Julie Amacher Feature Archive

For his new holiday album, Joshua Bell invites the whole gang over: Renee Fleming, Alison Kraus, Chick Corea, and the duo Igudesman and Joo, who create a madcap seasonal mashup. It's on this week's New Classical Tracks. (12/04/2013)
Chinese pianist Yuja Wang has found perfect partners in Gustavo Dudamel and the Simon Bolivar Symphony Orchestra of Venezuela. The youthful energy and excitement was heightened as they recorded not one, but two Russian masterpieces for piano and orchestra in a live setting, in the same concert. (11/27/2013)
Guitarist Milos Karadaglic's new album, <i>Canci&#243;n</i> is a delicious buffet of South American flavors that celebrates the guitar as a classical instrument and as a popular instrument. (11/20/2013)
Johannes Brahms has created a special journey in these two piano concertos. As you listen, you may realize you've lost all track of time. (11/13/2013)
A new violin-piano disc serves up operatic highlights, including famous melodies by Donizetti, Tchaikovsky and Gershwin. (11/06/2013)
In his latest project, Bryn Terfel teams up with the Mormon Tabernacle Choir for an album of hymns and American favorites. Plus: you can enter for a chance to win a copy of the CD. (10/30/2013)
<i>Angel Heart</i> offers an opportunity to recapture innocence through a heartfelt story that will fill the night with music. Plus, this week, you can sign up for a chance to win a copy of this new release. (10/16/2013)
When Lily Afshar came to the United States from Iran in 1977, she had no idea it was possible to study guitar in college. Now a professor at the University of Memphis, Afshar explores the relationship between literature and the guitar in her new recording, <i>Musica de Camera</i>. (10/09/2013)
By presenting these early Mozart piano concertos in a string quartet setting, McDermott and the Calder Quartet offer you a chance to hear Mozart in way he sanctioned, yet is rarely recorded. (10/02/2013)
The name of this disc, <i>A Walking Fire</i>, is taken from a poem by 13th-century Sufi poet Rumi, and is a metaphor for love. It also beautifully encompasses the process through which each piece on this recording evolved &#151; a journey of wide-eyed wonder transformed into a passionate creation. (09/18/2013)
Mandolin virtuoso Chris Thile ponders the interpretations of Glenn Gould, the writings of Charles Rosen, and much else as he brings out his first Bach album. (09/11/2013)
The new disc from the Emerson String Quartet actually features sextets. It's also their final disc with their longtime cellist David Finckel. (09/04/2013)
Banjo player Bela Fleck has collaborated with classical musicians in the past. On 'The Impostor,' he goes even farther, with a full-fledged concerto. (08/28/2013)
According to the producer of this new disc, composers often save their innermost thoughts for the choral medium. (08/14/2013)
With their combined talents, imaginations and deep collaborative commitment, Alessio Bax, Simon Over and the Southbank Sinfonia pry out some fresh ideas &mdash; and new life &mdash; in these familiar works by Mozart. (08/07/2013)