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Music Review: Lucas Richman and the Pittsburgh Symphony Orchestra – ‘In Truth’

Composer and conductor Lucas Richman

Cellist Inbal Segev, oboist Cynthia Koledo DeAlmeida, and pianist Jeffrey Biegel help make this collection an appealing album of modern classical music with a good balance of accessibility and sophistication. Read More »

Reader Giveaway: Silver Lake Chorus LP – New Songs by Sia, Flaming Lips, Aimee Mann, Death Cab For Cutie’s Ben Gibbard, More

silver lake chorus

The Los Angeles indie-choral group recently released its debut self-titled album, produced by Australian singer-songwriter Ben Lee and featuring arrangements of rare and new tracks written for the chorus by a "chorus" of pop-music luminaries. Read More »

EXCLUSIVE: Video Premiere: Inbal Segev – ‘Allemande’ from Cello Suite No. 1 in G Major from ‘Bach: Cello Suites’

Inbal Segev Bach Cello Suites

The celebrated cellist unveils another selection from her new recording of Bach's Cello Suites, which she describes as '[m]asterpieces by perhaps the greatest composer who ever lived.' Read More »

EXCLUSIVE: Video Premiere: Inbal Segev – ‘Prelude’ from Cello Suite No. 1 in G Major from ‘Bach: Cello Suites’

Inbal Segev Bach Cello Suites

Bach's Cello Suites, says the cellist, are '[m]asterpieces by perhaps the greatest composer who ever lived' that 'give every cellist who plays them not only a lesson on the magnificent possibilities the instrument offers but also a glimpse into the world beyond...' Read More »

Music Review: Bridge Chamber Virtuosi – ‘Bridge Chamber Virtuosi’

Bridge Chamber Virtuosi, photo by Xing Li

Asian folk music and 20th century history inform this collection of modern classical works for Western strings and the Chinese lute called the pipa. Read More »

Music Review: Lewis Spratlan – ‘Hesperus is Phosphorus’

Lewis Spratlan Hesperus is Phosphorus

The Pulitzer Prize-winning composer has a surpassing ability to set tightly packed texts to expressive music using the combined vocabularies of tradition, modernism, and even the jazz age. Read More »

Music Reviews: Jazz and Beyond from Bassists Kyle Eastwood and Georg Breinschmid

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Two recent releases from bassist-bandleaders show how jazz continues to thrive in the most disparate of musical "cultures," even with its relatively small, specialized audience. Read More »

Music Review: Stile Antico – ‘Sing With the Voice of Melody,’ Early Music Polyphony Choir’s 10th Anniversary Favorites

stile antico sing with the voice of melody renaissance polyphony

While the English choir applies a constant smooth tonality to its performances, these can still feel fresh, the centuries-old music almost as much as the recent. Read More »

2Cellos Interview and ‘Celloverse’ Giveaway: Stjepan Hauser of 2Cellos Answers Our Questions, and You Can Win a Signed Copy of Their Latest CD

2Cellos Celloverse

'We had this big desire to attract a wider audience, and make young people interested in the instrument and great music in general.' Read More »

Concert-Theater Review: ‘L’Amfiparnaso,’ a Madrigal Comedy from 1594 by Orazio Vecchi Performed by The Western Wind

l'amfiparnaso western wind

Voices simulate the ringing of bells and the knocking-on of doors as effectively as they convey the desperation of foiled lovers, the comic scheming of the servant class, and the self-satisfied prancing of the smug. Read More »