Julie Amacher Feature Archive

Violinist Joshua Bell, who is now also conductor Joshua Bell, talks about his new recording and the excitement of Beethoven's symphonies. (03/05/2013)
Behind the many stories of "Downton Abbey," there's a musical background telling us about the characters' lives. Composer John Lunn tells us more. (02/26/2013)
The music on Nicola Benedetti's new disc all has a film connection, from the <em>Ladies in Lavender</em> theme to the lush violin concerto by Erich Wolfgang Korngold. (02/19/2013)
El&#299;na Garan&#269;a's new disc traces love in its many dimensions, as revealed through opera arias for mezzo-soprano. (02/12/2013)
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 Ang&egrave;le 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)