Julie Amacher Feature Archive

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)
This new disc features works by John Adams, best known for his opera "Nixon in China." Conductor Angele Dubeau says his music is challenging to perform, but rich in energy and exciting rhythms. (03/29/2011)
Pianist Simone Dinnerstein made her name playing Bach. Now, as she brings her new Bach disc out, she talks about how she made her way to the composer, and what his music means to her. (03/22/2011)
The music of Tchaikovsky, with its warm melodies and beguiling harmony, has a direct appeal for young musicians. On their new disc, the youthful Simon Bolivar Symphony Orchestra, led by a famous alum, performs three of his works inspired by Shakespeare. (03/08/2011)
The pieces on Janine Jansen's new disc trace an arc in time, from sunset to sunrise, beginning with Debussy's Violin Sonata and ending with a new piece written in the home of Ravel. (03/01/2011)
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. (02/22/2011)
Violinist Lisa Batiashvili, from the Republic of Georgia, is one of classical music's young stars. Her new disc ranges from the serenity of Arvo Part to the grittiness of Shostakovich. (02/15/2011)
Open a storybook and the adventure begins. That's exactly what happens on Venezuelan pianist Gabriela Montero's new recording, "Solatino." (02/08/2011)
Youthful spirits and energy prevail on the new Mozart disc from violinist Lara St. John. It includes two solo concertos and the Sinfonia Concertante for violin and viola--a piece she maintains is the greatest Mozart concerto of all. (01/25/2011)
Pianist Simone Dinnerstein made her name playing Bach. Now, as she brings her new Bach disc out, she talks about how she made her way to the composer, and what his music means to her. (01/18/2011)
James Ehnes's new disc features two masterpieces by Mendelssohn. Just as the composer's works reflect his unique voice, Ehnes's interpretations reflect an artistic approach, honed over the course of many, many performances. (01/11/2011)
European traditions, African rhythms, native American culture--all these things blended in the music of Spain's New World colonies. A new disc explores the result. (01/04/2011)