Delos Presents Dinara Alieva In Moscow on DVD and Blu-Ray!
Get the first look at our new Dinara Alieva In Moscow DVD/Blu-Ray via YouTube!
Over the past 27 years, distinguished American maestro Sir Gilbert Levine has been conducting orchestral concerts for video broadcast on American Public Television (APT). We at Delos were honored when Sir Gilbert approached us with the idea of creating a CD to match his latest video program, entitled A Celebration of Peace Through Music (DE 3487). This program includes beloved, spiritually oriented works by Copland, Verdi, Górecki, Bernstein and Brahms (see detailed program below) – thrillingly performed by the Kraków Philharmonic Choir, the Choral Arts Society of Washington and the Orchestra of St. Luke’s.
Having spent much of his career in Europe, Sir Gilbert has become closely associated with a number of recent Popes (especially John Paul II), and has conducted many ecumenically-spirited interfaith concerts at the Vatican and elsewhere that feature varied music of universal spiritual values, promoting reconciliation among different faiths and world peace. As a result, this Jewish musician has become known as “The Pope’s Maestro,” and has been accorded the honor of a Papal knighthood (hence the title of “Sir”). Many of his concerts have been widely broadcast by public media, both in Europe and America, in recent decades.
We just wanted you, our loyal readers, to know that this weekend – on Sunday, March 29 – the above-described concert will be broadcast over several major-metro stations. However, the majority of broadcasts will take place next week, mostly on Good Friday and Easter Sunday. This program will be the most widely-broadcast ever of a concert recording by Sir Gilbert, with over 100 APT stations nationwide participating. See the table below, with complete dates and times, to see if your local station will be broadcasting this beautifully performed and spiritually inspiring program.
OH – and watch for a promotional spot at the end of the broadcast that will offer the Delos CD (actually, a 2-CD set) – as well as the DVD (from another company) for sale; also a book by Sir Gilbert: his fascinating memoir, The Pope’s Maestro.
Isabel Leonard will explore the riches of Spanish song, in all its varied Iberian forms and styles in her upcoming Preludios, but Kennedy Center audience members got a bit of a preview on Tuesday evening in her concert with guitarist Sharon Isbin, and her performance left quite the impression on Washington Post critic Stephen Brookes:
“the real star of the evening turned out to be the less-familiar Leonard, a rising young mezzo with a radiant, bell-like voice and a captivating sense of drama. The duo opened with four folk-based songs from the ‘Canciones Españolas Antiguas’ by Federico Garcia Lorca (in arrangements by Isbin), and Leonard immediately seemed in her element, probing the dark, unsettling veins of tragedy and pathos — from blood feuds to early deaths — that run through every note. This is music that, as Lorca said, asks ‘a terrible question that has no answer,’ and Leonard dug deeply into their mysteries, proving herself more than just a pretty voice.
That said, what a voice it is — supple, perfectly controlled, capable of great power, but with a lilt, purity and expressive warmth. Then there’s her engaging charm: After singing a lullaby from Xavier Montsalvatge’s ‘Cinco canciónes negras,’ Leonard coaxed a young girl from the audience to join her onstage for an impromptu dance to ‘Canto negro.’” —Stephen Brookes, Washington Post
Preludios includes works by the above-mentioned Federico García Lorca as well as the Xavier Montsalvatge Cinco canciónes negras and Lullaby!
Listen to Manuel De Falla’s Orazion de las madres que tienen a sus hijos en brazos on SoundCloud NOW!
The Metropolitan Opera released its 2015-2016 Schedule on Wednesday, and it’s stocked with current and future Delos artists! The highlight of the announcement was that Sondra Radvanovsky will become the first singer in Met history to star as the three heroines of Donizetti’s “Tudor Queens” trilogy in one season, singing the roles of Anne Boleyn, Mary, Queen of Scots, and Queen Elizabeth I! See the full list of Delos artists in the upcoming season below and listen to our new Delos at the Met Playlist on Spotify!
Get ready for The GRAMMY Awards this Sunday by listening to 2015 GRAMMY nominee Lawrence Brownlee’s “Best Classical Solo Vocal Album” Virtuoso Rossini Arias!
“The disc is a splendid compendium of songs that soar and vibrate with fresh appeal. … Each song makes a vivid impression through deft setting of text and imaginative unfolding and interweaving of vocal lines. … everything presented here seizes the ear… As led by their Artistic Director, the John Alexander Singers bring exceptional finesse, cohesion and clarity to this diverse repertoire. David Clemensen is the sensitive pianist in several selections.” —Donald Rosenberg, Gramophone Magazine
“The principal work is The Glory and the Dream (2000) by Richard Rodney Bennett (1936-2012). It is a setting of the greater part of William Wordsworth’s Intimations of Immortality for choir, solo voices, and organ. Bennett was one of the most versatile musicians of our time. … He wrote film scores and composed and arranged in the jazz idiom. He was noted as a jazz pianist and cabaret artist. Later in his life these disparate tendencies coalesced into what Anthony Burton describes as “a freely tonal idiom”. The Glory and the Dream is a highly accessible work in four movements that follow without pause. While I would never describe the work as derivative, it taps into the British choral tradition with overtones of Howells, Finzi, and Vaughan Williams. The virtuoso organ part, played here by Thomas Murray, reminded me repeatedly of Duruflé, but all these tendencies are integrated in a musical language that is Bennett’s own. … The performance standard is outstanding. The Schola Cantorum has a mixed choir sound, not an imitation of an English choral foundation, but light enough for clarity and blend. They seem to take the formidable vocal and rhythmic demands of Taverner’s idiom entirely in stride. They seem just as at home in Bennett’s work.…” —William J. Gatens, American Record Guide
The UK’s Opera Magzine has announced the finalists for the 2015 International Opera Awards, and TWO Delos artists have been nominated in the “Best Male Singer” Category! Join us in offering congratulations to Lawrence Brownlee and Michael Spyres!
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“This is an unusual compilation, not for the Russian or Armenian items, but Iranian piano music is certainly new to me…. Intellectually and inspirationally, this is a captivating recital. Kamangar is also a fine pianist, with plenty of technique and a true romantic spirit. …these are all compositions for the piano, in a European musical language, but influenced by musical styles of that most turbulent region of the world. … I found everything worth many hearings; excellent booklet notes by the pianist and superb piano sound make this something I’ll return to often.” —James Harrington, American Record Guide
Read the full review in American Record Guide