Julie Amacher Feature Archive

The four members of the LAGQ have just recorded a new concerto which is tailor-made to fit their musical personalities. (07/20/2010)
Repetitious and formulaic? Or an innovative master of instrumental sonorities? Antonio Vivaldi and his music are championed on a new disc by the group La Serenissima. (07/13/2010)
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. (07/06/2010)
Just in time for the Fourth of July, Canadian Brass brings their trademark sound to all-American standards like "The Star-Spangled Banner" and "The Battle Hymn of the Republic." (06/28/2010)
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. (06/22/2010)
In the Baroque period, composers sought new creative paths, whether their music was lyrical, virtuosic, or outright quirky. Daniel Hope's new CD explores the music of these composers who he says understood the "real meaning of crossover." (06/08/2010)
Jean-Yves Thibaudet's new CD presents classic Gershwin pieces in their rarely heard jazz-band arrangements. The result is a disc of effervescent summer listening. (06/01/2010)
Bryn Terfel is one of opera's most popular and beloved singers, but on his latest disc, he takes on the assignment of singing music associated with devils, villains, outcasts and rogues. (05/11/2010)
Stephen Hough admits there was an element of fear in his latest recording project. The British pianist joined conductor Osmo Vanska and the Minnesota Orchestra to record Tchaikovsky's complete works for piano and orchestra--live in concert. But the risk paid off, and produced a two CD set of the composers best-known and least-known works -- performed by the electrifying Mr. Hough with one of the finest orchestras in the world today at the top of its game. (04/27/2010)
This new CD features choral music that ranges from Britten to Irving Berling. The performances are polished, bright, precise--and the singers are all in their teens. (04/19/2010)
In the Baroque period, composers sought new creative paths, whether their music was lyrical, virtuosic, or outright quirky. Daniel Hope's new CD explores the music of these composers who he says understood the "real meaning of crossover." (04/13/2010)
Two musicians in their early thirties tackle beloved, and daunting, concertos by Rachmaninoff on this new CD. (04/06/2010)
A young conductor and his orchestra make their mark in Ravel; Yannick Nezet-Seguin and the Rotterdam Philharmonic Orchestra. (03/30/2010)
On this new CD of Bach arias, singers blend their melodies with another singing line--supplied by violinist Hilary Hahn. (03/22/2010)
On his latest disc, Irish pianist John O'Conor takes a vacation from the classical repertoire to revisit the traditional songs he grew up with. (03/16/2010)