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Kicking off a banner season in 2022-23, Inbal Segev releases the fourth and last volume of her “20 for 2020” commissioning project on October 7, comprising world premiere works by Oscar Bettison, Camille El Bacha, Stewart Goodyear, Molly Joyce, and Immanuel Wilkins. All four volumes of the project, plus a bonus track by Segev herself. The cellist p…
 
Mirga Gražinyte-Tyla launched her Deutsche Grammophon recording career in 2019 with an album devoted to Mieczyslaw Weinberg’s Symphonies Nos. 2 and 21, released to tie in with the centenary of this neglected composer. Among its many accolades, it was named Gramophone’s Recording of the Year and won Gražinyte-Tyla the Opus Klassik Conductor of the Y…
 
The three works featured on this recording each have a connection with the trumpeter Timofei Dokshizer. Born in Nizhyn (in the Chernihiv region, now Ukraine) on 13 December 1921, he commenced his concert activity on All-Union Radio when barely 20, and then, in 1947, gained first prize at a competition in Prague. Although he enjoyed a notable career…
 
The opera is a satire on the aesthetic movement of the 1870s and '80s in England, part of the 19th-century European movement that emphasized aesthetic values over moral or social themes in literature, fine art, the decorative arts, and interior design. Called "Art for Art's Sake", the movement valued its ideals of beauty above any pragmatic concern…
 
Among great pianists, Mikhail Pletnev is regarded as a magician. The latest release on Verbier Festival Gold showcases his powerful artistry in the realms of concerti and encores. This release opens with Haydn's D major Concerto, Hob. XVIII (led by Iván Fischer) and Tsfasman's Suite No. 1 for Piano (led by Kent Nagano). These works are followed by …
 
The Room is a 2003 American drama film written, produced, executive produced, and directed by Tommy Wiseau, who stars in the film alongside Juliette Danielle and Greg Sestero. The film centers on a melodramatic love triangle between amiable banker Johnny (Wiseau), his deceptive fiancée Lisa (Danielle), and his conflicted best friend Mark (Sestero).…
 
Mackenna's Gold is a 1969 American Western film directed by J. Lee Thompson, starring an ensemble cast featuring Gregory Peck, Omar Sharif, Telly Savalas, Ted Cassidy, Camilla Sparv and Julie Newmar in lead roles. It was photographed in Super Panavision 70 and Technicolor by Joseph MacDonald, with original music by Quincy Jones. Purchase the music …
 
In the late Middle Ages, a literary genre of devotional books illustrated with woodcuts flourished under the name ‘ars moriendi’. They gave instructions on how to 'die well'. The purpose of this tradition was to attune the soul to the 'art of dying' in order to save it for eternity. Music is also an ars moriendi, an exercise in the "becoming" of a …
 
“I hope that the listener to this piece can feel not just the power and the majesty of the music but also the incredible science behind the piece … we know such a small amount about our universe ... and this symphony starts to shed light on that fact” Marin Alsop Purchase the music (without talk) at: The Moons Symphony (classicalmusicdiscoveries.st…
 
Alceste, ou Le triomphe d'Alcide is a tragédie en musique in a prologue and five acts by Jean-Baptiste Lully. The French-language libretto is by Philippe Quinault, after Euripides' Alcestis. It was first performed on 19 January 1674 at the Théâtre du Palais-Royal by the Paris Opera. Purchase the music (without talk) at: Lully: Alceste (classicalmus…
 
L’Aurore is Carolin Widmann’s seventh recording for the New Series and her first solo violin disc for the label, exploring a characteristically wide arc of composition with élan and imagination. In this fascinating recital, Widmann sets out to document the expressive potential of the violin in a program that concludes with a radiant account of Joha…
 
Inspired by Stravinsky’s unique rhythmic and harmonic style, The Bully’s Firebird is part-inspired, part derivative, and in a few cases, straight Stravinsky as a composition intended to tell a new story while honoring his incredible musical language. Purchase the music (without talk) at: An Homage to Stravinsky (classicalmusicdiscoveries.store) You…
 
Chicago-based violinist Rachel Barton Pine plays 20th-century American composer Florence Price’s Violin Concerto No. 2 with the Royal Scottish National Orchestra, conducted by Jonathon Heyward, on her new Cedille Records album Violin Concertos by Black Composers Through the Centuries, available September 9, 2022. Purchase the music (without talk) a…
 
On Early Music from Luxembourg classical and contemporary pianist and composer Francesco Tristano. The record is a return to what Tristano calls his first love – early music. “I grew up listening to a lot of early music,” he says. “So it’s always been with me.” TRACKLIST: 1. Toccata - Francesco Tristano 2. On John Bull's Galliard In D - Francesco T…
 
Gettysburg is a 1993 American epic war film about the Battle of Gettysburg in the American Civil War. Written and directed by Ronald F. Maxwell, the film was adapted from the 1974 historical novel The Killer Angels by Michael Shaara. It features an ensemble cast, including Tom Berenger as James Longstreet, Jeff Daniels as Joshua Chamberlain, Martin…
 
The first complete recording of W.A. Mozart’s piano sonatas on the composer’s own fortepiano, performed by American pianist and Mozart scholar Robert Levin. This comprehensive, 7-CD boxed set also comprises unfinished fragments by the Austrian composer, here completed by Levin himself in consideration of Mozart’s idioms and the compositional formal…
 
Proserpine (Proserpina) is an opera with music by Jean-Baptiste Lully and a libretto by Philippe Quinault first performed at Saint-Germain-en-Laye on 3 February 1680. Purchase the music (without talk) at: Lully: Proserpine (classicalmusicdiscoveries.store) Your purchase helps to support our show! Classical Music Discoveries is sponsored by La Music…
 
For her second collaboration, soprano Marie-Eve Munger releases Maestrino Mozart, an album devoted to Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart’s rarely-heard arias composed between the ages of 10-16. Maestrino Mozart features Munger alongside Les Boréades de Montréal and conductor Philippe Bourque in a program curated to contradict any assumption that Mozart’s earl…
 
Partch wrote his dance satire The Bewitched to explore how civilization can move forward by rediscovering our ancient past. It showcases the composer’s pioneering writing for the female voice, unfolding across ten scenes based on everyday American life plus a prologue and epilogue. The witch appears in each of the scenes, using her magic to provide…
 
Métier Records (the new-music arm of Divine Art Recordings) is delighted to announce the forthcoming release of an album of choral music by New England composer Rodney Lister, following a recording of chamber and vocal works. Purchase the music (without talk) at: Faith Based Initiatives (classicalmusicdiscoveries.store) Your purchase helps to suppo…
 
Song, the new album from cellist Sheku-Kanneh Mason, features music from across the entire spectrum of classical, folk, jazz, and pop - all personally curated by Sheku. The eclectic mix of styles are tied together by one thing - the unique singing voice of Sheku's cello. On Song, Sheku collaborates with friends and family, including jazz pianist Ha…
 
As broad-ranging and eclectic as its repertoire may be, the Janoska Ensemble stands for a very special sound that offers audiences an intimate combination of sensuality and sophistication, airiness, and precision. When looking for a basic idea for their third album, the ensemble started from their own strength in improvising. The backbone of this r…
 
Deutsche Grammophon releases a double-disc album of Evgeny Kissin’s sensational recital at last summer’s Salzburg Festival. The Salzburg Recital builds dramatic tension across a compelling program of music by Berg, Chopin, Gershwin, and Khrennikov. Purchase the music (without talk) at: Evgeny Kissin - The Salzburg Recial (classicalmusicdiscoveries.…
 
Acis et Galatée (Acis and Galatea) is an opera by Jean-Baptiste Lully. Unlike most of his operas, which are designated tragédies en musique, Lully called this work a pastorale-héroïque, because it was on a pastoral theme and had only three acts (plus a prologue) compared to the usual five. Otherwise, there is little musically or dramatically to dis…
 
Pianist Yuja Wang, clarinetist Andreas Ottensamer, and cellist Gautier Capuçon have earned a reputation as a “super-trio,” having given performances worldwide that reveal the instinctive, almost telepathic bond of musical communication that exists between the three players. Works by Sergei Rachmaninoff and Johannes Brahms include visionary interpre…
 
Yarn/Wire’s musical relationship with McIntosh has lasted over a decade since the ensemble first commissioned the composer to write the starkly beautiful Hyenas in the Temples of Pleasure for two pianists and two percussionists in 2012. Little Jimmy represents the next step on their path together and the deeply personal works on this recording are …
 
The Lord of the Rings: The Rings of Power is an American fantasy television series based on the novel The Lord of the Rings and its appendices by J. R. R. Tolkien. Developed by showrunners J. D. Payne and Patrick McKay for the streaming service Prime Video, the series is set in the Second Age of Middle-earth, thousands of years before Tolkien's The…
 
Amadis or Amadis de Gaule (Amadis of Gaul) is a tragédie en musique in a prologue and five acts by Jean-Baptiste Lully to a libretto by Philippe Quinault based on Nicolas Herberay des Essarts' adaptation of Garci Rodríguez de Montalvo's Amadis de Gaula. It was premiered by the Paris Opera at the Théâtre du Palais-Royal sometime from January 15 to 1…
 
Apollo Chamber Players releases its sixth album, MoonStrike. MoonStrike is a universal celebration of storytelling, space, and folk song realized through new works by Jennifer Higdon, Jerod Impichchaachaaha’ Tate, and Pierre Jalbert. Tate’s title work, MoonStrike, is narrated by Chickasaw astronaut John Herrington, the first American Indian citizen…
 
Comprising two works - The Paper Lined Shack” for soprano and orchestra, and “Things Unseen” for string quartet - this album is a deeply personal one for Beal in many respects, representing Beal’s lineage, past and present. The libretto to “The Paper Lined Shack” was compiled by Joan Beal, utilizing texts and images sourced from his great-grandmoth…
 
Glory is a 1989 American historical war drama film directed by Edward Zwick about the 54th Massachusetts Infantry Regiment, one of the Union Army's earliest African-American regiments in the American Civil War. It stars Matthew Broderick as Colonel Robert Gould Shaw, the regiment's commanding officer, and Denzel Washington, Cary Elwes, and Morgan F…
 
Halla Steinunn Stefánsdóttir explains, “I am sitting on an eroded concrete overlook. It is a sunny day. The air is nippy so the wind coming over the Öresund strait feels like gjóla (breeze, slight gust of wind). I have gathered stones and twigs and pinned down transparent sketching paper on top of the concrete. I pull out my old gut strings, they s…
 
Radamisto (HWV 12) is an opera seria in three acts by George Frideric Handel to an Italian libretto by Nicola Francesco Haym, based on L'amor tirannico, o Zenobia by Domenico Lalli and Zenobia by Matteo Noris. It was Handel's first opera for the Royal Academy of Music. The opera's plot is loosely based on incidents from Tacitus's Annals of Imperial…
 
Our featured opera composer for September 2022. Jean-Baptiste Lully, born Giovanni Battista Lulli, 28 November 1632 – 22 March 1687, was an Italian-born French composer, instrumentalist, and dancer who is considered a master of the French Baroque music style. Best known for his operas, he spent most of his life working in the court of Louis XIV of …
 
Konstantin Vassiliev’s music synthesizes several different styles including jazz, Russian folk music, and contemporary Western traditions. This album contains music written over a 22-year period, with three works composed specifically for guitar soloist Yuri Liberzon. The Hommage à Tom Jobin was inspired by one of the creators of the bossa nova sty…
 
The Summer Night Concert was performed this year on June 16th, 2022. It is an annual open-air event, which has been held since 2008. The previous series was the “Concert for Europe”, which took place from 2004 until 2007. The park of Schönbrunn Palace in Vienna/Austria is the magical setting for the concert. Purchase the music (without talk) at: Su…
 
Composer and pianist Ola Gjeilo announces his second solo piano album, Dawn, on Decca Classics, featuring 17 tracks of brand-new soothing, meditative piano melodies. Purchase the music (without talk) at: Dawn (classicalsavings.com) Your purchase helps to support our show! Classical Music Discoveries is sponsored by La Musica International Chamber M…
 
Symphony No. 101 in D major, The Clock (1793/1794) Symphony No. 102 in B♭ major (1794) Symphony No. 103 in E♭ major, Drumroll (1795) Symphony No. 104 in D major, London (1795) These are the final 4 recordings conducted by Sylvia Wagner before her passing due to cancer. Purchase this recording at Haydn: Symphonies 101 - 104 (classicalsavings.com)…
 
Partenope ("Parthenope", HWV 27) is an opera by George Frideric Handel, first performed at the King's Theatre in London on 24 February 1730. Although following the structure and forms of opera seria, the work is humorous in character and light-textured in music, with a plot involving romantic complications and gender confusion. A success with audie…
 
Star Wars: Episode I – The Phantom Menace is a 1999 American epic space opera film written and directed by George Lucas (his first directorial effort after a 22-year hiatus following the original Star Wars[b] in 1977), It starred Liam Neeson, Ewan McGregor, Natalie Portman, Jake Lloyd, Ahmed Best, Ian McDiarmid, Anthony Daniels, Kenny Baker, Pernil…
 
Barre Phillips’ End to End album, released in 2018, brought the documentation of his music for solo bass to a profound conclusion. Now Face à Face returns the emphasis to collaborative work, dialogue, and shared creation, in improvisations with György Kürtág Jr. Purchase the music (without talk) at: Face a Face (classicalsavings.com) Your purchase …
 
As broad-ranging and eclectic as its repertoire may be, the Janoska Ensemble always stands for a very special sound that offers audiences an intimate combination of sensuality and sophistication, airiness, and precision. This miracle is based on the fact that the interpretations of the Bratislava-born brothers Ondrej, František, and Roman Janoska, …
 
Innerspace is a 1987 American science fiction comedy film directed by Joe Dante and produced by Michael Finnell. Steven Spielberg served as executive producer. It was inspired by the 1966 science fiction film Fantastic Voyage. It stars Dennis Quaid, Martin Short, and Meg Ryan, with Robert Picardo and Kevin McCarthy, with music composed by Jerry Gol…
 
Twin Peaks: Fire Walk with Me is a 1992 psychological horror film directed by David Lynch and written by Lynch and Robert Engels. It serves as a prequel to the television series Twin Peaks (1990–1991), created by Mark Frost and Lynch, who were also executive producers. It revolves around the investigation into the murder of Teresa Banks (Pamela Gid…
 
Blade Runner is a 1982 science fiction film directed by Ridley Scott, and adapted by Hampton Fancher and David Peoples. Starring Harrison Ford, Rutger Hauer, Sean Young, and Edward James Olmos, it is an adaptation of Philip K. Dick's 1968 novel Do Androids Dream of Electric Sheep? The film is set in a dystopian future Los Angeles of 2019, in which …
 
Ariodante (HWV 33) is an opera seria in three acts by George Frideric Handel. The anonymous Italian libretto was based on a work by Antonio Salvi, which in turn was adapted from Canti 4, 5, and 6 of Ludovico Ariosto's Orlando Furioso. Each act contains opportunities for dance, originally composed for dancer Marie Sallé and her company. Purchase the…
 
With his agile technique, dramatic eloquence, and rich palette of vocal colors, tenor Jonathan Tetelman inhabits a range of roles from the French and Italian repertoire. Recorded at the Auditorio Alfredo Kraus with the Orquesta Filarmónica de Gran Canaria and its Chief Conductor, Karel Mark Chichon, this collection shows Tetelman's strong and power…
 
Edie Hill’s Spectral Spirits was commissioned by The Crossing and premiered in Philadelphia and New York City in 2019. The Crossing describes the piece as a “memorial to lost birds,” structured in four pillars representing four bird species that are extinct. The 30-minute piece pairs pastoral musical textures of poetry by Holly J. Hughes with obser…
 
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