Minnesota Public Radio features by Julie Amacher http://minnesota.publicradio.org/about/people/mpr_people_display.php?aut_id=93 en-us Copyright 2014 Minnesota Public Radio Thu, 18 Sep 2014 18:59:55 -0500 Minnesota Public Radio features by Julie Amacher http://minnesota.publicradio.org/standard/images/mpr003/logo_mpr.gif http://minnesota.publicradio.org/?refid=0 New Classical Tracks: Starting with a Rice Krispie Box Alisa Weilerstein's new CD is the culmination of a dream that began in early childhood. Her recording of Dvorak's cello concerto is featured on this week's New Classical Tracks. http://minnesota.publicradio.org/display/web/2014/04/02/new-classical-tracks-starting-with-a-rice-krispie-box?refid=0 Wed, 17 Sep 2014 00:01:00 -0500 New Classical Tracks: 'Homecoming, A Scottish Fantasy' Violinist Nicola Benedetti has an Italian name, but she grew up in Scotland. Her new disc celebrates those Scottish roots, with a classical fantasy on Scottish melodies, a tribute to Robert Burns, and a selection of traditional folk tunes. http://minnesota.publicradio.org/display/web/2014/09/10/new-classical-tracks-homecoming-a-scottish-fantasy?refid=0 Wed, 10 Sep 2014 00:01:00 -0500 Pianist Barry Douglas on the transformative power of education Barry Douglas, whose album is featured in this week's New Classical Tracks, had a chance to talk to Julie Amacher about the role of education in his life and work. http://minnesota.publicradio.org/display/web/2014/09/04/pianist-barry-douglas-on-the-transformative-power-of-education?refid=0 Thu, 04 Sep 2014 15:20:00 -0500 New Classical Tracks: Getting to know Schubert Irish pianist Barry Douglas is a self-described latecomer to the music of Franz Schubert. That said, Douglas has just released the first in a series of recordings celebrating Schubert's solo piano works. For this first volume, Barry wanted to focus on Schubert at the height of his creative powers. http://minnesota.publicradio.org/display/web/2014/09/03/new-classical-tracks-getting-to-know-schubert?refid=0 Wed, 03 Sep 2014 00:01:00 -0500 New Classical Tracks: Homage to Guitar and Guitarists Guitarist Milos Karadaglic has just released his fourth and what he refers to as his most ambitious recording yet. This recording is a personal homage to musicians and composers who changed the course of history for the guitar. http://minnesota.publicradio.org/display/web/2014/08/27/new-classical-tracks-homage-to-guitar-and-guitarists?refid=0 Wed, 27 Aug 2014 00:01:00 -0500 New Classical Tracks: Moments of Reflection "Eventide," by the British choir Voces8, offers music for the end of the day -- hushed, meditative, ethereal. It's on this week's New Classical Tracks. http://minnesota.publicradio.org/display/web/2014/08/13/new-classical-tracks-moments-of-reflection?refid=0 Wed, 13 Aug 2014 00:01:00 -0500 New Classical Tracks: Not Your Typical Piano Duet With balletic movement and adventurous sonic exploration, the two pianists of ZOFO are a twenty-finger orchestra. http://minnesota.publicradio.org/display/web/2014/08/06/new-classical-tracks-not-your-typical-piano-duet?refid=0 Wed, 06 Aug 2014 00:01:00 -0500 New Classical Tracks: A Record of Reminiscences Leon Fleisher turned 86 last week. He's a pianist, a conductor, a chamber player, and to his many students at the Peabody Conservatory, he's Obi-Wan Kenobi, a master teacher. Now Fleisher is out with his first album in nearly a decade. http://minnesota.publicradio.org/display/web/2014/07/30/new-classical-tracks-a-record-of-reminiscences-?refid=0 Wed, 30 Jul 2014 00:01:00 -0500 New Classical Tracks: Expect the Unexpected Violinist Anne-Sophie Mutter and pianist Lambert Orkis have released 'The Silver Album', a two-CD set featuring major sonatas by Mozart, Beethoven and Brahms, a few timeless encore pieces and a couple world-premiere recordings. The album celebrates their 25-year collaboration. http://minnesota.publicradio.org/display/web/2014/07/23/new-classical-tracks-expect-the-unexpected?refid=0 Wed, 23 Jul 2014 00:01:00 -0500 New Classical Tracks: Time for Three They say timing is everything. Acoustic trio Time for Three couldn't agree more. Just as their self-titled debut album was in the works, the trio made a splash for being denied seats on a plane - because they were carrying instruments. http://minnesota.publicradio.org/display/web/2014/07/16/new-classical-tracks-time-for-three-universal-classics?refid=0 Wed, 16 Jul 2014 00:01:00 -0500 New Classical Tracks: Dvorak and America The centerpiece of this new disc is a melodrama (music combined with the spoken word), drawing on works by Dvorak and the poet who inspired him -- Henry Wadsworth Longfellow. http://minnesota.publicradio.org/display/web/2014/07/09/new-classical-tracks-dvorak-and-america?refid=0 Wed, 09 Jul 2014 00:01:00 -0500 New Classical Tracks: Thirty Little Masterpieces Bach's "two- and three-part inventions" are familiar to every piano student. On a new disc, they're performed by one of the leading young pianists of today. Simone Dinnerstein's new album is on this week's New Classical Tracks. http://minnesota.publicradio.org/display/web/2014/03/19/new-classical-tracks-bach-simone-dinnerstein?refid=0 Wed, 02 Jul 2014 00:01:00 -0500 New Classical Tracks: A Gift of Time A new collection of Schubert recordings by The Cypress String Quartet with Cellist Gary Hoffman provide a relaxing escape in which one loses track of time. http://minnesota.publicradio.org/display/web/2014/06/25/new-classical-tracks-a-gift-of-time?refid=0 Wed, 25 Jun 2014 00:01:00 -0500 New Classical Tracks: Music of Healing and Hope Angele Dubeau's new CD, 'Blanc', tells the violinist's story of her fight against breast cancer. The music and the color it evokes contain messages of healing and hope. http://minnesota.publicradio.org/display/web/2014/06/18/new-classical-tracks-music-of-healing-and-hope?refid=0 Wed, 18 Jun 2014 00:01:00 -0500 Greater Twin Cities Youth Symphony to embark on tour of Spain Under the leadership of Artistic Director Mark Russell Smith, 78 students will perform by invitation as part of the prestigious International Festival of Music and Dance in Granada on June 21 and at two other performances in Spain. http://minnesota.publicradio.org/display/web/2014/06/12/greater-twin-cities-youth-symphony-to-embark-on-tour-of-spain?refid=0 Thu, 12 Jun 2014 16:00:00 -0500 New Classical Tracks: An 'Affair' to Remember Piano duo Anderson & Roe are really committed to their mission to make classical music a relevant and powerful force in society. Their new recoring, 'An Amadeus Affair,' celebrates their love of Mozart. Plus, you can enter for a chance to win a copy of the CD. http://minnesota.publicradio.org/display/web/2014/06/11/new-classical-tracks-an-affair-to-remember?refid=0 Wed, 11 Jun 2014 00:01:00 -0500 New Classical Tracks: The 442s are far from ordinary Named for the standard orchestral tuning of 442 hertz, the new quartet known as the 442s make music that is anything but typical. Their new self-released CD is on this week's New Classical Tracks -- and you can enter to win a copy of it. http://minnesota.publicradio.org/display/web/2014/06/04/new-classical-tracks-the-442s-are-far-from-ordinary?refid=0 Wed, 04 Jun 2014 00:01:00 -0500 New Classical Tracks: Chad Hoopes goes with the flow On his new album of concertos by Mendelssohn and Adams, violinist Chad Hoopes wanted to capture the youthful energy of the music by letting it flow from his instrument. http://minnesota.publicradio.org/display/web/2014/05/28/new-classical-tracks-chad-hoopes-goes-with-the-flow?refid=0 Wed, 28 May 2014 00:01:00 -0500 Joyce DiDonato to give commencement address at Juilliard American mezzo-soprano Joyce DiDonato is nervous. On Friday, May 23, she'll give the commencement address to the graduates of the Juilliard School of Music. DiDonato spoke to Classical MPR's Julie Amacher about the task ahead. http://minnesota.publicradio.org/display/web/2014/05/22/joyce-didonato-to-give-commencement-address-at-juilliard?refid=0 Thu, 22 May 2014 10:50:00 -0500 New Classical Tracks: Performing Without a Net According to members of the Chiara String Quartet, playing Brahms quartets entirely from memory creates performances with a new, authentic feel. http://minnesota.publicradio.org/display/web/2014/05/21/new-classical-tracks-performing-without-a-net?refid=0 Wed, 21 May 2014 00:01:00 -0500 New Classical Tracks: Winter Journey Franz Schubert's song cycle about a winter journey through loss and depression has just been recorded by Jonas Kaufmann, who calls it a unique masterpiece. PLUS: This week you can enter for a chance to win a copy of Kaufmann's CD. http://minnesota.publicradio.org/display/web/2014/05/14/new-classical-tracks-winter-journey?refid=0 Wed, 14 May 2014 00:01:00 -0500 Joyce DiDonato talks about being opera's Cinderella Classical MPR's Julie Amacher spoke with mezzo-soprano Joyce DiDonato, who is currently starring in the Met Opera's production of Rossini's 'La Cenerentola' (Cinderella), which airs Saturday, May 10, at noon on Classical MPR. http://minnesota.publicradio.org/display/web/2014/05/09/joyce-didonato-talks-about-being-operas-cinderella?refid=0 Fri, 09 May 2014 11:50:00 -0500 New Classical Tracks: Capturing Beethoven's futuristic music Simone Gramaglia of Quartetto di Cremona describes his ensemble's work and research behind their new recording of Beethoven's string quartets, music Beethoven himself described as "music for people of the future." http://minnesota.publicradio.org/display/web/2014/05/07/new-classical-tracks-capturing-beethoven-s-futuristic-music?refid=0 Wed, 07 May 2014 00:01:00 -0500 New Classical Tracks: Heart and Science Daniel Elder abandoned his physics studies for degrees in music, but he retains certain scientific elements in his Impressionist-inspired art, which is captured on the new album, 'The Heart's Reflection'. http://minnesota.publicradio.org/display/web/2014/04/30/new-classical-tracks-heart-and-science?refid=0 Wed, 30 Apr 2014 00:01:00 -0500 New Classical Tracks: Because he loves to 'Play' Jason Vieaux has taught at the Cleveland Institute of Music for the past 18 years. Vieaux teaches and performs because he loves to play guitar. That passion is front and center in the title of Vieaux's newest solo recording, 'Play'. http://minnesota.publicradio.org/display/web/2014/04/23/new-classical-tracks-because-he-loves-to-play-jason-vieaux?refid=0 Wed, 23 Apr 2014 00:01:00 -0500 New Classical Tracks: 'Goosebumpy to the Max' The latest disc from Anne Akiko Meyers features Vivaldi's classic of Baroque music -- played on a remarkable violin. Anne says that it's an exciting combination. It's on New Classical Tracks this week, and you have a chance to win a copy of the CD. http://minnesota.publicradio.org/display/web/2014/04/16/new-classical-tracks-goosebumpy-to-the-max-anne-akiko-meyers-vivaldi?refid=0 Wed, 16 Apr 2014 00:01:00 -0500 New Classical Tracks: Renee Fleming's 'Guilty Pleasures' Renee Fleming is used to a lot pressure. The stakes are pretty high every time she takes the stage. On her latest recording, she releases some of that pressure by sharing a few 'Guilty Pleasures'. http://minnesota.publicradio.org/display/web/2014/04/09/new-classical-tracks-renee-flemings-guilty-pleasures?refid=0 Wed, 09 Apr 2014 00:01:00 -0500 New Classical Tracks: An Instrument Between Worlds Avi Avital's new disc shows his instrument -- the mandolin --traveling between folk and classical, and between the Mediterranean, Eastern Europe and South America. http://minnesota.publicradio.org/display/web/2014/03/26/new-classical-tracks-an-instrument-between-worlds?refid=0 Wed, 26 Mar 2014 00:01:00 -0500 New Classical Tracks: Themes to Last a Lifetime A new disc from the ensemble Rebel features concerti by Telemann, a composer who blended international styles and found that folk musicians offered him enough themes to last a lifetime. http://minnesota.publicradio.org/display/web/2014/03/12/new-classical-tracks-themes-to-last-a-lifetime?refid=0 Wed, 12 Mar 2014 00:01:00 -0500 New Classical Tracks: Jan Lisiecki makes Chopin sing Jan Lisiecki is a Canadian-born pianist with Polish roots who will turn 19 years old on March 23. But when Lisiecki speaks about his new recording of Chopin Etudes, it's quite apparent he is wise beyond his years. http://minnesota.publicradio.org/display/web/2014/03/05/new-classical-tracks-jan-lisiecki-makes-chopin-sing?refid=0 Wed, 05 Mar 2014 00:01:00 -0600 New Classical Tracks: 'Summer in February' conjures the Cornish coast The red carpet rolls out for the 86th Academy Awards this Sunday, March 2, but for many what really makes a movie memorable is the music. Benjamin Wallfisch's music for 'Summer in February' is truly memorable. PLUS: Sign up for a chance to win a copy of the CD. http://minnesota.publicradio.org/display/web/2014/02/26/new-classical-tracks-summer-in-february-conjures-the-cornish-coast?refid=0 Wed, 26 Feb 2014 00:01:00 -0600 Interview: Knight Arts Challenge South Florida The Knight Arts Challenge seeks to fund projects that benefit people in South Florida through the arts. Classical South Florida's Julie Amacher spoke to the Knight Foundation's Dennis Scholl about the Knight Arts Challenge, what it does and how one can apply. http://minnesota.publicradio.org/display/web/2014/02/19/interview-knight-arts-challenge-south-florida?refid=0 Wed, 19 Feb 2014 22:00:00 -0600 New Classical Tracks: A Carnegie Hall Debut More than a century after its opening, the prestige of performing in Carnegie Hall continues to draw the world's greatest artists, including Daniil Trifonov, a 22-year-old Russian who made his Carnegie Hall debut one year ago. His performance was captured on this new recording. http://minnesota.publicradio.org/display/web/2014/02/19/new-classical-tracks-a-carnegie-hall-debut?refid=0 Wed, 19 Feb 2014 00:01:00 -0600 New Classical Tracks: A Musical Puzzle 'In 27 Pieces' violinist Hilary Hahn made more than two dozen cold calls to solicit original compositions for her latest recording, 'In 27 Pieces'. Hear all about this new album on this week's New Classical Tracks. http://minnesota.publicradio.org/display/web/2014/02/12/new-classical-tracks-a-musical-puzzle-in-27-pieces?refid=0 Wed, 12 Feb 2014 00:01:00 -0600 Slideshow: Met Opera's 'Rusalka' The Met's current production of Dvorak's fairy-tale opera, 'Rusalka', features lush sets that could have been lifted directly out of a Tolkien story: realistic, but tinged with fantasy. Here's a slideshow of the production. http://minnesota.publicradio.org/display/web/2014/02/08/slideshow-met-operas-rusalka?refid=0 Sat, 08 Feb 2014 10:20:00 -0600 Renee Fleming: from MetLife Stadium to Met Opera in one week Soprano Renee Fleming went from singing the national anthem at the NFL's Super Bowl last Sunday to performing the title role in 'Rusalka' this weekend at the Met Opera. She shares some thoughts with Julie Amacher. http://minnesota.publicradio.org/display/web/2014/02/07/renee-fleming-from-metlife-stadium-to-met-opera-in-one-week?refid=0 Fri, 07 Feb 2014 15:30:00 -0600 New Classical Tracks: Passionate Piano from Poland Polish pianist Rafal Blechacz's second recording for Deutsche Grammophon is a collection of Polonaises by Chopin. http://minnesota.publicradio.org/display/web/2014/02/05/new-classical-tracks-passionate-piano-from-poland?refid=0 Wed, 05 Feb 2014 00:01:00 -0600 New Classical Tracks: The emotional range of violin concertos On her latest recording, Rachel Barton Pine pairs the famous Mendelssohn Violin Concerto in E minor with one that's rarely heard by Robert Schumann. http://minnesota.publicradio.org/display/web/2014/01/29/new-classical-tracks-the-emotional-range-of-violin-concertos?refid=0 Wed, 29 Jan 2014 00:01:00 -0600 New Classical Tracks: Song of a Czech Dvorak is best known for his orchestral music, Janacek for his operas -- but they both composed choral music, as a new disc from vocal ensemble Cantus shows. http://minnesota.publicradio.org/display/web/2014/01/22/new-classical-tracks-song-of-a-czech?refid=0 Wed, 22 Jan 2014 00:01:00 -0600 New Classical Tracks: Blending classical and folk with Brahms Leonidas Kavakos is a third-generation Greek violinist. His grandfather was a folk fiddler; his father was a classically trained violinist. On his new recording of Brahms violin works, Leonidas Kavakos blends both of these worlds. http://minnesota.publicradio.org/display/web/2014/01/15/new-classical-tracks-blending-classical-and-folk-with-brahms?refid=0 Wed, 15 Jan 2014 00:01:00 -0600 New Classical Tracks: Diving into Janacek's piano works Luxembourg pianist Cathy Krier has immersed herself in the piano music of Leos Janacek. On her new recording she shares that music, along with the story of a composer who wrote authentic music that was ahead of its time. http://minnesota.publicradio.org/display/web/2014/01/08/new-classical-tracks-diving-into-janacek-s-piano-works?refid=0 Wed, 08 Jan 2014 00:01:00 -0600 Morning Glories: Music of Warmer Climates Minnesota is in the deep freeze, so this week, we take a reprieve and head to South and Latin America on Morning Glories. http://minnesota.publicradio.org/display/web/2014/01/06/morning-glories-music-of-warmer-climates?refid=0 Mon, 06 Jan 2014 00:01:00 -0600 New Classical Tracks: An Animated Holiday Celebration The Canadian Brass challenges itself to feature arrangements and music that audiences will love as much as it does. That continues on a new holiday recording titled <i>Christmas Time is Here</i>, which pays tribute to some of the most popular animated specials created for the holidays. It's on this week's New Classical Tracks. http://minnesota.publicradio.org/display/web/2013/12/23/new-classical-tracks-an-animated-holiday-celebration?refid=0 Mon, 23 Dec 2013 00:01:00 -0600 New Classical Tracks: From Chant to Contemporary The Clare College Choir -- made famous by John Rutter -- has a new disc of music for the Advent season. The choir's <i>Veni Emmanuel (Music for Advent)</i> is featured in this week's New Classical Tracks. http://minnesota.publicradio.org/display/web/2013/12/18/new-classical-tracks-from-chant-to-contemporary?refid=0 Wed, 18 Dec 2013 00:01:00 -0600 New Classical Tracks: Christmas Celebration from Boston The country's oldest arts organization celebrates the season with Ives, Billings, and a familiar text, set to two melodies. Harry Christophers and Handel and Haydn Society's 'Joy to the World: An American Christmas' is featured in this week's New Classical Tracks. http://minnesota.publicradio.org/display/web/2013/12/11/new-classical-tracks-christmas-celebration-from-boston?refid=0 Wed, 11 Dec 2013 00:01:00 -0600 New Classical Tracks: Musical Gifts from Joshua Bell and Friends For his new holiday album, Joshua Bell invites the whole gang over: Renee Fleming, Alison Kraus, Chick Corea, and the duo Igudesman and Joo, who create a madcap seasonal mashup. It's on this week's New Classical Tracks. http://minnesota.publicradio.org/display/web/2013/12/04/new-classical-tracks-musical-gifts-from-joshua-bell-and-friends?refid=0 Wed, 04 Dec 2013 00:01:00 -0600 New Classical Tracks: Yuja Wang and Gustavo Dudamel conspire on Russian project Chinese pianist Yuja Wang has found perfect partners in Gustavo Dudamel and the Simon Bolivar Symphony Orchestra of Venezuela. The youthful energy and excitement was heightened as they recorded not one, but two Russian masterpieces for piano and orchestra in a live setting, in the same concert. http://minnesota.publicradio.org/display/web/2013/11/27/yuja-wang-and-gustavo-dudamel-conspire-on-rachmaninoff-and-prokofiev-?refid=0 Wed, 27 Nov 2013 06:50:00 -0600 New Classical Tracks: Milos and Latin American song Guitarist Milos Karadaglic's new album, <i>Canci&#243;n</i> is a delicious buffet of South American flavors that celebrates the guitar as a classical instrument and as a popular instrument. http://minnesota.publicradio.org/display/web/2013/11/20/new-classical-tracks-milos-and-latin-american-song?refid=0 Wed, 20 Nov 2013 06:50:00 -0600 New Classical Tracks: Helene Grimaud and the Brahms Piano Concertos Johannes Brahms has created a special journey in these two piano concertos. As you listen, you may realize you've lost all track of time. http://minnesota.publicradio.org/display/web/2013/11/13/new-classical-tracks-helene-grimaud-and-the-brahms-piano-concertos?refid=0 Wed, 13 Nov 2013 07:30:00 -0600 New Classical Tracks: Opera, in brief A new violin-piano disc serves up operatic highlights, including famous melodies by Donizetti, Tchaikovsky and Gershwin. http://minnesota.publicradio.org/display/web/2013/11/06/new-classical-tracks-opera-in-brief?refid=0 Wed, 06 Nov 2013 07:00:00 -0600 New Classical Tracks: Terfel in Salt Lake City In his latest project, Bryn Terfel teams up with the Mormon Tabernacle Choir for an album of hymns and American favorites. Plus: you can enter for a chance to win a copy of the CD. http://minnesota.publicradio.org/display/web/2013/10/30/new-classical-tracks-terfel-in-salt-lake-city?refid=0 Wed, 30 Oct 2013 07:00:00 -0500 New Classical Tracks: 'Angel Heart' <i>Angel Heart</i> offers an opportunity to recapture innocence through a heartfelt story that will fill the night with music. Plus, this week, you can sign up for a chance to win a copy of this new release. http://minnesota.publicradio.org/display/web/2013/10/16/new-classical-tracks-angel-heart?refid=0 Wed, 16 Oct 2013 07:00:00 -0500 New Classical Tracks: Lily Afshar When Lily Afshar came to the United States from Iran in 1977, she had no idea it was possible to study guitar in college. Now a professor at the University of Memphis, Afshar explores the relationship between literature and the guitar in her new recording, <i>Musica de Camera</i>. http://minnesota.publicradio.org/display/web/2013/10/09/new-classical-tracks-lily-afshar?refid=0 Wed, 09 Oct 2013 07:00:00 -0500 New Classical Tracks: Anne-Marie McDermott & the Calder Quartet By presenting these early Mozart piano concertos in a string quartet setting, McDermott and the Calder Quartet offer you a chance to hear Mozart in way he sanctioned, yet is rarely recorded. http://minnesota.publicradio.org/display/web/2013/10/02/new-classical-tracks-annemarie-mcdermott-the-calder-quartet?refid=0 Wed, 02 Oct 2013 07:00:00 -0500 New Classical Tracks: A Walking Fire The name of this disc, <i>A Walking Fire</i>, is taken from a poem by 13th-century Sufi poet Rumi, and is a metaphor for love. It also beautifully encompasses the process through which each piece on this recording evolved &#151; a journey of wide-eyed wonder transformed into a passionate creation. http://minnesota.publicradio.org/display/web/2013/09/18/new-classical-tracks-a-walking-fire?refid=0 Wed, 18 Sep 2013 07:00:00 -0500 New Classical Tracks: Chris Thile plays Bach Mandolin virtuoso Chris Thile ponders the interpretations of Glenn Gould, the writings of Charles Rosen, and much else as he brings out his first Bach album. http://minnesota.publicradio.org/display/web/2013/09/11/new-classical-tracks-chris-thile-plays-bach?refid=0 Wed, 11 Sep 2013 08:00:00 -0500 New Classical Tracks: Emerson String Quartet Plus Two The new disc from the Emerson String Quartet actually features sextets. It's also their final disc with their longtime cellist David Finckel. http://minnesota.publicradio.org/display/web/2013/09/04/new-classical-tracks-emerson-string-quartet-plus-two?refid=0 Wed, 04 Sep 2013 07:15:07 -0500 New Classical Tracks: From Jed Clampett to Bartok Banjo player Bela Fleck has collaborated with classical musicians in the past. On 'The Impostor,' he goes even farther, with a full-fledged concerto. http://minnesota.publicradio.org/display/web/2013/08/28/new-classical-tracks-from-jed-clampett-to-bartok?refid=0 Wed, 28 Aug 2013 10:00:00 -0500 New Classical Tracks: Voices of Earth and Air According to the producer of this new disc, composers often save their innermost thoughts for the choral medium. http://minnesota.publicradio.org/display/web/2013/08/14/new-classical-tracks-voices-of-earth-and-air?refid=0 Wed, 14 Aug 2013 00:00:00 -0500 New Classical Tracks: Bax and collaborators breathe new life into Mozart's music With their combined talents, imaginations and deep collaborative commitment, Alessio Bax, Simon Over and the Southbank Sinfonia pry out some fresh ideas &mdash; and new life &mdash; in these familiar works by Mozart. http://minnesota.publicradio.org/display/web/2013/08/07/new-classical-tracks-bax-and-collaborators-breathe-new-life-into-mozarts-music?refid=0 Wed, 07 Aug 2013 12:00:00 -0500 New Classical Tracks: Dobrinka Tabakova's String Paths Everyday life for Dobrinka Tabakova is centered on the thing she loves most - composing. Though <em>String Paths</em> is the first full album devoted to her original compositions, she says she has always known this would be her path. http://minnesota.publicradio.org/display/web/2013/07/29/new-classical-tracks-dobrinka-tabakovas-string-paths?refid=0 Tue, 30 Jul 2013 12:00:00 -0500 Not So Different After All: Tift Merritt and Simone Dinnerstein blend genres in 'Night' Simone Dinnerstein is a classical pianist; Tift Merritt is a singer/songwriter who's been compared with Joni Mitchell and Emmylou Harris. What happens when they join forces? http://minnesota.publicradio.org/display/web/2013/07/16/new-classical-tracks-night-tift-merritt-simone-dinnerstein?refid=0 Wed, 17 Jul 2013 00:00:17 -0500 Balancing Emotion and Logic: Yundi Li Pianist Yundi Li made his name with Chopin. Now he explores another romantic master, Beethoven. http://minnesota.publicradio.org/display/web/2013/07/09/yundi-li-new-classical-tracks?refid=0 Tue, 09 Jul 2013 20:53:41 -0500 New Classical Tracks: Familiar songs with something different to say This new choral disc from The Singers serves up a collection of American melodies, in arrangements that sometimes give the old tunes an unexpected spin. http://minnesota.publicradio.org/display/web/2013/06/28/new-classical-tracks-familiar-songs-with-something-different-to-say?refid=0 Tue, 02 Jul 2013 00:00:00 -0500 New Classical Tracks: Revisiting Rachmaninov Conductor Leonard Slatkin comes back to the orchestral music of Rachmaninov, 30 years after recording it for the first time. http://minnesota.publicradio.org/display/web/2013/06/25/new-classical-tracks-revisiting-rachmaninov?refid=0 Tue, 25 Jun 2013 08:00:00 -0500 New Classical Tracks: Daniel Hope's Space Music Carl Sagan, Philip Glass, J. S. Bach, Karl Jenkins, Yehudi Menuhin &mdash; they all played a role in shaping Daniel Hope's new disc, inspired by the ancient concept of the music of the spheres. http://minnesota.publicradio.org/display/web/2013/06/17/new-classical-tracks-daniel-hope-sphere-space-music?refid=0 Tue, 18 Jun 2013 10:10:10 -0500 New Classical Tracks: Conrad Tao's 'Voyages' A new disc from a 19-year-old pianist includes standards by Rachmaninoff and Ravel, and his own music, some based on the strange dreams he had when going off to college. http://minnesota.publicradio.org/display/web/2013/06/11/new-classical-tracks-conrad-taos-voyages?refid=0 Tue, 11 Jun 2013 00:00:00 -0500 New Classical Tracks: Winter Morning Walks Dawn Upshaw's new disc demonstrates where the conversation leads when a singer, a composer, and two poets blend their voices. http://minnesota.publicradio.org/display/web/2013/06/04/new-classical-tracks-winter-morning-walks?refid=0 Tue, 04 Jun 2013 12:00:00 -0500 New Classical Tracks: A different 'Rite of Spring' Jon Kimura Parker is trying something different with <em>The Rite of Spring</em> in its centennial year -- recreating this complex orchestral score at the piano. http://minnesota.publicradio.org/display/web/2013/05/28/new-classical-tracks-a-different-rite-of-spring?refid=0 Tue, 28 May 2013 12:00:00 -0500 New Classical Tracks: Music that changed the world It's been 100 years since the famous premiere of Stravinsky's <em>The Rite of Spring</em> (<em>Le Sacre du Printemps</em>). Simon Rattle talks about its historic opening night, and the music that still packs a punch. http://minnesota.publicradio.org/display/web/2013/05/21/new-classical-tracks-music-that-changed-the-world?refid=0 Tue, 21 May 2013 12:00:00 -0500 New Classical Tracks: Italian Journey Italian composers like Puccini and Verdi are often best known as opera composers. This new disc from the Quartteto di Cremono shows what they could do in the realm of chamber music. http://minnesota.publicradio.org/display/web/2013/05/14/new-classical-tracks-italian-journey?refid=0 Tue, 14 May 2013 12:00:00 -0500 New Classical Tracks: Rachel Barton Pine Rachel Barton Pine is never at a loss for new musical projects. Her latest, titled <em>Violin Lullabies</em>, is one she's had in the back of her mind for years. http://minnesota.publicradio.org/display/web/2013/05/07/new-classical-tracks-rachel-barton-pine?refid=0 Tue, 07 May 2013 12:00:00 -0500 New Classical Tracks: Exiles, Emigres, and Nomads 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." http://minnesota.publicradio.org/display/web/2013/04/30/new-classical-tracks-exiles-emigres-and-nomads?refid=0 Tue, 30 Apr 2013 12:00:00 -0500 New Classical Tracks: A Renaissance Box of Chocolates 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. http://minnesota.publicradio.org/display/web/2013/04/23/new-classical-tracks-a-renaissance-box-of-chocolates?refid=0 Tue, 23 Apr 2013 12:00:00 -0500 New Classical Tracks: Mozart in Vienna Rudolf Buchbinder talks about improvisation, recording Mozart on an early piano, and working in Vienna, a city where you "breathe music with the air." http://minnesota.publicradio.org/display/web/2013/04/08/new-classical-tracks-mozart-in-vienna?refid=0 Tue, 09 Apr 2013 12:00:00 -0500 New Classical Tracks: "Annelies" Recounts the Story of Anne Frank 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. http://minnesota.publicradio.org/display/web/2013/04/02/new-classical-tracks-annelies-recounts-the-story-of-anne-frank?refid=0 Tue, 02 Apr 2013 10:59:02 -0500 New Classical Tracks: The Prince of Music 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. http://minnesota.publicradio.org/display/web/2013/03/25/new-classical-tracks-the-prince-of-music?refid=0 Mon, 25 Mar 2013 11:52:00 -0500 New Classical Tracks: The Chemistry Between Barry Douglas and Brahms 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. http://minnesota.publicradio.org/display/web/2013/03/19/new-classical-tracks-the-chemistry-between-barry-douglas-and-brahms?refid=0 Tue, 19 Mar 2013 12:00:00 -0500 New Classical Tracks: Music of Questions and Few Answers 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. http://minnesota.publicradio.org/display/web/2013/03/12/new-classical-tracks-music-of-questions-and-few-answers?refid=0 Tue, 12 Mar 2013 12:00:00 -0500 New Classical Tracks: Prepare for Goose Bumps Violinist Joshua Bell, who is now also conductor Joshua Bell, talks about his new recording and the excitement of Beethoven's symphonies. http://minnesota.publicradio.org/display/web/2013/03/05/new-classical-tracks-prepare-for-goose-bumps?refid=0 Tue, 05 Mar 2013 00:00:00 -0600 New Classical Tracks: The Music of "Downton Abbey" Behind the many stories of "Downton Abbey," there's a musical background telling us about the characters' lives. Composer John Lunn tells us more. http://minnesota.publicradio.org/display/web/2013/02/26/new-classical-tracks-the-music-of-downton-abbey?refid=0 Tue, 26 Feb 2013 00:00:00 -0600 New Classical Tracks: Violin at the Movies 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. http://minnesota.publicradio.org/display/web/2013/02/19/new-classical-tracks-violin-at-the-movies?refid=0 Tue, 19 Feb 2013 12:00:00 -0600 New Classical Tracks: Romantic Fare from a Mezzo El&#299;na Garan&#269;a's new disc traces love in its many dimensions, as revealed through opera arias for mezzo-soprano. http://minnesota.publicradio.org/display/web/2013/02/12/new-classical-tracks-romantic-fare-from-a-mezzo?refid=0 Tue, 12 Feb 2013 12:00:00 -0600 New Classical Tracks: Quatuor Ebene On their fifth recording, The Ebene Quartet introduces you to the many facets of Felix Mendelssohn. Enjoy a free download from the disc! http://minnesota.publicradio.org/display/web/2013/02/06/new-classical-tracks-quatuor-ebene?refid=0 Wed, 06 Feb 2013 06:00:00 -0600 New Classical Tracks: Piano Variations 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. http://minnesota.publicradio.org/display/web/2013/01/29/new-classical-tracks-piano-variations?refid=0 Tue, 29 Jan 2013 00:00:00 -0600 New Classical Tracks: Reflections on Mozart 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. http://minnesota.publicradio.org/display/web/2013/01/22/new-classical-tracks-reflections-on-mozart?refid=0 Tue, 22 Jan 2013 12:00:00 -0600 New Classical Tracks - Game Music Famed violinist Ang&egrave;le Dubeau debuts "Game Music" http://minnesota.publicradio.org/display/web/2013/01/15/new-classical-tracks--game-music?refid=0 Tue, 15 Jan 2013 12:00:00 -0600 New Classical Tracks: Alan Gilbert's Nielsen 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." http://minnesota.publicradio.org/display/web/2013/01/08/new-classical-tracks-alan-gilberts-nielsen?refid=0 Tue, 08 Jan 2013 12:00:00 -0600 New Classical Tracks: Beethoven's Piano Duets 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. http://minnesota.publicradio.org/display/web/2012/12/25/new-classical-tracks-beethovens-piano-duets?refid=0 Tue, 25 Dec 2012 12:00:00 -0600 New Classical Tracks: From Heavenly Harmony 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. http://minnesota.publicradio.org/display/web/2012/12/18/new-classical-tracks-from-heavenly-harmony?refid=0 Tue, 18 Dec 2012 00:00:00 -0600 New Classical Tracks: Celtic Christmas Vespers Jeannette Sorrell leads the acclaimed Baroque ensemble Apollo's Fire. Their new holiday disc imagines a vesper service combining chant, dance, and Celtic carols. http://minnesota.publicradio.org/display/web/2012/12/12/new-classical-tracks-celtic-christmas-vespers?refid=0 Wed, 12 Dec 2012 07:00:00 -0600 New Classical Tracks: Tao Lin & Tomas Cotik - Franz Schubert 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. http://minnesota.publicradio.org/display/web/2012/12/04/new-classical-tracks-tao-lin--tomas-cotik-franz-schubert?refid=0 Tue, 04 Dec 2012 12:00:00 -0600 New Classical Tracks: Joyce DiDonato - Drama Queens Throughout "Drama Queens," you'll hear one aria after another that may move you to tears. http://minnesota.publicradio.org/display/web/2012/11/27/new-classical-tracks-joyce-didonato--drama-queens?refid=0 Tue, 27 Nov 2012 12:00:00 -0600 New Classical Tracks: Modern Mandolin Quartet - Americana Everything about "Americana," the seventh and newest recording from the Modern Mandolin Quartet, is a lot of fun. http://minnesota.publicradio.org/display/web/2012/11/20/new-classical-tracks-modern-mandolin-quartet--americana?refid=0 Tue, 20 Nov 2012 12:00:00 -0600 New Classical Tracks - Returning to Chopin According to superstar pianist Lang Lang, Chopin's music is both accessible to the ear, and daunting to the fingers. http://minnesota.publicradio.org/display/web/2012/11/13/new-classical-tracks--returning-to-chopin?refid=0 Tue, 13 Nov 2012 12:00:00 -0600 New Classical Tracks - Delius at 150 The Englishman Frederick Delius, born 150 years ago, got his start as a composer on a Florida orange plantation. http://minnesota.publicradio.org/display/web/2012/11/06/new-classical-tracks--delius-at-150?refid=0 Tue, 06 Nov 2012 12:00:00 -0600 New Classical Tracks - French Flair The latest disc from Stephen Hough offers a tasting menu of the nonchalance, humor and occasional melancholy of French piano music. http://minnesota.publicradio.org/display/web/2012/10/30/new-classical-tracks--french-flair?refid=0 Tue, 30 Oct 2012 12:00:00 -0500 New Classical Tracks - Mitsuko Uchida and The Cleveland Orchestra 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. http://minnesota.publicradio.org/display/web/2012/10/23/new-classical-tracks--mitsuko-uchida-and-the-cleveland-orchestra?refid=0 Tue, 23 Oct 2012 12:00:00 -0500 New Classical Tracks - Biss and Schumann 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. http://minnesota.publicradio.org/display/web/2012/10/15/new-classical-tracks--biss-and-schumann?refid=0 Tue, 16 Oct 2012 12:00:00 -0500 New Classical Tracks: Chilly Gonzales - Solo Piano II 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. http://minnesota.publicradio.org/display/web/2012/10/09/new-classical-tracks-chilly-gonzales--solo-piano-ii?refid=0 Tue, 09 Oct 2012 12:00:00 -0500 New Classical Tracks - Not Your Usual Elevator Music A chance encounter leads pianist Leif Ove Andsnes to undertake a multi-year musical journey. http://minnesota.publicradio.org/display/web/2012/10/02/new-classical-tracks-not-your-usual-elevator-music?refid=0 Tue, 02 Oct 2012 12:00:00 -0500 New Classical Tracks - Hirundo Maris 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. http://minnesota.publicradio.org/display/web/2012/09/25/new-classical-tracks--hirundo-maris?refid=0 Tue, 25 Sep 2012 12:00:00 -0500 New Classical Tracks - African-American Voices Composers ranging from Scott Joplin to Alvin Batiste are featured on a new disc by clarinetist Marcus Eley. http://minnesota.publicradio.org/display/web/2012/09/11/new-classical-tracks--africanamerican-voices?refid=0 Tue, 11 Sep 2012 12:00:00 -0500 New Classical Tracks - Memories of Argentina 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. http://minnesota.publicradio.org/display/web/2012/09/05/new-classical-tracks--memories-of-argentina?refid=0 Tue, 04 Sep 2012 12:00:00 -0500 New Classical Tracks - American Flute Quintets 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. http://minnesota.publicradio.org/display/web/2012/08/27/new-classical-tracks--american-flute-quintets?refid=0 Tue, 28 Aug 2012 18:00:00 -0500 New Classical Tracks - Visions of Debussy 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. http://minnesota.publicradio.org/display/web/2012/08/21/new-classical-tracks-visions-of-debussy?refid=0 Tue, 21 Aug 2012 12:00:00 -0500 New Classical Tracks - Milos Karadaglic CD Giveaway 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. http://minnesota.publicradio.org/display/web/2012/08/08/new-classical-tracks-milos-karadaglic?refid=0 Tue, 07 Aug 2012 12:00:00 -0500 New Classical Tracks - Exploring with the Viola 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. http://minnesota.publicradio.org/display/web/2012/07/31/new-classical-tracks--exploring-with-the-viola?refid=0 Tue, 31 Jul 2012 12:00:00 -0500 New Classical Tracks - Beethoven for All 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. http://minnesota.publicradio.org/display/web/2012/07/24/new-classical-tracks--beethoven-for-all?refid=0 Tue, 24 Jul 2012 12:00:00 -0500 New Classical Tracks - 1612 or 1812? A new disc of sacred music from Italy includes multiple choirs, multiple organs, and even cannon blasts. Director Robert Hollingworth explains the story behind "1612 Italian Vespers." http://minnesota.publicradio.org/display/web/2012/07/18/new-classical-tracks--1612-or-1812?refid=0 Tue, 17 Jul 2012 12:00:00 -0500 Interview with Jason Vieaux Guitarist Jason Vieaux is making a name for himself as an imaginative, innovative and virtuosic performer. Besides an intense performing schedule at concert and recital halls around the world, he also devotes a lot of his time to teaching. http://minnesota.publicradio.org/display/web/2012/06/29/interview-with-jason-vieaux?refid=0 Fri, 06 Jul 2012 06:00:00 -0500 New Classical Tracks: American Composer Richard Danielpour American composer Richard Danielpour says it's difficult to remember all the works he's composed over the years; however, he'll never forget the composition he considers to be his first opus, a piece he wrote in 1988 titled "First Light." http://minnesota.publicradio.org/display/web/2012/06/29/new-classical-tracks--american-composer-richard-danielpour?refid=0 Tue, 03 Jul 2012 12:00:00 -0500 New Classical Tracks: Vanessa Perez Vanessa Perez is an American-born Venezuelan pianist who has loved making music since she was a little girl. Vanessa Perez is spreading her love of music by releasing a new collection of Chopin Preludes which also includes four additional solo piano works. http://minnesota.publicradio.org/display/web/2012/06/27/new-classical-tracks-vanessa-perez?refid=0 Wed, 27 Jun 2012 00:00:00 -0500 New Classical Tracks - A Mesmerizing Choral Blend By superimposing traditional sacred music of Norway with classical church music, the Oslo Chamber Choir creates a unique choral experience. http://minnesota.publicradio.org/display/web/2012/06/18/new-classical-tracks--a-mesmerizing-choral-blend?refid=0 Tue, 19 Jun 2012 12:00:00 -0500 New Classical Tracks - A Young Pianist's Bold Beethoven Beethoven's sonatas are one of the pinnacles of the piano repertory. At age 24, HJ Lim has recorded all of them. http://minnesota.publicradio.org/display/web/2012/06/08/new-classical-tracks--a-young-pianists-bold-beethoven?refid=0 Tue, 12 Jun 2012 12:00:00 -0500 New Classical Tracks - More Than Just Popcorn Angele Dubeau devotes her new disc to movie themes -- sometimes in arrangements that give the familiar melodies a new spin. http://minnesota.publicradio.org/display/web/2012/06/06/new-classical-tracks-more-than-just-popcorn?refid=0 Tue, 05 Jun 2012 09:00:00 -0500 New Classical Tracks - Ola Gjeilo At age 34, Norwegian composer Ola Gjeilo is pretty lucky to be making a living as a freelance composer. But then again, he never imagined himself doing anything else, "It's something I always wanted. And I believe if you really want something, and for the right reasons, then it usually happens." http://minnesota.publicradio.org/display/web/2012/05/30/new-classical-tracks-ola-gjeilo?refid=0 Tue, 29 May 2012 12:30:00 -0500 New Classical Tracks - Michala Petri Numerous composers have been inspired to write works specifically for Michala Petri and her very simple instrument, creating a wonderful legacy for the recorder. http://minnesota.publicradio.org/display/web/2012/05/23/new-classical-tracks-michala-petri?refid=0 Tue, 22 May 2012 12:00:00 -0500 New Classical Tracks - The Jazzy, Challenging, Elegant Gershwin JoAnn Falletta focuses on George Gershwin in her latest disc. She talks about the myriad qualities she finds in his music. http://minnesota.publicradio.org/display/web/2012/05/16/new-classical-tracks-the-jazzy-challenging-elegant-gershwin?refid=0 Tue, 15 May 2012 12:00:00 -0500 New Classical Tracks - The Galileo Project: Music of the Spheres Baroque meets multimedia in "The Galileo Project," from Tafelmusik. Classical MPR is giving away copies of the disc. Find out how to enter for your chance to win! http://minnesota.publicradio.org/display/web/2012/05/09/new-classical-tracks--music-of-the-spheres?refid=0 Tue, 08 May 2012 12:00:00 -0500 New Classical Tracks - Uncharted Waters This new recording titled "Uncharted Waters" features music that crosses boundaries, both musically, and demographically. In fact Alison Melville says she was tickled when a friend wanted to purchase an additional copy recently after loaning her copy to her son. "I loaned it to my son who is 14," she told Melville, "and he really liked it. And then he loaned it to a friend of his and I have never seen it since." http://minnesota.publicradio.org/display/web/2012/05/02/new-classical-tracks-unchartered-waters?refid=0 Tue, 01 May 2012 14:00:00 -0500 New Classical Tracks - Fantasia Yuja Wang has just made her fourth solo recording, "Fantasia," and you could say that night life is actually one of the themes of the album. http://minnesota.publicradio.org/display/web/2012/04/23/new-classical-tracks--fantasia?refid=0 Tue, 24 Apr 2012 14:00:00 -0500 New Classical Tracks - Water Night Eric Whitacre is a choir geek and he's so proud of it he's created tee shirts that you can purchase on his web site that read "Choir geeks of the world unite!" http://minnesota.publicradio.org/display/web/2012/04/18/new-classical-tracks-water-night?refid=0 Tue, 17 Apr 2012 14:00:00 -0500 New Classical Tracks - Dreaming of Trumpet 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. http://minnesota.publicradio.org/display/web/2012/04/09/new-classical-tracks--dreaming-of-trumpet?refid=0 Tue, 10 Apr 2012 14:00:00 -0500 Harp, Not Harpsichord, in Bach's Sonatas 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. http://minnesota.publicradio.org/display/web/2012/04/04/harp-not-harpsichord-in-bachs-sonatas?refid=0 Tue, 03 Apr 2012 12:00:00 -0500 New Classical Tracks - An Influential Young Pianist 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. http://minnesota.publicradio.org/display/web/2012/03/27/new-classical-tracks-an-influential-young-pianist?refid=0 Tue, 27 Mar 2012 12:00:00 -0500 New Classical Tracks - Brass Attack 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. http://minnesota.publicradio.org/display/web/2012/03/21/new-classical-tracks--brass-attack?refid=0 Tue, 20 Mar 2012 14:00:00 -0500 New Classical Tracks - Triple doubles Double your pleasure with a new release from the Sarah Hicks and the Vermont Symphony Orchestra. http://minnesota.publicradio.org/display/web/2012/03/02/new-classical-tracks--triple-doubles?refid=0 Tue, 06 Mar 2012 14:00:00 -0600 New Classical Tracks - A Scottish Take on the Italian Baroque 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. http://minnesota.publicradio.org/display/web/2012/02/29/new-classical-tracks--a-scottish-take-on-the-italian-baroque?refid=0 Wed, 29 Feb 2012 00:00:00 -0600 New Classical Tracks - Stories Told on Trumpet 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. http://minnesota.publicradio.org/display/web/2012/02/22/new-classical-tracks-stories-told-on-trumpet?refid=0 Wed, 22 Feb 2012 06:00:00 -0600 New Classical Tracks - Musical Speech: The Poetry of Bach and Schubert 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. http://minnesota.publicradio.org/display/web/2012/02/13/new-classical-tracks--musical-speech-the-poetry-of-bach-and-schubert?refid=0 Wed, 15 Feb 2012 06:00:00 -0600 New Classical Tracks - Air, The Bach Album 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. http://minnesota.publicradio.org/display/web/2012/02/06/new-classical-tracks--air--the-bach-album?refid=0 Wed, 08 Feb 2012 00:00:00 -0600 New Classical Tracks - An Evening at Versailles 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. http://minnesota.publicradio.org/display/web/2012/01/27/new-classical-tracks--an-evening-at-versailles?refid=0 Wed, 01 Feb 2012 06:00:00 -0600 New Classical Tracks - Sibelius from Minnesota 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. http://minnesota.publicradio.org/display/web/2012/01/23/new-classical-tracks--sibelius-from-minnesota?refid=0 Wed, 25 Jan 2012 00:00:00 -0600 New Classical Tracks - Tchaikovsky, Played with Commitment In which violinist James Ehnes talks about Tchaikovsky, working with a celebrated pianist-conductor, nerdiness, and "Magnum P. I." http://minnesota.publicradio.org/display/web/2012/01/17/new-classical-tracks-tchaikovsky-played-with-commitment?refid=0 Wed, 18 Jan 2012 13:00:00 -0600 Why Is Ravel's Violin Sonata like a Croissandwich? 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. http://minnesota.publicradio.org/display/web/2012/01/09/why-is-ravels-violin-sonata-like-a-croissandwich?refid=0 Wed, 11 Jan 2012 00:00:00 -0600 New Classical Tracks - "Must-Have" Discs of 2011 Julie Amacher and Valerie Kahler look back at the best new releases from 2011. http://minnesota.publicradio.org/display/web/2011/12/30/new-classical-tracks-musthave-discs-of-2011?refid=0 Tue, 27 Dec 2011 00:00:00 -0600 New Classical Tracks - Colors of Christmas 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. http://minnesota.publicradio.org/display/web/2011/12/21/new-classical-tracks--colors-of-christmas?refid=0 Wed, 21 Dec 2011 01:00:00 -0600 New Classical Tracks - A Fiddler's Christmas 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. http://minnesota.publicradio.org/display/web/2011/12/13/new-classical-tracks-a-fiddlers-christmas?refid=0 Tue, 13 Dec 2011 12:00:00 -0600 Grand Piano Christmas 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. http://minnesota.publicradio.org/display/web/2011/12/05/grand-piano-christmas?refid=0 Wed, 07 Dec 2011 00:00:00 -0600 New Classical Tracks: From Diva to Diva 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. http://minnesota.publicradio.org/display/web/2011/11/28/from-diva-to-diva?refid=0 Wed, 30 Nov 2011 00:00:00 -0600 New Classical Tracks - In the Moment with a Musical Rodeo 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. http://minnesota.publicradio.org/display/web/2011/11/21/new-classical-tracks--in-the-moment-with-a-musical-rodeo?refid=0 Wed, 23 Nov 2011 00:00:00 -0600 Taking a Chance with Mozart 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. http://minnesota.publicradio.org/display/web/2011/11/14/taking-a-chance-with-mozart?refid=0 Tue, 15 Nov 2011 12:00:00 -0600 New Classical Tracks - The Vivaldi Connection A new disc shows the appeal of Antonio Vivaldi's music in transcriptions old and new. Among the offerings: Bach arranging Vivaldi for four harpsichords, and a modern concerto blending baroque inflections with tango. http://minnesota.publicradio.org/display/web/2011/11/07/new-classical-tracks-apollos-fire?refid=0 Tue, 08 Nov 2011 14:00:00 -0600 New Classical Tracks - Charlie Siem: Keeping It Fresh Whether it's a beloved standard concerto or some less-familiar repertoire, young violinist Charlie Siem always aims at bringing out the full color and energy of the music he performs. http://minnesota.publicradio.org/display/web/2011/10/31/new-classical-tracks-charlie-siem?refid=0 Tue, 01 Nov 2011 15:00:00 -0500 New Classical Tracks Encore - Bach's Oboe In work after work, J. S. Bach gave wonderful solo parts to the oboe. On a new disc, those concertos are gathered together by a master soloist and musician, Heinz Holliger. http://minnesota.publicradio.org/display/web/2011/10/25/new-classical-tracks-encore-bachs-oboe?refid=0 Tue, 25 Oct 2011 11:58:21 -0500 New Classical Tracks - Liszt, Piano Hero Piano dynamo Lang Lang is paying multiple tributes to Franz Liszt in this anniversary year: with a broadcast in movie theaters on Oct. 22, and with this new CD (with a companion DVD due later in the fall). http://minnesota.publicradio.org/display/web/2011/10/18/new-classical-tracks--liszt-piano-hero?refid=0 Tue, 18 Oct 2011 12:22:21 -0500 New Classical Tracks - Hommage to Liszt at 200 Franz Liszt wrote some formidably difficult piano music. But on her debut disc, Khatia Buniatishvili argues that his compositions offer much more than mere virtuoso display. http://minnesota.publicradio.org/display/web/2011/10/10/new-classical-tracks-hommage-to-liszt-at-200?refid=0 Tue, 11 Oct 2011 11:00:00 -0500 New Classical Tracks - Classical Roots, Many Branches The guitar is a classical instrument--but it's also a jazz instrument, a bossa nova instrument, and so on. On her new disc, Sharon Isbin celebrates her instrument's many lives, with some surprising guest artists. http://minnesota.publicradio.org/display/web/2011/10/04/new-classical-tracks-classical-roots-many-branches?refid=0 Tue, 04 Oct 2011 00:00:00 -0500 New Classical Tracks: Piano Poetry To play Chopin at the highest level requires years of work and deep knowledge of the music. But the goal, says young pianist Ingolf Wunder, is to make it all sound as spontaneous as possible. http://minnesota.publicradio.org/display/web/2011/09/27/new-classical-tracks-piano-poetry?refid=0 Wed, 28 Sep 2011 06:00:00 -0500 New Classical Tracks: Brahms - From Keyboards to Brass This new disc features pieces by Brahms originally conceived for organ or piano--here reimagined for the lush sonorities of the Canadian Brass. http://minnesota.publicradio.org/display/web/2011/09/20/new-classical-tracks-brahms-from-keyboards-to-brass?refid=0 Wed, 21 Sep 2011 06:00:00 -0500 New Classical Tracks - A Debut Album of Romantic Arias This new disc introduces a young singer from the Republic of Georgia, still in her 20s, who stepped in for an indisposed star at the last moment. Now she's singing lead roles at the world's foremost opera houses. http://minnesota.publicradio.org/display/web/2011/09/06/new-classical-tracks-nino-machaidze?refid=0 Tue, 06 Sep 2011 10:40:40 -0500 New Classical Tracks - New Bottles (Uncorked by the Seattle Symphony) A "Firebird" with West African rhythms? Jeremiah Clarke's famous march--deconstructed and reassembled? These are some of the treats on a disc that reimagines classical standards for today's orchestra concerts. http://minnesota.publicradio.org/display/web/2011/08/30/new-classical-tracks-new-bottles-encore?refid=0 Tue, 30 Aug 2011 12:41:10 -0500 New Classical Tracks - Violist Carefully Polishes Rare Gems of the 18th Century Recently the bird watching world was all a flutter when a gray-hooded gull, from possibly Africa or South America, showed up on the shores of Coney Island. http://minnesota.publicradio.org/display/web/2011/08/16/new-classical-tracks-violist-carefully-polishes-rare-gems-of-the-18th-century?refid=0 Tue, 16 Aug 2011 12:11:27 -0500 New Classical Tracks - Bach's Oboe In work after work, J. S. Bach gave wonderful solo parts to the oboe. On a new disc, those concertos are gathered together by a master soloist and musician, Heinz Holliger. http://minnesota.publicradio.org/display/web/2011/08/09/new-classical-tracks-bachs-oboe?refid=0 Tue, 09 Aug 2011 12:52:04 -0500 New Classical Tracks - Chamber Music from Marlboro The famed Marlboro Music Festival is releasing performances from its archives on a new series of discs, including one that celebrates David Soyer: cellist, teacher, and "pianist murderer" http://minnesota.publicradio.org/display/web/2011/08/02/new-classical-tracks-chamber-music-from-marlboro?refid=0 Tue, 02 Aug 2011 12:14:19 -0500 New Classical Tracks: Eloquent Mozart from Uchida The pianist Mitsuko Uchida has been involved with Mozart's music since childhood. Her new CD revisits two of his concertos--one stormy, the other light-hearted and whimsical. http://minnesota.publicradio.org/display/web/2011/07/26/new-classical-tracks-uchida-encore?refid=0 Tue, 26 Jul 2011 14:38:01 -0500 New Classical Tracks - New Bottles (Uncorked by the Seattle Symphony) A "Firebird" with West African rhythms? Jeremiah Clarke's famous march--deconstructed and reassembled? These are some of the treats on a disc that reimagines classical standards for today's orchestra concerts. http://minnesota.publicradio.org/display/web/2011/07/19/new-classical-tracks-new-bottles?refid=0 Tue, 19 Jul 2011 16:00:00 -0500 New Classical Tracks - The Music of Harry Potter This week, the new Harry Potter movie is making its way to the screen--the last film in this enormously popular series. What role does music play in creating that cinematic experience? Composer Alexandre Desplat, the man behind the screen, explains. http://minnesota.publicradio.org/display/web/2011/07/12/new-classical-tracks-the-music-of-harry-potter?refid=0 Tue, 12 Jul 2011 11:35:34 -0500 New Classical Tracks - A Young Guitarist Making His Mark Milos, the young guitarist who goes by his first name, grew up in the former Yugoslavia, far from the main currents of the classical music world. But at age 28, he's making his debut on a major label, with a Mediterranean-themed disc reflecting music of Spain, Italy, Greece and Turkey. http://minnesota.publicradio.org/display/web/2011/07/05/new-classic-tracks?refid=0 Tue, 05 Jul 2011 12:02:56 -0500 New Classical Tracks: Early American Music, from Ballads to Hymns Jeannette Sorrell and her group Apollo's Fire are usually found performing the works of Bach, Monteverdi, and other Baroque masters. But on their new disc, they celebrate American spirituals, ballads, and barn dance music. http://minnesota.publicradio.org/display/web/2011/06/28/new_classic_tracks_apollos_fire?refid=0 Tue, 28 Jun 2011 13:00:32 -0500 New Classical Tracks - A Celebration of Franz Liszt This year is the bicentennial of Franz Liszt, an iconic figure of Romantic music. To mark the occasion, the remarkable Brazilian pianist Nelson Freire is releasing a disc of his personal Liszt favorites. http://minnesota.publicradio.org/display/web/2011/06/21/new-classic-tracks-nelson-freire-franz?refid=0 Tue, 21 Jun 2011 14:35:11 -0500 A Fresh Look at Sibelius For a small country, Finland has produced an inordinate number of conductors with international careers: Salonen, Vanska, Saraste, and now Pietari Inkinen. His latest disc is part of his ongoing Sibelius cycle, and features the sweeping Symphony No. 2. http://minnesota.publicradio.org/display/web/2011/06/14/new_classical_tracks_new_sibelius?refid=0 Tue, 14 Jun 2011 10:29:39 -0500 New Classical Tracks: Violin Virtuosity The Spaniard Pablo de Sarasate was one of history's great violinists -- and a composer as well. On her new disc, Tianwa Yang takes on the challenge of his music, which can be both charming, and spectacularly difficult. http://minnesota.publicradio.org/display/web/2011/06/07/new-classical-tracks-violin-virtuosity?refid=0 Tue, 07 Jun 2011 20:07:48 -0500 New Classical Tracks: Into the Limelight As a composer, Frenchman Gabriel Pierne was overshadowed by some brilliant contemporaries, such as Ravel and Poulenc. A new disc of his works reveals music rich in charm and orchestral color. http://minnesota.publicradio.org/display/web/2011/05/31/new-classical-tracks-pierne-encore?refid=0 Tue, 31 May 2011 15:01:39 -0500 New Classical Tracks: Eloquent Mozart from Uchida The pianist Mitsuko Uchida has been involved with Mozart's music since childhood. Her new CD revisits two of his concertos--one stormy, the other light-hearted and whimsical. http://minnesota.publicradio.org/display/web/2011/05/24/new-classical-tracks-uchida?refid=0 Tue, 24 May 2011 10:46:39 -0500 New Classical Tracks: Unburdened by Mere Words, this "Poeme" Takes Flight German violinist Julia Fischer's latest release is a distinct contrast from her Grammy-nominated recording of the Paganini Caprices from last summer. "Poeme" is a collection of impressionistic and poetic works for solo violin and Orchestra. Each piece is associated with a particular violinist, and they all come from the early 20th century. http://minnesota.publicradio.org/display/web/2011/05/17/new-classical-tracks-julia-fischer-poeme?refid=0 Tue, 17 May 2011 12:14:02 -0500 New Classical Tracks: Rediscovering Alexander Glazunov In the generation after Tchaikovsky and Rimsky-Korsakov, Alexander Glazunov carried on their tradition of warm melody and rich orchestral writing. This new CD set includes all of his concertos -- for piano, violin, cello, and saxophone. http://minnesota.publicradio.org/display/web/2011/05/10/new-classical-tracks-alexander-glazunov?refid=0 Tue, 10 May 2011 11:57:23 -0500 New Classical Tracks: The Spirit of Rachmaninoff Yuja Wang's solo recordings received rave reviews. Now she's recorded music for piano and orchestra by Rachmaninoff, a composer (and pianist) with whom she feels a special love. http://minnesota.publicradio.org/display/web/2011/04/25/new-classic-tracks-04262011?refid=0 Mon, 25 Apr 2011 15:33:54 -0500 New Classical Tracks: Enchanting Works by Josef Suk Conductor JoAnn Falletta is known for seeking out unfamiliar and intriguing repertory for her recording projects. On her latest disc, she explores the music of the Czech composer Josef Suk--Dvorak's son-in-law, but a masterly composer in his own right. http://minnesota.publicradio.org/display/web/2011/04/19/-classic-tracks-04202011?refid=0 Tue, 19 Apr 2011 16:54:22 -0500 New Classical Tracks: Helene Grimaud - from Mozart to Berg The four pieces on Helene Grimaud's new disc, by Mozart, Liszt, Berg, and Bartok, might not seem to have a lot in common. But Grimaud says that there are common threads of history and expressivity that connect them--and shed new light on a program that has special significance for her. http://minnesota.publicradio.org/display/web/2011/04/12/new_classical_tracks_grimaud?refid=0 Wed, 13 Apr 2011 14:19:52 -0500 New Classical Tracks: The Romantic Violinist When people think of the term 'Romantic,' they're often thinking 'wild,' 'passionate,' says Daniel Hope. "From all we know about Joseph Joachim's playing, it was anything but that. It was elusive. It was touching, and it inspired people." http://minnesota.publicradio.org/display/web/2011/04/05/new-classical-tracks-daniel-hope?refid=0 Tue, 05 Apr 2011 12:00:59 -0500 New Classical Tracks: Images of John Adams This new disc features works by John Adams, best known for his opera "Nixon in China." Conductor Angele Dubeau says his music is challenging to perform, but rich in energy and exciting rhythms. http://minnesota.publicradio.org/display/web/2011/03/29/angele-dubeau-john-adams?refid=0 Tue, 29 Mar 2011 12:15:36 -0500 New Classical Tracks: A Young Pianist's Bach Pianist Simone Dinnerstein made her name playing Bach. Now, as she brings her new Bach disc out, she talks about how she made her way to the composer, and what his music means to her. http://minnesota.publicradio.org/display/web/2011/03/22/new-classical-tracks-simone-dinnerstein-encore?refid=0 Tue, 22 Mar 2011 12:13:14 -0500 New Classical Tracks: Tchaikovsky's Shakespeare The music of Tchaikovsky, with its warm melodies and beguiling harmony, has a direct appeal for young musicians. On their new disc, the youthful Simon Bolivar Symphony Orchestra, led by a famous alum, performs three of his works inspired by Shakespeare. http://minnesota.publicradio.org/display/web/2011/03/08/new-classical-tracks-tchaikovskys-shakespeare?refid=0 Tue, 08 Mar 2011 11:56:39 -0600 New Classical Tracks: A Little Evening Music The pieces on Janine Jansen's new disc trace an arc in time, from sunset to sunrise, beginning with Debussy's Violin Sonata and ending with a new piece written in the home of Ravel. http://minnesota.publicradio.org/display/web/2011/03/01/new-classical-tracks-janine-jansen?refid=0 Tue, 01 Mar 2011 13:22:25 -0600 New Classical Tracks: Into the Limelight As a composer, Frenchman Gabriel Pierne was overshadowed by some brilliant contemporaries, such as Ravel and Poulenc. A new disc of his works reveals music rich in charm and orchestral color. http://minnesota.publicradio.org/display/web/2011/02/22/new-classical-tracks-gabriel-pierne?refid=0 Tue, 22 Feb 2011 11:36:38 -0600 New Classical Tracks: Expressive Voices, from a Dark Time Violinist Lisa Batiashvili, from the Republic of Georgia, is one of classical music's young stars. Her new disc ranges from the serenity of Arvo Part to the grittiness of Shostakovich. http://minnesota.publicradio.org/display/web/2011/02/15/new-classical-tracks-lisa-batiashvili?refid=0 Tue, 15 Feb 2011 12:03:37 -0600 New Classical Tracks: A Latin Storybook Open a storybook and the adventure begins. That's exactly what happens on Venezuelan pianist Gabriela Montero's new recording, "Solatino." http://minnesota.publicradio.org/display/web/2011/02/08/new-classical-tracks-gabriela-montero?refid=0 Tue, 08 Feb 2011 12:13:44 -0600 New Classical Tracks: Mozart with a Smile Youthful spirits and energy prevail on the new Mozart disc from violinist Lara St. John. It includes two solo concertos and the Sinfonia Concertante for violin and viola--a piece she maintains is the greatest Mozart concerto of all. http://minnesota.publicradio.org/display/web/2011/01/25/new-classical-tracks-mozart-encore?refid=0 Tue, 25 Jan 2011 12:24:06 -0600 New Classical Tracks: A Young Pianist's Bach Pianist Simone Dinnerstein made her name playing Bach. Now, as she brings her new Bach disc out, she talks about how she made her way to the composer, and what his music means to her. http://minnesota.publicradio.org/display/web/2011/01/18/new-classical-tracks-simone-dinnerstein?refid=0 Tue, 18 Jan 2011 13:59:52 -0600 New Classical Tracks: Mendelssohn Reflections James Ehnes's new disc features two masterpieces by Mendelssohn. Just as the composer's works reflect his unique voice, Ehnes's interpretations reflect an artistic approach, honed over the course of many, many performances. http://minnesota.publicradio.org/display/web/2011/01/11/new-classical-tracks-mendelssohn-reflections?refid=0 Tue, 11 Jan 2011 10:08:40 -0600 New Classical Tracks: Lively Baroque Fusion European traditions, African rhythms, native American culture--all these things blended in the music of Spain's New World colonies. A new disc explores the result. http://minnesota.publicradio.org/display/web/2011/01/04/new-classical-tracks-lively-baroque-fusion?refid=0 Tue, 04 Jan 2011 12:09:11 -0600 New Classical Tracks: Christmas, Played on Strings On her new disc, Angele Dubeau brings the glowing sound of a string ensemble to pieces that evoke Christmas in its varied traditions, by composers ranging from Vivaldi to Dave Brubeck. http://minnesota.publicradio.org/display/web/2010/12/21/new-classical-tracks-angele-dubeau-noel?refid=0 Tue, 21 Dec 2010 11:12:19 -0600 New Classical Tracks: Christmas, from Bryn Terfel As I sat in my office with the lights dimmed low, listening to Bryn Terfel's new Christmas release I thought, You really have to hear this. http://minnesota.publicradio.org/display/web/2010/12/14/new-classical-tracks-bryn-terfel-xmas?refid=0 Tue, 14 Dec 2010 13:03:10 -0600 New Classical Tracks: A Chanticleer Christmas The male vocal ensemble Chanticleer has a new Christmas disc -- as their director explains, the disc takes its inspiration from their annual holiday concerts, and includes some special finds. http://minnesota.publicradio.org/display/web/2010/12/07/new_classical_tracks_chanticleer?refid=0 Tue, 07 Dec 2010 15:14:30 -0600 New Classical Tracks: Songs of Spain On her new disc, mezzo Elina Garanca uses the character of Carmen as a starting point, but branches out into music with a gypsy connection, and music of Spain--an exploration that she describes with enthusiasm. http://minnesota.publicradio.org/display/web/2010/11/23/new-classical-tracks-songs-of-spain?refid=0 Tue, 23 Nov 2010 16:07:10 -0600 New Classical Tracks: Mozart with a Smile Youthful spirits and energy prevail on the new Mozart disc from violinist Lara St. John. It includes two solo concertos and the Sinfonia Concertante for violin and viola--a piece she maintains is the greatest Mozart concerto of all. http://minnesota.publicradio.org/display/web/2010/11/16/new-classical-tracks-mozart?refid=0 Tue, 16 Nov 2010 14:19:36 -0600 New Classical Tracks: Elgar's Violin Concerto at 100 Elgar's Violin Concerto turns 100 on Nov. 10. The work is daunting in its length, but intimate in its emotions. Violinist Nikolaj Znaider takes on its challenges on this centennial recording. http://minnesota.publicradio.org/display/web/2010/11/09/new-classical-tracks-znaider-elgar?refid=0 Tue, 09 Nov 2010 00:00:00 -0600 New Classical Tracks: Choral Synergy Monteverdi's Vespers of 1610 ranks as one of the monuments of choral literature. Conductor Patrick Quigley, who interprets the work on a new CD, says he discovers new things in the score with every hearing. http://minnesota.publicradio.org/display/web/2010/11/02/new-classical-tracks-choral-synergy?refid=0 Tue, 02 Nov 2010 09:12:14 -0500 New Classical Tracks: From One Voice to a Worldwide Chorus This autumn is a busy time for composer Eric Whitacre. He's not only bringing out a new CD of his immensely popular choral works; he's also convening a 900-voice choir--on the Internet. http://minnesota.publicradio.org/display/web/2010/10/26/new-classical-tracks-eric-whitacre?refid=0 Tue, 26 Oct 2010 12:03:13 -0500 New Classical Tracks: Orchestral Discoveries Jack Gallagher is a composer whose name will be unfamiliar to many--but that may change with this new release of his music by a major orchestra and a major conductor. http://minnesota.publicradio.org/display/web/2010/10/19/new-classical-tracks-orchestral-discoveries?refid=0 Tue, 19 Oct 2010 13:47:47 -0500 New Classical Tracks: The Richness of Brahms, the Joy of Mozart Horn player Jeff Nelsen has been a member of the Canadian Brass for years. Now, on a new chamber music disc, he's stepping forward into a solo role. http://minnesota.publicradio.org/display/web/2010/10/12/new-class-trax-jeff-nelsen?refid=0 Tue, 12 Oct 2010 10:20:40 -0500 New Classical Tracks: Exhilarating Mozart On his new disc, pianist Evgeny Kissin joins with a youthful orchestra to explore the moods of Mozart's concertos--sometimes lyrical, sometimes stormy and dramatic. http://minnesota.publicradio.org/display/web/2010/09/28/new-classical-tracks?refid=0 Tue, 28 Sep 2010 11:10:55 -0500 New Classical Tracks: Symphonic Dvorak Like much of his music, Dvorak's Seventh and Eighth Symphonies have their roots in the composer's Czech heritage. On their new disc, Marin Alsop and the Baltimore Symphony turn in illuminating performances of these works. http://minnesota.publicradio.org/display/web/2010/09/21/new-classical-tracks-symphonic-dvorak-encore?refid=0 Tue, 21 Sep 2010 09:03:35 -0500 Cantus: 2010-2011 Artists-In-Residence Classical MPR is proud to announce Cantus as the 2010-2011 Artists-In-Residence. Cantus is one of America's finest professional male vocal ensembles committed to performing innovative and engaging musical programs. Their repertoire covers many periods and genres, from Gregorian chant and Renaissance motets to contemporary sacred works and popular music. http://minnesota.publicradio.org/display/web/2010/09/20/cantus?refid=0 Mon, 20 Sep 2010 15:23:27 -0500 New Classical Tracks: Mexican Soul This month, Mexico marks 200 years of independence. On her new disc, a young Mexican conductor shares discoveries that trace her country's rich musical history. http://minnesota.publicradio.org/display/web/2010/09/13/new-classical-tracks-mexican-soul?refid=0 Mon, 13 Sep 2010 16:02:43 -0500 New Classical Tracks: Young performers revive youthful works by Mendelssohn, Haydn According to violinist Gil Shaham, performing Mendelssohn's Octet with the skilled musicians of Sejong Soloists is "like playing basketball with seven Michael Jordans." Gil Shaham recently released a new recording with the New York-based Sejong Soloists, a conductor-less string orchestra. http://minnesota.publicradio.org/display/web/2010/08/31/new-class-trax-sejong-encore?refid=0 Tue, 31 Aug 2010 11:38:01 -0500 New Classical Tracks: In Memory of a Friend Jon Lord, of Deep Purple fame, is also an orchestral composer. His newest disk is dedicated to a late friend: the lawyer and author Sir John Mortimer. http://minnesota.publicradio.org/display/web/2010/08/24/new-classical-tracks-jon-lord?refid=0 Tue, 24 Aug 2010 08:51:47 -0500 New Classical Tracks: Finding the Soul of the Fiddle... or Is It a Violin? Classical violin playing and Irish fiddling come together in this new CD from Kevin Burke, whose credentials include training in both styles. http://minnesota.publicradio.org/display/web/2010/08/17/new-classical-tracks-kevin-burke-cal-scott?refid=0 Tue, 17 Aug 2010 10:27:44 -0500 New Classical Tracks: A Jazzy Take on Gershwin Jean-Yves Thibaudet's new CD presents classic Gershwin pieces in their rarely heard jazz-band arrangements. The result is a disc of effervescent summer listening. http://minnesota.publicradio.org/display/web/2010/08/03/nct-gerswhin?refid=0 Tue, 03 Aug 2010 14:02:29 -0500 New Classical Tracks: Cello Concertos, Classic and Contemporary On a new disc, Antonio Meneses offers the two cello concertos by Haydn, along with a new work: a "little concerto" with a distinctive Brazilian flavor. http://minnesota.publicradio.org/display/web/2010/07/26/new-classical-tracks-haydn-cello?refid=0 Mon, 26 Jul 2010 13:31:31 -0500 New Classical Tracks: Los Angeles Guitar Quartet The four members of the LAGQ have just recorded a new concerto which is tailor-made to fit their musical personalities. http://minnesota.publicradio.org/display/web/2010/07/20/new-classical-tracks-lagq?refid=0 Tue, 20 Jul 2010 13:17:52 -0500 New Classical Tracks: Making the Case for Vivaldi Repetitious and formulaic? Or an innovative master of instrumental sonorities? Antonio Vivaldi and his music are championed on a new disc by the group La Serenissima. http://minnesota.publicradio.org/display/web/2010/07/13/new-classical-tracks-vivaldi?refid=0 Tue, 13 Jul 2010 09:06:05 -0500 New Classical Tracks: Symphonic Dvorak Like much of his music, Dvorak's Seventh and Eighth Symphonies have their roots in the composer's Czech heritage. On their new disc, Marin Alsop and the Baltimore Symphony turn in illuminating performances of these works. http://minnesota.publicradio.org/display/web/2010/07/06/new-classical-tracks-symphonic-dvorak?refid=0 Tue, 06 Jul 2010 09:11:06 -0500 New Classical Tracks: Canadian Brass, American Classics Just in time for the Fourth of July, Canadian Brass brings their trademark sound to all-American standards like "The Star-Spangled Banner" and "The Battle Hymn of the Republic." http://minnesota.publicradio.org/display/web/2010/06/28/new-classical-tracks-canadian-brass?refid=0 Mon, 28 Jun 2010 14:33:24 -0500 New Classical Tracks:Young performers revive youthful works by Mendelssohn, Haydn According to violinist Gil Shaham, performing Mendelssohn's Octet with the skilled musicians of Sejong Soloists is "like playing basketball with seven Michael Jordans." Gil Shaham recently released a new recording with the New York-based Sejong Soloists, a conductor-less string orchestra. http://minnesota.publicradio.org/display/web/2010/06/22/new-classical-tracks-sejong?refid=0 Tue, 22 Jun 2010 13:32:10 -0500 New Classical Tracks: Baroque Cross-Pollination In the Baroque period, composers sought new creative paths, whether their music was lyrical, virtuosic, or outright quirky. Daniel Hope's new CD explores the music of these composers who he says understood the "real meaning of crossover." http://minnesota.publicradio.org/display/web/2010/06/08/new-classical-tracks-baroque-cross-pollination?refid=0 Tue, 08 Jun 2010 09:02:49 -0500 New Classical Tracks: A Jazzy Take on Gershwin Jean-Yves Thibaudet's new CD presents classic Gershwin pieces in their rarely heard jazz-band arrangements. The result is a disc of effervescent summer listening. http://minnesota.publicradio.org/display/web/2010/06/01/new-classical-tracks-gershwin?refid=0 Tue, 01 Jun 2010 09:29:57 -0500 New Classical Tracks: The Men We Love to Hate Bryn Terfel is one of opera's most popular and beloved singers, but on his latest disc, he takes on the assignment of singing music associated with devils, villains, outcasts and rogues. http://minnesota.publicradio.org/display/web/2010/05/11/new-classical-tracks-bad-boys?refid=0 Tue, 11 May 2010 00:00:00 -0500 New Classical Tracks: Stephen Hough and Tchaikovsky -- Live, Electrifying, and a Revelation Stephen Hough admits there was an element of fear in his latest recording project. The British pianist joined conductor Osmo Vanska and the Minnesota Orchestra to record Tchaikovsky's complete works for piano and orchestra--live in concert. But the risk paid off, and produced a two CD set of the composers best-known and least-known works -- performed by the electrifying Mr. Hough with one of the finest orchestras in the world today at the top of its game. http://minnesota.publicradio.org/display/web/2010/04/27/new-classical-tracks-hough-and-tchaikovsky?refid=0 Tue, 27 Apr 2010 12:32:43 -0500 New Classical Tracks: Heaven and Earth This new CD features choral music that ranges from Britten to Irving Berling. The performances are polished, bright, precise--and the singers are all in their teens. http://minnesota.publicradio.org/display/web/2010/04/19/new-classical-tracks-heaven-and-earth?refid=0 Mon, 19 Apr 2010 10:13:30 -0500 New Classical Tracks: Baroque Cross-Pollination In the Baroque period, composers sought new creative paths, whether their music was lyrical, virtuosic, or outright quirky. Daniel Hope's new CD explores the music of these composers who he says understood the "real meaning of crossover." http://minnesota.publicradio.org/display/web/2010/04/13/new-classical-tracks-baroque-cross-oollination?refid=0 Tue, 13 Apr 2010 12:17:22 -0500 New Classical Tracks: The Challenge of Rachmaninoff Two musicians in their early thirties tackle beloved, and daunting, concertos by Rachmaninoff on this new CD. http://minnesota.publicradio.org/display/web/2010/04/06/new-classical-tracks-challenge-of-rachmaninoff?refid=0 Tue, 06 Apr 2010 12:48:13 -0500 New Classical Tracks: Rising Stars A young conductor and his orchestra make their mark in Ravel; Yannick Nezet-Seguin and the Rotterdam Philharmonic Orchestra. http://minnesota.publicradio.org/display/web/2010/03/30/new-classical-tracks-ravel-yannick-nezet-segui?refid=0 Tue, 30 Mar 2010 13:21:37 -0500 New Classical Tracks: Collaborating on Bach On this new CD of Bach arias, singers blend their melodies with another singing line--supplied by violinist Hilary Hahn. http://minnesota.publicradio.org/display/web/2010/03/22/new-class-trax-bach?refid=0 Mon, 22 Mar 2010 11:11:41 -0500 New Classical Tracks: From Beethoven to "Danny Boy" On his latest disc, Irish pianist John O'Conor takes a vacation from the classical repertoire to revisit the traditional songs he grew up with. http://minnesota.publicradio.org/display/web/2010/03/16/new-class-trax-oconor-irish-classics?refid=0 Tue, 16 Mar 2010 12:23:49 -0500 An Interview with Robert DeGaetano on Samuel Barber Tuesday, March 9th marks the 100th birth anniversary of American composer Samuel Barber. Pianist Robert DeGaetano was Barber's lifelong friend and joined Classical MPR's Julie Amacher to share some of his memories. http://minnesota.publicradio.org/display/web/2010/03/09/degaetano-on-barber?refid=0 Tue, 09 Mar 2010 09:44:15 -0600 New Classical Tracks: Mendelssohn's Piano Trios Last year's Mendelssohn anniversary brought together three star musicians who were longtime friends, but who had never performed together as a chamber ensemble before. Their performances are now out on CD. http://minnesota.publicradio.org/display/web/2010/03/09/new-class-trax-mendelssohn-trios?refid=0 Tue, 09 Mar 2010 09:23:46 -0600 New Classical Tracks: Renee Fleming - Verismo She's sung for the Prince of Wales at Buckingham Palace, she's performed for the Supreme Court, and she was a featured artist on the televised concert at the Lincoln Memorial celebrating the inauguration of President Obama. Renee Fleming is "the people's diva." Recently, she won her third Grammy award for her latest recording titled, "Verismo." http://minnesota.publicradio.org/display/web/2010/03/02/new-class-trax-renee-fleming-verismo?refid=0 Tue, 02 Mar 2010 10:57:17 -0600 New Classical Tracks: The Clarinet's Singing Voice When they wrote for the clarinet, Mozart and Spohr let the instrument sing out, almost as though it were a prima donna in the opera house. Jon Manasse takes on two of their concertos on his latest disc. http://minnesota.publicradio.org/display/web/2010/02/23/mozart-clarinet-new-class-trax?refid=0 Tue, 23 Feb 2010 11:05:05 -0600 New Classical Tracks: Slatkin's Rachmaninov Conductor Leonard Slatkin has a longstanding connection with Rachmaninov's music-in his own career, and in his family history. In his new role as music director of the Detroit Symphony Orchestra, he's just made a recording of the Russian composer's most popular symphony. http://minnesota.publicradio.org/display/web/2010/02/08/rachmaninov-new-classical-tracks?refid=0 Tue, 09 Feb 2010 09:00:00 -0600 New Classical Tracks: Rooted in Folk Song Ralph Vaughan Williams was a tireless collector of English folk song. It shaped his own musical language, as you'll hear on this new disc which includes music for the stage, for dancing, and his single piano concerto. http://minnesota.publicradio.org/display/web/2010/02/02/vaughn-williams-new-classical-tracks?refid=0 Tue, 02 Feb 2010 10:44:37 -0600 New Classical Tracks: Elgar's Violin Concerto at 100 Elgar's Violin Concerto is daunting in its length, but intimate in its emotions. Violinist Nikolaj Znaider takes on its challenges on a new recording. http://minnesota.publicradio.org/display/web/2010/01/16/classical_tracks_znaider_elgar?refid=0 Tue, 19 Jan 2010 00:00:00 -0600 New Classical Tracks: Rising Stars A young conductor and his orchestra make their mark in Ravel; Yannick Nezet-Seguin and the Rotterdam Philharmonic Orchestra. http://minnesota.publicradio.org/display/web/2010/01/09/new_classical_tracks_ravel_nezet-seguin_rotterdam?refid=0 Tue, 12 Jan 2010 12:50:04 -0600 New Classical Tracks: The Best of 2009 Julie Amacher takes us through the past year and some of her favorite new discs. http://minnesota.publicradio.org/display/web/2009/12/29/classical_tracks_best_2009?refid=0 Tue, 29 Dec 2009 09:23:14 -0600 New Classical Tracks: Baroque Celebration Joyful music of Bach and Vivaldi shines forth in a new disc by the Bach Choir of Bethlehem. http://minnesota.publicradio.org/display/web/2009/12/19/classical_tracks_baroque_celebration?refid=0 Wed, 23 Dec 2009 10:38:37 -0600 New Classical Tracks: Galway's favorites A 70th-birthday anthology from beloved flutist James Galway ranges from Mozart and Vivaldi to the sounds of folk and pop music. http://minnesota.publicradio.org/display/web/2009/08/11/classica-tracks?refid=0 Tue, 01 Dec 2009 00:00:00 -0600 New Classical Tracks: Beethoven and Britten Janine Jansen interprets two violin concertos -- a standard and a 20th-century "hidden gem." http://minnesota.publicradio.org/display/web/2009/11/17/classical_tracks?refid=0 Tue, 17 Nov 2009 00:00:00 -0600 New Classical Tracks: Lost Gem A young American violist discovers the music of New Englander Quincy Porter, and falls in love with it. http://minnesota.publicradio.org/display/web/2009/11/10/new-classical-tracks?refid=0 Tue, 10 Nov 2009 12:10:24 -0600 New Classical Tracks: Star Power A trio of star soloists brings out the passion and beauty in two Russian chamber works. http://minnesota.publicradio.org/display/web/2009/11/03/new-classical-tracks?refid=0 Tue, 03 Nov 2009 12:42:51 -0600 New Classical Tracks: Dudamel Discoveries On a new disc, classical music's newest superstar offers music by Beethoven, Mahler, and others-the kind of music, he says, that can change lives. http://minnesota.publicradio.org/display/web/2009/10/27/new-classical-tracks-gustavo-dudamel-simon-bolivar-youth-orchestra?refid=0 Tue, 27 Oct 2009 12:36:25 -0500 New Classical Tracks: Beethoven for Cello Two young Americans delve into the fun, and the fury, of Beethoven. http://minnesota.publicradio.org/display/web/2009/10/19/new_classical_tracks-zuill-bailey-simone-dinnerstein-beethoven?refid=0 Mon, 19 Oct 2009 08:56:37 -0500 New Classical Tracks: Vivaldi crossing borders This new CD combines Italian music, British musicians, and a dash of French style. http://minnesota.publicradio.org/display/web/2009/10/13/new-classical-tracks-vivaldi-la-serenissima?refid=0 Tue, 13 Oct 2009 15:05:24 -0500 New Classical Tracks: Ravishingly Russian - Houston Chamber Choir Robert Simpson first captured the spirit of Russian choral music from his Russian wife Marianna Parnas Simpson. But tracking down scores for what would become the new recording of his Houston Chamber Choir, a disc called "Ravishingly Russian," turned out to be a stumbling block. http://minnesota.publicradio.org/display/web/2009/10/06/ravashingly-russian-houston-chamber-robert-simpson?refid=0 Tue, 06 Oct 2009 17:18:43 -0500 Leon Fleisher on teaching, performing and life Leon Fleisher was a child prodigy who went on to become one of the leading pianists of his generation. More than 40 years ago, he was struck with Focal Dystonia, a neurological disorder that prevented him from using his right hand, but that did not slow down an amazingly diverse career. http://minnesota.publicradio.org/display/web/2009/09/29/leon_fleisher_interview?refid=0 Tue, 29 Sep 2009 11:20:21 -0500 New Classical Tracks: The Joy of Mozart with a legendary pianist Effervescent, Ineffable, Lyrical: Leon Fleisher brings his artistry to three of Mozart's piano concertos. http://minnesota.publicradio.org/display/web/2009/09/29/new_classical_tracks?refid=0 Tue, 29 Sep 2009 10:39:54 -0500 New Classical Tracks: The many voices of the bassoon At age 20, Karen Geoghegan is becoming a very visible advocate for her instrument, the bassoon. http://minnesota.publicradio.org/display/web/2009/06/23/new_classical_tracks?refid=0 Tue, 22 Sep 2009 09:13:01 -0500 New Classical Tracks: Schubert revisited Conductor JoAnn Falletta presents a Schubert quartet, arranged for orchestra, and a completed version of the "Unfinished" Symphony. http://minnesota.publicradio.org/display/web/2009/09/14/new_classical_tracks?refid=0 Mon, 14 Sep 2009 09:05:59 -0500 New Classical Tracks: A moving 'Transmigration' Contemporary American composers take up themes of loss and remembrance on a new disc from the Atlanta Symphony. http://minnesota.publicradio.org/display/web/2009/09/08/new-classical-tracks?refid=0 Tue, 08 Sep 2009 12:25:09 -0500 New Classical Tracks: A new partnership Violinist Nadja Salerno-Sonnenberg is now the music director of the New Century Chamber Orchestra. On their new disc, they present highlights of their first season together. http://minnesota.publicradio.org/display/web/2009/08/31/classical_tracks?refid=0 Mon, 31 Aug 2009 12:31:57 -0500 New Classical Tracks: Passion, on 16 strings The subtexts of Leos Janacek's two string quartets include secret passion, and a tale of forbidden love and murder -- all this from a man in his 70s. The Emerson Quartet explores Janacek's soundscapes on its latest disc. http://minnesota.publicradio.org/display/web/2009/05/26/classical_tracks?refid=0 Tue, 18 Aug 2009 00:00:00 -0500 New Classical Tracks: New generation violinist In fresh, alluring performances, a young violinist presents a familiar concerto and music of her own country, the Republic of Georgia. http://minnesota.publicradio.org/display/web/2009/08/04/classical-tracks?refid=0 Tue, 04 Aug 2009 00:00:00 -0500 New Classical Tracks: New Chopin from a master Portuguese pianist Maria Joao Pires is especially identified with the music of Chopin. She explores his late works on her newest release. http://minnesota.publicradio.org/display/web/2009/07/21/classical_tracks?refid=0 Tue, 21 Jul 2009 09:15:59 -0500 New Classical Tracks: Beautiful singing "Bel canto" means beautiful singing, and that's exactly while you'll hear on this new collection of opera arias featuring Latvian mezzo-soprano Elina Garanca. http://minnesota.publicradio.org/display/web/2009/07/14/classical_tracks?refid=0 Tue, 14 Jul 2009 00:00:00 -0500 New Classical Tracks: A wide-ranging 'Journey' The new disc by guitarist Sharon Isbin begins with anonymous music from the Renaissance, and concludes with music from modern-day troubadours like Joan Baez and Mark O'Connor -- who also join in as performers. http://minnesota.publicradio.org/display/web/2009/07/07/classical_tracks?refid=0 Tue, 07 Jul 2009 09:08:26 -0500 New Classical Tracks: Fiddler blends bluegrass with classical In a series of string quartets, Mark O'Connor is blending musical elements from the past -- his own past, and the traditions of American folk music. http://minnesota.publicradio.org/display/web/2009/06/30/new_classical_tracks?refid=0 Tue, 30 Jun 2009 00:00:00 -0500 New Classical Tracks: Love poems A new disc of Renaissance choral music has struck a chord with listeners who have been blogging and tweeting enthusiastically about Stile Antico's "Song of Songs." http://minnesota.publicradio.org/display/web/2009/06/16/classical_tracks?refid=0 Tue, 16 Jun 2009 09:29:01 -0500 New Classical Tracks: From spirituals to tangos Pianist Joel Fan's new disc explores music by North and South American composers, many of whom were influenced by the popular songs and traditions of their own countries. http://minnesota.publicradio.org/display/web/2009/06/09/classical_tracks?refid=0 Tue, 09 Jun 2009 14:00:01 -0500 Classical Tracks: A pair of violin showpieces Johannes Brahms and Erich Wolfgang Korngold wrote one violin concerto each -- both in the key of D. The young violinist Nikolaj Znaider pairs them on his new disc, in warm-toned, lyrical performances. http://minnesota.publicradio.org/display/web/2009/03/31/classical_tracks?refid=0 Tue, 02 Jun 2009 13:00:00 -0500 New Classical Tracks: Dvorak and Victor Herbert Dvorak's beloved Cello Concerto took inspiration from a surprising source -- a concerto by Victor Herbert, best known for operetta standards like "Babes in Toyland." On a new disc, Gautier Capucon plays both pieces, and the Herbert turns out to be a delightful surprise. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2009/05/19/classical_tracks?refid=0 Tue, 19 May 2009 00:00:00 -0500 New Classical Tracks: The challenge of Handel Rolando Villazon has become world famous for singing the operas of Verdi and Puccini. Moving into Baroque opera meant discovering a new repertoire, but also a new approach to interpreting music. http://minnesota.publicradio.org/display/web/2009/05/12/new_classical_tracks?refid=0 Tue, 12 May 2009 00:00:00 -0500 New Classical Tracks: Mark O'Connor, fiddler and composer Emerging from the "stir-fry of American culture," the latest disc from Mark O'Connor draws on the sounds of fiddling, the techniques of classical music, and even the architecture of Frank Lloyd Wright. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2009/04/28/classical_tracks?refid=0 Tue, 28 Apr 2009 11:53:20 -0500 New Classical Tracks: Celebrating 'The Four Seasons' An 18th century Red Priest meets a 20th century Tango master on a fresh, new recording celebrating "The Four Seasons." http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2009/04/21/classical_tracks?refid=0 Tue, 21 Apr 2009 07:48:00 -0500 New Classical Tracks: Traveling through time with Bach On her latest disc, Helene Grimaud plays Bach, both in the original and in transcriptions made by Romantic keyboard giants, such as Liszt and Rachmaninoff. In both cases, Grimaud finds that Bach's message speaks with a penetrating voice. http://minnesota.publicradio.org/display/web/2009/02/17/classical_tracks?refid=0 Tue, 14 Apr 2009 09:00:49 -0500 New Classical Tracks: A wide-ranging 'Journey' The new disc by guitarist Sharon Isbin begins with anonymous music from the Renaissance, and concludes with music from modern-day troubadours like Joan Baez and Mark O'Connor -- who also join in as performers. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2009/04/07/classical_tracks?refid=0 Tue, 07 Apr 2009 09:15:56 -0500 New Classical Tracks: Clarinetist Jonathan Cohler Jonathan Cohler took an unusual career path to become a professional clarinetist, and also makes some unconventional choices as he interprets the chamber pieces on his latest compact disc. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2009/03/24/classical_tracks?refid=0 Tue, 24 Mar 2009 00:00:00 -0500 New Classical Tracks: Love letter to composers The latest disc from violinist Anne Akiko Meyers strikes an eclectic note. The composers here range from Schubert and Messiaen to Charlie Chaplin. What they have in common is a deep personal appeal. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2009/03/17/classical_tracks?refid=0 Tue, 17 Mar 2009 09:42:51 -0500 New Classical Tracks: Consumed by the cello Anne Gastinel began her career as a child prodigy, and made the difficult transition to an adult solo career. Today she is France's leading cellist. Her new disc explores the music of Schubert and its wealth of melody. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2009/01/13/classical_tracks?refid=0 Tue, 03 Mar 2009 00:00:00 -0600 New Classical Tracks: Mendelssohn with a light touch The quicksilver, virtuosic writing of Felix Mendelssohn finds a very apt interpreter in violinist Anne-Sophie Mutter. Her new disc is a bicentennial tribute to the German Romantic master. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2009/02/24/classical_tracks?refid=0 Mon, 23 Feb 2009 16:06:19 -0600 New Classical Tracks: Many Moods of Chopin The sensational Argentine pianist Ingrid Fliter explores the waltzes of Chopin in her latest recording. http://minnesota.publicradio.org/display/web/2009/11/24/new-classical-tracks-ingrid-fliter-chopin?refid=0 Tue, 17 Feb 2009 00:00:00 -0600 New Classical Tracks: The cello, impassioned and personal On his latest disc, the young cellist Zuill Bailey turns in committed performances of two landmark pieces from the Russian repertory: Tchaikovsky's Rococo Variations and Shostakovich's First Concerto. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2009/02/10/classical_tracks?refid=0 Tue, 10 Feb 2009 10:24:39 -0600 New Classical Tracks: The "Angels" of Venice Antonio Vivaldi wrote some of his best-known pieces for an unusual group of musicians: young women who were taught to sing and play instruments at a Venetian orphanage. A new disc pays homage to their extraordinary talent. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2008/12/23/classical_tracks?refid=0 Tue, 03 Feb 2009 00:00:00 -0600 New Classical Tracks: A Sense of Play On their new disc, Rolf Lislevand and friends bring improvisation, and a touch of playfulness, to music of the Renaissance. http://minnesota.publicradio.org/display/web/2009/12/08/rolf-lislevand-diminuito-new-classical-tracks?refid=0 Tue, 27 Jan 2009 09:00:00 -0600 New Classical Tracks: Enticing Vivaldi On a new disc, two of today's top violinists get together to play double concertos by Vivaldi. It's a playful, virtuosic musical conversation with a rare sense of partnership. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2009/01/20/classical_tracks?refid=0 Tue, 20 Jan 2009 00:00:00 -0600 New Classical Tracks: Bach, in the present time Anne-Sophie Mutter's new disc pairs Bach's two violin concertos with a new piece written for her by Sofia Gubaidulina. Mutter finds that there's an intellectual and a spiritual element that unites both composers. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2009/01/06/classical_tracks?refid=0 Tue, 06 Jan 2009 09:50:50 -0600 New Classical Tracks: Enchanting, Exhilarating: Choral Works from Latvia The nation of Latvia, on the Baltic Sea, has a rich musical tradition, but in 1975, one choir discovered that there was a dearth of Christmas music for them to perform in concert, and decided to do something about it. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2008/12/16/classical_tracks?refid=0 Tue, 16 Dec 2008 10:43:05 -0600 New Classical Tracks: A bountiful package of musical memories Leroy Anderson wrote a perennial holiday classic with his "Sleigh Ride." But it was only one of several pieces he wrote for this festive time of year. Now, they've all been brought together on one CD. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2008/12/09/classical_tracks?refid=0 Tue, 09 Dec 2008 00:00:00 -0600 New Classical Tracks: Fresh holiday offerings from John Rutter The music of John Rutter and the Cambridge Singers has been a familiar part of the Christmas season for decades. But this new disc is their first all-new Christmas recording in 20 years. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2008/12/02/classical_tracks?refid=0 Tue, 02 Dec 2008 12:41:14 -0600 New Classical Tracks: Yo-Yo Ma and friends celebrate the holidays A good time is had by all on this new album from cellist Yo-Yo Ma. It's a musical holiday party -- and the eclectic guest list includes Renee Fleming, Alison Kraus, Paquito D'Rivera, and James Taylor. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2008/11/25/classical_tracks?refid=0 Tue, 25 Nov 2008 08:43:32 -0600 New Classical Tracks: Repeated patterns come to life A new disc from La Pieta sketches a portrait of Philip Glass, and suggests the wide spectrum of feelings and moods that his music can evoke. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2008/11/18/classical_tracks?refid=0 Tue, 18 Nov 2008 12:00:35 -0600 New Classical Tracks with Julie Amacher Rachel Barton Pine loves to make musical discoveries. Like the fact that the former lead guitarist of The Scorpions, Uli Roth, got the idea for his now-famous heavy metal guitar lick from the solo part of the Brahms violin concerto. After playing that concerto for years, Pine knows that same little violin riff well. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2008/09/09/classical_tracks?refid=0 Tue, 11 Nov 2008 00:00:00 -0600 New Classical Tracks: Songs of Armenia, haunting and lyrical Soprano Isabel Bayrakdarian appears in opera houses throughout the world. But on her new disc, she returns to music from her own heritage -- the songs of the composer Gomidas, considered the founder of Armenian classical music. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2008/11/04/classical_tracks?refid=0 Tue, 04 Nov 2008 04:00:00 -0600 New Classical Tracks: From dentistry to clarinet Richard Stoltzman could have been a dentist, until a college encounter with classical music made him change his plans. On his new disc, he takes on pieces by Debussy and Weber for their musical worth, not their technical challenges. http://minnesota.publicradio.org/display/web/2008/10/28/classical_tracks?refid=0 Tue, 28 Oct 2008 10:00:00 -0500 New Classical Tracks: Minnesota's Beethoven The first Beethoven recordings by Osmo Vanska and the Minnesota Orchestra received rave reviews and whetted listeners' appetites for more. Now, with their newest disc, the cycle of nine symphonies is complete. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2008/10/21/classical_tracks?refid=0 Tue, 21 Oct 2008 10:00:28 -0500 New Classical Tracks: Pablo Garibay's 'Guitar' On this new release, guitarist Pablo Garibay blends the past with the present as he looks to the future. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2008/10/07/classical_tracks?refid=0 Tue, 07 Oct 2008 11:53:09 -0500 New Classical Tracks: Time was right for Joshua Bell's 'Four Seasons' Violinist Joshua Bell has been playing Vivaldi's "Four Seasons" in public for several years, honing his own sense of the drama, and the fun, of these beloved pieces. Now, he's bringing his performances out on disc for the first time. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2008/09/30/classical_tracks?refid=0 Tue, 30 Sep 2008 10:53:02 -0500 New Classical Tracks: Trombone takes center stage A new disc lets the trombone sing out in three concertos by American composers, all of them showing the influences of popular styles -- jazz, swing, and world music. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2008/09/23/classical_tracks?refid=0 Tue, 23 Sep 2008 08:24:42 -0500 New Classical Tracks: A piano concerto by a veteran of classic rock Jon Lord, best known as part of the group Deep Purple, has also had a lifelong involvement with classical music. His new piano concerto is influenced by Bach and Dave Brubeck, and takes its title from D. H. Lawrence. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2008/07/15/classical_tracks?refid=0 Tue, 02 Sep 2008 00:00:00 -0500 New Classical Tracks: Percy Grainger's 'Chosen Gems' Percy Grainger is best remembered as a pianist, but he made a significant contribution to the band repertoire. A new disc from a leading British band reveals the range of sonorities that he gets from the woodwinds and brass, and the range of his musical curiosity. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2008/08/19/classical_tracks?refid=0 Tue, 19 Aug 2008 10:52:53 -0500 New Classical Tracks: Bright and buoyant Mozart A new disc of Mozart violin concertos finds soloist and conductor in natural agreement. Bright tempos, attention to detail, and operatic flair give this set a winning freshness. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2008/08/12/classical_tracks?refid=0 Tue, 12 Aug 2008 12:06:51 -0500 New Classical Tracks: Evocations of Argentina Albert Ginastera is Argentina's most famous composer, but much of his music is rarely played. Now, his complete works for cello and piano, evoking the songs and landscape of his native country, have been recorded by cellist Mark Kosower. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2008/08/05/classical_tracks?refid=0 Tue, 05 Aug 2008 10:43:15 -0500 New Classical Tracks: The allure and the thrill of Chopin The young Argentine musician Ingrid Fliter is one of the brightest rising stars in the piano world. The composer she's most identified with is Chopin, and his music is the focus of her latest disc. http://minnesota.publicradio.org/display/web/2008/05/20/classical_tracks?refid=0 Tue, 22 Jul 2008 00:00:00 -0500 New Classical Tracks: 'Bad boy violinist discovers the joy of Mozart Throughout his career, Nigel Kennedy has been both a mainstay and a rebel within the world of classical music. His new disc includes the Beethoven concerto, a Mozart concerto, and a very unconventional cadenza. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2008/07/08/classical_tracks?refid=0 Mon, 07 Jul 2008 16:40:20 -0500 New Classical Tracks: Revisiting a master of light music Even people who don't know Leroy Anderson's name recognize the standards that he composed, such as "Sleigh Ride" and "Blue Tango." The Naxos label is marking his centennial by bringing out his complete orchestral music, conducted by no less than Leonard Slatkin. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2008/07/01/classical_tracks?refid=0 Mon, 30 Jun 2008 13:45:30 -0500 New Classical Tracks: A 'Boheme' that stands out from the crowd There are plenty of recordings of Puccini's "La Boheme." But this latest one stands out, thanks to the star soloists in the lead roles and a conductor who knows how to bring out the drama in this most popular of all operas. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2008/06/24/classical_tracks?refid=0 Tue, 24 Jun 2008 11:38:10 -0500 New Classical Tracks: Zukerman and friends sparkle in chamber music Pinchas Zukerman's latest recording isn't a violin concerto. Instead, he's teaming up in a chamber ensemble that delivers buoyant performances of two beloved pieces by Schubert and Mozart. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2008/06/17/classical_tracks?refid=0 Tue, 17 Jun 2008 13:00:19 -0500 New Classical Tracks: Hymns to honor the Virgin Mary Harry Christophers gave his choir the name The Sixteen to suggest that they weren't bound to any single historical period. Their new disc, "A Mother's Love," lives up to that goal, with pieces spanning 10 centuries and half a dozen countries -- all commemorating the Virgin Mary. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2008/05/13/classical_tracks?refid=0 Wed, 11 Jun 2008 00:00:00 -0500 New Classical Tracks: The contrasts of Mozart Maurizio Pollini's new disc features two Mozart piano concertos -- one lyrical, one darker and more dramatic. As played by Pollini and the Vienna Philharmonic, Mozart's contrasting moods emerge with crystal clarity. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2008/06/03/classical_tracks?refid=0 Tue, 03 Jun 2008 14:44:18 -0500 New Classical Tracks: A 'new' Rachmaninoff concerto What if Rachmaninoff's most popular symphony were rewritten, as a piece for piano and orchestra? In the hands of a contemporary Russian composer, Rachmaninoff's second symphony has now become his Piano Concerto No. 5. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2008/05/27/classical_tracks?refid=0 Tue, 27 May 2008 10:01:34 -0500 New Classical Tracks: China's most popular classical work Gil Shaham's new disc presents two violin concertos -- one a 19th-century standard, the other written 80 years later in Communist China -- but both cast in lush romantic style. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2008/04/29/classical_tracks?refid=0 Tue, 29 Apr 2008 15:00:33 -0500 New Classical Tracks: A treasure trove of forgotten arias On his latest disc, tenor Rolando Villazon has delved into operatic scores from 19th century Italy, many of them unfamiliar even to opera buffs. His criteria? "If my heart beat faster, then I chose it." http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2008/04/22/classical_tracks?refid=0 Tue, 22 Apr 2008 09:52:16 -0500 New Classical Tracks: From the Baroque era, nimble virtuosity The Baroque era, no less than the Romantic era, was an age of virtuoso composer-performers. On their inviting new disc, Musica Pacifica explores both the finger-twisting and the lyrical side of works by Vivaldi, Tartini, and Sammartini. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2008/04/15/classical_tracks?refid=0 Tue, 15 Apr 2008 09:40:55 -0500 New Classical Tracks: Operatic transcriptions, from Wagner to Golijov Arrangements of operatic melodies were a mainstay of the Romantic violin virtuoso, and some of those pieces have become familiar standards. Violinist Livia Sohn has found overlooked transcriptions from that era, and she carries the tradition forward into the 21st century. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2008/04/08/classical_tracks?refid=0 Tue, 08 Apr 2008 12:23:45 -0500 New Classical Tracks: Nigel Kennedy and the spirit of Poland Ever since finding a new home in Krakow, Poland, Nigel Kennedy has acquired a local's-eye view of that country's musicians and composers. On his new disc, he's revived a romantic violin concerto that even the Poles had forgotten about. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2008/01/14/classical_tracks?refid=0 Tue, 01 Apr 2008 00:00:00 -0500 New Classical Tracks: Boston Baroque Brings Richness and Energy to Handel Six of George Frideric Handel's concerti grossi have just been issued by Boston Baroque, one of the world's leading period-instrument orchestras. Handel put his audience-pleasing flair into the Concerti, even as he recycled some of the music from his earlier works-or those of other composers. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2008/03/31/classical_tracks?refid=0 Mon, 31 Mar 2008 00:00:00 -0500 New Classical Tracks: Buffalo Philharmonic shines in less familiar fare There's more to Respighi than "The Pines of Rome." The latest disc from JoAnn Falletta and the Buffalo Philharmonic showcases three of his other works, in which his trademark orchestral brilliance is on full display. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2008/03/18/classical_tracks?refid=0 Tue, 18 Mar 2008 10:00:43 -0500 New Classical Tracks: From Norway, eloquent Mozart On his new disc, pianist Leif Ove Andnes plays -- and conducts -- Mozart with the Norwegian Chamber Orchestra. It's a combination that brings out spontaneous, subtle playing from soloist and orchestra alike. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2008/03/11/classical_tracks?refid=0 Tue, 11 Mar 2008 10:36:32 -0500 New Classical Tracks: Beethoven, made in Minnesota A few years back, Osmo Vanska and the Minnesota Orchestra began recording Beethoven's symphonies, in fresh, committed performances that have won international acclaim. They've just added two symphonies to the series: the sparkling 1st, and the 6th -- a sanctuary in sound. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2008/02/26/classical_tracks?refid=0 Tue, 26 Feb 2008 12:12:18 -0600 New Classical Tracks: A New 'Four Seasons' Vivaldi's "Four Seasons" is a series of pictures in music. On her new disc, Sarah Chang gives them a high-definition presentation. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2007/12/21/classical_tracks?refid=0 Wed, 20 Feb 2008 10:00:00 -0600 New Classical Tracks: Mendelssohn as you've never heard it Violinist Daniel Hope has had a lifelong involvement with the Mendelssohn Violin Concerto. On his new disc, he plays it in its little-known original version, never recorded until now. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2008/02/12/classical_tracks?refid=0 Tue, 12 Feb 2008 12:00:02 -0600 New Classical Tracks: A musical first in the 21st century Musical adventurers Rebel draw parallels between two Baroque masters for the first time, on their latest release, "Corellisante." http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2008/02/05/classical_tracks?refid=0 Tue, 05 Feb 2008 09:59:24 -0600 Petrenko's Tchaikovsky: Sparkling and youthful The suites from Tchaikovsky's popular ballets have been recorded dozens of times. But on a new disc with a young Russian conductor, they come out sounding as fresh as ever. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2008/01/29/classical_tracks?refid=0 Tue, 29 Jan 2008 11:02:27 -0600 New Classical Tracks: A return to Brandenburg In 1982, Trevor Pinnock made an acclaimed recording of Bach's Brandenburg Concertos. Now at age 60, he's returned to those concertos with new insights, recording them with a hand-picked ensemble. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2008/01/22/classical_tracks?refid=0 Tue, 22 Jan 2008 12:14:52 -0600 New Classical Tracks: Unusual trio plays 'Borrowed Treasures' Last year, this story elicited an unusually high number of questions and comments from readers of New Classical Tracks. Back by popular demand, here's another look at "Borrowed Treasures." http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2007/08/28/classical_tracks?refid=0 Tue, 08 Jan 2008 14:44:47 -0600 New Classical Tracks: Favorites of 2007 Classical Minnesota Public Radio hosts Julie Amacher and Valerie Kahler take a look at some of their favorite new releases from 2007. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2007/12/27/classical_tracks?refid=0 Tue, 01 Jan 2008 16:00:00 -0600 New Classical Tracks: Chanticleer celebrates The men's chorus Chanticleer has made several acclaimed Christmas recordings. Their newest, just released, tips the hat toward pop music, gospel, and jazz. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2007/12/18/classical_tracks?refid=0 Tue, 18 Dec 2007 14:48:32 -0600 New Classical Tracks: Contemporary carols with a familiar ring Every era makes its contribution to the tradition of Christmas music. On a new disc, "Karolju," David Zinman presents Christmas pieces that use 20th century sounds to evoke familiar moods. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2007/12/11/classical_tracks?refid=0 Wed, 12 Dec 2007 00:23:31 -0600 New Classical Tracks: Harpist goes beyond the glissando Carlos Salzedo worked tirelessly to expand the expressive range of his instrument, the harp. On her new disc, one of today's leading harpists explores three facets of Salzedo's compositions. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2007/12/04/classical_tracks?refid=0 Tue, 04 Dec 2007 11:53:08 -0600 New Classical Tracks: Beautiful, original, eccentric Italian composers created a new voice for the violin in the 18th century -- technically dazzling, melodically rich. The Chicago-based Trio Settecento explores their innovations on a new compact disc. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2007/11/27/classical_tracks?refid=0 Tue, 27 Nov 2007 13:51:40 -0600 New Classical Tracks: Traditional folk songs, ethereal arrangements The three women of Trio Mediaeval have always included Norwegian folk songs in their concerts, to the delight of their audiences. Now for the first time, they present them on compact disc. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2007/11/20/classical_tracks?refid=0 Tue, 20 Nov 2007 10:55:09 -0600 New MacPhail Center closer to opening The MacPhail Center for Music will move into its new flagship building next month, near the Guthrie Theater in downtown Minneapolis. MPR's Julie Amacher recently took a tour of the state-of-the-art facility. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2007/11/12/macphailtour?refid=0 Sat, 17 Nov 2007 03:00:39 -0600 New Classical Tracks: Exhilarating Beethoven from Helene Grimaud The "Emperor" Concerto is usually thought to be as bold and heroic as its nickname. By taking a different, introspective approach, Grimaud sheds new light on this classic. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2007/11/06/classical_tracks?refid=0 Tue, 06 Nov 2007 12:37:27 -0600 New Classical Tracks: A quintet of musical siblings The 5 Browns -- Desirae, Deondra, Gregory, Melody and Ryan -- didn't plan on becoming professional musicians. All the same, their careers have taken off, and on their latest disc, they collaborate with some stellar names from the classical and jazz worlds. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2007/10/30/classical_tracks?refid=0 Tue, 30 Oct 2007 13:46:32 -0500 New Classical Tracks: Kindred spirits Andrew Manze and Richard Egarr have been acclaimed for their deft teamwork in the Baroque repertoire. On their new disc, they investigate the rarely heard violin sonatas of the young Franz Schubert, and find infectious, beguiling music. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2007/10/23/classical_tracks?refid=0 Wed, 24 Oct 2007 16:29:54 -0500 New Classical Tracks: A young violinist plays music of love and intensity Lisa Batiashvili's new disc includes two Finnish violin concertos: the classic concerto of Jean Sibelius, and a haunting new work by Magnus Lindberg, dedicated to her. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2007/10/16/classical_tracks?refid=0 Mon, 15 Oct 2007 15:59:28 -0500 New Classical Tracks: An instrument can become anything Tenderness, joy, flamboyance, or sadness: all these have been evoked in song by composers of the Hispanic world. On a new disc, Kim Kashkashian expresses those moods -- on the viola. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2007/10/09/classical_tracks?refid=0 Tue, 09 Oct 2007 11:32:16 -0500 New Classical Tracks: Music of passion, for two Anna Netrebko and Rolando Villazon are two singers who shine most brightly in opera's new generation of stars. Acclaimed as on-stage partners, they've now recorded a new disc of love duets. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2007/09/27/classical_tracks?refid=0 Thu, 27 Sep 2007 15:22:34 -0500 New Classical Tracks: The greatest underrated composer Simon Rattle has an affinity for Haydn -- his humor, his intimacy, his brilliance. On a new CD, he leads his orchestra, the Berlin Philharmonic, in six works of Haydn, and they respond with zest. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2007/09/18/classical_tracks?refid=0 Tue, 18 Sep 2007 13:47:51 -0500 New Classical Tracks: From Hollywood to the concert hall Joshua Bell's new CD features a concerto that began life as a soundtrack. Bell predicts that the "Red Violin" Concerto will have a long life in the violin repertoire. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2007/09/04/classical_tracks?refid=0 Tue, 04 Sep 2007 12:21:48 -0500 Celtic tigers triumph in Beethoven Pianist Barry Douglas formed Camerata Ireland to celebrate the often overlooked talent of his native country. The latest CD in a series of the Beethoven piano concertos by Douglas and his chamber ensemble is another step forward in putting Ireland on the classical music map. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2007/08/21/classical_tracks?refid=0 Tue, 21 Aug 2007 12:23:28 -0500 New Classical Tracks: Beethoven Piano Sonatas Volume IV Three years ago, Andras Schiff began a series of performances exploring the 32 Beethoven piano sonatas in chronological order. ECM records documented this project with a series of recordings. The fourth volume in that series has just been released. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2007/08/14/classical_tracks?refid=0 Tue, 14 Aug 2007 15:04:32 -0500 Atlanta Symphony Orchestra breathes new life into works by Vaughan Williams In 2003, Robert Spano and the Atlanta Symphony Orchestra earned three Grammy Awards, including Best Classical Album, for their recording of "A Sea Symphony," by Ralph Vaughn Williams. This new collection of orchestral works from Vaughan Williams is their follow-up to that critically acclaimed recording. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2007/08/07/classical_tracks?refid=0 Tue, 07 Aug 2007 12:58:52 -0500 Student and teacher show how they click on new clarinet CD Through artful, witty performances, clarinetists Sabine Meyer and Julian Bliss bring new life to some little-known 18th-century concertos. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2007/07/17/classical_tracks?refid=0 Tue, 17 Jul 2007 16:00:00 -0500 New CD illuminates classic choral music The English ensemble called The Sixteen is renowned for performances that span the great European choral tradition. Julie Amacher finds the group's new CD, "Into the Light," illuminating. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2007/07/10/classical_tracks?refid=0 Tue, 10 Jul 2007 16:00:00 -0500 An American violin pioneer's legacy goes on record Like many violinists, Rachel Barton Pine looks to the past for great musical models. But the name Barton Pine most esteems is not Heifetz or Kreisler; it's Maud Powell. Her new recording pays tribute to this great American violinist of the late 19th century. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2007/07/03/classical_tracks?refid=0 Tue, 03 Jul 2007 16:00:00 -0500 New CD captures Mendelssohn's teen spirit Composer Felix Mendelssohn lived a short, fast-paced life, a fact that's evident in listening to the three symphonies on a new CD by the Heidelberg Symphony. When he wrote these exuberant pieces, Mendelssohn was barely a teenager. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2007/06/19/classical_tracks?refid=0 Tue, 19 Jun 2007 17:00:00 -0500 Warland sheds light on "Lux Aurumque" In an interview with Minnesota Public Radio's Julie Amacher, choral conductor/composer Dale Warland discusses the Dale Warland Singers' new release, "Lux Aurumque," and his general approach to musicmaking. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2007/06/13/warlandinterview?refid=0 Wed, 13 Jun 2007 09:47:32 -0500 Warland's golden sound still echoes The expert phrasing, intonation and balance of the Dale Warland Singers give the music on the new CD "Lux Aurumque" a wonderful sense of freedom. The group disbanded in 2004 but music is still coming from its archive. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2007/06/12/classical_tracks?refid=0 Tue, 12 Jun 2007 17:25:00 -0500 Biondi revives forgotten Vivaldi Italian Baroque specialist Fabio Biondi's latest recording reveals fresh music from a well-known name, Antonio Vivaldi, and from some far less familiar successors. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2007/05/29/classical_tracks?refid=0 Tue, 29 May 2007 16:50:00 -0500 Meyer conquers the clarinet's highs and lows Early in her career, clarinetist Sabine Mayer earned worldwide attention when she became the first female member of the Berlin Philharmonic. Now she performs only as a soloist or in chamber music settings. Her latest recording is a stimulating exploration of French repertoire. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2007/05/22/classical_tracks?refid=0 Tue, 22 May 2007 16:00:00 -0500 Nakamatsu makes Gershwin both fiery and fluid On his newest recording, former Van Cliburn Award-winner Nakamatsu turns his focus to George Gershwin, a great American composer with whom he has a few experiences in common. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2007/05/15/classical_tracks?refid=0 Tue, 15 May 2007 15:04:48 -0500 Young pianist shows he's ready to be Romantic Pianist Yundi Li is only 24 years old, but the emotional content of his new recording, featuring concertos by Liszt and Chopin, radiates from a much older soul. http://minnesota.publicradio.org/display/web/2007/05/01/classical_tracks?refid=0 Tue, 01 May 2007 16:30:00 -0500 Myslivecek recording is not to be missed The period-instrument ensemble Concerto Koln has released a collection of symphonies by a composer who enjoyed Mozart's friendship but little of his fame: Josef Myslivecek. The disc may make you wonder why Myslivecek's music is all but forgotten. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2007/04/24/classical_tracks?refid=0 Tue, 24 Apr 2007 16:00:00 -0500 Strings add color to hypnotic Bach J.S. Bach would probably have appreciated the transformation of his "Goldberg" Variations from a keyboard piece into a string trio. These deceptively simple little pieces have mesmerized music lovers for centuries, and a new recording of the trio version will do nothing to break the spell. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2007/04/17/classical_tracks?refid=0 Tue, 17 Apr 2007 16:30:22 -0500 Bell is basking in honors and busking in subways In the space of a few days, violinist Joshua Bell has received a prestigious award, earned lots of press after busking in a Washington, DC Metro station and packed his bags for a European tour with the Academy of St. Martin-in-the-Fields. He tells Minnesota Public Radio's Julie Amacher all about it. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2007/04/11/joshuabell?refid=0 Wed, 11 Apr 2007 16:49:03 -0500 To understand Mozart, a violinist thinks like a singer As he began to explore Mozart's violin concertos in depth, fiddle virtuoso Maxim Vengerov discovered echoes of Mozart's operas. So for his new recording, he sought advice from a world-famous soprano. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2007/04/05/classical_tracks?refid=0 Thu, 05 Apr 2007 15:20:00 -0500 Segovia's heir has blond hair With his blond hair, David Russell certainly doesn't look Spanish, but when his fingers touch the fretboard of his guitar, any question of whether he has authentic Spanish roots vanishes immediately. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2007/03/27/classical_tracks?refid=0 Tue, 27 Mar 2007 16:00:00 -0500 Han-Na Chang carries on a cello "Romance" Young Korean cellist Han-Na Chang paints with the soft, rich colors of the Romantic era on her new CD release, "Romance." http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2007/03/20/classical_tracks?refid=0 Tue, 20 Mar 2007 16:00:00 -0500 Alsop's Brahms brings out the details Some call it Brahms' most elusive work. But in her latest recording, conductor Marin Alsop offers an incredibly confident and expressive interpretation of his Symphony No. 3. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2007/03/13/classical_tracks?refid=0 Tue, 13 Mar 2007 16:00:00 -0500 Balsom's playing is polished brass Alison Balsom's warm, rich tone helps to accentuate the softer, more mysterious side of the trumpet. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2007/02/27/classical_tracks?refid=0 Tue, 27 Feb 2007 16:00:00 -0600 Where Schumann wanders, Biss follows On his latest solo recording, 26-year-old pianist Jonathan Biss generates fiery sparks of passion and reveals tender moments of reflection in two major piano works by Robert Schumann. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2007/02/20/classical_tracks?refid=0 Tue, 20 Feb 2007 16:00:00 -0600 Yo-Yo Ma keeps alive the passion Music is meant to be shared, and no one knows that better than Yo-Yo Ma. Over the past 30 years, the gifted cellist has explored many of his musical passions with some of the greatest musicians of our time. On his new disc, "Appassionato," he opens his book of musical memoirs. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2007/02/13/classical_tracks?refid=0 Tue, 13 Feb 2007 16:00:00 -0600 Cincinnatians show flair for Russian fare In a new recording, conductor Paavo Jarvi and the Cincinnati Symphony Orchestra touch on three different phases of Sergei Rachmaninoff's career, ranging from the light, experimental work of a composer just coming into his own and culminating in the full symphonic sound of his later years. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2007/02/06/classical_tracks?refid=0 Tue, 06 Feb 2007 16:00:00 -0600 Old Mendelssohn can still make new memories Why make yet another recording of a warhorse like Mendelssohn's Violin Concerto? Violinist Janine Jansen says every emotion is different each time a piece is performed. She underscores her case with a new CD. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2007/01/30/classical_tracks?refid=0 Tue, 30 Jan 2007 16:00:00 -0600 Mozart would have admired these musicians too The virtuosos in the Boston Symphony Chamber players take on music Mozart wrote for some outstanding wind musicians of his day. Julie Amacher says it's a perfect match. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2007/01/24/classical_tracks?refid=0 Wed, 24 Jan 2007 10:05:08 -0600 Netrebko reveals the beauty of Russian opera Soprano Anna Netrebko is newly anointed royalty in the opera world. Her latest recording is a collection of some of the most beautiful songs and arias from the Russian repertoire. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2007/01/16/classical_tracks?refid=0 Wed, 17 Jan 2007 10:00:00 -0600 A young violinist matures into Mendelssohn The second CD by young Scottish violinist Nicola Benedetti intrigues the listener with a world premiere and demonstrates her ability to handle one of the great classical standards. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2007/01/09/classical_tracks?refid=0 Tue, 09 Jan 2007 16:00:00 -0600 Lang Lang does his bit to balance musical trade With his new release, "Dragon Songs," pianist Lang Lang brings his personal foray into Chinese-American cultural exchange full circle. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2007/01/02/classical_tracks?refid=0 Tue, 02 Jan 2007 16:00:00 -0600 Three CDs top the stack of '06 Classical Tracks A Norwegian guitarist, a German chorus and a local orchestra produced Julie Amacher's favorite CDs of 2006. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2006/12/26/classical_tracks?refid=0 Tue, 26 Dec 2006 16:00:00 -0600 Choruses make Christmas sound around the world No matter where you are in the world, the one element common to every holiday celebration is music. Julie Amacher reviews a new recording that features choirs from Cuba, Spain, France, Argentina and other locales. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2006/12/19/classical_tracks?refid=0 Tue, 19 Dec 2006 13:45:00 -0600 The spirit of Christmas in the voice of a soprano Comfort and joy. Those two words come immediately to Julie Amacher's mind while listening to Anne Sofie von Otter's new recording, "Noel," a collection of diverse carols and songs for the Christmas season. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2006/12/12/classical_tracks?refid=0 Tue, 12 Dec 2006 16:45:00 -0600 Carols rise from the Crossroads of the West With intriguing arrangements of interesting carols and a polished quality that may be surprising from a group of volunteer voices, the Mormon Tabernacle Choir's new CD could provide an escape from the hustle and bustle of this busy season. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2006/12/05/classical_tracks?refid=0 Tue, 05 Dec 2006 15:15:00 -0600 For James Galway, Mozart is magic On his latest recording, "My Magic Flute," James Galway celebrates the composer who has been his constant companion since childhood: Mozart. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2006/11/28/classical_tracks?refid=0 Tue, 28 Nov 2006 15:53:52 -0600 Where the Buffalo Philharmonic roams Great American music to celebrate a great American holiday: Julie Amacher reviews a new Copland collection devoted to works inspired by the spacious American prairie. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2006/11/21/classical_tracks?refid=0 Tue, 21 Nov 2006 10:05:53 -0600 The BBC Symphony shows its Bohemian side Czech conductor Jiri Belohlavek took the helm of the BBC Symphony Orchestra this past summer. On their first recording, featuring two Dvorak symphonies, he shares his innate knowledge of Czech music with his new ensemble. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2006/11/14/classical__tracks?refid=0 Tue, 14 Nov 2006 13:28:02 -0600 Hilary Hahn makes the strings sing Since she was a child, Hilary Hahn has been intrigued by the concept of the violin as a voice. She explores that interest in her newest recording. http://minnesota.publicradio.org/display/web/2006/11/07/new_classical_tracks?refid=0 Tue, 07 Nov 2006 11:47:35 -0600 New CD shows a son of Bach bridging two eras On their latest release, Andrew Manze and The English Concert perform five orchestral works by Johann Sebastian Bach's gifted son, Carl Philipp Emanuel. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2006/10/17/classical_tracks?refid=0 Tue, 17 Oct 2006 16:30:33 -0500 Standard-setters for Shostakovich The Juilliard String Quartet marks its own 60th anniversary and the 100th birthday year of composer Dmitri Shostakovich by releasing a recording of Shostakovich quartets. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2006/10/10/classical_tracks?refid=0 Tue, 10 Oct 2006 15:00:12 -0500 Pianist Helene Grimaud reunites three great friends On her new recording, "Reflection," French pianist Helene Grimaud digs into the complex, special relationship that developed among three 19th-century musicians--Robert and Clara Schumann and Johannes Brahms--and the way it's reflected in their music. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2006/10/03/classical_tracks?refid=0 Tue, 03 Oct 2006 14:45:00 -0500 Anonymous 4 + 2="Gloryland" In a sequel to its top-selling collection of American spirituals, "American Angels," the vocal quartet Anonymous 4 gets help from two musicians known for their contemporary approach to folk-based traditions. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2006/09/26/classicaltracks?refid=0 Tue, 26 Sep 2006 17:35:58 -0500 New Shostakovich CDs celebrate centenary, recall anguish This month marks the 100th birthday of the great Soviet composer Dmitri Shostakovich. Among the recordings marking the anniversary are two CDs that each bear evidence of the composer's struggle to hold onto artistic integrity under Stalin's oppression. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2006/09/19/classical_tracks?refid=0 Tue, 19 Sep 2006 13:30:00 -0500 New Classical Tracks: Joshua Bell Violinist Joshua Bell (who's appearing Sept. 14-16 with the St. Paul Chamber Orchestra) has just released a new recording called "The Voice of the Violin." In the tradition of violin masters of the past, he's created a collection of encore pieces--music written for the singing voice, newly arranged for his instrument. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2006/09/12/classical_tracks?refid=0 Tue, 12 Sep 2006 16:10:00 -0500 New Classical Tracks: Khandoshkin At first Anastasia Khitruk thought he must be a contemporary composer who hadn't yet become well-known. Further research identified Ivan Khandoshkin as a musician who served at the imperial court of St. Petersburg, a virtuoso violinist and an accomplished composer who knew how to write challenging, yet entertaining, music. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2006/09/05/classical_tracks?refid=0 Tue, 05 Sep 2006 17:50:00 -0500 New Classical Tracks: Joel Fan On "World Keys," pianist Joel Fan circumnavigates the musical earth. Seven of the 13 pieces on this recording are world premieres that explore music from Asia, Europe and Australia. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2006/08/22/classical_tracksfan?refid=0 Tue, 22 Aug 2006 12:56:56 -0500 New Classical Tracks: Vivaldi's long-lost score Last year, while quietly examining manuscripts in the Dresden library, musicologist Janice Stockigt unearthed a score that looked out of place. It turned out to be a long-lost score by Antonio Vivaldi. Classical host Julie Amacher listens to the first recording of the "Dixit Dominus" Psalm. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2006/08/15/classical_tracks?refid=0 Tue, 15 Aug 2006 12:59:03 -0500 New Classical Tracks: the guitar works of Ponce In a new CD release, Puerto Rican guitarist Eladio Scharron continues his survey of guitar music by early 20th-century Mexican composer Manuel Ponce. Julie Amacher says Scharron produces a warm, inviting tone that makes Ponce's inviting melodies even more memorable. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2006/08/09/classical_tracks?refid=0 Wed, 09 Aug 2006 13:00:00 -0500 New Classical Tracks: Josefowicz plays Shostakovich On her latest recording, violinist Leila Josefowicz commemorates the centenary of Dmitri Shostakovich's birth with two contrasting works. The First Violin Concerto is a 20th-century masterpiece that shines with optimism as it battles its way to eventual victory. The Violin Sonata represents the composer's bitterness after years of working under the repressive Soviet regime. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2006/07/18/classicaltracks?refid=0 Tue, 18 Jul 2006 20:30:49 -0500 New Classical Tracks: Brahms & Saint-Saens for two "People think that because we are identical [twins] we can play together more easily, but it's actually harder," says Suher Pekinel. She and her sister Guher have been an acclaimed piano duo for more than two decades. Their latest recording features music by two late-19th century composers who doubled as virtuoso pianists. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2006/07/11/newclassicaltracks?refid=0 Tue, 11 Jul 2006 16:20:00 -0500 New Classical Tracks: Teatro Lirico A new release featuring sonatas and dances from 17th-century Italy and Slovakia performed by the chamber ensemble Teatro Lirico matches the summer spirit perfectly. The music is simple, spacious and stimulating. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2006/07/05/classical_tracks?refid=0 Wed, 05 Jul 2006 12:43:40 -0500 New Classical Tracks: oboe concertos The most recent release from Hungarian oboist Lajos Lencses features Baroque concertos by George Frideric Handel and Christoph Forster, accompanied by the Ensemble Instrumental La Follia. You have to be an extreme talent to take on these works, and Lencses is suited up and ready. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2006/06/27/classical_tracks?refid=0 Tue, 27 Jun 2006 14:31:47 -0500 New Classical tracks : Norwegian dances Edvard Grieg's orchestral music is special because he wrote it reluctantly. He focused on smaller works partly because he thought he lacked mastery of the orchestra and large classical forms. Of the 15 orchestral works Grieg did write, four are on this new disc by conductor Paavo Jarvi. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2006/06/19/classical_tracks?refid=0 Tue, 20 Jun 2006 14:21:55 -0500 New Classical Tracks: Chopin nocturnes In 1960, Maurizio Pollini won the Sixth International Chopin Competition in Warsaw. Now, at age 64, Pollini decided the time was finally right to record Chopin's nocturnes. http://minnesota.publicradio.org/display/web/2006/06/06/classical_tracks?refid=0 Tue, 06 Jun 2006 14:12:12 -0500 New Classical Tracks: Minnesota Orchestra The Minnesota Orchestra is in the midst of a five-disc, five-year cycle in which it will record all nine Beethoven symphonies. The first recording in the series, featuring the Fourth and Fifth symphonies, received high marks throughout the music world. Now the pressure is on to repeat that success story with the second installment. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2006/05/30/classical_tracks?refid=0 Tue, 30 May 2006 14:00:00 -0500 New Classical Tracks: Nuove Musiche Early 17th-century Florence was home to a musical movement that aimed for a simpler, more expressive sound than the one inherited from the previous century. Norwegian guitarist Rolf Lislevand has just released a recording that features a contemporary re-imagining of this "new music." http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2006/05/23/classical_tracks?refid=0 Tue, 23 May 2006 14:10:12 -0500 New Classical Tracks: Emerson String Quartet It's not easy maintaining a long-term relationship; longevity is the sum of numerous hours, intense energy, and infinite patience. After nearly 30 years, the Emerson String Quartet has managed to master a harmonious musical partnership, beautifully displayed on their new album. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2006/05/17/classical_tracks?refid=0 Tue, 16 May 2006 18:40:02 -0500 New Classical Tracks: Nicola Benedetti A leading music industry producer has been hired to transform young violinist Nicola Benedetti into a major international superstar without changing her image as a promising young musician. They've collaborated on Benedetti's first CD, a recording of three Romantic concertos. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2006/05/09/newclassicaltracks?refid=0 Tue, 09 May 2006 12:30:05 -0500 New Classical Tracks: The Golden Voice On his second solo recording, young Maltese tenor Joseph Calleja explores Italian and French arias. Some are popular favorites and others are forgotten jewels. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2006/05/01/classical_tracks?refid=0 Mon, 01 May 2006 15:40:00 -0500 New Classical Tracks: Kissin and Levine Last May, more than 2,000 lucky ticket holders were on hand for a rare performance of Schubert's piano duets with two world-class performers, James Levine and Evgeny Kissin. With the release of this new, live recording, you can be a witness to that sold-out Carnegie Hall performance too. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2006/04/26/classical_tracks?refid=0 Tue, 25 Apr 2006 18:24:54 -0500 New Classical Tracks: The Art of Barry Tuckwell At his best, horn virtuoso Barry Tuckwell has a rare combination of big sound and refined technique. As Julie Amacher listened to a new retrospective marking Tuckwell's 75th birthday, she heard these qualities and more. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2006/04/18/classical_tracks?refid=0 Tue, 18 Apr 2006 14:45:00 -0500 New Classical Tracks: Mozart piano concertos Great technical skill is crucial to communicate Mozart's intentions, skill that pianist Piotr Anderszewski has in great abundance. With his simple, personal approach, the playing on his new Mozart CD is clear and clean, but not without passion, matching the character of the music. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2006/04/11/classical_tracks?refid=0 Tue, 11 Apr 2006 15:31:17 -0500 New Classical Tracks: Dvorak trios The members of the Weilerstein Trio are a close-knit family, making the musical expression on this new CD particularly personal. That's just right for the intimate feelings Dvorak put into these chamber pieces. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2006/04/04/classical_tracks?refid=0 Tue, 04 Apr 2006 14:00:00 -0500 New Classical Tracks: Parisian flutes Some of the first music written for the modern flute is featured on a new recording called "Flute Music of the Paris Conservatory." http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2006/03/28/classical_tracks?refid=0 Tue, 28 Mar 2006 16:31:42 -0600 New Classical Tracks: Lang Lang's vivid "Memory" This new CD connects pianist Lang Lang to music that he strongly associates with his childhood. Some of these works he learned many years ago, and some he remembers first hearing as a child. Lang Lang takes us from thoughtful moments of quiet reflection to radiant displays of virtuosity. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2006/03/21/classical_tracks?refid=0 Tue, 21 Mar 2006 14:45:07 -0600 New Classical Tracks: Rhapsody in Blue A young pianist from the Dominican Republic teams up with a Spanish orchestra to play a piece that's got New York written all over it. For Michel Camilo, Gershwin's "Rhapsody in Blue" has opportunity written all over it. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2006/03/14/classical_tracks?refid=0 Tue, 14 Mar 2006 18:00:00 -0600 New Classical Tracks: Chapel of the Pieta Just like the Grand Canal that passes each of the districts in as it twists along the length of Venice, this new recording by La Serenissima takes us on a magical journey through Vivaldi's music for the Chapel of the Pieta. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2006/03/07/classical_tracks?refid=0 Tue, 07 Mar 2006 18:00:00 -0600 New Classical Tracks: Beethoven's Fifth The world was not transformed by the first hearing of Beethoven's Fifth Symphony but over time the piece has come to represent transformation, which is why the West-Eastern Divan Orchestra has chosen to record it. This performance is filled with the courage and the passion of these musical ambassadors. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2006/02/28/classical_tracks?refid=0 Tue, 28 Feb 2006 17:06:25 -0600 New Classical Tracks: Scharwenka's piano concerto Pianist Marc-Andre Hamelin shows off his technical ability during 10 minutes of athletic pyrotechnics that would easily earn a gold medal. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2006/02/21/classical_tracks?refid=0 Tue, 21 Feb 2006 16:57:16 -0600 New Classical Tracks: sound the trumpets of Bach If someone asked you to identify a classical trumpeter, whose name would you think of? How about Alison Balsom? Her new recording, featuring works by Bach, makes it clear why she deserves your attention. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2006/02/14/classicaltracks?refid=0 Tue, 14 Feb 2006 16:38:27 -0600 New Classical Tracks: Vivaldi flute concertos Maybe you've heard the old quip that Vivaldi wrote the same concerto 600 times? Flutist Emmanuel Pahud proves that isn't true on a new recording with the Australian Chamber Orchestra. http://minnesota.publicradio.org/display/web/2006/02/07/new_classical_tracks?refid=0 Tue, 07 Feb 2006 17:17:43 -0600 New Classical Tracks: German Overtures If you're looking for a recording to improve your midwinter doldrums, this collection of German overtures will do the trick. It reminds classical host Julie Amacher of a big golden book of fairytales that one reads as a child. http://news.minnesota.publicradio.org/features/2006/01/31_newsroom_classicaltracks/?refid=0 Tue, 31 Jan 2006 17:00:00 -0600 New Classical Tracks: Mozart's &quot;Requiem&quot; It may seem odd to celebrate Mozart's 250th birthday by talking about death music, but Mozart's &quot;Requiem&quot; is considered to be one on the great masterworks of Western classical music, and the Atlanta Symphony's new recording is worth a listen with fresh ears. http://news.minnesota.publicradio.org/features/2006/01/24_newsroom_classicaltracks/?refid=0 Tue, 24 Jan 2006 20:10:00 -0600 New Classical Tracks: The four hands of Mozart They have been married for 38 years, and for most of that time, they've been performing together as a piano duo. That's why it's surprising to discover that Misha and Cipa Dichter have just released their first recording together. It's a three-CD album of the complete piano works for four hands by Mozart. http://news.minnesota.publicradio.org/features/2006/01/17_newsroom_classicaltracks/?refid=0 Tue, 17 Jan 2006 16:00:00 -0600 New Classical Tracks: Mozart violin concertos This new release features a young German violinist who is being hailed by reviewers as a &quot;full-fledged phenomenal violinist.&quot; Julia Fischer tackles some very difficult phrases in the Mozart Violin Concertos 3 and 4. http://news.minnesota.publicradio.org/features/2006/01/10_newsroom_classicaltracks/?refid=0 Tue, 10 Jan 2006 18:00:00 -0600 New Classical Tracks: Beethoven piano concertos Beethoven's Ninth Symphony is a traditional way to ring in the New Year. Why not start 2006 with a new recording of Beethoven piano concertos? http://news.minnesota.publicradio.org/features/2006/01/03_newsroom_classicaltracks/?refid=0 Tue, 03 Jan 2006 17:00:00 -0600 New Classical Tracks: waltzes for dancing and mysticism Two-hundred-and-fifty years ago music written in 3/4 time from two different cultures collided, creating a new form, the waltz. That story is told by Concerto Koln and Sarband on, &quot;The Waltz &ndash; Ecstasy and Mysticism.&quot; The waltz became popular in Europe because the dancers whirled and twirled into a state of ecstasy. According to classical host Julie Amacher, this recording may very well have the same effect on you. http://news.minnesota.publicradio.org/features/2005/12/28_newsroom_classicaltracks/?refid=0 Wed, 28 Dec 2005 10:00:00 -0600 New Classical Tracks: Grex Vocalis If you're looking for a special theme album this holiday season, Grex Vocalis should be on your list. Classical host Julie Amacher explains. http://news.minnesota.publicradio.org/features/2005/12/20_newsroom_classicaltracks/?refid=0 Tue, 20 Dec 2005 20:45:00 -0600 New Classical Tracks: Handel's &quot;Messiah&quot; Classical host Julie Amacher reviews a new live recording with Concentus Musicus Wien conducted by Nikolaus Harnoncourt in surround sound. http://news.minnesota.publicradio.org/features/2005/12/13_newsroom_classicaltracks/?refid=0 Tue, 13 Dec 2005 13:30:00 -0600 New Classical Tracks: Music for crickets Classical host Julie Amacher reviews a new recording of concertos and suites by composer Georg Philip Telemann. Apollo's Fire Baroque Orchestra, conducted by Jeannette Sorrell, brings Telemann's light-hearted nature to the surface with the help of medieval knights, a harlequin, and a family of crickets. http://news.minnesota.publicradio.org/features/2005/12/07_newsroom_classicaltracks/?refid=0 Wed, 07 Dec 2005 11:30:00 -0600 New classical tracks: Growing up with Mozart After almost 30 years as one of the top-ranking violin virtuosos of our time, you might think Anne-Sophie Mutter has done it all. Her new recording marks the beginning of a project she's dreamed about since she was 6 years old. http://news.minnesota.publicradio.org/features/2005/11/29_newsroom_classicaltracks/?refid=0 Tue, 29 Nov 2005 18:30:00 -0600 New classical tracks: Spanish Serenade Spain has a lengthy reputation for luring artists and musicians to its magical land. In a matter of minutes, classical host Julie Amacher found herself cast under its spell as she listened to &quot;Violonchelo Espanol&quot; by cellist Yuli Turovsky and his group, I Musici de Montreal. http://news.minnesota.publicradio.org/features/2005/11/22_newsroom_classicaltracks/?refid=0 Tue, 22 Nov 2005 19:30:00 -0600 New classical tracks: Horn Sonatas This German import features horn sonatas spanning three centuries, starting at the end of the 18th with Beethoven. MPR's classical host Julie Amacher finds the music simple-sounding, yet complex, beautiful, and challenging. http://news.minnesota.publicradio.org/features/2005/11/14_newsroom_clasicaltracks/?refid=0 Tue, 15 Nov 2005 18:33:00 -0600 New classical tracks: Brahms' Hungarian Dances Conductor Marin Alsop and the London Philharmonic Orchestra continue their crtically acclaimed Brahms series on the Naxos label, and MPR classical host Julie Amacher says this one should be on your holiday shopping list. http://news.minnesota.publicradio.org/features/2005/11/08_newsroom_classicaltracks/?refid=0 Tue, 08 Nov 2005 18:00:00 -0600 New classical tracks: A Scottish Fantasy Violinist Rachel Barton Pine's new CD is filled with music that taps into the connection between classical music and traditional fiddle tunes that flourished in Scotland. MPR's classical host Julie Amacher tunes in. http://news.minnesota.publicradio.org/features/2005/11/01_newsroom_classicaltracks/?refid=0 Wed, 02 Nov 2005 11:30:00 -0600 New classical tracks: Biber, &quot;Missa Christi resurgentis&quot; Last year marked the 300th anniversary of Heinrich Ignaz Franz Biber's death in Salzburg. To honor this 17th-century composer, the English Concert and Andrew Manze performed his Missa Christi resurgentis all over the world. MPR's Julie Amacher listens to the recording. http://news.minnesota.publicradio.org/features/2005/10/25_newsroom_classicaltracks/?refid=0 Wed, 26 Oct 2005 14:00:00 -0500 New classical tracks: Hilary Hahn channels Mozart New Mozart recordings will be appearing on store shelves in honor of his 250th birth anniversary, but violinist Hilary Hahn is ahead of the pack with this first-rate recording. MPR classical host Julie Amacher explains. http://news.minnesota.publicradio.org/features/2005/10/19_newsroom_newclassical/?refid=0 Wed, 19 Oct 2005 18:00:00 -0500 New classical tracks: Debussy's &quot;La Mer&quot; On their newest release, Sir Simon Rattle and the Berlin Philharmonic dish up a healthy portion of Debussy's most popular orchestral works. Mpr's Classical host Julie Amacher sits down enjoy this four course wonder. http://news.minnesota.publicradio.org/features/2005/10/13_amacherj_newtracks/?refid=0 Thu, 13 Oct 2005 18:00:00 -0500 New classical tracks: Janine Jansen plays Vivaldi How many recordings of Vivaldi's Four Seasons do you suppose are currently in print? Yet, Dutch violinist Janine Jansen felt she had something new to add to this old chestnut. Classical host Julie Amacher finds this new release a quite surprising. http://news.minnesota.publicradio.org/features/2005/10/04_amacherj_newtracks/?refid=0 Thu, 06 Oct 2005 16:42:00 -0500 A musical holiday wishlist Santa is not the only one with his list checked twice. Classical host Julie Amacher shares holiday picks that might help you deck the halls. http://news.minnesota.publicradio.org/features/2004/12/14_amacherj_holidaypicks/?refid=0 Tue, 14 Dec 2004 17:30:00 -0600 The St. John Passion MPR's Julie Amacher discusses the St. John Passion with Bach scholar Thomas Lancaster. http://music.minnesota.publicradio.org/features/0404_stjohnpassion/?refid=0 Thu, 08 Apr 2004 09:00:00 -0500