Julie Amacher Feature Archive

A "Firebird" with West African rhythms? Jeremiah Clarke's famous march--deconstructed and reassembled? These are some of the treats on a disc that reimagines classical standards for today's orchestra concerts. (07/19/2011)
This week, the new Harry Potter movie is making its way to the screen--the last film in this enormously popular series. What role does music play in creating that cinematic experience? Composer Alexandre Desplat, the man behind the screen, explains. (07/12/2011)
Milos, the young guitarist who goes by his first name, grew up in the former Yugoslavia, far from the main currents of the classical music world. But at age 28, he's making his debut on a major label, with a Mediterranean-themed disc reflecting music of Spain, Italy, Greece and Turkey. (07/05/2011)
Jeannette Sorrell and her group Apollo's Fire are usually found performing the works of Bach, Monteverdi, and other Baroque masters. But on their new disc, they celebrate American spirituals, ballads, and barn dance music. (06/28/2011)
This year is the bicentennial of Franz Liszt, an iconic figure of Romantic music. To mark the occasion, the remarkable Brazilian pianist Nelson Freire is releasing a disc of his personal Liszt favorites. (06/21/2011)
For a small country, Finland has produced an inordinate number of conductors with international careers: Salonen, Vanska, Saraste, and now Pietari Inkinen. His latest disc is part of his ongoing Sibelius cycle, and features the sweeping Symphony No. 2. (06/14/2011)
The Spaniard Pablo de Sarasate was one of history's great violinists -- and a composer as well. On her new disc, Tianwa Yang takes on the challenge of his music, which can be both charming, and spectacularly difficult. (06/07/2011)
As a composer, Frenchman Gabriel Pierne was overshadowed by some brilliant contemporaries, such as Ravel and Poulenc. A new disc of his works reveals music rich in charm and orchestral color. (05/31/2011)
The pianist Mitsuko Uchida has been involved with Mozart's music since childhood. Her new CD revisits two of his concertos--one stormy, the other light-hearted and whimsical. (05/24/2011)
German violinist Julia Fischer's latest release is a distinct contrast from her Grammy-nominated recording of the Paganini Caprices from last summer. "Poeme" is a collection of impressionistic and poetic works for solo violin and Orchestra. Each piece is associated with a particular violinist, and they all come from the early 20th century. (05/17/2011)
In the generation after Tchaikovsky and Rimsky-Korsakov, Alexander Glazunov carried on their tradition of warm melody and rich orchestral writing. This new CD set includes all of his concertos -- for piano, violin, cello, and saxophone. (05/10/2011)
Yuja Wang's solo recordings received rave reviews. Now she's recorded music for piano and orchestra by Rachmaninoff, a composer (and pianist) with whom she feels a special love. (04/25/2011)
Conductor JoAnn Falletta is known for seeking out unfamiliar and intriguing repertory for her recording projects. On her latest disc, she explores the music of the Czech composer Josef Suk--Dvorak's son-in-law, but a masterly composer in his own right. (04/19/2011)
The four pieces on Helene Grimaud's new disc, by Mozart, Liszt, Berg, and Bartok, might not seem to have a lot in common. But Grimaud says that there are common threads of history and expressivity that connect them--and shed new light on a program that has special significance for her. (04/13/2011)
When people think of the term 'Romantic,' they're often thinking 'wild,' 'passionate,' says Daniel Hope. "From all we know about Joseph Joachim's playing, it was anything but that. It was elusive. It was touching, and it inspired people." (04/05/2011)