Julie Amacher Feature Archive

You might be wondering why Nicola Benedetti has a Scottish accent if her parents were both born in Italy. They moved to Scotland when Nicola was just a child, so she grew up with one foot in both cultures. Her latest recording, titled "Italia," allows her to celebrate both aspects of her heritage, by playing Italian music with a Scottish orchestra. (02/29/2012)
Once upon a time, in Norway, there was a little girl with a trumpet. Today, in her early twenties, she's traveling the world as a leading performer. (02/22/2012)
Pianist Simone Dinnerstein's love of Bach is a constant. And on her latest recording, she once again returns to Bach's musical world. But this time, she also chose to include music by another of her favorite composers: Franz Schubert. The music she chose to record has a beautiful and very communicative quality, and she wanted those qualities to represented by the title of the new release: Something Almost Being Said. (02/15/2012)
On Anne Akiko Meyers' latest release, titled, "Air, A Bach Album," which celebrates the music of Bach, she experimented with a technique familiar to the world of popular music. (02/08/2012)
The group Trio Settecento has a new disc, exploring the French Baroque -- Rameau, Couperin, and their contemporaries. The group's founder, violinist Rachel Barton Pine, relishes the intimacy and expressiveness of this music. (02/01/2012)
Conductor Osmo Vanska has begun recording the Sibelius symphonies with the Minnesota Orchestra. Though he's been intensely involved with the composer's music for years, he finds it as compelling as ever. (01/25/2012)
In which violinist James Ehnes talks about Tchaikovsky, working with a celebrated pianist-conductor, nerdiness, and "Magnum P. I." (01/18/2012)
On a new disc, Joshua Bell and Jeremy Denk share their insights into French music for violin and piano, from the days of Impressionism, to the Jazz Age. (01/11/2012)
Julie Amacher and Valerie Kahler look back at the best new releases from 2011. (12/27/2011)
John Rutter: his name is synonymous with Christmas. Every year, his recordings appear on the radio and choirs around the world sing his arrangements and original carols. Read more about Rutter's latest Christmas disc, and hear Ward Jacobson's exclusive interview. (12/21/2011)
Fiddler Mark O'Connor is a musician and a composer who has been stretching the boundaries of music for years. And with this new recording, he does it yet again: traditional holiday favorites re-worked in his signature Americana style. (12/13/2011)
Why should choirs have all the fun? Jeffrey Biegel's new disc celebrates Christmas at the piano. He serves up a bit of everything--carols, classical repertoire, and some arrangements that combine the two. (12/07/2011)
Angela Gheorghiu is one of the leading stars in the opera world of today. Her new disc of arias pays tribute to an earlier soprano whose star still burns brightly - Maria Callas. (11/30/2011)
Improvisation, rhythm and musical dialogue reign supreme for cellist Yo-Yo Ma and three very musical friends. Chris Thile, Edgar Meyer, and Stuart Duncan join Ma for "The Goat Rodeo Sessions," a new recording of music that transcends any kind of specific categorization and proves that great things happen when you make yourself live in the moment. (11/23/2011)
A new, unplanned and exciting take on some of Mozart's piano concertos. Over the past 25 years, French pianist Helene Grimaud has released something like 20 CDs - but only now, and only after a little controversy about cadenzas and conductors, has she released her first full Mozart recording. (11/15/2011)