Julie Amacher Feature Archive

On their fifth recording, The Ebene Quartet introduces you to the many facets of Felix Mendelssohn. Enjoy a free download from the disc! (02/06/2013)
According to Emanuel Ax, writing variations on a theme is a way for composers to show off what they can do. On his new disc, he lets us hear how Haydn, Beethoven, and Robert Schumann flex their muscles. (01/29/2013)
The young Canadian Jan Lisiecki plays Mozart on his new disc. Though he's just 17, he clearly brings a wealth of reflection to his performance of these two concertos. (01/22/2013)
Famed violinist Angèle Dubeau debuts "Game Music" (01/15/2013)
Alan Gilbert became the music director of the New York Philharmonic in 2009. In their new disc, they're taking up a composer whom the Orchestra, Gilbert says, was "made for." (01/08/2013)
Two pianists can share one keyboard -- but it takes a bit of doing, especially when dealing with the kind of pianos Beethoven would have known. Amy and Sara Hamann discuss the delicate dance of piano-duet playing. (12/25/2012)
A new disc by the ensemble Ludus Baroque -- their name means "play" -- revels in Handel's Song for St. Cecilia, the patron saint of music. (12/18/2012)
Jeannette Sorrell leads the acclaimed Baroque ensemble Apollo's Fire. Their new holiday disc imagines a vesper service combining chant, dance, and Celtic carols. (12/12/2012)
Violinist Tomas Cotik was studying at the Glenn Gould School of Music in Toronto when he auditioned for the New World Symphony. Seven years later, Tomas is a professional, and a member of the Delray String Quartet. (12/04/2012)
Throughout "Drama Queens," you'll hear one aria after another that may move you to tears. (11/27/2012)
Everything about "Americana," the seventh and newest recording from the Modern Mandolin Quartet, is a lot of fun. (11/20/2012)
According to superstar pianist Lang Lang, Chopin's music is both accessible to the ear, and daunting to the fingers. (11/13/2012)
The Englishman Frederick Delius, born 150 years ago, got his start as a composer on a Florida orange plantation. (11/06/2012)
The latest disc from Stephen Hough offers a tasting menu of the nonchalance, humor and occasional melancholy of French piano music. (10/30/2012)
Concertmaster William Preucil relishes his role with the Cleveland Orchestra. He gets to see the interaction between orchestral musicians, conductors, and soloists, and how it all comes together. (10/23/2012)