Julie Amacher Feature Archive

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)
Horn player Jeff Nelsen has been a member of the Canadian Brass for years. Now, on a new chamber music disc, he's stepping forward into a solo role. (10/12/2010)
On his new disc, pianist Evgeny Kissin joins with a youthful orchestra to explore the moods of Mozart's concertos--sometimes lyrical, sometimes stormy and dramatic. (09/28/2010)
Like much of his music, Dvorak's Seventh and Eighth Symphonies have their roots in the composer's Czech heritage. On their new disc, Marin Alsop and the Baltimore Symphony turn in illuminating performances of these works. (09/21/2010)
Classical MPR is proud to announce Cantus as the 2010-2011 Artists-In-Residence. Cantus is one of America's finest professional male vocal ensembles committed to performing innovative and engaging musical programs. Their repertoire covers many periods and genres, from Gregorian chant and Renaissance motets to contemporary sacred works and popular music. (09/20/2010)
This month, Mexico marks 200 years of independence. On her new disc, a young Mexican conductor shares discoveries that trace her country's rich musical history. (09/13/2010)
According to violinist Gil Shaham, performing Mendelssohn's Octet with the skilled musicians of Sejong Soloists is "like playing basketball with seven Michael Jordans." Gil Shaham recently released a new recording with the New York-based Sejong Soloists, a conductor-less string orchestra. (08/31/2010)
Jon Lord, of Deep Purple fame, is also an orchestral composer. His newest disk is dedicated to a late friend: the lawyer and author Sir John Mortimer. (08/24/2010)