Julie Amacher Feature Archive

At home, Joshua Bell plays the violin music of Bach practically every day. But he hasn't recorded a full Bach album, until now. (10/08/2014)
From a Bach keyboard partita to a sultry Albeniz tango - the pieces on this disc have dance rhythms running through them. It's a brand-new release from young British pianist Benjamin Grosvenor. (10/01/2014)
In her new disc, superstar mezzo Joyce DiDonato journeys to Naples -- long one of the thriving centers of opera -- and discovers some unknown gems. (09/24/2014)
Alisa Weilerstein's new CD is the culmination of a dream that began in early childhood. Her recording of Dvorak's cello concerto is featured on this week's New Classical Tracks. (09/17/2014)
Violinist Nicola Benedetti has an Italian name, but she grew up in Scotland. Her new disc celebrates those Scottish roots, with a classical fantasy on Scottish melodies, a tribute to Robert Burns, and a selection of traditional folk tunes. (09/10/2014)
Barry Douglas, whose album is featured in this week's New Classical Tracks, had a chance to talk to Julie Amacher about the role of education in his life and work. (09/04/2014)
Irish pianist Barry Douglas is a self-described latecomer to the music of Franz Schubert. That said, Douglas has just released the first in a series of recordings celebrating Schubert's solo piano works. For this first volume, Barry wanted to focus on Schubert at the height of his creative powers. (09/03/2014)
"Eventide," by the British choir Voces8, offers music for the end of the day -- hushed, meditative, ethereal. It's on this week's New Classical Tracks. (08/13/2014)
With balletic movement and adventurous sonic exploration, the two pianists of ZOFO are a twenty-finger orchestra. (08/06/2014)
Leon Fleisher turned 86 last week. He's a pianist, a conductor, a chamber player, and to his many students at the Peabody Conservatory, he's Obi-Wan Kenobi, a master teacher. Now Fleisher is out with his first album in nearly a decade. (07/30/2014)
Violinist Anne-Sophie Mutter and pianist Lambert Orkis have released 'The Silver Album', a two-CD set featuring major sonatas by Mozart, Beethoven and Brahms, a few timeless encore pieces and a couple world-premiere recordings. The album celebrates their 25-year collaboration. (07/23/2014)
They say timing is everything. Acoustic trio Time for Three couldn't agree more. Just as their self-titled debut album was in the works, the trio made a splash for being denied seats on a plane - because they were carrying instruments. (07/16/2014)
The centerpiece of this new disc is a melodrama (music combined with the spoken word), drawing on works by Dvorak and the poet who inspired him -- Henry Wadsworth Longfellow. (07/09/2014)
Bach's "two- and three-part inventions" are familiar to every piano student. On a new disc, they're performed by one of the leading young pianists of today. Simone Dinnerstein's new album is on this week's New Classical Tracks. (07/02/2014)
A new collection of Schubert recordings by The Cypress String Quartet with Cellist Gary Hoffman provide a relaxing escape in which one loses track of time. (06/25/2014)