Julie Amacher Feature Archive

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)
Chilly Gonzales is a classically-trained Canadian-born musician from the MTV era whose goal is to be a man of his time. When he's not improvising at the keyboard, he's dabbling in rap, pop, and electronic music. (10/09/2012)
A chance encounter leads pianist Leif Ove Andsnes to undertake a multi-year musical journey. (10/02/2012)
When artists perform ancient songs, ballads or dances, they often bring them to life in a fresh, personal way. It was a shared love of ancient music that led Arianna Savall and Petter Udland Johansen to form a new group three years ago. (09/25/2012)
Composers ranging from Scott Joplin to Alvin Batiste are featured on a new disc by clarinetist Marcus Eley. (09/11/2012)
Mirian Conti's new disc presents piano music that she grew up with in her homeland of Argentina, by composers whose names will be new to many. (09/04/2012)
Flutist Carol Wincenc has been teaching and performing for 40 years. She started as an orchestral player and has long been known as one of America's leading solo artists. (08/28/2012)
Discovery, philosophy, visions in sound and images -- Russian pianist Alexei Lubimov finds all of these in the music of Claude Debussy, whose 150th birthday is celebrated this month. We are giving away five copies the this new disc. (08/21/2012)
As you listen to "Pasion," the second solo recording by Milos Karadaglic, you'll find plenty to enjoy -- from tour de force showstoppers to contemplative works that transport you to another world. We are also giving away five copies of the disc. (08/07/2012)
The viola doesn't often appear in a solo role, but David Aaron Carpenter is working to change that, on a new disc with three concertos, now recorded for the first time. (07/31/2012)
This summer Daniel Barenboim has been conducting his first Beethoven symphony cycle in London. He's the first conductor since Henry Wood in 1942 to direct all nine symphonies in a single BBC Proms season. That orchestra has also recorded the nine symphonies, which have just been released as a box set. (07/24/2012)