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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: Tue, 21 Nov 2017 17:06:04 -0600

Last Build Date: Tue, 21 Nov 2017 17:06:04 -0600

Copyright: 2017, Minnesota Public Radio
 






New Classical Tracks: McGill/McHale Trio

Wed, 08 Nov 2017 00:00:00 -0600

How a performance collaboration among brothers Anthony and Demarre McGill and pianist Michael McHale turned into a debut recording, 'Portraits.'


Media Files:
http://play.publicradio.org/default/d/podcast/minnesota/classical/programs/new_classical_tracks/2017/11/08/110817_new_classical_tracks_extended_20171108_128.mp3




New Classical Tracks: Pappano joins Argerich for Saint-Saens

Wed, 01 Nov 2017 00:00:00 -0500

Conductor and pianist Antonio Pappano joins the legendary Martha Argerich for a new recording of Saint-Saens' 'Carnival of the Animals.'


Media Files:
http://play.publicradio.org/default/d/podcast/minnesota/classical/programs/new_classical_tracks/2017/11/01/110117_new_classical_tracks_extended_20171101_128.mp3




Haimovitz and O'Riley team up on 'Troika'

Wed, 25 Oct 2017 00:00:00 -0500

Pianist Christopher O'Riley and cellist Matt Haimovitz are frequent collaborators. Their most recent recording, 'Troika,' explores the music of the Slavic soul.


Media Files:
http://play.publicradio.org/default/d/podcast/minnesota/classical/programs/new_classical_tracks/2017/10/25/20171025_nctx_haimovitz_oriley_ext_20171025_128.mp3




Leonard and Isbin capture their Spanish soul

Wed, 18 Oct 2017 00:00:00 -0500

About three years ago, mezzo-soprano Isabel Leonard invited guitarist Sharon Isbin to collaborate on Spanish songs. They recently captured their experience on a new recording titled 'Alma Espanola,' which means 'Spanish Soul.'


Media Files:
http://play.publicradio.org/default/d/podcast/minnesota/classical/programs/new_classical_tracks/2017/10/18/20171018_nctx_isbin_alma_espanola_20171018_128.mp3




Bjarte Eike raises a toast to the music of 17th-century London

Wed, 11 Oct 2017 00:00:00 -0500

Ten years ago, musician Bjarte Eike launched the Alehouse Sessions at a festival in Norway, bringing to life music from the inns, taverns and alehouses of 17th-century London. It was an immediate hit, so Bjarte decided to develop it further, resulting in a new recording, 'The Alehouse Sessions.'


Media Files:
http://play.publicradio.org/default/d/podcast/minnesota/classical/programs/new_classical_tracks/2017/10/11/20171011_nctx_the_alehouse_sessions_20171011_128.mp3




Tomas Cotik offers a big slice of Piazzolla

Wed, 04 Oct 2017 00:00:00 -0500

Violinist Tomas Cotik grew up in Astor Piazzolla's homeland of Argentina. Cotik moved away at age 18, studying, teaching, and performing in Canada, Germany and the United States. Cotik's new recording takes him back to his homeland, as he celebrates the legacy of Astor Piazzolla.


Media Files:
http://play.publicradio.org/default/d/podcast/minnesota/classical/programs/new_classical_tracks/2017/10/04/20171004_nctx_piazzolla_cotik_full_20171004_128.mp3




Yo-Yo Ma and friends team up on Bach Trios

Wed, 27 Sep 2017 00:00:00 -0500

As a concert soloist and as a musical collaborator in various genres, including his own Silk Road Ensemble, 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/2017/09/27/20170927_nct_bach_trios_20170927_128.mp3




Pianist Shai Wosner improvises on some of his favorite works

Wed, 20 Sep 2017 00:00:00 -0500

"There's a wonderful term in French when they say a premiere of a piece, they say creation. They say it was created, you know, on such-and-such day. And I think that's relevant for every time the piece is played - you're creating it. And I think the fact that it's not the same every time is what makes it so exciting." On his new recording, 'Impromptu,' Israeli-born pianist Shai Wosner puts this idea to the test, as he improvises on works by some of his favorite composers.


Media Files:
http://play.publicradio.org/default/d/podcast/minnesota/classical/programs/new_classical_tracks/2017/09/20/20170920_nctx_wosner_impromptu_full_20170920_128.mp3




The Minnesota Orchestra and Mahler

Wed, 13 Sep 2017 00:00:00 -0500

It all began with Beethoven. When that symphony cycle was complete, Finnish conductor Osmo Vanska forged a new cycle of critically acclaimed Sibelius Symphonies. The second recording in that series earned Osmo Vanska and the Minnesota Orchestra a Grammy Award in 2014 for Best Orchestral Performance. Music Director Osmo Vanska says these two earlier recording projects helped to set the stage for their latest endeavor, a complete cycle of symphony recordings by the late great Romantic, Gustav Mahler, "During the process of the Beethoven symphonies we started to play Beethoven better and better Beethoven. The same with Sibelius. They have been a foundation for Mahler and we try to build from it and to make this kind of Mahler tradition." The Minnesota Orchestra's Mahler tradition begins with his Symphony No. 5 in C Sharp minor.


Media Files:
http://play.publicradio.org/default/d/podcast/minnesota/classical/programs/new_classical_tracks/2017/09/13/20170913_nct_mnorch_mahler_20170913_128.mp3




Tippet Rise: masterful music in the Montana mountains

Wed, 06 Sep 2017 00:00:00 -0500

The Montana arts center and music venue, Tippet Rise, has released an album of highlights from its music festival's inaugural season. Christopher O'Riley, pianist and the festival's artistic director, talks about a new album of musical highlights from the festival.


Media Files:
http://play.publicradio.org/default/d/podcast/minnesota/classical/programs/new_classical_tracks/2017/09/06/20170906_nctx_tippet_rise_20170906_128.mp3




Yekwon Sunwoo celebrates a gold-medal performance

Wed, 30 Aug 2017 00:00:00 -0500

Yekwon Sunwoo took the Gold Medal at the 2017 International Van Cliburn competition. The first Van Cliburn winner from South Korea, Yekwon Sunwoo has released the live album of his award-winning performance.


Media Files:
http://play.publicradio.org/default/d/podcast/minnesota/classical/programs/new_classical_tracks/2017/08/30/20170830_nctx_yekwon_sunwoo_gold_20170830_128.mp3







Simone Dinnerstein meets Mozart in Havana

Wed, 16 Aug 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/2017/08/16/20170816_nctx_dinnerstein_havana_20170816_128.mp3




Avi Avital continues to stretch musical boundaries

Wed, 09 Aug 2017 00:00:00 -0500

On his latest recording, mandolinist Avi Avital dives into his Israeli roots exploring his Moroccan ancestry. He says it's the nature of his instrument that allows him to stretch beyond musical boundaries.


Media Files:
http://play.publicradio.org/default/d/podcast/minnesota/classical/programs/new_classical_tracks/2017/08/09/20170809_nctx_avi_avital_20170809_128.mp3




Shai Wosner improvises with some of his favorite composers

Wed, 02 Aug 2017 00:00:00 -0500

On his new recording, 'Impromptu,' Israeli-born pianist Shai Wosner improvises on works by some of his favorite composers: Schubert, Chopin, Beethoven, Liszt, Dvorak, Gershwin and Ives.


Media Files:
http://play.publicradio.org/default/d/podcast/minnesota/classical/programs/new_classical_tracks/2017/08/02/20170802_nctx_shai_wosner_impromptu_20170802_128.mp3




Leonard Slatkin completes another Copland

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

As he prepares for his 10th and final season as music director of the Detroit Symphony Orchestra, Leonard Slatkin is excited to release another recording in their Copland cycle.


Media Files:
http://play.publicradio.org/default/d/podcast/minnesota/classical/programs/new_classical_tracks/2017/07/26/20170726_nctx_slatkin_copland_20170726_128.mp3




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 - 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




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




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




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