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Sep 18, 2014 | Legacy's Classic Christmas Album Series Rings In The Holidays With New Collections By Frank Sinatra, Barbra Streisand, Il Divo, Johnny Mathis, Perry Como, And Introducing Compilations Of Hard Rock, Pop And Country Christmas Classics On October 7, 2014

Each New Title Gathers Holiday Tracks From Across Every Artist's Career, Spanning Decades

The Classic Christmas Albums by Frank Sinatra and Johnny Mathis include previously unreleased and rare recordings

Sep 18, 2014

NEW YORK, Sept. 18, 2014 /PRNewswire/ -- Legacy Recordings' Classic Christmas Album series rings in this year's holiday season with new collections by Frank Sinatra, Barbra Streisand, Il Divo, Perry Como, Johnny Mathis, plus compilations of hard rock, country and pop Christmas classics.  The eight new titles will be available everywhere October 7, 2014 through Legacy Recordings, a division of Sony Music Entertainment. 

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This year not only introduces genre-specific, various artist compilations to the series but also previously unreleased and rare tracks. THE CLASSIC CHRISTMAS ALBUM by Frank Sinatra features two previously unreleased tracks, "Baby It's Cold Outside" with singer Dorothy Kirsten and an alternate version of "Let It Snow! Let It Snow! Let It Snow!" with the Page Cavanaugh Trio. This alternate version follows a different approach to the performance of the same song Sinatra recorded four years later with the B. Swanson Quartet (track #2).

THE CLASSIC CHRISTMAS ALBUM by Johnny Mathis features the two previously unreleased tracks "Ol' Kris Kringle" and "Give Me Your Love For Christmas."  This holiday collection also includes "The Very First Christmas Day," "Christmas In The City Of The Angels" and "Christmas Is…" These rare recordings were originally released as singles but are now making their first appearance on CD.

Each of the new collections gather 10 or more remastered tracks that span the career of each artist, all of whom recorded multiple holiday albums through the years (some on multiple record labels), as well as occasional Christmas tunes on other albums such as soundtracks or benefit albums.

With many of their holiday albums either out-of-print, or never issued on CD, or highly collectible rarities, each new title in the Classic Christmas Album series is a welcome cross-section of those hard-to-find classics.  Each Classic Christmas Album gathers a career's worth of precious memories, often spanning decades, while creating new memories at the same time.

The eight new Classic Christmas Album entries comprise the following:

THE CLASSIC CHRISTMAS ALBUM by FRANK SINATRA
(http://smarturl.it/cc_sinatra_amzn) (Legacy)
Selections: 1. Santa Claus Is Coming To Town 2. Let It Snow! Let It Snow! Let It Snow! 3. It Came Upon A Midnight Clear 4. I've Got A Home In That Rock 5. Adeste Fideles (O, Come All Ye Faithful) 6. Christmas Dreaming (A Little Early This Year) 7. Jingle Bells 8. Have Yourself A Merry Little Christmas 9. O Little Town Of Bethlehem 10. Jesus Is A Rock In The Weary Land 11. Silent Night, Holy Night 12. White Christmas 13. Baby, It's Cold Outside * (duet with Dorothy Kirsten) 14. Let It Snow! Let It Snow! Let It Snow! *
* previously unreleased

THE CLASSIC CHRISTMAS ALBUM by JOHNNY MATHIS (http://smarturl.it/cc_mathis_amzn(Legacy)
Selections:  1. It's Beginning To Look Like Christmas 2. Ol' Kris Kringle * 3. The Very First Christmas Day 4. Calypso Noel 5. My Kind Of Christmas 6. Winter Wonderland/Let It Snow! Let It Snow! Let It Snow! (Bette Midler with Johnny Mathis) 7. Give Me Your Love For Christmas * 8. Sleigh Ride 9. The Christmas Waltz 10. Christmas In The City Of The Angels 11. Christmas Is…12. Have Yourself A Merry Little Christmas 13. Home For The Holidays 14. Sign Of The Dove
* previously unreleased

THE CLASSIC CHRISTMAS ALBUM by BARBRA STREISAND
(http://smarturl.it/cc_barbra_amzn) (Legacy)
Selections: 1. Jingle Bells? 2. I'll Be Home For Christmas  3. Sleep In Heavenly Peace (Silent Night) 4. What Are You Doing New Year's Eve? 5. My Favorite Things (From "The Sound Of Music") 6. Ave Maria Op. 52 No. 6 7. I Remember (From "Evening Primrose") 8. One God 9. Christmas Lullaby 10. The Best Gift 11. I Wonder As I Wander 12. Snowbound 13. Christmas Mem'ries 14. Gounod's Ave Maria 15. The Lord's Prayer
New Cover and sequence from 2013 Version

THE CLASSIC CHRISTMAS ALBUM by IL DIVO
(http://smarturl.it/cc_ildivo_amzn) (Legacy)
Selections: 1. O Holy Night 2. White Christmas 3. Ave Maria 4. When A Child Is Born 5. Adeste Fideles (O Come All Ye Faithful) 6. Over The Rainbow 7. Panis Angelicus 8. Rejoice 9. Silent Night 10. The Lord's Prayer
Previously released as The Christmas Collection

THE CLASSIC CHRISTMAS ALBUM by PERRY COMO
(http://smarturl.it/cc_como_amzn(Legacy)
Selections: 1. Here We Come A-Caroling/We Wish You A Merry Christmas 2. It's Beginning To Look Like Christmas 3. There's No Christmas Like A Home Christmas 4. God Rest Ye Merry Gentlemen 5. The Christmas Song (Chestnuts Roasting On An Open Fire) 6. (There's No Place Like) Home For The Holidays 7. O Holy Night 8. Winter Wonderland 9. Silver Bells 10. The Little Drummer Boy 11. Christmas Dream 12. Have Yourself A Merry Little Christmas 13. White Christmas 14. The Story Of The First Christmas (medley)

THE CLASSIC CHRISTMAS POP ALBUM
(http://smarturl.it/cc_pop_amzn (Legacy)
Selections: 1. Last Christmas Metro Station 2. All I Want For Christmas Is You Big Time Rush 3. Sleigh Ride Karmin 4. All I Want For Christmas Is New Year's Day Hurts 5. Christmas Time Backstreet Boys 6. The Christmas Song (Chestnuts Roasting On An Open Fire) New Kids On The Block 7. Silent Night Bros 8. Rudolph The Red-Nosed Reindeer B2K 9. This Christmas Jagged Edge 10. White Christmas Westlife 11. This Christmas Menudo 12. Feliz Navidad (Acoustic Version) Los Lonely Boys 13. She Came Home for Christmas Mew 14. A Snowflake Fell (And It Felt Like A Kiss) Glasvegas 15. Carol Of The Bells Phantom Planet

THE CLASSIC CHRISTMAS HARD ROCK ALBUM
(http://smarturl.it/cc_hardrock_amzn (Legacy)
Selections: 1. Amazing Grace Jeff Beck 2. The Little Drummer Boy Alex Lifeson 3. Silent Night/Holy Night Jam Joe Satriani 4. Christmas Time Is Here Steve Vai 5. The Christmas Song Steve Lukather 6. O Come, O Come Emmanuel Neal Schon 7. Sleigh Ride Stuart Hamm 8. O Come All Ye Faithful Trevor Rabin 9. Deck The Halls Ted Nugent 10. O Little Town Of Bethlehem Robin Trower 11. We Three Kings Halford

THE CLASSIC CHRISTMAS COUNTRY ALBUM (Walmart Exclusive)
Walmart.com (Legacy)
Selections: 1. Christmas Time's A Comin' Patty Loveless 2. Christmas Time John Anderson  3. Pretty Paper Kenny Chesney with Willie Nelson 4. Rockin' Little Christmas Deborah Allen 5. Santa Baby Kellie Pickler  6. Blue Christmas K.T. Oslin 7. Please Come Home For Christmas Lonestar 8. I'll Be Home For Christmas Sara Evans 9. Rockin' Around The Christmas Tree Alabama 10. Jingle Bell Rock Sweethearts Of The Rodeo 11. Mele Kalikimaka Jake Owen 12. Let It Snow! Let It Snow! Let It Snow! Ricochet 13. Winter Wonderland Brad Paisley 14. White Christmas Lari White 15. The Christmas Song Brooks & Dunn 16. Have Yourself A Merry Little Christmas Martina McBride 

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Sep 17, 2014 | Joshua Bell Records Bach

BELL IS SOLOIST AND MUSIC DIRECTOR OF THE ACADEMY OF ST MARTIN IN THE FIELDS

Bach Available From Sony Classical on September 30, 2014

Sep 17, 2014

NEW YORK, Sept. 17, 2014 /PRNewswire/ -- Violinist Joshua Bell is one of the most acclaimed classical musicians of today - renowned for his expressive, elegant, intelligent playing and his deep commitment to bringing the classical tradition to wider audiences. Over the past three decades he has recorded more than 40 albums including most of the great violin repertoire. Now, Sony Classical is excited to announce that Bell has for the first time recorded the masterpieces of J.S. Bach with the Academy of St Martin in the Fields.  In his third season now as their music director, Bell performs Bach's sublime Violin Concertos No. 1 and No. 2, along with a never-done-before 'violin and orchestra' arrangement of the famous Chaconne from the Partita No. 2 (adapted from Mendelssohn's piano accompaniment), the Gavotte en Rondeau from Partita No. 3 for solo violin (using Schumann's accompaniment), and the universally beloved 'Air on the G string'. The new album, Bachis available September 30. On September 22 through September 28 U.S fans can enter for the chance to meet Joshua Bell on one of his 2014 U.S tour dates by entering here.

"Bach is the composer who got me hooked on music in the first place," says Bell, who's "house was filled with Bach when I was growing up."   He also began his music career with Bach.  Says Bell, "I made my first appearance as soloist with an orchestra when I was seven years old.  The concerto was by Bach, and Bach's music has been central in my life, even though I have until now resisted recording his music.  My approach to Bach has been continuously evolving.  I grew up deeply influenced by a tradition of Bach playing that has since gone out of fashion with the arrival of the 'original instrument' movement.  What fascinates me is how the beauty of Bach can shine through both when performed in a 'romantic' style (if done tastefully of course!) and also when done with a more 'historically informed' approach.  In the past two decades I have had the opportunity to collaborate with a number of early music 'specialists' and I believe that the early music movement has revolutionized the way the world listens to Baroque music - in a very good way!  While I have incorporated in my musical philosophy much of what I have learned from this movement,  I have also tried to retain in my approach to Bach some of the 'modern sensibilities' that are so rooted in the way I was taught to play the violin.  The result is, I hope, a melding of the old and the new, which I suppose sums up what it is to be a classical musician in the modern world.  In the Academy of St Martin in the Fields, with many of its members having had vast experience playing with original instrument bands, I have found the perfect partner - an orchestra that, in my opinion, wonderfully  balances an 'authentic style' with some of the beauties of 'modern tradition.' It is because I my work with the Academy that I finally felt compelled to begin to record the music of Johann Sebastian Bach."

While Bell has said he will still wait many years before recording the 6 solo Sonatas and Partitas, he offers on this album a provocative interpretation of the 'crown jewel' of the second partita - the Chaconne.   "There will be those who say that the Chaconne should only be performed in the way it was intended, for solo violin, but I'm a firm believer in celebrating great music in different ways," says Bell.  "With this new arrangement, we have a new way to listen this masterpiece, and with it we also get a glimpse into the mind of another genius - Felix Mendelssohn."  Mendelssohn was instrumental in reviving Bach's reputation in the 19th century, and his accompaniment first appeared as a piano improvisation in 1852. His friend and peer Robert Schumann heard this, and was inspired to write his own accompaniments to all six of the solo Sonatas and Partitas.   The Gavotte from the third Partita is included on the album, using Schumann's piano accompaniment as a basis for the orchestration by Julian Milone.   

A number of young musicians from YoungArts, (www.youngarts.org) attended Bell's recording session in London which is featured in HBO's Joshua Bell: YoungArts MasterClass program airing in the U.S. Oct. 14.

Joshua Bell has been an exclusive Sony Classical artist for more than a decade, and with nearly 40 albums to his credit, Bell has captured the public's attention like no other classical violinist of his time, enchanting audiences worldwide with his breathtaking playing and tone of rare beauty. The New York Times has said: "Mr. Bell stands in no one's shadow."  Bell has been in the national spotlight since age 14 (when he made his professional debut with Riccardo Muti and the Philadelphia Orchestra), and he has been a recording artist since age 18. Acclaimed for the wide range of music he has chosen to record, Bell has covered the great concerto repertoire from Beethoven and Barber to Nicholas Maw, as well as collaborated with a diverse range of artists on 'At Home with Friends' – from Sting and Chris Thile to Kristin Chenoweth and Chris Botti. Bell has ventured into bluegrass-inspired music with Short Trip Home and helped add to the violin repertoire with new arrangements of Porgy and Bess ('Gershwin Fantasy') and Leonard Bernstein ('West Side Story Suite'). His interest in film is notable, recording soundtracks for several films, including the Oscar nominated soundtrack for Ladies in Lavender (Nigel Hess) and most notably, all the violin solos in The Red Violin, helping the film win an Oscar for the Best Original Score (written by John Corigliano). For more information on Joshua Bell, please visit www.joshuabell.com.

Joshua Bell, Bach (Sony Classical)
Joshua Bell, violin and leader
Academy of St Martin in the Fields
Recorded April 28 & 29, 2014 at Air Studios, London, Great Britain
Producer and Engineer: Adam Abeshouse

Track listing:
Violin Concerto No. 1, BWV 1041, in A Minor (J.S. Bach)
1. I. Allegro    
2. II. Andante    
3. III. Allegro assai    

Violin Concerto No. 2, BWV 1042, in E Major (J.S. Bach)
4. I. Allegro   
5. II. Adagio  
6. III. Allegro assai    

7. V. Chaconne from Partita No. 2 in D Minor, BWV 1004 (J.S. Bach/Mendelssohn, arranged Milone)
8. II. Air from Orchestral Suite No. 3 in D Major, BWV 1068 (J.S. Bach)
9. III. Gavotte en Rondeau from Partita for Violin Solo No. 3 in E Major, BWV 1006 (J.S. Bach/Schumann, arranged Milone)

Sony Music Masterworks comprises Masterworks, Sony Classical, OKeh, Portrait, Masterworks Broadway and Flying Buddha imprints. For email updates and information please visit www.SonyMasterworks.com.

Upcoming Performances:


Sept. 6

Albany Symphony Gala, Albany, NY

Sept. 16 & 17

New York Philharmonic Gala, Lincoln Center

Sept. 18

Toronto Symphony Orchestra Gala, Toronto, CA.

Sept. 20

Richmond Symphony, Richmond, VA.

Sept. 21

National Symphony Orchestra, Washington, DC

Sept. 24 -28

Pacific Symphony Orchestra, Santa Ana, CA

Oct. 7

Academy of St Martin in the Fields, London, England

Oct. 8

Academy of St Martin in the Fields, Madrid, Spain

Oct. 12

Academy of St Martin in the fields, Oman

Oct. 24

Santa Rosa Symphony (Recital), Santa Rosa, CA

Oct, 25

Galo Center for the Arts (Recital), Modesto, CA

Oct. 26

 Los Angeles Philharmonic, Walt Disney Concert Hall (Recital), Los Angeles, CA

Oct. 28

University of California (Recital), Santa Barbara, CA

Oct. 30

Calgary Philharmonic, Calgary, Canada

Nov. 1

Broward Center (Recital), Ft. Lauderdale, FL

Nov. 5

Society for the Performing Arts (Recital), Houston, TX

Nov. 6

AT&T Performing Arts Center (Recital), Dallas, TX

Nov. 7

Tuesday Musical Association with Akron Symphony, OH

Nov. 12-15 &18

New York Philharmonic Week, Lincoln Center NYC

Nov. 20

Salzburg, Austria (recital)

Nov. 21

Wigmore Hall, London, England (recital)

Nov. 22

Stavanger, Norway (recital)

Nov. 23

Gothenburg, Sweden (recital)

Nov. 25

Alicante, Spain (recital)

Nov. 26

Madrid, Spain (recital)

Dec. 12

St. Petersburg, Russia (recital)

Dec. 14

Moscow, Russia (recital)

Dec. 16

Istanbul, Turkey

Dec. 17

Eindhoven (recital)

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Sep 16, 2014 | Whitney Houston Live: Her Greatest Performances to be released November 10, 2014

Whitney Houston's first-ever live album features the icon's most memorable live performances, available on both CD and CD/DVD

Sep 16, 2014

NEW YORK, Sept. 16, 2014 /PRNewswire/ -- Legacy Recordings, a division of Sony Music Entertainment, has announced plans to release Whitney Houston Live: Her Greatest Performances, on Monday November 10th. The six-time Grammy-award winning singer's first-ever live album features the most memorable live performances from her storied career. The album will also be available as a CD/DVD, which includes stunning videos of Houston's most unforgettable performances, reinforcing her as one of the greatest vocalists of all time. Both the audio and visual content have undergone state-of-the-art restoration and remastering.

CD/DVD

Fans are now able to pre-order the CD/DVD from the Whitney Houston official fansite (http://smarturl.it/WH_Live_d2c) to get their names included on an exclusive poster. A limited edition fan bundle, which includes a purple vinyl, is offered on the site as well. Both the CD/DVD and the CD are also available for pre-order on Amazon (http://smarturl.it/WH_LiveDVD_amzn) and iTunes (http://smarturl.it/WH_LiveDVD_itunes

Whitney Houston Live: Her Greatest Performances will take listeners through the remarkable arc of Houston's career, from her national network television debut appearance on The Merv Griffin Show in 1983 as a prodigious teenager, where she sang "Home" from The Wiz, to her emotional 2009 performance of "I Didn't Know My Own Strength" on The Oprah Winfrey Show.

The producer of the CD and the DVD is the five-time Grammy-award winner Clive Davis. Mr. Davis states, "Whitney's Live CD/DVD will stun everyone.  It definitely shows why she was totally unique, absolutely in the first rank of all time.  For me, it's been very emotional. The set vividly confirms that there really was no one like her.  It also makes the tragedy of losing her so young so very painful.  Watching the DVD is a mesmerizing experience.  Her amazing vocals and the songs that have stood the test of time combine to truly hypnotize over and over."

On behalf of The Whitney Houston Estate, Patricia Houston, Whitney's sister-in-law and President of the estate states, "Whitney truly had a matchless voice that not only made you feel good but made you feel alive.  The Whitney Houston Estate has worked closely with Clive and Sony Legacy to make this the best album possible to honor Whitney's memory.  It certainly was a bittersweet endeavor for all but one we hope appeals to her legions of fans worldwide."

With six Grammy Awards, two Emmy Awards, 16 Billboard Music Awards, 22 American Music Awards (to date the most AMAs ever won by a female performer), and 170 million albums, singles and videos sold worldwide, Whitney Houston was a true pop culture icon and Whitney Houston Live: Her Greatest Performances only further demonstrates her prodigious talent, which will keep her and her magic remembered forever.

Whitney Houston Live: Her Greatest Performances CD:

1.    Home (The Merv Griffin Show,1983)
2.    You Give Good Love (The Tonight Show Starring Johnny Carson,1985)
3.    How Will I Know (The Brit Awards,1987)
4.    One Moment In Time (The 31st Annual Grammy® Awards, 1989)
5.    Greatest Love Of All (That's What Friends Are For: Arista Records 15th
       Anniversary Concert
,1990)
6.    I Wanna Dance With Somebody (That's What Friends Are For: Arista Records 15th
       Anniversary Concert
,1990)
7.    The Star Spangled Banner (Super Bowl XXV, 1991)
8.    All The Man That I Need (Welcome Home Heroes,1991)
9.    I'm Your Baby Tonight(Welcome Home Heroes, 1991)
10.  A Song For You (Welcome Home Heroes, 1991)
11.  Medley: I Loves You, Porgy/And I Am Telling You I'm Not Going/I Have Nothing 
       (The 21st Annual American Music Awards, 1994)
12.  I'm Every Woman (The Concert For A New South Africa, 1994)
13.  I Will Always Love You (The Concert For A New South Africa, 1994)
14.  My Love Is Your Love (Late Show With David Letterman, 1998)
15.  I Believe In You And Me (The 16th Annual World Music Awards, 2004)
16.  I Didn't Know My Own Strength (The Oprah Winfrey Show, 2009)

Whitney Houston Live: Her Greatest Performances DVD:

1.    Home (The Merv Griffin Show,1983)
2.    You Give Good Love (The Tonight Show Starring Johnny Carson,1985)
3.    How Will I Know (The Brit Awards,1987)
4.    One Moment In Time (The 31st Annual Grammy® Awards, 1989)
5.    Greatest Love Of All (That's What Friends Are For: Arista Records 15th 
       Anniversary Concert
,1990)
6.    I Wanna Dance With Somebody (That's What Friends Are For: Arista Records 15th
       Anniversary Concert
,1990)
7.    The Star Spangled Banner (Super Bowl XXV, 1991)
8.    All The Man That I Need (Welcome Home Heroes,1991)
9.    I'm Your Baby Tonight(Welcome Home Heroes, 1991)
10.  A Song For You (Welcome Home Heroes, 1991)
11.  Medley: I Loves You, Porgy/And I Am Telling You I'm Not Going/I Have Nothing
    
 (The 21st Annual American Music Awards, 1994)
12.  I'm Every Woman (The Concert For A New South Africa, 1994)
13.  I Will Always Love You (The Concert For A New South Africa, 1994)
14.  My Love Is Your Love (Music Video – BONUS DVD-ONLY MUSIC VIDEO)
15.  My Love Is Your Love (Late Show With David Letterman, 1998)
16.  When You Believe (with Mariah Carey) (The 71st Annual Academy Awards,
       1999 – BONUS DVD-ONLY DUET PERFORMANCE)
17.  I Believe In You And Me (The 16th Annual World Music Awards, 2004)
18.  I Didn't Know My Own Strength (The Oprah Winfrey Show, 2009)

Legacy Recordings: 

Legacy Recordings, the catalog division of Sony Music Entertainment, is home to the world's foremost library of historically significant commercial recordings, a peerless collection of works by the most important musical artists of the 19th, 20th and 21st centuries.  Across a variety of platforms, the label offers contemporary music fans access to thousands of meticulously restored and remastered archival titles representing virtually every musical genre including popular, rock, jazz, blues, R&B, folk, country, gospel, Broadway musicals, movie soundtracks, rap/hip-hop, world music, classical, comedy and more.

Founded in 1990 by CBS Records (rebranded Sony Music in 1991), Legacy has expanded on its original mission (preserving and reissuing back catalogs of Columbia Records, Epic Records and associated CBS labels) to provide new and innovative avenues for artist and repertoire exposure including Grammy winning curated retrospectives, social media campaigns, Oscar winning soundtracks, new talent signings and groundbreaking campaigns for established artists and catalog.  Following the creation of Sony BMG Music Entertainment in 2005, Legacy assumed responsibility for recordings from the archives of the BMG family of labels (including RCA Records, Arista, J Records, Jive, Profile, Silvertone, Sony BMG Nashville and Windham Hill, as well as imprints including Bang!, CTI, Mainstream, Monument, Ode, and others).

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Sep 16, 2014 | Leif Ove Andsnes And The Mahler Chamber Orchestra Complete The Beethoven Journey With The Release Of Their Third Recording On Sony Classical

FEATURING PIANO CONCERTO NO. 5 "EMPEROR" AND "CHORAL FANTASY"

Album Available September 16, 2014

A Year of Residencies Around The Globe Start in September

"Effortless brilliance and scrupulous integrity, affecting naturalness and self-effacing beauty"-The New York Times

Sep 16, 2014

NEW YORK, Sept. 16, 2014 /PRNewswire/ -- Four years in the making, the celebrated Beethoven Journey has now reached its crowning season. An intense collaborative project between Norwegian pianist Leif Ove Andsnes and the Mahler Chamber Orchestra, the heart of the journey has been the recording of all five of Ludwig van Beethoven's Piano Concerti and his Choral Fantasy, with the final album scheduled for release by Sony Classical on September 16. Over the four years Leif Ove Andsnes has also made Beethoven's concerti the focus of his attention on stage with over 150 performances in 55 cities and 22 countries. With the start of the 2014 / 15 season Andsnes and the Mahler Chamber Orchestra embark on a year of high-profile residencies that will see them perform the complete cycle of concerti in Hamburg, Bonn, Lucerne, Vienna, Paris, New York, Shanghai, Tokyo and London (full performance listings below).  A third and integral part of the Beethoven Journey is an ambitious education project series entitled Feel the Music that gives children with hearing impairment the chance to experience music both in personal workshops and on the concert platform together with Andsnes and the orchestra.

Volume 3 – Emperor Concerto & Choral Fantasy
September 16 is the release of the third and final recording of the Beethoven Journey, featuring Piano Concerto No. 5 Emperor and the Choral Fantasy, recorded live in concert at the Prague Spring Festival in May with Andsnes performing and directing the orchestra from the keyboard. The complete Beethoven Journey will be released as a box set, available digitally and physically, on October 28, 2014.

The Beethoven Journey has enjoyed worldwide acclaim from critics and audiences alike since its inception in 2011.  Particular attention has been paid to the outstanding musical partnership between Leif Ove Andsnes and the Mahler Chamber Orchestra with the Guardian commenting : "You'd be hard put to find a pianist and orchestra better matched," whilst Gramophone Magazine wrote: "There's so much more to this partnership than just exceptional playing; there's a palpable sense of discovery, of living the music."

A Final Season with Beethoven
With the completion of the recording project, Leif Ove Andsnes and the Mahler Chamber Orchestra now embark on a series of high profile tours and residencies of the complete concerti which commence in September in Hamburg and Bonn and include a week of concerts and workshops at the international Beethovenfest Bonn.  In November pianist and ensemble reunite in Lucerne before taking to the stage at the Musikverein in Vienna and ending the year in Brussels.  In February 2015 they continue with residencies in Paris (Theatre des Champs- Elysees) and New York (Carnegie Hall), and give an additional performance in Boston.   May sees a major tour of Asia with performances in Hong Kong, Taipei, Tainan (Taiwan), Goyang (South Korea), Shizuoka, Tokorozawa (Japan) and residencies in both Shanghai and Tokyo. The project then comes to a grand finale with a residency in London in July 2015.

All these residencies and the recording project have been made possible thanks to the generous support of the Stiftelsen Kristian Gerhard Jebsen, a Bergen-based foundation established to honour the memory of Kristian Gerhard Jebsen and his contribution to the Norwegian and international shipping business.

When not on stage with the Mahler Chamber Orchestra, Leif Ove Andsnes continues to perform Beethoven as guest soloist with leading orchestras, launching the season with four performances of Concerto No. 1 with the San Francisco Symphony Orchestra and Michael Tilson Thomas in September. In October he returns to the States for four performances of Concerto No. 5 and the Choral Fantasy with the Los Angeles Philharmonic and Gustavo Dudamel, followed by concerts with, amongst others, the Munich Philharmonic and Thomas Dausgaard (Nos. 3 & 5), the London Philharmonic and Osmo Vanska (No. 5) and the Swedish Chamber Orchestra and Thomas Dausgaard (Nos. 2 & 4).

Education Project: Feel the Music
From small beginnings in 2012 Feel the Music has become an integral component of the Beethoven Journey. The project series invites hearing-impaired children across Europe to explore how music can be experienced with all senses. It thereby picks up on the subject of deafness, which increasingly affected Beethoven in the course of his life. In a three-day workshop, the children are introduced to the world of music, assisted by Leif Ove Andsnes, the orchestra, and experienced music educators. To date Feel the Music has taken place successfully in Brescia, Cologne, Brussels, London, Dublin, Prague as well as Leif Ove Andsnes' home town of Bergen and has been awarded the 2013 European Education YEAH!Award.

This September Feel the Music continues with workshops in both Hamburg and Bonn. At the Beethovenfest Bonn the project moves to the next level: Partner classes that took part in Feel the Music projects previously will come together and perform in a concert with the Mahler Chamber Orchestra.  50 hearing-impaired children from Italy, Germany, the Czech Republic and Ireland will take part in this new project which coincides with the International Week of the Deaf. Alongside their rehearsals and performance in a signed song concert, the students and teachers from the different countries will also have opportunities for social exchange and networking during their four-day stay.

"Beethoven's music is for me the most human and deeply spiritual music there is.  While his music still shakes us today with its remarkably radical and modern qualities, there are other essential and important messages that Beethoven and his music communicate to us. Beethoven held an almost naively innocent belief in the value of music to humanity. He believed that changing the world is possible and that music is truth. This touches me deeply at this point of my life, and is the motivating spirit behind this project." 
Leif Ove Andsnes

BEETHOVEN ON TOUR

September 10, 11, 12 & 13

San Francisco

San Francisco Symphony Orchestra, Michael Tilson
Thomas Beethoven Piano Concerto No. 1




September 24 & 30

Hamburg

Residency with the Mahler Chamber Orchestra
Complete Beethoven Piano Concerti




September 25, 27 & 28

Bonn

Residency with the Mahler Chamber Orchestra
Complete Beethoven Piano Concerti & Choral Fantasy




October 9, 10, 11 & 12

Los Angeles

Los Angeles Philharmonic, Gustavo Dudamel
Beethoven Piano Concerto No. 5 & Choral Fantasy




November 1, 2 & 3

Munich

Munich Philharmonic, Thomas Dausgaard
Beethoven Piano Concerti Nos. 3 & 5




November 24 & 26

Lucerne

Residency with the Mahler Chamber Orchestra
Complete Beethoven Piano Concerti




November 29
December 1 & 2

Vienna

Residency with the Mahler Chamber Orchestra
Complete Beethoven Piano Concerti & Choral Fantasy




December 4

Brussels

Mahler Chamber Orchestra
Beethoven Piano Concerto No. 5 & Choral Fantasy




December 18 & 19

Reykjavik

London Philharmonic, Osmo Vanska
Beethoven Piano Concerto No. 5




February 5 & 6

Trondheim

Trondheim Symphony Orchestra
Beethoven Piano Concerti Nos. 2 & 5




February 17 & 19

Paris

Residency with the Mahler Chamber Orchestra
Complete Beethoven Piano Concerti




February 22

Boston

Mahler Chamber Orchestra
Beethoven Piano Concerti Nos. 2, 3 & 4




February 23 & 25

New York

Residency with the Mahler Chamber Orchestra
Complete Beethoven Piano Concerti




April 16 & 18

Orebro

Swedish Chamber Orchestra, Thomas Dausgaard
Beethoven Piano Concerti Nos. 2 & 4& 4




May 3

Hong Kong

Mahler Chamber Orchestra
Beethoven Piano Concerti Nos. 3 & 4




May 5

Taipei

Mahler Chamber Orchestra
Beethoven Piano Concerti Nos. 3 & 4




May 6

Tainan

Mahler Chamber Orchestra
Beethoven Piano Concerti Nos. 3 & 4




May 8 & 10

Shanghai

Residency with the Mahler Chamber Orchestra
Complete Beethoven Piano Concerti




May 12

Goyang

Mahler Chamber Orchestra
Beethoven Piano Concerti Nos. 1 & 5




May 14

Shizuoka

Mahler Chamber Orchestra
Beethoven Piano Concerti Nos. 2, 3 & 4




May 15 & 17

Tokyo

Residency with the Mahler Chamber Orchestra
Complete Beethoven Piano Concerti




July 23, 24 & 26

London

Residency with the Mahler Chamber Orchestra
Complete Beethoven Piano Concerti & Choral Fantasy

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SOURCE Sony Classical

Sep 16, 2014 | World Renowned Tenor Jonas Kaufmann Releases New Album of Melodies from Germany's Golden Era

You Mean the World to Me - Available September 16, 2014

Sep 16, 2014

NEW YORK, Sept. 16, 2014 /PRNewswire/ -- "I love the tenor hits from the age of the talkies," says Jonas Kaufmann. "My grandfather was studying in Berlin at that time, and he used to whistle these songs in the street. Besides that, I've always been fascinated by this 'legendary era' in Germany's cultural history. It was a time of incredible productivity. True, a great many of its hits have survived, but what we know of it today is only the tip of the iceberg. There are lots of wonderful pieces waiting to be rediscovered."

Jonas Kaufmann has often sung standards such as "Dein ist mein ganzes Herz", "Freunde, das Leben ist lebenswert" or "Du bist die Welt fur mich" as encores. We need to only think of his Berlin Waldbuhne concert with Anna Netrebko and Erwin Schrott in August 2011. That's when the idea arose for his new album titled You Mean the World to Me, which will be available September 16 from Sony Classical. It needed a solid concept: no bland arrangements, just the original sound. The huge field of light music between Offenbach and Abraham was narrowed down to the period between 1925 and 1935 – from the hits of Franz Lehar and Richard Tauber to the heyday of the movie song, from the Roaring Twenties to the expulsion and blacklisting of all the songwriters, lyricists and singers who effectively defined the genre.

"No repertoire has challenged me more than this one!" says Kaufmann, who sings Siegmund and Parsifal, Don Carlo and Alvaro, Don Jose and Werther, Die Winterreise and Das Lied von der Erde! "It's called 'easy listening' because the music sounds easy to the audience", the singer explains. "But most of the standards from Lehar, Kalman, Stolz and Abraham are extremely demanding on the voice. Easy listening, maybe, but not easy performing!"

Never before has Kaufmann had to be so vocally flexible as on his new album. After pop songs like Paul Abraham's "Diwanpuppchen" and movie hits like "Irgendwo auf der Welt," which call for a gentle croon, he risked a laryngeal tour de force with Kunneke's "Lied vom Leben des Schrenk" – a song only Helge Rosvaenge, Rudolf Schock and Fritz Wunderlich had ventured to sing before him. The hit tunes that Franz Lehar wrote for his friend Richard Tauber demand the full range of his voice, from hovering piano and sensual cantilena to a radiant Heldentenor. In professional circles, standards such as "Dein ist mein ganzes Herz" and "Freunde, das Leben ist lebenswert" fall under the heading of "Puccini/Lehar." Even "Du bist die Welt fur mich," Richard Tauber's most famous composition, sounds much easier than it actually is.

The scene of the action is Berlin. Here's where the "legendary era" began, namely with the German premiere of Lehar's Paganini at the Berlin Kunstlertheater in January 1926. Thanks to Richard Tauber, it was a roaring success and launched an incomparable run of hits, lasting until the premiere of Giuditta at the Vienna State Opera in 1934.

The entertainment industry ran at full throttle, not only in the theatre but in every medium. The horrors of the Great War and the economic crises had brought forth an insatiable appetite for entertainment and diversion. Radio and gramophone companies vied for the audience's favors, and the merry-go-round spun even faster with the invention of "talkies."

The recording sessions took place in the outstanding acoustics of the Nalepastraße Broadcasting Studio (the former headquarters of East German Radio) and were pure pleasure for everyone involved. Kaufmann's duet partner Julia Kleiter, conductor Jochen Rieder, the musicians of the Berlin Radio Symphony Orchestra: all immediately fell under the spell of the music and joined in the swing. And though "easy listening" is anything but easy to sing, for Jonas Kaufmann it was "sheer and utter delight. I had heaps of fun doing it. And I want more!"

Sony Masterworks comprises, Masterworks, Okeh, Portrait, Sony Classical, RCA Red Seal, and Masterworks Broadway imprints. For email updates and information please visit www.SonyMasterworks.com.

 Website: www.jonaskaufmann.com | Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/kaufmannjonas

TRACKLIST


FRANZ LEHAR

1

Girls Were Made to Love and Kiss


(Gern hab' ich die Frau'n gekusst)                                                                                  


from Paganini



2

You Are My Heart's Delight


(Dein ist mein ganzes Herz!)                                                                                          


from Das Land des Lachelns


The Land of Smiles · Le Pays du sourire



3

RICHARD TAUBER


Du bist die Welt fur mich                                                                                            


from Der singende Traum



4

FRANZ LEHAR


My Little Nest of Heavenly Blue


(Hab' ein blaues Himmelbett)                                                                                          


from Frasquita   




ROBERT STOLZ

5

Im Traum hast du mir alles erlaubt                                                                             


from Das Liebeskommando




EMMERICH KALMAN

6

Gruß mir mein Wien                                                                                                   


from Grafin Mariza




WERNER RICHARD HEYMANN

7

Irgendwo auf der Welt                                                                                                


from Ein Blonder Traum




HANS MAY

8

My Song Goes Round the World


(Ein Lied geht um die Welt)                                                                                            




FRANZ LEHAR

9

Freunde, das Leben ist lebenswert!                                                                            


from Giuditta




PAUL ABRAHAM

10

Reich mir zum Abschied noch einmal die Hande                                                       


from Viktoria und ihr Husar




RALPH BENATZKY

11

It Would Be Wonderful Indeed 


(Es muss was Wunderbares sein)                                                                                   


from Im weißen Rossl


The White Horse Inn · L'Auberge du Cheval-Blanc




PAUL ABRAHAM

12

Diwanpuppchen                                                                                                          


from Die Blume von Hawaii




ROBERT STOLZ

13

Don't Ask Me Why                                                                                                       


from Das Lied ist aus                                                                                                     




MISCHA SPOLIANSKY

14

Heute Nacht oder nie                                                                                                  


from Das Lied einer Nacht




EDUARD KUNNEKE

15

Das Lied vom Leben des Schrenk                                                                              


from Die große Sunderin




ERICH WOLFGANG KORNGOLD

16

Gluck, das mir verblieb                                                                                               


from Die tote Stadt




FRANZ LEHAR

17

Je t'ai donne mon cœur


(Dein ist mein ganzes Herz!)                                                                                          


from Das Land des Lachelns




JONAS KAUFMANN tenor




Julia Kleiter soprano (10/12/16)


Rundfunk-Sinfonieorchester Berlin


Jochen Rieder conductor

SOURCE Sony Classical

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