Enjoying a meteoric rise to operatic fame in the 50s and 60s, before retiring from the stage in 1976, the angelic beauty of Anna Moffo voice could not be denied for the better part of her career. To mark the 10th anniversary of Moffo's death, Sony Classical has released the limited edition 12-CD boxset, Complete RCA Recital Albums -- primarily consisting of work from her heyday in the early 60s.
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.
For us Classicalites, the intimate splendor of Chopin and Tchaikovsky's solo piano music still resonates well across the centuries. And the transcriptions. There's a kind of beauty, even a turmoil, inside its sounding realm, as well as outside of it.
Here in the dog days of summer, two and a half decades removed from his record-selling album of Vivaldi's 'The Four Seasons' (EMI), Classicalite premieres the first video for violinist Nigel Kennedy's exciting new "rewrite" on Sony.
Such is the case with his forthcoming homage to the ever-famous Giacomo Puccini. The world's greatest living tenor, he sings "Nessun Dorma," the highlight of Puccini's Turandot, among other selections from Manon Lescaut, Tosca, La Bohème, Madama Butterfly and more.
Seemingly out of left field, German deep house heavyweight, Henrik Schwarz, has unveiled a new album comprised of classical compositions. The latest project, thus, is entitled 'Instruments.'
Sometimes, though, we have the honor of being able to debut music by true legends in-the-making--someone of ever-increasing like pianist Simone Dinnerstein, that is. We'll get into specifics after the jump, but for right now...C-LITE has an exclusive listen to Ms. Dinnerstein’s "Rhapsody in Blue" (by George Gershwin, of course) from her forthcoming album Broadway-Lafayette, releasing via Sony Classical on February 24.
Sony Classical conductor Teodor Currentzis will release a new album, "The Sound of Light," with his orchestra and choir MusicAeterna in February. The 2015 album will be an anthology of master composer Jean-Philippe Rameau to celebrate his 250th anniversary year. It will be his second album with the company.
Bulgarian soprano Sonya Yoncheva will be releasing her debut album "Paris, Mon Amour" as a Sony Classical exclusive artist Jan. 13. Yoncheva’s success comes as no surprise to those who have been following her career. In 2013, she debuted as Gilda in Verdi’s "Rigoletto" at the Metropolitan Opera and received a standing ovation. "The New York Times" has hailed the 32-year-old as “an artist on the brink of a major career.” Her success at the Met led to rising fame, with Yoncheva performing in opera houses and concert halls throughout Europe. But her performances in France have had the largest impact on her and inspired her first album "Paris, Mon Amour." But it was not only her travels that inspired her. Yoncheva, who was born in Plovdiv, Bulgaria, completed her vocal training as a student at Geneva’s Conservatoire de Musique. The school immersed her in a French-speaking environment.
Lang Lang was honored by audio mavens HARMAN last week for his ability to inspire millions to actively participate in music. Especially of the hi-definition kind.
Mozart's fascinating compositions came alive last month via Lang Lang, Nikolaus Harnoncount and the Vienna Philharmonic Orchestra. Released on September 30, The Mozart Album is a two-disc project courtesy of Sony Classical featuring Mozart's concerti and sonatas.
With his Washington Metropolitan Area Transit Authority mulligan miles behind him, Joshua Bell is Skyping with me from his suite at the Ritz-Carlton, Dubai. As per usual when talking to the press, the world's greatest living violinist is in between rehearsals. Yes, Bell has traveled to the United Arab Emirates to perform Felix Mendelssohn's 'Violin Concerto' in E minor, Op. 64 at the Royal Opera House Muscat with the Academy of St. Martin-in-the-Fields--the storied British band, founded by Sir Neville Marriner in 1958, that Bell remains the only American to have led as both music director and conductor.
Opera's favorite, Plácido Domingo, reigns supreme as a Spanish tenor. And now, Domingo and Sony Classical are proud to present the singer's next release, Encanto del Mar, available October 14.
Flamboyant organ virtuoso Cameron Carpenter has been busy supporting his latest release "If You Could Read My Mind," which, on the week of its release, was the top-selling classical album in the U.S. Now, Mr. Carpenter takes to New York City's Town Hall on October 23.
Lang Lang, Nikolaus Harnoncount and the Vienna Philharmonic Orchestra have just released their first recording together--a Mozart tribute, of sorts. Entitled The Mozart Album, the two-disc project came courtesy of Sony Classical on September 30.