Susan Graham: US Recital Tour, "Sculpting Sound" & Role Debut in The King & I 

Gil Shaham releases “Music to Drive Away Loiterers” 

Bard SummerScape 2014: Schubert and His World

Fabio Luisi: new Zurich “Aida,” Met “Cenerentola,” LSO debut, and more this spring

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NEWS RELEASES

  • Tune in: Piano sensation Nobu performs live from Paris via medici.tv, April 17
    Published: April 17, 2014

    On April 17, at 6:30 a.m. EST, medici.tv will stream live a solo concert by Japanese piano sensation Nobuyuki “Nobu” Tsujii, who will be making his Paris recital debut at the Louvre Auditorium. Nobu – who tied for the gold medal at the 2009 Van Cliburn International Competition – will perform works by Chopin, Liszt, Gounod and Wagner, including the latter’s “Death of Isolde” from Tristan und Isolde. The 25-year-old pianist, despite being blind from birth, has miraculously learned such monumental scores as Beethoven’s “Hammerklavier” Sonata and Rachmaninoff’s Second Piano Concerto by ear. Nobu was featured prominently in Peter Rosen’s documentary Surprise in Texas about the 2009 Van Cliburn competition, available as video-on-demand at medici.tv. Watch a clip from the film here. In the documentary, eminent pianist and Van Cliburn juror Menahem Pressler says: “I have the utmost admiration for [Nobuyuji Tsujii]. God has taken his eyes, but has given him the physical and mental endowment to encompass the greatest works of piano. … It's deeply touching. I had to keep from crying when I left the room.” Nobu’s Paris recital debut will be available free on-demand for medici.tv audiences worldwide for 90 days following the live webcast on April 17.

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  • David Greilsammer releases “Scarlatti:Cage:Sonatas” on Sony, April 29
    Published: April 16, 2014

    For David Greilsammer, April 29 brings the U.S. release of Scarlatti:Cage:Sonatas, his third album as an exclusive Sony Classics artist. Alternating the fiery vibrancy of keyboard sonatas by Italian Baroque composer Domenico Scarlatti with playfully evocative sonatas for prepared piano by American experimentalist John Cage, the new album, which was described as “the most captivating disc of the moment” by La Tribune de Genève, showcases the pianist’s “penchant for devising programs that challenge our attitudes” (Telegraph, UK), once again finding “fascinating ways to juxtapose pieces spanning centuries…to highlight surprising musical resonances among works vastly different in language and style” (New York Times). Greilsammer also presents the program in live performance at downtown New York hotspot Le Poisson Rouge on Tuesday, May 27. 

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  • Brooklyn Rider tours Europe (April 22-May 2) and launches Kickstarter campaign
    Published: April 15, 2014

    Spring sees Brooklyn Rider – hailed as “the future of chamber music” (Strings magazine) – embark on an eight-city European tour that showcases the game-changing string quartet’s signature blend of contemporary and classic repertoire (April 22–May 2). With programs featuring music from the group’s 2013 Mercury Classics release, A Walking Fire, the world premiere of a new commission by emerging young Swedish composer Tobias Broström, and masterpieces of the genre by Schubert and Philip Glass, Brooklyn Rider performs at clubs and concert halls in the Danish, Swedish, German, and British capitals, with four additional dates in Sweden, all crowned by the group’s Wigmore Hall debut. The tour follows the recent launch of the ensemble’s Kickstarter campaign to help fund the Brooklyn Rider Almanac, a multidisciplinary commissioning project centered around an album of the same name, with which Brooklyn Rider looks forward to celebrating its tenth anniversary this fall.

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  • medici.tv offers enriched classical music experience on free updated app for Android and Apple devices
    Published: April 14, 2014

    The latest innovation from medici.tv is a thoroughly updated new app for Android and Apple devices that offers music lovers a free virtual seat at the greatest classical performances and one-of-a-kind events from around the world. The previous edition of the app had already been named one of the top five classical apps by New York’s WQXR, which pointed out that the app “allows you to peek inside great European concert halls.” Part of the medici.tv all-devices strategy, this new, improved app for tablets and smart phones gives users the ability to intuitively navigate through more than 1,300 HD videos, including both performances and documentaries. Available at the Apple App Store and Google Play store, the app gives users access to more than 100 live concert Webcasts each year from top classical artists and the finest music institutions across the globe – without ads and in the ideal video quality according to your Internet connection. Users can watch a live event and then watch it again whenever and wherever they want. More than 60,000 music lovers have downloaded the medici.tv app since it was first created, enjoying an enriched experience of classical music unrivaled on the Web.

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DATEBOOK

  • MonApril 21:

    It takes three to tango. Violinist Augustin Hadelich is joined by pianist JOYCE YANG and guitarist Pablo Sainz Villegas for a multimedia recital at the Kennedy Center’s Terrace Theater. Tango, Song, and Dance presents works by Previn, Rodrigo, Falla, Piazzolla, Ginastera, Ysayë, and Villa-Lobos.

  • MonApril 21:

    FABIO LUISI leads performances of Rossini's classic comedy La Cenerentola at the Met, where he holds the title of Principal Conductor, with a cast boasting  Juan Diego Flórez, Luca Pisaroni and Joyce DiDonato. The May 10 performance will be transmitted live to movie theaters around the world as part of the Met’s Live in HD series.

  • WedApril 23:

    Isabel Leonard, the recipient of the RICHARD TUCKER MUSIC FOUNDATION’s 2013 Richard Tucker Award, returns to the Met to reprise her portrayal of Dorabella in Mozart’s Così fan tutte. Fellow Richard Tucker Award-winner Matthew Polenzani portrays Dorabella’s lover, Ferrando; SUSANNA PHILLIPS is Fiordiligi; and James Levine conducts.

  • WedApril 23:

    Marking an important company milestone, HOUSTON GRAND OPERA launches its first presentation of Wagner’s Ring cycle, starting with Das Rheingold in a “visually dazzling” (Los Angeles Times) production from La Fura dels Baus. Previously staged only in Europe, this “genuinely original conception” (Music-Web International) employs acrobats in tableaux of human scenery and cutting-edge visual imagery to create “a veritable symphony in pictures” (Opera News). Scottish bass-baritone Iain Paterson makes his house debut in his first performances as Wotan. Singing opposite him as Fricka is American mezzo Jamie Barton, and Slovak tenor Stefan Margita reprises the role of Loge. Patrick Summers will lead from the pit.

  • ThuApril 24:

    Recognized as being “one of the most imaginative programming concepts in years” (Musical America), GIL SHAHAM’s long-term exploration of the violin concertos of the 1930s continues this season. In Los Angeles he performs Bartók’s second concerto with the Los Angeles Philharmonic. Shaham’s recording of the work with Pierre Boulez and the Chicago Symphony was greeted by Time magazine as a “soaring interpretation, at once fiery and nobly lyrical … A near perfect realization of a modern masterpiece”; Time went on to christen Shaham “the outstanding American violinist of his generation.”