Julie Amacher Feature Archive

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)
Everyday life for Dobrinka Tabakova is centered on the thing she loves most - composing. Though <em>String Paths</em> is the first full album devoted to her original compositions, she says she has always known this would be her path. (07/30/2013)
Simone Dinnerstein is a classical pianist; Tift Merritt is a singer/songwriter who's been compared with Joni Mitchell and Emmylou Harris. What happens when they join forces? (07/17/2013)
Pianist Yundi Li made his name with Chopin. Now he explores another romantic master, Beethoven. (07/09/2013)
This new choral disc from The Singers serves up a collection of American melodies, in arrangements that sometimes give the old tunes an unexpected spin. (07/02/2013)
Conductor Leonard Slatkin comes back to the orchestral music of Rachmaninov, 30 years after recording it for the first time. (06/25/2013)
Carl Sagan, Philip Glass, J. S. Bach, Karl Jenkins, Yehudi Menuhin &mdash; they all played a role in shaping Daniel Hope's new disc, inspired by the ancient concept of the music of the spheres. (06/18/2013)
A new disc from a 19-year-old pianist includes standards by Rachmaninoff and Ravel, and his own music, some based on the strange dreams he had when going off to college. (06/11/2013)
Dawn Upshaw's new disc demonstrates where the conversation leads when a singer, a composer, and two poets blend their voices. (06/04/2013)
Jon Kimura Parker is trying something different with <em>The Rite of Spring</em> in its centennial year -- recreating this complex orchestral score at the piano. (05/28/2013)