CapRadio new classical releases for 'Sound Advice'

In this week's edition of Sound Advice, Morning Classical host Kevin Doherty focuses on recent releases in the world of classical music. From new releases to new takes on old favorites to the most recent recording on the Organ at Notre Dame, Kevin Doherty highlights some of his favorite albums from the past several months. We'll hear singers from different ends of the vocal spectrum, an Oingo Boingo songwriter and Simpson's composer's violin concerto, Beethoven, and Bach. Here's what's new and noteworthy in the world of classical music: "Fourth Movement from Eleven Eleven" perfo
 
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GRAMOPHONE reviews Salonen - Works for Cello by Wilhelmina Smith & Yo-Yo Ma

Wilhelmina Smith's recording underlines one of the fundamental differences between these two composers born in Finland just six years apart. Salonen's music has long prioritised clarity even when it's not the stated aim (and, in one of these works, it is). Saariaho tends to drill down into an idea to the point of shattering it (not always intentionally). To some degree both write ‘traditional' Finnish nature music but where Salonen is more interested in biological and mathematical process (patterns or loops that spiral towards natural end-points and show their workings), Saariaho is f
 
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Salonen Cello Concerto is most successful with Yo-Yo Ma, L.A. Phil / THE CLASSIC REVIEW

After a Piano Concerto and a Violin Concerto, it was only natural Esa Pekka-Salonen will write a full Cello Concerto, and one may dare say this is the most successful of the three. Like the other two concertos, Salonen enjoys a first-class soloist – the immaculate Yo-Yo Ma, together with the Los Angeles Philharmonic on top form. This recording comes from the debut performance of the piece at Los Angeles' Walt Disney Hall, on February of last year (2018). The audience must have been stunned by the music, as there is barely a hint this is a live recording, save for the dynamism of t
 
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Chicago Sinfonietta close their 2019 season highlighting musical icons throughout history with Regina Carter / BroadwayWorld

The nation's most diverse orchestra, Chicago Sinfonietta, and Music Director Mei-Ann Chen are proud to present the finale to the illustrious 2018-2019 season with SoundSketch on Saturday, May 11, at Wentz Concert Hall and on Monday, May 13 at Symphony Center in Chicago. A concert rooted in painting portraits in rhythm, blues and beyond, the orchestra puts its own spin on the concept of "the tribute" by highlighting musical icons throughout history in a string-centric program, with MacArthur Genius and violin virtuoso Regina Carter as a featured special guest. Chicago Sinfonietta
 
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For 50th anniversary of the Apollo 11 moon landings, celebrations of the solar system and planet earth take centre stage at this year's Proms / BBC Music Magazine

The programme for this year's BBC Proms has been revealed, with major celebrations of the 50th anniversary of the Apollo 11 moon landings scheduled across the season. Founder and conductor Sir Henry Wood is also honoured this year, as the Proms celebrates the 150th anniversary of his birth. Composers have long been inspired by the sound of space, imagined or otherwise. This year's  season will highlight some of these works to mark the anniversary of the moon landings. Holst's The Planets and John Adams's Short Ride in a Fast Machine will be performed, as well as premieres of Anna T
 
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Roman Rabinovich - Haydn Piano Sonatas Vol. 1 makes Classic Voice: April 'New Releases'

The pianist Roman Rabinovich is currently recording all of Haydn's piano sonatas for First Hand Records, with the 2nd volume set for release later this year. A great champion of Haydn's music, his explorations of the keyboard sonatas have included a 42-sonata cycle at The Bath Festival and partial cycles at Lammermuir Festival, ChamberFest Cleveland and the Israel Conservatory of Music. Rabinovich has earned a reputation for bringing Haydn's often-neglected keyboard works to life, praised by The New York Times for "admirable interpretations, performed with a rich, full-blooded s
 
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Vijay Iyer Sextet will play final 2019 performance at CSUN: The Soraya - Jazz / BroadwayWorld

"There's probably no frame wide enough to encompass the creative output of the pianist Vijay Iyer," The New York Times observed. His Ph.D. in cognitive science from UC Berkeley is just the start. He's been recognized as a bona fide "genius" by DownBeat magazine and was named by GQ India as one of the 50 most influential Indians. The jazz pianist is also a prolific recording artist and his quintet will play the final Jazz Club performances of The Soraya's 2018/19 season on May 10 and 11.   READ THE FULL BroadwayWorld ARTICLE p.p1 {margin: 0.0px 0.0px 0.0px
 
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Sandeep Das to receive 2019 Guggenheim fellowship / MIG

The Guggenheim fellowship announced its fellows for this year on April 9, 2019 and two Indian-Americans have made it to the list. Tabla maestro Sandeep Das and chemistry professor Dr Neal K. Devaraj have been recognised for their exceptional work in the field of art and science. The fellowship is awarded by John Simon Guggenheim Memorial Foundation for further development of artists and scholars who have established themselves in their field of work. With a career spanning over 28 years, Das is an accomplished tabla virtuoso who debuted at the age of 17 at a concert with sitar maestro P
 
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Advancing her Orchestra of St. Luke's show at Carnegie Hall, Helene Grimaud chats with 89.9WKCR

Pianist Hélène Grimaud recently released her Deutsche Grammophon album - Memory which explores the nature of recollection through a series of exquisite pianistic miniatures. A choice of repertoire embracing everything from impressionistic reveries by Chopin and Debussy to the timeless, folk-like melodies of Valentin Silvestrov.  Grimaud joins the Orchestra of St. Luke's under the direction on Pablo Heras-Casado, in a program of PROKOFIEV Symphony No. 1, "Classical", RAVEL Piano Concerto in G Major, STRAVINSKY Suite No. 1 for Small Orchestra, and HAYDN Symphon
 
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Salonen Cello Concerto with Yo-Yo Ma & LA Phil, traverses territory that embraces Ives, Messiaen, Debussy, Barber / New Music Buff

Perhaps this is a stroke of marketing genius or maybe some luck is involved but this recording has success written all over it. Yo-Yo Ma is without a doubt one of the finest musicians of our time. The LA Philharmonic is a world class orchestra with a world class conductor at the helm. And though this is but the first encounter by this reviewer with Salonen's music this work suggests that his compositional skills are at a similar level.  There is but one work on this disc, a large and very listenable cello concerto which dates from 2016. While the work is clearly modern in its style
 
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FM91:WGTE - Toledo interviews Hee-Young Lim

Cellist Hee-Young Lim was (at age 15) the youngest student ever accepted to Korean National University. Afterward, she attended Boston's New England Conservatory and the Conservatoire National Supérieur de Musique of Paris. In 2016, at the age of 28, she was appointed Principal Solo Cello of the Rotterdam Philharmonic Orchestra under Yannick Nézet-Séguin – making her one of the first female Asian cellists ever to lead a section in a major European orchestra. Hee-Young Lim joined FM91:WGTE Toledo OH Music Director - Brad Cresswell to discuss her latest rel
 
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Jade Simmons hosts new apm podcast - Decomposed

p.p1 {margin: 0.0px 0.0px 0.0px 0.0px; font: 12.0px 'Helvetica Neue'; color: #4d4d4d} Beginning today April 16, American Public Media's new podcast 'Decomposed'  breaks down the stories that have shaped classical music. Hosted by pianist Jade Simmons, this podcast will change the way you hear the notes. From secrets and scandals, to acts of sheer genius, hear these stories accompanied by the symphonies, operas and other masterpieces they inspired. Classical concert pianist, storyteller, best-selling author, Jade Simmons takes on gender expectations, Cold War propaganda a
 
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With her gift for composing, sparking piano, and elegant vocals, Sarah McKenzie takes a fearless approach on 'Secrets of My Heart' / MAKING A SCENE

Australian pianist, singer, composer Sarah McKenzie became well established globally with her Impulse! 2017 Paris in the Rain and now returns on an independent label with the half originals/half covers Secrets of My Heart. She reunites with noted Australian composer, arranger, and events music director Chong Lim who produced her first two projects. This was recorded in New York City with a core quartet of French bassist Pierre Boussaguet, guitarist Dan Wilson and drummer Donald Edwards. Tenor saxophonist Troy Roberts, vibraphonist Warren Wolf, cellist Judy Redhage, flutist Danilo Caymmi and
 
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Central Nebraska set for George Winston at the Merryman PAC / Kearney Hub

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KCRW: Rhythm Planet - spring mix includes latest from Lang Lang and Maurizio Pollini

For Rhythm Planet's latest mix, I've selected 20 wonderful jazz, world, and classical tracks-mostly new but a few evergreens, too. I'll highlight some of them below.  New classical gems include Lang Lang playing Mozart's "Ah, vous dirai-je maman," better known today as "Twinkle Twinkle Little Star." The Chinese superstar pianist suffered an arm injury and decided to revisit the classic piano pieces he learned in his early years. The Piano Book deluxe edition from Deutsche Grammophon includes 29 of the most popular piano pieces for both piano players and lovers on 2 CDs.  V
 
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'Secrets of My Heart' is Sarah McKenzie's most personal music to date / JAZZIZ

Australia-born singer Sarah McKenzie is an emerging star with a timeless voice and a spellbinding way with original lyrics, two skills that helped her secure a coveted finalist spot in the 2014 Sarah Vaughan International Jazz Vocal Competition. Since then, the Berklee-educated singer has gone on to have a fruitful career in Europe. She's even recorded a handful of albums on the illustrious French jazz label Impulse!, including 2017's Paris in the Rain, which opened opportunities for her to perform around the world in such places as Brazil, Korea, Japan and the United States. "Traveling
 
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Roman Rabinovich - Haydn Piano Sonatas Vol. 1 is the KUSC: Download Of the Week

The pianist Roman Rabinovich is currently recording all of Haydn's piano sonatas for First Hand Records, with the 2nd volume set for release later this year. A great champion of Haydn's music, his explorations of the keyboard sonatas have included a 42-sonata cycle at The Bath Festival and partial cycles at Lammermuir Festival, ChamberFest Cleveland and the Israel Conservatory of Music. Rabinovich has earned a reputation for bringing Haydn's often-neglected keyboard works to life, praised by The New York Times for "admirable interpretations, performed with a rich, full-blood
 
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Hilary Hahn discusses J.S. Bach with All Classical Portland

Early in her career, violinist Hilary Hahn took on music that many before her wouldn't approach until they were a little older.  She chose three of the six unaccompanied violin works of J.S. Bach, a set regarded as the pinnacle of solo violin repertoire.  Now, 21 years later, Hahn returns to complete the set.  Naturally, her interpretation may sound different, but one constant remains:  Hilary Hahn is very much at home with these 6 pieces.  She shares more about it with All Classical Portland's program director John Pitman. LISTEN   p.p1 {marg
 
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Maria Schneider to be honered at 2019 NEA Jazz Masters

The National Endowment for the Arts will recognize four multitalented honorees -- Stanley Crouch, Bob Dorough, Abdullah Ibrahim and Maria Schneider -- as its 2019 NEA Jazz Masters, the nation's highest honor in the genre, on April 15. A series of free events, including the Jazz Masters Tribute Concert at the John F. Kennedy Center for the Performing Arts in D.C. will be livestreamed on the NEA's website and on other platforms. Crouch is a renowned jazz historian, author, critic and co-founder of New York's Jazz at Lincoln Center. Dorough was a vocalist, composer, arranger and pianist. H
 
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Roman Rabinovich - Haydn Piano Sonatas Vol. 1 is the KDFC: Download Of the Week

The pianist Roman Rabinovich is currently recording all of Haydn's piano sonatas for First Hand Records, with the 2nd volume set for release later this year. A great champion of Haydn's music, his explorations of the keyboard sonatas have included a 42-sonata cycle at The Bath Festival and partial cycles at Lammermuir Festival, ChamberFest Cleveland and the Israel Conservatory of Music.  Rabinovich has earned a reputation for bringing Haydn's often-neglected keyboard works to life, praised by The New York Times for "admirable interpretation
 
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World premiere of Michael Fine's 'Triple Concerto for Oboe Section' set with ASO / 89.1KUAR Q&A's

Michael Fine is renowned the world over for his compositions, inspired by his fierce love of nature. But he makes his living as one of the top producers of classical music recordings in the world. A clarinetist himself, Fine was commissioned by Arkansas Symphony Orchestra Music Director Philip Mann to write a "rather unusual" Triple Concerto for Oboe section. Fine and Mann will debut the piece on May 4 and 5 at Robinson Center in Little Rock. Arts Scene's Ann Nicholson reached Fine at his home in The Netherlands, and spoke with him about the new work.  LISTEN TO 89.1K
 
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Hee-Young Lim interview with 90.9WGUC: Cincinnati

If it isn't already, the name Hee-Young Lim is one you should have on your radar. This young, South Korean cellist is quickly establishing herself as one of the leading musicians of this generation. Her passion for music is evident when you listen to her play. She has a tremendous command over her instrument and her virtuosity and musicality shine through in her debut recording that was released in November 2018 with Scott Yoo and the London Symphony Orchestra. Following the release of her album, I had the privilege of getting to know Hee-Young and learning a little more about why she chose
 
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KUCI's Evie the Muse interviews Nina June

Evie the Muse of KUCI's Composers Always Score interviews Nina June, an Amsterdam based artist and songwriter who found inspiration for her songs during a 700-mile solitary walk through France and Spain. Here she would listen to the film music of Thomas Newman (American Beauty) and Michael Nyman (The Piano), as well as the ethereal pop of Rhye and Zero7. During this trip, Nina experienced life at its most pure and basic. On March 23rd, 2018, she released her album Bon Voyage in a sold out Paradiso Amsterdam. Her music had been heard by millions of ears through Spotify by that time alrea
 
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Virtuosity and sophistication as Nicola Benedetti directs two Mozart violin concertos with SCO / The Herald - Scotland

Having Nicola Benedetti not only perform in but direct two of Mozart's Violin Concertos was a treat, allowing as it does that intimate relationship between soloist and chamber orchestra. Benedetti always manages to make it look like everyone is having an effortlessly lovely time on stage, but she also led with elegant confidence, tempering admirable touches of character – particularly through her bowing – with a stylish restraint. The many show-stopping cadenzas were used not only for virtuosity, but sophistication; a blend of interesting harmony and styles, from gutsy, fol
 
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Lara Downes - Holes in the Sky is ideastreamWCLV - Recording Of the Week

From the Sony/Portrait press release: "Holes in the Sky is a genre-fluid collection of music written and performed by today's leading female artists, celebrating the contributions of phenomenal women to the past, present, and future of American music.  The music of Holes in the Sky tells the story of what women and girls can contribute to the world when they are given a chance - their dreams can make holes in the sky. Lara Downes collaborates with an extraordinary multi-generational group of female guest artists on this album, including the iconic singer / songwriter Judy Collins,
 
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Charles Richard-Hamelin - Chopin Piano Concertos is CLASSIC fM: Album of the Week

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Light and airy vocals juxtapose vivacious drums and guitar on Radical Face - Doubt / GRUNGE CAKE

Outside of it coming across a lot like ‘Every Breath You Take' by the British band The Police, Radical Face's light and airy vocals juxtapose the vivacious drums and guitar, and speaks to the moments in my life when people's roles were no longer clear to me. Watch the super cool music video below. The artist said the following about the making of the visual: This is the most technically and physically demanding video I've ever done, as everything was done in-camera. No post was added at all, not even basics like colour-correction. The idea was to build an evolving portrait, fading
 
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Khatia Buniatishvili to perform in Music Worcester debut at Tuckerman Hall / the telegram

World-renowned pianist Khatia Buniatishvili will perform a program of Schubert and Liszt April 19 at Tuckerman Hall. The concert marks Buniatishvili's first time in the city, and is one of only two American performances on her 2019 tour. "I'm always excited to go for the first time somewhere, to discover the new culture, to share my emotions and physical experience with people that I've never met before," Buniatishvili said. "I want to share my music with the Worcester public." The 31-year-old Buniatishvili has recorded a new album, "Schubert" (containing Sonata D 960 and Four Impr
 
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Jenny Lin set for a selection of Bach and Glass at the MFA / Herald-Mail Media

Jenny Lin, noted as one of the most respected young pianists today, will perform at the Washington County Museum of Fine Arts at 2:30 p.m. Sunday. She will include a selection of Bach and Philip Glass compositions at the MFA. Lin has been acclaimed for her "remarkable technical command" and "a gift for melodic flow" by The New York Times. Born in Taiwan and raised in Austria, Lin studied with Noel Flores at the Hochschule für Musik in Vienna, with Julian Martin at the Peabody Conservatory in Baltimore, and with Dominique Weber in Geneva. She has also worked with Leon Fleisher, Richard
 
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Once again, the Canadian Brass doesn't disappoint at Krannert / Champaign/Urbana News-Gazette

The Canadian Brass, North America's favorite brass quintet, came to Foellinger Great Hall at Krannert Center for the Performing Arts in Urbana last Sunday afternoon and played an engaging program to the delight of a houseful of fans that greeted and cheered these players as if they were old and beloved friends, and indeed they are. The members of the quintet, Chuck Daellenbach (tuba), Christopher Coletti (trumpet), Caleb Hudson (trumpet), Achilles Liarmakopoulos (trombone) and Jeff Nelson (horn) have fine-tuned their special brand, the lighter side of the classical repertory, played wit
 
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Valentina Lisitsa's fine new 11 hour Tchaikovsky solo piano box-set is most comprehensive ever / Daily Mail

It's a curiosity that Tchaikovsky is so popular – his 1812 Overture is No 1 in the Classic FM Hall of Fame – and yet much of his music is virtually unknown over here. That includes most of his operas, most of his chamber music, and almost all of his solo piano music, the totality of which is featured in Valentina Lisitsa's fine new box. Tchaikovsky wrote solo piano music for more than 30 years. It was a nice little earner for him, because in those times, composers made nothing out of grand symphonies but could make a lot out of sales of sheet music for home performances of piano
 
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Yo-Yo Ma plays Bach on Laredo border crossing / npr - tpr

<img src="/interface/ytcircle.png" /></a>Yo-Yo Ma Plays Bach In Shadow Of Border Crossing</div>">World-renowned cellist Yo-Yo Ma brought his Bach Project to the sister cities of Laredo, Texas, and Nuevo Laredo, Mexico, on Saturday. Laredo's "Day of Action" featured performances in both cities to celebrate the relationship between the two communities. Ma played the opening notes of J.S. Bach's "Suite No. 1 for Unaccompanied Cello" in a park next to the Juarez-Lincoln International Bridge, one of the crossings that connect the U.S. and Mexican cities. It was part of his Bach Proj
 
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WHAT HI*FI? picks '10 best vinyl records' for record store day

If not quite a lottery, there is a game of chance you play when buying your favourite music on vinyl. It isn't like CD or downloading a digital file, where identikit reproductions mean you're more or less certain to receive the music as intended. No two vinyl records are exactly the same, but deficiencies from mastering to press can also leave whole batches sounding sub-par, and in the gravest scenarios have you eschewing some of your otherwise favourite albums. No doubt we all have some of those gathering dust in our collections, but likewise there are those records where the vinyl
 
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In a new album dedicated to Celia Cruz, Angelique Kidjo reignites Cuban classics with their Afrobeat roots / Financial Times

Exiled from Cuba by Fidel Castro's revolution, the singer Celia Cruz settled in New York, living for a while in Hell's Kitchen. Thirty years later, forced out of Benin by the Marxist-Leninist regime, Angélique Kidjo found herself in New York living on the same block. She was already a fan of the Cuban singer, having seen her on a 1974 tour of Africa in the wake of the Rumble in the Jungle. This fascination persisted. Kidjo has always engaged energetically with the music of the African diaspora and now, following her West African reimagination of Talking Heads' reimagination of West A
 
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CTV - News Montreal chats with Karin Kei Nagano

Born in Berkeley, California in 1998, pianist Karin Kei Nagano began studying piano at the age of three and has worked with a number of internationally celebrated pianists, including the late Germaine Mounier, the late Vera Gornostayeva, Igor Lazko, and Colette Zerah. Currently, she studies with Rita Wagner and Peter Frankl. As a soloist, Ms. Nagano has worked with conductors such as Yuri Bashmet, Wolfgang Sawallisch, Allan Bergius, Kazuyoshi Akiyama, Tadaaki Otaka, David Benoit, and Kent Nagano. She has also performed as a chamber musician alongside artists such as Veronika E
 
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Doesn't it make sense to teach beginner violinist's something about Baroque performance practice? Rachel Barton Pine thought so / Violinist.com

With all the Baroque music that we teach beginning violinists, doesn't it make sense to teach them something about Baroque performance practice? Violinist Rachel Barton Pine thought so, when her daughter, Sylvia, started taking violin lessons and going through the Suzuki books several years ago. The Suzuki books contain quite a lot of Baroque pieces -- the Bach Minuets, Lully Gavotte, Vivaldi concerti, the Bach Double...the list goes on. This presents so many opportunities to introduce students to early music practices -- but how to go about doing so? Once Pine starting looking into
 
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Composer Terence Blanchard to receive BMI's Icon Award / Variety

Composer and jazz artist Terence Blanchard will be named a BMI Icon at the 35th annual Film, TV and Visual Media Awards of Broadcast Music Inc. on May 15 at the Beverly Wilshire Hotel in Beverly Hills. The five-time Grammy winner and recent Oscar nominee (for "BlacKkKlansman") has long been director Spike Lee's favorite composer, having written the scores for "Malcolm X," "Inside Man," "25th Hour," the Katrina documentary "When the Levees Broke" and a dozen other films. His scores for other directors include "Red Tails," "Eve's Bayou," "Barbershop" and others.  PHOTO: CREDIT: ERIC
 
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Sarah McKenzie enchants from the first song on 'Secrets Of My Heart' / Le Monde

Phrasé impeccable, precise and delicate voice, Sarah McKenzie , also pianist, enchants from the first song of his new album, Secrets of my Heart. From You Only Live Twice, created for the movie of the same name of the adventures of James Bond by Nancy Sinatra, she makes a moment of soft and light reverie. A full success that confirms the rest of the album, whether on the own compositions of the singer and pianist ( You and the Music, Till the End of Time ...) or on a few occasions, including a superb Come on Home , from Dinah Washington, in a blues casting. By classical jazz, with el
 
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Janoska Ensemble end the Troy Chromatics 122nd season with a pleasant, playful blending of styles and plenty of musicianship / Albany Times Union

The Troy Chromatics ended its 122nd season with something on the lighter side of the classical music spectrum. The four-member Janoska Ensemble improvised on themes from the masters as well as American pop standards plus folk songs of their native Slovakia. It was a pleasant diversion with a playful blending of styles and plenty of impressive musicianship. But even with all those elements, things started to sound the same. Deutsche Grammophon has recently released its second album of Janoska, which is now based in Vienna. The members – two violinists, a bassist and a pianist &ndas
 
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Lara Downes Q&A with San Francisco Classical Voice

Pianist Lara Downes leaves no room for doubt. Given the choice as a professional musician to rant about male composers' dominance in music history, the repertoire of orchestras, chamber ensembles and soloists, and jazz, pop, funk, R&B, folk, and other playlists, or to rave about brilliant, overlooked women composers, Downes chooses the latter. Sacramento-based Downes's new album released in early March, Holes in the Sky, celebrates a multigenerational, cross-genre collection of female composers and musicians. Among the 22 tracks are works written or performed by 20th century compose
 
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Penka Kouneva's Invisible Lifeline is powerful and fascinating / MainlyPiano

Invisible Lifeline is a powerful and fascinating album of eight pieces composed by Penka Kouneva. The album is based on the premise of: "If Frederic Chopin, Sergei Rachmaninoff, Clara Schumann or Alma Mahler were composing movie themes in the 21st century, what would their music sound like?" How is that for an original concept? The album is a collection of six solo piano fantasias performed by Georgi Slavchev, and two string orchestral tracks. All eight pieces are very classical in styling and each tells a story about what motivates the creative artist. Kouneva utilized several sources on c
 
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Sarah McKenzie stops in Portland at 90.7KBOO

31-year-old pianist, singer, and composer After the great success of Sarah McKenzie has recently released; Secrets of My Heart, where she reunites with noted Australian composer, arranger, and events music director, Chong Lim, who produced her first two discs. Recorded in New York City, Secrets of My Heart exudes cosmopolitan flair with its lineup that includes French bassist Pierre Boussaguet and Brazilian percussionist Rogerio Bocattoalongside guitarist Dan Wilson, drummer Donald Edwards, vibraphonist Warren Wolf,tenor saxophonist Troy Roberts, and cellist Jody Redhage
 
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Joep Beving - Henosis is an epic affair / contactmusic.com

Riding the rising wave of neo-classical artists currently infiltrating an ever-growing public consciousness is Dutch pianist Joep Beving. Ever since the somewhat unexpected success of his debut release 'Solipsism' in 2015, Joep has become rather less of an advertising man (his day job) and more of a minimalist composer and performer of evocative soundscapes. His latest album 'Henosis' is an epic affair of more than twenty tracks and follows his 2018 release 'Conatus'.  Where traditionally an artist, or label, may have seen this amount of material as two or t
 
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Angelique Kidjo: Celia on npr - First Listen

Angélique Kidjo now has a pair of albums that are essentially covers of other artists, but interpreted with an African sensibility so majestic as to render the originals almost as source material. Celia refers to Celia Cruz, perhaps the most well-known vocalist to come from Cuba during any era. The ten tracks span several decades of Cruz's career, from before she left Cuba in 1960 to her groundbreaking recordings for the celebrated Fania Records label in New York in the 1970s, to "La Vida Es Un Carnaval," the 1998 song that became her late career hit and anthem. Kidjo's r
 
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Sarah McKenzie wraps promo tour at Olympia's 89.3KAOS

Sarah McKenzie returns with her poignant, Secrets of My Heart, reunites with noted Australian composer, arranger, and events music director, Chong Lim, who produced her first two discs. The Secrets of My Heart lineup includes French bassist Pierre Boussaguet and Brazilian percussionist Rogerio Bocattoalongside guitarist Dan Wilson, drummer Donald Edwards, vibraphonist Warren Wolf,tenor saxophonist Troy Roberts, and cellist Jody Redhage Ferber(all of whom based in the United States). In support of this album release, McKenzie travelled north from San Diego, up the West Coast and con
 
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Ludovico Einaudi adds dates to London Barbican residency / stereoboard

Due to high demand for tickets, the composer and pianist - Ludovico Einaudi has extended his residency at London's Barbican Centre to now take place from Wednesday July 31 to August 6. Tickets for the two new shows, on August 5 and 6, will go on sale at 10am on April 12. Einaudi will then head around the rest of the UK, stopping in Birmingham, Brighton, Liverpool, Edinburgh. Glasgow and Nottingham throughout autumn. The tour is in support of his latest project, ‘Seven Days Walking': seven bodies of work to be released over seven consecutive months. The first dropped in March.
 
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Nicholas McGegan & PBO in their element for Handel's 'Saul' / Los Angeles Times

The nation's petulant leader is consumed by self-destructive envy. He appears to listen to reason from his children, but then he goes and does what he likes anyway. He has it in for a war hero. He views the enemies of his enemies as his friends, even when they are clearly Philistines. He creates chaos in the Middle East. Before you draw any conclusions, it is the Israelite/Philistine conflict we're talking about and the failed biblical king of Judah, as depicted in Handel's oratorio "Saul," which Philharmonia Baroque Orchestra & Chorale brought to Walt Disney Concert Hall on Wednesday n
 
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SYML shares 'The Bird' video and announces extensive US/Euro tour / VENTS

Having recently announced his self-titled debut album, set for release on May 3rd, today Seattle based artist and producer SYML (AKA Brian Fennell) is excited to share the official video for his critically acclaimed single, "The Bird." The video was shot by Seattle director Hayley Young and features Tacoma-based, self-taught dancer and choreographer Larieza Leigh Smith, who SYML discovered via Instagram and immediately recruited to choreograph a contemporary piece for the video, which also features two of her students. In support of the album release, today SYML also announces a headline ru
 
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Yo-Yo Ma, headed to the border / CelebrityAccess ENCORE

Yo-Yo Ma is expected next weekend to head to the border between Texas and Mexico to soothe reported tensions between those who live on either side of the Rio Grande. With the media coverage of immigration and how to handle it at an all-time high, the famed cellist is hoping that a performance at Laredo's Gateway to the Americas International Bridge will highlight what unifies American and Mexican cultures rather than what divides them, according to the Texas Monthly. For the past two years, Ma has been performing all six cello suites by Johann Sebastian Bach in 36 cities across the worl
 
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Craig Handy set for Shanghai's JZ Club / that's

Acclaimed saxophonist Craig Handy is all set to perform at Shanghai's JZ Club on Wednesday April 17 as part of the Craig Handy Trio.  Born in Oakland, California, Handy started experimenting with guitar, trombone and piano at an early age. It didn't take long before he settled on his first true love, the saxophone. He went on to attended North Texas State University, won the coveted Charlie Parker Scholarship and became a frontrunner in the school's exceptional One O' Clock Jazz Ensemble. Handy moved to New York in 1986 and made several connections with formidable artists i
 
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Cowboy Junkies captivate with sad songs at the Dakota / Minneapolis Star Tribune

"We only have one happy song," Cowboy Junkies singer Margo Timmins told a packed house at the Dakota in Minneapolis on Wednesday night. "And we're not pulling it out tonight." Timmins has been using that line for years. Because, as she points out, people who come to see Toronto's Cowboy Junkies must like sad songs. The Timminses and their band – brother Peter is on drums, along with bassist Alan Anton and multi-instrumental Jeff Bird – captivated the crowd for two sets and two hours of music in their first Twin Cities appearance since 2013. The rich musical rewards made it worth
 
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Gernot Wolfgang's Groove-Oriented Chamber Music is treated subtly and artfully on Vienna and the West / textura

Not for the first time, the subtitle "Groove-Oriented Chamber Music" appears on the cover of a Gernot Wolfgang release, which in the most regrettable imagining would amount to some vulgar orchestral-techno mashup. Vienna and the West thankfully commits no such offence, and the term itself functions more as a hook to grab the listener's attention. The gesture reflects the Austrian-born, LA-based composer's desire to integrate rhythms from jazz, rock'n'roll, pop, world music, and electronica into his material, yet while groove-related elements are present on this fourth chambe
 
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Joyce DiDonato is lovely and warm, glowing like a full moon on Songplay / Jazz Weekly

Armed with a clear and classical voice, Joyce DiDonato mixes Italian arias with jazz standards on this clear as Waterford crystal collection She teams with an impressive lineup arranged by pianist Craig Terry, which includes Chuck Israels/b, Jimmy Madison/dr, Lautaro Greco/band and Charlie Porter/tp-fh. Her enunciation of Italian gems such as "Tu Lo Sai" and "Vedro con mio Dioletto" is lovely and warm, glowing like a full moon. She does some rich intro work on "Lullaby of Birdland" before veering into a swing groove, and her delivery of "(I'm Afraid) The Masquerade is Over" is uptown stylin
 
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Lang Lang channels his student days in 'Piano Book' / KDFC: The State of the Arts

For Lang Lang‘s newest recording, Piano Book, he revisits pieces that made him want to play the instrument as a child. It's KDFC's Album of the Week, with familiar works by Mozart, Beethoven, Bach, Debussy and Schumann. Even if they're associated with lessons, Lang Lang says they shouldn't be discounted as works for beginners only. "All this repertoire was my favorite pieces, as a boy playing piano," Lang Lang says. "Like Fur Elise, the Spinning Song by Mendelssohn, the Maiden's Prayer, Bach Prelude and Fugue number 1, and Clair de Lune…" It's rare for a concert pianist to
 
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Stream 'The Times of Harvey Milk' from George Winston's new album 'Restless Wind' / JAZZIZ

Pianist George Winston is among today's most popular interpreters of American song, celebrated for turning sociological observations on American culture into compositions that weave a beautiful tapestry of folk, early jazz, R&B and contemporary classical. His singular instrumental style, which he has termed "rural folk piano," has been resonating with audiences around the world for more than four decades. Several of his albums - including the essential Autumn, Winter Into Spring and December - achieved platinum status in the United States, generating sales in the millions and serving as
 
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Michele Tozzetti captures Leonard Bernstein's solo piano music with meticulous detail / Classical Music Sentinel

None of the piano "greats" seem to have performed or recorded the solo piano music of Leonard Bernstein (1918-1990). Perhaps simply because most of it, with some exceptions, does not speak directly to the heart but instead appeals to the intellect. Italian pianist Michele Tozzetti captures and projects all of these facets of a complex individual very well, with meticulous attention to details, accents, and rhythmic alterations. His delivery is always clear and unmuddled, which suits the motivic manipulations very well, and avoids adding extra emotional baggage to the more intimate pieces. T
 
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Sarah McKenzie's radio roadtrip stops at Chico CA's KZFR for an 'Ocean of Rock and Roll'

31-year-old pianist, singer, and composer Sarah McKenzie has recently released; Secrets of My Heart, where she reunites with noted Australian composer, arranger, and events music director, Chong Lim, who produced her first two discs. Recorded in New York City, Secrets of My Heart exudes cosmopolitan flair with its lineup that includes French bassist Pierre Boussaguet and Brazilian percussionist Rogerio Bocattoalongside guitarist Dan Wilson, drummer Donald Edwards, vibraphonist Warren Wolf,tenor saxophonist Troy Roberts, and cellist Jody Redhage Ferber(all of whom based in the
 
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Handel's epic 'Saul' oratorio gets heroic treatment from Philharmonia Baroque / San Francisco Examiner

Throughout his tenure as music director of the Philharmonia Baroque Orchestra, Nicholas McGegan has excelled in the large-scale works of Handel. He did it again Saturday evening at Berkeley's First Congregational Church, leading a spectacular concert performance of the composer's "Saul." Saturday's performance, which repeats Friday in San Francisco and Saturday in Palo Alto to close Philharmonia's 38th season, found McGegan and ensemble in top form, powering through the two hour, 50-minute score with brisk, unflagging energy. The orchestra played heroically, and the cast was first-rate. Rob
 
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Roman Rabinovich discusses his 'Haydn love affair' with classical radio

The pianist Roman Rabinovich has recorded all of Haydn's piano sonatas in a new series for First Hand Records, with the 2nd volume set for release later this year. A great champion of Haydn's music, his explorations of the keyboard sonatas have included a 42-sonata cycle at The Bath Festival and partial cycles at Lammermuir Festival, ChamberFest Cleveland and the Israel Conservatory of Music. Rabinovich has earned a reputation for bringing Haydn's often-neglected keyboard works to life, praised by The New York Times for "admirable interpretations, p
 
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Daniil Trifonov and Vikingur Olafsson honoured at BBC Music Magazine Awards / udiscovermusic.

Two of the most prominent pianists on the Deutsche Grammophon roster were honoured at last night's (10 April) BBC Music Magazine Awards. Daniil Trifonov's Destination Rachmaninov – Departure won the Concerto category and Víkingur Ólafsson's Johann Sebastian Bach was doubly recognised, as both Best Instrumental Album and Album of the Year. "I am very touched to win this important award for my Bach album," said Ólafsson, "and to know that people enjoy listening to it. Playing and recording Bach is in many ways the most personal thing one can do in music, and I a
 
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SYML set for Easy Street Records in-store before sold out Columbia City Theater show / West Seattle blog

Join West Seattle for a very special solo acoustic performance from SYML at Easy Street Records in The Junction, hours before his SOLD OUT show at Columbia City Theater, Tuesday, April 16th – 6 pm. There will be a signing and advanced album playback to follow. Hear the new album two weeks early! Everyone is welcome to attend the show on a first come, first serve basis. Brian Fennell is a student of simplicity. As SYML (pronounced "simmel"), which translates to "simple" in Welsh, Fennell writes emotive songs that capture the ethos of his musical persona. Ultimately his songs a
 
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WCSU JazzFest will feature Ron Carter / Danbury News Times

The Western Connecticut State University Department of Music will celebrate its 24th annual Jazz Festival from Thursday, April 25 through Saturday, April 27, showcasing the university's student and faculty jazz musicians, and featuring noted bassist Ron Carter and the acoustic jazz of the Robert Glasper Trio to Danbury for featured concerts. The opening concert at 7 p.m. on Thursday will feature university jazz musicians, including the WCSU Jazz Vocal Ensemble, under the direction of Adjunct Professor of Music Atla DeChamplai; the WCSU Jazz Ensemble, under the direction of Assistant Profess
 
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'Secret genius songwriters' write letter to Spotify saying 'you have used us' / billboard - HYPERBEAST

In 2017, Spotify launched its Secret Genius Awards annual event to honor songwriters and producers behind some of the streaming platform's most-played songs. But now some of those same honorees are speaking out about something much less celebrated -- Spotify's plan to appeal Copyright Royalty Board rates, along with Google, Pandora and Amazon. "We're hurt and disappointed," the dozens of songwriters wrote in an an open letter to Spotify on Tuesday (April 9) addressed to Spotify chief Daniel Ek and shared with Billboard. "You created a songwriter relations team and ingratiate
 
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Yo-Yo Ma brings 'Bach Project' to San Antonio & Laredo / San Antonio Express-News

Just under 3,000 people wil pack Trinity University's Laurie Auditorium on Friday for internationally renowned musician Yo-Yo Ma's sold out performance of Bach solo cello suites, but many, many more will get to experience the performance. That's because it will be simulcast at both the Mission Marquee Plaza, the community space on the former site of Mission Drive-In, and at Texas A&M International University in Laredo. The concert is part of the Bach Project series that Ma launched in August: 36 concerts of the cello suites performed across the globe over the course of two years. Ea
 
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New PBO recording brings Rameau's 'Temple of Glory' to life as originally envisioned / New Classical Tracks

p.p1 {margin: 0.0px 0.0px 0.0px 0.0px; font: 12.0px 'Helvetica Neue'; color: #4d4d4d} New Classical Tracks with Julie Amacher is a Syndicated Feature airing nationally on Classical 24 and Statewide via Minnesota Public Radio. For Wednesday April 10, Rameau: Le Temple de la Gloire - Nicholas McGegan, Philharmonia Orchestra and Chorale (Philharmonia Baroque Productions) Four years after the San Francisco-based Philharmonia Baroque Orchestra was formed, Nicholas McGegan was hired to be its first music director. 35 years later, he's still finding ways to keep the musicians and the au
 
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Hee-Young Lim chats with Spokane Public Radio about 'French Cello Concertos'

Hee-Young Lim was appointed as the Principal Solo Cellist of the Rotterdam Philharmonic Orchestra under Yannick Nézet-Séguin. She was one of the first female Asian cellists ever lead a section in a major European orchestra. In 2018, she was invited to join the teaching faculty of the Beijing Central Conservatory, the first Korean professor ever appointed to this prestigious conservatory. Praised by the Washington Post as "a deeply gifted musician, with a full, singing tone, near- flawless technique and a natural lyricism that infused nearly every note she played," cellist Hee-
 
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The Soweto Gospel Choir to star in London production of INALA, a Zulu Ballet / The South African

Following a sell-out run at London's Sadler's Wells, a Royal Variety Performance appearance and a phenomenal 2015 tour, INALA will return to the UK in 2019. The production will bring together the three-time Grammy® Award-winning South African choral legends, Soweto Gospel Choir with an international cast of dancers, choreographed by the former head of Rambert Mark Baldwin OBE.  It's five years since the ground-breaking phenomenon that is INALA – A Zulu Ballet – was first performed at the Edinburgh International Festival to celebrate 20 years of democracy in South Af
 
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SF Performances celebrates 40 years / San Francisco Chronicle

The 2019-20 season of San Francisco Performances, which marks the 40th anniversary of the performing arts presenter, will begin Sept. 27 and includes; a new collaboration by choreographer Lucinda Childs and composer David Lang, a concert with the Alexander String Quartet, and composer Gabriel Kahane. The experimental Pivot series will return for a fifth season Jan. 23-26, 2020, with appearances by composer and vocalist Theo Bleckmann, harpsichordist Mahan Esfahani and more. "The Day," a full-length work of music theater by Childs and Lang, will be performed by dancer Wendy Whelan and ce
 
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Eric Whitacre returns to Carnegie Hall for DCINY concert series / BroadwayWorld

Known for his virtual choir YouTube videos and as one of today's most established choral composers, Eric Whitacre returns to Carnegie Hall as part of Distinguished Concert International New York's (DCINY) concert series. Featuring Kelly Yu-Chien Lin on piano, Whitacre conducts the Distinguished Concert Singers in a variety of his most celebrated compositions. The concert will take place Sunday, April 28, 2019, at 8:30 pm at Stern Auditorium/Perelman Stage, Carnegie Hall.  READ THE FULL BroadwayWorld ARTICLE p.p1 {margin: 0.0px 0.0px 0.0px 0.0px; font: 12.0px 'Hel
 
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14th annual OPERA NEWS Awards honors five major figures

The 14th annual OPERA NEWS Awards were held on April 7, 2019, with a star-studded gala that honored five major figures of the opera world. The evening began with a cocktail hour before guests and honorees were brought to the main hall of the Plaza Hall to get the ceremony underway. OPERA NEWS editor F. Paul Driscoll kicked off the proceedings by introducing Anthony Roth Costanzo and noting that the famed countertenor had arrived at the hotel via bicyle. Then Joyce DiDonato introduced Laurent Pelly telling the story of the famed director and his introduction to opera before showing clips
 
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Mary Chapin Carpenter and Shawn Colvin announce duo tour for this fall / RollingStone

For more than three decades, singer-songwriters Mary Chapin Carpenter and Shawn Colvin have enjoyed a musical kinship that has seen them frequently share stages throughout the world. This fall, they will embark on a tour that showcases the duo in intimate acoustic settings, as they trade songs and stories from throughout their respective Grammy-winning careers, highlighting hits and longtime fan favorites. Having previously toured together in 2013, the two will kick off this latest trek in Kansas City, Missouri, on October 10th, with dates running through mid-December. The previous tour
 
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Even Beethoven sounded contemporary in Brooklyn Rider's 'Frankly Music series' date / URBAN MILWAUKEE

You can usually spot a contemporary music ensemble by its provocative name: Alarm Will Sound, eighth blackbird, red fish blue fish, Roomful of Teeth, etc. Last night at St. Paul's Episcopal Church I heard Brooklyn Rider, a string quartet bold enough to not include the word "quartet" in its name. The group has recorded all of Philip Glass's quartets and has played a vital role in New York's new-music scene for more than a decade. As part of the Frankly Music series, Brooklyn Rider presented a program titled "Healing Modes," which aimed to reflect on different sicknesses and healing. Beet
 
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Matthew Lipman chats with 89.7WCPE: Wake Forest

Matthew Lipman, recipient of a 2015 Avery Fischer Career Grant, recently made his Cedille label debut with Ascent, an album featuring, in the artist's words, "music enraptured by flights of fantasy," including world-premiere recordings of Dmitri Shostakovich's recently discovered Impromptu for Viola and Piano, Op. 33, and Clarice Assad's Metamorfose, which Lipman commissioned. This imaginative album consisting of improvisational works for viola and piano was created as a loving tribute to his late mother and includes York Bowen's Phantasy for Viola and Piano, Op. 54; Robert
 
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Danny Elfman's writing is phenomenal on Eleven Eleven / Synchrotones' Soundtrack Reviews

Two years ago the Prague orchestra requested that Danny Elfman compose a violin concerto for Sandy Cameron. Elfman responded by composing the concerto as his first free-standing orchestral work. That he loves the late Romantic idiom and especially its masters shines through clearly in the Violin Concerto, which he subtitled Eleven Eleven. Performed by the Royal Scottish National Orchestra, conducted by John Mauceri it really is quite spectacular. Elfman's Violin Concerto consists of four parts. The writing for violin, and the performance of it by Sandy Cameron, is exquisite. It's virtuo
 
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Listen to 'The Smooth Side of Sarah McKenzie' on 88.5KKRN: Redding, CA

31-year-old pianist, singer, and composer Sarah McKenzie has recently released; Secrets of My Heart, where she reunites with noted Australian composer, arranger, and events music director, Chong Lim, who produced her first two discs. Recorded in New York City, Secrets of My Heart exudes cosmopolitan flair with its lineup that includes French bassist Pierre Boussaguet and Brazilian percussionist Rogerio Bocattoalongside guitarist Dan Wilson, drummer Donald Edwards, vibraphonist Warren Wolf,tenor saxophonist Troy Roberts, and cellist Jody Redhage Ferber(all of whom based i
 
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'Tanguajira' from Pablo Aslan's 'Contrabajo' featured on Punto Radio: animajazz

In the episode n ° 861 of "ANIMAJAZZ", conceived and conducted by BRUNO POLLACCI , airing TUESDAY 9 April at 20.30, on PUNTORADIO is PABLO ASLAN - CD "Contrabajo" - "Tanguajira." At the suggestion of bandoneonist, arranger, and composer Raúl Jaurena, Pablo Aslan set out to create a body of work for bass and string quartet, in order to feature the bass not only as foundation and a melodic instrument, but as a driver of rhythm.  We remind you that "ANIMAJAZZ" can be heard TUESDAY at 8.30 pm in an immediate podcast on http://animajazz.eu and in streaming on www.puntora
 
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Richard Ford turns sound into something more visceral and visual on 'Basso Profondissimo' / Elsewhere

British-born, LA-based producer/composer/bassist Richard Ford is the sum of many influences, from Bill Nelson's Red Noise band to soundtrack work, jazz to Latin-influenced music, downtown NYC in the Eighties to remixing for successful Hollywood movies. On his new EP - Basso Profondissimo, the soundtrack work perhaps best explains the evocative Dusty Theatre, a brooding and multi-layered piece with a sense of film-noir menace despite the melodic resonances of electric bass. And on the opener Calango Reco with Michelle Gonzalez he loops the percussion to create a soundbed for her wor
 
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Lang Lang gets back to basics on 'Piano Book' and it's the KUSC: Album of the Week

Having recently returned to the concert stage after an arm injury sidelined him for nearly a year, pianist Lang Lang has released a new album of favorites called Piano Book. These are his favorites and, I'm betting, yours as well. He gets back to basics with this disc, featuring familiar works like Beethoven's Fur Elise, Debussy's Clair de lune, Chopin's Raindrop Prelude, plus surprises like Merry Christmas, Mr. Lawrence by Ryuichi Sakamoto and The Amelie Waltz by Yann Tiersen. Listen for tracks from Piano Book throughout this week on KDFC. Welcome back, Lang Lang! For t
 
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Lang Lang returns with a new release of his favorites on 'Piano Book' / KDFC: Album of the Week

Having recently returned to the concert stage after an arm injury sidelined him for nearly a year, pianist Lang Lang has released a new album of favorites called Piano Book. These are his favorites and, I'm betting, yours as well. He gets back to basics with this disc, featuring familiar works like Beethoven's Fur Elise, Debussy's Clair de lune, Chopin's Raindrop Prelude, plus surprises like Merry Christmas, Mr. Lawrence by Ryuichi Sakamoto and The Amelie Waltz by Yann Tiersen. Listen for tracks from Piano Book throughout this week on KDFC. Welcome back, Lang Lang! For the Week of April
 
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World Music/CRASHarts presents 'Masters of Percussion' with Zakir Hussain at Berklee's Sanders Theatre / India New England

In a dazzling display of Indian percussion, tabla superstar Zakir Hussain is joined by the finest musicians from India's classical and folk traditions as World Music/CRASHarts presents 'Master of Percussion' on April 21. Performing separately and together, the lineup includes Zakir Hussain on tabla, Niladri Kumar on sitar, The Kerala Drummers, and Eric Harland on drums. Zakir Hussain is appreciated in both the field of percussion and in the music world at large as an international phenomenon. A classical tabla virtuoso of the highest order, Hussain plays with uncanny intuition a
 
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The Bad Plus returns to Israel / The Jerusalem Post

Good chemistry is hard to come by, especially in the jazz world. Every successful jazz trio starts off as a blind chemistry experiment: add equal parts piano, bass and drums. Stir gently. Observe. The chances of obtaining conclusive results are typically slim; however, there is nothing typical about Reid Anderson, Dave King and Ethan Iverson, founding members of the decades-long, boundary-pushing cooperative, The Bad Plus. "The three of us had a natural chemistry from the beginning," Anderson told The Jerusalem Post ahead of the band's return to Tel Aviv for a show on May 6 at the Barby Clu
 
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Rachel Barton Pine will join the New Mexico Philharmonic in Vivaldi 'The Four Seasons' / Albuquerque Journal

Vivaldi's "The Four Seasons" amounts to a baroque legend. A series of four concerti grossi written in 1716 and 1717, it remains the best-known of the composer's works. They represented a revolution in musical conception; listeners heard flowing streams, singing birds of various species, a shepherd and his barking dog, buzzing flies, storms, drunken dancers, hunting parties, frozen landscapes and hot fires. The New Mexico Philharmonic will perform the piece with violinist Rachel Barton Pine on Saturday, April 13, in Popejoy Hall. "It's really a great masterpiece," said New Mexico Philhar
 
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Lang Lang - Piano Book gets #2 slot on this week's CLASSIC fM chart

A surprise turn in this week's CLASSIC fM chart gives the No. 1 and 2 positions to new entries. This week's No. 1 slot goes to Henryk Górecki: Symphony No. 3 (Symphony of Sorrowful Songs) performed by Beth Gibbons and The Polish National Radio Symphony Orchestra. Lang Lang's new release Piano Book makes it in at No. 2. Lang Lang, One of the world's biggest classical stars, returns with this brand new collection of pieces which first inspired him to play the piano and led him on his path to international stardom. The recording, his first new studio album in&n
 
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Time For Three performs 'Deana' and 'Stand By Me' on WGN: Chicago

Join Dean Richards today; Sunday April 7 for a jam-packed exciting show on WGN: Chicago. First, Time For Three, performs two songs in-studio, that are sure to entice any music lover. With Nick Kendall and Charles Yang on Violin and Ranaan Meyer on the Double Bass; they are truly a unique performance. Then, Dean checks in with listeners, to hear your favorite movies that you can watch at anytime. Finally, Phil Vettel, the Chicago Tribune's Restaurant Critic, tells Dean all about the latest and greatest places for Easter Brunch. LISTEN TO THE SHOW   p.p1 {margin: 0.0px 0.0p
 
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Jimmy Webb to perform at Woodstock Opera House / Chicago Daily Herald

Legendary songwriter Jimmy Webb, with chartoppers like "Wichita Lineman," "Didn't We," and "MacArthur Park," will tell riveting stories of how these songs came to be and his adventures at the center of the 1960s and '70s music scene on Saturday, April 27, at the Woodstock Opera House. Webb has topped the charts from pop to country to disco numerous times with interpretations by some of the industry's greatest, from Glen Campbell to Art Garfunkel to Linda Ronstadt and covers by everyone from Guns n' Roses to Josh Groban to Little Big Town. Now in his touring show "An
 
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2CELLOS set for Amalie Arena / Tampa Bay Newspapers

Young cellists Luka Sulic and Stjepan Hauser, together known as 2CELLOS, have achieved sensational success by taking cello to a new level. In October 2018, the pair released "Let There Be Cello," their new album. Known for their electric live performances, 2Cellos have played to audiences across the globe and most recently sold over 150,000 tickets on their 28-date U.S. "Score" tour in 2017. A follow-up to the 2017 release of "Score," "Let There Be Cello" finds the pair exploring a diverse catalogue with their signature boundary-breaking playing style. The collection includes their take
 
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Sarah McKenzie's radio roadtrip stops in at KSCO: Santa Cruz

After the great success of Sarah McKenzie's 2017 disc, Paris in the Rain on Impulse! Records, the 31-year-old pianist, singer, and composer returns with the poignant, Secrets of My Heart, where she reunites with noted Australian composer, arranger, and events music director, Chong Lim, who produced her first two discs. Recorded in New York City, Secrets of My Heart exudes cosmopolitan flair with its lineup that includes French bassist Pierre Boussaguet and Brazilian percussionist Rogerio Bocattoalongside guitarist Dan Wilson, drummer Donald Edwards, vibraphonist Warren Wolf,tenor s
 
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  Interview with KSCO's Michael Jacobi & Rachael Shelton

Hilary Hahn releases sheet music for 'In 27 Pieces' / Violinist.com

In 2013, violinist Hilary Hahn brought to life 27 new encores for violin, each by a different living composer. Today she releases the sheet music for all of them -- In 27 Pieces: the Hilary Hahn Encores: Violin and Piano, a collection published by Boosey & Hawkes that includes Hahn's own markings as well as style and performance notes. "My goal was to make it as easy to begin as possible, and also as easy to get answers as possible," said Hahn, speaking about the years-long project of getting the encores into print. "I hope that violinists enjoy playing these pieces." p.p1
 
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Roman Rabinovich sketches Haydn with superb playing / theartsdesk

Josef Haydn probably composed around 80 keyboard sonatas, though just 12 survive in his handwriting. Pianist and composer John McCabe recorded the lot for Decca back in the days of LP, and this double album marks the first in a projected cycle from the young Uzbek pianist Roman Rabinovich. His artwork adorns the CD sleeve and booklet, and there's plenty more to inspect on his website. Not that Rabinovich is a precocious show off, merely a polymath. This is superb playing. Haydn's "pleasing mood and entertaining wit" were highlighted by a German critic in 1780, but concentrating purely on th
 
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Sanctuary Series set for a unique performance by 'The Sonicals' / WESTCHESTER Magazine

The Sanctuary Series presents a unique performance by "The Sonicals" piano duo featuring George Lopez and Joel A. Martin in the Sanctuary of the South Salem Presbyterian Church at 4 PM. The program will include works by Rachmaninoff, Bach, Chopin and Schumann. Since meeting in 2016 as faculty members at Sonata Camp in VT and collaborating in an impromptu concert where there were two pianos, but no Piano Duo music, Lopez and Martin have been reinventing music for two pianos with informed improvisation that redefines the chamber music experience. READ THE FULL WESTCHESTER MAGAZINE ARTICLE
 
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The Cranberries to be honoured with stamp and new documentary / HOT PRESS

Can I lick it? Yes, you can! The Cranberries' ‘Dreams', Luke Kelly's ‘On Raglan Road', Count John McCormack's ‘Danny Boy' and U2's ‘With Or Without You' are all featuring as part of An Post's Great Irish Songs collection, which is being released on May 2. The stamps will be available individually, as a mint collectors' four-pack and as a nifty looking first-day cover. There's more good news for fans with Noel Hogan telling Hot Press that a major Cranberries documentary is in the pipeline. "We had done a few small interviews three years ago individually, t
 
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Ondine releases; Wilhelmina Smith - Works for Solo Cello by Salonen and Saariaho / The Violin Channel

Ondine Records has this month announced the release of American cellist Wilhelmina Smith‘s new CD: Esa-Pekka Salonen & Kaija Saariaho: Works for Solo Cello. The disc features Finnish composer Esa-Pekka Salonen‘s (b. 1958) Yta III for Cello, Knock, Breathe, Shine and Sarabande per un coyote, Giuseppe Colombi‘s ‘Ciaccona a basso solo‘ – and Kaija Saariaho‘s (b.1952) ‘Dreaming Chaconne, Petals, Sept Papillons and Spins and Spells. ‘I've been drawn to Esa-Pekka's music since I first learned his "Mania," … the technical demands of
 
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Sarah McKenzie is in NoCal and stops by 90.5KWMR - Jazz Groove

After the great success of Sarah McKenzie's 2017 disc, Paris in the Rain on Impulse! Records, the 31-year-old pianist, singer, and composer returns with the poignant, Secrets of My Heart, where she reunites with noted Australian composer, arranger, and events music director, Chong Lim, who produced her first two discs. Recorded in New York City, Secrets of My Heart exudes cosmopolitan flair with its lineup that includes French bassist Pierre Boussaguet and Brazilian percussionist Rogerio Bocattoalongside guitarist Dan Wilson, drummer Donald Edwards, vibraphonist Warr
 
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  Interview with KWMR's Joe Blumenthal

Lang Lang discusses music education with Forbes

Already one of the most celebrated pianists in the world, Chinese phenom Lang Lang is always working on new music and touring the globe, but these days, he seems to be spending even more of his time focused on his philanthropic efforts, which may one day positively affect more people than his music. The classical musician has just recently pledged to donate another $5 million in funds and supplies to help ensure students across the United States have a chance to learn to play the instrument that has turned him into a globally adored figure. Why? Forbes asked him about what makes this donati
 
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89.3KPCC: The Frame visits Yo-Yo Ma's recent Mexico City stop

The world-renown cellist Yo-Yo Ma has taken on one of the most ambitious musical endeavors in years. The multi-layered Bach Project includes performing the composer's six Cello Suites in one sitting, in 36 cities and six continents, and participating in cultural activities with local communities in each of those locales. The Frame contributor Betto Arcos got a chance to visit Yo-Yo Ma's recent stop in Mexico City and has this report.  PHOTO: Larry French/Getty for SiriusXM LISTEN TO SoCal's 89.3KPCC   p.p1 {margin: 0.0px 0.0px 0.0px 0.0px; font: 12.0
 
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Igor Levit will perform Stevenson's Passacaglia at Wigmore Hall

Himself an exceptional pianist, the highly original and politically committed Scottish composer Ronald Stevenson died in 2015 at the age of 87. Written between 1960 and 1963 and characteristically ambitious, his vast Passacaglia, based on Shostakovich's musicalisation of his name in the form DSCH, is perhaps the largest single span of piano music ever composed. On Monday 27 May, pianist Igor Levit will perform Stevenson's approximately 85 minute long Passacaglia at Wigmore Hall. Watch the attached video as levit explains. p.p1 {margin: 0.0px 0.0px 0.0px 0.0px; font: 12.0px 'H
 
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Sheku and Isata Kanneh-Mason discuss this summer's Edinburgh Festival recital

Winner of 2016's BBC Young Musician of the Year, Sheku Kanneh-Mason and his older sister, pianist Isata Kanneh-Mason are set for thier upcoming recital performance at the Queen's Hall on 7 August, which is part of this summer's Edinburgh International Festival. Watch the attached file as Sheku & Isata's talk about growing up with classical music, the inspiring atmosphere of events like the International Festival and music as an escape and expression of reality.     p.p1 {margin: 0.0px 0.0px 0.0px 0.0px; font: 12.0px 'Helvetica Neue'; color: #4d4d4d}
 
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Sarah McKenzie stops west of twin peaks at KXSF: San Francisco

31-year-old pianist/singer/composer Sarah McKenzie's returns with the poignant, Secrets of My Heart. Recorded in New York City, Secrets of My Heart documents McKenzie's burgeoning brilliance interpreting 20th-century jazz standards with her penchant for crafting sterling compositions that will surely become jazz standards in the 21st century. The album exudes a cosmopolitan flair with its lineup of French bassist Pierre Boussaguet and Brazilian percussionist Rogerio Bocattoalongside guitarist Dan Wilson, drummer Donald Edwards, vibraphonist Warren Wolf,tenor saxo
 
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  West of Twin Peaks segment with MJ McCall

Uplifting and luminescent, Pablo Aslan's 'Contrabajo' is a real find / doobeedoobeedoo

Chock-a-block with riches, it is highly produced yet has a very personal feeling. Most tunes are newly composed by Pablo Aslan, his teacher Gabriel Senanes (who with Aslan co-producers the project) and his friends Spanish bassist Alexis Cuadrado and US pianist Roger Davidson. Together they skillfully push the envelope as to what might come under the rubric of ‘tango'. Throughout Pablo Aslan's double bass takes a foremost role, including taking clear lead in driving the tempo, whilst members of string Cuarteo Petrus and esteemed guests Cuban Paquito D'Rivera (clarinet) and Uruguaya
 
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Set for NPR 'From the Top' taping at Breman Museum, Lara Downes talks with WABE: Atlanta

This Sunday, the Breman Museum presents the next in its Molly Blank Concert Series; a performance of From the Top. The NPR program showcases America's top young classical musicians. One of the foremost American pianists of her generation, Lara Downes will be the guest host. This one-of-a-kind concert will revolve around the theme of Jewish Music. On March 1, Downes released her new album, Holes in the Sky, on Sony/Portrait. Celebrating the contributions of women musicians, Holes in the Sky features; Judy Collins, Rachel Barton Pine, Simone Dinnerstein, Ali-Landing, and the vocal ensemble Mu
 
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