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New Classical Tracks with Julie Amacher



Host Julie Amacher provides an in-depth exploration of a new classical music release each week.



Published: Sun, 23 Jul 2017 17:07:46 -0500

Last Build Date: Sun, 23 Jul 2017 17:07:46 -0500

Copyright: 2017, Minnesota Public Radio
 



Minnesota Orchestra masters Mahler

Wed, 19 Jul 2017 00:00:00 -0500

Following successful recordings of works by Beethoven and Sibelius, the on-a-roll Minnesota Orchestra made a recording of Mahler's demanding Symphony No. 5. 'If the music is good enough,' says Music Director Osmo Vanska, 'you are ready to even suffer because of that.'


Media Files:
http://play.publicradio.org/default/d/podcast/minnesota/classical/programs/new_classical_tracks/2017/07/19/20170719_nct_mn_orch_mahler_20170719_128.mp3




Wu Han records at 'a magical place'

Wed, 12 Jul 2017 00:00:00 -0500

The Chamber Music Society of Lincoln Center recorded an album at Shaker Village in Kentucky. 'It's a magical place,' says Artistic Director Wu Han. 'It's a place where people search for a renewal of spirit.'


Media Files:
http://play.publicradio.org/default/d/podcast/minnesota/classical/programs/new_classical_tracks/2017/07/12/20170712_nctx_simple_gifts_shkr_vllg_20170712_128.mp3




Rachel Barton Pine makes her violin sing

Wed, 05 Jul 2017 00:00:00 -0500

A fan of Niccolo Pagaini since she was a child, Rachel Barton Pine released all of the Paganini Caprices on a new recording she calls, 'Bel Canto,' which means 'beautiful singing.' Hear more about the new recording, about Rachel's longtime fascination with Pagaini, and how Rachel's husband lent an idea for rehearsal, all in this New Classical Tracks extended podcast.


Media Files:
http://play.publicradio.org/default/d/podcast/minnesota/classical/programs/new_classical_tracks/2017/07/05/20170705_nctx_rbp_paganini_20170705_128.mp3




A new collection of Bach Trios from Yo-Yo Ma and friends

Tue, 27 Jun 2017 00:00:00 -0500

Yo-Yo Ma has been part of the classical musical evolution for decades. His exploration continues with a new recording of Bach Trios featuring the unusual combination of cello, double bass and mandolin. Yo-Yo Ma says he's thrilled to be joined by the genius of Edgar Meyer and Chris Thile.


Media Files:
http://play.publicradio.org/default/d/podcast/minnesota/classical/programs/new_classical_tracks/2017/06/27/20170628_nct_yoyo_ma_bach_trios_20170627_128.mp3




Howard Shore on composing for film, TV and the concert hall

Wed, 21 Jun 2017 00:00:00 -0500

Howard Shore has recorded and composed music for about 80 films, including J.R.R. Tolkien's massive trilogy, 'The Lord of the Rings.' These days, Shore says he's writing more concert music, and he's just released a new recording featuring two of his concertos. In this extended podcast, Shore talks about composing music for the Lord of The Rings Trilogy, his work during the early days of Saturday Night Live, and more.


Media Files:
http://play.publicradio.org/default/d/podcast/minnesota/classical/programs/new_classical_tracks/2017/06/21/20170621_nctx_howard_shore_20170621_128.mp3




Howard Shore on composing for film, TV and the concert hall - extended audio

Wed, 21 Jun 2017 00:00:00 -0500

Howard Shore has recorded and composed music for about 80 films, including J.R.R. Tolkien's massive trilogy, 'The Lord of the Rings.' These days, Shore says he's writing more concert music, and he's just released a new recording featuring two of his concertos. In this extended podcast, Shore talks about composing music for the Lord of The Rings Trilogy, his work during the early days of Saturday Night Live, and more. (Updated audio)


Media Files:
http://play.publicradio.org/default/d/podcast/minnesota/classical/programs/new_classical_tracks/2017/06/21/20170621_nct_howard_shore_2_concerti_fix_20170621_128.mp3




Alexandre Tharaud revels in Rachmaninoff

Wed, 07 Jun 2017 00:00:00 -0500

With the release of his most recent recording, 'Tharaud plays Rachmaninov,' French pianist Alexandre Tharaud invites you into his childhood dream.


Media Files:
http://play.publicradio.org/default/d/podcast/minnesota/classical/programs/new_classical_tracks/2017/06/07/20170607_nct_tharaud_rachmaninoff_20170607_128.mp3




Anne-Sophie Mutter - Mutterissimo (extended version)

Wed, 31 May 2017 00:00:00 -0500

One of the greatest violinists of our time is celebrating her 40th anniversary as a performer. So, what, you might be thinking, surprises Anne-Sophie Mutter the most about this accomplishment? "That there is so my repertoire out there that I haven't started yet!" she says. In this extended podcast, learn more about the new recording, and hear Anne-Sophie talk about her 40-year career; the golden shoes that affected the way she performs today; and her foundation which supports young artists.


Media Files:
http://play.publicradio.org/default/d/podcast/minnesota/classical/programs/new_classical_tracks/2017/05/31/20170531_nctx_anne_sophie_mutter_20170531_128.mp3







Simone Dinnerstein meets Mozart in Havana

Wed, 24 May 2017 00:00:00 -0500

What if Mozart went to Havana? Simone Dinnerstein decided to find out. Dinnerstein traveled to Cuba at the invitation of Solomon Mikowsky -- the result of which is a recording of works by Mozart with the Havana Lyceum Orchestra.


Media Files:
http://play.publicradio.org/default/d/podcast/minnesota/classical/programs/new_classical_tracks/2017/05/24/20170524_dinnerstein_mozart_nctx_20170524_128.mp3




Emerson String Quartet celebrate Purcell and Britten

Wed, 17 May 2017 00:00:00 -0500

On this new recording, the Emerson String Quartet explore the affinity between two of England's best-known composers, Henry Purcell and Benjamin Britten. It's hard to believe this music spans almost three centuries.


Media Files:
http://play.publicradio.org/default/d/podcast/minnesota/classical/programs/new_classical_tracks/2017/05/17/20170517_nct_emerson_string_quartet_20170517_128.mp3




Extended version: Imagination leads The Knights to capture Golijov's Azul

Wed, 10 May 2017 00:00:00 -0500

The power of the arts lies in the imagination of artists like Osvaldo Golijov and cellist Yo-Yo Ma. Their creative minds -- combined with those in the Brooklyn-based ensemble, The Knights -- helped to create the wonder and the beauty found on a new recording named for Golijov's transcendent piece, 'Azul.' (Extended interview)


Media Files:
http://play.publicradio.org/default/d/podcast/minnesota/classical/programs/new_classical_tracks/2017/05/10/20170510_nctx_knights_azul_20170510_128.mp3




Imagination leads The Knights to capture Golijov's Azul

Wed, 10 May 2017 00:00:00 -0500

The power of the arts lies in the imagination of artists like Osvaldo Golijov and cellist Yo-Yo Ma. Their creative minds -- combined with those in the Brooklyn-based ensemble, The Knights -- helped to create the wonder and the beauty found on a new recording named for Golijov's transcendent piece, 'Azul.'


Media Files:
http://play.publicradio.org/default/d/podcast/minnesota/classical/programs/new_classical_tracks/2017/05/10/20170510_nct_knights_golijov_azul_20170510_128.mp3




Celebrating the music of Tchaikovsky

Wed, 03 May 2017 00:00:00 -0500

Conductor Semyon Bychkov is currently on tour celebrating the music of Peter Tchaikovsky. Bychkov recently released the first in a new series of recordings entitled 'The Tchaikovsky Project.'


Media Files:
http://play.publicradio.org/default/d/podcast/minnesota/classical/programs/new_classical_tracks/2017/05/03/20170503_nct_tchaikovsky_project_20170503_128.mp3




Howard Shore pivots from film to concert music

Wed, 26 Apr 2017 00:00:00 -0500

Howard Shore has recorded and composed music for about 80 films, including J.R.R. Tolkein's massive trilogy, "The Lord of the Rings." These days, Howard told me he's writing more concert music. And he's just released a new recording featuring two of his concertos, "Mythic Gardens," a concerto for violincello and orchestra featuring Sophie Shao; and a piano concert titled "Ruin and Memory," featuring Lang Lang as the soloist.


Media Files:
http://play.publicradio.org/default/d/podcast/minnesota/classical/programs/new_classical_tracks/2017/04/26/20170426_nct_howard_shore_20170426_128.mp3




New Classical Tracks: Anne-Sophie Mutter, 'Mutterissimo'

Wed, 19 Apr 2017 00:00:00 -0500

One of the greatest violinists of our time, Anne-Sophie Mutter, is celebrating her 40th anniversary as a performer. Much of the repertoire she has performed over the past 20 years or so appears on a new two-CD compilation titled 'Mutterissimo.' It's on New Classical Tracks for April 19, 2017.


Media Files:
http://play.publicradio.org/default/d/podcast/minnesota/classical/programs/new_classical_tracks/2017/04/19/20170419_nct_anne_sophie_mutter_2cd_20170419_128.mp3




New Classical Tracks: Karl Jenkins - Cantata Memoria (encore)

Wed, 12 Apr 2017 00:00:00 -0500

To commemorate the 50th anniversary of the Aberfan disaster, composer Karl Jenkins was commissioned to compose the, 'Cantata Memoria,' for large vocal and orchestral forces. It was recently recorded with a cast of leading soloists including Welsh bass-baritone Bryn Terfel, soprano Elin Manahan Thomas, and harpist Catrin Finch.


Media Files:
http://play.publicradio.org/default/d/podcast/minnesota/classical/programs/new_classical_tracks/2017/04/12/20170412_nct_jenkins_cantata_encore_20170412_128.mp3











































New Classical Tracks Uncut: John Lunn

Fri, 06 Jan 2017 00:00:00 -0600

This year, Julie Amacher counts down her six favorite New Classical Tracks interviews of 2016 and shares them in their entirety on 'New Classical Tracks Uncut.' For Jan. 6, Julie shares her full conversation with John Lunn, composer of the music for the widely popular TV series, "Downton Abbey." Lunn says his work on the show has created friendships for life. "It has felt like a tight-knit family," he says, "and we've knuckled down and tried to do things to the best of our ability."


Media Files:
http://play.publicradio.org/default/d/podcast/minnesota/classical/programs/new_classical_tracks/2017/01/06/20170106_nct_uncut_john_lunn_20170106_128.mp3







New Classical Tracks Uncut: Desmond Earley

Fri, 30 Dec 2016 00:00:00 -0600

This year, Julie Amacher counts down her six favorite New Classical Tracks interviews of 2016 and shares them in their entirety on 'New Classical Tracks Uncut.' For December 30, Julie shares her full conversation with Desmond Earley, director of the Choral Scholars of University College Dublin, who talks about the ensemble's newest album, 'Invisible Stars.' Earley also describes the composition of the choir and the role of music in traditional Irish culture. 'Song is central to the Irish musical imagination,' Earley says.


Media Files:
http://play.publicradio.org/default/d/podcast/minnesota/classical/programs/new_classical_tracks/2016/12/30/20161230_nct_uncut_desmond_earley_ucd_20161230_128.mp3







New Classical Tracks Uncut: Helene Grimaud

Fri, 23 Dec 2016 00:00:00 -0600

This year, Julie Amacher counts down her six favorite New Classical Tracks interviews of 2016 and shares them in their entirety on 'New Classical Tracks Uncut.' For December 23, Julie shares her full conversation with pianist Helene Grimaud, who talks about her album, 'Water,' and her desire to raise awareness about global water-related issues.


Media Files:
http://play.publicradio.org/default/d/podcast/minnesota/classical/programs/new_classical_tracks/2016/12/23/20161223_nct_uncut_helene_grimaud_20161223_128.mp3







New Classical Tracks Uncut: Yo-Yo Ma, Johnny Gandelsman of Silk Road Ensemble

Fri, 16 Dec 2016 00:00:00 -0600

This year, Julie Amacher counts down her six favorite New Classical Tracks interviews of 2016 on 'New Classical Tracks, Uncut.' For December 16, Julie shares her full conversation with Yo-Yo Ma and Johnny Gandelsman, who collaborated on an album for Silk Road Ensemble. "I think Johnny's secret is that he gives great parties," Yo-Yo Ma says. "And this whole album is really about having a fabulous party."


Media Files:
http://play.publicradio.org/default/d/podcast/minnesota/classical/programs/new_classical_tracks/2016/12/16/20161216_nct_uncut_yym_jg_sre_20161216_128.mp3







New Classical Tracks Uncut: Rachel Barton Pine

Fri, 09 Dec 2016 00:00:00 -0600

Sometimes the best stories get left on the cutting room floor. This year, Julie Amacher picks those stories up and shares them with you. She'll count down her six favorite New Classical Tracks interviews of 2016 on 'New Classical Tracks, Uncut.' For December 9, Julie shares her full conversation with violinist Rachel Barton Pine. At age 5, Rachel discovered the power of music. "I just realized that music has a power to communicate [that] just goes beyond other ways that we might communicate with each other," she says, "And it has this power to move us and to accomplish great things."


Media Files:
http://play.publicradio.org/default/d/podcast/minnesota/classical/programs/new_classical_tracks/2016/12/09/20161209_nct_uncut_rachel_barton_pine_20161209_128.mp3







New Classical Tracks Uncut: Pinchas Zukerman

Fri, 02 Dec 2016 00:00:00 -0600

Sometimes the best stories get left on the cutting room floor. This year, Julie Amacher picks those stories up and shares them with you. She'll count down her six favorite New Classical Tracks interviews of 2016 on "New Classical Tracks, Uncut." For December 2, Julie shares her full conversation with violinist, violist and conductor Pinchas Zukerman. "I just try and reinvent myself," Zukerman says about his lengthy and fruitful career. "That's what I do, that's my life."


Media Files:
http://play.publicradio.org/default/d/podcast/minnesota/classical/programs/new_classical_tracks/2016/12/02/20161202_nct_uc_pinchas_zukerman_20161202_128.mp3