It isn't unexpected or completely otherworldly for some of the classical world's foremost musicians to have life-long collaborators. For iconic cellist Yo-Yo Ma, pianist Kathryn Stott remains not just a collaborator, but a longtime friend--worthy of sharing both a stage and the bill for their new album, released today (September 18) on Sony Classical/Masterworks. Together, the duo's disc tis aptly name 'Songs from the Arc of Life.' A seemingly intimidating title, actually, the 19 tracks here are more like cadences, respites from their time together that, because life moves so fast, just have not been put to record. Of course, Ma and Stott are exploring a bit, too, offering new contents to their expansive repertoire.
The American Classical Orchestra will be presenting “As the Masters Heard It” which focuses on music by Beethoven, Mozart and Schubert. World-renowned soloists Sherezade Panthaki, Sarah Craft, Marc Molomot, and Michael Kelly will sing along with The American Classical Orchestra Chorus.
Acclaimed conductor and pianist Daniel Barenboim has become the latest in a string of musicians to berate the audience from the stage. Angry at the audience for taking pictures, Barenboim slammed flash-happy fans at La Scala, Milan's prestigious opera house, as "badly educated.” The outburst came during a performance of Franz Schubert’s "D845 Sonata" where Barenboim, who was in his final week at La Scala, warned audiences — and one woman in particular — that he had asked several times for people not to take photographs during his performance and was beginning to lose his temper. "Madam, I am trying to give you my best, but you have no respect for it! Those who take photographs during concerts are badly educated,” he said. "I have asked at every concert. The first time nicely, but now it's serious.” After a round of applause, the 72-year-old Argentinian conductor and pianist returned to the sonata. Music fans are all too familiar with this behavior with a string of controversial lash-outs coming from musicians.
Lincoln Center's White Light Festival has come a long way from its inception in 2010. A spiritual journey inward, the festival returns this season with a similar imagination.
Soprano Susanna Phillips and bass-baritone Eric Owens will sing a program of favorite Schubert songs in a special Mother’s Day concert at Symphony Center in Chicago on May 11.
Thanks to the good people at Sony Classical, all Classicalite Recording News readers are eligible to win a physical copy of Jonas Kaufmann and Helmut Deutsch's 'Winterreise.' Just leave a comment below or, better yet, share this post on Facebook and Twitter using the hashtag: #Winterrprize.
Jonas Kaufmann recently recorded Schubert’s great song cycle 'Winterreise' with pianist Helmut Deutsch on Sony Classical. The album, which is currently available at the Met’s online store, will be released nationwide on April 1.
The vast expanse of Chicago’s Orchestra Hall will be transformed into a more intimate venue for a series of Schubert song recitals, starting with baritone Matthias Goerne and pianist Christoph Eschenbach performing the song cycle 'Die Schöne Müllerin' on Sunday, January 19 at 7:00 p.m.
Pianist Hamelin breathes new life into "dead" composers
Inspired by both blue Albuquerque methamphetamine and English Romantic poetry, Hong had best hurry up with his mini-opera, 'Breaking Bad--Ozymandias.'
Crazy Jane may be a trio made up of three noted soloists--David Starobin, Patrick Mason and percussionist Daniel Druckman--but Baltimore only got to hear the first two. And that was more than enough.
Indeed, EMI Classical has been one of the most vital forces for recorded classical music for several decades, releasing hundreds of classic recordings from, well, take your pick.
As if Classicalite needed another reason to <3 Valentina Lisitsa, YouTube's native pianist has gone and given us yet another one. Sorry, make that three (3). And before you ask, no, it's not a "Pearls Before Breakfast" triplicate.
The reviews are in. And by all accounts, James Levine's handi-capable return to the Met Orchestra's podium was, in fact, triumphant.
Metropolitan Opera Music Director James Levine will return to Carnegie Hall on Sunday, May 19. Program includes music by Wagner and Schubert, as well as Beethoven’s Piano Concerto No. 4 with Evgeny Kissin.