Roberto Prosseda brings his musical mastery to UCLA / Hollywood SOAPBOX Q&A

Roberto Prosseda, the celebrated pianist known for his solo work and extensive playing with world-renowned orchestras, will bring his musical mastery to the Jan Popper Theater at the University of California, Los Angeles, tonight; Thursday, Feb. 21. Prosseda is a master interpreter of the catalog of Felix Mendelssohn, having recorded the composer's complete piano works over the course of 10 years for Decca. He will bring his expertise to UCLA with a special mini-recital that features Mendelssohn's Rondò Capriccioso, along with Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart's Fantasia K 475 and Franz Schube
 
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Lyn Stanley showcases her stylistic range and heartfelt intuition on epic Julie London tribute

Taking an extraordinarily bold step just five years into her recording career, Lyn Stanley showcases her stylistic range and heartfelt intuition as a vocalist on this epic, warmly produced, playfully titled 17 track tribute to legendary jazz and pop singer Julie London. While emotionally resonant, Stanley's voice isn't anywhere near as husky and smoky as her muse's, but she makes each song he own - beautifully conveying a sense of hushed intimacy on ballads like "Cry Me A River" and "I've Got a Crush on You" and subtle swing on various tunes, including "Blue Moon" and the lively opener "Goo
 
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Joyce DiDonato talks Songplay with US Radio

With her Warner Classics album; Songplay, Joyce DiDonato takes a new and creative angle on vocal music from the Baroque and Classical periods, as well as from the 20th century. The 14 tracks on Songplay succeed in being simultaneously familiar and unexpected. The album serves up music by Vivaldi in both its customary Baroque purity and swinging to the heady rhythm of a samba. It brings a tango sizzle to an aria by Vivaldi's contemporary Marcello, and it plays with the voice of Bach in George Shearing's ‘Lullaby of Birdland'. "Songplay, as a title, suggests exactly what thi
 
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Lara Downes and Rhiannon Giddens launch 'Holes in the Sky' with Washington Performing Arts / WTOP

For centuries, the world of classical music has been a proverbial boys club: Bach, Mozart, Beethoven, Chopin, Tchaikovsky, Gershwin, Herrmann, Bernstein, Williams. Now, it's the ladies' turn with "Holes in the Sky," a pioneering national tour that launches this Saturday night at Sixth & I in Chinatown presented by Washington Performing Arts. "This is all music by women," pianist Lara Downes told WTOP. "I'm doing a bunch of solo stuff with everything from Billie Holiday and Nina Simone and Jodi Mitchell to world premieres by composers who are living and working today. It's very genre-flu
 
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Pedrito Martinez Group plays 'Habana Dreams' on npr - Tiny Desk

Something happens when you get a chance to see Afro-Cuban percussionist Pedrito Martinez perform. First of all, his smile radiates. It's hard to imagine someone happier than he is to make music in front of people; and as we saw during his turn behind Bob Boilen's desk, he mesmerizes with this almost otherworldly talent on congas. His hands can be a blur because they move so quickly. To the untrained eye, it's hard to see exactly what he is doing to draw out the sounds he does from his drums. I even know a little about playing hand drums and it still doesn't make it easier to
 
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What is post-classical music? / BBC Music Magazine

Defining ‘contemporary classical' music is fraught with complications: should we include film music, for example, and what about music that uses amplification? From Adès to Zimmer, the canon is thrillingly diverse, and features various nooks and crannies within which exciting sounds emerge. It's a soundworld that listeners are just as likely to encounter via curated streaming platforms as in major venues, on the small and silver screen, and in clubs as well as concert halls. Recomposed by Max Richter: Vivaldi – The Four Seasons (2012) is a key example of this
 
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Yo-Yo Ma set for Flint Voices: Culture, Community, and Resilience / Flint Side

Grammy Award-winning cellist and activist Yo-Yo Ma is planning a Day of Action in Flint on Feb. 28 - hosting a local exhibit of the arts, meeting with residents and hosting a conversation with community leaders. The event - called "Flint Voices: Culture, Community, and Resilience" - includes more than 30 Flint-based organizations and partners exploring the power of culture to create lasting change in a community. Ma will participate alongside community partners, local artists, and activists to discuss how to build a connected, thriving community. A free, public celebration is being host
 
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A new generation of pianists are combining 19th-century pianism with impeccable technique and entrepreneurial savvy / GRAMOPHONE

The Romantic era of piano-playing has long held fascination for pianists, piano critics and piano mavens. There are several reasons for this. One is the fact that the core recital repertoire remains largely orientated in the 19th century. Another concerns great pianists rooted in that same era who learnt the Romantic traditions at close proximity to the proverbial horse's mouth, and, more significantly, lived to make recordings. You can read about them in great detail in Harold C Schonberg's landmark book The Great Pianists (1963). By and large they represent what many consider to be pianis
 
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New Jersey Public Media meets Maria Schneider and Dawn Upshaw in Winter Morning Walks

New Jersey Public Media meets composer Maria Schneider and soprano Dawn Upshaw as Upshaw performs Winter Morning Walks, Schneider's Grammy Award-winning song-cycle based on poems by US Poet Laureate Ted Kooser. Although primarily a jazz artist, Maria Schneider straddles the worlds of classical and jazz music seamlessly, collaborating with musicians as diverse as Dawn Upshaw and David Bowie. Winter Morning Walks is Schneider's first recording with major orchestras and features two commissioned works composed and conducted by Schneider with The Saint Paul Chamber Orchestra and Austral
 
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Ariel Rivka Dance celebrates their 12th anniversary at Baruch Performing Arts Center / BroadwayWorld

Award-winning contemporary choreographer Ariel Grossman and her company of seven female dancers will celebrate the 12th Anniversary of ARIEL RIVKA DANCE (ARD) with two premieres, repertory and guest artists at Baruch Performing Arts Center, in New York City. In four performances, Thursday, March 28 through Saturday, March 30 at 7:30pm, with a family matinee on March 30, the two ARD works in premiere, Mossy and Rhapsody in K, will feature newly commissioned scores by composers David Homan and Stefania de Kenessey. Live music will be included at all performances. *The full ARD lineup below.
 
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Banda Magda heads into four different Bay Area locations / The Mercury News

On the cover of the latest Banda Magda album "Tigre" (Ground Up), Magda Giannikou stands in the midst of the savannah, binoculars held to her eyes, looking out directly at whoever happens to be holding the CD as if we, too, are on safari. Listening to the polyglot ensemble is something of an adventure, with little warning where the music might next explore. A keen observer with even keener ears, the Greek-born Giannikou is an acclaimed composer, expert accordionist, veteran producer and ringleader of one of the most entertaining bands on the scene. And whatever realm her music happens t
 
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John Coltrane's 'Lost Album' is the predictable 2018 Jazz Journal critics poll winner

Jazz Journal critics were invited to allot 100 points to 10 choices from the albums reviewed in Jazz Journal in 2018, with a maximum of 20 points per choice. After unhurried, seemly and properly thorough reflection, the results, plus critics' comments on the year (do read those for reflections on their choices and the scene in general), are finally here. Did they arrive at a consensus from the list of 937 CDs from around the world that we reviewed in 2018, with no whittling down or arbitrary filtration through editor or panel "nomination"? After much collation and number-crunching, the
 
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Lyn Stanley 'London Calling' is a stunning tribute / Contemporary Fusion Reviews

Listeners who aren't familiar with Lyn Stanley's stunning jazz vocal work may want to read my earlier review of her Moonlight Sessions CD's. You'll also want to watch the "official" YouTube video for the new vocal tribute album – LONDON CALLING. The players she chose for this release are DEFINITELY top of the line (John Chiodini (guitar-featured artist); Pianists: Mike Garson, Christian Jacob, Bass: Chuck Berghofer, Mike Valerio, Drums: Aaron Serfaty, Paul Kreibich, Percussion: Luis Conte, Aaron Serfaty, Brad Dutz)… you'll find TONS of videos from her e
 
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Roberto Prosseda - Mendelssohn: Piano Concertos 1&2 makes hi-finews 'album choice'

Roberto Prosseda, Residentie Orkest The Hague/Jan Willem de Vriend Mendelssohn: Piano Concertos Nos 1 and 2; Rondò Brillant; Overture The Hebrides (96kHz/24-bit, FLAC)  The Italian pianist made his 2009 debut (with Chailly) in Mendelssohn's incomplete Third Piano Concerto and went on to record all of the solo piano works for Decca – this programme with the Hague orchestra and its principal conductor was recorded in Sep '17. It ends with a terrific account of the Hebrides Overture: stormily atmospheric and assertive in the march-like tune (c.10m). In the Conce
 
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Collabro will swing into Bexhill, joined by BBC1's 'Over the Rainbow' finalist and 'We Will Rock You' star Lauren Samuels / Hastings and St. Leonards Observer

Collabro will swing into Bexhill next month during their biggest tour so far, The Road To The Royal Albert Hall. Joining the lads at the De La Warr Pavilion on Saturday March 16 will be BBC1's Over the Rainbow Finalist and We Will Rock You Star Lauren Samuels. Now the world's most successful musical theatre group, Collabro met in 2014 for a first rehearsal at a London pub, and just a month later won a standing ovation in their audition for Britain's Got Talent. Since winning the final four years ago with one of the biggest BGT majorities ever, Collabro released a number one debut album Star
 
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SF Performances celebrates Leon Fleisher at 90 featuring; Jonathan Biss / San Francisco Classical Voice

As life expectancy has gotten longer, many artists have continued to play concerts well into their golden years. Legendary pianist Vladimir Horowitz performed well into his 80s, and many of the top leading pianists today such as Martha Argerich are well into their 70s. In recent years, notable pianists such as Meneham Pressler (born in 1923, now 95) Gary Graffman (b.1928) celebrated their 90th birthdays with concerts. This year, San Francisco's own Leon Fleisher and his best-known protégé, Jonathan Biss, follow suit by celebrating Fleisher's 90th with a concert tour. They bega
 
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The Kingdom Choir, set for Helzberg Hall as part of the Kauffman Center Presents series / BroadwayWorld

London's 'The Kingdom Choir' will perform in Helzberg Hall on October 1, as part of the 2019-2020 Kauffman Center Presents series. The Kingdom Choir is best known for their show-stopping rendition of "Stand By Me" at the Royal Wedding of Prince Harry and Meghan Markle in May 2018. The performance, seen by a global audience of over 2 billion, instantly catapulted The Kingdom Choir to worldwide fame. Founded in 1994 by award-winning conductor Karen Gibson, the choir draws from various Christian traditions to create a sound that reflects the community they share through their warm
 
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The birth of a symphony by Cliff Eidelman / issuu

Enotes Music recently released two major works by composer Cliff Eidelman: Symphony for Orchestra and Two Pianos and Night in the Gallery. Recorded at Abbey Road Studios and featuring the London Symphony Orchestra and soloists Michael McHale and Tom Poster, under the direction of Eidelman, the LSO provided the ideal balance for experience and enthusiasm. Symphony for Orchestra and Two Pianos is a grand artistic statement worthy of its name, and the four movement work for chamber orchestra is complimented on the recording by a more intimate, playful, and colorful piece; Night in the Gallery,
 
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Rachel Barton Pine. Getting the music of black composers into the hands of music students / WRTI

A self-described "research geek," classical violinist Rachel Barton Pine has a passion for discovering new repertoire and turning kids on to classical music. That drive and commitment fuels her Black Composers Project, now out with its first volume of violin music by Black composers for music students.  The Rachel Barton Pine Foundation was started in 2001 to increase awareness of classical music and to support young musicians from challenging financial backgrounds. Its projects include grant making, an instrument loan program, a global effort to support musicians in developing cou
 
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JPR set for live 'Open Air' session with John Medeski's Mad Skillet

Famed keyboardist John Medeski is not easily contained to a single project or genrel He is credited on over 300 works to date, most notably as one third of the groundbreaking trio Medeski Martin & Wood. Equally comfortable behind a Steinway grand piano, Hammond organ or any number of vintage keyboards, Medeski is a highly sought after improviser and band leader whose projects range from work with John Zorn, The Word (Robert Randolph, North Mississippi Allstars), Phil Lesh, Don Was, John Scofield, Coheed & Cambria, Susana Baca, Sean Lennon, Marc Ribot, Irma Thomas, Blind Boys of Alab
 
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90.5WESA talks to Jeff Goldblum ahead of his homecoming performances in Pittsburgh

West Homestead native Jeff Goldblum has a knack for booking roles in lucrative Hollywood franchises like Jurassic Park and the Marvel universe, but he's nurtured another love, albeit quietly, for most of his life: jazz. Goldblum, who introduced his Mildred Snitzer Orchestra to Pittsburgh via two soldout shows on Valentine's Day, says he caught the piano bug as a teenager, cold-calling jazz clubs to let him sit in on sets and catching rides from female singers. He played small gigs off and on as his acting career flourished, and these days, hosts a standing weekly engagement at the R
 
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Lyn Stanley delivers a romantic listen of 17 Julie London tunes / TAKE EFFECT

A tribute to the late actress and jazz artist Julie London, Lyn Stanley delivers a romantic listen of 17 tunes, all but 2 that were originally recorded by London. With an all star line up of Los Angeles session musicians, Stanley breaths new life into old songs, but still retains the loving atmosphere of London's work. A very thorough release with excellent liner notes and packaging, this is Stanley's 6th album since 2013, and it's easy to embrace even if you've never heard London as she makes each track her own while keeping the spirit of the ‘60s alive.  REA
 
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Recent music study suggests that jazz, blues, classical, and folk genres have biggest influence on innovative and creative work / happy.com

A recent study due to be published in March's edition of the Personality and Individual Differences journal has surmised that our taste in music has the ability to affect how we work. The researchers who kicked off the study began with the premise that music affects our mood, but, as the study progressed, they began to find out more about how music impacts on our performance, how we interact with colleagues, and that it even has the ability to influence our thoughts on the topic of resigning. More than 400 people were surveyed for their preferred musical style. The researchers listed 14
 
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John Coltrane, Sons of Kemet & Eric Bibb get 2019 Jazz FM Awards nominations / Radio Today

The nominations for the Jazz FM Awards 2019 have been announced ahead of an evening event at Shoreditch Town Hall on International Jazz Day. The shortlist includes Sons of Kemet, John Coltrane, Wayne Shorter, Nubya Garcia, Poppy Ajudha, Leon Bridges, Makaya McCraven, Louis Cole, Eric Bibb, and Steam Down Collective amongst the acts. The Awards recognise the best emerging new artists, contemporary icons and established stars from across the worlds of jazz, soul and blues. The night, on April 30th, will also feature special performances from a host of celebrated artists, still to be revealed.
 
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Roberto Prosseda set for Horowitz Piano Series / Yale Daily News

With the increasing role of technology in today's music world, computer-generated music and compressed audio files can take precedence over sitting down at a concert to enjoy a live performance. In one of Italian classical pianist Roberto Prosseda's educational projects, he performs side-by-side concerts with a robot pianist - named Teo Tronico - in order to stress the differences between lifeless perfection and human-to-human musical expression. On Feb. 13 in Morse Recital Hall, Prosseda will perform works of Mozart, Mendelssohn and Schubert. The concert will continue the Horowitz Pian
 
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Watch Raul Midon in-studio to perform 'If Only'

The New York Times has called Raul Midón "a one-man band who turns a guitar into an orchestra and his voice into a chorus." Midón's voice and guitar ride the waves of an actual orchestra: the acclaimed Metropole Orkest, the GRAMMY® Award-winning Dutch ensemble that has collaborated with artists from Al Jarreau and Elvis Costello to Laura Mvula and Snarky Puppy. Midón – who earned his first GRAMMY nomination for Bad Ass and Blind, his Artistry Music/Mack Avenue album of 2017 – worked hand in glove on If You Really Want with another renowned GRAMMY winner
 
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Lyn Stanley interview with BroadwayWorld

Over the past six years International Recording Artist Lyn Stanley has sold more than 38.000.albums - currently worldwide, but before that time she had had absolutely no singing experience whatsoever. I, like practically all journalists, was amazed to hear this. "Not even singing along to background music on the stereo or radio as a child?" I asked. Directly and sincerely she replied, Within a year of each other, she has produced the previously mentioned Lost in Romance, Potions, songs from the 50s, Interludes, Moonlight Sessions, on two discs, and the latest London Calling, a Tribute t
 
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Watch Joyce DiDonato sing opera, jazz and tango on medici tv

The singer who "compels us to listen actively, to hear things anew" (Gramophone) plies her profuse talents once more in Songplay! Joined by pianist-arranger Craig Terry, jazz legends Chuck Israels (bass) and Jimmy Madison (drums), and young international sensations Lautaro Greco (bandoneón) and Charlie Porter (trumpet), Joyce DiDonato and her band fuse Italian Baroque bel canto classics, jazz ballads, and tunes from the Great American Songbook into one illuminating musical program, just released on Warner Classics. READ THE medici INTERVIEW This March 4 concert is being
 
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Matthew Lipman - Ascent is the WFMT: Featured New Release

Dmitri Shostakovich's long-lost Impromptu for Viola and Piano, Op. 33, recently unearthed in the Moscow State Archives, receives its world-premiere recording on Matthew Lipman's Ascent, the acclaimed young American violist's solo debut album, featuring, in the artist's words, "music enraptured by flights of fantasy." Recipient of a 2015 Avery Fisher Career Grant, Lipman has created an album of uplifting and spiritually transcendent works for viola and piano, dedicated to his late mother. In this wide-ranging program, his collaborator is pianist Henry Kramer, winner of the Second Prize at th
 
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How often do you get to say Anne Sophie Mutter and DJ Grandmaster Flash in the same sentence? / theStrad

Anne-Sophie Mutter will be awarded the Polar Music Prize. The German violinist is one of three laureates for 2019, along with hip hop DJ Grandmaster Flash and the Playing For Change Foundation. Mutter was announced today for the annual award administered by the Royal Swedish Academy of Music. The prize, which includes 1m Swedish Krona (c. £86,000/$110,000) for each winner, is usually awarded to one classical and one pop musician each year. The awards will be presented at a ceremony in Stockholm on 11 June which will be broadcast live on TV4 at 8pm CET, and aslo throughout Europe o
 
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Angele Dubeau, La Pieta - Ovation is the KUSC: Download Of the Week

In December 2017, with two sold-out concerts at the Maison symphonique de Montréal, the tour celebrating Angèle Dubeau & La Pietà's 20th anniversary came to an end. This tour of thirty-three concerts was, for the violinist, an opportunity to thank her Quebec fans for the support they had given her throughout her career. It was on that tour, during the concerts at Palais Montcalm in Quebec City, that Ovation was recorded. This new album features a retrospective program composed of works by the likes of Einaudi, Richter, Glass, Enescu and Saint
 
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Angele Dubeau, La Pieta - Ovation is the KDFC: Download Of the Week

In December 2017, with two sold-out concerts at the Maison symphonique de Montréal, the tour celebrating Angèle Dubeau & La Pietà's 20th anniversary came to an end. This tour of thirty-three concerts was, for the violinist, an opportunity to thank her Quebec fans for the support they had given her throughout her career. It was on that tour, during the concerts at Palais Montcalm in Quebec City, that Ovation was recorded. This new album features a retrospective program composed of works by the likes of Einaudi, Richter, Glass, Enescu and Saint-Saens and which hav
 
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Rachel Barton Pine is much more than a fine violinist. She joins Performance Today in-studio

Rachel Barton Pine is much more than a fine violinist. She has some concerns about the future of classical music in American society, and she's doing something about it. On this episode of Performance Today, Rachel Barton Pine joins us in the studio and tells us about the next big phase of her career. Hour One includes;  David Baker : Blues (Deliver My Soul) Rachel Barton Pine, violin; Matthew Hagle, piano Maud Moon Weyerhaeuser Studio, St. Paul, MN Billy Childs : Incident on Larpenteur Avenue Rachel Barton Pine, violin; Matthew Hagle, piano
 
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Sarah Brightman set for Detroit's Fox Theatre / The Oakland Press

Sarah Brightman wants to be an agent for healing in the world right now. The British singer -- known for her work in ex-husband Andrew Lloyd Webber's musicals such as "Cats" and "The Phantom of the Opera" -- came out last November with "Hymn," her 12th studio album and first in five years. She worked on the spiritually based set with a variety of producers, mostly regular collaborator Frank Peterson, and recorded in England, Germany, Canada and the U.S., with choir accompaniment prominent throughout the 13 tracks. "Hymn" debuted atop the Billboard Classical Albums chart and hit the
 
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Benjamin Grosvenor with the Doric String Quartet at barbican, was a night to remember / The Arts Desk

Welcome to Milton Court's evening with the Doric String Quartet and pianist Benjamin Grosvenor, with a spot of Chopin. The evening began pleasantly enough with the Doric Quartet in the Schubert Quartettsatz. This fast-rising young ensemble looks as if it has stepped straight out of an Ian McEwan novel. Earnest, stylish and intense, they offset one another in the ensemble with an engaging flexibility and minute attention to detail, painting the music with vivid contrasting colours that – though ever so slightly verging towards mannerism – remains thoroughly memorable. The pianist
 
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Pablo Aslan's Contrabajo is both a lovely and expressive way to play the music of Argentina / The Vinyl Anachronist

Pablo Aslan has taken a slightly different musical approach with the music of Argentina--which implies the tango but is open to other genres as well. In 2016 he was invited to play a concert with Paquito D'Rivera and the Escher String Quartet, and that opened up the possibilities for this type of ensemble. Once you hear Contrabajo, you'll agree that this is both a lovely and expressive way to play this music. With help from D'Rivera's clarinet and bandoneonist Juarena on a couple of tracks, Aslan and the Cuarteto Petrus (cellist Gloria Pankaeva, violist Adrian Felizia and vi
 
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Banish the brexit blues with Claire Jones / White Horse News

Saturday 30th March is possibly the day after we will have left the EU, but it is definitely the day of Edington Arts' first concert of 2019.  Organisers say, "What's more, starting at 2.30pm and finishing with tea and cakes at about 4pm, it will also be our first afternoon concert in the Priory Church. "To help you banish the Brexit Blues, our artists for the afternoon will be the former royal harpist Claire Jones, returning by popular demand, accompanied this time by her percussionist husband Chris Marshall.  He made a fleeting appearance last time, which left us wanting more!
 
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2CELLOS - Let There Be Cello, achieves perfection / MainlyPiano

Let me preface this review by saying that the cello is my second favorite instrument (after the piano) and that I absolutely love it when artists have no musical boundaries. The latest album from the Croatian duo 2Cellos, Let There Be Cello, achieves perfection in both areas. I had seen some of their videos, but this is the first album I've heard and I am completely hooked. I spent most of last evening watching 2Cellos' YouTube videos and am just blown away by Luka Sulic and Stjepan Hauser's mastery of their instruments as well as their fearless combinations of musical styles from classical
 
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Riccardo Chailly wTeatro Alla Scala - Messa per Rossini is the WFMT: Featured New Release

2018 marked 150 years since Gioachino Rossini's death in 1868. Messa per Rossini was composed in his memory by Verdi and 12 other notable Italian composers. Verdi himself composed the concluding Libera me, which he later used in his own Messa da Requiem. Conducted by Riccardo Chailly, this rare performance represents the work's triumphant return to the spiritual home of Verdi and Rossini: the Teatro alla Scala in Milan. For February 11, 2019, Riccardo Chailly wTeatro Alla Scala - Messa per Rossini is the WFMT: Chicago 'Featured New Release' p.p1 {margin: 0.0px 0.
 
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Angele Dubeau, La Pieta - Ovation is the WCRB: CD of the Week

After twenty award-winning years of globe-trotting, Angèle Dubeau and her all-female string ensemble La Pietà share a collection of favorites from their 2017 tour, and it's WCRB: Boston - CD of the Week. In 1997, the Canadian violinist Angèle Dubeau pulled together a women's string ensemble and named it La Pietà, after the famous girls' orphanage where Vivaldi once taught. Dubeau was born in Québec, and after her studies at Juilliard and in Romania, she couldn't possibly have imagined that she and her string ensemble would tour 25 count
 
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Jan Lisiecki - Mendelssohn Piano Concerto No 1 makes the Gramophone: Listening Room

Mendelssohn, who died at 38, was a superb pianist as well as a great composer and conductor, and as a reminder of his keyboard skills (and those of the young Polish-Canadian Jan Lisiecki - whom I spoke to recently for a Gramophone Podcast), DG has released album of the two piano concertos and two of his finest solo works. p.p1 {margin: 0.0px 0.0px 0.0px 0.0px; font: 12.0px 'Helvetica Neue'; color: #4d4d4d} Acclaimed 23-year-old Canadian pianist Jan Lisiecki joins forces with the conductorless Orpheus Chamber Orchestra to release Mendelssohn on Deutsche Grammophon on February 1. The
 
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'Dancing In The Moonlight' from Brian Newman's SHOWBOAT featured on Punto Radio's Animajazz

In episode No. 853 of "ANIMAJAZZ", conceived and conducted by BRUNO POLLACCI , aired Tuesday 12 February at 20.30, on PUNTORADIO, also in streaming on www.puntoradio.fm and in immediate podcast on http: // animajazz. eu will be protagonists of the evening, presenting; BRIAN NEWMAN - "Showboat" CD - "Dancing In The Moonlight."      SHOWBOAT brilliantly captures the convivial style and eclectic repertoire – which Brian refers to as a "fully immersive jazz meets rock ‘n' roll experience" - that he has mastered in his live performances. Brian has made a name f
 
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Roman Rabinovich - Haydn Piano Sonatas is the WFMT: Featured New Release

This is the first volume in a series of new recordings in which pianist Roman Rabinovich will perform all of the piano sonatas written by Haydn. Haydn composed 62 keyboard sonatas. Written over a 40 year period or so, and displaying a variety of styles, the earlier sonatas were written for harpsichord and the last for the newly developed hammer-action fortepiano. The New York Times hailed Rabinovich's Haydn performances for "a rich, full-blooded sound, singing lines and witty dexterity." For Sunday February 10, Roman Rabinovich - Haydn Piano Sonatas is the WFMT: Chicago 'Featured Ne
 
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Joshua Bell and Sam Haywood, set for UA-Centennial Hall recital / Tucson.com

After years of guesting with the Tucson Symphony Orchestra and other ensembles that made it our way, Joshua Bell in 2011 played his first ever Tucson solo concert. Eight years and yet another TSO appearance - back in 2013 - later, Bell is bringing his latest solo recital to Centennial Hall with UA Presents on Friday, Feb. 15. Bell doesn't do a whole lot of recitals. In fact, we are the finale of a 10-city solo trek with his longtime accompanist, English pianist Sam Haywood, before he heads to Europe and then back to the U.S. for orchestra dates through the spring.  "It's a diff
 
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MainlyPiano is enthralled by Rick Wakeman's Piano Odyssey

I really love it when an artist who was known as a hard rocker for several decades turns the tables a bit and shows was an amazing musician he or she is. I thoroughly enjoyed last year's Piano by ABBA co-founder Benny Andersson and find myself enthralled by Rick Wakeman's Piano Odyssey. Probably best-known for his work with the band Yes, Wakeman's 1973 solo release, The Six Wives of Henry VIII, was one of my favorite albums for a lot of years. (I still have it on LP!) Wakeman recorded the album with his favorite piano, a Steinway Model D grand at The Old Granary, a recording studio in a res
 
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10 of the most difficult piano pieces / CLASSIC fM

From Liszt to Scriabin, here are ten of the most fiendishly difficult pieces of piano music. Sensible musicians: avoid at all costs. Looking for piano pieces that will make your fingers get stuck in a permanent claw shape? You've come to the right place. The list includes; Liszt – La Campanella Ravel – Gaspard de la Nuit Conlon Nancarrow – Studies for Player Piano Sorabji – Opus clavicembalisticum Charles Valentin Alkan – Concerto for Solo Piano Chopin – Étude Op. 10 No. 4 Scriabin – Sonata No. 5 Stravinsky &nd
 
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James Brandon Lewis, 'Sir Real Denard' is RollingStone: Song You Need to Know

Saxophonist James Brandon Lewis combines funky rhythms and avant-garde textures on a track from his new album 'An UnRuly Manifesto.' There's no easy shorthand for James Brandon Lewis' musical M.O. Ever since his early releases - 2010's Moments, 2014's Divine Travels - the saxophonist has balanced a deep, gospel-informed spirituality with free-jazz abandon and hard-hitting funk-meets–hip-hop underpinnings. "Sir Real Denard," a track from his new album An UnRuly Manifesto, shows how adept he's become at bridging different approaches. On one hand, it's a fierce rhythmic worko
 
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Yuja Wang teams with Gustavo Dudamel, and the LA Phil for premiere of John Adams's 'Must the Devil Have All the Good Tunes?' / BroadwayWorld

Pianist Yuja Wang, Gustavo Dudamel, and the Los Angeles Philharmonic form a formidable all-star team to premiere John Adams's latest piano concerto, Must the Devil Have All the Good Tunes? After the world premiere on March 7, the orchestra and pianist take the new work on tour to Asia and Europe, as well as to New York in November. On March 7-10, John Adams's much-anticipated piano concerto Must the Devil Have All the Good Tunes? premieres at LA's Walt Disney Concert Hall with soloist Yuja Wang, conductor Gustavo Dudamel, and the Los Angeles Philharmonic, which commissioned
 
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Kavita Shah brings her 'Night of Jazz Reverie' to Club B-10 at MASS MoCA / Northeast Public Radio

This week's cultural highlights in our region include several jazz events, modern dance, orchestral music, an all-star comedy double-bill; and a whole lot more. Take one-part compositional jazz virtuoso, add voice with astounding range, fold in the staggering knowledge of a highly accomplished ethnomusicologist, and you arrive at the supremely talented vocalist, Kavita Shah, who brings her "Night of Jazz Reverie" – a smoldering, jazzy blend of Brazilian, West African, and Indian musical traditions -- to Club B-10 at MASS MoCA in North Adams on Saturday at 8pm. NPR said about Shah, her
 
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Matt Haimovitz discovers Isang Yun

Uncompromising in his life as he was in his music, Korean composer Isang Yun (1917–95) held fast to his dream of a united Korea, even as he was unjustly accused of espionage for North Korea and sentenced to imprisonment and death. From a life of unimaginable oppression and torture emerges music of raw emotional power, heard on ISANG YUN: Sunrise Falling, a centennial commemoration of Yun's life and music from the PENTATONE Oxingale Series. Watch the attached video p.p1 {margin: 0.0px 0.0px 0.0px 0.0px; font: 12.0px 'Helvetica Neue'; color: #4d4d4d} p.p2 {margin: 0.0px 0
 
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Silk Road joins UD-Korbel School and Newman Center for concert and conversation on the intersection of cultural diplomacy

Yo-Yo Ma conceived Silkroad in 1998 as a reminder that even as rapid globalization resulted in division, it brought extraordinary possibilities for working together. Seeking to understand this dynamic, he began to learn about the historical Silk Road, recognizing in it a model for productive cultural collaboration, for the exchange of ideas and tradition alongside commerce and innovation. And in a radical experiment, he brought together musicians from the lands of the Silk Road to co-create a new artistic idiom, a musical language founded in difference, a metaphor for the benefits of a more
 
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Jan Lisiecki explores a pair of early Romantic masterpieces on new DG recording

For his latest Deutsche Grammophon album, Canadian pianist Jan Lisiecki explores a pair of early Romantic masterpieces: Mendelssohn's Piano Concertos in G minor and D minor, in which he is accompanied by the internationally acclaimed Orpheus Chamber Orchestra of New York. He complements the two concertos with a selection of some of Mendelssohn's most brilliant pieces for solo piano: the Variations sérieuses, the Rondo capriccioso and the "Venetian Boat Song" from the Songs without Words. Watch the attached video p.p1 {margin: 0.0px 0.0px 0.0px 0.0px; font: 12.0px 'H
 
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With her distinctive sound and approach, Lyn Stanley brings to mind a method actor on 'London Calling' / BroadwayWorld

In this stunning new collection-London Calling...A Toast To Julie London-listeners will discover a side of singer Lyn Stanley that they haven't heard before. The 17 tunes on this recording explore phases of romance from first glance, in "Blue Moon," to a missed chance, in "Cry Me a River." Most of the wide-ranging material presented here was originally recorded by singer/actress Julie London, along with a couple of offerings that Stanley feels would have been perfect for the sultry songstress, such as "It's Impossible," and "I Heard It Through the Grapevine." With her distinctiv
 
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Ludwig Goransson, Terence Blanchard, and Alexandre Desplat are best soundtrack nominees for 2019 Oscars / The Irish Sun

MOVIES just wouldn't be as inspiring or fun without their soundtracks that make us tap our feet, snap our fingers and hum along. Here are the Best Original Score nominees at this year's Academy Awards. Black Panther wowed the audience with its African-influenced tunes. The soundtrack of the American superhero movie was composed by Ludwig Goransson. The 34-year-old Swedish composer, conductor and record producer is responsible for numerous other films' soundtracks, including Venom and Creed. BlackKklansman's original score was composed by an American jazz musicia
 
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Seth Walker set for Carolina Theatre / Greensboro News & Record

Seth Walker has seen a lot of the world since leaving his childhood home in Alamance County, where an unconventional environment fueled his diverse musical tastes and spirit of adventure. "Thinking back on it now, the communal way of living is a great thing, because you get different perspectives," Walker said from his home in Nashville, Tenn. "It's not just one set of parents showing you their way. And I think that might be a reason why I've done a bunch of different styles." Walker will bring his band to Greensboro to play a homecoming show Feb. 16 in The Crown at Carolina Theatre. Hi
 
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Simone Dinnerstein and A Far Cry combine for an exciting arrangement of Bach's Goldberg Variations at Mechanics Hall / Worcester Telegram

The Boston chamber orchestra A Far Cry and pianist Simone Dinnerstein combine on an exciting arrangement of Bach's Goldberg Variations during a performance at Mechanics Hall on Saturday. Sarah Darling and Alex Fortes of A Far Cry have arranged the work for piano and chamber ensemble in collaboration with Dinnerstein. Dinnerstein, who this season is Music Worcester's first educational artist-in-residence, rose to prominence with a solo piano recording of the Goldberg Variations. The work begins with a simple, lyrical two-part aria. What follows are 30 variations that build a compelling struc
 
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Lyn Stanley uses her smooth, smoky voice to great advantage on 'London Calling' / LEMON WIRE

Lyn Stanley's latest album has a special purpose and meaning. Not only is "London Calling…A Tribute to Julie London" the singer's sixth album, it also serves as her tribute to late performer, Julie London. Scheduled for a Valentine's Day weekend release of Feb. 15, 2019, the songs cover a range of romantic moods and genres and time periods of music. From "Cry Me a River" to "Heard It Through the Grapevine," to "Light My Fire" the tracks on "London Calling" are classic, even iconic in their original versions. Stanley brings her classic style to songs that most audiences will find fami
 
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Zuill Bailey joins the Fairbanks Symphony in annual 'Sitka Winter Classics' recital / Fairbanks Daily News-Miner

The Fairbanks Symphony will host the annual Sitka Winter Classics recital tonight - January 7 in Davis Concert Hall. Zuill Bailey, cellist and 2016 Grammy winner, will join FSO Music Director Eduard Zilberkant in a performance of Beethoven sonatas for piano and cello. Bailey won his Grammy for Best Solo Performance for his Live Recording of "Tales of Hemingway" by composer Michael Daugherty. Bailey is widely considered one of the premiere cellists in the world today. He performs throughout the world and is director of the Center for Arts Entrepreneurship at the University of Texas at E
 
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Arkansas Symphony Orchestra Director Phillip Mann moderates a wide-reaching discussion with seven-time Grammy Award winner; Michael Fine

Widely acknowledged as one of the top classical recording producers in the world, seven-time Grammy Award winner and Classical Producer of the Year, Michael Fine has held the post of Vice President of Artists & Repertoire at Deutsche Grammophon – the first American to hold the post of Artistic Director in its hundred-year history. Highlights of Fine's producing career include work with Andrea Bocelli, the Vienna Philharmonic, and the London Symphony. Fine will premiere the chamber orchestra version of his "Suite For Strings" with the Arkansas Symphony Orchestra on its In
 
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Rafal Blechacz & Bomsori Kim team with French and Polish repertoire for first DG recording

New duo partners Rafał Blechacz and Bomsori Kim present their first recording with Deutsche Grammophon. The album features French and Polish repertoire, with works by Fauré, Debussy, Chopin and Szymanowski, and showcases the enthralling combination of Blechacz's structural vision and Kim's lyrical music-making. The album closes with a work originally written for piano solo: Chopin's melancholic Nocturne No.20 in C sharp minor, which the pair perform in legendary violinist Nathan Milstein's transcription for violin and piano. Watch the attached video p.p1 {margin: 0.0px
 
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Watch Allen Ginsberg's 'Sunflower Sutra,' commissioned and performed by Anthony de Mare, as speaking pianist

Jerome Kitzke's Sunflower Sutra was commissioned by Anthony de Mare and WNYC Radio in 1997 and premiered by Mr. de Mare in March of 1999.  It was written in honor of Mary Shummon, the composer's sister who was dying at the time. It uses Allen Ginsberg's classic poem Sunflower Sutra with bookending texts written by the composer referential to Ms. Shummon.  Tribeca New Music 2018 Festival concert, October 5, 2018, The DiMenna Center for Classical Music, NYC.  Anthony de Mare, speaking pianist. p.p1 {margin: 0.0px 0.0px 0.0px 0.0px; font: 12.0px 'Helvetica Neue'; color: #4
 
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Formosa Quartet - From Hungary to Taiwan is the KUSC: Download of the Week

Formed in 2002 when the four founding members came together for a concert tour of Taiwan, Formosa Quartet is deeply committed to championing Taiwanese music and promoting the arts in the land of its heritage, as well as exploring diverse and adventurous mediums for string quartet. Their new album, From Hungary To Taiwan, is an imaginative recording project, offering virtuoso treatment of folk music From Hungary and Taiwan, illuminating many aspects of the respective cultures. This week, you can download Wei-Chieh Lin's "Rain Night Flower" from "Four Taiwanese Folk Songs". For the week o
 
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NPR refreshes 'Morning Edition' music / Current

NPR will change the theme music to Morning Edition for the first time in decades, according to a memo sent to member stations Tuesday by CEO Jarl Mohn. NPR is developing the new theme to attract new listeners and "to better reflect what Morning Edition is today," Mohn wrote in the email obtained by Current. The theme will debut May 6. "As we look to draw in new listeners to NPR programming and grow public radio's presence on multiple platforms, a new theme will give us a way to better reflect what Morning Edition is today, and attract listeners who have not yet discovered the program's dyna
 
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Santa Ana Sites presents Banda Magda at the Copper Door / BroadwayWorld

Santa Ana Sites is pleased to present one of the most exciting world music ensembles, Banda Magda, on Saturday, March 2 at 8 pm at the Copper Door in Santa Ana. The band will be presented as a culminating event of Santa Ana's annual Boca de Oro Festival of Literary Arts & Culture. Tickets are available for $12 - 22 and are on sale now at www.SantaAnaSites.com. Further information on Boca de Oro Festival of Literary Arts & Culture can be found at www.BocadeOro.org. Like a distant shoreline, New York's Banda Magda blurs distinctions and suggests wonders. Even if you don
 
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Mary Gauthier named 'International Songwriter of the Year' at UK: Americana Awards / RollingStone

The Americana Music Association U.K. (AMA-UK), a self-described "little sister" of the Nashville-based AMA, recently held their annual conference in London, with last weekend's U.K. Americana Awards ceremony the centerpiece. At the gala, staged at Hackney Empire in East London, Mary Gauthier was named International Artist of the Year, while Brandi Carlile's powerful "The Joke" took home the award for International Song of the Year. Courtney Marie Andrews' May Your Kindness Remain was crowned International Album of the Year. PHOTO: James McCauley/REX/Shutterstock p.p1 {margin:
 
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Roberto Prosseda - Mendelssohn: Piano Concertos 1&2 makes stereophile 'Records to Die For 2019'

Bert van der Wolf of Northstar Recording, producer of many wonderful albums for Channel Classics and other labels, now has a license to release on his website, www.spiritofturtle.com, the projects he records for Decca "in all the High Resolution versions that I have available." I hope his model will lead to the release of more hi-rez multichannel recordings from major labels. Equally important, these are excellent classic performances of the piano concertos and the Rondo Brilliant by a Mendelssohn specialist, and van der Wolf has captured the richness of Roberto Prosseda's Fazioli F
 
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Is Leonidas Kavakos the greatest violinist in the world? / Philadelphia Inquirer

The greatest violinist in the world? It's a silly concept, of course. Some are wonderful technicians, others find a humanity in the music obvious nowhere on the printed page. But if there is another violinist anywhere who could have pulled off the extraordinary PCMS recital Leonidas Kavakos did Monday night at the Perelman Theater, I don't know who it might be. He came with an enormous advantage in his longtime collaborator, Enrico Pace. There's that breathtakingly delicate stretch in the second movement of Beethoven's Sonata for Violin and Piano in A Minor, Opus 23 wher
 
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8 jazz covers of 'My Favorite Things' reinterpreted like a religious experience / stereogum

Here's the catch: "My Favorite Things" really is a fun song to hear someone play around with, just as long as it's not pop-hit obvious. And ever since Rodgers & Hammerstein's The Sound Of Music came to Broadway 60 years ago, one thing's become pretty clear: if you want to hear "My Favorite Things" reinterpreted in a way that sounds more like a religious experience than a rich pop star's shopping list, you're better off looking up jazz artists. And this 24 year long cross-section of the best jazz interpretations runs a remarkably wide range - one in which a literal saint of the genre is
 
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Nell & Jim Band return to The Palms Playhouse / Davis Enterprise

Northern California's acclaimed Americana quintet the Nell & Jim Band will return to The Palms Playhouse, in Winters, on Saturday, Feb. 16 for an album release concert for "Steel." Tickets for the 8 p.m. show are $20 ($16 with student ID). Fronted by vocalist and flautist Nell Robinson and singer, guitarist and six-string banjoist Jim Nunally, the Nell & Jim Band plays fresh originals co-written by Robinson and Nunally and a few choice country and folk covers, all presented with a sound that braids together bluegrass, country, Americana and acoustic rock. Nunally is no stranger
 
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Kim Kashkashian Bach: Six Suites For Viola Solo is the WFMT: Featured New Release

p.p1 {margin: 0.0px 0.0px 0.0px 0.0px; font: 12.0px 'Helvetica Neue'; color: #4d4d4d} The poetry and radiance of Bach's cello suites are transfigured in these remarkable interpretations by Kim Kashkashian on viola, offering "a different kind of somberness, a different kind of dazzlement" as annotator Paul Griffiths observes. One of the most compelling performers of classical and new music, Kashkashian has been hailed by The San Francisco Chronicle as "an artist who combines a probing, restless musical intellect with enormous beauty of tone." An ECM artist since 1985, she approaches Bach'
 
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There are some beautiful sounds woven in, under, around, and through; Pablo Aslan's 'Contrabajo' / Contemporary Fusion Review

Exciting jazz bass artistry Pablo Asan – CONTRABAJO:  One of my first (and best) exposures to Pablo's exciting jazz bass artistry was his performance with Roger Davidson reviewed in issue # 162, so it's very interesting to note that this new album was released on Roger's Soundbrush Records label… in addition to Pablo's magical bass, you'll also hear Pablo Saraví, violin Hernán Briático, violin Adrián Felizia, viola Gloria Pankaeva, violoncello, and special guests Paquito D' Rivera, clarinet track 4 Raúl Jaurena, ba
 
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Javier Camarena on top of the high C's in Donizetti opera / Charlotte Observer

When Javier Camarena explodes with joy singing nine high C's in Donizetti's "La Fille du Regiment (Daughter of the Regiment)," there's a good chance the Metropolitan Opera audience will explode right back at him with demands for an encore. "I will be very happy to do it but it doesn't depend on me," the Mexican tenor said in an interview after a rehearsal last month. "I always say this is the will of the public." Bowing to that will would be nothing new for Camarena, who has encored arias in two operas at the Met - Rossini's "La Cenerentola" in 2014 and Donizetti
 
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Roberto Prosseda set for 'Horowitz Piano Series' Q&A's with Yale University School of Music

The legendary pianist Vladimir Horowitz chose to leave his papers to Yale University upon his death in 1989. Today, Yale honors his legacy through the Horowitz Piano Series, which brings many of the world's great keyboard artists to Yale and presents the distinguished pianists of the Yale faculty. Pianist Roberto Prosseda who Gramophone magazine exclaimed; "has a fiery and fluent technique", will perform a program of music by Mozart, Mendelssohn, and Schubert on Feb. 13 for the series. Here are the pieces; Mozart: Fantasia in C minor, K. 475 Mozart: Piano Sonata No. 14 in C
 
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Matthew Lipman is VC YOUNG ARTIST

26-year-old American violist Matthew Lipman is firmly establishing himself as one of the new generation's outstanding young concert artists. A graduate of The Juilliard School and the Kronberg Academy, where he studied with Heidi Castleman and Tabea Zimmermann, Matthew is former prize winner at the Lionel Tertis International Viola Competition and the Washington, Johansen and Stulberg International String Competitions – and is a former recipient of a prestigious Avery Fisher Career Grant. Recipient of a 2015 Avery Fischer Career Grant, Lipman makes his Cedille label debut with Asc
 
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Violists have been the butt of jokes, but you won't be laughing at Matthew Lipman's 'Ascent' / STAGEANDCINEMA

For years, violas and violists have been the butt of some truly funny jokes. But you won't be laughing at violist Matthew Lipman, although he engendered a huge grin from me because of his latest CD, a truly remarkable collection of premieres and other works for viola and piano. One listen and you'll have a greater appreciation for this ridiculously maligned instrument. As with his turn-of-the-century U.K. contemporaries George Butterworth, Samuel Coleridge-Taylor, and Hamish MacCunn, the enormously prolific York Bowen wrote some unabashedly romantic works. His near 15-minute Phantasy in
 
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Rachel Barton Pine - Blues Dialogues is WRTI Classical Album of the Week

Trained as a classical violinist, Rachel Barton Pine grew up listening to the blues, and one day was thrilled to discover the two genres combined in the sheet music for David Baker's Deliver My Soul - a 12-bar blues in a classical work for violin and piano. She made it the first track of her recent album, Blues Dialogues-an album of blues-influenced classical works by 20th- and 21st-century black composers. Blues Dialogues is just the latest contribution to a project started almost serendipitously over 20 years ago, after Rachel Barton Pine released an 1997 album of violin concertos
 
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Russia's most spectacular film project - DAU features Teodor Currentzis / The Moscow Times

At the end of January, parts of what is surely Russia's most spectacular film project premiered in Paris. The project - something between a film series and an extended social and psychological experiment - is called "DAU" and directed by Ilya Khrzhanovsky, a filmmaker with only one major work before this project. It is based, in part, on the life of the Soviet scientist Lev Landau, here played by the classical music conductor Teodor Currentzis. Most of the cast of almost 500 principal characters and 10,000 extras are played by non-actors. The film project initially had a script by novelist
 
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Atlanta Journal Constitution spotlights Lena Horne

Before there was Halle, before there was Beyoncé, there was Lena. Or, as Fred Sanford lustily called her, "The Horne." For more than seven decades, particularly in the 1930s and 1940s, no black female artist shined as bright as Lena Horne. And perhaps none had as much pressure. READ THE FULL Atlanta Journal Constitution ARTICLE Throughout February, the Atlanta Journal Constitution spotlights a different African-American pioneer in the daily Living section Mondays through Thursdays and Saturdays, and in the Metro section on Fridays and Sundays. Go to ajc.com/news/mar
 
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Jan Lisiecki - Mendelssohn is this week's GRAMOPHONE podcast

Jan Lisiecki, Gramophone's Young Artist of 2013, has reached the venerable age of 23, and has just released an album for DG that contains Mendelssohn's two piano concertos alongside two major solo works. The Canadian pianist joins forces with the conductorless Orpheus Chamber Orchestra to release a pair of early Romantic masterpieces: Mendelssohn's Piano Concertos in G minor and D minor, complemented with a selection of Mendelssohn's most brilliant pieces for solo piano: the Variations sérieuses, the Rondo capriccioso and the "Venetian Boat Song" from the Songs wi
 
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Hee-Young Lim makes her splendid recording debut with French Cello Concertos / CHALKED up Reviews

Hee-Young Lim is a gifted cellist that was born in Seoul. In-demand as a soloist, she has in recent years performed with distinguished ensembles including the Deutsche Berlin Chamber Orchestra, the Budapest Radio Philharmonic, the Warsaw National Philharmonic, the Jenaer Philharmonie, the Houston Symphony Orchestra, the KBS Symphony Orchestra, the Seoul Symphony Orchestra, the Baden-Baden Philharmonie, the Württembergische Philharmonie Reutlingen, the Bandung Philharmonic, the Korean Chamber Orchestra, the Incheon Symphony Orchestra, the Ningbo Symphony, Zagreb Soloists and many others
 
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Watch The Kingdom Choir perform on board British Airways flight

Global audience of 2 billion watched The Kingdom Choir perform Stand By Me at the Royal Wedding of Prince Harry and Meghan Markle. Following their show-stopping performance the Choir released their debut album by the same name via Sony Masterorks. The choir's diverse album track listing also includes captivating renditions of Beyoncé's "Halo," John Legend's "All Of Me" as well as Stormzy's "Blinded By Your Grace Part 2". Also on the album is a brand new, emotionally powerful ballad written by members of The Kingdom Choir called "Chases". The choir was founded
 
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KEXP releases footage of tribute concerts for Johann Johannsson / Guide to Iceland Now

The late Jóhann Jóhannsson will not be forgotten. In February of 2018, Iceland mourned the sudden loss of one of their most cherished neo-classical composers and songwriters. At only 48-years of age, he was found deceased in his Berlin residence from what would later be determined as an accidental overdose. Jóhannsson was prolific in his creative outpourings both internationally and within the Icelandic musical community and he wrote music for theatre, dance, television and films. His style can be described as a distinctive blend of traditional orchestration with electr
 
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Next 'Live From Here' will be hosted by Jon Batiste / Minneapolis Star Tribune

Only two remaining episodes for "Live From Here" this season will emanate from the Twin Cities -- and one of them won't be hosted by Chris Thile. But he has found a more-than-able replacement for the March 16 show. Jon Batiste, best known as the bandleader on "The Late Show With Stephen Colbert," will fill in at the Fitzgerald Theater while Thile is playing with The Punch Brothers out east, guaranteeing that the Minnesota Public Radio-produced show will remain in the hands of an enthusiastic, versatile guide. READ THE FULL Minneapolis Star Tribune ARTICLE
 
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Aleksandra Kurzak featured in MET opera production of Bizet's Carmen / Radio Poland

Polish soprano Aleksandra Kurzak sings the part of Micaëla in Bizet's Carmen at the Metropolitan Opera in New York. Saturday's performance is broadcast to over 2, 200 cinemas in more than 70 countries as part of ‘The Met: Live in HD' series. In Poland alone, opera lovers are able to watch the production in 34 venues. The production is a revival of the 2009 premiere, directed by Sir Richard Eyre, with monumental sets by Rob Howell. The title role is sung by Clémentine Margaine, Roberto Alagna is cast as San Jose and Alexander Vinogradov as Escamillo. Louis Langrée is
 
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Rachel Barton Pine - Blues Dialogues is the WCLV: Recording of the Week

One of our favorite violinists, Rachel Barton Pine, is back with an album of blues-influenced classical works for solo violin and for violin and piano by 20th and 21st century composers of African descent.  World-premiere recordings include Noel Da Costa's A Set of Dance Tunes for Solo Violin, based on American fiddle tunes, and Errollyn Wallen's Woogie Boogie, an inventive reimaging of the boogie woogie blues dance.  Another premiere is Wendall Logan's arrangement of Duke Ellington's In a Sentimental Mood.  The album's title track, Dolores White's improvisational Blues Dialo
 
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Outspoken Mendelssohn specialist; Roberto Prosseda releases the Piano Concertos Nos. 1&2

In a ten-year project, pianist Roberto Prosseda recorded all of Mendelssohn's piano works for Decca and successfully presented them in concerts around the world during this period. Thus, the Italian pianist is regarded as an outspoken Mendelssohn specialist of our time, which can now be comprehended on the new download with the Mendelssohn piano works with orchestral accompaniment via this high-resolution digital medium. Roberto Prosseda refrains from the swiftly performed first movement of the first piano concerto the sewing-machine-like quality, which enjoys gaining the upper hand
 
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San Francisco Classical Voice 'FebruaryBest' features Seun Kuti with Egypt 80 at Brick & Mortar

The shortest month of the year is long on musical offerings. I could easily triple the number of events on this list and still end up leaving off shows I'll mourn missing. But to live is to choose, and without the excuse of a polar vortex to stay inside, sally forth and experience at least a taste of the Bay Area's sonic smorgasbord. The youngest son of the late Afrobeat progenitor Fela Kuti, saxophonist Seun Kuti has seized his father's mantle as a dauntless musical tribune challenging the powers that be in Nigeria to uplift the people of Africa's most populous nation. Touring with Fel
 
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Jon Batiste gets 2018 'Best Of The Beat' award for Hollywood Africans / offBEAT

The Best of the Beat Music Awards were held for the 2018 edition at Generations Hall in New Orleans on January 31, 2019, and Jon Batiste took home the award for Hollywood Africans in the 'Best Contemporary Jazz Album' catagory. An internationally acclaimed musician, bandleader, composer, educator and television personality, Batiste spreads his unbridled optimism on Hollywood Africans, a nod to the 1983 Jean Michel Basquiat painting by the same title. The album is both an indictment and reclamation of the long history of discrimination faced by artists of color in the entertainm
 
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Olafur Arnalds - re:member makes echoes: january top25

BAFTA winning artist, composer, musician and producer Ólafur Arnalds has unveiled his new track ‘re:member' featuring his ground-breaking new software, Stratus, which transforms the humble piano into a unique new instrument. The Stratus Pianos are two self-playing, semi-generative player pianos and the centrepiece of Ólafur's new works. The custom-built software controlling the pianos is the result of two years of work by Ólafur and audio developer Halldór Eldjárn. The algorithms generated from Stratus also helped create the innovative artwor
 
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Win 2 tickets to see Joshua Bell at Roy Thomson Hall / Ludwig Van TOTONTO

Courtesy of Roy Thomson Hall, Ludwig Van is giving away two sets of tickets to see Joshua Bell on Tuesday, February 12, 2019. Click here for details. With a career spanning more than 30 years as a soloist, chamber musician, recording artist, conductor, and arts education champion, Joshua Bell is one of the most celebrated violinists of his era. A Sony Classical artist, Bell has recorded more than 40 CDs garnering Grammy, Mercury, Gramophone, and Echo Klassik awards and he is a recipient of the Avery Fisher Prize. Named the Music Director of the Academy of St Martin in the Fields in 2011
 
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Mimi Jones set for tour with Michigan State students / The State News

Mimi Jones has worked for more than two decades as a bassist, vocalist, producer, label owner and filmmaker. The Michigan State University Federal Credit Union, or MSUFCU, Jazz Artist in Residence program is hosting its third jazz artist this academic year. Mimi Jones, a jazz bassist, will be teaching and touring with jazz students from the MSU College of Music. The residency program - launched in 2013 - allows for established musicians to pass on their knowledge and experiences to aspiring jazz musicians, and the program is supported by a $1 million endowment from MSUFCU. After working wit
 
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Sung-Won Yang, Enrico Pace - Cantique d'amour is the WFMT: Featured New Release

They were the greatest pianist-composers of their time, almost exact contemporaries, and friends: Franz Liszt and Frédéric Chopin. Having met soon after Chopin arrived in Paris in 1831, they made music together in public several times. They were a study in contrasts – Liszt at the height of his extroverted, virtuoso period, Chopin introverted, delicate, almost a salon pianist. The two men had one trait in common: they composed hardly any chamber music. On "Cantique d'amour," cellist Sung-Won Yang is joined by his recital partner, Italian pianist Enrico Pace, for a progra
 
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Skopje set for Tale Of Us at Stanica 26 / Rave Jungle

Macedonia, are you ready for Afterlife's bosses Tale Of Us and a monumental show full of Techno music? Well, now you can become a part of a unique experience thanks to our friends from Stanica 26 and Win Music Freedom! One of the world's leading Techno labels, Afterlife returns to Skopje, Macedonia on March 01, 2019 after their amazing show in 2018 at Sredno Vodno, this time bringing the signature sound and their incredible production to transform the Stanica 26 into a Realm Of Consciousness. Stanica 26 has become one of the most popular techno nightclubs in the area over the past few years
 
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Roberto Prosseda: Mendelssohn - Kleine Fuge MWV U 96 makes iTunes 'Classical A-List'

After combing through countless releases each week, iTunes editors select their favorites for The A-List: Classical-the best new recordings from across the genre. Roberto Prosseda's Mendelssohn - Kleine Fuge MWV U 96 (1838) on Decca makes the The A-List: Classical. The track was released digitally worldwide on February 1, 2019, as a recent discovery from Prosseda's Complete Piano Works box which came to light in 2017. p.p1 {margin: 0.0px 0.0px 0.0px 0.0px; font: 12.0px 'Helvetica Neue'; color: #4d4d4d} p.p1 {margin: 0.0px 0.0px 0.0px 0.0px; font: 12.0px 'Helvetica Ne
 
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Trifonov with NSO. It's nice when a concert lives up to its promise / Washington Post

It's nice when a concert feels like an event: the crowded hall, the sense of anticipation. It's also nice when it lives up to its promise. Audience members came for Daniil Trifonov, the hipster poet of the piano, who caressed the keys until they yielded music that was like a sinuous being of its own. They stayed - the ones who did stay - for rich and vivid Shostakovich, played by the National Symphony Orchestra and conductor Gianandrea Noseda without any soloist. We're not used to seeing the Kennedy Center Concert Hall this full. But Trifonov, just shy of 28, is the latest p
 
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Michael Fine Seasons is the WFMT: Featured New Release

Grammy Award winner Michael Fine is widely acknowledged as one of the top classical producers in the world. In addition to recording production, he has been active in artistic planning for orchestras and was the first American to hold the post of Artistic Director at the Deutsche Grammophon label. Fine began composing in 2013. His scores are born from his improvisations on the piano and are nourished by his travels and his readings. This album features a collection of some of his recent orchestral works, performed by the Royal Scottish National Orchestra under conductor Philip Mann. For
 
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Raul Midon multi-tasks his DeBartolo: PAC one-man show / South Bend Tribune

Music fans who braved the snow and bad roads to attend Raul Midón's concert Saturday at the University of Notre Dame's DeBartolo Performing Arts Center expected to see a one-man show. That one man stood in middle of a stage that included a piano and bongo drums. Midón held the acoustic guitar that helped him earn Grammy nominations in 2018 and 2019. He was backed by the Netherlands-based Metropole Orkest on his most recent Grammy-nominated album, "If You Really Want." And although the orchestra was likely in another part of the world on Saturday evening, those in the audie
 
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WRTI's 'Classical Album of the Week,' adds some winter sunshine with Morten Lauridsen's Light Eternal

We're adding some sunshine to the darkness of winter with this classical album of the week: American composer Morten Laurdisen's Light Eternal. It's a new release from the composer of O Magnum Mysterium that includes some of Lauridson's best-loved works, compiled in honor of his 75th birthday. Lauridson's radiant choral works have been enchanting listeners for decades. His choral writing was recognized for its "musical beauty, power and spiritual depth" when he was awarded the National Medal of Arts by President George W. Bush in 2007.   Light Eternal featu
 
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Joyce DiDonato's 'Songplay' is OPERAWIRE featured CD

This week, one major CD is slated for release and it comes from one of opera's greatest singers. Here is a sneak peek of that release! Joyce DiDonato releases her latest album - Songplay for Erato featuring music by Vivaldi in both its customary Baroque purity and swinging to the heady rhythm of a samba. Featuring pianist and harpsichordist Craig Terry, trumpeter Charlie Porter, bassist Chuck Israels, drummer Jimmy Madison, and Argentinian bandoneon player Lautaro Greco. A US tour of the album is set throughout 2019. SEE THE OPERAWIRE PAGE
 
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Lara Downes 'Albatross,' collaboration with Judy Collins now available

One month from tomorrow March 1, 2019, Lara Downes releases her new album, Holes in the Sky, on Portrait, an imprint of the Sony Music Masterworks label. A genre-fluid collection of music written and performed by today's leading female artists, Lara collaborates with Judy Collins, Rachel Barton Pine, Rhiannon Giddens, Simone Dinnerstein, fast-rising cellist Ifetayo Ali-Landing, and the urban youth vocal ensemble Musicality. The first single from the album, "Albatross," featuring Judy Collins, is now available on all major streaming platforms.  READ THE FULL BroadwayWorld ARTICL
 
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