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'2776' is the new musical comedy album from writers Rob Kutner and the Levinson brothers. The premise: it’s the 1000th birthday of America, and an evil alien is threatening to destroy the U.S. unless the president and his secret service agent can prove that the country is worth saving. '2776' features more than 80 comedians, musicians and actors who got together to record songs about this crazy place we call home.
Lior Rosner is a television, film and classical music composer who recently released his first classical album, 'Awake and Dream,' on Bridge Records.
Ready for a return visit to the turf of the Sharks and Jets? The San Francisco Symphony is betting that you are, with a new live recording of the first-ever concert performances of Bernstein's complete score to 'West Side Story.'
How many of the late, great Claudio Abbado recordings have we yet to discover? Undoubtedly, there will be a rush of unreleased or reissued material, but Deutsche Grammophon has just brought out a new piano concertos album from 2013.
The sultry '90s harbored some of the most sensually authentic R&B of the last few decades. One of our favorites from that time, D'Angelo, will break on through to this millennium's side with a re-release of his famous Jazz Café performance in London from September 14, 1995.
The Montreal Gazette has reported on a notable new release from the Analekta label, one of the leading Canadian recording companies. The reason that it will be of especial interest to some casual observers is that the pianist showcased on it is one Karin Kei Nagano--the 15-year-old daughter of Kent, revered chief conductor of the Montreal Symphony Orchestra.
Warner Classics has signed the U.K.'s Aurora Orchestra to a three-album deal. This is the first announced signing for Warner under the new regime (since the acquisition of what was the EMI and Virgin Classics catalogs, and an artists and repertoire process that is now run by Alain Lanceron and Jean-Philippe Roland, both from the EMI ranks).
With all the Damrau hype circulating her upcoming performance as Amina at The Metropolitan Opera's production of Bellini's La Sonnambula and a one-off (Le) Poisson Rouge show, there must be little time to find a respite from the excitement.
No compromise operas, an exciting-sounding concept.
Care of Washington, D.C.'s most favored (and revered) archivist label, the full UNESCO Collection of Traditional Music will see the material world for the first time since 2005. Yes, indeed, Smithsonian Folkways Recordings is re-releasing this entire catalog series--in both physical and digital formats.
Classical Music magazine details the latest reports from the U.S. and U.K. classical music recording trends. Based on figures released by Nielsen SoundScan and by the British Phonographic Institute (BPI, the U.K.'s trade body) and the Official Charts Company, the big news is that digital music downloads have a down arrow by them for the first time ever in the United States, while continuing to grow across the pond, and that the monster that is streaming is getting fatter.
'Great Voices Sing: John Denver' also features Plácido Domingo, Rod Gilfry, Daniel Montenegro, Danielle de Niese and René Pape, among many others. Each artist was allowed to choose which classic Denver tune he or she wished to sing; unbelievably, no two artists chose the same song.
Sony Classical will issue a recording of the 2014 New Year's Day concert from the Vienna Philharmonic--conducted this year by Daniel Barenboim. Gramophone reports that Sony plans the release for January 13, 2014.