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Classical Spotlight
10:55 am
Mon February 11, 2013

Joshua Bell Conducts Beethoven, And Teams With...Scarlett Johansson!

Josh Bell's latest release
Sony Classical

Violinist busy with recordings and nominations

The latest from Joshua Bell isn't a violin album, although he does play. It features his "new band," the Academy of St. Martin in the Fields, of which Bell is the Music Director; only the second one in the group's 54 year history. The new Sony Classical release features Ludwig van Beethoven's Symphonies No. 4 and No. 7.

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World Music
2:16 pm
Thu January 24, 2013

Musicians Unite For Peace In War-Torn Mali

Fatoumata Diawara's first Album, 'Fatou' was released in 2011

The West African nation of Mali has seen instability and violence since March of 2012 when a military coup overthrew the government of President Amadou Toumani Touré. Since then, the violence has escalated as Islamic extremists have joined the fighting and further divided the country into North and South.

This month France announced their intervention due to the rapid escalation of violence over the last few months, and the United States is now helping with operational support.

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World Music Pick
8:36 am
Tue January 22, 2013

Nolwenn: French Singer Has Celtic Roots

Mercury Music Group/Decca

Nolwenn Leroy is a French singer who has just released her sixth album, simply named 'Nolwenn.' She was eleven when she began taking violin lessons, and continued her music education as a teenager in Ohio, where she spent a year as an exchange student.

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World Music
1:37 pm
Tue January 8, 2013

Le Vent Du Nord: Not Fooling Around on 'Tromper Le Temps'

Le Vent Du Nord, a music group from Quebec, Canada, celebrate ten years of playing music with their latest release, "Tromper Le Temps."

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Classical Spotlight
4:42 pm
Mon January 7, 2013

Nicola Benedetti's New Release, 'The Silver Violin,' Is Pure Gold

Just out on Decca Classics
Decca Classics

Nicola Benedetti is one of the brightest young violinists performing today. She is also, at age 25, maybe one of the most recorded musicians, averaging one new release every year, not counting singles or compilations! Her latest release is called The Silver Violin - Hollywood scores for violin. Benedetti says "The entire disc originated from the wish to record Korngold's Violin Concerto.

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Classical Spotlight
12:59 pm
Wed December 12, 2012

San Antonio Native 'Bears' His Creative Soul In New Release

Composer Robert Xavier Rodriguez.
Robert Xavier Rodriguez

Robert Xavier Rodriguez combines cello music on new recording

The latest release of Robert Xavier Rodriguez on Albany Records spans several years, and includes all the cello and piano works, plus a work for solo cello.

"It's wonderful to have quality recordings out, you can show what a piece is supposed to sound like. It is, of course, always great to  have live performances, but I hope recordings will help generate more live performances of my music," says Rodriguez.

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Classical Spotlight
11:07 am
Mon November 19, 2012

A Queen Of Dramatic Roles: Joyce DiDonato Is Simply Regal In Latest Release

Drama Queens, now out on EMI/Virgin Classics
Courtesy of EMI

Beloved and rarities abound on Drama Queens

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World Music Picks
12:31 pm
Wed November 7, 2012

Carlos Nuñez' new album, 'Discover'

Carlos Nuñez first heard Irish band The Chieftains at age thirteen, and four years later he was touring the world with them, affectionately known as the seventh member of the band.

Born in Galicia, Spain, he started playing the gaita (Spanish pipes) at the age of eight. His latest album is ‘Discover’ and features collaborations with performers from a variety of genres. Carlos considers recording with other artists to be paramount in introducing the ‘Pipes’ to an array of audiences.

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World Music
12:39 pm
Mon July 30, 2012

Syrian-Born Singer Zein Al-Jundi's 'Ajmal Gharam' (The Most Beautiful Love)

Putumayo's July 2012 release "Arabic Beat" features music from the Middle East and North Africa.
Putumayo

Zein Al-Jundi has a graduate degree in architecture, which was her dream, but a serious accident altered the course of her path to a career of performance.

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Classical Spotlight
3:08 pm
Thu May 24, 2012

New Set of Beethoven - HJ Lim Records 30 Sonatas by Beethoven

Latest from HJ Lim, courtesy of EMI Classics

In August 2010, HJ Lim performed the complete Beethoven Piano Sonatas over eight consecutive days in Paris and one year later she went on to record the complete cycle for EMI Classics with whom she now records exclusively.

In an interview with host John Clare, HJ talks about leaving two of the sonatas out (Beethoven did not approve of their publication, his brother did!) and about choosing the right tempi that Beethoven wanted.

 

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