Margaret Batjer presents violin concertos old and new / FM91: Toledo

Violinist/concertmaster Margaret Batjer celebrates 20 years with the Los Angeles Chamber Orchestra by releasing a new album of violin works, including a piece she helped premiere: the violin concerto by composer Pierre Jalbert. Also on the disc: soulful, beautiful works for violin and orchestra by Baltic composers Arvo Pärt and Peteris Vasks, balanced with a lovely rendition of J.S. Bach's Concerto in A Minor, BWV 1041. Listen to the interview with FM91: Toledo's Brad Cresswell p.p1 {margin: 0.0px 0.0px 0.0px 0.0px; font: 12.0px 'Helvetica Neue'; color: #4d4d4d}
 
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Charles Richard-Hamelin Chopin - Ballades & Impromptus makes PublicRadio90's 'Genre Fluid Fridays on Classiclectic'

Genre Fluid Fridays on Classiclectic: Music exploration and discovery through the lens of classically-minded composers and musicians.  Explore beyond the horizon of classical music, Fridays on Public Radio 90, beginning just after 9:30am ET.  This edition brings newer releases from New Amsterdam Records, including music from Nathan Schram & Attacca Quartet and JACK Quartet & So Percussion.  A combination of harp and electronics comes from Sarah Page and her release Dose Curves, and veteran television and session musicians Pat Irwin & J. Walter Hawkes bring us
 
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Ola Onabule chats with The Paul Leslie Hour

Our artist guest Ola Onabulé is a British-Nigerian singer-songwriter, performing & recording artist. In his two decade long career, Onabulé has performed around the globe. His music has gained inspiration from jazz, soul, pop and world styles. His new studio record is entitled "Point Less," and is a heavy album, worthy of your listening attention. It was a pleasure meeting Ola Onabulé and have no doubt he is an artist certain to make a lasting and positive affect on the planet. You're hearing the interview right here on The Paul Leslie Hour. LISTEN TO THE SEGMEN
 
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'Happiness Does Not Wait' from Angele Dubeau - La Pieta is the KUSC: Download Of the Week

Pulsations is the very latest from the Canadian group, La Pieta and their leader, violinist Angele Dubeau. ("She has a flair for finding and recording the works of remarkable composers, thus placing her at the center of the post-minimalist movement", La Scena Musicale.) 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 moveme
 
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'Happiness Does Not Wait' from Angele Dubeau - La Pieta is the KDFC: Download Of the Week

Pulsations is the very latest from the Canadian group, La Pieta and their leader, violinist Angele Dubeau. ("She has a flair for finding and recording the works of remarkable composers, thus placing her at the center of the post-minimalist movement", La Scena Musicale.) 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, o
 
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Charles Richard-Hamelin Chopin - Ballades & Impromptus is the WFMT: Featured New Release

In 2015, Canadian pianist Charles Richard-Hamelin received the Silver Medal at the International Chopin Piano Competition in Warsaw. He has continued to explore the music of Chopin in many of his recordings. Richard-Hamelin's latest album from Analekta features the complete Ballades and Impromptus, showing two important sides of the composer's work. For November 13, Charles Richard-Hamelin Chopin - Ballades & Impromptus is the WFMT: Chicago 'Featured New Release'  
 
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Echo Collective's 'Stuk' makes KCRW: Rhythm Planet - New Music Favorites

p.p1 {margin: 0.0px 0.0px 0.0px 0.0px; font: 12.0px 'Helvetica Neue'; color: #4d4d4d} p.p2 {margin: 0.0px 0.0px 0.0px 0.0px; font: 12.0px 'Helvetica Neue'; color: #4d4d4d; min-height: 14.0px} This week's playlist features a mix of jazz, world, tropical Latin, and crossover classical new releases that I'm enjoying now. I love to feature new jazz sides in each playlist, so here is a whole bunch of new stuff. We hear an atmospheric piece called 'Stuk' composed by the late Jóhann Jóhannsson, performed by the Belgian Echo Collective. Jóhann Jóh
 
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William Susman's 'Camille: I. Vitality' makes KCRW: Rhythm Planet - New Music Favorites

This week's playlist features a mix of jazz, world, tropical Latin, and crossover classical new releases that I'm enjoying now. I love to feature new jazz sides in each playlist, so here is a whole bunch of new stuff. First, from William Susman in a chamberistic style. Susman's new album 'Collision Point' on Belarca Records features Rome-based ensemble Piccola Accademia degli Specchi and 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 inclu
 
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Sharon Isbin discusses 'Souvenirs of Spain and Italy' with All Classical Portland

Guitarist Sharon Isbin has recorded nearly everything in her instrument's repertoire. Still, it's refreshing to hear that, when an artist such as Ms. Isbin revisits a work (such as the Vivaldi D Major concerto), she gives us an interpretation with subtle differences from what came before. On "Souvenirs of Spain and Italy", Isbin partners with Pacifica Quartet, so the Vivaldi has an especially intimate feel to it. The disc also sheds light on works that have stayed in the shadows somewhat. The Quintet by Mario Castelnuovo-Tedesco is such a work. Turina's "Bullfighter's Prayer" and Boccherini
 
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Angele Dubeau's 'Pulsation' this week is 'Happiness Does Not Wait' by Olafur Arnalds

A pulsation marks time, our time. It infuses its rhythm in it and evokes the heart. This week's pulsation is 'Happiness Does Not Wait' by Olafur Arnalds. Pulsations, Angele Dubeau's new album, brings together works that evoke strong images and possess a profound emotional intensity. "A pulsation marks time, it infuses its rhythm in it and also evokes the heart. Just like those composers whose music calls out to me and who, with their unique signatures, mark time, our time. Features the music of; Olafur Arnalds, Jean-Michel Blais, Ludovico Einaudi, Alex Baranowski, C
 
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Luka Sulic returns to his classical roots with cello arrangement of Vivaldi's 'Four Seasons' / WFMT: Featured New Release

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, Šulić takes on one of the most iconic works in classical music for his first independent recording project. 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. For November 10, 2019 - Luka Sulic &#
 
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Luka Sulic - The Four Seasons makes PublicRadio90's 'Genre Fluid Fridays on Classiclectic'

Genre Fluid Fridays on Classiclectic: Music exploration and discovery through the lens of classically-minded composers and musicians.  Explore beyond the horizon of classical music, Fridays on Public Radio 90, beginning just after 9:30am ET. This time we are packed with goodies of all instruments and voices!   A new take on Vivaldi's The Four Seasons will also premiere (with Luka Sulic, one of Two Cellos).   After seven years of touring the world as part of the critically acclaimed duo 2CELLOS, Luka Šulić returns to his classical r
 
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Third Coast Percussion - Fields makes PublicRadio90's 'Genre Fluid Fridays on Classiclectic'

Genre Fluid Fridays on Classiclectic: Music exploration and discovery through the lens of classically-minded composers and musicians.  Explore beyond the horizon of classical music, Fridays on Public Radio 90, beginning just after 9:30am ET.  This time we are packed with goodies of all instruments and voices!  Third Coast Percussion's collaboration with Devonte Hynes (a.k.a. Blood Orange, and his premiere classical compositions) are debuted on the program, from the album Fields. Grammy Award-winning, Chicago-based percussion quartet Third Coast Percussion teams u
 
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Black Oak Ensemble - Silenced Voices makes PublicRadio90's 'Genre Fluid Fridays on Classiclectic'

Genre Fluid Fridays on Classiclectic: Music exploration and discovery through the lens of classically-minded composers and musicians.  Explore beyond the horizon of classical music, Fridays on Public Radio 90, beginning just after 9:30am ET.  This time we are packed with goodies of all instruments and voices!  We'll aenjoy music performed by the Black Oak Ensemble, part of a cantata in Doublespeak, music for orchestra and tape. Black Oak Ensemble, a violin, viola, and cello trio comprising three of Chicago's most enterprising chamber musicians, makes its recording
 
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Paul Merkelo - The Enlightened Trumpet makes PublicRadio90's 'Genre Fluid Fridays on Classiclectic'

Genre Fluid Fridays on Classiclectic: Music exploration and discovery through the lens of classically-minded composers and musicians.  Explore beyond the horizon of classical music, Fridays on Public Radio 90, beginning just after 9:30am ET.  This time we are packed with goodies of all instruments and voices!  Trumpeter Paul Merkelo has a new recording as well, called The Enlightened Trumpet.  Recognized among the finest trumpet virtuosos of his generation, Paul Merkelo releases The Enlightened Trumpet, his first recording for Sony Classical. Hailed as "a sp
 
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Watch Ola Onabule 'vets-day' live spot from WRTI performance studio

Acclaimed British-Nigerian multi-instrumentalist, singer/songwriter, and music producer Ola Onabul'e makes a special stop in Philadelphia to share selections from his new album, Point Less. He and his band visit with host J. Michael Harrison in the WRTI Performance Studio for an exclusive live video presentation on Veterans Day, Monday, November 11th at 4 PM. Ola's songs about love, loss and the human condition have been performed all over the world with his quartet/quintet as well as appearances with much larger ensembles of big bands and symphonic orchestras.  These inclu
 
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Sharon Fendrich - Red Sky Prairie carries with it a message of the calm after the storm / New Age Music Review

Red Sky Prairie is the debut album of Sharon Fendrich. It is a mixture of gorgeous new-age inspired neo-classical instrumentals and influences of the opera that the artist witnessed growing up at live presentations. She has been a student of music since the age of 3. There are not too many people in this world that can say that. The strong influence of family brought Sharon to this point in life to bring listeners her first recording. Red Sky Prairie carries with it a message of the calm after the storm. The picture you see on the cover is an example of the beauty of transformation and
 
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Angele Dubeau once again brings together remarkable composers for 'Pulsations' / WFMT: Featured New Release

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. Pulsations, the violinist's new album with her ensemble La Pietà, brings together works that evoke strong images and possess a profound emotional intensity. Dubeau has a flair for finding and recording the works of remarkable composers, placing her at the center of the post-minimalist movement, one of the most relevant musical genres of our time. For November 7, 2019 - Angele Dubeau - 'Pulsations' is the
 
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Camerata Chicago's Drosten Hall discusses special Vivaldi Four Seasons set with 89.3WQED

Chicago Camerata has released a new album featuring Vivaldi's Four Seasons. 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 former WFMT: Chicago GM - Steve Robinson. The group's founder, Drostan Hall tells WQED-FM: Pittsburgh, Bryan Sejvar about the recording, what's unique about this version, and how he hopes to make it to Pittsburgh one of these days! Listen p.p1 {margin: 0.0px 0.0px 0.0px 0.0px;
 
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Jan Lisiecki turns his attention to the complete set of Beethoven Concertos / WFMT: Featured New Release

Beethoven has proved a serendipitous theme in Jan Lisiecki's remarkable rise to international renown. The young pianist now turns his attention to the complete set of concertos, recorded live over the course of a week at the Berlin Konzerthaus with the Academy of St. Martin in the Fields. Lisiecki believes that the composer did not conceive the piano concertos as a cycle of their own. "In spite of this," he adds, "they belong together because they reveal such a differentiated picture of Beethoven." It is this wide-ranging variety that Lisiecki finds fascinating, as it "reveals all the signi
 
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Milos is back! and discusses his fifth studio album with classical radio

Miloš is back with his fifth studio album, and his first recording since 2016, poignantly titled Sound of Silence 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 mig
 
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Jeff Goldblum's 'I Shouldn't Be Telling You This' is an immensely pleasurable follow-up to The Capitol Studio Sessions / COS

Jeff Goldblum, ah, yes, Jeff, - and his trusty Mildred Snitzer Orchestra - transcend all of that once again on I Shouldn't Be Telling You This, an immensely pleasurable follow-up to The Capitol Studio Sessions. Goldblum is legitimate, a 30-year veteran of the ivories who's had a standing gig at LA's Rockwell Table and Stage for the last half-decade. A less confident player might have used his star status to force his way to the front, but Goldblum recognizes that jazz is not about the spotlight; it's about the interplay of the band as a whole.The Verdict: Goldblum does get his moment to shi
 
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Enjoy, be inspired, and expand your mind with William Susman's 'Collision Point' / The Mindful Bard

The Mindful Bard loves music inspired by literature almost as much as literature inspired by music, which is why William Susman is one of our favourite composers, so adept is he at paying homage to language with his mesmerizing sounds. Susman's new album, Collision Point was released on the 11th of October. The ensemble Piccola Accademia degli Specchi, based in Rome, play these pieces as if they were written with them in mind, which they likely could have been. After having worked with the composer on other projects for at least ten years the ensemble members are old pros at playing Sus
 
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Angele Dubeau receives Denise-Pelletier Award

Angèle Dubeau will receive today the Denise-Pelletier Award, the highest honour bestowed on one person for their outstanding contribution to the performing arts in Quebec, during the ceremony for the Prix du Québec 2019 at the Parliament Building in Quebec City. This exceptional musician, one of our best soloists on the international stage, is also a citizen of great generosity. An indefatigable person, bursting with energy, Angèle Dubeau continues to have a prolific artistic output; world-renowned recordings, outstanding concerts, radio shows for the radio of Radio
 
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Laura Karpman's 'Why We Hate' docuseries soundtrack is the KUSC 'Download Of the Week'

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 & Jigs
 
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Laura Karpman's 'Why We Hate' docuseries soundtrack is the KDFC 'Download Of the Week'

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 & Jigs
 
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Derek Bermel joins a jazz orchestra and a classical orchestra to show how music should be more accepting of differing styles and ideas / Interlude

In recent years, migration has meant the vast movement of peoples across West Asia and Europe and the Americas, seeking shelter from military action or economic inaction. At the turn of the 20th century, in America there was also a great migration, but this was movement by an internal group, heading from the south to the north. American painter Jacob Lawrence (1917-2000) created his 60-part Migration Series and it brought him fame at age 25. He was showing the great migration of America's black population in the early 20th century from the farming, rural south, to the north's urban cent
 
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Paula Cole interviews with Ohio's 88.3WBWC

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
 
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Sharon Isbin discusses 'Souvenirs of Spain and Italy' with FM91 - Toledo

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   "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 Maj
 
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  Interview with WGTE's Brad Cresswell

Third Coast Percussion covers Devonte Hynes in an hour of peaceful and resonant music / The Daily Cardinal

Many might know Devonte Hynes' material only through his solo work as Blood Orange, but outside of that, Hynes has worked on a dizzying number of projects in varying capacities. He's collaborated with songwriters like Carly Rae Jepsen, actors like Kristen Wiig and even film directors like Gia Coppola as a producer, songwriter, composer and arranger.  With Fields, Hynes has added classical music to his repertoire. Third Coast Percussion, a Chicago-based quartet, performs Hynes' compositions, which also marks the first time Hynes hasn't played the music he has written according to a
 
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Wei Luo interviews with Spokane Public Radio

Award-winning pianist Wei Luo recently released 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
 
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Nicholas McGegan interviews with Classical Classroom

Conductor Nicholas McGegan, of San Francisco Philharmonia Baroque Orchestra fame (and so much more) is an expert in conducting Baroque music. To some of us at the podcast, this sounds as obscure as being a modern day village cobbler or ironing one's hair with an actual iron. But in this episode, McGegan explains his love for this music and why it – and other kinds of music – will continue to be relevant for centuries to come. He illustrates his point by teaching about an opera by the composer Rameau with a snarky text (aka, libretto) by Voltaire which is still making audiences l
 
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  Interview with KING fm's Dacia Clay

Crossover Media 'New Releases' Podcast for Oct/Nov 2019

Each month Crossover Media releases a podcast recapping recent and new releases that we are working to radio and online media. Listen to the feature. This month's episode includes; John Coltrane, Blue World - In 1964, the same year that John Coltrane recorded 'A Love Supreme' the National Film Board of Canada asked him to record music for a French-language film titled "The Cat in the Bag.' The 1964 session at Van Gelder Studios was with the classic Coltrane quartet - Jimmy Garrison, Elvin Jones and McCoy Tyner. Ola Onabule, POINT LESS̴
 
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A pulsation marks time, our time

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
 
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Anne-Sophie Mutter celebrates the vast musical legacy of the one and only John Williams / KDFC: Album Of the Week

Grammy-winning violinist Anne-Sophie Mutter releases her collaborative album with legendary film composer John Williams, Across the Stars. Williams adapted his scores from films such as Harry Potter and the Sorcerer's Stone, Star Wars, Schindler's List, and more specifically for Mutter. Recorded at Sony Pictures Studios with The Recording Arts Orchestra of Los Angeles, conducted by John Williams himself. p.p1 {margin: 0.0px 0.0px 0.0px 0.0px; font: 12.0px 'Helvetica Neue'; color: #4d4d4d} p.p2 {margin: 0.0px 0.0px 0.0px 0.0px; font: 12.0px 'Helvetica Neue'; color: #4d4d4d; min-hei
 
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Anne-Sophie Mutter, John Williams - Across the Stars is the KUSC 'Album Of the Week'

Grammy-winning violinist Anne-Sophie Mutter releases her collaborative album with legendary film composer John Williams, Across the Stars. Williams adapted his scores from films such as Harry Potter and the Sorcerer's Stone, Star Wars, Schindler's List, and more specifically for Mutter. Recorded at Sony Pictures Studios with The Recording Arts Orchestra of Los Angeles, conducted by John Williams himself. For the week of November 4 2019, Anne-Sophie Mutter John Williams - Across the Stars is the KUSC: Los Angeles 'Album Of the Week' p.p1 {margin: 0.0px 0.0px 0.0px 0.0px; fo
 
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PBO conductor Nicholas McGegan interviews with NetNebraska

In order to appease the somewhat provincial tastes of King Louis XV, composer Jean-Philippe Rameau and his librettist Voltaire altered the original version of Le Temple de la Gloire, and for centuries it was lost.  The manuscript was discovered-at the University of California, Berkeley's Jean Hargrove Music Library and was brought to the attention of Philharmonia Baroque conductor Nicholas McGegan.  For decades, maestro McGegan dreamed of reviving the original work-a dream realized in April 2017 through a partnership between the PBO, Cal Performances at UC Berkeley,
 
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SLANT Q&A with Max Richter

NASA's launched its Voyager program over 40 years ago, and since then, sci-fi films like James Gray's Ad Astra have been drawing inspiration from the journey that the program's twin robotic probes have made through our outer solar system. And for the film's post-minimalist soundtrack, influential composer Max Richter actually pulled plasma wave data from the Voyager probes and used it to make music that would embody the story of the long and precarious journey that an existentially fraught astronaut, Roy McBride (Brad Pitt), makes through space to find his famed father, Clifford (Tommy Lee
 
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Splendid performances on William Susman's 'Collision Point' / textura

American composer William Susman (b. 1960) is well-served by the splendid performances his contemporary classical material receives at the hands of the Rome-based ensemble Piccola Accademia degli Specchi (Little Academy of Mirrors). What's especially interesting about Collision Point is that of the four original works presented (all of them premiere recordings), two stem from 2010 and the others the mid-‘90s. Whether by accident or design, the music therefore offers a fascinating opportunity to assess whatever changes might have transpired in his composing style between then and n
 
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Charles Richard-Hamelin's Chopin: Ballades & Impromptus is at the top of Toronto's 'New Classical Chartz'

According to "Classical Chartz", host Mike Duncan has declared the recording "Chopin: Ballades & Impromptus" by pianist Charles Richard-Hamelin to be the top of the charts. What is a "ballade"? Well, in this context, it's not a vocal piece in the style of Celine Dion. Chopin either borrowed the term from the  interludes during a ballet – ongoing music in between dance sets, or it was borrowed from a long-ago era of the "heroic ballad", in which a story is being told, full of adventures and experiences. Chopin wrote four ballades for piano, and every one of them is att
 
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Emotional black soul is the main thing Ola Onabule's 'POINT LESS' / Jazz Podium

A new voice in the soul jazz genre somewhere between Al Jarreau, Marvin Gaye, George Benson and Youssouf N'Dour is always welcome, especially if the songs - like here - are produced with great care and have power and independence beyond a feel good mood.  London-born British Nigerian singer/songwriter Ola Onabule gig in Lagos Zur Schule, returned to London to study and made a name for himself in the club scene with his own songs.  This led to his first album in 1995 under the programmatic title MORE SOUL THAN SENSE. Emotional, black soul is still the main thing, but his curren
 
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Anne-Sophie Mutter and John Williams rework classic Hollywood themes / New Classical Tracks

Anne-Sophie Mutter grew up in the Black Forest, where Germany, Switzerland and France meet. It's a beautiful place, but there wasn't a lot for a teenager to do. So, she played her violin, she played soccer and she went to the cinema. "In 1978, Star Wars came to the Black Forest. I should remember the images, but really what hit in my mind more than the breathtaking images was the music: the leitmotifs of Princess Leia and Yoda. Everything was so beautifully crafted and colorful and with incredible emotional depth and fantasy and understanding of orchestration. I was just totally
 
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The POINT LESS podcast with Ola Onabule: And Yet

'And Yet' is a song that begs the question: If we are fundamentally all the same, why is it so easy to dehumanize marginalized people? It takes an askance look at all the counter-intuitive scenarios that a member of such a group may find themselves in. It explores how such scenarios can rapidly descend into unexpected and sometimes dire consequences. Anything from clothing to speech, standard of education or levels of occupational achievements can affect the tenor and trajectory of the most ordinary interactions. The POINT LESS podcast with Ola Onabule presents: 'And Yet'
 
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Carr-Petrova Duo get standing ovation in their Carnegie Hall debut

Project: Music Heals Us presented the Carr-Petrova Duo in their Carnegie Hall debut last night, Monday October 28 in celebration of the culmination of the duo's Novel Voices Refugee Aid Project. The program featured works by Weinberg, Khachaturian and Liebermann, as well as the world premiere of Fernando Arroyo Lascurain's 'Novel Voices' a work inspired by the people, stories, cultures, and music the duo encountered during their year of travels into refugee camps. The hall was filled to capacity and the duo, dressed in custom-designed gowns provided by RefuSHE, received
 
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Ofra Harnoy - Back to Bach is KDFC: Download of the Week

After taking a career hiatus to raise her children and then deal with a near career-ending shoulder injury, Canadian cellist Ofra Harnoy started performing again in 2018. Harnoy's Back to Bach 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.  This album presents a number of tried and true Baroque favorites on the
 
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David Krakauer Q&A's with The Harvard Crimson

David Krakauer is a Grammy-nominated clarinetist who performs jazz, classical, and klezmer music. In 2015, Krakauer received a Grammy nomination as a soloist with the self-conducted chamber orchestra "A Far Cry," and a Juno nomination for the CD "Akoka." In November, Krakauer is set to perform with the Boston Modern Orchestra Project. The program includes the Boston premiere of Mathew Rosenblum's clarinet concerto "Lament/Witches' Sabbath" and Wlad Marhulets's "Concerto for Klezmer Clarinet." The Harvard Crimson spoke with Krakauer about his music background and upcoming concert program.
 
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ECM Records celebrates 50 years@Jazz at Lincoln Center / PLAYBILL

ECM Records-that jazz record label with the most clear, clean, and distinguishable sound-will be celebrated in Rose Theater at Jazz at Lincoln Center on November 1–2 in ECM Records at 50. The evening will present an amazing gathering of over 30 top-of-their-game musicians that have contributed to the ECM label originally founded by producer Manfred Eicher in Munich in 1969. Legendary drummer Jack DeJohnette has the most recordings out of all the artists on ECM's deep roster. "The magic of ECM is Manfred Eicher," explains DeJohnette. "He played double bass and sang in the German Ch
 
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CLASSIC fM: New Releases features; 'Pulsations' by Angele Dubeau & La Pieta

Throughout the week Classic FM's presenters bring you the best new recordings, including world exclusives and premiere broadcasts of latest releases. John Suchet plays a track from his featured Album of the Week at 10.15am every weekday. John Brunning plays a track from his featured Drive Discovery at 6.20pm every weekday. This week: 28 October 2019, it's Encores by Nelson Freire and Pulsations by Angèle Dubeau. Regarded as one of the most prominent violinists in Canada, Angèle Dubeau has played in the world's greatest concert halls. She was introduced to the
 
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WCRB is 'Out of the Box' with Cliff Eidelman's 'Night in the Gallery'

Cliff Eidelman: Symphony for Orchestra & Two Pianos, and Night in the Gallery. Members of the London Symphony Orchestra and Cliff Eidelman, conductor. Inspired by several paintings hanging at the Louvre in Paris, this wonderful work for chamber orchestra is a perfect candidate for Out of the Box -- a fusing of visual and audio art that brings both to life with seductive magic. MUST LISTEN TRACKS: Night in the Gallery for Chamber Orchestra: 1. "Seduction and Mischief" 2. "The Tempest and the Mysterious Clown" 3. "Islands of Love" 4. "Liberation and Innocence"
 
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Milos - Sound of Silence is WCRB: CD of the Week

Many artists have been through the trauma of injury, forced to stop and withdraw at a high point in their performing lives. A thumb-bone abnormality left pianist Murray Perahia facing the idea of a life without the piano. Pianist Leon Fleisher spent decades with only one functioning hand. And conductor/violinist Reinhard Goebel lost fine motor control of his left hand. Montenegrin guitarist Milos Karadaglic has faced injury, too. For six years, up until 2016, he gave 120 performances a year, recorded new albums, and learned new repertoire - all of this while chronically jet-lagged and c
 
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Migrations provides a generous view of Derek Bermel's superb craftsmanship and eclectic style / IsraBox

.....in which classical forms, world music, jazz, blues and American folk music create a mix that reaches directly into the body and the heart. Commissioned by Wynton Marsalis, Migration Series has its roots in African American music, its impeccable counterpoint and biting rhythms expressed through orchestration that sounds like a city coming to life. Mar de Setembro was inspired by Luciana Souza's bell-toned voice and the intense feelings of Portuguese saudade, while A Shout, A Whisper, and A Trace honors Bartok's last years in New York, referring to the Concerto for Orchestra as well as t
 
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Watch Sultans Of String: The Power Of The Land / THE GATE

Juno Award nominees Sultans Of String have collaborated to create one of their most powerful tracks to date, bringing their sound together with the wisdom of Ojibway Elder Duke Redbird, and stunning vocals by Indigenous artists Twin Flames. The video is beautiful, with evocative lyrics, and it's inspirational. "The Power Of The Land" was originally written as a poem by Duke Redbird, and the way the artists have worked together is powerful, with a deeper story as well. "This is [part of] a project that is centred around the positive and ignored contributions of Indigenous peoples, refugees a
 
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Sarah McKenzie shares 'Secrets of My Heart' on WBGO 'Singers Unlimited' with Michael Bourne

Sarah McKenzie is a bright young pianist and singer from Down Under. Melbourne, that is. She's been playing around the world for a while, and recently she played Dizzy's Club. She also came by WBGO: Newark NJ with bassist Giuseppe Cucchiara for a talk with Michael Bourne on Singers Unlimited. Sarah and Giuseppe played some of her songs, along with a song of Dinah Washington and a song of James Bond pedigree, live in the WBGO studio. LISTEN TO THE INTERVIEW & WATCH THE VIDEO Videography: Chris Tobin and Khadiyah Thomas p.p1 {margin: 0.0px 0.0px 0.0px 0.0px; font: 12.0px 'H
 
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Ola Onabule is up for SoulTracks: Choice Awards 'Male Vocalist of the Year'

Okay, this is one election we can all agree on. The time is coming again for the 2019 SoulTracks Readers' Choice Awards, the biggest awards in the world dedicated to independent soul music. We've gathered all the suggestions from readers and our industry friends and have chosen a fantastic group of finalists -- superb artists who represent all that is great about Soul Music in 2019.  To be nominated, an artist must have released music (or had the music reach its commercial peak) between October 1, 2018 and September 30, 2019. And all nominees must have released their music
 
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Ola Onabule reports on 'Siena Jazz Workshops' for Jazz In Europe

In the summer of 2019 Jazz In Europe sent Ola Onabule to Italy to report on the Siena Jazz Workshops and to interview a selection of the visiting teaches, resident teachers and staff to find out more about the work of this unique institution. Episode 1 features a full interview with Siena Jazz staff member, author and historian Francesco Martinelli.  Onabule's, 'POINT LESS' is an album that boldly expresses views on social injustice in a celebration of life and a cautionary take on the social forces that threaten it. Violence, immigration, xenophobia, betrayal, and
 
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KCRW's 'New Album Spotlight' features John Coltrane - Blue World

Imagine discovering a long-lost Rembrandt or Van Gogh in an attic or dusty closet. Think of the sensation that would cause in the art world. Well, something similar happened not long ago in the musical universe, when the master tape for a film soundtrack recorded by John Coltrane's famous quartet was found in the National Film Board of Canada vaults, where it had been stored since 1964. Commissioned for the film Le Chat dans le Sac (The Cat in the Bag), the music remained forgotten for so long because Coltrane took on the project as a freelancer, unbeknownst to his label, Impulse! Records.
 
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Resisting hatred and injustice, Ola Onabule's 'POINT LESS' spurs contemplation / 'DOWNBEAT'

Socially conscious singer/songwriter Ola Onabulé 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. Onabulé'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, boldly expresses Onabule's views on social injustice, reminiscent of Marvin Gaye's What's Going On. It is an a
 
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Sonata Dementia is an unpretentious, enjoyable introduction to the music and philosophy of Harry Partch / LIMELIGHT

Harry Partch was a 20th-century musical vagabond. Struggling to find secure work during the Great Depression, he took to wandering the countryside where, in a notepad, he notated speech inflections of people met along the way. His renegade ideas are carried on by the ensemble known also as PARTCH, which specialises in his music and instruments. Here they present their third volume of Partch's quirky explorations, which includes Ulysses at the Edge of the World, a relatively conservative jazz number originally written for the West Coast trumpeter Chet Baker. The recording takes its name
 
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The Austin Chronicle interviews The Comet Is Coming

A freewheeling powerhouse of manic sax riffing, melodic synthwave, and thundering grooves, the Comet Is Coming combines the rhythms of modern electronica. Credit keyboardist Dan "Danalogue" Leavers and drummer Max "Betamax" Hallett and the improvisational fire of contemporary jazz courtesy sax master "King Shabaka" Hutchings. The leaderless UK collective ("It's like an experiment," says Danalogue. "Can anarchy work in a musical format?") presents a unified vision on second LP Trust in the Lifeforce of the Deep Mystery, which explores notions of connection to the infinite and universal u
 
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The Comet Is Coming flips the minimalist palette into an electrifying, apocalyptic sound / Pitchfork

The cosmic fusion group skewers the jazz-trio format as it's typically understood, flipping the minimalist palette into an electrifying, apocalyptic sound. Since their debut was shortlisted for the Mercury Prize in 2016, the Comet is Coming's saxophonist Shabaka Hutchings has become a formidable presence in the international jazz scene in his own right, making fans of Beyoncé and Virgil Abloh along the way. Hutchings landed not just one but three different bands on the Impulse label in the process. From the Afro-Caribbean stomp of his Sons of Kemet to the South African spiritual
 
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In reversal, WNYC says 'New Sounds' will stay on the air

In a complete reversal, WNYC will no longer go through with its controversial decision to cancel the music program New Sounds. Instead, the 37-year-old eclectic music program, which has since its inception been hosted by John Schaefer, will continue to air seven nights a week on the radio and through its online stream. Goli Sheikholeslami, the president and CEO of New York Public Radio (which owns both WNYC and Gothamist), made the announcement in an internal email to staff on Monday morning. The news did not come as a complete surprise. On Friday, following a tense meeting with a packed ro
 
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May the Scores be With You! Anne-Sophie Mutter joins forces with John Williams and Q&A's with WFMT

Imagine the scrolling main title of Star Wars or wizards taking flight in Harry Potter without triumphant brass and sweeping strings. These cinematic moments would lose their emotional resonance without the iconic music of John Williams. With 51 Oscar nominations and countless awards, John Williams has defined movie music for a half-century. So what happens when one of the most celebrated film composers teams up with one of today's foremost violinists? Anne-Sophie Mutter says that she's dreamed of collaborating with John Williams for decades. In the new Deutsche-Grammophon album Across
 
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Czech Philharmonic, Semyon Bychkov - The Tchaikovsky Project is KUSC: Album Of the Week

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 sym
 
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Czech Philharmonic, Semyon Bychkov - The Tchaikovsky Project is KDFC: Album Of the Week

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 sym
 
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Ramin Karimloo brings his amazing vocal prowess to 'From Now On' / Kings River Life

Ramin Karimloo is an actor and singer best known for his performances on London's West End and Broadway. He has played the leading male roles in both of the West End's longest running musicals: the Phantom and Raoul in The Phantom of the Opera, and Jean Valjean, Enjolras, and Marius in Les Misérables. Ramin made his Broadway debut as Jean Valjean in the 2014 revival production of Les Misérables, for which he received a Tony Award for Best Actor in a Musical nomination.ramin karimloo He has brought his amazing vocal prowess to the 12 songs on his new CD called From Now On.
 
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A fond farewell from the Hilliards and Jan Garbarek / The Guardian

A live album captures the bestselling collaboration on their final tour. Plus, another superb recording from St John's, Cambridge Who would have guessed that a British male-voice quartet and a Norwegian saxophonist would form a lasting union. It's now 25 years since the Hilliard Ensemble and Jan Garbarek joined forces at the suggestion of ECM's founder-impresario, Manfred Eicher, to release Officium, one of the cult label's bestsellers. Garbarek and the Hilliards gave their farewell concerts together in 2014. Remember me, my dear (ECM) is the fruit of that last tour. The wide-rangin
 
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Ola Onabule presents: 'POINT LESS' podcast

'Point Less' is the title track of the album and for good reason. It is on the face of it, an exploration of the pointlessness of violence, but it aims to delve a little deeper and asks why in the modern era there seems to be a tendency to point the finger of blame at the victims of violence. The song addresses how peoples who are afflicted by subjugation to a violent culture, ironically have a tendency to enact greater violence on one another . It uses a play on the words point and less and the word pointless to explore these complex relationships. The POINT LESS podcast w
 
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Black Oak Ensemble - 'Silenced Voices' is an ambitious and impressive debut / Classical Music Sentinel

This is the debut recording of the Black Oak Ensemble, a violin, viola and cello trio based in Chicago. And an ambitious and impressive debut effort it is, not only for its commited musicianship and top-notch audio quality, but also for its foray into unknown or obscure territory. Most if not all of the composers included on this recording have faded into the history books or been consigned to oblivion altogether. One survived the war but the others died in concentration camps in Nazi-occupied Europe. As the title of the CD suggests, they were deliberately "silenced". The Black Oak Ensemble
 
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Jim James, Teddy Abrams, Louisville Orchestra - The Order Of Nature makes PublicRadio90: Classiclectic - Genre Fluid Fridays

Genre Fluid Fridays on Classiclectic: Music exploration and discovery through the lens of classically-minded composers and musicians.  Explore beyond the horizon of classical music, Fridays on Public Radio 90, beginning just after 9:30am ET.  This time we savor new recordings of Mozart, Elgar and Beethoven, and explore the music of Michael Vincent Waller, Jan Garbarek & The Hilliard Ensemble, a collaboration between Jim James of My Morning Jacket and Teddy Abrams & The Louisville Orchestra, and Little Kruta. THE ORDER OF NATURE presents a hypnotic meetin
 
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Jan Garbarek & The Hilliard Ensemble - Remember Me, My Dear makes PublicRadio90: Classiclectic - Genre Fluid Fridays

Genre Fluid Fridays on Classiclectic: Music exploration and discovery through the lens of classically-minded composers and musicians.  Explore beyond the horizon of classical music, Fridays on Public Radio 90, beginning just after 9:30am ET.  This time we savor new recordings of Mozart, Elgar and Beethoven, and explore the music of Michael Vincent Waller, Jan Garbarek & The Hilliard Ensemble, a collaboration between Jim James of My Morning Jacket and Teddy Abrams & The Louisville Orchestra, and Little Kruta. Garbarek blends with the vocal lines – sung c
 
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Jan Lisiecki - Beethoven Complete Piano Concertos makes PublicRadio90: Classiclectic - Genre Fluid Fridays

Genre Fluid Fridays on Classiclectic: Music exploration and discovery through the lens of classically-minded composers and musicians.  Explore beyond the horizon of classical music, Fridays on Public Radio 90, beginning just after 9:30am ET.  This time we savor new recordings of Mozart, Elgar and Beethoven, and explore the music of Michael Vincent Waller, Jan Garbarek & The Hilliard Ensemble, a collaboration between Jim James of My Morning Jacket and Teddy Abrams & The Louisville Orchestra, and Little Kruta. In anticipation of Beethoven's 250th birth
 
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BBC National Orchestra of Wales, Andrew Constantine - Elgar, Chadwick makes PublicRadio90: Classiclectic - Genre Fluid Fridays

Genre Fluid Fridays on Classiclectic: Music exploration and discovery through the lens of classically-minded composers and musicians.  Explore beyond the horizon of classical music, Fridays on Public Radio 90, beginning just after 9:30am ET.  This time we savor new recordings of Mozart, Elgar and Beethoven, and explore the music of Michael Vincent Waller, Jan Garbarek & The Hilliard Ensemble, a collaboration between Jim James of My Morning Jacket and Teddy Abrams & The Louisville Orchestra, and Little Kruta. Many of you might be coming to Elgar's great masterpiece
 
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What we lose with WNYC's cancellation of John Schaefer's 'New Sounds' / I CARE IF YOU LISTEN

Late last week, the news broke that WNYC, New York City's flagship NPR station, was cancelling all of music journalist John Schaefer's programming, including "New Sounds" and "Soundcheck." In the ongoing shift to become an all-news format, WNYC also announced its intent to discontinue the majority of its music programming by the end of this year. As the memo to the staff put it, "This is a continuation of the momentum that began when we replaced daytime music on WNYC-FM with news/talk format programs in 2002." On the airwaves since 1982, "New Sounds" bills itself as "New York Public Rad
 
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John Coltrane's 'Blue World' makes new music & reviews from the Winnipeg Free Press

This new release of a 1964 session by saxophone legend John Coltrane and his most famous quartet has been not so much lost as hiding in plain sight. Not only that, but Canada was the prime mover in its creation. In 1964, Canadian filmmaker Gilles Groulx was filming a movie in Montreal called Le Chat Dans Le Sac. He was a huge Coltrane fan, and somehow was able to convince the musician to agree to a recording session to be used as a soundtrack for the film. Historians totally overlooked this unusual event until a few years ago, but anyone who saw the film heard Coltrane, playing tracks s
 
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Danish String Quartet will accept musical america's prestigious award for 'Ensemble of the Year'

On December 4th, the Danish String Quartet will accept Musical America's prestigious award for Ensemble of the Year. The announcement was made earlier this week, and comes just a month after the release of volume 2 of the DSQ's acclaimed Prism series of recordings for ECM New Series, each pairing one of the late Beethoven Quartets with a Bach Fugue and a quartet by a later master. "One awaits the rest of the Danish String Quartet's series breathlessly, but it's possible that this volume, with a Beethoven performance for the ages, will tower over the  rest".  Ja
 
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Sharon Isbin and Pacifica Quartet celebrate musical links between Italy and Spain / New Classical Tracks

In the span of just four months, guitarist Sharon Isbin recorded three new projects. In 2020, she'll release a recording that highlights her first tour to India. In 2021, she'll share her tribute to jazz innovator Dave Brubeck. And, most recently, she's been collaborating with Pacifica Quartet. Isbin always keeps the door open for these new opportunities, and she has a secret weapon to help her focus on one at a time. "I've practiced transcendental meditation since I was 17. Doing that twice a day really gives me mental stamina and an ability to release stress, so that I'
 
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New Coltrane/Dubeau/Rodriguez/Fonseca make KCRW's Rhythm Planet: October Jukebox

I constantly listen to new music on the radio, rediscover classics, and pick-up CDs and LPs on frequent visits to Amoeba Music. This week's playlist gives you a taste of what I've been listening to lately. It's all over the place, just the way I like it. Hope you do, too. I'm excited to share a long-forgotten John Coltrane session called Blue World, an unused soundtrack for a Canadian film around the time of his later classics A Love Supreme and Crescent. The reel-to-reel master tape went back to Canada where the filmmakers were based and then forgotten. A wise sleuth on the Canadian fi
 
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'Sound of Silence' is Milos' personal reflection on this time / WFMT: Featured New Release

Last time we saw the Montenegrin-born and London-based classical guitarist Miloš Karadaglić, 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. Miloš travelled across Europe seeking help from experts and went through a variety of treatments. He eventually found a doctor in Zurich who set him on the road to recovery. This album is Miloš' personal refle
 
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Cory Henry visits university for songwriting workshop / The Brown Daily Herald

At last week's Brown Arts Initiative songwriting workshop, pianist Cory Henry told attendees about his career in music and also gave feedback and suggestions to participants who shared their own songs. Henry discussed his musical influences and critiqued original songs as part of the weekly workshop. Henry, the leader of the band Cory Henry and the Funk Apostles, began the workshop with an introduction to his history with music. A former member of the Brooklyn jazz band Snarky Puppy, Henry traces his roots and passion for music to his childhood time spent in church. He later discussed h
 
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Ofra Harnoy - Back to Bach is the KUSC: Download of the Week

After taking a career hiatus to raise her children and then deal with a near career-ending shoulder injury, Canadian cellist Ofra Harnoy started performing again in 2018. 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 orches
 
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The POINT LESS podcast with Ola Onabule: The Old Story

This song is written from the point of view of a man who has just extinguished life of another. He has the authority to do so as a licensed officer of the law, nonetheless the extent of his powers do not sit easy with him. He asks philosophical questions of the society that gives him the power of life and death over his fellow human beings and he ponders the historical context that allows him to wield said authority. He comes to the conclusion that he is fulfilling a pre-ordained role determined by history rather than one defined by his own personal choices. The POINT LESS podcast with
 
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CS Music who loves special singers, spotlights; Elyse Anne Kakacek

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 True Capture Records release entitled 'Untethered' contains the world premiere recording of Valerie Saalbach's complete song cycles; Journey of Desire, The Poems of Emily Dickinson, and Catarina de Camoens. Kakacek, who has been praised by OperaNews for her "compelling, lyrical singing." noted about the album; "I saw an opportunity to give voice to a living female composer, with feminine centri
 
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POINT LESS - Ola Onabule's voice always serves the song and the story / jazzwise

Ola Onabulé's new album POINT LESS is a giant leap forward and deeply soulful. Onabulé's reach is global. Rueful yet optimistic, his three-and-a-half octave baritone and the powerful emotions he conveys with it connects with audiences around the world. "Hands-on, self-sufficiency has always been my mantra for survival in the music game," says the songwriter. POINT LESS boldly expresses views on social injustice. It is an activist's call - at once a celebration of life and a cautionary take on the social forces that threaten it.  jazzwise reviewed the album
 
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Noteworthy on Lyn Stanley's 'Live at Bernie's' is the impeccable attention to sound quality / era jazzu

The American radio station KJAZZ-Los Angeles chose Lyn Stanley Jazz Vocalist of the Year 2018. Stanley's Favorite Takes - London With A Twist - Live At Bernie's " is a kind of concert anthology. She chose not only recordings of Richard Rogers and Cole Porter, but also hits of Chuck Berry and Bruce Springsteen. The singer is accompanied by excellent musicians (pianists Otmaro Ruiz and Mike Lang, bassist Chuck Berghofer, drummer Aaron Serfaty, guitarist John Chiodini, percussionist Luis Conte), who play underwater and hit hits together (" Route 66", " Pink Cadilla
 
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Sharon Isbin, Pacifica Quartet new album is spanish flavor through italian eyes / WCRB: CD of the Week

The colorful Pacifica String Quartet is heard frequently here on WCRB – and so is the soulful guitarist Sharon Isbin. Now they've met and formed a spectacular musical friendship, resulting in a new recording full of shifting Mediterranean moods. The CD, called Souvenirs of Spain and Italy features Italian composers who have dipped into the colorful world of Spanish idioms. When asked about the CD, cellist Brandon Vamos said, "What I love about working with Sharon is her attention to detail, subtlety and nuance, rubato and timing, and her diligence and desire to get things just right."
 
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Nicola Benedetti's latest album is completely devoted to the music of Wynton Marsalis / 90.5WUOL

Violinist Nicola Benedetti's latest album is completely devoted to the music of Wynton Marsalis, and two big works written specifically for her. Benedetti's new album on Decca Classics features 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 Washin
 
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Cellists protest British Airways check-in problems with impromptu concert / CLASSIC fM

Six cellists were on the way back to the UK from Switzerland, when two of the players were unable to board their British Airways flight due to technical issues. Peter Gregson, Gabriella Swallow, Ashok Klouda, Adrian Bradbury, Ben Chappell and Tim Lowe had been in Switzerland for Gregson's Bach Recomposed project last Friday (11 October). But when they tried to return home, they were met with technical problems at Basel airport – and their response was to protest through their music. To ease their frustrations with technical issues at Basel airport, these cellists protested in the
 
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'Novel Voices' by Carr-Petrova / #50Days4Refugees - Jelling Denmark, Part2

The Novel Voices Refugee Aid Project, created and directed by the Carr-Petrova Duo, is 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. The #50Days4Refugees podcast series walks through the Duo's past year of travels with the Novel Voices Refugee Aid Project. The 10 episodes cover 50 days for listeners to meet and engage with the people, places, life-stories, cultures, music, and organizations associated with ref
 
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LACO's 'Session' is a risk and a reward / Los Angeles Times

In introducing new music Friday night at the Pico Union Project, conductor Christopher Rountree told the audience that this concert had turned out to be a secular program played in a sacred space while Los Angeles burns. So, he continued, think of this beautifully preserved 1906 temple, which serves both as a Jewish house for prayer and more broadly as an interfaith cultural center for the Pico Union district, as a safe space. But this wasn't in the least a safe concert, and that was its greater magnificence. It was a chance-taking effort by the Los Angeles Chamber Orchestra, part o
 
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Anne-Sophie Mutter 'Across the Stars' is the WFMT: 'Featured New Release'

Legendary film composer John Williams conducts a new album of many of his beloved movie themes in stunning new adaptations written especially for his violinist friend and collaborator Anne-Sophie Mutter. Recorded in Hollywood, "Across the Stars" features familiar themes from blockbuster films including "Star Wars" and "Harry Potter," as never heard before. "There is only one John Williams," says Mutter. "What he writes is just extraordinary. Every time I go to one of his films and there is a violin or cello, I think, I would like to play that! And now I have his wonderful translations of al
 
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Ola Onabule capturing the spirit of POINT LESS / SENNHEISER

British-Nigerian singer/songwriter Ola Onabulé's latest studio album Point Less has 14 original tracks that tell tales of violence, immigration, xenophobia, betrayal, and dignity too. The album is at once a celebration of life and also a warning of the social forces that threaten it. Onabulé's short US tour kicked off with the album launch, before taking the jazz artist to the Exit Zero Jazz Festival (November 8 and 9), the South Jazz Club Philadelphia (November 10) and Scullers in Boston (November 15). Ola is a veteran of the recording studio and, with the help of Sennheiser
 
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Dubeau, Milos, Harnoy-Herriott, Carr-Petrova & Echo Collective make PublicRadio90's Classiclectic: Genre Fluid Friday

Genre Fluid Fridays on Classiclectic: Music exploration and discovery through the lens of classically-minded composers and musicians.  Explore beyond the horizon of classical music, Fridays on Public Radio 90, beginning at 9:30am ET.  This time on the program, we explored music and performances by Angele Dubeau & La Pieta, Miloš, Echo Collective, Ofra Harnoy & Mike Herriott, Carr-Petrova Duo, Wei-En Hsu & Kelvin Chan, Jennifer Koh & Qasim Naqvi, and Victor Rosenbaum. SEE Genre Fluid Fridays PAGE p.p1 {margin: 0.0px 0.0px 0.0px 0.0px; font: 12.0px '
 
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Sharon Fendrich's 'Red Sky Prairie' beautifully epitomizes neoclassical new age exquisiteness / Aural Awakenings

Born and raised in Eugene, Oregon, pianist-composer and vocalist Sharon Fendrich began her music studies at age three. Eventually releasing her debut album, Red Sky Prairie, Fendrich travelled to the small town of Stein in the Netherlands to record the project at Kerani Music Studio with engineer Arno Op de Camp. Comprised of eleven compositions spanning an hour, Red Sky Prairie beautifully epitomizes neoclassical new age exquisiteness with its striking combination of gentle piano and voice set to mellifluous orchestral ensembles. Showcasing the contributing impeccable talents of Russian vo
 
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The Danish String Quartet - Prism is the WFMT: 'Featured New Release'

The Danish String Quartet's Grammy-nominated Prism project links Bach fugues, late Beethoven quartets, and works by modern masters. In volume two of the series, Bach's Fugue in B-flat minor from the Well-Tempered Clavier (in the arrangement by Viennese composer Emanuel Aloys Förster) is brought together with Beethoven's String Quartet, Op. 130, and Alfred Schnittke's String Quartet No. 3. As the quartet explains, "A beam of music is split through Beethoven's prism. The important thing to us is that these connections be experienced widely. We hope the listener will join us in the wonder
 
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The Rio Grande Guardian podcast spotlights Sharon Isbin

In their first joint collaboration on disc, Pacifica Quartet and classical guitarist Sharon Isbin have recorded an album on Cedille Records titled ‘Souvenirs of Spain and Italy.' The album features works for guitar and strings by Castelnuovo-Tedesco, Vivaldi, and Boccherini. Pacifica Quartet are Grammy Award-winners. Isbin is a multi-Grammy Award winner. "It's really beautiful music with a tremendous amount of variety," Isbin says of the new recording. The program spotlights Italian-born composers influenced by Spanish idioms. Works include Mario Castelnuovo-Tedesco's Quintet for
 
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Craig Swanson discusses 'The French Suite Kit' with Spokane Public Radio

What is a French Suite Anyway? - A so called 'French Suite' is a baroque suite. Meaning an instrumental play composed during the Baroque period (17th to mid-18th centuries) with a consistent cast of characters (the individual movement forms) who introduce an additional few players on occasion to round out the story. All movements of Craig Swanson's French Suite Kit are offered in multiple versions for mixing and matching toward the ideal of the moment. These alternate versions are not intended to cover any particular gamut, neither a pastiche of styles nor a simulacrum of o
 
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Angele Dubeau says 'Pulsations' is a collection of works that came to get me, call me / LE JOURNAL DE QUEBEC

The violinist Angèle Dubeau has more than 40 years of career and have just launched her 44th album, "Pulsations," she is still driven by the need to expand the musical horizons of so-called classical music. "I've always been excited to share my discoveries with people," she says. If I play it, it's because I really want to play it and really share it. " For her most recent endeavor, she has chosen to revisit, among others, works by Quebecois Jean-Michel Blais, the late Jóhann Jóhannsson and Yann Tiersen, to whom we owe the music of the film "The fabulous des
 
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There are touches of Stravinsky, Messiaen, even Villa-Lobos along the way in Derek Bermel's vibrant 'Migrations' score / GRAMOPHONE

The CV of Derek Bermel (b1967) is as varied and colourful as his music. A clarinettist as well as a composer by trade, the list of his collaborations is extensive and high-profile: the American Composers, Los Angeles Philharmonic, Pacific, Pittsburgh and Seattle Symphony orchestras; Gustavo Dudamel, Tan Dun, Midori, Wynton Marsalis, the Guarnieri and Jack Quartets, the Asko|Schoenberg Ensemble, the Lincoln Center Chamber Music and Jazz ensembles and many more. Migration Series was inspired by a series of paintings by Jacob Lawrence on the subject of African Americans migrating from the
 
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Metallica on what they have in common with classical music / RollingStone

It's the day after Metallica played a stunning concert with the San Francisco Symphony at the city's enormous new Chase Center, and guitarist Kirk Hammett is letting his hair down in a tank top at his favorite restaurant in Sonoma, California. He's here for a photo shoot for an upcoming issue of Rolling Stone, but at the moment he's reviewing video of last night's rendition of "Nothing Else Matters," which features a newly souped-up orchestral intro. The sight of it - or maybe the sound of it - brings an ear-to-ear smile to his face. The gig, dubbed "S&M2," was a supersized sequel t
 
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Rick Wakeman, set to bring 'Grumpy Old Rock Star Tour' to Miller Symphony Hall, Q&A's with THE MORNING CALL

Keyboardist Rick Wakeman is best known in the United States for his half-dozen stints over 30 years in the seminal progressive rock band Yes - appearing on the group's double-platinum 1971 disc "Fragile," with its defining single "Roundabout"; on its highest-charting U.S. album, 1972's "Close to the Edge"; and 1978's platinum "Tormato." He even was inducted into the Rock & Roll Hall of Fame with the band in 2017, giving a delightfully irreverent acceptance speech that likely ranks as high in the annals of the hall as Yes does. But Wakeman has had a far broader career
 
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