Julie Amacher Feature Archive

Last year's Mendelssohn anniversary brought together three star musicians who were longtime friends, but who had never performed together as a chamber ensemble before. Their performances are now out on CD. (03/09/2010)
She's sung for the Prince of Wales at Buckingham Palace, she's performed for the Supreme Court, and she was a featured artist on the televised concert at the Lincoln Memorial celebrating the inauguration of President Obama. Renee Fleming is "the people's diva." Recently, she won her third Grammy award for her latest recording titled, "Verismo." (03/02/2010)
When they wrote for the clarinet, Mozart and Spohr let the instrument sing out, almost as though it were a prima donna in the opera house. Jon Manasse takes on two of their concertos on his latest disc. (02/23/2010)
Conductor Leonard Slatkin has a longstanding connection with Rachmaninov's music-in his own career, and in his family history. In his new role as music director of the Detroit Symphony Orchestra, he's just made a recording of the Russian composer's most popular symphony. (02/09/2010)
Ralph Vaughan Williams was a tireless collector of English folk song. It shaped his own musical language, as you'll hear on this new disc which includes music for the stage, for dancing, and his single piano concerto. (02/02/2010)
Elgar's Violin Concerto is daunting in its length, but intimate in its emotions. Violinist Nikolaj Znaider takes on its challenges on a new recording. (01/19/2010)
A young conductor and his orchestra make their mark in Ravel; Yannick Nezet-Seguin and the Rotterdam Philharmonic Orchestra. (01/12/2010)
Julie Amacher takes us through the past year and some of her favorite new discs. (12/29/2009)
Joyful music of Bach and Vivaldi shines forth in a new disc by the Bach Choir of Bethlehem. (12/23/2009)
A 70th-birthday anthology from beloved flutist James Galway ranges from Mozart and Vivaldi to the sounds of folk and pop music. (12/01/2009)
Janine Jansen interprets two violin concertos -- a standard and a 20th-century "hidden gem." (11/17/2009)
A young American violist discovers the music of New Englander Quincy Porter, and falls in love with it. (11/10/2009)
A trio of star soloists brings out the passion and beauty in two Russian chamber works. (11/03/2009)
On a new disc, classical music's newest superstar offers music by Beethoven, Mahler, and others-the kind of music, he says, that can change lives. (10/27/2009)
Two young Americans delve into the fun, and the fury, of Beethoven. (10/19/2009)