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Communing with the Great Jazz Saxophonist Charles Lloyd - An Interview

Charles Lloyd Interview

Ever since he emerged a half century ago as music director of the Chico Hamilton Quartet, saxophonist Charles Lloyd has been at the forefront of jazz innovation. One of the first jazz artists to sell a million copies of a recording, which he made with a quartet that included a young Keith Jarrett, and two other legendary artists, drummer Jack DeJohnette and bassist Cecil McBee, Lloyd has done everything from jam with the Doors, The Grateful Dead, and the Beach Boys to birth a new music from diverse cultural and spiritual traditions.

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An Interview with Cellist Zuill Bailey

Zuill Bailey

Zuill Bailey’s Telarc recording of Bach’s six unaccompanied Cello Suites soared to the top of the Billboard charts this past February. In an age when classical music is increasingly marginalized, the continued surge of interest in the music of J.S. Bach is cause for rejoicing.

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The Ongoing Career of Baritone Benjamin Luxon

Benjamin LuxonEnglish baritone Benjamin Luxon remains prized for the intelligence of his portrayals, and his unfettered directness of expression. Now 72, and devoting much of his time to theater, Luxon came to fame as a member of Benjamin Britten’s English Opera Group. After creating the title role in Britten’s Owen Wingrave, he proceeded to perform a wide variety of roles in many of the world’s leading houses.

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An Hour with the Great Carol Channing

An Hour with the Great Carol Channing

This is not your average interview. In the exchange you’re about to read, the great singing actress and comedienne Carol Channing shares many details of her personal life that she rarely if ever discusses in public.

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Interview with Steve Hoffman - Remastering Classic Recordings on Vinyl

Interview with Steve HoffmanWorld-renowned studio mastering engineer Steve Hoffman is currently working on the re-mastering and re-release of many legendary rock and pop titles including classic Nat King Cole albums on SACD and 45 RPM vinyl for Acoustic Sounds/Analogue Productions and 24 Karat Gold CDs (The Doors, Linda Ronstadt, The Pretenders, Alice Cooper, etc.) for Audio Fidelity (among others).

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Leah Crocetto: Our Next Verdi Soprano?

Leah Crocetto

When soprano Leah Crocetto sang Verdi at San Francisco Opera’s Merola Grand Finale in the summer of 2008, we in the audience were stunned by the sheer size, weight, and power of her voice. Soon thereafter, when I interviewed San Francisco Opera Center Director Sheri Greenawald, she echoed my sentiments.

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The Legendary Pianist Menahem Pressler

Menahem PresslerFor over 50 years, pianist Menahem Pressler’s name has been indelibly associated with the Beaux Arts Trio. As the founder of the trio, it is Pressler’s pianism that is the constant in the trio’s over 50 benchmark recordings of Schubert, Brahms, Beethoven, and other great composers.

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The Naxos Online Video Library

The Naxos Online Video Library

 

Naxos, which bills itself as “the world’s leading classical music label and industry leader in streaming audio and music education,” has launched the Naxos Video Library

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The British Choral Group Stile Antico Talks About its U.S. Debut

Stile Antico Speak of it U.S. DebutOn June 12, 2009, the English early music choral ensemble Stile Antico made its much-anticipated U.S. debut at the Boston Early Music Festival. The entire concert debut was recorded by NPR, and can be heard online.

After Stile Antico won the 2005 Early Music Network International Young Artists’ Competition, the young ensemble’s debut disc for Harmonia Mundi, Music for Compline, won the Diapason d’Or, Choc du Monde de la Musique, and a Grammy Award nomination. Their second disc, Heavenly Harmonies, received the Preis der deutschen Schallplattenkritik and another Diapason d’Or. Attention from NPR, and a tour with Sting in Europe and the Far East in support of his Dowland lute song project, Songs from the Labyrinth, elevated them into company rare for an early music ensemble, and helped project their most recent CD, Song of Songs, into the Top 15 of the Billboard Classical Chart.

In anticipation of Stile Antico’s U.S. debut, I spoke by phone with one of the group’s founding members, towering bass Olly Hunt. Chief among my queries was the genesis of the group’s marvelously fresh, oft-sensual sound.

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Joyce DiDonato: One of Today’s Pre-eminent Mezzo Coloraturas

Joyce DiDonato

Thanks in part to her two recent EMI recital discs of the music of Handel and Rossini, mezzo-soprano Joyce DiDonato, 41, has been acknowledged as one of today’s pre-eminent mezzo coloraturas. Blessed with an ideally flexible, beautiful voice and a stellar technique that includes a perfect trill, she is in demand throughout the world for a wide variety of lyric mezzo and mezzo coloratura roles.

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Guitarist David Russell Chats About Music and Recording Techniques

Classical guitarist David RussellClassical guitarist David Russell was born in Glasgow in 1953, and raised in the town of Minorca. Upon studying the guitar at the Royal Academy of Music, he twice won the Julian Bream Guitar Prize. Wins at the Andrés Segovia Competition, the José Ramírez Competition, and Spain's Francisco Tárrega Competition helped to further propel him to an international career, which continues strong.

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