Julie Amacher Feature Archive

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)
It's been 100 years since the famous premiere of Stravinsky's <em>The Rite of Spring</em> (<em>Le Sacre du Printemps</em>). Simon Rattle talks about its historic opening night, and the music that still packs a punch. (05/21/2013)
Italian composers like Puccini and Verdi are often best known as opera composers. This new disc from the Quartteto di Cremono shows what they could do in the realm of chamber music. (05/14/2013)
Rachel Barton Pine is never at a loss for new musical projects. Her latest, titled <em>Violin Lullabies</em>, is one she's had in the back of her mind for years. (05/07/2013)
Lara Downes's new disc, "Exiles' Cafe," explores music by composers who have left their homelands -- music that she says speaks of "vanished worlds and altered lives." (04/30/2013)
The singers of Stile Antico perform without a conductor, and achieve a choral sound that has made them one of the most acclaimed new groups of recent years. (04/23/2013)
Rudolf Buchbinder talks about improvisation, recording Mozart on an early piano, and working in Vienna, a city where you "breathe music with the air." (04/09/2013)
The diary of Anne (Annelies) Frank has inspired artists in many fields. Composer James Whitbourn's work is the first major choral setting of her diary. (04/02/2013)
The singers of The Sixteen have embarked on a recording project devoted to Giovanni Palestrina, the composer called "The Prince of Music." Their newest disc includes music for Easter and Holy Week. (03/25/2013)
As pianist Barry Douglas explains, Brahms is a composer for whom he feels a special affinity. He's now begun recording the complete Brahms piano music. (03/19/2013)
When Sibelius wrote his Fourth Symphony it was considered to be strange and dark. Vanska instills in the Minnesota Orchestra the passion he's developed from living and breathing these works. (03/12/2013)
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)