All Summer Long closed the first chapter of the Beach Boys musical story in 1964: the last of the innocent, carefree odes to surfing and hot rods, it yielded the group’s first American number one hit, I Get Around. The title track, while never released as a single, has become an eternal favourite and was ranked number six in a Rolling Stone readers poll of the 10 greatest summer songs.
This 1969 release fared much better in the UK than it did in the US, spawning the number one British hit Do It Again and a top 10 cover of Phil Spector’s I Can Hear Music, while the album itself peaked at number three on the UK Albums Chart. Recorded largely without Brian Wilson, who was hospitalized at the time, 20/20 allows his brothers Dennis and Carl to come to the forefront as songwriters, vocalists and producers.
Testament to the versatility and musical command that Teodor Currentzis and his unique orchestra and choir possess, this new album brings together two diverse masterworks from two titans of Russian music. Although they have been acquainted for a long time prior, this recording represents the first musical collaboration between Teodor Currentzis and the exceptional violinist Patricia Kopatchinskaja. The instant artistic rapport (an “artistic wedding” of sorts) between these two maverick musicians can be heard in this dynamic new recording of Tchaikovsky’s Violin concerto – one of the most popular works in the violin repertory. Currentzis’ authentic approach to the folk influences in Stravinsky’s music (as revealed in Le Sacre du Printemps) is again very present in his interpretation of Les Noces. This work for percussion, pianists, chorus, and vocal soloists – originally composed as ballet music – is probably one of Stravinsky’s most rarely recorded works. The work is based on a Russian peasant wedding, which the cover artwork references. Exceptional to this new recording is that the MusicAeterna choir members are all native-Russian speakers who bring another level of understanding and authenticity to the work. After her prominent participation in the “Rameau – The Sound of Light” recording, Nadine Koutcher – freshly crowned “2015 Cardiff Singer of the Year” – returns to sing the leading soprano solo part in Les Noces.
Smokey Robinson invented a style of songwriting and singing that influenced artists as diverse as James Taylor, Michael Jackson, Bobby Brown, Boyz ll Men and Linda Ronstadt, to name just a few. Smokey’s gentle, sensual vocals are effortlessly delivered but completely captivating. No less an authority and devoted fan than Bob Dylan once called Smokey Robinson, ‘the greatest living poet in a America today.’ 1975’s „A Quiet Storm“ contains all the patented Smokey touches: the sweet irresistible melodies; the slow-dancing ballads; the jump-for-joy love songs. You can’t go wrong with a Smokey Robinson record, no matter what it’s decade of origin, but this is perhaps his definitive ’70s album, defining a smooth, contemporary R&B style that would be emulated for decades to come. As exemplified by „A Quiet Storm“, Smokey’s gift is constant and genuine.
The only album from the Miracles to break into the US top 10, Going To A Go-Go from 1965 spawned four top 20 hit singles, including The Tracks Of My Tears, included at number 50 on Rolling Stone’s list of the 500 greatest songs of all time. The tune was inducted into the Grammy Hall of Fame in 2007 and has also been preserved by the United States Library of Congress as an “culturally, historicall, and aesthetically significance” to the National Recording Registry.
She Is We, fronted by alternative singer-songwriter-force of nature Rachel Taylor (formerly of the duo He Is We) has a tremendously loyal and active fan base well-primed for this much-anticipated new studio album, buoyed by lead single and video “Boomerang.”
Vladimir Ashkenazy collaborates with Esther Yoo in a new recording of Sibelius and Glazunov Violin Concertos with the Philharmonia Orchestra. Yoo first came to international attention in 2010 when, aged 16, she became the youngest prize-winner of the 10th International Sibelius Violin Competition. She made her London debut in 2014, performing Mozart’s Violin Concerto No. 3 under the late Lorin Maazel at Royal Festival Hall. That same year, she was a soloist on the Philharmonia’s South America tour under Ashkenazy.
Shostakovich’s cantata The Execution of Stepan Razin is a moving and exciting late work audibly related to the Thirteenth Symphony, “Babi Yar”. Both use texts by Yevtushenko, and yet the cantata never has enjoyed the same degree of popularity and critical regard. The reason may be that it’s too long to serve as a coupling with the symphony, and Shostakovich never wrote anything else like it. His previous Socialist Realist choral works, like The Song of the Forests, are too obviously ideological in content, but Razin would make a terrific piece coupled to, say, Prokofiev’s Alexander Nevsky.
Gregorian haben das vorerst letzte Kapitel ihrer erfolgreichen „Masters Of Chant”-Saga mit der Tour zum „Final Chapter“ aufgeschlagen. Ein bewegender Abschied, der für alle Fans in atemberaubenden Bildern festgehalten wurde. Was 1999 für Produzent Frank Peterson und die Band begann, entwickelte sich rasant zu einem imposanten Siegeszug: über 10 Millionen verkaufte Alben sowie zahlreiche Gold- und Platinauszeichnungen machen Gregorian zu einem der erfolgreichsten deutschen Acts weltweit. Zum vorerst letzten Mal sind nun die einzigartigen Interpretationen ikonischer Pop- und Rocksongs in Mönchskutte als beeindruckende Live-Dokumentation zu sehen und zu hören. Die atemberaubende Live-Produktion, gespickt mit einer großartigen Licht- und Lasershow, Pyro-Effekten und imposanten Choreographien wird mit den kräftigen Stimmen der klassisch ausgebildeten Sänger unter Mitwirken von Amelia Brightman und Countertenor Narcis einmal mehr zu einem überwältigenden Live-Erlebnis. Dieses spektakuläre Livedokument in Bild und Ton bildet nun den krönenden Abschluss der „Masters of Chant“-Reihe und hinterlässt dem Zuschauer volle 29 Hits aus über 15 Jahren Gregorian. “LIVE! Masters Of Chant – Final Chapter Tour” wurde im Mai 2016 während des ersten Teils der Final Chapter Tour in Berlin aufgezeichnet und bietet beeindruckende Bilder. Ob des überwältigenden Erfolges der Tour werden weitere Termine der Final Chapter Tour Anfang 2017 stattfinden, mit denen das Kapitel endgültig geschlossen wird.