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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.