacifica Quartet and Guitarist Sharon Isbin Offer ‘Souvenirs of Spain and Italy' on Cedille Records

In their first collaboration on disc, the artists play works for guitar and strings by Castelnuovo-Tedesco, Vivaldi, and Boccherini  

The Grammy Award-winning Pacifica Quartet and multiple Grammy-winning guitarist Sharon Isbin join forces for Souvenirs of Spain & Italy, an uncommon album of music for strings and guitar from the Baroque to the mid-20th century.

Souvenirs of Spain & Italy, available August 23, 2019, on Cedille Records, is the first joint recording by these renowned artists and marks Isbin's Cedille label debut. 

"It's really beautiful music with a tremendous amount of variety," Isbin says.

The program spotlights Italian-born composers influenced by Spanish idioms. Works include Mario Castelnuovo-Tedesco's Quintet for Guitar and String Quartet, Op. 143; Emilio Pujol's guitar arrangement of Antonio Vivaldi's lute Concerto in D Major, RV 93, edited by Isbin; and Luigi Boccherini's Quintet for Guitar and String Quartet in D Major, G. 448.

John Lunn:

Downton Abbey OST

This high profile movie, continuing the story of Lord Grantham and the Crawley family is in cinemas around the world from September. The film picks up where the last TV series ended, following the events at Downton Abbey in the early 20th century. The OST, composed by John Lunn, is based on the familiar compositions featured in the worldwide hit TV show.

Danish String Quartet:

Prism II - Beethoven / Schnittke / Bach

Each of the albums in the 's ongoing Prism project links one of the five late Beethoven quartets with a Bach fugue and a kindred-spirit work by a later master. Released last year, the Grammy-nominated first instalment of the series earned wide acclaim. The second volume of the series begins with the Fugue in B minor, BWV 869, which completes J.S. Bach's Well-Tempered Clavier, Book I (in an arrangement by Viennese composer Emanuel Aloys Förster, an elder contemporary of Beethoven). As Prism Iincluded a quartet by Shostakovich, Prism II features one Alfred Schnittke. Characteristically, Schnittke's String Quartet No. 3 of 1983 echoes with the sound of ghosts, from the late 16th century (Orlando Lassus and his Stabat Mater) to the mid-20th century (Shostakovich and his musical monogram of DSCH – which, as Paul Griffiths points out in his booklet essay, can be sensed as a transposition of the first four notes of the theme from Beethoven's titanic "Grosse Fugue"). The original version of Beethoven's String Quartet No. 13 in B-flat Major, Op. 130, included the "Grosse Fugue" as its final movement – which is how the DSQ presents the piece on Prism II. 

The New York Philharmonic, Jaap van Zweden:

Julia Wolfe - Fire in my mouth

The New York Philharmonic and Music Director Jaap van Zweden's World Premiere performances of Julia Wolfe's Fire in my mouth will be released in digital format on August 30, 2019, and in physical formats on October 4, 2019, on Decca Gold, Universal Music Group's newly established US classical music label. It is now available for preorder at https://DeccaGold.lnk.to/Fireinmymouth. The release will mark Decca Gold's fifth New York Philharmonic album.

The New York Philharmonic premiered Julia Wolfe's Fire in my mouth, which the Orchestra also co-commissioned, in January 2019, conducted by Jaap van Zweden and featuring The Crossing, conducted by Donald Nally, and the Young People's Chorus of New York City, directed by Francisco J. Núñez. The New York Times called the work "ambitious, heartfelt, often compelling. … There is both heady optimism and a sense of dread in Ms. Wolfe's music. … Mr. van Zweden led a commanding account of a score that … ends with an elegiac final chorus in which the names of all 146 victims are tenderly sung to create a fabric of music and memory." The performance earned the coveted spot in the highbrow / brilliant quadrant of New York

Milos:

Sound of Silence

Miloš is back with his fifth studio album, and his first recording since 2016, poignantly titled Sound of Silence which is set to release September 13 on Decca Classics. Last time we saw the Montenegrin-born and London-based classical guitarist, his Beatles album Blackbird had been received with unanimous acclaim, his new record was already in development, and a major international concert tour was booked. It was then that Miloš was struck by an inexplicable but devastating hand injury. Unable to play, he was forced to pull out of multiple engagements and studio dates, with no real sense of when or if he might recover.

Semyon Bychkov | Czech Philharmonic:

The Tchaikovsky Project - Complete

DECCA CLASSICS TO RELEASE - THE TCHAIKOVSKY PROJECT
FIRST MAJOR UNDERTAKING FOR THE CZECH PHILHARMONIC & SEMYON BYCHKOV

"Semyon Bychkov and the world-class Czech Philharmonic give Tchaikovsky space and depth, and a richness of sound and ambience, without missing any of the excitement at moments of high drama." –  Financial Times

Decca Classics releases a seven-volume edition from the Czech Philharmonic and newly-appointed Chief Conductor and Music Director Semyon Bychkov, The Tchaikovsky Project. Since the project's inception in 2013, the orchestra and conductor have been delving into exhaustive exploration of Tchaikovsky's music. The first two recordings in the project, released on Decca in 2016 and 2017, have received wide critical acclaim and the year 2019 sees a series of Tchaikovsky residences in Tokyo, Vienna and Paris as well as at home in Prague. The new boxset features all of the composer's symphonies, the three piano concertos with Kirill Gerstein, Romeo & Juliet, Serenade for Strings and Francesca da Rimini.

Nicola Benedetti:

Marsalis -Violin Concerto in D, Fiddle Dance Suite

Nicola Benedetti's new album on Decca Classics features premiere recordings of two works written especially for her by jazz musician Wynton Marsalis: Violin Concerto in D and Fiddle Dance Suite for Solo Violin. 

Benedetti performs Violin Concerto in D with The Philadelphia Orchestra under the baton of Cristian Măcelaru who has collaborated with the violinist to perform the work six times. The concerto was co-commissioned by the London Symphony Orchestra (LSO), Ravinia, LA Philharmonic, National Symphony Orchestra Washington, Gewandhausorchester Leipzig and Netherlands Radio Philharmonic. Benedetti performed the world premiere with the LSO under conductor James Gaffigan in London in November 2015. 

Paul Merkelo:

The Enlightened Trumpet, with Oxford Philharmonic

Recognized among the finest trumpet virtuosos of his generation, Paul Merkelo releases The Enlightened Trumpet, his first recording for Sony Classical. Hailed as "a spectacular soloist ... a most impressive master of his instrument" (Montreal Gazette) who "knows no limits" (Der Spiegel) and with "unusual lyrical gifts" (Gramophone), Merkelo has been Principal trumpet with the Orchestre symphonique de Montréal since 1995, and has appeared as soloist with prestigious orchestras around the globe, from Melbourne to Shanghai. In The Enlightened Trumpet, Merkelo is joined by the Oxford Philharmonic Orchestra and its founder and conductor Marios Papadopoulos for four spectacular concertos by Haydn, Leopold Mozart, Telemann, and Hummel.

BBC National Orchestra of Wales-Andrew Constantine:

Elgar, Chadwick

Many of you might be coming to Elgar's great masterpiece Falstaff for the very first time – I truly hope so! It has, undeniably, had a harder time working its way into the consciousness of the ‘Elgar-lover' than most of his other great works. Often I've felt that this is a question that the cognoscenti simply don't want to wrestle with; ‘how could it possibly be a challenge to comprehend?' Well, perhaps it's simply down to the fact that there is a dramatic and wordless narrative that is, initially, difficult to grasp. As Elgar himself identified the four main sections of the work in his note on Falstaff, and also the sections of the Shakespearean drama that they represent, it seemed a logical extension to me to contextualize the music by adding passages of dialogue from the great bard's, and Elgar's, inspiration,Henry IV Part 1 and Part 2. With the wonderful contributions of Timothy West and Samuel West, I feel rather vindicated in this view, and I very much hope that its inclusion enhances your enjoyment of this musical masterpiece.

Wei Luo:

self-titled

Award-winning pianist Wei Luo announces the release of her self-titled debut album after signing to Decca Gold in Spring 2018. Wei Luo reflects her passion for Russian music and devotion to the classical era; it is set to release on August 30 and the first single Prokofiev: Sonata No. 7 in B-flat Major, Op. 83 III. Precipitato is out now. 

Wei began piano lessons when she was four years old. A year later, she gave her debut recital in Hong Kong and international acclaim soon followed. At ten years old, Wei made her orchestral debut with the Shanghai Philharmonic and later opened its 2011 season with a performance of the Prokofiev Piano Concerto No. 3, a work she still champions today. Another early milestone was being accepted to the prestigious Curtis Institute of Music in Philadelphia where she continues to study while preparing for her major label debut at the age of 20. Wei recently received the 2018 Gilmore Young Artist Award and was named one of WQXR's "19 for ‘19" artists to watch for her "pyrotechnical virtuosity." 

Michael Sheppard:

12 Images

Bear Machine Records announces Michael Sheppard's release12 Images: Prompted Improvisations for Piano Summer 2019

The world is full of phenomenal pianists, each generation playing the masterpieces of the past more brilliantly that the one before. But there was a time when virtuosos wrote and performed their own works, with even fewer still improvising ex tempore - on the spot - leaving listeners awash in the beauty of moments never to be repeated. Michael Sheppard is just such an artist, bringing forth music from the landscape of his imagination, conjuring a kaleidoscope of emotion through his mastery of the piano.

After hearing of Michael's power to wow audiences in recital halls and online alike, Bear Machine Records reached out to capture some of these fleeting musical moments late in the  summer of 2018. Michael journeyed south to Florida, and the team worked tirelessly, eventually capturing over 80 different improvisations over just four days. 12 Images: Prompted Improvisations for Piano is the first collection from those sessions. 

Todd Mosby:

Open Waters

Produced by Windham Hill Records founder Will Ackerman, and with a sound described as "an album to daydream to", Open Waters finds Mosby once again embarking on a creative journey navigating through elements of Jazz, New Age, Folk and Indian music. Coming from a family of inventors (he is the co-inventor of the Imrat guitar along with Kim Schwartz and Imrat Khan), Mosby's early musical DNA was formed from his love of Bluegrass and Folk music, which eventually expanded into Fusion and Jazz. 

Ofra Harnoy:

Back to Bach

This album presents a number of tried and true Baroque favourites on the cello, such as Bach's "Air" from Orchestral Suite No. 3, "Bist Du Bei Mir," as well as some slightly lesser known gems from composers such as Allegri and Corelli, which Ofra Harnoy interprets with the profound musicality and passion she is known for.

In Ofra's early Baroque recordings, many works were accompanied with organ, chamber orchestra, or harpsichord. For this album, however, rather than revisiting the conventional settings for these works, she has decided to use brass as accompaniment for some works, and, for the works by Telemann and Allegri, has created a cello ensemble through overdubbing and multi-tracking techniques. As much as it is a treat to hear her play this music as soloist, that joy is multiplied in hearing her play each of the nine voices of Allegri's Miserere.

William Susman:

Collision Point

Belarca Records presents Collision Point, a new album by American composer William Susman and Rome-based ensemble Piccola Accademia degli Specchi celebrating a 10-year collaboration. Collision Point features music inspired by love, loss, redemption, and the writings of Allen Ginsberg, Colum McCann and Francis Bacon.

The album brings together four premiere recordings including two pieces for the full ensemble: Camille (2010), which was written for the ensemble, and The Starry Dynamo (1994), as well as a piano trio, Clouds and Flames (2010) and a duo, Motions of Return (1996) for flute and piano.

Susman's music is described by AllMusic as "the next developments in the sphere (of) minimalism," and has earned praise from The New York Times for being "vivid, turbulent, and rich-textured," from Gramophone as "texturally shimmering and harmonically ravishing," and from textura as "distinctly American."

Ellen Reid:

p r i s m

Composer and sound artist Ellen Reid announces the release of her Pulitzer Prize-winning work, p r i s m, out on August 23 via Decca Gold. With a libretto by Roxie Perkins, the unflinching, genre-defying opera takes on the topic of sexual assault and recovery and was commissioned and produced by Beth Morrison Projects in association with Trinity Church Wall Street. 

p r i s m premiered in November 2018 to universal acclaim in sold-out runs on both the east and west coasts, as a part of New York's Prototype Festival and the LA Opera's Off Grand series. Tackling subject matter that is currently front and center across news media, Reid's work uses haunting vocals and sonically daring instrumentation to bring to light the psychological struggles of sexual and emotional abuse. 

Sultans Of String:

The Power of the Land

Sultans of String celebrate diversity and creativity with warmth and virtuosity. And they often do it with artists such as Paddy Moloney and The Chieftains, Richard Bona, Benoit Bourque (Bottine Souriante), Nikki Yanofsky, Alex Cuba, Ruben Blades, Crystal Shawanda and Ken Whiteley.

With their historic and visionary seventh album Refuge (coming in 2020), McKhool and co. bring their unique brand of musical synergy and collaboration into the studio like never before. Their most ambitious, diverse, inclusive and passionately political album, Refuge puts the Toronto-based Sultans face-to-face with a VIP roster of artists from around the globe - including American banjo master Bela Fleck, Israeli vocalist Yasmin Levy and others, like Iraqi violinst Imah Al Taha and Iranian santur master Amir Amiri, who have fled the peril and persecution of their homelands for the safer shores of North America. 

Ramin Karimloo:

From Now On

Tony® Award-nominated singer and performer RAMIN KARIMLOO today releases his second full-length album, From Now On, via Sony Masterworks Broadway. the 12-song collection places the consummate showman behind the mic for a series of musical theater and film covers that illuminate the range of his instantly recognizable voice. 

"Recording this album in the studio has been one of my favorite experiences of my career," says Ramin.  "Having producer Bob Held at the helm and my band recording songs we had toured with over the years was pure joy.  There's nothing better than being in the studio with friends and making music we love.  I wouldn't have wanted to do it any other way or with any other team.  I'm so proud of what we produced and can't wait to share it with the world."  

Orchestra Moderne NYC, Amy Andersson:

Women Warriors: The Voices of Change

Hear Orchestra Moderne NYC debut the world premiere of Women Warriors: The Voices of Change, coming fall 2019 to New York City. A team of Hollywood female film composers and documentary creator Amy Andersson have joined forces to produce a social justice concert experience. With thrilling live-to-screen visuals and a full symphony orchestra, this is unique experience is not to be missed! Presenting 800 years of women fighting for human rights and equality, this world premiere 80-minute interactive symphonic experience features historical visuals of activists from past to present day, powerful in it's social and cultural relevancy.

http://lincolncenter.org/show/women-warriors-the-voices-of-change

Jose Antonio Rodriguez:

Adios Muchachos

"Adiós Muchachos" is the ninth studio album by dazzling Spanish guitarist/composer José Antonio Rodríguez. Largely a solo project that arouses intimacy from the first notes of Athena up to the closing song Adiós Muchachos. The most personal music production in Rodríguez's career, the work is composed from the point of view of the flamenco guitar but integrates a musical freedom while maintaining the inspiration of flamenco's essence. Produced by Rodríguez, the guitarist collaborates with Domi Serralbo and Jordi Cristau. And the album features the legendary Victor Monge "Serranito" on the song "El Regalo".

Black Oak Ensemble:

Silenced Voices

Black Oak Ensemble, a violin, viola, and cello trio comprising three of Chicago's most enterprising chamber musicians, makes its recording debut with Silenced Voices, an album of intriguing works by six promising, early 20th century Jewish composers originally from Austria-Hungary, Czechoslovakia, and the Netherlands. 

One survived World War II as a member of the Dutch resistance, the others perished in concentration camps and elsewhere in Nazi-occupied Europe.  Silenced Voices, available July 12, 2019, includes Dick Kattenburg's Trio à cordes; Sándor Kuti's Serenade for String Trio; Hans Krása's Passacaglia & Fuga and Tánec for string trio; Gideon Klein's Trio for violin, viola and cello; Paul Hermann's Strijktrio; and the world-premiere recording of wartime survivor Géza Frid's Trio à cordes, Op. 1 (Cedille Records CDR 900000 189). 

Christopher Elliott:

Sunside

The acclaimed composer & arrangerhas worked with some of music's biggest acts. From the late, great Amy Winehouse, Mark Ronson, Adele, Rag‘n'Bone Manto Depeche Mode and U.N.K.L.E. Christopher Elliott's sonic flourishes and embellishments have traversed genres, eras, and formats - he also found fame in film soundtracks, working on Baz Luhrmann's Moulin Rouge! among others. However, after working behind the scenes for over two decades, Elliott is finally stepping out of the shadows, emerging with his sumptuous debut solo music.

Lyn Stanley:

London With A Twist - Live at Bernies

Lyn Stanley has had a remarkable career in music. With the late legendary jazz pianist Paul T. Smith as her mentor, she began her career out of nowhere in 2010. Her debut recording Lost In Romance ranked in the top 100 albums played by American radio stations and, virtually by herself, she has built up a large worldwide following (particularly among audiophiles) and released such popular albums as Potions {from the 50s}, Interludes, The Moonlight Sessions Volumes One and Two, and London Calling-A Toast To Julie London, all of which have been big sellers. She was awarded Female Jazz Vocalist of the Year for 2018 by Saul Levine, programmer for KKJZ-FM,Los Angeles' top jazz radio station. Her secret, beyond her unique sultry voice and her impeccable taste in picking out gems from the Great American Songbook, has been her planning and attention to details. Whether it is the packaging, the sound quality, the material, the arrangements, the always-danceable tempos, the top-notch musicians or the producer, Lyn always goes first class.

Philip Bailey:

Love Will Find A Way

Philip Bailey, the legendary falsetto voice, Grammy Award winner and co-founder of Earth, Wind & Fire announces his upcoming solo album Love Will Find A Way via Verve Records on June 21 with the release of the first single "Billy Jack," which he co-produced with Robert Glasper. 

 "Billy Jack" was originally written and performed by Curtis Mayfield – this version is performed by Grammy Award winner Philip Bailey on vocals and percussion and features Kendrick Scott on drums and Robert Glasper on keys. 

When Earth Wind & Fire began recording in the 1970s, Bailey and his bandmates, like many great artists of the day, had little interest in separating genres and audiences-a philosophy that resulted in unprecedented creative and commercial success. 

On Love Will Find a Way, Bailey proves that the atmosphere and ideas that made Earth Wind & Fire possible-a respect for genuine musicianship, a conviction that all music matters-are alive and well in 2019. Along with trusted friends like bassist Christian McBride, the iconic jazz pianist Chick Corea and drum legend Steve Gadd, the album features several of the brightest contemporary lights in jazz, R&B, pop and more: keyboardist Robert Glasper, saxophonist Kamasi Washington, rapper, musician and producer will.i.am, trumpeter Christian Scott aTunde Adjuah, singer-songwriter Bilal, singer-saxophonist Casey Benjamin, guitarist Lionel Loueke, drummer Kendrick Scott and bassist Derrick Hodge, among many others. 

Carr-Petrova Duo:

Novel Voices

The Novel Voices Refugee Aid Project, created and directed by the Carr-Petrova Duo, is a project designed to give voice and visibility, through music and film, to the lives and struggles of both local and international refugee communities, and to encourage audiences and artists alike to become connected and involved. Since August 2018, it has brought free, interactive classical music concerts and workshops to displaced populations while increasing awareness of and raising support for both U.S.-based and international refugee-aid programs.

Cast Albums:

Oklahoma

In 1943, Decca Broadway released the first-ever cast album of all time. The musical was Rodgers and Hammerstein's groundbreaking Oklahoma!. Fast forward 76 years, the newly-relaunched Decca Broadway, part of Verve Label Group, announces the release of the new cast recording for the revival of Oklahoma! 

The 2019 revival of Oklahoma! is making history as the first time the Rodgers and Hammerstein estate has allowed new arrangements of the original score. The New York Times said of these new versions, "The well-known melodies have been reimagined – by the brilliant orchestrator and arranger Daniel Kluger – with the vernacular throb and straightforwardness of country and western ballads." Daniel Fish's reimagined revival of Oklahoma! officially opened April 7 at Circle in the Square Theatre. The cast is led by Rebecca Naomi Jones as Laurey and Damon Daunno as Curly and the cast album will be produced by Dean Sharenow and Daniel Kluger.   

elbow:

Giants of All Sizes

elbow released their eighth studio album ‘Giants Of All Sizes' (Polydor/The Verve Label Group), to vast critical acclaim across the globe. Praised as "rich, expansive and inventive" by NPR who spoke to lead-man and lyricist Guy Garvey on All Things Considered recently  this remarkable full-length continues to hold the Manchester four-piece well and truly at the top of their game and dear in the hearts of the fans all over the world. Listen to ‘Giants of all Sizes'

‘Giants of All Sizes' was recorded at Hamburg's Clouds Hill Studio, The Dairy in Brixton, 604 Studios in Vancouver and Blueprint Studios in Salford, with additional recording taking place at various band member's home studios in Manchester. Lead singer and lyricist Guy Garvey describes the album as "an angry, old blue lament which finds its salvation in family, friends, the band and new life." It is a record that lyrically takes in moments of deep personal loss whilst reflecting its times by confronting head-on, the specters of injustice and division not just in the UK but across the world. It is a record that could only have been made in the 21st Century.

Cast Albums:

Tootsie

In 1943, Decca Broadway released the first-ever cast album of all time. The musical was Rodgers and Hammerstein's groundbreaking Oklahoma!. Fast forward 76 years, the newly-relaunched Decca Broadway, part of Verve Label Group, announces the release of the new cast recording of the hit musical Tootsie. 

The new comedy musical Tootsie, adapted from the 1982 film, began previews on Broadway March 29, following an acclaimed out-of-town tryout in Chicago last fall. Variety called Tony-winner David Yazbek's score "strikingly over-the-top: You know something's right when the music itself feels witty." Meanwhile, The Chicago Tribune commented, "The sound has a movie-score quality… many of his tempos are arrestingly up – so much so…that they keep amping the pleasures of the piece." Tootsie officially opens at the Marquis Theatre April 23. Tony nominee Santino Fontana leads the cast as Michael Dorsey, a talented but difficult actor who struggles to find work until one show-stopping act of desperation lands him the role of a lifetime – as the star of a new Broadway musical.

TOOTSIE features an original score by Tony Award-winner DAVID YAZBEK (The Band's Visit, The Full Monty, Dirty Rotten Scoundrels), a book by ROBERT HORN (13; Dame Edna, Back with a Vengeance), choreography by Tony Award nominee DENIS JONES (Holiday Inn, Honeymoon in Vegas), and musical direction by ANDREA GRODY (The Band's Visit). TOOTSIE will be directed by eight-time Tony Award nominee and Olivier Award winner SCOTT ELLIS (She Loves Me, On the Twentieth Century). 

Laurence Hobgood:

t e s s e t e r r a

The Laurence Hobgood Trio with string quartet ETHEL

"Two impressive things stand out: how enormous his arrangements make the string quartet sound, and how fluidly these seven musicians blend together." - Giovanni Russonello, New York Times 

"Hobgood's orchestration definitely brings a classical element to the project, while the trio's shining interactions represent the very idea that jazz improvisation is less about what's being played and more about how it's being played." 
- Matt Micucci, Jazziz Magazine   

"✩✩✩✩✩" - BBC Music Magazine (May 24, 2019)

"Hobgood has produced here an exceptional debut album for the ever-burgeoning Ubuntu Music label, which augurs very well indeed both for the pianist and the record company." - Roger Farby, All About Jazz 

 

"Laurence Hobgood's new album is grounded in a deep and rich musicality that rewards frequent and multiple listenings like nothing I've heard in decades. It is at different times surprising, thought-provoking, nuanced, and always exquisite . . . tesseterra should be on every station and streaming services playlists for years to come."  - Daniel J. Levitin, Author, "This Is Your Brain On Music"

"Laurence Hobgood's new album is grounded in a deep and rich musicality that rewards frequent and multiple listenings like nothing I've heard in decades. It is at different times surprising, thought-provoking, nuanced, and always exquisite. What do Debussy, Ravel, Miles Davis and Johnny Cash have in common? They were all superb crafters of melody, harmony and rhythm who decided, as Hobgood does here, to explore texture-driven music, elevating timbre and orchestration to equal standing with their better known musical accomplices. Hobgood is continually pulling rabbits out of hats, getting me to rethink and re-feel songs I've heard thousands of times, shining a light on hidden structure and interplays I had never noticed before. Anyone who can sneak in a few bars of  "I've Found a New Baby" has got me hooked. From meter shifts to harmonic innovation and textural elegance, tesseterra should be on every station and streaming services playlists for years to come." 

Chloe Flower:

Get What U Get

After sending shockwaves through the socialsphere following her electrifying performance alongside Cardi B at the 2019 Grammy Awards, high-energy performance pianist Chloe Flower releases her first-ever original single on Sony Music Masterworks. With an original arrangement by Flower, the single "Get What U Get" is co-produced with Tommy Brown (Ariana Grande's "7 Rings", "Thank U, Next"), Anthony "Tone" Jones (Post Malone, Juice WRLD) and her longtime collaborator Babyface. Rooted in classical instrumentation, the song has all of the style and flare of a pop record. Flower recently debuted the song on the Today Show in her first ever solo TV performance. "Get What U Get" is available everywhere now. 

Keith Jarrett:

J.S. Bach - The Well-Tempered Clavier, LIVE

In February 1987, Keith Jarrett recorded, on piano, the first book of The Well-Tempered Clavier by Johann Sebastian Bach. It was the first in a series of lauded Bach discs that Jarrett would make for ECM. On March 7, 1987, prior to the release of the studio set, he performed the complete WTC Book I for an audience in upstate New York at the Troy Savings Bank Music Hall, a venue renowned for its beautiful acoustics. With this release, ECM is presenting an archival live recording of this concert for the first time. When his studio album of the WTC Book I was released, Jarrett's manner in these iconic preludes and fugues surprised many listeners with its poetic restraint, given his renown as a jazz improvisor. But the pianist was deeply attuned to what he called "the process of thought" in Bach; by not imposing his personality unduly on the music, Jarrett allowed the score to shine via the natural lyricism of the contrapuntal melodic lines, the dance-like pulse of the rhythmic flow. These qualities are strikingly apparent in the live recording, with its added electricity of a concert performance.

Paul Dwyer:

ODDS

Unlike most classical recordings where the edits and takes are chosen after the close of the recording sessions, Paul Dwyer and producer Josh Lee elected to record and edit the suites in real time within the studio. As Dwyer performed he would listen back to each take, focusing his point of view of each movement, only moving on when he felt he had captured his intended impression. Though this process took more time than  typical recording sessions, the attention to detail within the moment allowed Paul and the Bear Machine production team to capture a sense of continuity and spontaneity missing from many traditionally produced classical recordings.  

The cello used by Paul Dwyer on this recording is an exceedingly rare instrument made by Giovanni Battista Grancino, one of the finest makers of the Milanese school, around 1700 - about 30 years before Bach composed the cello suites. What makes this instrument particular is that is has survived for over 300 years virtually untouched or modified from when it was made. Most instruments from this era have been heavily modified to suit modern tastes, so it gives listeners a chance to hear Bach's music performed on an instrument much like those he would have known during his own lifetime. The instrument was kindly loaned to Paul Dwyer by New York based violin dealer and luthier, Christophe Landon, and was recently sold for over $1,000,000 USD. 

Hildur Guonadottir:

Chernobyl - Music From The HBO Miniseries

Based on an untold true story, "Chernobyl" is a five-part miniseries airing on HBO. Writer, creator and executive producer Craig Mazin began researching the Chernobyl disaster in 2014, using a wide variety of materials, including several books, government reports from inside and outside of the Soviet Union and first-person accounts. He spoke to nuclear scientists to learn how a reactor works and interviewed former Soviet citizens to gain a better sense of the culture in 1986. The haunting score is by Hildur Guðnadóttir, Icelandic composer, cello player, and singer, who has composed a number of film scores for films.

Rob Simonsen:

REVERIES

Sometimes, if you want to live the dream, you need to let the dream come to you. Just ask composer Rob Simonsen, who began playing the piano at a young age, picking out melodies he heard in his parents' record collection, before he began composing for himself. "I daydreamed a lot when I was young," he remembers. "I'd sit at the piano, and it was very much about escape: letting my mind wander, exploring."

Angelique Kidjo:

Celia

On April 19, Angélique Kidjo will release Celia (Verve/Universal Music France), an album that honors Celia Cruz, widely known as "the Queen of Salsa" and the most popular Latin artist of the 20thcentury.  On Celia, Angélique explores the African roots of the Cuban-born Cruz and reimagines selections from Cruz's extraordinary career in surprising new ways, infused with an explosion of sounds and rhythms from Cuba, Africa, the Middle East, America and beyond.  The album includes performances by Tony Allen (Fela Kuti) on drums, Meshell Ndegeocello on bass, and British saxophonist Shabaka Hutchins plus his band Sons of Kemet.   

Guy Jackson:

Sea of Solitude

Sony Music announces the release of SEA OF SOLITUDE (ORIGINAL SOUNDTRACK) with music by GUY JACKSON.  Sea of Solitude is a videogame that takes players on a personal journey of loneliness, experienced through the mind of a young woman named Kay. Available now, the soundtrack features music from the highly anticipated, beautiful, yet haunting game.  Sea of Solitude is available on Xbox One, Playstation 4 and PC. 

Guy Jackson commented, "SEA OF SOLITUDE is founded on a strong creative vision and music was an integral part of that from the start. As Kay's emotional journey grew, so did my response through the soundtrack. They feed each other. For the album I felt the music had even more scope to grow, and the pieces developed organically to express shared human emotions that I hope will find a resonance with listeners everywhere."

Camila Meza:

Ambar

Today, multitalented vocalist, songwriter and instrumentalist Camila Meza releases her debut album on Sony Music Masterworks, Ámbar. Available now, Ámbar, the fifth studio album from Meza, showcases the Chilean-born talent's ever-evolving artistic sensibility, and finds her reaching new virtuosic and expressive heights as a singer, a stirring guitar soloist, an ambitious songwriter and a producer. Featuring the Nectar Orchestra, a hybrid ensemble with string quartet, with arrangements by bassist Noam Wiesenberg, and pianist/keyboardist Eden Ladin, drummer/percussionist Keita Ogawa, violinists Tomoko Omura and Fung Chern Hwei, violist Benjamin von Gutzeit and cellist Brian Sanders, Ámbar is distinguished by its extraordinarily close attention to sonic detail. Steeped in metaphor, romance and complex emotion, Ámbar is Meza's boldest artistic statement to date, a breakthrough, rooted in the incredible agility and interplay of Meza's state-of-the-art jazz group.

Luciano Pavarotti:

PAVAROTTI OMP

To coincide with the theatrical release of the highly anticipated Ron Howard-directed documentary "Pavarotti," Decca Recordsreleases the original soundtrack, Pavarotti: Music From The Motion Picture.  from Decca/UMG.

Pavarotti: Music from the Motion Picture draws from Pavarotti's rich recorded catalog and follows the arc of the film. It features selections from operas such as "Turandot," "La bohème," "Aida," "Tosca" and more as well as Italian songs and collaborations with friends such as Plácido Domingo, José Carreras ("‘O sole mio"), U2, Brian Eno, Passengers ("Miss Sarajevo"), and others. Touchingly, the complete recording of Puccini's "Donna non vidi mai," which Pavarotti dedicated to Princess Diana, is included. In addition to a special unreleased song with Andrea Bocelli, the soundtrack also features Pavarotti's duet of "Ave Maria" with Bono, available for the first time commercially. The song, recorded live during the 2003 "Pavarotti & Friends for SOS Iraq" benefit concert in Modena, Italy, is available now for streaming and as an instant grat download with digital pre-order. 

Seth MacFarlane:

Once In A While

Seth MacFarlane will release his fifth album Once In A While (Verve and Republic) digitally, and the physical CD will be available on April 26th. The reflective album, which MacFarlane calls "a collection of wistful, pensive songs," features songs by Irving Berlin, Rogers and Hart, and Johnny Mercer.

The tracks for Once In A While were recorded alongside the songs for his last album, 2017's In Full Swing- and material for another, future record- in a marathon 2016 session at London's legendary Abbey Road Studio 2, the room in which the Beatles cut the majority of their catalogue. Unlike the hard-charging big band swing of his previous project, the thirteen songs on this album are all ballads that MacFarlane says "deal with longing, lost love, and sadness, infused with fond recollection and a hint of hope."

"They're not necessarily sad break-up songs," says arranger Andrew Cottee. "They're more reflective, thoughtful, even philosophical, but they're not all torch songs."

The Stan Getz Quartet:

Getz at The Gate

On November 26, 1961, saxophonist Stan Getz and his relatively new quartet of Steve Kuhn, John Neves, and Roy Haynes performed at New York's Village Gate. The show was professionally recorded, possibly for eventual release, but was soon forgotten and the tape languished in the vaults for almost 58 years. On June 14th, Verve Records/UMe will release the 2-CD, 3-LP Getz at The Gate, which includes every note recorded that night. 

This recording and this quartet both serve as a sort of "road not taken" for Stan Getz. Having just returned from living in Europe, Getz assembled a new quartet and was exploring a slightly more modern and aggressive sound with this group. Steve Kuhn had only recently finished playing with John Coltrane's quartet and a more modern music and sound - personified by Coltrane - was gaining popularity. 

Derek Bermel:

Migrations

Three world-premiere recordings from Grammy nominated composer and clarinetist, Derek Bermel entitled MIGRATIONS was just released on Naxos [Naxos 8.559871].  showcasing The album includes his Migration Series for Jazz Ensemble and Orchestra (2006); the song cycle Mar de Setembro (2011), with texts by Eugénio de Andrade; and the three-movement orchestral A Shout, a Whisper, and a Trace (2009), in performances by the Juilliard Jazz Orchestra, saxophonist Ted Nash, clarinetist Bermel, Brazilian jazz vocalist Luciana Souza, and the Albany Symphony under its music director, David Alan Miller. 

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PARTCH:

Sonata Dementia

The Grammy Award-winning PARTCH Ensemble, hailed as "funny, moving, inventive and insanely theatrical" by the San Francisco Chronicle, announced the release of Sonata Dementia, their third volume of music by American maverick composer Harry Partch (Bridge Records 9525).   Sonata Dementia follows on the success of the ensemble's Vol. 1: Bitter Music: Harry Partch's Depression Journal (Bridge 9349A/C); which earned a GRAMMY Award nomination in 2012 for Best Classical Compendium, and Vol. 2: Plectra & Percussion Dances (Bridge 9432), the 2014 GRAMMY Award winner for Best Classical Compendium, which was also nominated for Best Chamber Music Performance. Early reviews recognize Partch as "truly one of a kind, and the group PARTCH does a wonderful job of capturing both the letter and the spirit of his music." 

Elyse Anne Kakacek:

Untethered

Album contains the world premiere recording of Valerie Saalbach's complete song cycles; Journey of Desire, The Poems of Emily Dickinson, and Catarina de Camoens. 

Award winning soprano Elyse Anne Kakacek has joined forces with accompanist Christopher Fecteau to create a recording of American composer Valerie Saalbach's complete song cycles. The album, entitled Untethered, will be released on Matthan Black's True Capture Records label on September 1. 

The album celebrates the world premiere recordings and interpretations of Saalbach's complete song cycles by soprano Elyse Anne Kakacek, praised by OperaNews for her "compelling, lyrical singing."

Isata Kanneh-Mason:

ROMANCE - THE PIANO MUSIC OF CLARA SCHUMANN

Isata Kanneh-Mason presents a portrait of the life and music of Clara Schumann
Debut album ‘Romance' released on Decca Classics on 5 July

For the 200th anniversary of Clara Schumann's birth, Isata Kanneh-Mason takes us on a journey through the composer's extraordinary life with her stunning debut album on Decca Classics. Isata will be joining forces with an all-female line-up to champion the significance of women musicians throughout the years, and their influence on the classical musical canon. The recording features Clara Schumann's Piano Concerto in A minor, written at the age of fourteen, performed by the composer at Leipzig Gewandhaus two years later under the baton of Felix Mendelssohn. 

Joe Alexander Shepherd:

Beautiful Girl

An English composer and pianist whose minimalist contemporary-classical works invoke names like Ludovico Einaudi, Michael Nyman, and Dustin O'Halloran, Joe Alexander Shepherd is a native of York and a graduate from Paul McCartney's acclaimed Academy of Music in Liverpool. A composer since the age of 15, Shepherd has a classical background, but is also a pop and electronic music fan who incorporates textural synths into his work. In 2018, he signed to Nettwerk Music Group and released his debut album, Time.

Hilary Hahn:

6 PARTITAS BY ANTON GARCIA ABRIL

Following the widely celebrated release of Hilary Hahn Plays Bach on Decca Classics last fall, Hilary Hahn returns with a world premiere recording of Antón García Abril's 6 Partitas, commissioned by Hahn for solo violin-her first-ever solo commission and her first of a set of pieces from a single composer.  Each movement has a different theme, displays its own personality, and is deeply tied to the performer for whom the work was written-so much so that García Abril chose to name the movements after Hahn in acrostic: HEART, IMMENSITY, LOVE, ART, REFLECTIVE, YOU.

There is a longstanding tradition of great composers writing six polyphonic works for the violin. Perhaps due to the creativity that arises when a composer is limited to a single unaccompanied instrument, and the challenge of creating a set of diverse but cohesive material within that framework, these pieces rank amongst the most iconic, progressive compositions in the repertoire. Hahn commissioned these 6 Partitas from García Abril both to continue this tradition as well as to amplify this important contemporary composer outside of his home country. Likewise, García Abril found inspiration in Hahn's technical proficiency and interpretational skill, writing her personality and mastery of the violin into the music itself.

Chloe Flower:

Get What U Get (Solo Piano Version)

Pianist CHLOE FLOWER today shares her new solo piano version of her debut original song "Get What U Get" 

Of the new version, Chloe says, ""One of best things about being an instrumentalist is that I can arrange almost any song into a peaceful piano song!  I'm so excited to explore a new dimension of ‘Get What U Get', this one being a completely different version, one that you can relax to!"

Following her show-stealing performance alongside Cardi B at the 2019 Grammy Awards, Chloe Flower released her much-anticipated debut single "Get What U Get" on Sony Music Masterworks.  Upon release, the track debuted at the top of iTunes' Classical Chart, holding the No. 1 spot that same day.  Co-produced with Tommy Brown, Anthony "Tone" Jones and Chloe's longtime collaborator Babyface, "Get What U Get" includes nods to Chopin and Beethoven mixed with the style and flare of a hit pop record.   Following the track's debut, Chloe premiered her first-ever music video for the track, which also notched a top spot on iTunes' Classical music video chart and reached the top 10 on iTunes' overall music video charts upon its release.

Jae-Hyuck Cho:

Beethoven Piano Sonatas

Acclaimed pianist Jae-Hyuck Cho is one of the most active concert pianists in Korea, making over sixty appearances on stage annually. He has been described as "a pianist who is nearing perfection with extraordinary breadth of expression, flawless technique and composition, sensitivity and intelligence, insightful and detailed playing without exaggeration."

As the winner of the Pro Piano New York Recital Series Auditions, Cho made his New York debut in 1993 at Carnegie Hall's Weill Recital Hall. He has since been active as a recitalist, a soloist and a chamber musician throughout North America, Europe, and Asia, appearing in venues including New York's Carnegie Hall and Lincoln Center, Seoul Arts Center of Korea, the Opera House of Monte Carlo, and Moscow's The Great Hall, Tchaikovsky Hall, and Rachmaninoff Hall.

He also has made appearances with numerous orchestras including the L'Orchestre Philharmonique de Monte-Carlo of Monaco, New Jersey Symphony, Louisiana Philharmonic, Plano Symphony and San Angelo Symphony of Texas, Jalisco Symphony of Mexico, and most major orchestras in South Korea. His interest in collaborating with artists of different medium led him to work together in special projects with Korean National Ballet and an illusionist Lee Eun-gyeol, resulting in creating new ways to merge different genres together.

Sarah McKenzie:

Secrets of My Heart

After the great success of Sarah McKenzie's 2017 disc, Paris in the Rain(Impulse! Records), the 31-year-old pianist, singer, and composer returns with the poignant, Secrets of My Heart, reuniting with noted Australian composer, arranger, and events music director, Chong Lim, who produced her first two discs – Don't Tempt Me and Close Your Eyes. Recorded in New York City, Secrets of My Heart exudes cosmopolitan flair with its lineup that includes French bassist Pierre Boussaguet and Brazilian percussionist Rogerio Bocattoalongside guitarist Dan Wilson, drummer Donald Edwards, vibraphonist Warren Wolf,tenor saxophonist Troy Roberts, and cellist Jody Redhage Ferber(all of whom based in the United States).

 

 

Sharon Fendrich:

Red Sky Prairie

American neo-classical composer Sharon Fendrich presents her self-produced first album, Red Sky Prairie. With 11 tracks full of emotive melodies that captivate the heart, the disc offers the listener a soundtrack to their own dreams and memories, featuring Fendrich on piano, along with four Dutch soloists: violinist Wilfred Sassen, cellist Joep Willems, flautists Helen Hendriks and Ies Muller, and Russian vocalist Anna Emelyanova. Mixing both instrumentals and lyrical pieces, Fendrich writes her songs in five languages including Esperanto, and together with a captivating orchestral sound design, the 59-minute album creates an inviting and magical sonic world. 

Vikingur Olafsson:

Bach - Reworks

Following his critically-acclaimed Johann Sebastian Bach album, pianist Vikingur Ólafsson releases a double LP of Bach Reworks, featuring new arrangements of his Bach transcriptions from electronic artists such as Valgeir Sigurðsson and Ben Frost (Prelude BWV 855a), Peter Gregson (Above and Below, B Minor), and Ryuichi Sakamoto (BWV 974 – II Adagio – Rework).

Ilan Eshkeri:

The White Crow OMPS w/Lisa Batiashvili

Half-hearted concessions to freedom of expression were not enough to hold Rudolf Nureyev in the Soviet Union. The young dancer, a superstar soloist of the Kirov Ballet, caused an international sensation when he became the first Soviet artist to defect to the West during the Cold War. The White Crow, a new film directed by Ralph Fiennes, charts Nureyev's journey from childhood poverty in Siberia and meteoric rise as a principal dancer to the decisive moment of his defection in June 1961 at Le Bourget airport in Paris. The story's personal and political drama surges through Sir David Hare's screenplay and is intensified by the austere beauty of Ilan Eshkeri's original score. Deutsche Grammophon is set to release the soundtrack album on 22 March 2019 to coincide with the movie's international release.

Long Yu - Shanghai Symphony Orchestra:

Gateways w/Maxim Vengerov

"A superpower of China's burgeoning music world" (Washington Post), Long Yu releases Gateways, the second album in his and the Shanghai Symphony Orchestra's new partnership with Deutsche Grammophon. A celebration of the 140th anniversary of China's oldest orchestra, this album is the first in a series of SSO albums featuring works by important Chinese composers.

Nadia Shpachenko:

The Poetry of Places

Nadia Shpachenko's latest Reference Recordings release The Poetry of Places features World Premiere recordings of works for solo piano, for two pianos, percussion, electronics, voice, and toy piano in a fascinating mélange inspired by great architecture and places. The eight compositions monumentalize places as wildly diverse as the Copland House in Cortlandt, NY, The American Visionary Art Museum in Baltimore, Louis Kahn's National Assembly Buildings in Bangladesh, Newgrange Ancient Temple in Ireland, and Frank Gehry's House in Santa Monica, CA. Included is a significant new work from Andrew Norman, Frank's House, for two pianos and percussion, and another large work from Nina C. Young, Kolokol, for two pianos and electronics (a ‘fantasy' inspired by Russian Orthodox Church Bells), recorded with Los Angeles Philharmonic pianist Joanne Pearce Martin and Los Angeles Percussion Quartet artists Nick Terry and Cory Hills. Additionally, six solo works were written specifically for this project by Amy Beth Kirsten, Hannah Lash, James Matheson, Harold Meltzer, Lewis Spratlan, and Jack Van Zandt. The composers use very different musical approaches and sonic techniques in response to their chosen spaces.

Andris Nelsons | Gewandhausorchester Leipzig:

Bruckner Symphony No. 6&9 - Wagner

Grammy-winning conductor Andris Nelsons and his "superb" (The Guardian) Gewandhausorchester Leipzig continue their acclaimed couplings of Bruckner symphonies and Wagner masterpieces with Symphony No. 6 and Symphony No. 9. The symphonies are accompanied by the Wagner's Prelude to his last complete opera, Parsifal, and the Siegfried Idyll.

Ludovico Einaudi:

Seven Days Walking - Day 1

Ludovico Einaudi has played piano on an Arctic glacier, performed at huge pop music festivals, and become the most-streamed classical artist in the world, but the composer and pianist's new album may be his most ambitious project yet. On March 15 2019, he released the first episode of a seven-part new album called Seven Days Walking (Decca Records/Universal), before embarking on a North American tour at the end of May. 

Einaudi also announces today his signing of a new worldwide contract with Decca Records, under Universal Music Group. After nearly 15 years and six album releases together, Decca – the world's No.1 classical music label – is thrilled to renew its working relationship with Einaudi and be the home to his music globally. This is the first time Einaudi's music will be released via Universal Music Group in the United States. 

Camerata Chicago:

Antonio Vivaldi - The Four Seasons

Camerata Chicago is thrilled to release its new recording of Vivaldi's Four Seasons Educational Double Disc CD, through its in-house record label DMD Classics.

o?Amelia Piscitelli, violin
o?Steve Robinson, narrator
o?Drostan Hall, conductor

Enjoy this fabulous educational recording of Vivaldi's Four Seasons brilliantly performed by seventeen year old violinist Amelia Piscitelli and Camerata Chicago conducted by Drostan Hall.

This Double CD set is replete with poetry written by Vivaldi himself and incorporates more than twenty musical examples of seasonal elements and characters cleverly depicted in the music - all beautifully narrated by Steve Robinson of WFMT radio station fame.

Disc 1: Narrator Steve Robinson guides you through this iconic work, season by season, movement by movement, with explanations, musical examples, Vivaldi's poetry and the music itself.

Disc 2: Complete recording of the four violin concerti comprising The Four Seasons - Spring, Summer, Autumn and Winter - each of which has three movements.

"For children and adults alike, this recording is a wonderful exploration into Vivaldi's Four Seasons. The performance is first class from young violinist, Amelia Piscitelli and Camerata Chicago, led by Drostan Hall, while the narrative from Steve Robinson is highly informative and expertly delivered. I give this recording my highest recommendation." - Lady Valerie Solti

Radical Face:

Therapy

"Hello, Hope, it's been a while," go the opening lines of "Dead Ends", the centerpiece of Ben Cooper's latest EP as Radical Face. After giving eight years of his life, creatively and emotionally, to his three-part The Family Tree series -- The Roots (2011), The Branches (2013), and The Leaves (2016) -- Cooper had indeed lost touch with hope. He'd too long grasped ideas and perceptions that held him back from peace. Speaking with a professional finally enabled him to let go, something he's honored by naming his new effort Therapy. 

On Therapy, Radical Face has let go of all his past narratives. Instead of an intricate saga, he's kept his parameters simple. Instead of acoustic folk, he's written lush compositions. Instead of his troubled past, he's focused on his scarred present. Unsure yet confident, battered yet resilient, Cooper is taking Radical Face in a poignant new direction. And there's hope there.

Bion Tsang:

Dvorak, Enescu Cello Concertos w/RSNO, Scott Yoo

A new recording from Sony Classical pairs two concertos for cello and orchestra in the hands of award-winning cellist Bion Tsang with conductor Scott Yoo and the Royal Scottish National Orchestra.  Produced by Michael Fine, Bion Tsang: Dvořák/Enescu Cello Concertos puts an exclamation point on the cellist's intrepid four-decade career. 

Tsang gave the United States premiere of George Enescu's Symphonie Concertante, Op. 8, with the American Symphony Orchestra at Avery Fisher Hall, Lincoln Center, in 2000.  He immediately fell in love with the work, finding in it many similarities to his long-time favorite concerto, the much-celebrated Dvořák b minor, Op. 104.  "Each of these concertos takes the listener on an epic journey," says Tsang. "They are both gloriously lush and dramatic in their orchestration, and the cello sings above this backdrop with intense emotion. In both pieces, I feel there are distinct depictions of longing, searching, struggle, and finally triumph."  

Luciano Pavarotti:

PAVAROTTI - THE GREATEST HITS

To coincide with the theatrical release of the highly anticipated Ron Howard-directed documentary "Pavarotti," Decca Recordsreleases the new 3-CD best of collection titled Pavarotti: The Greatest Hits from Decca/UMG.

The complementary releases both feature previously unreleased music and superstar duets with the likes of Bono, Elton John, James Brown, Lou Reed, and more.

Pavarotti's incredible repertoire can be explored in depth with the new three-disc/digital best of collection, Pavarotti: The Greatest Hits, which serves as a companion to the soundtrack and film. The anthology features 67 of the world-renowned tenor's most well-known recordings and collaborations and includes the best of his "Opera Arias," "Italian Songs & Sacred Arias" and"Great Duets." Fittingly opening with his iconic performance of "Nessun dorma," the "Opera Arias" disc spans the opera legend's entire career and includes beloved performances from "La bohéme," "Rigoletto," "Pagliacci," "Tosca," "Carmen" and"Madama Butterfly." More than 20 of Pavarotti's most powerful works including "O Sole Mio," "Caruso," "Volare," "O Holy Night," "Mama" and"Funiculì, funiculà" are collected together on "Italian Songs & Sacred Arias."

Renee Fleming:

Lieder - Brahms, Schumann, Mahler w/Munich Phil

RENÉE FLEMING returns with a stunning album spanning six decades of German song 

Four-time Grammy winning soprano Renée Fleming presents her first full-length Lieder album in almost two decades, released on Decca Classics on June 14. The release date coincides with her London musical theatre debut, performing the role of Margaret Johnson in the Tony-winning musical The Light in the Piazza at Royal Festival Hall.

The new album, Lieder, features songs by Brahms, Schumann, and Mahler, each of whom bring Romantic poetry to life through exquisite word-setting and sublime melody. Fleming is joined by Christian Thielemann and the Munich Philharmonic in a performance of Mahler's Rückert Lieder. For songs of Brahms, including the beloved Brahms' Lullaby, she is partnered by her long-standing artistic collaborator Hartmut Höll on piano. Fleming and Höll also perform Schumann's Frauenliebe und-leben,recorded after extensive Europe-wide touring, and described as a "youthful, buoyant, uplifting outpouring of love" (Financial Times).

Evgeny Kissin & Emerson String Quartet:

The New York Concert

Grammy-winning musicians Evgeny Kissin and the Emerson String Quartet join forces for their debut collaborative album, captured live at a sold out Carnegie Hall concert, to be released on Deutsche Grammophon this Friday, April 12. The first track off of the album, the third movement from Dvořák's Piano Quintet No. 2 in A Major op. 81, is available now.

Capturing a rare performance of one of the world's most acclaimed pianists as a chamber musician, this live album is a new gem in DG's vast catalog. 

The rehersal and preparation process for the recording created space for a true meeting of minds, allowing Kissin and the Emersons to preserve their individual characteristics while revealing qualities unique to their collaboration. Ideas tested in the rehearsal room were subsequently forged in the heat of performance, unleashing elemental shifts between Classical heroism and Romantic introspection, and drawing out points of dramatic tension and release. Everything flowed, nothing became fixed as Kissin and the Emersons moved from one concert to the next. Last year's performances "were the highlights of [their] season," notes ESQ's Eugene Drucker. 

Andras Schiff:

Franz Schubert Sonatas and Impromptus

Here is a Schubert recording for our times, made in a small hall in Bonn on a historically appropriate instrument intended for an intimate setting. An interpretation of subtle nuances, fine shadings and regional flavors, emphasizing the cultural framework that defined this music.

When András Schiff's first double album with late piano works by Franz Schubert was released on ECM New Series in 2015, critics and audiences paid particular attention to the pianist's choice of a fortepiano built by Franz Brodmann in 1820. In the liner notes, Schiff explained his conversion "from Saul to Paul", advocating a historically informed style of playing on instruments used in the classical era and describing the tonal characteristics of the Brodmann piano. The timbre of the instrument, he reasoned, reflected "a typically Viennese quality, gentle, melancholy, and song-like". And since Schubert, like no other composer, used "the soft notes, the quietest sounds" to touch our hearts, the excellently preserved Brodmann with its four pedals serves these "quietest sounds" particularly well.

All Press Secured by Tina Pelikan - ECM

Wilhelmina Smith:

Works for Solo Cello by Salonen and Saariaho

On a more intimate scale, Ondine/Naxos offers American cellist Wilhelmina Smith in a stimulating array of solo pieces by two of Finland's greatest modern musical luminaries, Esa-Pekka Salonen and Kaija Saariaho. Three works by Salonen are followed by four of Saariaho's, linked by a chiacona by seventeenth-century Modenese composer Giuseppe Colombi that inspired the last of Salonen's pieces (Sarabande per un coyote) and the first of Saariaho's (Dreaming Chaconne). (Both are components of the Mystery Variations, commissioned from thirty-one leading composers by Finnish cellist Anssi Karttunen in 2010.)

Yo-Yo Ma:

Salonen Cello Concerto w/Los Angeles Philharmonic

On March 8, Sony Classical will release a recording of Esa-Pekka Salonen's cello concerto featuring Yo-Yo Ma and the Los Angeles Philharmonic under Salonen's baton. Co-commissioned for Ma by the Chicago Symphony Orchestra, the New York Philharmonic, the Barbican Centre, and Elbphilharmonie Hamburg, Salonen's cello concerto premiered on March 9, 2017 with Salonen himself conducting the Chicago Symphony Orchestra. Ma and the concerto then came to the New York Philharmonic on March 17, 2017, with then-Music Director Alan Gilbert conducting; Ma and Gilbert continued the premiere season with performances at London's Barbican Centre and Hamburg's Elbphilharmonie. This recording captures the live performance in Los Angeles on February 8, 2018.

Francesco Tristano:

Tokyo Stories

The new album "Tokyo Stories" captures Francesco Tristano's deeply held admiration for the city in 16 original compositions for piano, synthesizers and electronics. The album reflects his long personal connection to Tokyo, with each piece or ‘story' crystallizing experiences that range from the profound to the happily serendipitous. Composed by Tristano and recorded primarily in Tokyo, the album features a variety of guest artists on several tracks, including the Japanese musicians U-zhaan, Keiichiro Shibuya and Hiroshi Watanabe, Argentine electronic artist Guti and legendary French musician Michel Portal.

Poul Ruders, Becky Starobin, David Starobin:

The Thirteenth Child

The Thirteenth Child, a new opera by Danish composer Poul Ruders, is set to a libretto by Becky & David Starobin, based on a fairy tale by the Brothers Grimm. The Thirteenth Child was co-commissioned by The Santa Fe Opera and the Odense Symfoniorkester. This release coincides with The Santa Fe Opera productions: July 27 (world premiere), 31, August 9, 14, 21, 2019. 
 
The recording features soprano Sarah Shafer as Princess Lyra; mezzo-soprano Tamara Mumford as Queen Gertrude (Ms. Mumford will also create the role for The Santa Fe Opera production); bass-baritone Ashraf Sewailam as Drokan; bass Matt Boehler as King Hjarne; tenor David Portillo as Benjamin; tenor Alasdair Kent as Prince Frederic and Toke, and bass Alex Rosen as Corbin. The Odense Symfoniorkester and the Bridge Academy Singers are conducted by David Starobin and Benjamin Shwartz, with Amber Evans, chorus master. 
Mirga Grazzinyte-Tyla:

Weinberg Symphonies Nos. 2 & 21 w/COBSO, KBKremer

Young maestro Mirga Grazinytė-Tyla makes history as she signs to Deutsche Grammophon – home to legendary conductors such as Herbert von Karajan, Leonard Bernstein, Claudio Abbado, Karl Böhm, Pierre Boulez and Carlos Kleiber. The Lithuanian musician, who is the Music Director of the City of Birmingham Symphony Orchestra, becomes the first female conductor to sign an exclusive long-term contract with the label.

Grazinytė-Tyla will release her debut album on May 3 – a collection of orchestral works by Polish composer Mieczysław Weinberg, whose centenary falls this year. She conducts the combined forces of the CBSO, Kremerata Baltica and violinist Gidon Kremer in Symphony No. 21 "Kaddish" – a major work completed in 1991 and dedicated to the victims of the Warsaw Ghetto. She also directs Kremerata Baltica in the early Symphony No. 2.

Beta Radio:

Our Remains

Home represents more than just a physical place. It encompasses a state of being and an ideal. When you feel home, you feel whole. Humanity intrinsically seeks that feeling. This eternal search inspires Beta Radio's third full-length and first for Nettwerk, Ancient Transition. The Wilmington, NC duo-Benjamin "Ben" Mabry and Brent Holloman-transform a tumultuous two years of corporeal and existential wandering into 10 songs cast in folk-style literary lyricism, Americana spirit, and orchestral experimentation.

Inspired by everything from The Arrival soundtrack to a re-reading of Slaughterhouse Five, the guys carefully crafted the music comprising Ancient Transition. The first single "Our Remains" illuminated a spark of inspiration. Off-time beats and ukulele bristle against strings as Ben's delicate delivery captivates. It culminates on the thought-provoking refrain, "I'm wearing your remains."

Yolanda Kondonassis:

American Rapture w/Rochester Philharmonic Orchestr

Azica Records will release American Rapture featuring harpist Yolanda Kondonassis and the Rochester Philharmonic Orchestra, conducted by Music Director Ward Stare. This album includes the world premiere recording of Pulitzer Prize-winner Jennifer Higdon's Harp Concerto, written for and dedicated to Yolanda Kondonassis; Samuel Barber's Symphony No. 1 in One Movement, Op. 9; and the world premiere recording of Patrick Harlin's Rapture. The album is designed to highlight three generations of American composition and, as defined by Harlin in the context of his work, to depict rapture not as a religious event, but as an experience of extreme human emotion.

Elina Garanca:

Sol Y Vida

In her first complete departure from core repertoire, Elīna Garanča releases Sol Y Vida. A journey from Spain and Italy to Latin America, the album features a selection of songs, canzone and tango pieces. Highlights include Piazolla's "Yo soy Maria," originally part of a tango operita and "Gracias a la vida." Garanča is joined by Karel Mark Chichon and his Orquesta Filarmónica Gran Canaria as well as guitarist José María Gallardo del Rey.

Ola Onabule:

It's The Peace That Deafens

Ola Onabulé's album; "It's The Peace That Deafens" marks a departure from his previous two releases featuring a largely acoustic set, uniting Jazz, Soul and world influences. The Album contains 12 evocative songs about identity, reconciliation and nostalgia. Words, melodies and rhythms that walk a delicate tightrope of paradoxes, born of a childhood and adulthood immersed in two disparate cultures, on two different continents and at two different times.  "It's The Peace That Deafens" is as much a work of exploration as it is a declaration.  

Ola states; "Hands-on, self-sufficiency has always been my mantra for survival in the music game. I always felt like the creative parts of song writing, producing and recording were merely different stages of a single process". 

Duo Deloro:

La Buena Vida

With brand new arrangements by Adam del Monte and Mak Grgic, La Buena Vida explores classics of Iberian Romanticism from Albeniz and Granados as well as promoting the vivid ethnic rhythms of Ginastera and the beautiful filmic nostalgia of Carlos Gardel, master of the tango-song. The bittersweet poetic richness of Hector Stamponi is balanced by del Monte's own original flamenco dances, which take the genre into vivid new directions. Adam del Monte and Mak Grgic make up Duo Deloro, who are in the vanguard of the new Classical/Flamenco movement.