Julie Amacher Feature Archive

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 Angèle Dubeau debuts "Game Music" (01/15/2013)
Alan Gilbert became the music director of the New York Philharmonic in 2009. In their new disc, they're taking up a composer whom the Orchestra, Gilbert says, was "made for." (01/08/2013)
Two pianists can share one keyboard -- but it takes a bit of doing, especially when dealing with the kind of pianos Beethoven would have known. Amy and Sara Hamann discuss the delicate dance of piano-duet playing. (12/25/2012)
A new disc by the ensemble Ludus Baroque -- their name means "play" -- revels in Handel's Song for St. Cecilia, the patron saint of music. (12/18/2012)
Jeannette Sorrell leads the acclaimed Baroque ensemble Apollo's Fire. Their new holiday disc imagines a vesper service combining chant, dance, and Celtic carols. (12/12/2012)
Violinist Tomas Cotik was studying at the Glenn Gould School of Music in Toronto when he auditioned for the New World Symphony. Seven years later, Tomas is a professional, and a member of the Delray String Quartet. (12/04/2012)
Throughout "Drama Queens," you'll hear one aria after another that may move you to tears. (11/27/2012)
Everything about "Americana," the seventh and newest recording from the Modern Mandolin Quartet, is a lot of fun. (11/20/2012)
According to superstar pianist Lang Lang, Chopin's music is both accessible to the ear, and daunting to the fingers. (11/13/2012)
The Englishman Frederick Delius, born 150 years ago, got his start as a composer on a Florida orange plantation. (11/06/2012)
The latest disc from Stephen Hough offers a tasting menu of the nonchalance, humor and occasional melancholy of French piano music. (10/30/2012)
Concertmaster William Preucil relishes his role with the Cleveland Orchestra. He gets to see the interaction between orchestral musicians, conductors, and soloists, and how it all comes together. (10/23/2012)
What unites the Schumann and Dvorak piano quintets on this recording is their sheer joy, which is what you'll experience when you listen to these performances with Jonathan Biss and The Elias String Quartet. (10/16/2012)