Written, composed, performed and recorded by Grammy and Ivor Novello Award-winner Imogen Heap, The Music of Harry Potter and the Cursed Child is presented as four contemporary musical suites, each showcasing one of the play's theatrical acts. This unique new album format from Imogen Heap chronologically features the music heard in the stage production, further reworked to transport listeners on a sonic journey through the world of Harry Potter and the Cursed Child.
Rising duo Tall Heights release their much-anticipated sophomore album Pretty Colors For Your Actions today via Sony Music Masterworks. Pretty Colors For Your Actions heralds a new chapter for Tall Heights, who made their major label debut with 2016's Neptune and have since racked up 140 million streams to date as well as critical acclaim from the likes of NPR, Wall Street Journal, Paste, Stereogum and more. The 11-track collection is grounded by the duo's signature melodies, layered and shaped with live instrumentation and contemporary production to create a sonic universe all their own.
Legendary jazz bass player Charlie Haden and pianist Brad Mehldau joined forces back in November 2007 to perform together at the Christuskirche church in Mannheim, resulting in the live recording Long Ago and Far Away. After 11 years, the recording has finally been released on Impulse! Records. After meeting for the first time back in 1993, Haden found a way to bring Mehldau out to LA to perform with himself and Lee Konitz at the Jazz Bakery in 1996. This led to a trio recording on Blue Note (1997) called Alone Together. In 2011, he and Brad recorded a live album with Lee Konitz and Paul Motian for ECM called Live at Birdland. Mehldau and Haden remained friends from the time of their first meeting – they had a special connection. In the early days, Haden, in a sense, mentored this young pianist in life lessons. He would later go on to pronounce Mehldau one of the most important musicians of his generation because of his unique voice, his depth of knowledge and facility on the instrument, and how he has moved the language of jazz forward.
The world's most successful and best selling soprano Sarah Brightman will unveil her much anticipated fifteenth full-length album, HYMN, on November 9, 2018 (Decca Gold/ Universal Music Group). This marks the multi-platinum, GRAMMY® award-nominated, classical crossover pioneer's first new studio recording since she released the international chart-topper Dreamchaser in 2013.
In addition to her new album, Sarah Brightman announced her world tour, Hymn: Sarah Brightman In Concert, which will begin in South America in November 2018 and include 125 shows across five continents throughout 2019. The North American dates of the tour, produced by Live Nation, will kick off in January 2019 and tickets for the general public will go on sale beginning Friday, September 21 at 10:00am local time at HERE. Fanclub and forum community members can purchase tickets before the general public starting today at 2:00pm local time HERE. Citi is the official presale credit card for the Hymn: Sarah Brightman In Concert Tour. As such, Citi cardmembers will have access to purchase U.S. presale tickets beginning Tuesday, September 18th at 10:00am local time until Thursday, September 20th at 10:00pm local time through Citi's Private Pass program. For complete presale details visit www.citiprivatepass.com. Every pair of online tickets for this show includes a physical CD of Sarah Brightman's forthcoming album, HYMN. All albums must be redeemed by April 29, 2019.* Additional tour dates to be announced in the coming months. See the announced tour routing below.
Angèle Dubeau & La Pietà - Ovation. Recorded in concert during the One Last Time tour, we hear a violinist at the top of her form and a concert where magic and perfection are in symbiosis.
In December 2017, with two sold-out concerts at the Maison symphonique de Montréal, the One Last Time tour by Angèle Dubeau & La Pietà came to an end. This tour of thirty-three concerts was, for the violinist, an opportunity to thank her Quebec fans for the support they had given her throughout her career.
It was on that tour, during the concerts at Palais Montcalm in Quebec City, that Ovation was recorded. This new album features musical works composed by the likes of Einaudi, Richter, Glass, Enescu and Saint-Saens and which have been landmarks of the first 20 years of La Pietà's career. The album also showcases a violinist at the top of her form and a concert where magic and perfection are in symbiosis.
The Croatian duo of Luka Sulic and Stjepan Hauser, better known as 2CELLOS, today release their much-anticipated new album, Let There Be Cello, via Sony Music Masterworks – available everywhere now. 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. Known for their electric live performances, 2CELLOS now gear up to take their newest album on the road for their first-ever U.S. arena tour, which is set to kick off February 2019.
The latest recording with the Czech Philharmonic posthumously released from the late Jiři Bělohlávek, this all-Janáček album features Glagolitic Mass, the rhapsody Taras Bulba,Sinfonietta, and The Fiddler's Child.
Sony Music announces the release of VENOM (Original Motion Picture Soundtrack) on October 5 with original music by three-time GRAMMY Award nominee Ludwig Göransson (Black Panther, Fruitvale Station, Creed, Atlanta). Amongst an impressive resume of TV and film credits, Göransson is best known for his collaborative work with Donald Glover, producing records under the Childish Gambino pseudonym, including the critically-acclaimed and GRAMMY® Award-winning album Awaken, My Love!
When Leonard Bernstein celebrated his 70th birthday, Krystian Zimerman was asked to perform Symphony No. 2 (The Age of Anxiety) with Bernstein for the first time. Full of praise for Zimerman's performance, Bernstein asked the pianist to perform the piece again when the composer turned 100. To fulfill that promise, Zimerman releases a new recording of Bernstein's Symphony No. 2, performed with the Berlin Philharmonic and conducted by Simon Rattle in his last appearance as its chief conductor.
YO-YO MA releases Six Evolutions – Bach: Cello Suites today. The new album from Sony Classical marks Ma's third and final recording of the works and celebrates his nearly six-decade-long relationship with the music. Six Evolutions – Bach: Cello Suites is available to stream and download now on all digital service providers and for purchase as a 3-LP 180-gram vinyl set.
As Ma's "constant musical companions" for almost 60 years, Bach's Cello Suites first entered the cellist's life at the age of four, when he learned the first measure of the Prélude to Suite No. 1 under his father's instruction. His Grammy Award-winning first complete recording of the suites was made in his late twenties. His second, Inspired by Bach, was released in his early forties and recorded alongside a multi-genre, collaborative exploration of the works. Both previous recordings of the Cello Suites, also on Sony Classical, became landmarks in classical discography, as well as milestones in Ma's musical life. Since then these works have been a through line in his life, guiding him through times of happiness as well as hardship, prompting Ma to ask, "What power does this music possess that even today, after three hundred years, it continues to help us navigate through troubled times?"
Tony Bennett and Diana Krall celebrate their shared love of the music of George and Ira Gershwin on their new collaborative album, LOVE IS HERE TO STAY, set for a September 14th release on Verve Records/Columbia Records. Tony Bennett, who celebrates his 92nd birthday today, has been friends with Diana Krall for over 20 years. The two toured together in 2000 and recorded duets for two of Bennett's albums ("Duets" and "Playin' With My Friends"), but this marks their first full album project together. LOVE IS HERE TO STAY is out just in time for the 120th Anniversary of George Gershwin's birthday which takes place on September 26th. Both multi-Grammy winning and platinum-selling artists, Bennett is the only artist at the ages of 85 and 88, respectively, to have an album debut at #1 on the Billboard Top 200 and Krall is the only jazz artist to have eight albums debut at #1 on Billboard's Jazz Albums chart. Danny Bennett, President and CEO of Verve Label Group commented, "When Tony Bennett and Diana Krall sing the music of the Gershwins, it's truly the consummate artistic pairing of singers and songwriting. It's one of those recordings that when you listen to it, you recognize instantly that it had to happen - it was just a matter of getting these two extraordinary performers into a studio and putting the Gershwin songbook in front of them."
Jon Batiste is an internationally acclaimed musician, bandleader and composer. As an educator and television personality, he spreads his unbridled optimism coupled with a profound understanding of the arts. Born into a long lineage of New Orleans musicians, Batiste is a graduate of The Juilliard School with a master's degree. After graduating, he toured globally with his band Stay Human and currently appears nightly on national television as the bandleader and musical director for "The Late Show with Stephen Colbert." Jon is a Forbes 30 under 30 honoree, Musical Director for The Atlantic and Creative Director of the National Jazz Museum in Harlem. He balances a demanding performance schedule with speaking engagements, curating events, occasional acting and producing opportunities, all while relentlessly composing new music. Jon is also a coveted brand ambassador–featured in campaigns for Chase, Apple, Lincoln Motor Company, and numerous fashion brands including Bonobos, Ralph Lauren, Barney's and Nordstrom. He has worked with famed photographer Annie Leibowitz, among many others, and his personal style has been profiled in various fashion publications including GQ, Vanity Fair and Vogue. Jon's mission is to share his faith, hope and love with the world around him.
Enotes Music is proud to announce the release of a major work by composer Cliff Eidelman: Symphony for Orchestra. Recorded at Abbey Road Studios and featuring the London Symphony Orchestra and soloists Michael McHale and Tom Poster.
Eidelman is well known as a composer of music for film including Star Trek VI: The Undiscovered Country and Christopher Columbus. The composer has also had a concurrent path in the fields of concert music, ballet, choral music, and songs. From works like the tone poem The Tempest, to the vocal work Wedding in the Night Garden, to his song album My Muse.
In approaching the ideal circumstances in which to record his new work, Eidelman had no hesitation in selecting the London Symphony Orchestra for its virtuosity and the openness of its music making from recording Mahler Symphony cycles to working on major films from Harry Potter to Star Wars. Inasmuch, the LSO provided the ideal balance for experience and enthusiasm. When researching interpreters for the difficult piano parts of this new work, Eidelman encountered the artistry of young pianist Michael McHale and was entranced. Soon pianist Tom Poster and engineer Jonathan Allen were on board as well and the recording project was off and running.
Symphony for Orchestra and Two Pianos is a grand artistic statement worthy of its name. The new work Night in the Gallerystands in contrast to the big symphonic canvas. The new piece is a four movement work for chamber orchestra, played here by Members of the London Symphony Orchestra joined by the piano of Michael McHale. While the Symphony lays claim to being part of the symphonic tradition of the great composers, Night in the Gallery is a more intimate, playful, and colorful piece. Inspired not by the actual Louvre or a visit to the great museum, rather Eidelman took inspiration from a photo book about artwork in the Louvre, and that book, "Treasures of the Louvre," was a point of departure for Eidelman's imagination. It was soon followed by other great works from galleries around the world where the characters from these paintings came to life in this music.
Bear Machine Records is excited to announce the release of "Missing Film" by indie-folk artist Radical Face. Known for his cinematic and emotional music, Ben Cooper wrote and produced this 12 song collection with film makers in mind, focusing on mood and entirely instrumental arrangements -- a direct contrast to his traditional concept and story-driven albums. He has partnered with Noisetrade to give away the album, and is offering the music to students, young directors and content creators to use for free use in all non-commercial media.
"Anthony Roth Costanzo exists to transform opera." - THE NEW YORK TIMES
Countertenor Anthony Roth Costanzo Announces ARC his debut solo album pairing arias of Philip Glass and Handel Set for release on September 21 on Decca Gold. In conjunction with the album, Costanzo and Visionaire unveil GLASS HANDEL, an ambitious live installation of ARC in Philadelphia (Sept 22, 23, 30) and NYC (Nov 26, 27)
Along with ARC, Costanzo and the avant-garde fashion/art company VISIONAIRE and producer CATH BRITTAN will present GLASS HANDEL, an hour-long, live interdisciplinary installation that will take place at Opera Philadelphia's Festival O18 (at the Barnes Foundation) on September 22-23, 30, and in New York City (produced with National Sawdust at The Cathedral of St. John the Divine, who co-present) on November 26-27.
With GLASS HANDEL, Costanzo and Visionaire have curated an unprecedented collaboration with stars from the worlds of art, fashion, dance, and film:
November 9th, release date for String Theory, HANSON's most ambitious musical project to date. The landmark symphonic project, features brand new and rearranged recordings with full symphonic orchestration in a collaboration with Academy award winning arranger David Campbell. Follows the band's sold out 25th Anniversary World Tour in 2017.
The album. Premiering exclusively with NPR Music is Siren Call, the first full song and video from the String Theory project, featuring the band performing with a 46-piece Orchestra.
Korean pianist Seong-Jin Cho will release his first Mozart recording, Piano Concerto No. 20 & Sonatas, on Deutsche Grammophon on November 16 – boasting a dynamic interpretation of one of the composer's most powerful and dramatic piano concertos. The album is available for pre-order everywhere today, along with the first track off of the album, Piano Sonata No. 3 in B-flat Major, K281.
Seong-Jin Cho was fortunate that his earliest memories of Mozart were fixed by his parents' recordings of two of the composer's greatest operas: The Marriage of Figaro and The Magic Flute. They opened the young musician's heart to the limitless compassion of Mozart's music, which continues to resonate with Cho.
America's greatest and most enduring chamber ensemble – the Grammyâ Award-winning Juilliard String Quartet – celebrates its eighth decade with the release of a new Sony Classical recording of music from three centuries by Ludwig van Beethoven, Béla Bartók and Argentinian-American composer Mario Davidovsky. The new recording was released on October 26, 2018. A movement of the Beethoven quartet on the recording is available now via all digital and streaming platforms.
Now star tenor Roberto Alagna and his wife, the Polish soprano Aleksandra Kurzak, have made the most poignant duets from Puccini's operas the focus of their first collaborative album, excerpts from Manon Lescaut, La Fanciulla del West, Madama Butterfly, Il tabarro, and of course La bohème – music brimming over with passion and powerful emotions, brilliantly composed for the voice, and subtly orchestrated for the orchestra. The new production features Riccardo Frizza conducting the Sinfonia Varsovia Orchestra.
Decca Records is thrilled to reveal details of the forthcoming album from Hollywood icon Jeff Goldblum and his long-time band The Mildred Snitzer Orchestra, entitled The Capitol Studios Sessions. The highly anticipated debut from the jazz pianist will be released on November 9, 2018.
Goldblum, who has been playing the piano since he was a child, has performed with his jazz band at venues in Los Angeles and New York City over the past few decades. When he's not filming, the actor hosts a weekly jazz variety show at LA's Rockwell Table and Stage. Frequented by locals and A-listers alike, the show intersperses Goldblum's love of jazz with his passion and skills at improvised comedy.
The atmosphere and energy of these shows is captured perfectly on this album, which Jeff credits to producer Larry Klein (Joni Mitchell, Herbie Hancock, Madeleine Peyroux). For the recording, Larry recreated the buzz of The Rockwell at the legendary Capitol Studios. The studio was transformed into a jazz club – food and drink was served to an invited live studio audience of Rockwell regulars, friends and family.
Grammy Award-winning jazz guitarist, band leader and composer, John Scofield is set to release his new album, Combo 66, marking his 66th birthday, on September 28 via Verve Records. The album, which features long-time drummer Bill Stewart, bassist Vincente Archer and pianist/organist Gerald Clayton, combines jazz with genre-defying elements, allowing Scofield to find new modes of expression.
Five-time Grammy-nominated pianist Shelly Berg, multi-Grammy-winning conductor José Serebrier & the Royal Philharmonic Orchestra are joined by a group of legendary guest artists who have come together for the Universal /Decca Gold release Gershwin Reimagined – An American in London, set for a September 7, 2018 release.
The landmark album, produced by eight-time Grammy Award recipient Gregg Field, features Grammy-winning artists Mark O'Connor and Arturo Sandoval, Grammy-nominated vocalists Monica Mancini and Ledisi and the Shelly Berg Trio.
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's A Set of Dance Tunes for Solo Violin, Dolores White's expanded, four-movement version of her Blues Dialogues for solo violin, and Billy Childs's Incident on Larpenteur Avenue, a single-movement violin sonata exploring the events and impact of the 2016 killing of Philando Castile by a Minnesota police officer.
BAFTA winning artist, composer, musician and producer Ólafur Arnalds has unveiled his new track ‘re:member' featuring his ground-breaking new software, Stratus, which transforms the humble piano into a unique new instrument. It is released today Friday April 6 along with a brand new music video. Ólafur will be performing The Stratus Pianos across the world later this year, including a sold-out date at London's Royal Albert Hall and New York City's Le Poisson Rouge on June 30 (full US tour dates below).
Here are Bach's six cello suites, played on the viola by one of the instrument's greatest exponents, Kim Kashkashian. The suites were once described by Pablo Casals as "the very essence of Bach…a whole radiance of space and poetry pours forth from them." These qualities are in abundance in the present version, recorded at the American Academy of Arts and Letters in New York in November and December 2016, and February 2017.
Bach composed the suites around 1720 when he was in the employ of Prince Leopold of Anhalt-Köthen. The autograph manuscript is no longer extant, and the earliest known copies date from 1726 and 1730, the latter made by Anna Magdalena Bach. Bach himself made a transcription of an arrangement of Suite V for lute, however, which has survived. Differences in articulation between the versions invite a certain expressive liberty. There has also, in recent years, been speculation about the instrument for which Bach wrote the music: was it the violoncello as we know it today, or was it the violoncello da spalla, the small cello played braced against the shoulder? Were the suites played on the viola in Bach's lifetime Perhaps. Bach's fondness for the viola is documented; he liked to play it in chamber music and also directed cantatas from the viola.
When Hilary Hahn plays Bach came out on Sony in 1997, critics were astounded that a performer would choose solo Bach for her debut album; they were further confounded by her elegant approach to this music's technical and interpretive challenges at such a young age. Bach expert Nicholas Anderson wrote in BBC Music Magazine at the time, "Bach's six unaccompanied solos - three each of partitas and sonatas - have long been regarded as the pinnacle of violin writing and the most elusive of goals for the aspiring performer... Hahn's affection for Bach's music becomes apparent at almost every turn; and the concluding movement of the C major Sonata is a tour de force. I long to hear more." Stereo Review wrote, "I would go so far as to say that I've never heard this legendary, impossible piece of music played on a higher level, technically and musically, than it is on Hahn's debut CD. This is simply a magnificent performance, completely true in all its parts and possessed of a depth and wisdom that belie the performer's age. Unlike most of the violinists who play this music, she is truly its master, and that frees her to play it with soul."
Now 38, she completes her recording of the Bach sonatas and partitas for solo violin in an album that will be released on Decca Classics on October 5, 2018. The new album includes the first partita and first and second sonatas.
Uncompromising in his life as he was in his music, Korean composer Isang Yun (1917–95) held fast to his dream of a united people, even as he was unjustly accused of espionage by North Korea and sentenced to imprisonment and death. From this life of unimaginable oppression and torture emerges music of raw emotional power, now heard on ISANG YUN: Sunrise Falling, a centennial commemoration of Yun's life and music from the PENTATONE Oxingale Series. Maestro Dennis Russell Davies, a longtime collaborator and advocate for Yun, curates the program and conducts the Bruckner Orchester Linz, with remarkable, searing solo performances from cellist Matt Haimovitz, violinist Yumi Hwang-Williams, and pianist Maki Namekawa. Called an "important, courageous release" by Deutschlandfunk Kultur, this is the first in a new series of composer portraits from the PENTATONE Oxingale series.
As a teenager, Daniil Trifonov absorbed lessons from the recordings of Sergei Rachmaninov, lessons that fed the creative process of his latest Deutsche Grammophon project, Destination Rachmaninov – Departure, the first of two albums comprising Trifonov's cycle of the great Russian composer's piano concertos. Destination Rachmaninov – Departure, set for release on October 12, 2018, features Concertos Nos. 2 and 4, along with Rachmaninov's solo piano transcriptions of three movements from Bach's Violin Partita in E major. Together with its upcoming October 2019 sequel Destination Rachmaninov – Arrival, which contains Concertos Nos. 1 and 3, Trifonov's new album documents a journey of artistic exploration made in company with the Philadelphia Orchestra and its music director Yannick Nézet-Séguin, who have a special, historical connection to Rachmaninov. Rachmaninov first performed with the Philadelphia Orchestra and its then Music Director Leopold Stokowski in 1913 as a soloist in his own Third Piano Concerto and returned many times as pianist and conductor before his death thirty years later.
Currently wowing theatre-goers in the US with her Tony-nominated performance in Carousel, Grammy-winning soprano Renée Fleming announces her new album ‘Broadway', to be released on Decca Classics on Friday 7th September. Celebrating musical theatre, the album features a diverse array of great songs for the stage by composers including Stephen Sondheim, Andrew Lloyd Webber, Pasek & Paul, and Rodgers & Hammerstein, as well as a special guest duet with the Hamilton, television and film star, Leslie Odom, Jr.
Fleming made her Broadway musical debut this April as Nettie Fowler in the hit new production of Rodgers & Hammerstein's beloved Carousel. She received glowing reviews and even a Tony nomination – the prestigious awards ceremony takes place this Sunday. The Hollywood Reporter described her performance in Carousel as "superb" and "sheer euphoria", and Newsweek said, "she is divine".
Pianist Hélène Grimaud is set to release her new album Memory on September 21th on Deutsche Grammophon. The album explores the nature of recollection through a series of exquisite pianistic miniatures, with a choice of repertoire embracing everything from impressionistic reveries by Chopin and Debussy to the timeless, folk-like melodies of Valentin Silvestrov. The French pianist's latest Deutsche Grammophon recording addresses music's unique ability to bring images of the past back to life in the present moment, to conjure up vivid evocations of time and place.
Memory and music make perfect partners. Both are fleeting, never fixed, always subject to interpretation. Our identities are formed from memories, just as so many of our most enduring experiences are rooted in music. Hélène Grimaud wanted to explore the universal nature of memory, its place in the lives of us all. Memory, she explains, uses music to probe the many levels of human consciousness.
Eight years after her first self-released, critically-acclaimed Pianoscope ; an album imbued with both melancholy and light (The Telegraph UK), Alexandra Stréliski is thrilled to be unveiling her raw and sincere sophomore album titled INSCAPE, set to be released on October 5th via Secret City Records.
Recorded in the Fall of 2017 at Studio PM in Montreal, INSCAPE is the work of an artist unconcerned with conventions, whose approach of neoclassicism is resolutely current. Produced by Alexandra Stréliski herself and Maxime Navert (who also co-produced Pianoscope), the attempt was to fill a certain emotional emptiness, a creative urge that commits to taking the listener back to a form of lost sincerity. "A piano, on its own, is a very vulnerable thing, and I want to share this moment with the listener," explains Alexandra.
Singer/author/brain health advocate Peggy Sarlin is on a worthy journey, helping others and nurturing her artistic voice along the way. Her story is as unexpected as it is inspiring – she was signed to Columbia Records and had early success as a songwriter for Bette Midler and Patti LuPone, wrote scripts for popular children's television programs, and even wrote for NASA.
Everything changed in 2012, when her husband had a stroke. That personal trauma started a sequence of unlikely events. Through it all, music has been Sarlin's North Star. Her new Blues-infused album ‘Let There Be Love' finds the storyteller mining her fantasies (and her pain,) to create a vivid landscape of detail-driven songs. She comments, "Love is the great, inexhaustible topic. My new album sprang from my fascination with exploring love in all its infinite moods and manifestations. Happy memories flowed out of me; as well as laments for my current difficult situation. And I found deep fun in writing romantic fantasies that offer a dreamy escape.
The journey has begun! Analekta announces the release of the first of three albums that will cover Beethoven's complete Violin Sonatas, performed by two of the most outstanding musicians of their generation, Andrew Wan, concertmaster of the Orchestre symphonique de Montréal since 2008, and Charles Richard-Hamelin, winner of the silver medal and the Krystian Zimerman prize at the 2015 International Fryderyk Chopin Piano Competition in Warsaw.
Celebrate the season AGAIN!! with 2015 JUNO Award nominees Sultans of String, for an adventurous musical trip around the world! SOS deliver an exuberant performance featuring originals, world-music inspired classics, and seasonal favourites to warm your heart on a cold winter's night. From fiery fiddle tunes to a Caribbean sleigh ride, this surprising and delightful holiday fiesta heats up when Sultans of String bring their signature sound to well known gems such as Jesu, Joy of Man's Desiring, The Huron Carol (with gorgeous newly-translated Indigenous lyrics), Little Drummer Boy, a Feliz Navidad ska party, a Turkish twist on Greensleeves, A Charlie Brown Christmas, as well as a Gypsy-jazz inspired Django Christmas, and a Rumba-Flamenca fuelled Jingle Bells.
Following his critically acclaimed recording of piano works by Philip Glass, Icelandic pianist Víkingur Ólafsson will release his second concept album, Bach, on Deutsche Grammophon on September 7, 2018 (CD released 9/14). The album is available for pre-order everywheretoday.
Renowned for his innovative musical projects, Ólafsson offers listeners a very personal vision of Bach's intricate keyboard music on his new recording – artfully weaving Bach's original works together with transcriptions by Busoni, Kempff, Ziloti, Rachmaninov and Ólafsson himself. Ólafsson will also perform some of the repertoire from the album live at venues including London's LSO St Luke's, the Louisiana Museum of Modern Art in Humlebæk (Denmark), Hamburg's Laeiszhalle, and the Berlin Philharmonie during the 2018-19 season.
Pianist Alice Sara Ott releases Nightfall, an album that explores the transition and harmony between day and night, light and darkness. This recording features a collection of evocative pieces by Satie, Debussy, and Ravel, including Debussy's "Clair de lune" and Ravel'sGaspard de la nuit - all played with Ott's velvet touch and soulful depth.
The boys who make up the choral group Libera are normal South London kids aged 7 to 16 years. The music they produce is truly extraordinary. The group release their new album ?Beyond' on 12 October 2018 on CD plus digital formats through Invisible Hands Music. Libera make beautiful, progressive albums in the classical and the ambient/new age style, and ?Beyond', their eagerly-anticipated new album, is a transformative and spiritual musical experience. ?Beyond' comes hot on the heels of their globally successful 2017 ?Hope' album. On 17 October 2018, Libera will unveil ?Beyond' with a concert at London's Westminster Cathedral, which is followed by live dates in Japan and then concerts in the UK and Russia.
SILVA SCREEN RECORDS PRESENTS THE NATIVITY (CINEMATIC CHRISTMAS CAROLS)
Performed by London Music Works.
From an innovative and vibrant soundtrack label comes an electrifying Christmas offering; bringing the sound of Hollywood blockbuster to well loved seasonal favorites. The Nativity includes traditional Christmas Carols arranged in a dramatic, orchestral and cinematic style, utilizing both electronic arrangements and a full size classical orchestra. Introducing a potent mix of film, TV & trailer soundtrack composers and arrangers, with this album, London Music Works gives the best-loved Christmas songs a sonic makeover.
"Hearing it by London Music Works makes it sound even cooler!" - ReadJunk
Keyboard wizard Rick Wakeman, famous for his hugely successful rock career across the years, most notably with leading bands Yes and The Strawbs and for his sought-after collaborations with top artists of the day such as David Bowie, Cat Stevens and Black Sabbath, is proud to present here his debut album for Sony Classical: ‘Piano Odyssey'.
With all tracks personally chosen, crafted, orchestrated and arranged by Wakeman himself, this eagerly-anticipated album follows him on a very special journey across the whole span of his glittering career and celebrates key moments along the way. Fans will join Wakeman on this deeply personal voyage, encountering arrangements of familiar and favourite works by such diversity as Queen, Yes, Liszt, Handel and David Bowie as well as repertoire from ‘The Six Wives of Henry VIII' and new solo compositions, all performed on the legendary Granary Steinway Model D grand piano.
Madeleine Peyroux's new album, Anthem, finds the singer-songwriter collaborating with writers/musicians Patrick Warren (Bonnie Raitt, JD Souther, Bob Dylan, Bruce Springsteen, Lana Del Rey, The Red Hot Chilli Peppers), Brian MacLeod (Sara Bareilles, Leonard Cohen, Tina Turner, Ziggy Marley) and David Baerwald (Joni Mitchell, David and David, Sheryl Crow), who are also the basic rhythm section players on the album. Together, they cast a sober, poetic, and at times philosophical eye on the current state of the world.
Produced and co-written by Larry Klein, the album came to life during the pivotal 2016 US elections, with the writers absorbing a "constant stream of news" over many months. The "consciously not too preachy" songs, fuse Peyroux's, at times political outlook, with glimpses into her personal world. Honed and patiently refined with fellow writers they mix the public with the personal, striking that perfect equilibrium of dark humour and compassion.
Nadine Sierra, 2018 winner of the Metropolitan Opera's prestigious Beverly Sills Artist Award, has made her first album for Deutsche Grammophon and Decca Gold, having signed an exclusive contract with the labels last year. Recorded with the Royal Philharmonic Orchestra under the baton of Robert Spano, There's a Place for Us is scheduled for international release on August 24, 2018, in time to mark the 100th anniversary of Leonard Bernstein's birth the following day. The album presents the soprano's stunning vocal abilities in an eclectic choice of American classical music – as well as works by Bernstein, the repertoire ranges from Stephen Foster and Douglas Moore to Stravinsky and Villa-Lobos, and on again to Ricky Ian Gordon, Osvaldo Golijov and Christopher Theofanidis, with texts in Spanish and Portuguese as well as English. After singing the role of Norina (Don Pasquale) at the Paris Opéra in June and July, Nadine Sierra will perform music from the album at this summer's major US festivals, including an appearance at Tanglewood's star-studded Bernstein Centennial Celebration.
The Classics is an all-new collection showcasing Horner's greatest works from Titanic, Avatar, Troy and Braveheart, to name a few. The vivid collection of back-to-back blockbuster hits brings together Horner's unmistakeable movie themes, re-imagined in arrangements especially written for some of our top musicians including internet sensations, THE PIANO GUYS; cello wizards, 2CELLOS and TINA GUO; outstanding guitarist, CRAIG OGDEN; Classic BRIT Award-winning saxophonist, AMY DICKSON together with leading harpist, LAVINIA MEIJER; acclaimed violinist, LINDSEY STIRLING and exceptional piano discovery, ALEXIS FFRENCH. This eagerly-anticipated album pays fitting tribute to the much-missed composer by spotlighting Horner's musical versatility and absolute mastery of the genre and presenting an array of key themes from his magnificent scores.
Max Richter wrote the score for White Boy Rick, the story of teenager Richard Wershe Jr., who became an undercover informant for the FBI during the 1980s and was ultimately arrested for drug-trafficking and sentenced to life in prison. Directed by Yann Demange and starring Matthew McConaughey and Jennifer Jason Leigh, the film arrives in theaters September 14.
This fall, Sony Classical looks forward to releasing Chopin: Ballades & Nocturnes for solo piano by Leif Ove Andsnes, "a pianist of magisterial elegance, power and insight" (New York Times). Interspersing the Romantic master composer's four Ballades – works immense in the range and power of their expression – with three of his nocturnes, the new album represents the Norwegian pianist's first recording of Chopin's music in more than a decade.
On the heels of a successful 30-year career as a revered classical flutist, circa 1999, Susan embarked on a mission to explore music that is virtually unknown outside its own, cloistered universe. For decades, Susan has adored and been intrigued by the nuanced musical forms of Portugal (Fado being only one such form), and was astonished to learn that outside the country – even in most of the Lusofone world – Portuguese music is virtually unknown.
In 2014 during a visit to Portugal, through friends, she made contact with some of the finest musicians in Lisboa and expanded her considerable knowledge of the music. Susan experienced a musical epiphany as to how she could bring this incredible music to a wider, global audience. This has been and remains the goal in this endeavor.
On March 6, 1963, John Coltrane and his Classic Quartet - McCoy Tyner, Jimmy Garrison, and Elvin Jones - recorded an entire studio album at the legendary Van Gelder Studios. This music, which features unheard originals, will finally be released 55 years later. This is, in short, the holy grail of jazz.
Both Directions at Once: The Lost Album will be released on June 29 on Impulse! Records, Coltrane's final and most creative label home.
The first week of March in 1963 was busy for John Coltrane. He was in the midst of a two-week run at Birdland and was gearing up to record the famed John Coltrane and Johnny Hartman album, which he did on March 7. But there was a session the day before that was the stuff of legend, until now.
On Wednesday, March 6, Coltrane and the quartet went to Van Gelder Studios in Englewood, NJ and cut a complete album's worth of material, including several original compositions that were never recorded elsewhere. They spent the day committing these to tape, taking time with some, rehearsing them two, three times, playing them in different ways and in different configurations.
Superstar violinist Anne Akiko Meyers is one of today's most in demand classical performers. A Billboard Top Selling Classical Instrumentalist of the Year, she is beloved by audiences around the world, with a reputation for innovative programmes and ground-breaking commissions. Mirror in Mirror marks her 36th studio album and is one of her most personal projects to date.
Sarah Vaughan fully embraced the best pop music of her lengthy career, and her 1966 release "The New Scene" is ample evidence - buoyed with exuberant and thoughtful interpretation. It was this enthusiasm that inspired and fueled jazz pianist Kenny MacKenzie (aka Seven Octaves) to recreate the album instrumentally - with brand new and often exotic arrangements that borrow elements from 1950's space-age pop.
This is the first time Kenny has merged his seemingly disparaged musical careers. As a pianist he has most often recorded his own compositions in trio or quartet format - striking a note with many radio stations; receiving generous airplay nationally and abroad with releases like "There You Are" & "Moved". As Seven Octaves in an entirely different milieu he scored several #1 slots across college radio in America with releases like "Simple Work" and "Encouragements"; the later in regular rotation on the nationally syndicated nighttime show "Undercurrents" for two years.
Ahead of the composer's 85th birthday this fall, Deutsche Grammophon release a double album of works for the violin by Krzysztof Penderecki in celebration of his longtime collaboration with violinist Anne-Sophie Mutter. Performed by Mutter, the double album features a number of the composer's works for violin and piano or violin and orchestra, including La Follia, Duo concertante, Sonata No. 2 (dedicated to Mutter and a world premiere recording), and Metamorphosen.
Leonard Bernstein unquestionably was one of the most astonishing and magnetic personalities in the world of music. He bestrode the musical scene in the second half of the 20th century like few others: composer, conductor, pianist, educator; but it was as a great communicator – of music and through music – that every facet of his life and legacy is bound together. He was a Renaissance man, a multifaceted genius, but it was his career as a composer that meant the very most to him.
Deutsche Grammophon joins the Bernstein centennial celebrations with a range of offerings including box sets, LPs and new recordings.
The Best of Bernstein is a 3-CD compilation featuring some of Bernstein's very best recordings for Deutsche Grammophon. This album is only available to classical radio stations at an exclusive rate to support fund drives and even includes a special note of thanks to listeners and donors for their support. The album is programmed as a celebration of Bernstein's work as both a composer and conductor and features excerpts from Candide and West Side Story as well as ever-popular works by Beethoven, Brahms, Debussy, Gershwin, Mozart, Shostakovich, Stravinsky and others.
Sony Music proudly announces the release of PUZZLE (Original Motion Picture Soundtrack) with original music by Oscar® and Golden Globe nominee Dustin O'Halloran. The soundtrack released on July 27th, 2018. The movie open in U.S. theaters on July 27th, 2018.
Directed by the producer of Little Miss Sunshine, Marc Turtletaub, and starring Golden Globe® nominee Kelly MacDonald (No Country For Old Men, Boardwalk Empire) & Irrfan Kahn (Slumdog Millionaire), PUZZLE tells the story of Agnes, who, taken for granted as a suburban mother, discovers a passion for solving jigsaw puzzles that unexpectedly draws her into a new world, where her life unfolds in ways she could never have imagined.
The first orchestral recording from Berlin's Pierre Boulez Saal, Brahms: The Symphonies is a four-CD set featuring Boulez' beloved friend Daniel Barenboim conducting the Staatskapelle Berlin in all four symphonic masterpieces from the great Romantic composer.
The fifth installment in DG's Grammy-nominated series of Mozart operas conducted by Yannick Nézet-Séguin, La Clemenza di Tito is Mozart's last opera about the benevolent Emperor Titus who pardons an attempt on his own life. Rolando Villazón in the title role is supported by a stellar cast, including mezzo-soprano Joyce DiDonato as Sesto.
Known for his increasing presence at leading classical venues the world over, from opera engagements at the MET and the Staatsoper Berlin to concert appearances at Boston Symphony Hall and Vienna's Musikverein, bass Günther Groissböck releases his second album on Decca, Herz-Tod ("Heart-Death"). A handpicked selection of four song cycles by Brahms, Wagner, Wolf and Mahler, Herz-Tod features repertoire recorded by a bass for the first time.
Daniele Pollini made his Deutsche Grammophon debut on a Debussy album recorded with his father and piano legend, Maurizio Pollini. It was the first time father and son recorded together. Now DG releases Daniele Pollini's first solo album, featuring Chopin's Études, op.10, Scriabin's Late Works Opp. 70-74 and Stockhausen's Klavierstück IX.
Having first performed together in 2007, acclaimed Jazz musicians Lee Konitz and Dan Tepfer join forces to release their Sophomore duo album,?Decade, on Verve Records. The album will be released digitally on 7/6 and is available for pre-order now. The duo will?play two NYC dates on July 26 and 27 at the Jazz Gallery, where they first performed together, in light of the album release.?
Decade?marks ten years since the duo's first and only release together in 2008, the critically acclaimed,?Duos with Lee, lending to its title. Having spent the intermittent years individually touring across North America, Europe, Asia and Australia both as a duo and in larger settings, Konitz and Tepfer have developed a deep complicity that is evident on the upcoming album.?
Sony Music proudly announces the release of THE EQUALIZER 2 (Original Motion Picture Soundtrack) with original music by Golden Globe® nominee Harry Gregson-Williams (The Chronicles of Narnia, Shrek). The soundtrack will be released on July 13th, 2018. THE EQUALIZER 2 will open in U.S. theaters on July 20th, 2018.
If you have a problem and nowhere else to turn, Robert McCall will help – he is The Equalizer. McCall has been aiding the beaten, exploited, and oppressed by serving an unflinching justice. But when McCall's dangerous past cuts especially close to home, he will need all of his skills to settle the score. This time, he must come face to face with highly trained assassins who will stop at nothing to destroy him. Denzel Washington returns to one of his signature roles in the first sequel of his career. Starring Denzel Washington, Pedro Pascal, Ashton Sanders, with Bill Pullman and Melissa Leo, The Equalizer 2 is directed by Antoine Fuqua, written by Richard Wenk, and produced by Todd Black, Jason Blumenthal, Denzel Washington, Antoine Fuqua, Alex Siskin, Steve Tisch, Mace Neufeld, Tony Eldridge, and Michael Sloan.
Deemed one of today's most charismatic and compelling young violinists, Ray Chen reveals his new album The Golden Age – a thrilling collection of chamber and orchestral works – to be released on June 8. It is his first recording on Decca Classics since signing to the label last year.
The Violinist handpicked a selection of works for the upcoming album, all of which celebrate the "golden age" of the violin – not only in terms of repertoire, but also in terms of performance style and ingenuity. The centrepiece is Max Bruch's Violin Concerto, performed with the London Philharmonic Orchestra and conductor Robert Trevino and recorded in August last year.
The Original Cast Recording from the hit musical comedy Desperate Measures is now available digitallyfrom Masterworks Broadway, with the CD set for release August 10. With music by David Friedman (Listen to My Heart) and lyrics by Peter Kellogg (Anna Karenina), the album is produced by 7 time Grammy and Tony NomineeRobert Sher (Patti LuPone's Gypsy, Daniel Radcliffe's How To Succeed…) with liner notes by Peter Filichia. The album is Executive Produced by Mary Cossette (The Will Rogers Follies; Woody Sez; Carol Welsman'sWhat'Cha Got Cookin'?) and Willette Klausner (The Band's Visit; Smokey Joe's Café; Latin History For Morons). Described by the Huffington Post as "a good old-fashioned musical comedy… a happy surprise of a show filled with enjoyable songs," Desperate Measures is currently playing at New World Stages in New York City and tickets are on sale at: www.DesperateMeasuresMusical.com
Completed less than two weeks before his 29th birthday, W.A. Mozart's "Dissonance" Quartet is a prime example of the composer's genius. This quartet, along with five others, was dedicated to Mozart's friend and mentor, Franz Joseph Haydn. Affectionately called "Papa" by Mozart and other musicians in his circle, the elder Haydn would join other composers in Mozart's apartment in Vienna to perform each other's works. Haydn grew so impressed with Mozart that he once stated "He is the greatest composer known to me either in person or by name." However, when it came to the "Dissonance" Quartet even "Papa" Haydn had his reservations about its disturbing eponymous opening, reportedly saying "if Herr Mozart wrote it he must have meant it."
The album features the film's original score music by GRAMMY® Award-winning, multi-platinum international music icon, business entrepreneur and motivational Armando Christian Perez, aka Pitbull, and his long-time Grammy-winning producer Jorge Gomez. The project marks Pitbull's first assignment scoring a motion picture soundtrack.
The soundtrack also includes three solo Pitbull tracks, one of them being the single "AMORE" featuring Grammy-nominated singer/songwriter Leona Lewis.
"Everything about Pitbull - his style, creativity, and culture make his scoring of Gotti - the perfect marriage of the artist and the material," stated John Travolta.
One of the most acclaimed and distinctive film composers of his generation, four-time Academy Award® nominee Danny Elfman collaborates once again with director Gus Van Sant with his original score for Van Sant's new Amazon Studios film Don't Worry, He Won't Get Far on Foot. Opening nationwide July 13, the film is a based on John Callahan, one of the most iconic American cartoonists, and his one-of-a-kind story of struggle and redemption. Sony Classical releases the film's original soundtrack recording on July 13.
A Life in Music celebrates the London Symphony Orchestra's collaboration with John Williams that spans over 40 years, going back to Star Wars in 1977. Out May 4 (International Star Wars Day), this release features Williams's most iconic film scores, including the LSO's first ever recording of "Hedwig's Theme" from Harry Potter as well as a world premiere recording of the Theme from Schindler's List for solo cello.
A new Sony Classical release from Grammy Award-winning violinist Joshua Bell showcases two masterpieces from romantic composer Max Bruch. Available June 22, the album features Bell's first recording of the virtuosic Scottish Fantasy as well as a new recording of the Violin Concerto No. 1 in G minor, which he first recorded over thirty years ago with the Academy of St Martin in the Fields and Sir Neville Marriner. Now, as Music Director of the Academy, Bell both performs and directs the orchestra, and offers a fresh take on the Bruch Concerto in addition to a thrilling performance of the Scottish Fantasy.
An Enigmatic Sound, a Storyteller's Narrative and a Live Performance Style Imbued with Rat Pack Moxie Singer and Writer Robin McKelle is a Genre-Blurring Musical Alchemist, Taking Listeners on a Sonic Trip to the Old South, Sprinkling in Hints of the Motown Era or Even a Sade Album, and Mixing it Together to Create Her Inspiring Melodic Canvas' of Soul, Jazz, Gospel and More. On her new album - Melodic Canvas, McKelle is empowered by not trying to fit into a box, and the music is deeply textured, rich, and authentic. Melodic Canvas is also a timely social commentary, from the struggling teen in ‘Lyla' to the immigrant tale of ‘Simple Man'; the moments of social awareness, in ‘Yes We Can Can' (an Allen Toussaint cover featuring Chris Potter) and ‘It Won't End Up', are wise and inspiring without feeling heavy-handed; on first single ‘Do You Believe', McKelle questions religion, hate, misogyny.
Notorious RBG in Song, available June 8, 2018, features works by five contemporary American composers celebrating Justice Ginsburg's family and professional life. These include Michaels' THE LONG VIEW: A Portrait of Ruth Bader Ginsburg in Nine Songs; Lori Laitman's "Wider than the Sky"; Vivian Fung's "Pot Roast à La RBG"; Stacy Garrop's "My Dearest Ruth"; and Derrick Wang's "You Are Searching in Vain for a Bright-Line Solution." All but two of the songs - "Anita's Story," now incorporated into Michaels' song cycle, and "Wider than the Sky" - are world-premiere recordings (Cedille Records CDR 90000 178).
Austin born, Paris based 27 year old singer Hailey Tuck is an extraordinary talent. Her debut Silvertone album ‘Junk', produced by the legendary Larry Klein, is a 12 track masterclass in evocative, effortless, totally sublime singing. Hailey joyously rips up the rulebooks turning jazz on its head by putting her own spin on songs by artists as diverse as Leonard Cohen (They Don't Make It Junk), Ray Davies (Alcohol) and Paul McCartney (Junk). Classics from Cabaret and Leonard Bernstein rub shoulders with brand new songs. All are totally and literally addictive.
The Boston Symphony Orchestra and its Music Director Andris Nelsons will release the latest instalment in their Grammy Award-winning cycle of Shostakovich's symphonies on Deutsche Grammophon – Symphonies Nos. 4 & 11, two works that highlight the composer's life-threatening relationship with Stalin and the Soviet régime. The album is set for international release on July 6.
Raised in Latvia during the Soviet Union's dying years, Andris Nelsons acknowledges that the political conditions under which Shostakovich worked inevitably influenced his compositions – yet his music transcends the circumstances of its creation.
"I want to distance myself from the political situation," the conductor comments. "Yes, I would say that the Fourth Symphony shows a big protest against what the Soviet Composers Union expected as a style of music. At the same time, Shostakovich was very interested in music from other countries. He was looking behind the political curtain, which is what music should do. His friends and colleagues advised him not to perform the work, because it would risk his life, which is why he put it away for over twenty years. The Fourth Symphony shows the direction he would have taken if he had not been accused of being an anti-communistic composer. Performing it now, we see how it stands apart from politics. It's a masterpiece by a genius that speaks about universal things."
Three years after the release of Sullivan Fortner's charming Impulse! Records debut, Aria , the 31-year-old New Orleans-bred pianist and composer returns with his enchanting sophomore effort, Moments Preserved , which finds him leading a sterling trio with bassist Ameen Saleem and drummer Jeremy "Bean" Clemons. Fortner's profile on the international jazz scene has ascended considerably since the release of Aria, an album, which The New York Times described as containing "an air of crisp assurance." In addition to touring in support of his debut, he's been the pianist for singers Cécile McLorin Salvant and Roberta Gambarini; trumpeters Roy Hargrove, Etienne Charles, and Ambrose Akinmusire; guitarists John Scofield and Peter Bernstein. The year after his debut dropped, New York City's prestigious Lincoln Center crowned Fortner with an "Emerging Artist" award.
The New-York-based Piano Duo, Anna and Dmitri Shelestreleased their second recording on the Sorel Classics label. The CD features music of their native Ukraine from 19th 20th centuries for piano solo and piano four hands, including world premiere recordings.
Having established themselves as solo artists, while garnering numerous prizes and awards along the way, the Shelest Piano Duo brings to the performance stage inventive programs of not only solo repertoire, but also four hand music. The Duo made their Carnegie Hall debut in 2011 and appeared at the venue annually since. Their debut Duo CD "TUTTI, orchestral arrangements for piano four hands" has been played at over 100 radio stations in North America.
DG releases a new, deluxe edition of Max Richter's The Blue Notebooks to celebrate its 15th anniversary with brand new artwork as well as new arrangements, remixes and a previously unreleased new track. Written in 2003, The Blue Notebooks was originally composed in protest to the 2003 invasion of Iraq and features readings by Tilda Swinton of selections from Kafka's The Blue Octavo Notebooks and Czesław Miłosz's Hymn of the Pearl and Unattainable Earth.
Decca Records is proud to release The Official Recording of The Royal Wedding, one of the most eagerly awaited events of the year. Having recorded the entire service live at St George's Chapel, Windsor Castle today, every piece of music, the readings, blessings and the vows will be available to listen to permanently on all streaming services in just a few hours: a first for a Royal Wedding. The physical album, on CD, will then be released into retail stores around the world from 1st June.
The musical highlight of the moving and joyous ceremony was British cellist, Sheku Kanneh-Mason, one of the most exciting musicians of his generation, who was personally asked by the bride and groom to perform at their wedding. The 19-year-old musician took centre stage for the all-important signing of the register. Dressed in a black Paul Smith suit with vibrant pink tie, Sheku played three beautiful pieces: "Sicilienne" by von Paradis, Schubert's "Ave Maria," and "Après Un Rêve" by Fauré. He was accompanied by orchestra*, as the Royal Couple officially became husband and wife. Knowing he was performing not only for the Royal Family, 600 invited guests in the Chapel, and an estimated global audience of up to three billion people, the talented teenager was thrilled to be involved in the occasion:
The youngest musician currently signed to Deutsche Grammophon and already a seasoned performer at international concert halls and festivals, violinist Daniel Lozakovich releases his debut recording of Bach's two violin concertos with the Kammerorchester des Symphonieorchesters des Bayerischen Rundfunks as well as a solo performance of Partita No.2, featuring the beloved Chaconne.
Audra McDonald's 2018 New York Philharmonic Spring Gala performance set for release on Decca Gold
Sing Happyis set for release on digital partners May 11,
Decca Gold is proud to announce the forthcoming release of Sing Happy, the live performance of the New York Philharmonic's 2018 Spring Gala starring Grammy, Emmy, and Tony Award-winner Audra McDonald, conducted by Andy Einhorn. Recorded live on May 1 at David Geffen Hall at Lincoln Center, the recording represents McDonald's first collaboration with Decca Gold – as well as her first solo recording with full orchestra.
In 2013, the Norwegian Ministry of Culture challenged the Stavanger Symphony Orchestra (SSO) to celebrate the 200th anniversary of the Norwegian Constitution by addressing the concept of cultural diversity. SSO commissioned a work by Gisle Kverndokk, who created Symphonic Dances by weaving together a diverse musical narrative based on folk music from the different ethnic groups living in the Stavanger area.
Released for the one hundredth anniversary of the Soviet Revolution's toppling of the statue of Czar Alexander II at the Kremlin, this is the premiere recording of the socialist realist opera Naked Revolution by composer Dave Soldier with the Russian migr satirical artists Komar & Melamid.
The work was premiered at the Walker Arts Center in Minneapolis and the Kitchen in New York City in 1997. The central conceit was drawn from a series of dreams by Russian immigrants to New York (and in fact were dreams by Vitaly Komar). A collection of satirical heroic paintings in the socialist realist style, American Dreams, were created with the opera and toured museums and galleries and released as an art book: the CD cover and additional art in the CD are from this collection.
Authenticity and connection have been essential roots of the artistic growth of Halie Loren. The result is art in an eclectic form, with soulful compositions reflecting wounded defiance, stubborn love and hard-earned hopefulness. Her voice connects to the soul of her song writing, reminding us that there is always beauty to be found, even in the most painful experiences. That powerful personal connection is the driving force behind From the Wild Sky, Halie's latest and most ambitious album to date.
The participation of producer Troy Miller (Jamie Cullum, Gregory Porter, Amy Winehouse) was a dream come true for Halie, infusing his unique brand of creativity and sensitivity into bringing her story to life. With the addition of musically adventurous musicians including Femi Temowo, Michael Olatuja and Ben Williams, as well as beautiful vocal and string layers from Becca Stevens, Nathan Schram and Andrew Yee, From the Wild Sky is more like an experience than simply a collection of songs.
Kent Nagano, who studied with Leonard Bernstein for six years until his death in 1990, and the Orchestre Symphonique de Montréal release the world premiere recording of the chamber version of Bernstein's opera A Quiet Place. Adapted by the senior music editor at the Bernstein Office, Garth Edwin Sunderland, A Quiet Place features an outstanding international cast of young singers headed by Claudia Boyle and Joseph Kaiser.
The New-York-based Duo, featuring an internationally renowned composer, arranger, and master of the bandoneon, Argentine Daniel Binelli and a Portuguese composer, multi-instrumentalist, professor, and lecturer in various fields of music, arts, and sciences Pedro H. da Silva, released their second recording on the Sorel Classics label.
At the heart of fado and tango lie the instruments that single-handedly represent each style: the Portuguese guitar and the Bandoneón, respectively. By highlighting the relationship between the sensuality of tango and the passion of fado, this fusion introduces a brand new vibrant dynamic to both. Tango Fado Duo is the first album in the world to feature exclusively Portuguese guitar and bandoneón, making this project unique and historical.
Will Ackerman,Fiona Joy,Lawrence Blatt,Jeff Oster:
Contemporary Instrumental music enters a dynamic new era with FLOW – a fresh ensemble comprised of four of the genre's most innovative, critically-acclaimed and awarded independent artists: Australian pianist Fiona Joy, acoustic guitarist Lawrence Blatt, trumpet and flugelhorn player Jeff Oster and legendary GRAMMY®-winning guitarist Will Ackerman. The group debuted live to a sold-out crowd at Carnegie's Weill Hall, and is slated to perform at the 14th Annual Zone Music Awards at Roussel Hall in New Orleans this May. Yesterday, the International Acoustic Music Awards (IAMA) announced that FLOW are now finalists in two categories.
Based on Ian McEwan's novel of the same name, On Chesil Beach opens in 1962 England, where a young couple (played by Saoirse Ronan and Billy Howle) find their idyllic romance colliding with issues of sexual freedom and societal pressure, leading to an awkward and fateful wedding night. Written by BAFTA-winning and Emmy-nominated composer Dan Jones, On Chesil Beach's soundtrack features violinist Esther Yoo.
The Grammy-nominated string orchestra A Far Cry and pianist Simone Dinnerstein have teamed up on a new recording of keyboard concertos by Philip Glass and J.S. Bach. The album, entitled Circles, will be released on Glass' Orange Mountain Music label on May 11.
The album features the world premiere recording of Glass's Piano Concerto No. 3, a new concerto for piano and strings co-commissioned by A Far Cry and composed by Glass specifically for Dinnerstein, whom the New York Times calls "an utterly distinctive voice in the forest of Bach interpretation." It is paired with Bach's Keyboard Concerto in G minor.
Dinnerstein and A Far Cry toured the new Glass concerto in the fall of 2017, and recorded the album in the stellar acoustics of Mechanics Hall in Worcester, MA. Of their world premiere performance at the New England Conservatory's Jordan Hall, the Boston Globe wrote, "[Dinnerstein and A Far Cry] caught and held the music's patient grandeur, giving each phrase, each chord judicious gravity." The Wall Street Journal called it "an inspired pairing," adding "Mr. Glass could not have hoped for a more graceful, fluid reading."
History was written in 2000 BC, and 2018 marks the 150th anniversary of Brahms' Lullaby, so this precious musical tradition has deep cultural and emotional roots. These personal songs bring people together, span generations, and tell stories about where we come from, who we are now, and our hopes for the future. The legacy continues with the release of Hopes and Dreams: The Lullaby Project on Decca Gold (Verve Label Group). The recording is inspired by the Lullaby Project, a program of Carnegie Hall's Weill Music Institute which pairs pregnant women, new mothers, and family members with professional artists to write and sing personal lullabies for their babies, supporting maternal health, aiding child development, and strengthening the bond between parent and child. Hopes and Dreams: The Lullaby Project features fifteen lullabies written by parents from across New York City, as performed by Fiona Apple, the Brentano String Quartet, Lawrence Brownlee, Rosanne Cash, Joyce DiDonato, Janice Freeman (The Voice 2017), Rhiannon Giddens (Nashville), Angélique Kidjo, Patti LuPone, Natalie Merchant (10,000 Maniacs), Dianne Reeves, Gilberto Santa Rosa, Pretty Yende, and Catherine Zeta-Jones.
Almost every day, Bill Frisell gets up in the morning, has some coffee, and writes music. At this point, there are piles and piles and piles of single pages of staff paper filled with his graceful script. "I don't know where the melodies come from," says Frisell. "I try not to judge anything and just let them be." Frisell's mantra, or motto so to speak, is, "Music is good" – a statement said to him by his dear friend and great banjo player Danny Barnes. "That is something that I can say is always true. It's so perfect. Everything I need to know is that phrase, ‘Music is Good.' I almost called the album that, but then I thought that might be too literal. It's good to leave it open."
During the weeks before his untimely passing on February 9, award-winning Icelandic composer Jóhann Jóhannsson was closely involved in preparations for the reissue of his debut album, Englabörn. Originally released in 2002, the record had been especially remastered, and a second disc containing reworkings of a number of its tracks had also been assembled. Some were by Jóhannsson himself – including a piano version of the title track, performed by fellow Deutsche Grammophon artist Víkingur Ólafsson – while others involved included Ryuichi Sakamoto, A Winged Victory for the Sullen and Hildur Guðnadóttir. Following discussions with his family, the release of Englabörn & Variations went ahead on March 23, 2018.
Shabaka Hutchings, saxophonist, band leader and composer, has signed to impulse! records under the umbrella of Verve Label Group. One of his groups Sons of Kemet will release their third album Your Queen Is A Reptile on impulse! on March 30, 2018. To celebrate this signing and the label returning to the United States under VLG, impulse! will present a showcase at Winter Jazzfest on January 12 at Le Poisson Rouge, featuring Sons of Kemet and pianist Sullivan Fortner.
A stunning 12-CD box set, Beethoven Unbound, will be released to mark the completion of Llŷr Williams' monumental Beethoven cycle at Wigmore Hall and the Royal Welsh College of Music and Drama (RWCMD). All the works were recorded live at Wigmore Hall over three years and nine recitals, and the box set will be released by Signum Classics internationally on 30 March 2018.
Five is a collection of five compositions written by Tony Banks and was produced by long-time collaborator Nick Davis. Nick Ingman, renowned orchestrator and conductor, agreed to be involved in the project immediately after hearing the demos played to him personally by Banks. Ingman has worked with a plethora of artists and musicians from David Bowie and Oasis to the London Symphony Orchestra and Royal Philharmonic Orchestra.
With more than five years since their last release, The Lao Tizer Band has taken the time to grow in every aspect. An updated larger band is exploring some new methods on their upcoming CD/DVD combo, Songs From The Swinghouse: recorded live in just three days at Conway Studios in Hollywood, the band explores three cover tunes with vocalist, a first for the group, alongside original instrumental tracks, bringing them to new heights of excellence and exuberance.
The Questions, Kurt Elling's newest studio recording, is his musical response to this moment in history and the widespread anxiety of our times. It touches artfully on challenges – personal, political, global, spiritual, and existential – and on hopes and aspirations for the future. Elling offers a vibrant and surprising choice of songs, from Bob Dylan and Paul Simon classics to jazz, Broadway, and the Great American Songbook, plus two new originals.
Universal Music Classics/Decca Gold announced today, the release of the score to the highly anticipated biopic from IFC Films, Mary Shelley, which features original music by composer Amelia Warner (Mum's List). Mary Shelley will be released digitally on May 25th – the same date the film premieres in theaters in the US. In describing the composition process, Amelia emphasized the ghostly themes of the film by utilizing vocalists and orchestral rhythms to assist in telling this illuminating tale.
"We used a lot of synths layered with the orchestra. The real strings layered with electric synths created a strangeness and modernity that I think works well with Mary's character. We found some amazing musicians and two incredible singers who are a huge part of the score. We used a soprano and a counter tenor and had them sing in a very expressive way. For example, when things start to go a bit crazy in those Geneva scenes, we got the singers to scream and to slide up and down the scale to create an unsettling disorientation. It was a difficult cue and took a while to get right. Voice was really important as were the strings, which are slightly discordant. We also used breath and heartbeat to feel like we are experiencing it as Mary."
FIELD REPORT, the Wisconsin-based quartet founded and fronted by Chris Porterfield, recently performed at XPN's World Cafe. The setlist featured multiple tracks from the band's new album Summertime Songs(Verve Forecast), including the new single "Blind Spot". After the success of the band' stand out performance, Field Report played two sold-out hometown shows in Milwaukee on April 20th & 22nd at Back Room at Colectivo, bookending a Record Store Day performance at Exclusive Co. on 4/21. Porterfield is strongest as a lyricist, cutting down complex ad heartbreaking situations with deft and graceful writing – Consequence of Sound.
Human Music is a collection of intricately crafted songs showcasing the band's cinematic-style emotive soundscapes. The album delves into themes of choice, love and loss, and was written by the band at the time singer Joe's mum was diagnosed with a terminal illness. The album was influenced by her passing. Solomon Grey explain, "The album is fundamentally about exploring loss and finding out how integral it is to life. That's where it started for us but it can mean whatever you want it to."
Francois Moutin & Kavita Shah - Interplay is an improvisational journey across lyric-driven and wordless pieces alike. Together, Moutin and Shah embrace virtuosity, spontaneity, and lyricism through a repertoire of standards and original music adapted to the unique instrumentation of acoustic bass and voice. The album, recorded at Sear Sound Studios in New York and Le Studio de Meudon in Paris, features 11 tracks ranging from classics like ?dith Piaf's "La Vie en Rose" to instrumental songs like Dafnis Prieto's "Blah Blah" to original compositions by Shah and Moutin.
The California-based composer Mark Abel, who "employs a colorful blend of styles that serve the emotional nature of each work to bracing and poignant effect" (Donald Rosenberg, Gramophone, August 2016) has released a new recording-his fourth in recent years-entitled Time and Distance on the Delos label. Drawing on a variegated lifetime of artistic, journalistic, political, and poetic endeavors, Mr. Abel has composed five art songs for voice and piano, three of which are based on his own texts, one on a poem by Kate Gale, and one composed to five poems by Joanne Regenhardt. Time and Distance features performances by Grammy Award-winning soprano Hila Plitman; mezzo-sorpano Janelle DeStefano, pianist Tali Tadmor, pianist Carol Rosenberger, Bruce Carver on percussion, and Mr. Abel at the organ.
Drawing nearly 10 million viewers, NBC's highly anticipated special event "Jesus Christ Superstar Live in Concert" received rave reviews for its production, calling it "genuinely thrilling" (The New York Times), "truly transcendent" (Hollywood Reporter) and "the best live TV musical yet" (The Daily Beast). Today, Masterworks Broadway is excited to release the Jesus Christ Superstar Live in Concert – Original Soundtrack of the NBC Television Event, which features lyrics by Tim Rice and music by Andrew Lloyd Webber, via all digital service providers.
In the new single, "Stand Up Proud! An Anthem 4 Freedom," Broadway Powerhouse, Tony and Emmy Award Winner LILLIAS WHITE reminds us that "it takes guts to be free." Composed by the Emmy Award-Winning "BLUESTONE SISTERS" (Gail and Eileen), the song is the official anthem for THE MILL'S first annual 4 FREEDOMS FESTIVAL℠ in Southern Vermont. Ms. White's electrifying vocals are a call to arms to protect 4 basic human rights. Of course, there's a great piece of history that inspired the song that most folks don't know.
Released for the Debussy centenary in 2018, Maestro Pollini's new album features the second book of Debussy Préludes – recorded 18 years after his hallmark recording of the first book – as well as En blanc et noir, performed with his son and burgeoning pianist and conductor, Daniele Pollini.
Following a recent Grammy nomination and the release of Porpora's Germanico in Germanica with Julia Lezhneva, countertenor Max Emanuel Cencic presents Nicola Porpora: Opera Arias to commemorate the 250th anniversary of the Baroque composer's death. Featuring seven world premiere recordings, this album will be released on March 2, the day before the anniversary on March 3.