Julie Amacher Feature Archive

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)
The Canadian Brass has been generating buzz about the brass quintet for more than 40 years. In concert, they're known for their outstanding musicianship and their wacky theatrics. On their new CD, "Takes Flight," you'll get a taste of those unique stage antics, and a full sense of what they've accomplished so far, as well as what's in store as they launch into their next era, with new faces and, as always, fresh repertoire. (03/20/2012)
Double your pleasure with a new release from the Sarah Hicks and the Vermont Symphony Orchestra. (03/06/2012)
You might be wondering why Nicola Benedetti has a Scottish accent if her parents were both born in Italy. They moved to Scotland when Nicola was just a child, so she grew up with one foot in both cultures. Her latest recording, titled "Italia," allows her to celebrate both aspects of her heritage, by playing Italian music with a Scottish orchestra. (02/29/2012)