Piano legend Ludovico Einaudi has released a brand-new album of 12 tracks, which is now available on all major streaming platforms. The Italian recorded this new release at home on his own upright piano during the Covid-19 lockdown in Italy. Einaudi designed the artwork himself. During the lockdown, he was regularly hosting live online performances for his thousands of fans, and it was the experience of these self-broadcasts that inspired him to create this album.
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Singer and comedienne, Liza Pulman has teamed up with the legendary million-selling German artist, Max Raabe to duet on his song, Willst Du Bei Mir Bleiben (Will You Stay Beside Me).
The song, taken from his 2018 award-winning album Der Perfekte Moment, has been re-interpreted into an intimate and achingly beautiful duet; with two unique voices that marry together in perfect harmony. With shades of the smoky Parisienne feel of a Jacques Loussier arrangement.
The track also features both the internationally acclaimed classical pianist Simon Lepper and the highly sought-after jazz drummer, Ian Thomas and was produced at Real World Studios by the veteran producer Chris Porter. It is a song that will stay with you from the very first moment you hear it.
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Cinematic legend John Williams made his historic debut with the Vienna Philharmonic earlier this year, conducting the orchestra in his most iconic scores in the world-famous Golden Hall of Vienna's Musikverein. Joining him on stage was virtuoso Anne-Sophie Mutter, who played some of the violin arrangements he had written specially for her, including the magical ‘Hedwig's Theme'.
We also heard a spectacular rendition by the Vienna Phil of ‘Flight to Neverland' from Hook (watch here) and the formidable ‘Imperial March' (watch here ). Williams described leading one of the world's finest orchestras as "one of the greatest honours of my life", adding: "I treasure this moment." The magnificent show will be streamed online, thanks to DG Stage.
Here's how to watch John Williams and violinist Anne-Sophie Mutter's full concert of film favourites with the Vienna Philharmonic at the world-famous Golden Hall of Vienna's Musikverein tonight at 7pm BST (8pm CEST) here.
Classical radio is preserved in America on a small island in public broadcasting. So stations dedicated to classical have the responsibility, if not the mission, to continually refine and improve their music service. Success is in the details, and some straightforward tweaks might make your sound more appealing. It is not easy stepping back from your enterprise to apply original ideas or reconsider old ones. Enter a fresh set of ears.
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Aryeh Nussbaum Cohen, at 25, has already made a strong impression in the world of Baroque opera and beyond, with his powerful yet supple voice. The American countertenor, who has made several recordings (including contemporary music, such as by Kenneth Fuchs), specializes in 18th-century music when the male singer known as the Castrato reigned supreme. Nowadays a specially-developed voice technique, countertenors are prominent parts of productions such as in Handel's Saul, recorded recently by Philharmonia Baroque Orchestra under Nicholas McGegan. Mr. Cohen shares some great stories about his experiences singing onstage, the history of countertenors, and his almost-Portland debut in "Bazajet" before the pandemic brought that opportunity to a standstill.
All Classical Portland Host John Pitman shares his interview, along with selections featuring this prominent young singer. LISTEN
Acclaimed singer, songwriter and musician Mary Chapin Carpenter's new single, "Secret Keepers," is debuting today. The song is the latest unveiled from Carpenter's anticipated new album, The Dirt And The Stars, which will be released August 7 on Lambent Light Records via Thirty Tigers.
Of the single, Carpenter shares, "‘Secret Keepers' is about holding onto things that feel too dangerous to let go of, too perilous to share, too complex to shine a light upon. The deeper you think you've buried something, the more power it seems to have over your life. The scars may be invisible but that doesn't mean the pain that caused them has disappeared. It's a constant reminder to be kind out in the world, because you never really know what someone is carrying around…"
Produced by Ethan Johns (Ray LaMontagne, Paul McCartney, Kings of Leon) and recorded entirely live at Peter Gabriel's Real World Studios in Bath, in southwest England, the album finds the 5-time GRAMMY Award-winning singer-songwriter pondering life's intimate, personal moments and exploring its most universally challenging questions at an unprecedented time. Written at her rural Virginia farmhouse before stay-at-home orders became the "new normal," the songs celebrate invaluable experiences and irreplaceable wisdom, while also advocating exploration of the best in all of us. In advance of the release, the album's title track, "Between The Dirt And The Stars," premiered last month. Listen/share HERE.
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Canadian songwriter and children's entertainer Raffi is marking the 40th anniversary of his perennially popular "Baby Beluga" with a new version of the bouncy song about a little white whale. He has enlisted cellist Yo-Yo Ma to accompany him in a virtual performance. Pay special attention to the way Ma imitates whale song during the transition to Raffi's newly coined verse, written especially for adults - he calls them "beluga grads" - who remember the song from their youth.
'Beluga grads' bringing their kids to his shows, and Raffi couldn't be more pleased
"Grown-up beluga, sing a song of peace," he enjoins them. "Sing a song of diversity, child-honouring, social justice, climate action. We need to hear you."
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Sony Music Masterworks today releases Not Our First Goat Rodeo, the long-awaited follow-up album to the GRAMMY Award-winning The Goat Rodeo Sessions, with Yo-Yo Ma, Stuart Duncan, Edgar Meyer, and Chris Thile.
In the fall of 1968, a sixteen-year old high school student named Danny Scher had a dream to invite legendary jazz pianist and composer Thelonious Monk and his all-star quartet to perform a concert at his local high school in Palo Alto, CA.
Blues Hall of Famer Bettye LaVette has decided to release her stirring rendition of "Strange Fruit" ahead of schedule as it says as much about the history of American racism and the state of the country today.
Guitarist John Scofield celebrates the music of his friend and mentor Steve Swallow in an outgoing and spirited recording, made in an afternoon in New York City in March 2019 - "old school" style as Scofield says, acknowledging that more than forty years of preparation led up to it.
Valentina Lisitsa - Love Story - Piano Themes from Cinema's Golden Age is the WCLV: Recording of the Week
Posted: July 22, 2019 12:00 AM
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On her website, Valentina Lisitsa bills herself as "The Queen of Rachmaninoff." That happens to be of pinpoint relevance for this 2016 Decca release, since nearly all the selections in the program-especially those from the 1940s and 1950s-were composed in a style that aspires to the over-the-top Romanticism of the famous Russian. Take for instance the most familiar piece on the disc. When the producers of Dangerous Moonlight, the 1941 film for which the Warsaw Concerto was written, decided not to secure the rights for Rachmaninoff's Second Concerto, they approached composer Richard Addinsell for something in a similar vein. Audiences have since forgotten the movie, but over the years, there have been more than a hundred recordings of the Warsaw Concerto. Similar works by Hubert Bath (Cornish Rhapsody), Charles Williams (Jealous Lover & The Dream of Olwen) and Jack Beaver (Portrait of Isla) pop up in this album along with more modern pieces by Richard Rodney Bennett, Dave Grusin and Carl Davis. A must for film music fans!
This album is the world's first ever truly complete collection of these works, curated in association with the world authority on Tchaikovsky. This new recording features over 11 hours of music, which includes: 2 hours of premiere international recordings, such as Tchaikovsky's earliest surviving work "Anastasie-valse" and some of his solo piano transcriptions of his orchestral works, including the Festival Coronation March and the 1812 Overture (complete). Numerous world-premiere recordings appear throughout the new set.
Pianist Valentina Lisitsa, one of the most watched classical musicians on the internet with 118 million views and more than 260,000 subscribers on YouTube, returns with a lush program of cinematic music originally scored for piano and orchestra. Drawing on film scores from the 1940s and on, Lisitsa has selected a program showcasing the full range of on screen emotions. The solo piano was often the only accompaniment to film in the cinema's infancy and "silent" days, but with the advent of sound it was not long before the instrument found a more concertante role in soundtrack music. John Huntley, in his book British Film Music, cites the use of the piano in a minor melodrama, The Case of the Frightened Lady (1940), as a milestone in this field. It never really has a concerto role but it started something that has continued through changes in style and fashion right up to modern times.
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Valentina Lisitsa, who has a formidable track record when it comes to mining the works of left-field composers, turns her attention to Alexander Scriabin with her new release, Nuances. While Scriabin was dramatically pushing at musical boundaries by the end of his short life, his early works are suffused with a fresh innocence – this selection from his lesser-known piano repertoire reflects the striking stylistic differences that characterised his all too brief career. Marking the 100th anniversary of the composer's death in 1915 at the age of 43, Nuances will be released in October.
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Cutting-edge pianist meets trendsetting composer: Valentina Lisitsa, whose artistry has bewitched audiences around the world, is releasing a double album selection of works for solo piano by Philip Glass, whose brand of minimalism has made him one of the most influential composers of our time. Valentina Lisitsa plays Philip Glass (Decca) is a stunning collection of Glass's piano works, performed by Lisitsa with the grace and understanding of a true minimalist interpreter.
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Her success is backed up by enormous talent and technical flair." – The New York Times
Following her recent well-received Michael Nyman recording Chasing Pianos, internationally acclaimed pianist Valentina Lisitsa releases Études, now available on Decca/Universal Music Classics. Demonstrating her ability to play virtuosic, technically challenging and innovative pieces, Lisitsa takes on the memorable music of Chopin and Schumann with this new album.
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Ukrainian pianist Valentina Lisitsa celebrates one of Britain's most innovative and popular composers, Michael Nyman, on her latest Decca/Universal Music Classics album, Chasing Pianos. The release coincides with Mr. Nyman's 70th birthday featuring music from his soundtracks to well-loved films such as Wonderland and The Piano. Praised for his music's originality, punchy simplicity and universal appeal, Nyman, during his career as a music critic, coined the term ‘minimalism' for an emergent musical genre – one for which he would make extensive contributions in many of his early scores and inspire a vast global audience.
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