Joyce Yang partners with Takács Quartet, Augustin Hadelich, and more in 2014-15
Leif Ove Andsnes Embarks on Final Leg of Epic “Beethoven Journey”
Brooklyn Rider releases "Brooklyn Rider Almanac" on September 30
Cellist Alisa Weilerstein's "Solo" album release Oct 28
Pierre-Laurent Aimard: from Bach’s Well-Tempered Clavier to Birtwistle premieres in 2014-15Published: October 16, 2014
Pierre-Laurent Aimard’s recording of Bach’s Art of Fugue was a phenomenal critical and commercial success that topped both the Billboard and iTunes classical charts, prompting The Times of London to wonder: “So, another Everest conquered by Pierre-Laurent Aimard. What’s the next one going to be?” Now, drawing on intensive study of the work at Berlin’s Institute for Advanced Study, the Grammy Award-winning pianist turns his focus to Bach’s Well-Tempered Clavier, Book I, with the release of a new Deutsche Grammophon CD – already a hit in Europe – and a monumental international tour, highlighted by U.S. dates at Carnegie Hall, the Library of Congress, and in Chicago and Philadelphia.
Palm Beach Opera aims for wider audience this season with lower ticket prices & first world premierePublished: October 15, 2014
Tickets are now on sale for Enemies, A Love Story, the first world premiere in the 53-year history of Palm Beach Opera. Hailed as “one of the most eagerly anticipated premieres of the season” (WQXR), the unprecedented new production is one of several original projects designed to bring opera to a wider audience at the Florida house, which remains one of American opera’s most inspirational recent success stories. Highlighting the company’s creative audience engagement initiatives, ticket prices have been substantially lowered on more than 600 seats per performance this season, and tickets for family concerts reduced to a single flat fee of just $5, marking a significant advance in accessibility for Palm Beach Opera’s current offerings.
John Eliot Gardiner and ORR offer new live Beethoven recording Oct 14Published: October 14, 2014
Following their “electrifying” (BBC Music magazine) live recording of Beethoven’s heroic Fifth and Seventh Symphonies captured at New York’s Carnegie Hall, John Eliot Gardiner and the Orchestre Révolutionnaire et Romantique (ORR) turn to the composer’s ebullient Second and Eighth Symphonies for a new live album recorded in November 2013 at London’s Cadogan Hall. The album’s U.S. release on the SDG label this month marks the 25th anniversary of the founding of the ORR, which Gardiner formed to explore the music of the 19th and early 20th centuries. The new release, pairing two of Gardiner’s favorite Beethoven Symphonies, also comes on the heels of a unique live recording from SDG of vocal music by Scarlatti, Bach and Handel, with Gardiner leading the Monteverdi Choir and the English Baroque Soloists. The recording, made just days ago in London’s newest concert hall, Milton Court, was released immediately following a concert celebrating the culmination of the Monteverdi Choir’s 50th anniversary tour; it is available for digital-only purchase here: www.monteverdi.co.uk/shop/albums/other-releases/handel-bach-scarlatti
Susan Graham’s 2014-15: Malaysian Phil debut, Berlioz with LSO & ORR, SFO “Troyens,” Met “Widow”Published: October 10, 2014
“Now at her vocal peak” (Philadelphia Inquirer), Susan Graham scored a fresh triumph this summer at the Théâtre du Châtelet in Paris, where, as Anna in a new production of The King and I, she made her first foray into musical theater since her student days. Now the Grammy Award-wining mezzo returns to the concert hall, launching the 2014-15 season under Edo de Waart in her Malaysian Philharmonic debut, and joining a trio of top orchestras – the London Symphony Orchestra, Royal Flemish Philharmonic, and John Eliot Gardiner’s Orchestre Révolutionnaire et Romantique – for her signature Berlioz. Long recognized as one of the world’s foremost exponents of French music, Graham returns with Berlioz to the San Francisco Opera, revisiting her star turn as Didon in an original staging of Les Troyens, while for her return to the Metropolitan Opera she sings the title role in Susan Stroman’s new take on The Merry Widow. Ever “an artist to treasure” (New York Times), Graham looks forward to headlining gala concerts at Los Angeles Opera and Lyric Opera of Chicago, where she joins Jane Lynch, Renée Fleming, Ramsey Lewis, and other celebrities to honor the company’s 60th anniversary, and rounds out the season in company with her regular recital partner, pianist Malcolm Martineau, for a west coast tour and a season-closing appearance in Classical Action’s Michael Palm Series.