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Andrea Bocelli

Andrea Bocelli

Cinema

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International superstar Andrea Bocelli returns with his new eagerly awaited album Cinema. Cinema celebrates the greatest movie songs of all time and reunites a team of musical legends including David Foster, Humberto Gatica and Tony Renis who worked together on the trailblazing success of Bocellis Amore. Cinema marks Bocellis first new studio recording in two years and will be released globally on October 23 on Verve.
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Alice Cooper, Sergei Prokofiev, Alexander Shelley & Bundesjugendorchester
American rock legend Alice Cooper lends his voice for the narration of this classic story! A brand new DG recording of Prokofiev's childrens classic, Peter and the Wolf now coupled for the first time with a specially-written prequel.
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John Williams
A 4 CD extravaganza of John Williams soundtrack and film score music joins the 12th batch of box sets released as a part of the Sony Classical Masters Series and provides a colossal reminder of Williams prodigious breadth and ubiquity of his works in some of the most culture defining films of the recent Hollywood era. With a disc devoted to his Star War scores, and another to his orchestral works and Olympics inspired works; the collection also features popular orchestras and soloists including Yo-Yo Ma, Itzhak Perlman, the Boston Symphony Orchestra, Royal Philharmonic and more.
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Julia Wolfe, Bang On A Can All-Stars, Choir Of Trinity Wall Street
Haunting, poignant and relentlessly physical, Julia Wolfe's Anthracite Fields is a lovingly detailed oratorio about turn-of-the-20th-century Pennsylvania coal miners, and a fitting recipient of the 2015 Pulitzer Prize for Music. Weaving together personal interviews that she conducted with miners and their families, along with oral histories, speeches, rhymes and local mining lore, Wolfe sought to honor the working lives of Pennsylvania's anthracite region. "It's not necessarily mainstream history," she told NPR shortly after she received word of winning the Pulitzer. "The politics are very fascinating the issues about safety, and the consideration for the people who are working and what's involved in it. But I didn't want to say, 'Listen to this. This is a big political issue.' It really was, 'Here's what happened. Here's this life, and who are we in relationship to that? We're them. They're us.' And basically, these people, working underground, under very dangerous conditions, fueled the nation. That's very important to understand."
Julia Wolfe, Bang On A Can All-Stars, Choir Of Trinity Wall Street
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Rufus Wainwright

Rufus Wainwright

Rufus Wainwright: Prima Donna

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Disarmingly beautiful - New York Times. Thrilling - Manchester Evening News. Breathtaking design - The Guardian. Rufus has always had a deep-rooted passion for opera and has written his very first opera Prima Donna in 2009, which will now for the first time be recorded on disc! Prima Donna is slated for release on 11 September, tying in with concert performances of the opera in Europe and Asia.
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Tigran Hamasyan

Tigran Hamasyan

Luys I Luso

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Pianist Tigran Hamasyan s ECM debut is an extraordinary exploration of Armenian sacred music. Hamasyan has selected hymns and sharakans (Armenia s liturgical songs) as well as chants by Grigor Narekatsi, Nerses Shnorhali, Mesrop Mashtots, Mkhitar Ayrivanetsi, Grigor Pahlavuni, Komitas, and Makar Yekmalyan and arranged this selection for voices and piano. This is music of the 5th to 19th centuries, finding new and dramatic expression through Hamasyan s improvisational imagination and the committed performances of Armenia s leading choir. Luys i Luso (Light from the Light) was recorded in Yerevan in October 2014, and produced by Manfred Eicher.
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Vivaldi / Nigel Kennedy
Sony Music Masterworks imprint Portrait Records signs the holiday supergroup Band of Merrymakers. Band of Merrymakers, a rotating group of travelling troubadours, will release their debut album Welcome to Our Christmas Party. A donation will be made to MusiCares for every album and track sold. Over twenty-five years ago, Nigel Kennedy made his breakthrough with his recording of Vivaldi s The Four Seasons. The 1989 recording earned a place in the Guinness Book of World Records as the best-selling classical work of all time and has sold in excess of two million copies. Now, he returns with a new and fresh interpretation, Vivaldi: The New Four Seasons. Mixed by Damon Reece (Massive Attack, Goldfrapp), who also did the electronic drum programming, Kennedy deconstructs this classic piece in a daring, modern way. The album also features singers Zee Gachette and Xantone Blacq, a former member of Amy Winehouse s band and was recorded with Kennedy s Orchestra of Life consisting of young musicians who are equally at home performing classical, jazz and improvisational repertoire. Says Kennedy, I hope that this new approach brings you a different and deeper enjoyment of this amazing music. Nigel Kennedy has not only been acknowledged as one of the world s leading violin virtuosos but he is the best-selling classical violinist of all time. His technique, unique talent and mass appeal have brought fresh perspectives to both the classical and contemporary repertoire. Kennedy has performed with leading orchestras throughout the world.
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Yo-Yo Ma, Stuart Duncan, Edgar Meyer, Chris Thile
In the tradition of Appalachian Journey and Obrigado Brazil, Yo-Yo Ma once again embraces styles and traditions that go beyond classical music by bringing together four American string virtuosos and creating a new kind of chamber ensemble. The Goat Rodeo Sessions is a landmark album project which uniquely showcases cellist Yo-Yo Ma, fiddlers Stuart Duncan, bassist Edgar Meyer and mandolinist Chris Thile, with special guest vocalist, Aoife O'Donovan on two tracks. While each musician is a renowned superstar in his own music sphere, they have come together as a unified ensemble in this most remarkable and organic cross-genre project stemming from their friendship.
Yo-Yo Ma, Stuart Duncan, Edgar Meyer, Chris Thile
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The Piano Guys
The Piano Guys, the unstoppable classical/pop crossover music stylists, release their first live album, The Piano Guys LIVE! Deluxe Edition. Their first four albums, The Piano Guys, The Piano Guys 2, A Family Christmas and Wonders have sold over 900,000 physical and digital albums in the U.S. Their albums have been #1 on multiple Billboard Charts for over 273 weeks. They have become YouTube superstars from their self-made innovative videos in stunning locations that have amassed over four million subscribers and more than 700 million views, and are a touring phenomenon selling out shows around the world.
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Black Violin

Black Violin

Stereotypes

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Wilner Wil B Baptiste (viola) and Kevin Kev Marcus Sylvester (violin) are Black Violin. A duo who radically fuse hip-hop and pop with classical music to create a kaleidoscope of sounds uniquely their own. Classically trained musicians, they have opened for such diverse top names in music as Kanye West, 50 Cent, Aerosmith and Tom Petty, and also creatively collaborated with the likes of Wu-Tang Clan, Linkin Park, Wyclef Jean and Alicia Keys, the latter for the Billboard Music Awards.
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Hommage a Eberhard Weber

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In January 2015 musicians and listeners converged upon Stuttgarts Theaterhaus for two consecutive nights to celebrate the 75th birthday of Eberhard Weber. The concerts centered around a specially commissioned 35-minute suite by Pat Metheny, with whom Weber had played and recorded back in the 1970s. Featuring Metheny, the SWR Big Band conducted by Helge Sunde, Gary Burton, bassist Scott Colley and Danny Gottlieb on drums, the composition was arranged around recordings of solos by Weber. Other performers during the two nights playing selections from Webers vast body of work were Webers longtime companions Jan Garbarek, Paul McCandless, Manfred Schoof and arranger Michael Gibbs, all drawing ovations from the packed house. A truly special event, this. - Michael Tucker, Jazz Journal.
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Max Richter

Max Richter

From Sleep

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Acclaimed Brit1sh composer Max Richter has written a new landmark recording: SLEEP is 8 hours long the equivalent of a nights rest and is actually and genuinely intended to send the listener to sleep. Its an eight-hour lullaby, says its composer, Max Richter. This is the 1-hour edition, entitled, From Sleep.
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Enrico Rava Quartet

Enrico Rava Quartet

Wild Dance

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A cross-generational project by the grand master of Italian Jazz. Energized by joyous experiences on the road the ever youthful Enrico Rava took his new working quartet of the last two years into Arte Suono Studio in Udine. Here they were joined by trombonist Gianluca Petrella, an internationally noted player through his contributions to Ravas three acclaimed post-millennium quintet albums Tribe (2011), The Words & The Days (2005) and Easy Living (2003). With Manfred Eicher producing, the five Italians recorded a program of Rava originals which cover a broad range of moods from brooding ballad playing to fiery uptempo post-bop. Once again Ravas playing makes it clear that lightness and intensity, elegant cool and emotional warmth are no opposites. Rava and Petrella form a peerless two-horn frontline, whether playing in unison, engaging in dialogue or taking their turns in extensive soloing. The rhythm section of Gabriele Evangelista, Enrico Morello, (in my opinion the number one drummer in Italy today, says Rava) and guitarist Francesco Diodati give them both space and assured support.
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Pete Townshend

Pete Townshend

Classic Quadrophenia

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As a leading icon of the British music revolution of the 1960s, Pete Townshend made his name by creating the power chord, smashing guitars onstage, and penning anthems of teenage rebellion like My Generation. Now, at almost 70 years old and half a century after he penned the archetypal rock lyric Hope I die before I get old , Townshend has created a classical version of one of The Who s landmark albums Quadrophenia for a symphony orchestra, opera singer and choir.
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Masterworks of the 20th Century

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Drawn from the worldwide holdings of Sony Classical Music and re-mastered in 24bit High Resolution Audio, these smart, desirable and collectible EU (Germany) pressed import multi-disc editions, replete with legendary artists, offer many of the finest, most sought-after recordings in the classical discography. The slender, shelf-friendly box frontages feature large, prominently displayed photos of the edition's featured artist, work listings at the back, with the CDs themselves housed in protective sleeves that divulge the recording specifics for each performance.
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Simply the Best Classical Anthems

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Simply the Best Classical Anthems - a 2CD collection featuring 38 of the most powerful classics on earth. Includes O’Fortuna (X Factor), Ride of the Valkyries (Apocolypse Now), Also Sprach Zarathustra (2001 A Space Odyssey), Romeo And Juliet: Dance Of The Knights (The Apprentice).
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Hilary Hahn
The grandest, simplest, and longest-lasting adventure I ve embarked on as a musician has been my quest to expand my repertoire. Ever since early childhood, opening the sheet music to a piece I love but haven t yet played has felt like a magical combination of winning the lottery and setting out on an epic trip. The clean, unused score is a freshly printed map. The texture of the page reminds my hands that I m holding a small, three-dimensional part of the composer s legacy. I m excited to think that each new work brings infinite expressive possibilities, and that it could stay in my repertoire for decades. Those hopes don t always pan out, but in the course of one significant early year in my life, they did twice. At the age of 10, I was given the violin parts to both Vieuxtemps s Concerto No. 4 and Mozart s Concerto No. 5. - Hilary Hahn
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Ólafur Arnalds & Alice Sara Ott

Ólafur Arnalds & Alice Sara Ott

The Chopin Project

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Award-winning young Icelandic pop/classical musician Ólafur Arnalds (celebrated composer of the score for TV series Broadchurch) has always loved the piano music of Frédéric Chopin, but he d grown weary of the uniform and standardized perfection of recordings. There has been no re-invention of the way Chopin s music has been presented since recording began, and I was longing for someone to come along and try something different. And one day, on a long flight to London, I thought: why don t I do it myself? And thus, in partnership with the acclaimed German-Japanese pianist Alice Sara Ott, THE CHOPIN PROJECT was born.
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Mohammed Fairouz

Mohammed Fairouz

Follow, Poet

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The musical works on this album, Audenesque and Sadat, each exalt the transformative power of language through different means: one poetic, one oratorical. In Audenesque, Fairouz sets verse by the great 20th-century English poet W.H. Auden and late Nobel Prize-winning Irish poet Seamus Heaney; with Sadat, the composer evokes in an instrumental work the stirring life-story of slain Egyptian president Anwar Sadat. Woven among the musical recordings on the album are readings of the Auden and Heaney by Pulitzer Prize-winning Irish poet Paul Muldoon and fragments of spoken word by John F. Kennedy from one of his less-well-known speeches, including this: When power leads man to toward arrogance, poetry reminds him of his limitations. When power narrows the areas of man s concerns, poetry reminds him of the richness and diversity of his existence. When power corrupts, poetry cleanses.
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Chris Thile & Edgar Meyer

Chris Thile & Edgar Meyer

Bass & Mandolin

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Nonesuch releases the second recording collaboration by bassist Edgar Meyer mandolinist Chris Thile. The album features 10 original compositions by the two artists, who have been performing together sporadically for more than a decade and made their recording debut as a duo with 2008 s Edgar Meyer & Chris Thile, which the Washington Post, among others, praised, saying "Thile and Meyer are most enthralling when they pass a melody back and forth, fingers flying. "
Chris Thile & Edgar Meyer
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