Julie Amacher Feature Archive

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)
On her new disc, Angele Dubeau brings the glowing sound of a string ensemble to pieces that evoke Christmas in its varied traditions, by composers ranging from Vivaldi to Dave Brubeck. (12/21/2010)
As I sat in my office with the lights dimmed low, listening to Bryn Terfel's new Christmas release I thought, You really have to hear this. (12/14/2010)
The male vocal ensemble Chanticleer has a new Christmas disc -- as their director explains, the disc takes its inspiration from their annual holiday concerts, and includes some special finds. (12/07/2010)
On her new disc, mezzo Elina Garanca uses the character of Carmen as a starting point, but branches out into music with a gypsy connection, and music of Spain--an exploration that she describes with enthusiasm. (11/23/2010)
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. (11/16/2010)
Elgar's Violin Concerto turns 100 on Nov. 10. The work is daunting in its length, but intimate in its emotions. Violinist Nikolaj Znaider takes on its challenges on this centennial recording. (11/09/2010)
Monteverdi's Vespers of 1610 ranks as one of the monuments of choral literature. Conductor Patrick Quigley, who interprets the work on a new CD, says he discovers new things in the score with every hearing. (11/02/2010)
This autumn is a busy time for composer Eric Whitacre. He's not only bringing out a new CD of his immensely popular choral works; he's also convening a 900-voice choir--on the Internet. (10/26/2010)
Jack Gallagher is a composer whose name will be unfamiliar to many--but that may change with this new release of his music by a major orchestra and a major conductor. (10/19/2010)