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New Classical Tracks

Minnesota Public Radio

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

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


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




480 Cedar Street St. Paul, MN 55101 1-800-228-7123


New Classical Tracks: Danish String Quartet

What's ingrained in the musicians of the Danish String Quartet? Nordic folk music.

Duration: 00:29:35

New Classical Tracks: Anne Akiko Meyers

Anne Akiko Meyers is back with her 35th release, 'Fantasia,' named after the work composed for her by Finnish composer Einojuhani Rautavaara.

Duration: 00:18:52

New Classical Tracks: Dennis Russell Davies

Conductor Dennis Russell Davies challenges the definition of what you might think of as old and new music on his new recording.

Duration: 00:23:03

New Classical Tracks: Ola Gjeilo (extended interview)

If you're familiar with the world of choral music, then you know the name Ola Gjeilo. On his new recording, 'Winter Songs,' he combines his love of choral music with his passion for piano improvisation and strings.

Duration: 00:20:21

New Classical Tracks: Voces8 (extended)

The British vocal ensemble Voces8 is back with a new soprano, a new composer-in-residence and, soon, a new recording, 'Equinox.'

Duration: 00:21:39

New Classical Tracks: The OK Factor

The OK Factor is more than just 'OK.' It's a genre-bending duo whose members met five years ago while attending school in Iowa. Now you can 'Have Yourself an OK Christmas,' thanks to their new holiday recording of the same name.

New Classical Tracks: George Li

Pianist George Li made his debut last month at Carnegie Hall, where he performed the same program featured on his new recording, "Live at the Mariinsky." In fact, he's still basking in the glow of that Russian recital.

Duration: 00:18:34

New Classical Tracks: Angela Gheorghiu

New Classical Tracks: Angela Gheorghiu

Duration: 00:21:25

New Classical Tracks: Norman Krieger - Extended

New Classical Tracks: Norman Krieger - Extended

Duration: 00:20:17

New Classical Tracks: McGill/McHale Trio

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

Duration: 00:29:10

New Classical Tracks: Pappano joins Argerich for Saint-Saens

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

Duration: 00:13:57

Leonard and Isbin capture their Spanish soul

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.'

Duration: 00:25:18

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

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.'

Duration: 00:21:29

Tomas Cotik offers a big slice of Piazzolla

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.

Duration: 00:22:47

Yo-Yo Ma and friends team up on Bach Trios

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.

Duration: 00:04:58

Pianist Shai Wosner improvises on some of his favorite works

"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.

Duration: 00:27:13

The Minnesota Orchestra and Mahler

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,...

Duration: 00:04:58

Tippet Rise: masterful music in the Montana mountains

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.

Duration: 00:17:10

Yekwon Sunwoo celebrates a gold-medal performance

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.

Duration: 00:16:03

Stephen Edwards' Requiem for My Mother (extended)

Stephen Edwards' Requiem for My Mother (extended)

Duration: 00:34:00

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