Julie Amacher Feature Archive

American composer Richard Danielpour says it's difficult to remember all the works he's composed over the years; however, he'll never forget the composition he considers to be his first opus, a piece he wrote in 1988 titled "First Light." (07/03/2012)
Vanessa Perez is an American-born Venezuelan pianist who has loved making music since she was a little girl. Vanessa Perez is spreading her love of music by releasing a new collection of Chopin Preludes which also includes four additional solo piano works. (06/27/2012)
By superimposing traditional sacred music of Norway with classical church music, the Oslo Chamber Choir creates a unique choral experience. (06/19/2012)
Beethoven's sonatas are one of the pinnacles of the piano repertory. At age 24, HJ Lim has recorded all of them. (06/12/2012)
Angele Dubeau devotes her new disc to movie themes -- sometimes in arrangements that give the familiar melodies a new spin. (06/05/2012)
At age 34, Norwegian composer Ola Gjeilo is pretty lucky to be making a living as a freelance composer. But then again, he never imagined himself doing anything else, "It's something I always wanted. And I believe if you really want something, and for the right reasons, then it usually happens." (05/29/2012)
Numerous composers have been inspired to write works specifically for Michala Petri and her very simple instrument, creating a wonderful legacy for the recorder. (05/22/2012)
JoAnn Falletta focuses on George Gershwin in her latest disc. She talks about the myriad qualities she finds in his music. (05/15/2012)
Baroque meets multimedia in "The Galileo Project," from Tafelmusik. Classical MPR is giving away copies of the disc. Find out how to enter for your chance to win! (05/08/2012)
This new recording titled "Uncharted Waters" features music that crosses boundaries, both musically, and demographically. In fact Alison Melville says she was tickled when a friend wanted to purchase an additional copy recently after loaning her copy to her son. "I loaned it to my son who is 14," she told Melville, "and he really liked it. And then he loaned it to a friend of his and I have never seen it since." (05/01/2012)
Yuja Wang has just made her fourth solo recording, "Fantasia," and you could say that night life is actually one of the themes of the album. (04/24/2012)
Eric Whitacre is a choir geek and he's so proud of it he's created tee shirts that you can purchase on his web site that read "Choir geeks of the world unite!" (04/17/2012)
From an early age, Alison Balsom has been captivated by the trumpet: its look, its sound, its master performers, and its many-sided personality. Her new disc, which celebrates the modern trumpet, includes a new concerto written for her. (04/10/2012)
A new Bach disc combines violin with an instrument that Bach himself rarely used -- the harp. Its gradations of loud and soft add a new dimension to the performance of these pieces. (04/03/2012)
Benjamin Grosvenor is making a big splash nowadays, in his native England and internationally. He's just 19, but a lot of mature thought has gone into his new disc of virtuoso piano music. (03/27/2012)