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Enter a Haunting World of Dreams & Lullabies with Angel Heart: A Musical Storybook

“Angel Heart is a story designed to slip straight into the imagination of a young mind … it has both the simplicity and the dark undertow of a fairy tale.” – The New York Times Haunting, gentle spirits from far-flung worlds meet in the pulsing sphere of dreams and lullabies that is Angel Heart, a music storybook. With an original tale…

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Violinist Nuné Melik Makes Recording Debut with Hidden Treasure

When violinist Nuné Melik moved from Moscow to Montreal alone in 2009 she felt déracinée, or rootless. To combat her loneliness, the Siberian-born violinist of Armenian and Georgian heritage began to play music from composers she had heard and loved growing up. Soon, Melik became inspired to dig more deeply into the music of her homeland, igniting a passion for…

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Matt Haimovitz and Christopher O’Riley Explore Music of the Slavic Soul in TROIKA

Acclaimed for their adventurous and wide-ranging recording projects – from Beethoven Sonatas on period instruments to genre-bending arrangements of Radiohead and Arcade Fire – the endlessly inventive duo of cellist Matt Haimovitz and pianist Christopher O’Riley returns to explore music of the Slavic soul. Anchored by the cello sonatas of the iconic triumvirate of Russian composers – Rachmaninoff, Prokofiev, and…

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Composer Luna Pearl Woolf ~ 8 New & Acclaimed Works Heard This Spring

The music of Luna Pearl Woolf, praised by The New York Times for its “psychological nuances and emotional depth” is heard far and wide this spring with both existing works and new commissions, with artists including Dame Evelyn Glennie and ensembles such as the Deutsches Kammerorchester. Utilizing a huge variety of instrumentation  –  from solo clarinet to orchestra to cello-and-choir  –  Woolf’s…

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Cellist Matt Haimovitz Reaches New Heights in His Intense Engagement with the Bach Suites with Six Commissions and Premiere Recordings

Matt Haimovitz’s continuously-evolving and intense engagement with the Bach Cello Suites reaches a new zenith with Overtures to Bach, six new commissions that anticipate and reflect each of the cello suites. The new overtures expand upon the multitude of spiritual, cross-cultural, and vernacular references found in the Bach, building a bridge from the master’s time to our own. Overtures to Bach,…

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Classical Composition Meets American Idol in THE EAR

Leading a movement to reboot mainstream classical music, The Ear returns, following its boisterous debut in October. Provoking an alternative to frequently-alienating “new music,” The Ear is a concert, a rowdy night out, and a competition for mainstream classical composers. The brainchild of composer Alf Bishai, The Ear asks audiences the simple question: Do you want to hear it again?…

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Matt Haimovitz Unveils “A Moveable Feast”: Bach and the Unexpected

“This ferociously talented cellist bring his megawatt sound and uncommon expressive gifts to a vast variety of styles …” – The New York Times, September 2015 NEW RECORDING: J.S. BACH The Cello Suites According to Anna Magdalena Fifteen years after his pivotal first recording of the Cello Suites by J.S. Bach, which launched the newborn Oxingale Records, Matt Haimovitz returns…

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J.S. Bach’s Complete and Original Goldberg Variations With a Newly-Composed Counterpoint for the Violin by Joe Chindamo

ALFI Records is pleased to present The New Goldberg Variations, an inventive and inspired re-imagining of Bach’s masterwork, from Australian duo Zoë Black, violin, and pianist Joe Chindamo. First performed recently and to great acclaim in Melbourne, The New Goldberg Variations features Bach’s complete and original Goldberg Variations with a newly-composed counterpoint for the violin by Joe Chindamo. The world…

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ORBIT: A Fascinating Portrait of Cellist Matt Haimovitz Featuring a Kaleidoscope of Musical Influences from the Past Seventy Years

“A remarkable virtuoso” who “never turns in a predictable performance.” – The New Yorker (April 2015) Since the turn of the millennium, the solo cello recital has been a Matt Haimovitz trademark. Now, fresh off the release of his critically acclaimed BEETHOVEN, Period., a look back to period performance practice, Haimovitz reclaims his stake in the here and now with…

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Æolus Quartet in Recital: Death and Transfiguration

Music by Schubert, Schoenberg, and the World Premiere of Alcyone by Douglas Boyce Praised by the Baltimore Sun for combining “smoothly meshed technique with a sense of spontaneity and discovery,” the Aeolus Quartet is one of the brightest and most versatile young string quartets on the scene today, committed to presenting time-seasoned masterworks and cutting-edge compositions with equal freshness, dedication,…

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