Classical pianist and composer Stephen Hough is set to release his brand new album with the Andris Nelsons led City of Birmingham Symphony Orchestra, Schumann and Dvořák Piano Concertos, on Hyperion Records April 8. Consisting of a rarely heard work by Antonín Dvořák alongside one of Robert Schumann's well-known piano concertos -- the juxtaposition exemplifies the characteristic idiom of both composers while revealing a new perspective on the pianistic writing of each, as well as the solo piano concerto form overall.
Béla Fleck's thrilling new documentary film, Béla Fleck: How to Write a Banjo Concerto, follows that instrument's trailblazer (and, lest we forget, 15-time GRAMMY winner) through one of his most challenging musical journeys--down deep into the heart of the symphony orchestra. And Classicalites will be equally thrilled to know the doc is now available on iTunes.
Opening on Thursday and running until February 15, the Metropolitan Opera will be presenting the great Antonin Dvořák's 'Rusalka.' Even better, Renée Fleming will return to one of her signature roles--singing the emblematic "Song to the Moon" aria as only she can.