With a wonderfully singable libretto 'The Thirteenth Child' ensnares the listener's heart / Voix des Arts

Adapted from Jakob and Wilhelm Grimm's story ‘Die zwölf Brüder,' Danish composer Poul Ruder's two-act opera The Thirteenth Child is a setting of an atmospheric, wonderfully singable libretto by Becky and David Starobin, the founders of Bridge Records. Under their guidance, this world-première recording, the release of which coincides with the opening of the opera's inaugural production at Santa Fe Opera on 27 July 2019, gives the opera a truly memorable début. The vocal music conducted by David Starobin and the superlative playing of the Odense Symfoniorkes
 
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Sarah McKenzie returns to KWMR: Point Reyes Station CA for an interview w/The French Touch

Berklee College of Music scholarship student Sarah McKenzie simply loves making music. She enjoys the composition process and her extensive international travel is a significant inspiration for her lyric writing. McKenzie writes original songs that pay tribute to lots of people. On her list are Wayne Shorter, Antonio Carlos Jobim, Johnny Mercer, Cole Porter, Michel Legrand and George Gershwin. This makes her hard to categorize. She also admires a number of women musicians, and includes the legendary Marian McPartland as an early inspiration. After the great success o
 
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  Interview with KWMR: The French Touch

THE REHEARSAL STUDIO is impressed by the freshness and immediacy of PARTCH - Sonata Dementia

There are times that I feel as if the phrase "American original" has been invoked so often across such a diversity of sources that it has become trivialized. Composers representative of that epithet on this site easily include Charles Ives, John Cage, Lou Harrison, Henry Cowell, and, for that matter, Edgard Varèse, who moved from France to the United States in December of 1915 and turned away from his traditional training in Paris almost immediately. Nevertheless, there are several ways in which Harry Partch has his own personal distinctions. One of them involves the nine years he sp
 
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Ludovico Einaudi trio on PRI - Echoes

On March 15 Ludovico Einaudi released the first episode of a seven-part new album called Seven Days Walking (Decca Records/Universal), before embarking on a North American tour at the end of May. Recorded in September and October 2018 in Schloss Elmau (Germany) and Air Studios in London (England), Seven Days Walking happens as seven episodes modeled after the days in a week, one episode a month through September. A physical box set of all seven albums will be released in December. Each episode focuses on several main themes, which recur in different forms; seven variations following the sam
 
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Anna Shelest 'Donna Voce' is the KDFC: Album Of the Week

Anna Shelest's first release featuring virtuosic repertoire by women composers from the last three centuries is called 'Donna Voce.'  The program sheds light on the under-explored territory of piano repertoire and makes the case that the music of female composers, many of whom were virtuoso pianists, is as relevant today as the music of their male counterparts. The Ukrainian-born, New York City-based pianist, performs selections by Clara Schumann, Fanny Mendelssohn, Cecile Chaminade, Amy Beach, Lili Boulanger and Chiayu Hsu. For June 17, Anna Shelest 'Donn
 
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Anna Shelest 'Donna Voce' is the KUSC: Album Of the Week

Anna Shelest's first release featuring virtuosic repertoire by women composers from the last three centuries is called 'Donna Voce.'  The program sheds light on the under-explored territory of piano repertoire and makes the case that the music of female composers, many of whom were virtuoso pianists, is as relevant today as the music of their male counterparts. The Ukrainian-born, New York City-based pianist, performs selections by Clara Schumann, Fanny Mendelssohn, Cecile Chaminade, Amy Beach, Lili Boulanger and Chiayu Hsu. For June 17, Anna Shelest 'Donna Voce'
 
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Don Was sits in at Tedeschi Trucks Tokyo show / Live For Live Music

On Friday night, Tedeschi Trucks Band opened up their three-night run at Tokyo, Japans' Tokyo Dome City Hall with an electric performance, which featured a guest sit-in from acclaimed record executive, producer, and musician, Don Was. The band opened up their one-set show with "High Times", which was followed up by TTB originals "Do I Look Worried" and "Don't Know What It Means". Moving forward, the 12-piece ensemble offered up a trio of covers with The Box Tops‘ "The Letter", Bob Dylan‘s "Down In The Flood", and Willie Nelson‘s "Somebody Pick Up My Pieces". Tedeschi T
 
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Cory Henry and the Funk Apostles bring Organ-ic music to Bric Celebrate Brooklyn! fest / Brooklyn Paper

A Brooklyn native will bring the good news of the funky tunes to Prospect Park next week. Cory Henry and his band the Funk Apostles will open for Tank and the Bangas at the Bric Celebrate Brooklyn! Festival on June 20, with Henry singing and playing a church-style organ. The musician said he got his start tickling the keys when he was just a toddler, listening in on his mother's choir rehearsal at Unity Temple in Bedford-Stuyvesant. "I happened to mimic some of the notes that the choir was singing on the piano. I started playing when I was three and began playing in the church when I was fo
 
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Jimmy Webb on Bruce Springsteen / UNCUT

Back in 2017, Springsteen revealed that the album was "influenced by the Southern California pop music of the '70s… Glen Campbell, Jimmy Webb, Burt Bacharach, those kinds of records. I don't know if people will hear those influences, but that was what I had in my mind. It gave me something to hook an album around;  When Uncut spoke to Jimmy Webb, the legendary songwriter admits he didn't expect to ever be cited by Springsteen: "I had heard these rumours and thought, ‘Is it possible that this is true? This guy needs us like a migraine!' I think it's
 
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A beginner's guide to the music of Joni Mitchell / TREBLE

Though she had her share of setbacks-one of which was very early on when she contracted polio as a child-Joni Mitchell is one of the biggest names in the music industry. Not only known for her catchy, touching, original, and enduring music, Ms. Mitchell's lyrics have been celebrated for their deep emotional meaning and poetic verses. Even if you have never listened to her original versions, you have definitely heard one of her songs before. I was first introduced to the songbook of Joni Mitchell by my mother when I was starting high school. She kept all the CDs in two black cases stored
 
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'Hey everybody, prepare yourself' for Billy Porter / AV CLUB

"Hey everybody, prepare yourself," is how Stephen Colbert welcomed Kinky Boots and Pose star (and "fashion icon") Billy Porter to Wednesday's Late Show. And while that might smack of old-school timidity in the face of one of the most gloriously outrageous and talented performers out there, Colbert was more than game to let Porter both give him a quick accessory makeover, and speak feelingly about how the ball culture depicted in FX's Pose was and remains a powerful, necessary "chosen family" for many gay people. "Sometimes our biological families are not equipped to love us unconditionally
 
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PISA's PUNTORADIO: animajazz - features Richard Ford's 'Malibu'

In the episode n ° 870 of "ANIMAJAZZ", conceived and conducted by BRUNO POLLACCI , airing TUESDAY 18 June at 20.30, on PUNTORADIO, also in streaming on www.puntoradio.fm is 'Malibu' from Richard Ford's latest recording; 'Basso Profondissimo.' The musical world of Basso Profondissimo springs from the imagination of English bassist and producer Richard Ford. The collection was conceived and played on bass, creating a unique and surprising melding of sounds and adding some rough edges to the genres of jazz, ambient, bossa nova and
 
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Anna Shelest - Donna Voce is the WFMT 'Featured New Release'

This new release features works for solo piano by female composers from the 19th to the 21st centuries, performed by Anna Shelest. Opening with the sonata by Fanny Mendelssohn, the album includes works by Amy Beach, Clara Schumann, Cécile Chaminade, Lili Boulanger, and Chia-Yu Hsu. Hailed by The New York Times as a pianist of a fiery sensibility and warm touch, Shelest is an award-winning pianist who has thrilled audiences throughout the world. For Friday June 14, 2019, Anna Shelest - Donna Voce is the WFMT: Chicago 'Featured New Release'
 
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The Comet is Coming perform a high-intensity set of cosmic instrumentals at Bonnaroo / Tennessean.

Late-night and early morning belonged to the rappers and EDM DJs as Day One of the 18th annual Bonnaroo Music and Arts Festival concluded in the wee hours early Friday morning. The London jazz-fusion trio The Comet is Coming performed a high-intensity set of cosmic instrumentals on Thursday June 13, 2019 at Bonnaroo in Manchester, Tenn. giving fans a taste of late-night, futuristic energy. While jazz music isn't a main draw for many of the young attendees of Bonnaroo, The Comet is Coming displayed an exciting reinvigoration of the genre, blending traditional instruments such a
 
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Reexamining opera, one classic at a time / The Washington Post

Rather than staging old operas over and over, why don't we write new versions? The question is often asked, but I've seldom seen it put into practice. An exception is David Lang's "Prisoner of the State," a retracing of Beethoven's ­"Fidelio," which had its world premiere at the New York Philharmonic earlier this month. Yes, the New York Philharmonic - because really innovative new opera, as I've said before, doesn't seem to happen often in actual opera houses. At least, not in American ones. "Prisoner of the State" is an evocative reimagining in which Beethoven's original lurks just be
 
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Mari is almost like sound therapy / Violinist.com

At the emotional heart of the album is Bach's Chaconne in D minor, whose serenity Samuelsen has chosen to counter with the nervous agitation of "Knee Play 2" from Philip Glass's "Einstein on the Beach." The rest of the program grew organically from the seeds of Bach and Glass, tracing themes of change and renewal, from the increasingly complex variations of the Chaconne to the expansive melodic development of Clark's "Mammal Step Sequence." The album also contains Vladimir Martynov's "The Beatitudes," Peter Gregson's "Sequence (Four)," arrangements of Jóhann Jóhannsson's "Hept
 
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Raul Midon and Lionel Loueke join forces for 'Kuumbwa Jazz Center' and 'Freight & Salvage' / The Mercury News

Raul Midón first met Lionel Loueke when the Benin-born guitarist/vocalist was a member of trumpeter Terence Blanchard's band, which was working on the score of Spike Lee's 2004 film "She Hate Me." Midón was a rapidly rising star hired to write and perform the movie's theme song, "Adam n' Eve n' Eve," a piece that captured Lee's tangle of sexual politics. Midón, a singular vocalist and guitarist, recognized a kindred spirit in Loueke, and that initial encounter planted a seed that got further nourishment the next year when Midón joined Herbie Hancock in the st
 
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Keith Jarrett previously unreleased live concert recording of Bach's 'Well-Tempered Clavier Book 1 comes out on ECM / udiscovermusic.

A previously unreleased live concert recording of Keith Jarrett performing Johann Sebastian Bach's The Well-Tempered Clavier Book 1 is out now. The live concert was recorded in March 1987 at the Troy Savings Bank Music Hall in New York state, a venue renowned for its beautiful acoustics. Keith Jarrett's studio recording of JS Bach's The Well-Tempered Clavier was made one month before the live concert recording, in February 1987, and was the first in a series of his acclaimed Bach recordings. When the studio album was released, Jarrett's manner in these iconic preludes and fugues surpris
 
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Music brings Yo-Yo Ma together with refugees / UNHCR

To perform alongside Yo-Yo Ma, the world-famous cellist, would be a unique opportunity for most musicians – but for Syrian refugee Basma Jabr, it is an amazing turn in her life as a refugee in Austria, where she arrived in 2014 and is now building a career as a singer. "Of course I am a bit nervous," she said the morning before, during practice at the home of fellow musician Marwan Abado, who plays an oud, an Arab instrument like a lute. "I am also excited to have a new musical experience and the chance to meet other musicians." Basma, 35, was born into a musical family in Kuwait
 
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Joyce DiDonato speaks with 89.7WCPE - The Classical Station about 'Songplay'

With her album 'Songplay,' Mezzo-Soprano 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'.    DiDonato speaks with 89.
 
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  Interview with WCPE's Bob Chapman

Charles Richard-Hamelin on mentoring and more / theWholeNote

Silver medalist and laureate of the Krystian Zimerman Prize at the 2015 International Chopin Piano Competition in Warsaw, Charles Richard-Hamelin impresses with his extremely refined playing and absolute musicality. The OSM and Maestro Nagano offer an emotionally contagious world-class performance that is in perfect harmony with the soloist. "It was with heart and discipline that each musician and artisan engaged with this adventurous project. I applaud the extraordinary work of solo pianist Charles Richard-Hamelin, whose bravura gave us two concertos in a single concert. A unique example o
 
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On 'Holes In the Sky,' Lara Downes mixes rich and lyrical piano with intimate vocal duets / Jazz Weekly

Pianist Lara Downes mixes rich and lyrical piano solo originals between intimate duets with singers including Judy Collins, Rhiannon Giddens and Rachel Barton Pine." On her own at the ivories, she glows like vintage George Winston with a rich lyricism as on "Memory Mist" or "Music Pink and Blue." Judy Collins brings her "Albatross" as a folksy parlor piece, and Leyla McCalla takes Billie Holiday's "Don't Explain" into a passionate plea. Rhiannon Giddens has a delicate vibrato during "Dream Variations" and the traditional pieces "All the Pretty Little Horses" closes things with Ifetaya Ali-L
 
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Christopher Tin conducts debut concert at Carnegie Hall / New China

Music should be "the hammer that breaks down cultural barriers" in an age of rising populism and protectionism, Chinese American producer Christopher Tin, a two-time Grammy Award winner, has said. California-born Tin conducted his debut concert at Carnegie Hall in Manhattan on Sunday. The event was presented by the Distinguished Concerts International New York (DCINY). The DCINY composer-in-residence led a mass choir of singers performing his classical crossover album Calling All Dawns with a full orchestra. "The message in all of my music, and this concert in particular, is one of the
 
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Wilhelmina Smith delivers a mesmerising performance in 'Salonen and Saariaho - Works for Solo Cello' / theStrad

Both these composers seem focused on widening the orbit of virtuosity for solo cello but without losing sight of the necessity to communicate vividly to the listener. Esa-Pekka Salonen maintains a loose leverage on tonal centres, grabbing virtuosity by the throat and challenging the performer to go to the very limits of her technique. The force of his musical invention is compelling and the gestures whirl by with fantastic immediacy. American cellist Wilhelmina Smith has studied every centimetre of the score and unleashes its drama in a brilliantly characterised rendition. Kaija Saariah
 
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Five things you never knew about Luciano Pavarotti / People

As one of the greatest Tenors of all time, the deliverer of Opera to the masses, Luciano Pavarotti was, by all rights, a complicated man. He was a titan that was as flawed as he was gifted, but Ron Howard's latest music documentary Pavarotti, which tracks Pavarotti's life from birth to global stardom, is a tender, affectionate look at a man who was, almost impossibly so, larger than life. Pavarotti changed the world while changing the world of music, but, as the archival footage and interviews from the film reveal, he was also simply a man, one who loved life, food, family, music, his fame,
 
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If you think playing the harp is something only angels do, then you've never met Yolanda Kondonassis / WOSU Public Media

Yolanda Kondonassis is in part the reason why Pulitzer Prize-winning composer Jennifer Higdon wrote her new harp concerto. One of today's foremost solo harpists, Kondonassis outspokenly disavows the heavenly stereotype of her instrument and instead, um, harps on its earthly possibilities. "My mother was probably the instigating factor in me beginning the harp when I was 9 years old," Kondonassis said in a recent phone interview. "I grew up in Norman, Oklahoma, and I was a bit of a tomboy. And I think she thought the harp would refine me a bit. But in the years since then, I'm kind of fo
 
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Roman Rabinovich discusses his love for the Haydn Piano Sonatas with FM91: WGTE - Toledo

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
 
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  Interview with WGTE's Brad Cresswell

Katarzyna Musial discusses 'My Spanish Heart' with FM91: WGTE - Toledo

With the release of My Spanish Heart (DUX recordings) Katarzyna Musial builds upon her previous successful recording Come Dance with Me. My Spanish Heart continues to explore the idiom of dance through musical expression with this time focusing on renowned Spanish composers. My Spanish Heart is now available to stream and download on all popular digital service providers and for retail purchase. The Polish-born, Canadian based pianist Katarzyna Musial joins FM91: WGTE - Toledo OH, classical host Brad Cresswell to talk about her latest album, My Spanish Heart. Including works by Manuel d
 
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  Interview with WGTE's Brad Cresswell

Yolanda Kondonassis and Ward Stare discuss 'American Rapture' with FM91: Toledo

Harpist extraordinaire Yolanda Kondonassis and Rochester Philharmonic Music Director Ward Stare join us to preview their new album, American Rapture from Azica Records. Included on the disc are the Symphony No. 1 by Samuel Barber; a cave-diving inspired tone poem by the young composer Patrick Harlin (Rapture), and the world premiere centerpiece of the recording: the Harp Concerto by Grammy Award and Pulitzer prize-winning composer Jennifer Higdon.  LISTEN TO FM91: WGTE - Toledo OH, classical host Brad Cresswell discuss the recording with Yolanda Kondonassis and Ward Stare
 
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  Interview with WGTE's Brad Cresswell

Anthony McGill speaks with classical radio about Winged Creatures

Demarre McGill, principal flute of the Seattle Symphony Orchestra, and brother Anthony McGill, principal clarinet of the New York Philharmonic, return to their early training ground, the Chicago Youth Symphony Orchestras, for Winged Creatures, a homecoming album of duo concertos featuring world-premiere recordings of works by Michael Abels and Joel Puckett written expressly for the McGills and the CYSO's Symphony Orchestra. The album includes Abels' Winged Creatures; Franz Danzi's Sinfonia Concertante for flute, clarinet, and orchestra, Op. 41; Camille Saint-Saëns'
 
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Havana night is set with Roberto Fonseca for Akra Jazz Festival / DAILY SABAH

Famous for his unique interpretations, wonderful improvisations in performances and imaginative use of different instruments, Cuban jazz pianist Roberto Fonseca will perform in Antalya on June 20. The performance will be part of the 2nd International Akra Jazz Festival. Having made his debut at the Havana International Jazz Festival in 1990 at the age of 15, Fonseca is one of the rising pianists of his generation. Sharing the stage with world-renowned musicians like Ibrahim Ferrer, Orlando "Cachaito" Lopez, Ruben Gonzalez, Guajiro Mirabal and Manuel Galban and playing alongside the Bue
 
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Anne-Sophie Mutter receives Polar Music Prize at Stockholm ceremony / theStrad

German violinist Anne-Sophie Mutter received the Polar Music Prize at a ceremony held in Stockholm yesterday evening. Mutter received the Polar Music Prize trophy from the King of Sweden, Carl XVI Gustaf. The prize, administered by the Royal Swedish Academy of Music since 1992, includes 1m Swedish Krona (c. £83,000/$106,000) for each winner, and is usually awarded to one classical and one pop musician each year. For 2019 it has three laureates, with Mutter joined by hip hop pioneer Grandmaster Flash and the Playing For Change Foundation, which provides music education in developi
 
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Duo Deloro - La Buena Vida is the WFMT 'Featured New Release'

In an exciting collaboration, guitarists Adam del Monte and Mak Grgic journey through the wide landscape of Spanish and Latin American music. With brand new arrangements, they explore classics of Iberian Romanticism from Albéniz and Granados as well as promoting the vivid ethnic rhythms of Ginastera and the beautiful nostalgia of Carlos Gardel, master of the tango-song. The bittersweet poetic richness of Héctor Stamponi is balanced by del Monte's own original flamenco dances, which take the genre into vivid new directions.   For Wednesday June 12 2019, Duo De
 
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Ron Howard documents the highs and lows of Luciano Pavarotti's life / stuff

Whether he is making a movie like The Da Vinci Code or Pavarotti, the work starts with doing research. It is important for Ron Howard to understand whatever world he is filming to make sure he creates the clearest story possible. Howard uses interviews and never-before-seen footage to tell the story of Pavarotti as the world-famous voice, family man and musical legend in a format that is like a three-act opera. It is a different approach than he used when making The Beatles documentary as that offering mixed the musical history of the Fab Four with personal recollections of those who saw th
 
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This week's KCRW: Rhythm Planet features; Angelique Kidjo - Celia

This week we check out a mix of new releases as well as evergreens that I've enjoyed over the years. We hear new music from Benin-born Angelique Kidjo with her tribute to Cuban superstar Celia Cruz. The West African nation of Benin, formerly Dahomey, produced many artists who were influenced by Cuban music, such as Gnonnas Pedro and Poly-Rythmo de Cotonou. Kijdo channels Cruz in this long-awaited tribute. I'd been looking forward to hearing this one.  Widely known as "the Queen of Salsa," and the most popular Latin artist of the 20thcentury, Angélique explores the African ro
 
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Jennifer Higdon's Harp Concerto, featured on PRX - Radio Purdue 'What's New'

Jennifer Higdon's Harp Concerto is featured prominently on the new Azica Records album - American Rapture featuring; Yolanda Kondonassis with the Rochester Philharmonic Orchestra, Ward Stare, Music Director. Higdon, a Pulitzer Prize-winner and one of the greatest musical voices of our time, wrote and dedicated the Concerto to Kondonassis; She says, "I love writing concerti because it gives me a chance to not only explore the different instruments' qualities, but also because I get to experience the joy of the performer in displaying those qualities. Yolanda Kondonassis' ent
 
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Daniil Trifonov shows barbaric intensity at the Barbican / The Guardian

The centrepiece of Daniil Trifonov's residency with the London Symphony Orchestra this month was a solo recital. It was a well-packed, generous performance, which provided further confirmation that the 28-year-old Russian is one of the finest pianists today. Despite his celebrity, though, Trifonov is still revealing new aspects of his artistry. His reputation was founded on his sometimes astounding performances of Chopin, Liszt and Rachmaninov, but here, though his encore was Rachmaninov (an arrangement – perhaps his own? – of Vocalise) his programme was based upon substantial w
 
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Victor Wooten makes IDOLATOR 'musicians who sure know how to slap the bass'

Every member of a band has a role to play that makes the group sound like one fluid system. Whether its the drums keeping the beat, the singer belting out lyrics, or the guitarist playing the melody, every piece is crucial. One of these necessary elements is the bass. Either electric or acoustic, the bass helps the song sound full-bodied and can either make or break a track. Unfortunately, not all bass players are as recognized as they should be, and can be overshadowed by other instruments. To remind listeners of the importance of the bass in music here's a list of some of the greatest bas
 
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Philharmonia Baroque - Joseph and his Brethren is the KUSC 'Download of the Week'

Handel's late-career oratorio Joseph and his Brethren, though popular during Handel's day, eventually became one of the composer's most neglected large-scale works.  As such, Joseph had only been recorded once before Philharmonia Baroque Orchestra & Chorale decided to take it on for its latest recording project, the 11th on the Philharmonia Baroque Productions label. With a cast of early music specialists led by noted Handelian Nicholas McGegan, PBO makes a strong case for Joseph to regain its place among Handel's most often-performed oratorios such as Sam
 
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Philharmonia Baroque - Joseph and his Brethren is the KDFC 'Download of the Week'

Handel's late-career oratorio Joseph and his Brethren, though popular during Handel's day, eventually became one of the composer's most neglected large-scale works.  As such, Joseph had only been recorded once before Philharmonia Baroque Orchestra & Chorale decided to take it on for its latest recording project, the 11th on the Philharmonia Baroque Productions label. With a cast of early music specialists led by noted Handelian Nicholas McGegan, PBO makes a strong case for Joseph to regain its place among Handel's most often-performed oratorios such as Samson, Judas
 
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Yolanda Kondonassis and Ward Stare discuss 'American Rapture' with 90.3KEDT

Azica Records recently released; American Rapture featuring harpist Yolanda Kondonassis and the Rochester Philharmonic Orchestra, conducted by Music Director Ward Stare. This album includes the world premiere recording of Pulitzer Prize-winner Jennifer Higdon's Harp Concerto, written for and dedicated to Kondonassis. Also included are Samuel Barber's Symphony No. 1 in One Movement, Op. 9; and the world premiere recording of Patrick Harlin's Rapture. The album is designed to highlight three generations of American composition and, as defined by Harlin in the context of his w
 
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  Interview with KEDT's Stewart Jacoby

Kansas Public Radio discusses 'American Rapture' with Yolanda Kondonassis and Ward Stare

Azica Records recently released; American Rapture featuring harpist Yolanda Kondonassis and the Rochester Philharmonic Orchestra, conducted by Music Director Ward Stare. This album includes the world premiere recording of Pulitzer Prize-winner Jennifer Higdon's Harp Concerto, written for and dedicated to Kondonassis. Also included are Samuel Barber's Symphony No. 1 in One Movement, Op. 9; and the world premiere recording of Patrick Harlin's Rapture. The album is designed to highlight three generations of American composition and, as defined by Harlin in the context of his work,
 
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  Interview with KPR's Michael Keelan

Getz at the Gate - Does it get any better than this? / Jazz Weekly

Can there ever be such a thing as "too much" previously released Stan Getz recordings? Would you turn away from finding a book of undiscovered movies of Rita Hayworth or Ava Gardner? Next Question! There are few things in musical life as rewarding as listening to Stan Getz's tenor sax. Up there with Rossini, Mozart, Ellington and Montgomery, he had a sound that simply affirms the joy of existence. Here, he's in his post-swing era and West Coast Cool mode and pre-bossa nova popularity, teamed with the driving team of the sublime drummer Roy Haynes, richly textured pianist Steve Kuhn and
 
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PISA's PUNTORADIO: animajazz - features 'Confluencias' from Pablo Aslan

In the episode n ° 870 of "ANIMAJAZZ", conceived and conducted by BRUNO POLLACCI , airing TUESDAY 11 June at 20.30, on PUNTORADIO, also in streaming on www.puntoradio.fm is 'Confluencias' from Pablo Aslas's latest recording; Contrabajo. At the suggestion of bandoneonist, arranger, and composer Raúl Jaurena, 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. As I was mulling over the idea, he got an invitation from Cho-Liang Lin, Artistic D
 
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Self-titled debut album from dramatic soprano Lise Davidsen enters CLASSIC fM chart at #3

The score to Avengers: Endgame by Alan Silvestri has jumped up from No. 12 to No. 1 in this week's chart, following the film's box office success, as does Bear McCreary's score to Godzilla – King of Monsters, which jumps up 14 places to No. 5 this week. Also making a jump in the chart is new entry Lise Davidsen, the self-titled album by the up-and-coming Norwegian soprano.  Recorded with the Philharmonia Orchestra conducted by Esa-Pekka Salonen, the dramatic soprano's self-titled debut album features Richard Strauss' most-loved lieder and songs, including; Fo
 
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Brixton's 'Cross The Tracks' main stage was enraptured by the sheer energy of The Comet Is Coming / CLASH

Let's be honest: festivals in London can be a mixed experience. The city's increasingly tight laws on volume and curfew often disrupt the fan experience, while a surfeit of options has led to all-out booking wars between promoters and line ups spread a little too thinly across the capital's many, many outdoor events. Cross The Tracks, though, is a breath of fresh air. Announced earlier in the year, the Brixton one day event was expertly laid out, easy to get around, thrillingly diverse, and boasted a line up that drew on the very best of soul, funk, jazz, and reggae. Heading towards the
 
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Kiwis...win the ultimate opera fan prize, Pavarotti and Mozart / NOTED

Win double passes to Pavarotti and Mozart's Don Giovanni presented by the APO. CLICK HERE TO Enter to be in to win one of three prize packs: a double pass to the film Pavarotti, in cinemas June 13, and a double pass to Mozart's Don Giovanni, presented by the Auckland Philharmonia Orchestra in association with NZ Opera, on July 19, 2019 at the Auckland Town Hall. Funny, dark, earthy, witty, shocking, this all-embracing score has some of Mozart's most sublime music, some of his most catchy tunes, and – when the legions of Hell catch Don Giovanni in the end – music which, a
 
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Gustavo Dudamel, LA Phil - Celebrating John Williams is the KUSC 'Album Of the Week'

The new release, Celebrating John Williams, is exactly that, a celebration of the great film composer from his hometown orchestra, the LA Phil. Williams worked closely with music director Gustavo Dudamel on this project, which was recorded live at the Walt Disney Concert Hall in January of this year. For the week of 6/10/2019, the KUSC: Los Angeles 'Album Of the Week' is 'Celebrating John Williams' from the Los Angeles Philharmonic / Gustavo Dudamel. This week, we'll be sampling from some of Williams' most popular soundtracks including Star Wars, Jurassic Park, Schi
 
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Movie music magic on KDFC - Gustavo Dudamel and the LA Phil 'Celebrate John Williams' is 'Album Of the Week'

The new release, Celebrating John Williams, is exactly that, a celebration of the great film composer from his hometown orchestra, the LA Phil. Williams worked closely with music director Gustavo Dudamel on this project, which was recorded live at the Walt Disney Concert Hall in January of this year. For the week of 6/10/2019, the KDFC: San Francisco 'Album Of the Week' is 'Celebrating John Williams' from the Los Angeles Philharmonic / Gustavo Dudamel. This week, we'll be sampling from some of Williams' most popular soundtracks including Star Wars, Jurassic Park, Sc
 
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VOCES8 'Enchanted Isle' is the WCLV 'Recording of the Week'

Voces8 is the a cappella octet from the United Kingdom that has been wowing audiences since 2005.  The music on Enchanted Isle is reminiscent of rolling hills, green valleys, rugged mountainsides, and sleepy villages, a landscape on which the composers, arrangers and artists on this CD cast a contemporary eye.  The program features reimagined pieces originally written for film or television (like Game of Thrones, Lord of the Rings, and Harry's Game), new arrangements of Scottish and Irish melodies, and compositions set to texts by great English poets.  Samuel Barber's Agn
 
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Jae-Hyuck Cho's 'Beethoven & Liszt Piano Concertos' is the WFMT 'Featured New Release'

Pianist Jae-Hyuck Cho is one South Korea's most active performing artists both at home and abroad. He has been described as "a musician who nears perfection with an extraordinary breadth of expression." On his debut concerto recording from Sony Classical, Cho is joined by conductor Adrien Perruchon and the Royal Scottish National Orchestra. Featuring the first piano concertos of Beethoven and Liszt, the album made the playlist of Gramophone's ‘Listening Room' shortly after its release. For Sunday June 9, 2019, Jae-Hyuck Cho's 'Beethoven & Liszt Piano Concertos'&nbs
 
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Yo-Yo Ma urges Dartmouth grads to use power wisely / NEW HAMPSHIRE Union Leader

Renowned musician Yo-Yo Ma reminded Dartmouth College students of the power they have, and the need to harness that power. "You will always have more power than you know. Never abuse this power; it is a gift," Ma said. "Use it with great care and intention." Ma, the Grammy award-winning cellist, was this year's commencement speaker, and he received an honorary degree from the school for his artistic and humanitarian work. Ma told the graduates they will soon be leading lives that involve the use of power, whether that is in medicine, business or within a family, and that the decisions
 
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Seong-Jin Cho kicks off 47th Istanbul Music Festival / DAILY SABAH

The 47th Istanbul Music Festival will kick off tomorrow with performances by world-renowned musicians who have made praiseworthy personal touches on treasures of music history. Organized by the Istanbul Foundation for Culture and Arts (İKSV), the festival, which will continue until June 30, has been given the theme "Darkness of Being, Lightness of Being," inspired by the role of music in the journey of enlightenment and the dual nature of the universe. This year's Festival is hosting 150 works at 15 venues and 22 concerts over 20 days with music from the most remarkable compose
 
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Ronn McFarlane set for NAU's Horizons Summer Concert Series / Arizona Daily Sun

Grammy-nominated lutenist Ronn McFarlane is bringing his renowned music to the Horizons Summer Concert Series at Northern Arizona University. McFarlane will perform traditional and modern lute music during The Prince of Instruments concert at 4 p.m. on Sunday, June 9, at the NAU Kitt Recital Hall. McFarlane seeks to bring the lute-the most popular instrument of the Renaissance-into the musical mainstream, making it accessible to wider audiences. "I hope the audience will feel uplifted and energized by the music, just as listeners responded many centuries ago," McFarlane said. He will play a
 
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The world according to Angelique Kidjo / The Root

She speaks and sings in five languages-no, six, if you count her recent foray into the native Spanish of the late Celia Cruz for her 17th album, released in April and simply titled Celia. Kidjo's Wikipedia page alone is a dizzying array of accolades and mentions of artists as diverse as Alicia Keys and David Byrne, whose 1980 Remain in Light album (with Talking Heads) Kidjo reimagined last year, bringing its African influences to full fruition. Now, she does the same for the Afro-Cuban roots of the "Queen of Latin Music." Speaking with Kidjo, you're keenly aware of how aware she is. It'
 
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Brenna Whitaker brings her classy band to Q's Bar & Lounge for three-month residency / Time Out Dubai

So far, it looks like summer 2019 is bucking the trend of seeing Dubai quieten down. Hollywood-based Brenna Whitaker will be bringing her classy jazz band to Q's Bar & Lounge for a three-month residency in the award-winning Al Jaddaf bar. With celebrity fans including Stevie Wonder, Tom Jones, Katy Perry and Justin Bieber, Whitaker was hand-picked by Quincy Jones himself (as are all acts at Q's) after touring with Andrea Bocelli and being one of the main artists to launch the W Hollywood hotel's Sunday night jazz sessions alongside artists like the aforementioned Stevie Wonder as well a
 
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Australia's ABC:Classic100 listeners vote Beethoven as their favorite composer / LIMELIGHT

Beethoven has taken out the top spot in this year's ABC Classic 100, which asked listeners across the country to name the composer they just couldn't live without. Having clearly struck a chord, the broadcaster received a staggering 127,971 votes overall, setting a new record in the annual poll's 18-year history. "This year's Classic 100 has been an amazing journey," said Toby Chadd, Content Manager of ABC Classic. "We've heard about the music that you love – from iconic film composers to home-grown talent to the acknowledged classical greats. Beethoven narrowly beat Bach and Moza
 
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Why it's worth revisiting Bach's musical legacy / GQ India

Peter Gregson is a brave man. The 32-year-old Englishman is a renowned cellist and composer, but I mention bravery first because of an album he put out in October 2018. It was titled Recomposed: Bach – The Cello Suites, and was the aural equivalent of an architect trying to recreate the Taj Mahal using brick and mortar. What Gregson did was reinterpret one of the most loved pieces of music in Western classical music and make it sound brand new, three centuries after it was created. The Taj Mahal analogy is apt because the six Cello Suites are as well-known. No one expects a musici
 
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JamBase remembers Dr. John with 'a career of collaborations' spotify playlist

Legendary musician Dr. John passed away this week at the age of 77. Born Malcolm Rebennack in New Orleans on November 20, 1941, he personified the melting-pot nature of his native city in the eclectic sounds he made and colorful wardrobe he donned. Mac was a well-respected and prominent figure in the New Orleans music scene, formulating a cool, funky and jazzy style that became his signature. Starting as a guitarist before an early-career switch to focus on piano, Dr. John collaborated with many of the world's most renowned musicians through the past 50+ years. This edition of Saturday
 
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Bryce Dessner and Jonny Greenwood make ULTIMATEGUITAR.COM '20 best indie rock guitarists of all time'

This week's traditional Wednesday Question saw the people of UG community discussing the matter of best indie rock guitarists. Based on votes and about 180 comments, we summed this one up into a top 20 rundown. Radiohead's Jonny Greenwood comes in at #5. Aaron Dessner and Bryce Dessner from The National come in at #15. Of course, there's no way not to mention Mr. Jonny Greenwood of Radiohead. What puts him so high on this list are his incredible songwriting skills and his one of a kind guitar sound. There's no one else out there like Jonny. Okay, we know th
 
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Decca celebrates its 90th anniversary with 2 historic Pavarotti releases / udiscovermusic.

Pavarotti: Music From The Motion Picture and Pavarotti: The Greatest Hits, a new 3CD best of collection, have been released today, coinciding with the theatrical release of Ron Howard's documentary Pavarotti. The collections both feature previously unreleased music and superstar duets with artists including Bono, Andrea Bocelli, Elton John, James Brown and Lou Reed. Pavarotti: Music From The Motion Picture, the official soundtrack to Ron Howard's Pavarotti documentary, draws from Pavarotti's rich recorded catalogue and follows the arc of the film. It features selections from operas incl
 
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Dhafer Youssef band makes their Healdsburg Jazz festival debut / Fairfield Daily Republic

Tunisian oud player/singer/improviser extraordinaire Dhafer Youssef makes his Healdsburg debut this Sunday June 9 with top jazz players Matt Brewer on bass, Marcus Gilmore (Roy Haynes' grandson, for those in the know) on drums, and Tigran Hamasyan on piano. Youssef has mesmerized international audiences for years with his magical multi-octave voice, string wizardry, and magnetic stage presence. Dhafer's extraordinary career is punctuated by several collaborations that have added to his experience. Dhafer thus alternates musical projects and collaborations such as a duet with the le
 
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Rolando Villazon is set to make 'Llangollen International Musical Eisteddfod' debut / OPERAWire

Rolando Villazón is set to make his Llangollen International Musical Eisteddfod debut at the festival's Classical Gala on Jul. 2, 2019. The star tenor is honored to be following in the footsteps of Luciano Pavarotti, who "first sang [on the Llangollen stage] with his father's choir from Modena in Italy in 1955 before returning in triumph 40 years later as an international superstar." However, it was words from Sir Bryn Terfel that really filled him with excitement. "I did not know a great deal about Llangollen and the festival but my great friend Bryn Terfel has told me what
 
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Collaboration between two giants in a special setting produces 'The Brown Beatnik Tomes' / glideMAGAZINE

Dramatic poetry from Danny Simmons and scintillating bass playing by Ron Carter highlight "the brown beatnik tomes – live at bric house" This collaboration between two giants could likely only happen live in a special setting to produce the drama and improvisation contained in The Brown Beatnik Tomes – Live at BRIC. Bassist Ron Carter (who just turned 82) not only played in Miles Davis' vaunted Quintet but holds the Guinness-certified most-recorded jazz bassist in history with well over 2200 sessions.  Danny Simmons is a Tony-award winning co-founder of Def Poetry Jam,
 
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Ron Howard documents the life of Luciano Pavarotti / KCRW - PRESS PLAY

Famed tenor Luciano Pavarotti teamed up with Bono, Sting, and Mariah Carey to bring opera to the masses. He was also part of the Three Tenors, along with along with Jose Carreras and Placido Domingo. They sold out stadiums and became the hottest band of the 1990s. Pavarotti died from pancreatic cancer in 2007. He's the subject of director Ron Howard's new documentary "Pavarotti."    Photo credit: Michele Nazzaro LISTEN TO THE KCRW: Los Angeles - PRESS PLAY  p.p1 {margin: 0.0px 0.0px 0.0px 0.0px; font: 12.0px 'Helvetica Neue'; color: #4d4d4d}
 
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Lise Davidsen is first operatic soprano to debut #1 on the UK Classical Charts / udiscovermusic.

Norwegian lyric dramatic soprano Lise Davidsen makes history as her debut self-titled solo album tops the Official UK Classical Artist Chart – she is the first operatic soprano to debut at No. 1. The album includes Strauss' Four Last Songs, as well as arias from Ariadne Auf Naxos, and Wagner's Tannhäuser performed with the Philharmonia Orchestra under the baton of Esa-Pekka Salonen. Davidsen said, "I want to thank each and every one of you for buying, streaming and downloading, and the incredible team at Decca!" READ THE FULL udiscovermusic. ARTICLE
 
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Ron Howard talks Pavarotti with billboard

Ron Howard has tackled documentaries on Jay-Z (Made in America) and the Beatles (Eight Days a Week). For his latest project, the Oscar-winning director turns to opera and Luciano Pavarotti, one of the greatest tenors of all time. As the movie reveals, Pavarotti's own life was often as dramatic as the stories he sung about.  Pavarotti opens in limited release on Friday (June 7) via CBS Films.  Financed by UMG's Polygram Entertainment and Decca Records, the film will be accompanied by Decca's  Pavarotti: Music From The Motion Picture, as well as a new 3-CD best of collection ti
 
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Lady Gaga makes surprise appearance at Brian Newman's Vegas residency / FM100.3

Lady Gaga played six songs with Brian Newman late Sunday night during her longtime Jazz & Piano bandleader's "After Dark" residency at a packed NoMad Restaurant at the Park MGM in Las Vegas. During the performance that lasted for more than 90 minutes, Gaga played "I Can't Give You Anything But Love," "Call Me Irresponsible," "Don't Let Me Be Misunderstood," "Orange Colored Sky" "Ev'ry Time Say Goodbye" and "Fly Me to the Moon". An exhausted Gaga told the audience at the nd of the show, "This is what happens after two and half hours of performing and five glasses of whiskey." Newman's "A
 
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Derek Trucks and Susan Tedeschi are sworn in as honorary deputies by Jones County, GA Sheriff / Live for Live Music

On Tuesday, May 4th, Derek Trucks and Susan Tedeschi of Tedeschi Trucks Band were officially sworn in as honorary deputies of the Jones County Sheriff's Office in Jones County, Georgia. According to local FOX affiliate WGXA, Sheriff Butch Reece explained at the ceremony that Trucks used to ride around with Jones County deputies when he played at the nearby Georgia Rib Company as a 14-year-old guitar prodigy. He added that Derek Trucks "never forgot where he came from nor the people who supported him."  READ THE FULL Live for Live Music ARTICLE
 
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Jon Batiste and Stay Human will headline Ridgefield Playhouse Summer Gala / The Ridgefield Press

Bandleader for The Late Show with Stephen Colbert and New Orleans Jazz superstar, Jon Batiste and his band Stay Human will headline the Summer Gala that benefits The Ridgefield Playhouse, on Friday, June 21 - the first day of summer and Make Music Day, a celebration of music around the world. The gala begins at 5:30 p.m. and includes dishes prepared by local restaurants, an open bar and a chance to bid on silent auction items outside under a tent on the baseball field next to The Playhouse. Jon Batiste and Stay Human will perform at 8 p.m., in the theater. READ THE FULL Ridgefield
 
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David Lang bases his 'Prisoner of the State' opera on Beethoven's 'Fidelio / New York Post

In all its 177 years, the New York Philharmonic never conducted business with a prison-supply store - until now. For the concert opera "Prisoner of the State," Lincoln Center's David Geffen Hall has turned into, well, a prison, with barbed-wire fencing, industrial ladders and surveillance cameras around the stage, and the singers wearing orange jumpsuits. "We went to Bob Barker, ‘America's leading detention supplier,' for the jumpsuits, socks and shoes," orchestra president and CEO Deborah Borda tells The Post. And, happily enough, "prison attire isn't that expensive!" Composer Da
 
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Live in Limbo presents: Lily Frost 'Cruel World (Nickel & Dime)' video premiere

With 14 album releases under her belt, Lily Frost shapeshifts through genres touching on topics like secrets, stonewalling, forest fires, feminism, desire, motherhood, dreams and the intriguing entanglements between men and women. Lily collaborates with writers and producers in Nashville, Los Angeles, New York and Toronto. Retro-Moderne is Lily's best-quality work to date, with pointed and precise production by Gus Van Go (The Stills, Whitehorse, Jill Barber and Terra Lightfoot). The record dives into a 60's sonic space with girl group style backups befitting of Dusty Springfield. Lily
 
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Danny Elfman on composing score for 'Men in Black International' / billboard

There's nothing composer Danny Elfman looks forward to more than diving back into a world he already loves. That's why the Grammy- and Emmy-winning film scoring legend who's set hearts racing for more than three decades was so excited to strike up the band for a fourth run at the Men in Black franchise. When the producers of the upcoming fourth chapter in the mind-erasing saga came around asking for a new neuralizer-worthy score, Elfman knew just what to do for the 26-track Men in Black: International (Original Motion Picture Score). "When it's a musical genre that you e
 
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'The Big Issue' looks back at a life well lived with smooth talker and musician extraordinaire; George Benson

George Benson: ‘My mother taught me how to be a human being' At 16, I  was keen to learn something that would enhance my pockets for the rest of my life so I was studying commercial art. It was an incredible situation because that was not something African-Americans did at that time. I went to a very privileged school. It was built in the heart of the black ghetto. When they asked me why I wanted to be an artist I told them I was trying to find a trade. They said well, you can't get in the unions so you'll probably never get a job as a commercial artist. I think they were rig
 
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2 new Decca recordings from Luciano Pavarotti make this week's OPERAWIRE 'featured CD/DVD releases'

Three major releases are set for this week. Two will be world premiere recordings while the other will be the soundtrack to a highly anticipated movie. In celebration of the release of Ron Howard's new movie, Decca is releasing two CD sets. Decca Records will release the original soundtrack, "Pavarotti: Music From The Motion Picture," as well as a new 3-CD best of collection titled "Pavarotti: The Greatest Hits from Decca/UMe." The soundtrack to the film will feature aria "Nessun Dorma," selections from operas such as "Turandot," "La bohème," "Aida," "Tosca" and Italian songs
 
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Yolanda Kondonassis and Ward Stare discuss 'American Rapture' with Classical IPR

Yolanda Kondonassis is one of the leading harpists in the world today. Ward Stare is the music director of the Rochester (NY) Philharmonic Orchestra. Kondonassis and Stare recently collaborated on the world premiere performance and recording of a new harp concerto by Pulitzer Prize- and Grammy Award-winning composer Jennifer Higdon.  Kondonassis and Stare recently spoke with Classical IPR about Higdon's harp concerto, which appears on a new album called "American Rapture." They each chose a movement from the concerto to share with IPR listeners as well. Click her to Listen
 
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Ron Howard turns out to be a natural choice to direct the excellent 'Pavarotti' doc / Los Angeles Times

At first glance, archetypal American director Ron Howard does not seem the ideal candidate to make a documentary on Italy's international operatic sensation, the man with the voice from God, Luciano Pavarotti. Initial impressions, however, can be deceptive, and Howard turns out to be a natural choice to direct the excellent "Pavarotti," a warm, emotional and completely involving film about the celebrated tenor. If nothing else, after a career that started as a child star on a hit TV show and came to include a raft of crowd-pleasing movies, if Howard does not understand the nature of mas
 
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5 life lessons 'Pavarotti' taught us in the new Ron Howard documentary / USA TODAY

Ron Howard's documentary "Pavarotti" serves as a vivid reminder of just how huge a role the great tenor Luciano Pavarotti played for a generation – magically breaking out of the classical music realm to become a music superstar. But the passionate way the infectiously beaming, Hawaiian shirt-loving opera star lived his life is the most enchanting element of "Pavarotti" (opens Friday in select cities, including New York, Los Angeles and Chicago; expands throughout summer). The documentary about the singer, who died at 71 in 2007, does address his many shortcomings, including hi
 
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Andris Nelsons | Gewandhausorchester Leipzig - Bruckner / Wagner is the WFMT 'Featured New Release'

Andris Nelsons' revelatory readings of Bruckner's symphonies are permeated by his understanding of the many contradictions within the composer's character – not least the opposition between an essential awareness of his own talent and the insecurity that compelled him to rework his scores again and again. The latest title in the Latvian conductor's ongoing cycle for Deutsche Grammophon, performed with his Gewandhaus Orchestra of Leipzig, prefaces Bruckner's Sixth and Ninth Symphonies with Wagner's Siegfried Idyll and Prelude to Parsifal respectively. Light and dark, triumph and traged
 
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Sarah McKenzie hits Tokyo with the Japanese 'Secrets of My Heart' album release, tour dates, and media buzz

p.p1 {margin: 0.0px 0.0px 0.0px 0.0px; font: 12.0px 'Helvetica Neue'; color: #4d4d4d} Australian singer-songwriter Sarah McKenzie released her new album 'Secrets of My Heart' to most of the world earlier this spring. After the great success of her 2017 disc, Paris in the Rain(Impulse! Records), the 31-year-old pianist, singer, and composer returns by reuniting with noted Australian composer, arranger, and events music director, Chong Lim, who produced her first two discs – Don't Tempt Me and Close Your Eyes. "He's the guy who introduced me to Wayne Shorter's Nat
 
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Anna Shelest exposes all of the finer details, expressive beauty and technical demands of 'Donna Voce' / Classical Music Sentinel

If you were to do a blindfold test and listen to this recording without prior knowledge as to its content, you would instantly start assuming that you are listening to hitherto unheard or newly discovered works by Robert Schumann, Schubert, Chopin, Scriabin, Prokofiev, and even Nikolai Kapustin.  International award-winning pianist Anna Shelest who records exclusively on Sorel Classics, certainly exposes all of the finer details, expressive beauty and technical demands within each piece, and for example, brings out the exquisite charm within the music of Amy Beach or the fiery Chop
 
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Joyce DiDonato's 'Songplay' proves that the music and lyrics, lend themselves well to different styles / All Classical Portland

Soprano Joyce DiDonato's recording projects are seldom conventional. Her last, "Hopes and Dreams: The Lullaby Project" featured original songs to texts by new mothers, some of whom were experiencing financial insecurity. Her newest, Songplay, goes back to her roots as a budding singer.  She rediscovered the arias that all young singers are taught, and then set aside. What makes these new are the jazz greats who join her, including pianist and collaborator Craig Terry. Joining them are Charlie Porter (trumpet), Chuck Israels (bass), and Jimmy Madison (drums). The result proves that the
 
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New SiriusXM channel celebrates Pavarotti / Radio Ink

He is one of opera's true legends. Now Luciano Pavarotti (and double Academy Award-winning filmmaker Ron Howard) are returning to SiriusXM, with the launch of Pavarotti Radio, an exclusive limited-run music channel celebrating the music and influence of the famed Italian tenor. The channel kicks off June 6, 12:00 p.m. ET and runs through June 16 on channel 77 and the SiriusXM app on smartphones and other connected devices. The channel complements the arrival of the documentary Pavarotti in select theaters June 7. Pavarotti Radio will showcase music and recorded performances from the wor
 
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Matthew Lipman's 'Ascent' with 95.5KHFM: Albuquerque

Violist Matthew Lipman 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. The album of imaginative, improvisational works for viola and piano, created as a loving tribute to his late mother, also includes York Bowen's Phantasy for Viola and Piano, Op. 54; Robert Schumann's Märchenbilder (Fairy Tale Pictures), Op. 1
 
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Ron Howard hits the right notes in new Pavarotti documentary / abc 7 - Los Angeles

Director Ron Howard is behind a new documentary on a singer who had one of the world's most powerful voices. We lost Luciano Pavarotti in 2007, but the filmmaker found a story he wanted to tell about a musical genius who loved life. Howard is no stranger to the documentary world, having made prior films focusing on The Beatles and Jay-Z. So, why Pavarotti? "Curiosity. Fascination," said Howard. "I didn't know that much about 'Apollo 13' before I got involved, or anything about John Nash's life before 'A Beautiful Mind.' So I think I've learned I really like d
 
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Sarah McKenzie joins Jazz 91-San Mateo for some music and conversation

Sarah McKenzie writes original songs that pay tribute to lots of people. On her list are Wayne Shorter, Antonio Carlos Jobim, Johnny Mercer, Cole Porter, Michel Legrand and George Gershwin. This makes her hard to categorize. She also admires a number of women musicians, and includes the legendary Marian McPartland as an early inspiration. McKenzie was a scholarship student at the Berklee College of Music in Boston and by her own admission, McKenzie says she simply loves making music. She enjoys the composition process and, she says, her extensive international travel is a significant in
 
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New Ron Howard documentary forces us to reckon with Pavarotti's high and low art / The New York Times

In opera, people spend a lot of time saying relatively little. It takes a four-minute aria for the young hero of Puccini's "La Bohème" just to introduce himself to the pretty neighbor who's knocked at his door. Why do we wait? Because this stretching of time, the refusal to just say it, opens up a space in which we're forced to live - sometimes to the point of excruciation - with emotions that would normally pass in seconds. In that "Bohème" aria, "Che gelida manina," it's as if our heads are being held underwater in a pool of boyish longing, the endearing boastfulness
 
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Yolanda Kondonassis and Ward Stare discuss 'American Rapture' with classical radio

Azica Records recently released American Rapture featuring harpist Yolanda Kondonassis and the Rochester Philharmonic Orchestra, conducted by Music Director Ward Stare. This album includes the world premiere recording of Pulitzer Prize-winner Jennifer Higdon's Harp Concerto, written for and dedicated to Yolanda Kondonassis; Samuel Barber's Symphony No. 1 in One Movement, Op. 9; and the world premiere recording of Patrick Harlin's Rapture. The album is designed to highlight three generations of American composition and, as defined by Harlin in the context of his work, to depict r
 
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Fresh off their inaugural album, Mark Turner and pianist Ethan Iverson are set for six performances at Spoleto Festival USA / Charleston Post and Courier

Monk and Coltrane. Hancock and Shorter. Fitzgerald and Armstrong. Jazz has a long tradition of legendary duos. Now, saxophonist Mark Turner and pianist Ethan Iverson are looking to place their own stamp on jazz royalty. Fresh off the release of their inaugural album "Temporary Kings," Turner and Iverson are tapping into a format that will allow them to learn more about themselves and each other as musicians. This week, they'll be sharing the fruits of their studies over the course of six performances at Spoleto Festival USA. Larry Blumenfeld, jazz writer for the Wall Street Journal and
 
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Demarre & Anthony McGill - Winged Creatures is the KUSC: Download of the Week

Demarre McGill, principal flute of the Seattle Symphony Orchestra, and brother Anthony McGill, principal clarinet of the New York Philharmonic, return to their early training ground, the Chicago Youth Symphony Orchestras, for Winged Creatures, a homecoming album of duo concertos featuring world-premiere recordings of works by Michael Abels and Joel Puckett written expressly for the McGills and the CYSO's Symphony Orchestra. The Cedille Records album includes Abels' Winged Creatures; Franz Danzi's Sinfonia Concertante for flute, clarinet, and orchestra, Op. 41; Camille Saint-
 
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41st Playboy Jazz Festival kicks off with Angelique Kidjo, Terence Blanchard's E-Collective and Bela Fleck & the Flecktones / glideMAGAZINE

There's truly no better place to be on a sunny weekend in June than at the Hollywood Bowl in Los Angeles, joining in the festive celebration of the annual Playboy Jazz Festival. Marking its 41st year in 2019, this festival has lit up the Bowl for two full days and nights of the best jazz, blues and R&B on the planet since 1978, when Hugh Hefner was at the height of his game. Comedian George Lopez has been the host each day as both days feature top acts and popular newcomers performing a wide range of musical styles. Saturday's lineup includes a crazy mash-up of musical
 
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Demarre & Anthony McGill - Winged Creatures is the KDFC: Download of the Week

p.p1 {margin: 0.0px 0.0px 0.0px 0.0px; font: 12.0px 'Helvetica Neue'; color: #4d4d4d} p.p2 {margin: 0.0px 0.0px 0.0px 0.0px; font: 12.0px 'Helvetica Neue'; color: #4d4d4d; min-height: 14.0px} Demarre McGill, principal flute of the Seattle Symphony Orchestra, and brother Anthony McGill, principal clarinet of the New York Philharmonic, return to their early training ground, the Chicago Youth Symphony Orchestras, for Winged Creatures, a homecoming album of duo concertos featuring world-premiere recordings of works by Michael Abels and Joel Puckett written expressly for the McGills and the
 
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Rachel Barton Pine talks 'Blues Dialogues' with WCMU - Public Radio Michigan

Violinist Rachel Barton Pine, Cedille Records' best-selling artist and longtime advocate for music by Black composers, performs a program of blues-influenced classical works for solo violin and violin and piano by Black composers of the 20th and 21st centuries on Blues Dialogues: Music by Black Composers, her newest Cedille Records album. Pianist Matthew Hagle, Pine's longtime recital partner, joins her on their third album together on Cedille and Pine's 21st for the Chicago-based label. 'Blues Dialogues' features several world-premiere recordings: Noel Da Costa'
 
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George Winston bounces with assertion on 'Restless Wind' / Jazz Weekly

Back in the 1980s, pianist George Winston almost single-handedly, (well, double handedly, since he played the piano) started a musical genre called "New Age." It was EVERYWHERE, and it was simply "mellow" and impressionistic music, with albums titled December, Autumn and Forest. If you saw him in concert back then, (and what guy didn't take a chick to see him to show how hip he was?) he'd usually do an encore of some fun stride and ragtime. Who knew that this guy could really swing? Well, this Kenny G of the piano is back and this solo album is a full fisted event. He bounces wi
 
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Snarky Puppy steps up with new tunes in triumphant return to LA's Orpheum Theatre / Live For Live Music

There is a certain freedom that comes with being an instrumental outfit like Snarky Puppy. Whereas a vocally-focused act may feel compelled (if not outright implored) by its fans to roll through all the same hits, show after show, until the tread wears off, those that eschew lyrics-and, ideally, compensate with spirited instrumentation-are granted more leeway for experimentation by default. Not that bandleader and bassist Michael League would've let on otherwise. He certainly didn't during Snarky Puppy's triumphant return to the Orpheum Theatre in Los Angeles on the final Friday of May.
 
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Seth MacFarlane handles the standards par excellence on 'Once In A While' / Jazz Weekly

Actor and crooner Seth MacFarlane takes the next logical step in his singing career with a bel canto collection of torch songs with strings, woodwinds and brass. The "Dream Team" Orchestra handles the standards par excellence, as does MacFarlane, giving wanderlust treatment to "Half As Lovely (Twice As Nice)" and the nostalgic "The Things We Did Last Summer." Some warm trumpet brings some hip atmosphere to a glowing "I Remember You" and nostalgia fills the air on the 40s-ish "I'll Be Around." Flowing flutes on "They Say It's Wonderful" and woody clarinets on "You Are Too Beautiful" make a r
 
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Angelique Kidjo - Celia makes Transglobal Top 25 for June

On April 19, Angélique Kidjo released Celia via Verve/Universal Music France, an album that honors Celia Cruz, widely known as "the Queen of Salsa" and the most popular Latin artist of the 20thcentury.  On Celia, Angélique explores the African roots of the Cuban-born Cruz and reimagines selections from Cruz's extraordinary career in surprising new ways, infused with an explosion of sounds and rhythms from Cuba, Africa, the Middle East, America and beyond.  The album includes performances by Tony Allen (Fela Kuti) on drums, Meshell Ndegeocello on bass, and British
 
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Valentina Lisitsa: Tchaikovsky - Complete Works For Solo Piano is the KUSC: Album Of the Week

Ukrainian-born pianist Valentina Lisitsa takes on the piano works of Peter Tchaikovsky in a new 10 CD set, the first-ever complete collection. All told, there are more than eleven hours of music featured, including Tchaikovsky's earliest surviving work and some of his piano transcriptions of his famous orchestral pieces. Are you ready for the 1812 Overture on piano?  This album is the world's first ever truly complete collection of these works, curated in association with the world authority on Tchaikovsky. This new recording also features 2 hours of premiere international recordin
 
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Valentina Lisitsa takes on Tchaikovsky's entire piano repertoire and is KDFC 'Album Of the Week'

Ukrainian-born pianist Valentina Lisitsa takes on the piano works of Peter Tchaikovsky in a new 10 CD set, the first-ever complete collection. All told, there are more than eleven hours of music featured, including Tchaikovsky's earliest surviving work and some of his piano transcriptions of his famous orchestral pieces. Are you ready for the 1812 Overture on piano?  This album is the world's first ever truly complete collection of these works, curated in association with the world authority on Tchaikovsky. This new recording also features 2 hours of premiere international recordin
 
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Andreas Ottensamer revels in the clarinet's songful intimacy alongside Yuja Wang in this week's WCRB: CD of the Week

Andreas Ottensamer is a natural with the clarinet. His latest CD focuses on the clarinet's mysterious and beguiling songfulness. He has teamed up with his own orchestra, the Berlin Philharmonic, and his friend, pianist Yuja Wang, for a CD called Blue Hour – a constellation of arrangements by Ottensamer himself of Mendelssohn and Brahms piano pieces, and one of Brahms's touching songs. These are anchored by a sparkling performance of Weber's Clarinet Concerto No. 1 and his virtuoso Grand Duo Concertant. Ottensamer and Wang have profound imaginations for sound, and they're able to i
 
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