Julie Amacher Feature Archive

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)
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)