Valerie Kahler Feature Archive

Beethoven symphonies, a little-known concerto and wide-ranging American fare were among the stand-out discs of the past year. (12/30/2008)
The Eroica Trio's new disc, "An American Journey," includes pieces by Mark O'Connor, Gershwin, and Bernstein music that reflects the challenges and the vitality of the American experience. (10/14/2008)
After making a splash with the Simon Bolivar Youth Orchestra recordings of Beethoven and Mahler, Venezuelan conductor Gustavo Dudamel follows up with something a little spicier. (09/16/2008)
In "Simple Gifts," the King's Singers bring their signature a cappella sound to songs like Helplessly Hoping and She's Always a Woman. It's a successful venture into a fraught category -- crossover. (08/26/2008)
The death of Johannes Brahms' mother was the catalyst for a groundbreaking new take on the Requiem; one that disregarded the established structure and traditional text of the Requiem Mass, and drew instead from Martin Luther's German translation of the Bible. (05/06/2008)
Two composers, struggling through turmoil, and two young instrumentalists, unwilling to turn in routine performances, all come together on a new compact disc. (03/04/2008)
In a few brief years, 26-year-old Gustavo Dudamel has become a star of the classical music world. On this new disc, the remarkable young conductor interprets Mahler -- leading an orchestra of equally remarkable young musicians. (11/13/2007)
The great composer and the great violinist were estranged friends, until a new composition brought them back together again. That olive branch -- Brahms' Double Concerto -- is featured on a new CD. (09/11/2007)
Young pianist Simon Trpceski thinks Chopin's Second Piano Sonata captures the composer's personality: passion, drama, lyricism, elegance, sadness and longing for true love. Trpceski's newest CD features the sonata and other music by Chopin. (07/31/2007)
A new CD called "Rhapsody in Ragtime" explores not only straight-ahead rags by usual suspects like Scott Joplin but also explores the rag-influenced writings of jazz greats Fats Waller, Bix Beiderbecke and Eubie Blake. (06/26/2007)
The members of the Emerson String Quartet have enjoyed three decades of intimate collaboration and joyful music-making. Their 30th anniversary recording showcases the group's shared spirit of exploration: the complete string quartets by Johannes Brahms. (06/05/2007)
George Frideric Handel's music has an unmistakably regal, celestial nature that calls for a polished approach--and that's just what the Academy of Ancient Music delivers on its new recording. (05/08/2007)
The sound is sort of a cross between classic Italian opera arias and the movie musicals of a bygone era. It's zarzuela, a truly Spanish idiom, and it's brought back to life on a new CD by tenor Rolando Villazon. (04/10/2007)
In a new recording, the Claremont Trio flies back and forth between the sadness of loss and the joy of a life remembered and celebrated. (03/06/2007)
Shepherd of the Hills Lutheran Church in Shoreview is welcoming its newest addition on May 16, 2004âa custom-designed pipe organ. Members of the congregation there found themselves giving a lot more than usual to make it happen. (05/14/2004)