Julie Amacher Feature Archive

From an early age, Alison Balsom has been captivated by the trumpet: its look, its sound, its master performers, and its many-sided personality. Her new disc, which celebrates the modern trumpet, includes a new concerto written for her. (04/10/2012)
A new Bach disc combines violin with an instrument that Bach himself rarely used -- the harp. Its gradations of loud and soft add a new dimension to the performance of these pieces. (04/03/2012)
Benjamin Grosvenor is making a big splash nowadays, in his native England and internationally. He's just 19, but a lot of mature thought has gone into his new disc of virtuoso piano music. (03/27/2012)
The Canadian Brass has been generating buzz about the brass quintet for more than 40 years. In concert, they're known for their outstanding musicianship and their wacky theatrics. On their new CD, "Takes Flight," you'll get a taste of those unique stage antics, and a full sense of what they've accomplished so far, as well as what's in store as they launch into their next era, with new faces and, as always, fresh repertoire. (03/20/2012)
Double your pleasure with a new release from the Sarah Hicks and the Vermont Symphony Orchestra. (03/06/2012)
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)