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JoAnn Falletta and the Buffalo Philharmonic Orchestra — Florent Schmitt: La Tragedie de Salome/Musique sur l’eau/Oriane et le Prince d’Amour/Légende (Naxos) “It was like a treasure box of music that I didn’t know at all,” said conductor JoAnn Falletta after scholar Phillip Nones introduced her to the musical scores of Florent Schmitt. “A true color…
 
Last month, Christopher Newport University announced an initiative called the New Musicals Lab. The New Musicals Lab brings together writers, directors, composers, designers, and performers from all over the country to create and workshop musical theatre in the safe haven of Hampton Roads. Rebecca Weinstein spoke with Artistic Producer Colin Ruffer…
 
Inbal Segev – 20 Pieces for 2020 (Avie) Jump to CD giveaway form When the global pandemic shut down concert halls and live performances last year, cellist Inbal Segev knew she couldn’t just sit at home and do nothing. That’s when she and her husband drafted a plan to commission 20 composers to write 20 new works for cello in 2020. The first recordi…
 
Andrew Von Oeyen — Bach — Beethoven (Warner Classics) “The first question was not, ‘What should I play?’ It was, ‘Should I even practice?’” said pianist Andrew von Oeyen when the global pandemic shut everything down in 2020. “Do I even want to practice? Because, the whole thing was such a shock to all of us.” Then he, who lives both in Paris and in…
 
Jeni Slotchiver — American Heritage (ZOHO) “Many people thought that this was the right time to do this,” said pianist Jeni Slotchiver on her new album, American Heritage. “I did it before, but the music was relevant then as it is now. My African American students had long wanted me to record this music. I was concerned with how they are going to t…
 
Barthold Kuijken & Immanuel Davis — La Magnifique: Flute Music for the Court of Louis XIV (Naxos) When asked what flutist Immanuel Davis discovered about himself during the pandemic he said, “That my love of the flute and my love of music has to be from within and I also learned how much my students propel me. I really came face to face with how mu…
 
Pacifica Quartet — Contemporary Voices (Cedille) “I can relate so much to these three pieces after going through this pandemic,” said violist Mark Holloway reflecting on, Contemporary Voices, the most recent release from Pacifica Quartet. “Each one has something quite unique to say.” The recording features three contemporary pieces commissioned by …
 
The Nordic Fiddlers Bloc — Bonfrost (NFB Records) “There's just always been a lot of fiddle players in Shetland,” said Scottish fiddler Kevin Henderson and member of the Nordic Fiddlers Bloc. “My grandfather was a huge fan of fiddle music. That's how I got the bug.” Shetland is a small community with a rich fiddling tradition that goes back hundred…
 
This week on New Classical Tracks, in celebration of Black Music Appreciation Month we revisit violist Paul Laraia of Catalyst Quartet discussing the joys and privileges of honoring composer Samuel Coleridge-Taylor in the ensemble's first recording in a series commemorating Black composers.By American Public Media
 
Nathalie Stutzmann/Orfeo 55 — Contralto (Warner Classics/Erato) “Oh là là! I’m actually living my dream,” said conductor and contralto Nathalie Stutzmann. “My two biggest goals in life were to be a singer and a conductor, and I am just living my dream.” Nathalie Stutzmann believes that every dream can come true and she’s living proof. It was a chal…
 
Gregory Harrington: Glass Hour; with Mark Shapiro and the Janáček Philharmonic (Estile Records) One thing we can all agree on is that the pandemic has impacted how we perceive the passage of time. The days seem to go slow, while the year goes by quickly. Maybe you feel as if you’ve been stuck in a Ground Hog Day scenario. Violinist Gregory Harringt…
 
Russian pianist Daniil Trifonov is used to traveling and performing as an international soloist. During the global pandemic, he's been staying close to home, but among live and streamed concerts, he has released a new recording that highlights Russian composers from about 1880 to 1925, 'The Silver Age.'…
 
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