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Hélène Grimaud's New CD 'Water' (Deutsche Grammophon) is Her Beautiful, Dark, Twisted Fantasy

REVIEW: Hélène Grimaud, 'Water' (Deutsche Grammophon) >>

In her liner notes for her new Deutsche Grammophon record Water, French-born classical pianist Helene Grimaud notes, "The theme of this album is water: as a source of life and inspiration." Ms. Grimaud goes on to discuss her uniquely holistic project--a meditation of the contrasting incarnations of water. There is a lot to ponder and consider, yes, based largely on Grimaud's stated intentions and what the sound, itself, is saying. Water is a fascinating intellectual journey. And no, it's not a CD you will ever put on just for background noise.

Zubin Mehta and the Israel Philharmonic Return to Chicago with Program of Beethoven, Ravel, and Bardanashvili

EXCLUSIVE: Israel Phil Violinist Sharon Cohen on Bringing Beethoven, Bardanashvili to Chicago >>

The Israel Philharmonic Orchestra has been a welcome visitor at Symphony Center five times since 1996. On Sunday, the orchestra, celebrated as Israel’s foremost cultural ambassador, will bring a program to Chicago that includes Beethoven’s Symphony No. 3 “Eroica,” Ravel’s La Valse and a work by contemporary Israeli composer Josef Bardanashvili. Zubin Mehta, the orchestra’s music director for life, will lead the program at Symphony Center on November 15 at 7:00 p.m.

Q&A with French pianist Cédric Tiberghien on his Symphony Center Debut

EXCLUSIVE: Classicalite Q&A with Cédric Tiberghien >>

Pianist Cédric Tiberghien will open the Chicago Symphony Orchestra’s “Reveries and Passions” festival of French music with a solo recital of music by Debussy, Ravel and Szymanowski at Symphony Center on Sunday, May 3 at 3:00 p.m. This Symphony Center Presents program, inspired by the Festival's overall themes of beauty, fantasy and the darkness of night, will open with one of the most challenging solo piano pieces in the repertoire: Ravel's 'Gaspard de la nuit.'

Mohamed Shams

Mohamed Shams Performs Solo Debut At Carnegie Hall in April >>

Carnegie Hall will be hosting the Egyptian classical pianist Mohamed Shams solo debut in April. During the program, Shams will perform works by Chopin, Carter, Mendelssohn, Ravel, Scarlatti and Egyptian composer Gamal Abdel Rahim.

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Underwater Speakers Play Debussy, Ravel, Mendelssohn and More at Park Hyatt New York Hotel [LISTEN] >>

The newly opened luxury hotel Park Hyatt New York’s indoor pool could be your next favorite listening station. Opened last month, the indoor swimming pool’s underwater speakers play a classical music soundtrack curated by the staff at neighboring Carnegie Hall.

René Pape Returns to Metropolitan Opera for Solo Recital

René Pape Returns to Metropolitan Opera for Solo Recital of Beethoven, Dvořák, Quilter and Mussorgsky on September 28 >>

Renowned operatic bass René Pape will return to the Metropolitan Opera--for a solo recital this time--performing the works of Beethoven (Gellert Songs), Dvorák (Biblical Songs), Roger Quilter (Shakespeare Songs) and Mussorgsky's Songs and Dances of Death at 4 p.m. on Sunday, September 28.

Ben Folds Talks Piano Concert, Bartok and the Babysitter Next Door in His Latest at Gramophone

Ben Folds Talks Piano Concerto, Bartok and the Babysitter Next Door with Gramophone >>

Songwriting comes from a variety of instruments, the basis of songs never being dependent on one set medium (in this case, medium being the instrument the song derives from). For me, that is an acoustic guitar.

Follow the popular trend--in music!

Musical Selfies: Ravel, Mussorgsky and Verdi...Without Makeup! >>

My Facebook feed has been dotted in recent day with the latest social media craze. For a good cause, female friends have been posting photographs of themselves without makeup. Some actually look better that way, in my opinion (I know, nobody asked). One can surely do the same in music. Follow the popular trend--in music!

GIFT GUIDE: Top 6 Classical Music Recordings to Buy in 2014 >>

It's too late now to order a classical music CD or DVD for Christmas, but why not take the New Year as a cue to freshen up your musical tastes?

Classicalite’s Five Best: Interactive Musical Experiences >>

Ensembles around the world are using technology to present classical music in exciting new formats. Ranging from customizable concerts to an opportunity to conduct your own online orchestra, these online programs are both inventive and fun.

Gramophone-Winning Violinist Barnabás Kelemen Proud of Gypsy Heritage >>

"I can play in the gypsy style, and I love it." -- Barnabás Kelemen

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