Julie Amacher Feature Archive

On a new disc, Joshua Bell and Jeremy Denk share their insights into French music for violin and piano, from the days of Impressionism, to the Jazz Age. (01/11/2012)
Julie Amacher and Valerie Kahler look back at the best new releases from 2011. (12/27/2011)
John Rutter: his name is synonymous with Christmas. Every year, his recordings appear on the radio and choirs around the world sing his arrangements and original carols. Read more about Rutter's latest Christmas disc, and hear Ward Jacobson's exclusive interview. (12/21/2011)
Fiddler Mark O'Connor is a musician and a composer who has been stretching the boundaries of music for years. And with this new recording, he does it yet again: traditional holiday favorites re-worked in his signature Americana style. (12/13/2011)
Why should choirs have all the fun? Jeffrey Biegel's new disc celebrates Christmas at the piano. He serves up a bit of everything--carols, classical repertoire, and some arrangements that combine the two. (12/07/2011)
Angela Gheorghiu is one of the leading stars in the opera world of today. Her new disc of arias pays tribute to an earlier soprano whose star still burns brightly - Maria Callas. (11/30/2011)
Improvisation, rhythm and musical dialogue reign supreme for cellist Yo-Yo Ma and three very musical friends. Chris Thile, Edgar Meyer, and Stuart Duncan join Ma for "The Goat Rodeo Sessions," a new recording of music that transcends any kind of specific categorization and proves that great things happen when you make yourself live in the moment. (11/23/2011)
A new, unplanned and exciting take on some of Mozart's piano concertos. Over the past 25 years, French pianist Helene Grimaud has released something like 20 CDs - but only now, and only after a little controversy about cadenzas and conductors, has she released her first full Mozart recording. (11/15/2011)
A new disc shows the appeal of Antonio Vivaldi's music in transcriptions old and new. Among the offerings: Bach arranging Vivaldi for four harpsichords, and a modern concerto blending baroque inflections with tango. (11/08/2011)
Whether it's a beloved standard concerto or some less-familiar repertoire, young violinist Charlie Siem always aims at bringing out the full color and energy of the music he performs. (11/01/2011)
In work after work, J. S. Bach gave wonderful solo parts to the oboe. On a new disc, those concertos are gathered together by a master soloist and musician, Heinz Holliger. (10/25/2011)
Piano dynamo Lang Lang is paying multiple tributes to Franz Liszt in this anniversary year: with a broadcast in movie theaters on Oct. 22, and with this new CD (with a companion DVD due later in the fall). (10/18/2011)
Franz Liszt wrote some formidably difficult piano music. But on her debut disc, Khatia Buniatishvili argues that his compositions offer much more than mere virtuoso display. (10/11/2011)
The guitar is a classical instrument--but it's also a jazz instrument, a bossa nova instrument, and so on. On her new disc, Sharon Isbin celebrates her instrument's many lives, with some surprising guest artists. (10/04/2011)
To play Chopin at the highest level requires years of work and deep knowledge of the music. But the goal, says young pianist Ingolf Wunder, is to make it all sound as spontaneous as possible. (09/28/2011)