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Sep 04, 2015 | Soprano Olga Peretyatko Releases New Album - Rossini! Available Now On Sony Classical


- Gilda in Rigoletto at The Metropolitan Opera: October/November

- Kennedy Center Debut with National Symphony Orchestra: October 1-3

"Olga Peretyatko sings dazzlingly." (The New York Times, "Lucio Silla")

Sep 4, 2015

NEW YORK, Sept. 4, 2015 /PRNewswire/ -- The remarkable young soprano Olga Peretyatko returns with the release of her third album Rossini! (Sony Classical).  Available now, the recording is entirely dedicated to arias by the composer.

On October 1 – 3, she makes her Kennedy Center debut in Washington, D.C., performing Strauss' Four Last Songs with the National Symphony Orchestra under the baton of Donald Runnicles, who also makes his NSO debut at these concerts. Ms. Peretyatko returns to the Metropolitan Opera for the leading role of Gilda in Verdi's Rigoletto, October 20 – November 19.  Pablo Heras-Casado will lead the orchestra in Michael Mayer's electrifying production of the opera, which is set in a 1960's Las Vegas casino.

One of the world's most sought-after sopranos, Ms. Peretyatko's incredible last two seasons featured her in praised debuts at Vienna State Opera, Zurich Opera House, Verona Arena, Berlin State Opera and La Scala in Milan, followed by her acclaimed debut at the Metropolitan Opera in I Puritani last April. 2015 included her role debut as Violetta in La traviata in Lausanne and Baden-Baden Festival, her return to the Vienna State Opera (I Puritani), along with a second appearance at La Scala (Otello). The upcoming season also features several other milestones, including her debuts at La Monnaie in Brussels (L'Elisir d'amore) in September 2015 and at the Madrid Teatro Real in late fall and Paris Opera Bastille in early 2016 (Rigoletto).

The Latest CD - Olga Peretyatko: Rossini!
The arias that Ms. Peretyatko has chosen for this recording clearly display her gifts as a bel canto specialist: flexible coloratura passage-work, brilliant high notes placed with pinpoint accuracy, and expressive legato phrasing. The works also reflect the soprano's versatility in both comic operas such as Il barbiere di Siviglia and a serious work like Tancredi. She begins the CD with two different roles from Il viaggio a Reims, the opera she performed at her Rossini Opera Festival debut at the request of legendary Rossini conductor Alberto Zedda. It was Olga Peretyatko's wish for him to record this album with the Orchestra del Teatro Comunale di Bologna and he accepted especially for her. Next is the rarely-heard aria "Ami alfine?" from Matilde di Shabran, the work that brought her back to Pesaro in 2012. She continues with Amenaide's dramatic dungeon scene from Tancredi, a role she performed in a concert version of the work in Moscow, followed by "Bel raggio lusinghier" from Semiramide, one of Rossini's most important opera seria. Peretyatko reveals her lighter side with arguably the most famous work on the album, Rosina's "Una voce poco fa" from Il barbiere di Siviglia, and comes to a glorious close with an aria from Il turco in Italia, the opera that has brought her repeated success in Amsterdam, Munich, at Festival d'Aix-en-Provence and that she will perform at the Rossini Opera Festival in summer 2016.  

Of special note, upon completion of Rossini!, Ms. Peretyatko gave a free, multi-media concert in the composer's adopted city of Bologna—accompanied by the Orchestra del Teatro Comunale di Bologna and Maestro Zedda—to show her appreciation for the central role Rossini has played in her career.  The event featured video, interviews, and all works on the new CD. 

Ms. Peretyatko's two previous Sony Classical CDs are La bellezza del canto featuring arias by Donizetti, Verdi, Offenbach, Massenet, and others (2011); and Arabesque, a collection of mostly 19th century showpieces (2014).

Rossini! Track List

  1. Il viaggio a Reims: Partir, oh ciel!
  2. Il viaggio a Reims: All'ombra amena
  3. Matilde di Shabran: Ami alfine
  4. Tancredi: Non che il morir
  5. Semiramide: Bel raggio lusinghier
  6. Il barbiere di Siviglia: Una voce poco fa
  7. Il turco in Italia: I vostri cenci vi mando

Catalogue number : 88875057412

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Olga Peretyatko
Soprano Olga Peretyatko's 2015 season has already been marked by a number of notable achievements.  She debuted to rave reviews as Violetta in La traviata at the Opéra Lausanne, followed by a new production of the opera at the Festspielhaus in Baden-Baden. In addition to her October appearance at the Met in Rigoletto, upcoming highlights are a return to the Vienna State Opera (I Puritani) and La Scala (Otello), as well as debuts at Copenhagen's Tivoli (I Puritani), at La Monnaie in Brussels (L'Elisir d'amore), and the Teatro Real (Rigoletto).

Ms. Peretyatko was born and raised in St. Petersburg, Russia. She started her musical career at the age of 15, singing in the children's choir of the Mariinsky Theatre, and later studied singing at the Berlin's Hanns Eisler-Hochschule für Musik. From 2005 to 2007 Olga Peretyatko was a member of the Hamburg State Opera studio, and went on to perform at the Deutsche Oper Berlin, the Berlin and Munich State Operas, the Théâtre des Champs-Elysées in Paris, La Fenice in Venice, and at the Festival La Folle journée de Nantes.  Her 2006 arrival at the Rossini Opera Festival in Pesaro brought a global awareness to her special skills with the composer's works.

Olga Peretyatko gained international attention as Stravinsky's Rossignol in Robert Lepage's acclaimed 2009 Toronto production, subsequently presented at the 2010 Aix Festival, the Opéra Lyon, the Brooklyn Academy of Music, and the Netherlands Opera.  In 2011, she debuted as Giulietta (I Capuleti e I Montecchi) in Lyon and Paris, and in Amsterdam as Fiorilla (ll Turco in Italia). She also received outstanding notices as Matilde di Shabran at the 2012 Rossini Opera Festival, a production released on DVD by Decca.

In 2013 and 2014, Olga Peretyatko's leading role performances included debuts at the Metropolitan Opera (I Puritani), Vienna State Opera and Zurich Opera House (Rigoletto), the Berlin State Opera and La Scala (Die Zarenbraut); as well as engagements at the Deutsche Oper Berlin (L'elisir d'amore) and the Hamburg State Opera (L'elisir d'amore and Ariadne auf Naxos), She also returned to the Aix-en-Provence Festival, toured China with the Orchestre symphonique de Montréal, and performed for more than 600,000 people at Le Concert de Paris 2014 Bastille Day celebrations at the Eiffel Tower

Olga Peretyatko performs regularly in recitals and concerts throughout the world and has an exclusive recording contract with Sony Classical. Her numerous awards include a prize in Plácido Domingo's international Operalia competition and Italy's National Association of Music Critics Franco Abbiati Prize as best female singer for her 2014 performance of Marfa in The Tsar's Bride at La Scala.

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Aug 31, 2015 | Legacy Recordings Celebrates the 2015 Yuletide Season with New Titles in The Classic Christmas Album Series--Seasonal Showcases featuring Earth, Wind & Fire, Sarah McLachlan, Celtic Thunder--and The Classic Christmas '80s Album, an All-Star Anthology

Legacy's 2015 Classic Christmas Albums Available Friday, October 2

Aug 31, 2015

NEW YORK, Aug. 31, 2015 /PRNewswire/ -- Legacy Recordings, the catalog division of Sony Music Entertainment, is ringing in the 2015 holiday season with the release of four indispensable Yuletide album titles--The Classic Christmas Album by Celtic Thunder, The Classic Christmas Album by Earth, Wind & Fire, The Classic Christmas Album by Sarah McLachlan and The Classic Christmas '80s Album--available Friday, October 2, 2015.

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The Classic Christmas '80s Album, one of this year's additions to Legacy Recordings' Classic Christmas Album series, is a 15 track all-star anthology of timeless seasonal songs from the worlds of pop, rock, rap and soul proving that the spirit of Christmas moves through a variety of musical genres. Seminal 80's artists on The Classic Christmas '80s Album include: The Waitresses ("Christmas Wrapping"), Wham! ("Last Christmas"), The Bangles ("Hazy Shade of Winter"), Run-D.M.C. ("Christmas in Hollis"), Daryl Hall & John Oates ("Jingle Bell Rock"), Whitney Houston ("Do You Hear What I Hear?"), Billy Squier ("Christmas Is The Time To Say 'I Love You'" [Single Version]), Dave Edmunds ("Run Rudolph Run"), Buster Poindexter and His Banshees Of Blue ("Zat You Santa Claus"), The Pointer Sisters ("Santa Claus Is Coming to Town"), Ray Parker Jr. ("Christmas Time Is Here"), Bob & Doug McKenzie ("Twelve Days Of Christmas" [Single Version]), New Kids On The Block ("This One's for the Children"), Fishbone ("Slick Nick, You Devil You") and The Hooters ("Silent Night").

Singer/songwriter Sarah McLachlan and pop/soul legends Earth, Wind & Fire also have new holiday collections being offered in the Legacy Recordings' Classic Christmas Album series. Each of the new collections brings together remastered holiday tracks spanning the careers of the individual artists.

The Classic Christmas Album by Earth, Wind & Fire includes 13 tracks from Holiday (the EW&F seasonal album released in 2014) with five additional cuts culled from the group's multi-decade career.

The Classic Christmas Album by Earth, Wind & Fire is a soul and spirit filled celebration of the Christmas season, bringing together beloved carols ("Joy to the World," "Oh Come All Ye Faithful," "What Child Is This?," "Away in a Manger," "The First Noël"), holiday perennials ("Winter Wonderland," "The Little Drummer Boy," "Sleigh Ride," "Jingle Bell Rock"), a traditional Japanese winter song ("Snow") and future Earth, Wind & Fire classics: "Happy Seasons" (based on "Happy Feelin'), "Every Day Is Like Christmas" and "December" (based on EWF's iconic "September").

Additional tracks on The Classic Christmas Album by Earth, Wind & Fire include "Gather Round" (from 2005); "Get Your Hump On This Christmas" (featuring Cleveland Brown, from Twentieth Century Fox Television's "A Cleveland Brown Christmas," airdate: December 13, 2009); "I Asked For A Miracle (God Gave Me You)" (Philip Bailey with Full Force, produced by Full Force, recorded May 26, 1991); "Open Your Heard to Love" and "One World" (1990).

The Classic Christmas Album by Sarah McLachlan, an Arista/Legacy release, compiles the tracks "Wintersong" (2006); "Have Yourself a Merry Little Christmas" (2006); "What Child Is This? (Greensleeves)" (2006); "I'll Be Home for Christmas" (2006); "God Rest Ye Merry Gentlemen/We Three Kings" (performed by Barenaked Ladies with Sarah McLachlan); "Happy Xmas (War Is Over)" (the John Lennon/Yoko Ono classic performed by Sarah McLachlan featuring The Sarah McLachlan Music Outreach Children's Choir and Youth Choir, 2006); "Prayer of St. Francis" (Sarah McLachlan featuring The Sarah McLachlan School of Music Choir, charity single, November 2013); "I Heard the Bells on Christmas Day" (2006); "Space On the Couch for Two" (Sarah McLachlan featuring students from The Sarah McLachlan School of Music Choir, charity single, November 2011); "Find Your Voice" (Sarah McLachlan with The Sarah McLachlan School of Music Choir, charity single, November 2012); "River" (a Joni Mitchell cover, 2006); "Silent Night" (2006); "O Little Town of Bethlehem" (2006); "The First Noel"/"Mary Mary" (medley, 2006); "Song for a Winter's Night" (a Gordon Lightfoot cover, arranged by Sarah McLachlan, 1994); "In a Bleak Mid Winter" (traditional, arranged by Sarah McLachlan, 2006) and "Christmas Time is Here" (performed by Sarah McLachlan featuring Diana Krall, written by Vince Guaraldi/Lee Mendelson, 2006).

Legacy Recordings celebrates the 2015 Yuletide with The Classic Christmas Album by Celtic Thunder, an uplifting collection of traditional carols and Christmas songs performed by the international singing sensation Celtic Thunder.

The Classic Christmas Album by Celtic Thunder showcases an eclectic selection of Christmas standards from around the world, wrapped in Celtic Thunder's signature big production sound. Six Celtic Thunder male soloists perform solo and ensemble numbers on the album, backed by a 90-piece Orchestra.

Tracks on The Classic Christmas Album by Celtic Thunder range from traditional carols to contemporary pop classics. The album moves from slow and pensive numbers to larger ensemble pieces and includes an exquisitely paced Christmas Medley.

Recorded in Ireland, The Classic Christmas Album by Celtic Thunder is a brilliant collection of seasonal music from Celtic Thunder creator Sharon Browne and Musical Director David Munro.

The Classic Christmas Album by Celtic Thunder comes from the renowned Irish theatrical singing ensemble who first appeared on Public Television in 2008. Since its first airing, Celtic Thunder's PBS performance has consistently remained one of the most popular musical shows for stations throughout the country. Hailed three times as BILLBOARD's Top World Music Artist and Top World Imprint (2008, 2009 and 2011), Celtic Thunder has achieved sales of over 2 million copies to date.

The Classic Christmas Album by Celtic Thunder features the group performing "Carol of the Bells," "Gaudete," "Mary Did You Know?," "God Rest Ye Merry Gentlemen," "In the Bleak Mid-Winter," "Gabriel's Message," "Christmas Medley: Sleigh Ride/Here Comes Santa Claus/The Parade of the Wooden Soldiers/Santa Claus is Coming to Town/I Saw Mommy Kissing Santa Claus," "Away in a Manger," "Comfort Ye," "Have Yourself a Merry Little Christmas," "The Christmas Song (Chestnuts Roasting On An Open Fire)," "Oh Holy Night," "O Come All Ye Faithful" and "Fairytale Of New York."

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Aug 26, 2015 | NOW That's What I Call Music! Presents NOW Halloween!, the Spooktacular First-Ever Halloween Entry in the World's Top-Selling Multi-Artist Album Series

NOW Halloween!, A Ghoulicious 18 Track Anthology, Coming Friday, September 11, 2015

Aug 26, 2015

NEW YORK, Aug. 26, 2015 /PRNewswire/ -- NOW That's What I Call Music!, the world's best-selling multi-artist album series, is pleased to announce the upcoming release of NOW Halloween!, the NOW brand's spooktacular first foray into the tricks and treats of Halloween-themed rock and pop music, ranging from TV ("True Blood") and movie themes ("Halloween," "The Exorcist," "Beetlejuice") to novelty smashes ("Monster Mash," "Werewolves of London") to radio perennials ("Season of the Witch," "Don't Fear the Reaper," "I Put a Spell on You").

A spine-tingling collection of 18 bone-chilling hits, jams and instrumentals, NOW Halloween! will be available Friday, September 11, 2015.

A spine-tingling collection of 18 bone-chilling hits, jams and instrumentals, NOW Halloween! will be available Friday, September 11, 2015.

NOW Halloween! showcases 18 Halloween-themed classic hits from a variety of artists including director John Carpenter's Theme from "Halloween," Rob Zombie's "Dragula," Saint Louis Symphony Orchestra & Chorus' "O Fortuna," Mike Oldfield's "Tubular Bells"/Theme from "The Exorcist," Blue Oyster Cult's "(Don't Fear) The Reaper," INXS's "Devil Inside," Jace Everett's "Bad Things"/Theme from "True Blood," Warren Zevon's "Werewolves of London," The Specials' "Ghost Town," Oingo Boingo's "Dead Man's Party," Bobby "Boris" Pickett and the Crypt-Keepers' "Monster Mash," The Citizens of Halloween's "This is Halloween," Donovan's "Season of the Witch," Nina Simone's "I Put A Spell On You," Danny Elfman's "Beetlejuice: Main Title/End Title," Run-D.M.C.'s "Ghostbusters," DJ Jazzy Jeff & The Fresh Prince's "A Nightmare On My Street" and Rockwell's "Somebody's Watching Me."

The premium content--by the original artists--selected for NOW Halloween! has never been available on one collection until the release of this special anthology.

NOW That's What I Call Music! debuted in the U.S. in 1998, following 15 years of multi-platinum international success. The series has generated sales exceeding 250 million albums worldwide, including more than 96 million in the U.S. alone. All 55 previous releases in NOW's numeric U.S. series have reached Billboard's Top 10, and 19 volumes have reached No. 1.

NOW That's What I Call Music! is a joint venture from Universal Music Group and Sony Music Entertainment.
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NOW Halloween!

1.         John Carpenter -  Halloween Theme
2.         Rob Zombie -  Dragula
3.         Saint Louis Symphony Orchestra & Chorus -  O Fortuna
4.         Mike Oldfield  - Tubular Bells (Theme From The Exorcist) 
5.         Blue Oyster Cult -  (Don't Fear) The Reaper
6.         INXS  - Devil Inside
7.         Jace Everett -  Bad Things (Theme from True Blood) 
8.         Warren Zevon -  Werewolves of London
9.         The Specials  - Ghost Town
10.       Oingo Boingo -  Dead Man's Party 
11.       Bobby "Boris" Pickett and the Crypt-Kickers -  Monster Mash 
12.       The Citizens of Halloween  - This is Halloween
13.       Donovan -  Season Of The Witch 
14.       Nina Simone -  I Put A Spell On You 
15.       Danny Elfman -  Beetlejuice: Main Title/End Title 
16.       RUN-D.M.C.  - Ghostbusters 
17.       DJ Jazzy Jeff & The Fresh Prince -  A Nightmare On My Street 
18.       Rockwell  - Somebody's Watching Me

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Aug 26, 2015 | Portrait Records Signs Holiday Supergroup Band Of Merrymakers

A Donation Will Be Made To MusiCares For Every Album/Track Sold

Aug 26, 2015

NEW YORK, Aug. 26, 2015 /PRNewswire/ -- Sony Music Masterworks imprint Portrait Records signs the holiday supergroup – Band of Merrymakers. Band of Merrymakers, a rotating group of travelling troubadours, will release their debut album "Welcome To Our Christmas Party" on October 23, 2015.  A donation will be made to MusiCares for every album and track sold.

Led by hit songwriters/producers Sam Hollander (Train, One Direction, The Fray, Pentatonix) and Kevin Griffin (Taylor Swift, Sugarland, James Blunt, Howie Day...also of Better Than Ezra), the band features special guests: 3OH!3, Alex & Sierra, Andrew McMahon (Andrew McMahon in the Wilderness), Bebe Rexha, Charles Kelley (Lady Antebellum), Christina Perri, Dan Wilson (Semisonic), David Hodges (Evanescence), David Ryan Harris, Firekid, Jason Wade (Lifehouse), Mark McGrath (Sugar Ray), Michael "Fitz" Fitzpatrick (Fitz and The Tantrums), Natasha Bedingfield, Nick Hexum (311), Owl City, Sinclair, Smallpools, Streetcorner Symphony, The Grand Southern, The Mowglis and Tyler Glenn (Neon Trees)

Last year the band released the single "Must Be Christmas" along with a Santa flash-mob video. The new album will feature a mix of new holiday songs plus some old favorites.

Of the new album Hollander says: "Legend has it that Irving Berlin wrote 'White Christmas' at a La Quinta hotel in the California desert. Kevin and I attempted to channel his inspiration as we wrote and recorded our record in the blazing Hollywood summer heat. The process essentially consisted of us calling up our friends, family & colleagues and inviting them to pack up their acoustic guitars and join us by the campfire as we recorded in the sweltering sun, all with the spirit of the winter and festivity deep in our bones. We hope the joy is self-evident!!"

David Simone and Winston Simone at DSW Entertainment are the Executive Producers of the album.

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Aug 25, 2015 | Sony Music Entertainment to Acquire Global Hard Rock and Heavy Metal Leader Century Group
  New York, NY – August 25, 2015 – Sony Music Entertainment today announced it has acquired the Century group of labels, one of the world’s largest independents. A global leader in rock, prog rock, heavy metal, alternative, post punk and hardcore, Century, led by founder Robert Kampf, is home to artists such as Lacuna […]Read More »
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