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The greatest recording of all time is sounding better than ever before. Now, Solti and Culshaw’s Ring Cycle can be enjoyed in the highest quality possible. The Hybrid SACD format combines the high-density 24bit/192kHz stereo mix with a standard CD layer that will play in any normal CD player. This compilation of Great Scenes contains a selection of incredible highlights from across the Ring Cycle, including the timeless, “Ride of the Valkyries,” and “Siegfried’s Funeral March.”
Inspired by the groundbreaking mission of NASA's Juno space probe and its ongoing exploration of Jupiter, Juno to Jupiter is Vangelis' multi-dimensional journey through electronic, progressive, ambient, techno, orchestral, and vocal music. The project features soprano Angela Gheorghiu and sounds from space recorded by NASA.
"Croatian cellists Luka Šulić and HAUSER, together known as 2CELLOS, celebrated their 10th anniversary in 2021 with a brand new album, titled Dedicated. The album was led by the first single, a cover of Bon Jovi’s anthem “Livin’ On a Prayer”. Dedicated showcases their unique playing style on ten new arrangements that reinvent both recent hits such as “Wherever I Go” (One Republic), “I Don’t Care” (Ed Sheeran/Justin Bieber) and “bad guy” (Billie Eilish), and iconic classics such as “Sweet Child O’ Mine” (Guns N’ Roses) and “Cryin” (Aerosmith).
Ten years ago, 2CELLOS went viral with their self-uploaded version of Michael Jackon’s “Smooth Criminal”. Since then, they’ve released five charttopping studio albums, amassed over 2.5 billion streams and surpassed 20 million followers on their socials. They shared the stages with Elton John, Steven Tyler, Andrea Bocelli, George Michael and Queens Of The Stone Age amongst others.
Dedicated is available as a limited edition of 1500 individually numbered copies on crystal clear vinyl and includes an insert.
Official website: http://www.2cellos.com/
• 180 GRAM AUDIOPHILE VINYL
• DELUXE HEAVYWEIGHT SLEEVE WITH SOFT-TOUCH LAMINATE
• PVC PROTECTIVE SLEEVE
• BRAND NEW 2021 ALBUM
• FEATURING 2CELLOS’ TAKE ON HITS LIKE “LIVIN’ ON A PRAYER” (BON JOVI), “BAD GUY” (BILLIE EILISH), “I DON’T CARE” (ED SHEERAN/JUSTIN BIEBER), “DEMONS” (IMAGINE DRAGONS), “HALO” (BEYONCÉ), “CRYIN” (AEROSMITH), A.O.
• BIG WORLDWIDE TOUR COMING UP IN 2022
• LIMITED EDITION OF 1500 INDIVIDUALLY NUMBERED COPIES ON CRYSTAL CLEAR VINYL"
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The Blue Hour is a song cycle written collaboratively by the composers Rachel Grimes, Angélica Negrón, Shara Nova, Caroline Shaw, and Sarah Kirkland Snider with the chamber orchestra A Far Cry (Shara Nova also is featured as vocal soloist). Set to excerpts from Carolyn Forché’s epic poem On Earth, the music follows one woman’s journey through the space between life and death via thousands of hallucinatory and non-linear images. Exploring memories of childhood, of war, of love, and of loss, The Blue Houramplifies the beauty, pain, and fragility of human life from a collective female perspective.
Tom’s debut album, Reflect, features songs co-written and performed by some of Broadway’s biggest stars, including Adrienne Warren, Mandy Gonzalez, Michael McElroy, Jenn Colella, Danny Burstein, Rebecca Luker, Javier Muñoz, Lauren Patten, Jerry Dixon, Elizabeth Stanley, Heidi Blickenstaff, Brian d’Arcy James, and Pearl Sun. An album about finding your voice when you need it most, Reflect is a true collaboration that captures the hope and heartbreak of the tumultuous times we’re living through.
Tom Kitt’s spirit courses through film, television, theater, music, and beyond. He garnered the 2010 Pulitzer Prize for Drama along with two Tony Awards® for Next To Normal and won a 2021 Grammy Award® for his work on the Broadway Cast Recording of Jagged Little Pill. His body of work as a composer spans everything from the upcoming Broadway musical Almost Famous, [written with Cameron Crowe] to his Tony Award® nominated work on both If/Then, and SpongeBob SquarePants: The Musical. Tom notably took home an Emmy Award® as co-writer (with Lin-Manuel Miranda) for the 2013 Tony Awards® opening number, “Bigger.” Next up for Tom are two new shows debuting in New York City this fall - The Visitor at The Public Theater and Flying Over Sunset at Lincoln Center.
A manifesto for life and a statement for this time when the world around was quiet and silent. The album is a place that is not our everyday life. It's a space to float without boundaries, to freely reflect. The title Underwater is a metaphor - it is an expression of a very fluid dimension, without inference from outside. "The music came naturally, more than ever before. I felt a sense of freedom to abandon myself and to let the music flow in a different way." - Ludovico Einaudi
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Nonesuch Records releases the first recordings of Steve Reich’s Runner (2016) and Music for Ensemble and Orchestra (2018), performed by the Los Angeles Philharmonic and conducted by Susanna Mälkki, available on CD on September 30, 2022; a vinyl LP version will be released on December 2.
Reich says Runner is written “for a large ensemble of winds, percussion, pianos, and strings. While the tempo remains more or less constant, there are five movements, played without pause, that are based on different note durations. First, even sixteenths, then irregularly accented eighths, then a very slowed-down version of the standard bell pattern from Ghana in quarters, fourth a return to the irregularly accented eighths, and finally a return to the sixteenths but now played as pulses by the winds for as long as a breath will comfortably sustain them. The title was suggested by the rapid opening and my awareness that, like a runner, I would have to pace the piece to reach a successful conclusion.”
“Music for Ensemble and Orchestra is an extension of the Baroque concerto grosso where there is more than one soloist,” the composer continues. “Here there are twenty soloists—all regular members of the orchestra, including the first stand strings and winds, as well as two vibraphones and two pianos. The piece is in five movements, though the tempo never changes, only the note value of the constant pulse in the pianos. Thus, an arch form: sixteenths, eighths, quarters, eighths, sixteenths. Music for Ensemble and Orchestra is modeled on my Runner, which has the same five movement form.”
Nils Frahm’s double album 'Old Friends New Friends' gathers together 23 solo piano tracks recorded between 2009 and 2021, almost all hitherto unreleased but omitted from previous albums and projects for one reason or another.
The album was pieced together during the pandemic as Frahm used the time to arrange his archives, conscious of the sheer number of recordings he’d accumulated. Having selected his favourites, he realised how, when he listened to them together, they offered “a different spectrum of freedom for me. I forgot that some tracks are ten years old, some two, and they’re all played on different pianos. Instead I remembered how, as a fan, I love albums like this. With a lot of my records there’s a point where you feel, ‘This is the centrepiece,’ but here I wasn’t really worrying about that. It still feels like my universe, though, and I’m proud that all these things which I never found a way to unite before now work together. It’s like I tossed flowers indiscriminately into a vase and then realised it looked exactly right.”
The 140g vinyl records come housed in a single-pocket cardboard jacket, and protected by premium anti-static inner sleeves.
Everybody loves a party, and who better to serve as the master of ceremonies than global superstar cellist HAUSER.
With the Dedicated Tour marking the end of a remarkable 10-year run for 2CELLOS, HAUSER is ushering a new era as a solo artist and visual concept creator on his new album THE PLAYER, accompanied by the Czech National Symphony Orchestra conducted by Steven Mercurio, released on September 16, 2022 on Sony Music Masterworks.
Whether it is captivating reimaginations of timeless world music classics such as “Bésame Mucho,” “Quizás, Quizás, Quizás” and “Historia de un Amor,” or his take on modern-day hits such as Ricky Martin’s Latin Pop smash “Livin’ la Vida Loca,” Madonna’s “La Isla Bonita,” Camila Cabello’s “Señorita,” and Shakira’s 2010 Official 2010 FIFA World Cup™ Song “Waka Waka,” HAUSER traverses from genre to genre with ease, inviting fans of all ages and backgrounds to join him for a global dance party extravaganza.
HAUSER uses his irresistible charisma and musical stylings to take listeners on a whirlwind adventure of romance and excitement, a trademark for HAUSER that has made him an international star. The success of HAUSER himself extends far beyond his many, many millions of social media followers with a devoted, international fan base that continues to grow. With more than a billion audio streams across the globe and more than 4 billion video views, the Croatian cellist is a phenomenon that is one part virtuoso and the other, that of sheer, animal magnetism. For HAUSER’s fans, perhaps it is simply his ability to unify generations of music lovers.
HAUSER. He is a magician of the cello…and this is only the beginning.
Following the success of Joep Beving’s first three albums – Solipsism, Prehension, and Henosis – Deutsche Grammophon is proud to release all three albums along with further bonus material as a 7-LP special deluxe vinyl box set. Featuring a hard, left-handed slipcase with 7 separate vinyl sleeves. The spines of the vinyl sleeves combined form a beautiful graphic.
Nonesuch Records releases Pulitzer Prize and Grammy Award–winning composer Caroline Shaw’s Evergreen, performed by Shaw and Attacca Quartet, on September 9, 2022. Evergreen is five original works by Shaw: two suites written for string quartet—Three Essays and The Evergreen—two pieces written for string quartet and voice, and one piece written solely for string quartet. It also includes an interpretation of a twelfth century French poem, which the Quartet performs with Shaw on vocals.
Following 2019’s Orange, which featured six of Shaw’s pieces for string quartet and earned Attacca Quartet a Grammy Award for Best Chamber Music/Small Ensemble Performance, Evergreen was built around the titular four-song suite, first performed by the Viano String Quartet in 2021. Shaw describes the work as an offering to one particular tree in an evergreen forest on Swiikw (Galiano Island), off the west coast of Canada. The album also includes Three Essays, a suite written for and premiered by Calidore String Quartet that addresses language’s power to stir emotion and spread information and ideas through written, spoken, and digital forms; And So, a piece composed for the Philharmonia Baroque Orchestra & Chorale and mezzo-soprano Anne Sofie von Otter as part of Shaw’s Is a Rose trilogy; Blueprint, a work originally composed for the Aizuri Quartet and relating closely to an early string quartet by Beethoven; Other Song, a piece written for the National Symphony Orchestra and originally released on Shaw's 2021 solo vocal debut, Let the Soil Play Its Simple Part; and an interpretation of Cant voi l’aube, a poem by twelfth century trouvère, Gace Brulé.
Bob Marley with the Chineke! Orchestra reimagines some of Bob Marley’s most recognized and listened to songs with contemporary classical orchestration. The Chineke! Orchestra provides opportunities to a diverse range of up-and-coming and internationally respected classical musicians.
The most unforgettable songs from Disney’s iconic films reimagined by the greatest living pianist, Lang Lang’s The Disney Book tells the story of a century of magical, joyous entertainment for all. Join him on an uplifting, virtuosic journey to experience beloved songs from Disney films with collaborators from across the globe, including Andrea Bocelli, Sebastián Yatra, and Jon Batiste, performing hits from Snow White, Encanto, Beauty and the Beast, Pinocchio and many more. Deluxe 2 LP.