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That’s The Way It Is (Deluxe Edition 8CD/2DVD) by Elvis Presley
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NPR: Elvis Presley At 75: Songs We Love
Monumental Definitive Edition of Elvis: That’s The Way It Is (Deluxe Edition), the King s 1970 Album & Concert Documentary, Presented Together for the First Time Ever in a Deluxe Box Set (8CD/2DVD)
This 8 CD / 2 DVD deluxe edition of Elvis: That’s The Way It Is features the six complete shows recorded and partially filmed by MGM. All the concerts have been either mixed or remixed and digitally remastered to provide the ultimate audio experience. The original RCA album is expanded with the four single sides from the period, and a selection of “fly-on-the-wall” outtakes from the June Nashville sessions that produced the majority of tracks for the album. Completing the audio section, a separate disc of insightful rehearsal highlights showcases both the hard work and the playful atmosphere that governed Elvis’ relationship with his musicians. It also includes a 80-page, 4 color book that features rare photos, memorabilia, recording data and insightful liner notes.
Finally, two DVDs featuring the original theatrical version (1970) and subsequent re-edited extended version (2000) completes the ultimate overview of this truly memorable event in the career of Elvis Presley.

That’s The Way It Is (Deluxe Edition 8CD/2DVD) by Elvis Presley

Buy  Buy CD | iTunes

NPR: Elvis Presley At 75: Songs We Love

Monumental Definitive Edition of Elvis: That’s The Way It Is (Deluxe Edition), the King s 1970 Album & Concert Documentary, Presented Together for the First Time Ever in a Deluxe Box Set (8CD/2DVD)

This 8 CD / 2 DVD deluxe edition of Elvis: That’s The Way It Is features the six complete shows recorded and partially filmed by MGM. All the concerts have been either mixed or remixed and digitally remastered to provide the ultimate audio experience. The original RCA album is expanded with the four single sides from the period, and a selection of “fly-on-the-wall” outtakes from the June Nashville sessions that produced the majority of tracks for the album. Completing the audio section, a separate disc of insightful rehearsal highlights showcases both the hard work and the playful atmosphere that governed Elvis’ relationship with his musicians. It also includes a 80-page, 4 color book that features rare photos, memorabilia, recording data and insightful liner notes.

Finally, two DVDs featuring the original theatrical version (1970) and subsequent re-edited extended version (2000) completes the ultimate overview of this truly memorable event in the career of Elvis Presley.

Guardians of the Galaxy: Awesome Mix Vol.1
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Fresh Air: Sailing Through Space With ‘Guardians Of The Galaxy’? Hilarious
Morning Edition: 'Guardians' Director: This Movie Needed Me!
The Current: Cube Critic: ‘Guardians of the Galaxy’
WQXR: The Liberator, Guardians of the Galaxy, and More
Airtalk: Filmweek: Guardians of The Galaxy, Calvary, Get On Up and more
NPR’s Monkey See: Pop Culture Happy Hour: ‘Guardians Of The Galaxy’ And So Bad It’s Good
NPR’s Monkey See: 'Guardians Of The Galaxy': Let's Hear It For F.U.N.
GUARDIANS OF THE GALAXY AWESOME MIX VOL. 1 is the collection of songs featured in the film. Music plays a major role in GUARDIANS OF THE GALAXY as the 1970s songs featured in the film are part of the storyline in a unique way. Explaining how the songs come to play in the story, director James Gunn says, ‘One of the main story points in the movie is that Quill has this compilation tape (Awesome Mix #1) that he got from his mother before she died that she made for him. It was of songs that she loved, all songs from the 1970s, and that’s the only thing he has left of his mother and that’s the only thing he has left of his home on Earth. He uses that as a connection to his past and to the sadness that he feels of having left all that and lost all that.’

Guardians of the Galaxy: Awesome Mix Vol.1

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Fresh Air: Sailing Through Space With ‘Guardians Of The Galaxy’? Hilarious

Morning Edition: 'Guardians' Director: This Movie Needed Me!

The Current: Cube Critic: ‘Guardians of the Galaxy’

WQXR: The Liberator, Guardians of the Galaxy, and More

Airtalk: Filmweek: Guardians of The Galaxy, Calvary, Get On Up and more

NPR’s Monkey See: Pop Culture Happy Hour: ‘Guardians Of The Galaxy’ And So Bad It’s Good

NPR’s Monkey See: 'Guardians Of The Galaxy': Let's Hear It For F.U.N.

GUARDIANS OF THE GALAXY AWESOME MIX VOL. 1 is the collection of songs featured in the film. Music plays a major role in GUARDIANS OF THE GALAXY as the 1970s songs featured in the film are part of the storyline in a unique way. Explaining how the songs come to play in the story, director James Gunn says, ‘One of the main story points in the movie is that Quill has this compilation tape (Awesome Mix #1) that he got from his mother before she died that she made for him. It was of songs that she loved, all songs from the 1970s, and that’s the only thing he has left of his mother and that’s the only thing he has left of his home on Earth. He uses that as a connection to his past and to the sadness that he feels of having left all that and lost all that.’

Aranjuez by Milos
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Weekend Edition: A Guitar Hero Draws His Own Sketches Of Spain
The classical guitar we know today is a relatively recent development: the instrument took its modern form only at the end of the 19th century, after a centuries-long evolution, the penultimate manifestation of which was the smaller, six-string guitar popular in the 19th-century salon and much favored by aristocratic ladies. With the new instrument came a new repertoire, one that established the guitar as a serious recital instrument. This album Milos Karadaglics first concerto recording traces the modern guitars emergence in the strong light of Spain, the country where, more than any other, the guitar holds sway. Indeed, it is Spains national instrument.
The program is bookended by perhaps the two most popular works ever written for guitar and orchestra: Joaquín Rodrigos Concierto de Aranjuez (1939) and his Fantasía para un gentilhombre (1954). But the story of the guitar in the 20th century starts earlier than either of those much-loved works. The first major milestone is Manuel de Fallas Homenaje, a guitar solo composed in 1920 to the memory of the French composer Claude Debussy, whom Falla revered and who had died two years earlier. This was the first work for guitar by a major composer, and as such the first signal of the instruments renaissance. Debussy had offered Falla much encouragement during his seven years in Paris, where he had gone to study in one of the most creative atmospheres of the early 20th century. A great master of musical atmosphere, Falla wrote: I am interested in the relations between colors and sounds, and often melodic ideas and harmonic combinations have been suggested by a painting or an old stained-glass window. The simple gravity of the Homenaje belies its richness: many years later Benjamin Britten, after a performance by Julian Bream, expressed amazement at how much music was in so short a space. 
Like many other composers at that time notably Bartok and Kodaly in Hungary, Vaughan Williams and Grainger in Britain, Canteloube in France Falla was given to incorporating folk music as part of the essentially classical language in which he wrote. His 1919 ballet El sombrero de tres picos (The Three-cornered Hat) abounds with glorious melodies and exudes a genuine sense of Spanishness, not least because it draws on traditional Andalusian melodies. From it comes the Danza del molinero (Millers dance), which takes the form of a farruca, a Flamenco form traditionally danced only by men. Not surprisingly, it makes the transition from orchestra to solo guitar with ease.

Aranjuez by Milos

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Weekend Edition: A Guitar Hero Draws His Own Sketches Of Spain

The classical guitar we know today is a relatively recent development: the instrument took its modern form only at the end of the 19th century, after a centuries-long evolution, the penultimate manifestation of which was the smaller, six-string guitar popular in the 19th-century salon and much favored by aristocratic ladies. With the new instrument came a new repertoire, one that established the guitar as a serious recital instrument. This album Milos Karadaglics first concerto recording traces the modern guitars emergence in the strong light of Spain, the country where, more than any other, the guitar holds sway. Indeed, it is Spains national instrument.

The program is bookended by perhaps the two most popular works ever written for guitar and orchestra: Joaquín Rodrigos Concierto de Aranjuez (1939) and his Fantasía para un gentilhombre (1954). But the story of the guitar in the 20th century starts earlier than either of those much-loved works. The first major milestone is Manuel de Fallas Homenaje, a guitar solo composed in 1920 to the memory of the French composer Claude Debussy, whom Falla revered and who had died two years earlier. This was the first work for guitar by a major composer, and as such the first signal of the instruments renaissance. Debussy had offered Falla much encouragement during his seven years in Paris, where he had gone to study in one of the most creative atmospheres of the early 20th century. A great master of musical atmosphere, Falla wrote: I am interested in the relations between colors and sounds, and often melodic ideas and harmonic combinations have been suggested by a painting or an old stained-glass window. The simple gravity of the Homenaje belies its richness: many years later Benjamin Britten, after a performance by Julian Bream, expressed amazement at how much music was in so short a space. 

Like many other composers at that time notably Bartok and Kodaly in Hungary, Vaughan Williams and Grainger in Britain, Canteloube in France Falla was given to incorporating folk music as part of the essentially classical language in which he wrote. His 1919 ballet El sombrero de tres picos (The Three-cornered Hat) abounds with glorious melodies and exudes a genuine sense of Spanishness, not least because it draws on traditional Andalusian melodies. From it comes the Danza del molinero (Millers dance), which takes the form of a farruca, a Flamenco form traditionally danced only by men. Not surprisingly, it makes the transition from orchestra to solo guitar with ease.

For Now I Am Winter by Ólafur Arnalds
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World Cafe: Olafur Arnalds On World Cafe
The major label debut of Icelandic composer Olafur Arnaldss features 12 original breathtaking surreal tracks.
On this album, composer Nico Muhly provided orchestral arrangements, and for the first time Arnalds introduces vocals to his soundworld. Icelandic singer Arnor Dan can be heard on four tracks. 
Fresh off lauded performances at Iceland Airwaves, including an intimate KEXP live broadcast performance, Arnalds continues to steadily build a reputation as one of the worlds most bright and able young composers. On his past outings and last studio album …And They Have Escaped the Weight of Darkness, the basis was almost always piano and strings with electronic embellishments. Now the dynamic has shifted, with Arnalds thinking in terms decidedly more poppy than before. I think its by far the best thing Ive done. Im really happy that I made this decision to try something different.
The concept of evolution and seasonal change is one which has been ever-present in his music. Here it continues both musically and conceptually - a personal evolution as a composer and, for the first time, as a songwriter. 
Purveying a neo-classical style with an array of influences which range from electronica to minimalism, Arnalds is an artist who draws from a variety of sources whilst maintaining his own unique sound. Since the release of his 2007 debut, Eulogy for Evolution, the26-year-old, has put his name to a variety of projects. Since 2009 he has scored films and TV shows including Another Happy Day, ITVs upcoming drama Broadchurch and the Vanessa Hudgens-starring feature film Gimme Shelter, as well as having tracks featured on the soundtracks to Hollywood hits The Hunger Games and Looper. Hes also released two EPs each composed in a week; Found Songs in 2009 and Living Room Songs in 2011.

For Now I Am Winter by Ólafur Arnalds

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World Cafe: Olafur Arnalds On World Cafe

The major label debut of Icelandic composer Olafur Arnaldss features 12 original breathtaking surreal tracks.

On this album, composer Nico Muhly provided orchestral arrangements, and for the first time Arnalds introduces vocals to his soundworld. Icelandic singer Arnor Dan can be heard on four tracks. 

Fresh off lauded performances at Iceland Airwaves, including an intimate KEXP live broadcast performance, Arnalds continues to steadily build a reputation as one of the worlds most bright and able young composers. On his past outings and last studio album …And They Have Escaped the Weight of Darkness, the basis was almost always piano and strings with electronic embellishments. Now the dynamic has shifted, with Arnalds thinking in terms decidedly more poppy than before. I think its by far the best thing Ive done. Im really happy that I made this decision to try something different.

The concept of evolution and seasonal change is one which has been ever-present in his music. Here it continues both musically and conceptually - a personal evolution as a composer and, for the first time, as a songwriter. 

Purveying a neo-classical style with an array of influences which range from electronica to minimalism, Arnalds is an artist who draws from a variety of sources whilst maintaining his own unique sound. Since the release of his 2007 debut, Eulogy for Evolution, the26-year-old, has put his name to a variety of projects. Since 2009 he has scored films and TV shows including Another Happy Day, ITVs upcoming drama Broadchurch and the Vanessa Hudgens-starring feature film Gimme Shelter, as well as having tracks featured on the soundtracks to Hollywood hits The Hunger Games and Looper. Hes also released two EPs each composed in a week; Found Songs in 2009 and Living Room Songs in 2011.

ZOFORBIT: A Space Odyssey by ZOFO
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New Classical Tracks: Not Your Typical Piano Duet
In this third album from GRAMMY® nominated ensemble ZOFO, the critically acclaimed piano duo takes the listener on a metaphorical exploration of the galaxy with mesmerizing, outer space-themed duet works by four noted composers of the 20th and 21st centuries - Gustav Holst, George Crumb, David Lang and Urmas Sisask preformed on one piano - four hands.
Since joining forces as a professional duo in 2009, Eva-Maria Zimmermann and Keisuke Nakagoshi - ZOFO - have electrified audiences from Carnegie Hall to Osaka, Japan with their dazzling artistry and outside-the-box thematic programming for piano-four-hands. This prize winning Steinway Artist ensemble - one of only a handful of duos worldwide devoted exclusively to piano duets - is blazing a bold new path for piano-four-hands groups by focusing on 20th and 21st century repertoire and by commissioning new works from noted composers each year.
ZOFO’s debut album MIND MELD (DSL-92151), released by Sono Luminus in April, 2012, received a 2013 GRAMMY® Award nomination in the category of Best Chamber Music/Small Ensemble Performance. MOSH PIT (DSL-92167), ZOFO’s second release, put the duo’s considerable keyboard skills to the test in exciting, high energy, evocative dance-themed duets from an all American group of noted 20th century composers.
ZOFORBIT, ZOFO’s third album with Sono Luminus, takes the listener on an intragalactic voyage through the Milky Way, with musical visits to the planets of our solar system, to bright stars of the galaxy, and back again. Estonian composer Urmas Sisask sets the mood with the other-worldly sounds of his composition The Milky Way, featuring innovative inside and outside the piano techniques that evoke a sense of the cosmos. The journey continues with a tour of Gustav Holst’s The Planets, and visits to the stars Alpha Centauri and Beta Cygni as musically envisioned by George Crumb in his one-piano-four-hands masterpiece Celestial Mechanics (Makrokosmos IV). The space exploration concludes with David Lang’s Gravity, which metaphorically coaxes the listener back to earth in slow-moving patterns of descending notes.

ZOFORBIT: A Space Odyssey by ZOFO

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New Classical Tracks: Not Your Typical Piano Duet

In this third album from GRAMMY® nominated ensemble ZOFO, the critically acclaimed piano duo takes the listener on a metaphorical exploration of the galaxy with mesmerizing, outer space-themed duet works by four noted composers of the 20th and 21st centuries - Gustav Holst, George Crumb, David Lang and Urmas Sisask preformed on one piano - four hands.

Since joining forces as a professional duo in 2009, Eva-Maria Zimmermann and Keisuke Nakagoshi - ZOFO - have electrified audiences from Carnegie Hall to Osaka, Japan with their dazzling artistry and outside-the-box thematic programming for piano-four-hands. This prize winning Steinway Artist ensemble - one of only a handful of duos worldwide devoted exclusively to piano duets - is blazing a bold new path for piano-four-hands groups by focusing on 20th and 21st century repertoire and by commissioning new works from noted composers each year.

ZOFO’s debut album MIND MELD (DSL-92151), released by Sono Luminus in April, 2012, received a 2013 GRAMMY® Award nomination in the category of Best Chamber Music/Small Ensemble Performance. MOSH PIT (DSL-92167), ZOFO’s second release, put the duo’s considerable keyboard skills to the test in exciting, high energy, evocative dance-themed duets from an all American group of noted 20th century composers.

ZOFORBIT, ZOFO’s third album with Sono Luminus, takes the listener on an intragalactic voyage through the Milky Way, with musical visits to the planets of our solar system, to bright stars of the galaxy, and back again. Estonian composer Urmas Sisask sets the mood with the other-worldly sounds of his composition The Milky Way, featuring innovative inside and outside the piano techniques that evoke a sense of the cosmos. The journey continues with a tour of Gustav Holst’s The Planets, and visits to the stars Alpha Centauri and Beta Cygni as musically envisioned by George Crumb in his one-piano-four-hands masterpiece Celestial Mechanics (Makrokosmos IV). The space exploration concludes with David Lang’s Gravity, which metaphorically coaxes the listener back to earth in slow-moving patterns of descending notes.

All the Things You Are by Leon Fleisher
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New Classical Tracks: A Record of Reminiscences
Leon Fleisher–“the pianistic find of the century,” said Pierre Monteux–was born in San Francisco in 1928 and accepted into the studio of master pianist Artur Schnabel at age nine. Seven years later Fleisher made his New York Philharmonic debut, and in 1952, won the Queen Elisabeth competition, leading to a series of legendary recordings made with conductor George Szell and the Cleveland Orchestra. In 2014, Leon Fleisher, approaching his 86th birthday, completed the present recording, consisting largely of works for left hand, including one of the pianist’s specialities—Bach’s Chaconne, arranged for left hand by Brahms. The album also features works composed for Leon Fleisher by George Perle, Leon Kirchner, and Dina Koston as well as gorgeous renditions of favorites by George Gershwin and Jerome Kern. All the Things You Are is Leon Fleisher’s first solo album in nearly a decade, and is a testament to the enduring musicianship of a great artist. 

All the Things You Are by Leon Fleisher

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New Classical Tracks: A Record of Reminiscences

Leon Fleisher–“the pianistic find of the century,” said Pierre Monteux–was born in San Francisco in 1928 and accepted into the studio of master pianist Artur Schnabel at age nine. Seven years later Fleisher made his New York Philharmonic debut, and in 1952, won the Queen Elisabeth competition, leading to a series of legendary recordings made with conductor George Szell and the Cleveland Orchestra. In 2014, Leon Fleisher, approaching his 86th birthday, completed the present recording, consisting largely of works for left hand, including one of the pianist’s specialities—Bach’s Chaconne, arranged for left hand by Brahms. The album also features works composed for Leon Fleisher by George Perle, Leon Kirchner, and Dina Koston as well as gorgeous renditions of favorites by George Gershwin and Jerome Kern. All the Things You Are is Leon Fleisher’s first solo album in nearly a decade, and is a testament to the enduring musicianship of a great artist. 

The Silver Album by Anne-Sophie Mutter, Lambert Orkis
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New Classical Tracks: Expect the Unexpected
With this special 2-CD collection including world-premiere recordings of Previn and Penderecki and new recordings of Ravel and Massenet Anne-Sophie Mutter and Lambert Orkis mark 25 years of a level of artistic partnership that is rare, even in the highest echelons of concert performance
(Seattle Times).
The celebrated violinist says: Meeting Lambert was a stroke of luck for me. It quickly became clear how perfectly we breathe and phrase together. With Lambert I can do anything.
It was in December 1988 that Anne-Sophie Mutter and Lambert Orkis gave their first joint recitals in America and immediately sensed that they shared a mutually sympathetic way of thinking about music which neither felt would ever change. For Anne-Sophie Mutter such an affinity is either there or it isn t. It s hard to put it into words (…) Ever since the two of them have explored the musical worlds of many different composers in a wonderful artistic partnership.
For Lambert Orkis, the question of how such a partnership between artists can survive for so long without even the faintest murmur of disagreement is very simple: We like one another, we like each other s playing and we like each other s company. This makes things a lot simpler, because we work very hard.
Of course, we talk to each other, but we say very little about interpretation. We talk about politics and religion or about her dogs and my cats and we never argue.
And about Anne-Sophie Mutter he says: Her playing is incredibly beautiful and well-informed, her taste absolutely sound, even in contemporary music. Anne-Sophie combines a very real delight in music with a spirit of adventure and an enormous passion for the matter in hand.

The Silver Album by Anne-Sophie Mutter, Lambert Orkis

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New Classical Tracks: Expect the Unexpected

With this special 2-CD collection including world-premiere recordings of Previn and Penderecki and new recordings of Ravel and Massenet Anne-Sophie Mutter and Lambert Orkis mark 25 years of a level of artistic partnership that is rare, even in the highest echelons of concert performance

(Seattle Times).

The celebrated violinist says: Meeting Lambert was a stroke of luck for me. It quickly became clear how perfectly we breathe and phrase together. With Lambert I can do anything.

It was in December 1988 that Anne-Sophie Mutter and Lambert Orkis gave their first joint recitals in America and immediately sensed that they shared a mutually sympathetic way of thinking about music which neither felt would ever change. For Anne-Sophie Mutter such an affinity is either there or it isn t. It s hard to put it into words (…) Ever since the two of them have explored the musical worlds of many different composers in a wonderful artistic partnership.

For Lambert Orkis, the question of how such a partnership between artists can survive for so long without even the faintest murmur of disagreement is very simple: We like one another, we like each other s playing and we like each other s company. This makes things a lot simpler, because we work very hard.

Of course, we talk to each other, but we say very little about interpretation. We talk about politics and religion or about her dogs and my cats and we never argue.

And about Anne-Sophie Mutter he says: Her playing is incredibly beautiful and well-informed, her taste absolutely sound, even in contemporary music. Anne-Sophie combines a very real delight in music with a spirit of adventure and an enormous passion for the matter in hand.

Variations: Haydn, Beethoven, Schumann by Emanuel Ax
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Wait Wait … Don’t Tell Me!: Not My Job: Pianist Emanuel Ax Takes A Quiz On Axe Body Spray
Legendary pianist Emanuel Ax releases his new solo recital album Variations, featuring the artist’s premiere recordings of pieces from Haydn, Beethoven and Schumann. Throughout 2013, Ax will be performing repertoire from Variations in Los Angeles, St. Louis, Atlanta, Detroit, Washington, DC and Pittsburgh. Additionally, as an Artist in Residence with the New York Philharmonic, Ax will appear frequently throughout 2013 at Lincoln Center. From a string of early career successes in the 1970s, Emanuel Ax has emerged as one of the most versatile, brilliant, and universally respected pianists on the international concert scene. As a soloist, Ax has demonstrated a particular affinity for the Romantics, nonetheless, his repertoire is among the most diverse of any pianist today. He is also a particular champion of contemporary music, and has played and commissioned works from such composers as Joseph Schwantner, John Adams, and Christopher Rouse. Ax is considered by players and audiences alike to be a chamber musician par excellence and his frequent partners include Isaac Stern, Jaime Laredo and Richard Stolzman. His regular collaborations with cellist Yo-Yo Ma have earned Ax three of his seven Grammy® Awards.

Variations: Haydn, Beethoven, Schumann by Emanuel Ax

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Wait Wait … Don’t Tell Me!: Not My Job: Pianist Emanuel Ax Takes A Quiz On Axe Body Spray

Legendary pianist Emanuel Ax releases his new solo recital album Variations, featuring the artist’s premiere recordings of pieces from Haydn, Beethoven and Schumann. Throughout 2013, Ax will be performing repertoire from Variations in Los Angeles, St. Louis, Atlanta, Detroit, Washington, DC and Pittsburgh. Additionally, as an Artist in Residence with the New York Philharmonic, Ax will appear frequently throughout 2013 at Lincoln Center. From a string of early career successes in the 1970s, Emanuel Ax has emerged as one of the most versatile, brilliant, and universally respected pianists on the international concert scene. As a soloist, Ax has demonstrated a particular affinity for the Romantics, nonetheless, his repertoire is among the most diverse of any pianist today. He is also a particular champion of contemporary music, and has played and commissioned works from such composers as Joseph Schwantner, John Adams, and Christopher Rouse. Ax is considered by players and audiences alike to be a chamber musician par excellence and his frequent partners include Isaac Stern, Jaime Laredo and Richard Stolzman. His regular collaborations with cellist Yo-Yo Ma have earned Ax three of his seven Grammy® Awards.

Itzhak Perlman: Concertos, Sonatas and More by Itzhak Perlman
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Wait Wait … Don’t Tell Me!: Violinist Itzhak Perlman Gets Quizzed On Ron Perlman
This nine-disc box contains much of the same material in Sony’s Perlman Original Jacket Edition, plus his early RCA recordings, which provide the most compelling reason for acquiring the set. In particular, his first versions of concertos by Prokofiev (No. 2), Tchaikovsky, Lalo, and Sibelius, mostly with Leinsdorf and Boston (the Lalo features Previn and the LSO) are generally finer than his numerous remakes, offering playing that is gutsy and shamelessly virtuosic, and with a sharper rhythmic focus than Perlman often achieved subsequently. The finale of the Sibelius remains a potent example of the playing’s youthful fire. On the other hand, the much later triple and double concertos by Vivaldi and Bach, featuring Stern, Zukerman, and the NY Philharmonic under Mehta are, shall we say, pleasant but very occasional pieces. 
The rest of the set consists of chamber works. Some of the more important items include the two Prokofiev Violin Sonatas with Ashkenazy, the three Brahms sonatas in which Perlman is lovely but Barenboim’s sometimes soggy pianism is an acquired taste, and a very consequential recording of the Chausson Concert with the Juilliard Quartet and Jorge Bolet. The two Mozart Duos for violin and viola, with Pinchas Zukerman on viola, are also very substantial pieces, and these are beautiful performances of them. Two discs of delightful but very miscellaneous chamber works and encores, including the Serenade in C by Dohnányi and that in D by Beethoven, as well as Hindemith’s Sonata in E-flat major and some Paganini favorites, complete the classical offerings.
The final disc is a compilation of mostly lyrical film score extracts, which you will either love or hate. I alternate between the two, but don’t expect to play that disc often–it does seem a bit out of place in the collection as a whole. Still, the price is dirt cheap and the performances are mostly splendid, even of the “crossover” material. A good deal.

Itzhak Perlman: Concertos, Sonatas and More by Itzhak Perlman

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Wait Wait … Don’t Tell Me!: Violinist Itzhak Perlman Gets Quizzed On Ron Perlman

This nine-disc box contains much of the same material in Sony’s Perlman Original Jacket Edition, plus his early RCA recordings, which provide the most compelling reason for acquiring the set. In particular, his first versions of concertos by Prokofiev (No. 2), Tchaikovsky, Lalo, and Sibelius, mostly with Leinsdorf and Boston (the Lalo features Previn and the LSO) are generally finer than his numerous remakes, offering playing that is gutsy and shamelessly virtuosic, and with a sharper rhythmic focus than Perlman often achieved subsequently. The finale of the Sibelius remains a potent example of the playing’s youthful fire. On the other hand, the much later triple and double concertos by Vivaldi and Bach, featuring Stern, Zukerman, and the NY Philharmonic under Mehta are, shall we say, pleasant but very occasional pieces. 

The rest of the set consists of chamber works. Some of the more important items include the two Prokofiev Violin Sonatas with Ashkenazy, the three Brahms sonatas in which Perlman is lovely but Barenboim’s sometimes soggy pianism is an acquired taste, and a very consequential recording of the Chausson Concert with the Juilliard Quartet and Jorge Bolet. The two Mozart Duos for violin and viola, with Pinchas Zukerman on viola, are also very substantial pieces, and these are beautiful performances of them. Two discs of delightful but very miscellaneous chamber works and encores, including the Serenade in C by Dohnányi and that in D by Beethoven, as well as Hindemith’s Sonata in E-flat major and some Paganini favorites, complete the classical offerings.

The final disc is a compilation of mostly lyrical film score extracts, which you will either love or hate. I alternate between the two, but don’t expect to play that disc often–it does seem a bit out of place in the collection as a whole. Still, the price is dirt cheap and the performances are mostly splendid, even of the “crossover” material. A good deal.

Upside Down Mountain by Conor Oberst
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The Current: Conor Oberst and Dawes perform in The Current studio
The Current: Interview: Conor Oberst
NPR: Conor Oberst: Newport Folk 2014
All Songs Considered: Conor Oberst: Tiny Desk Concert
Dinner Party Download: Conor Oberst Moves Midwestern Mountains
World Cafe: Conor Oberst On World Cafe
NPR First Listen: Conor Oberst, ‘Upside Down Mountain’
Singer-songwriter Conor Oberst’s debut album for Nonesuch Records, Upside Down Mountain, is, as its title implies, a study in contrasts, a glance up to the heavens and a glimpse into the abyss. “There’s a certain solitude to this record,” Oberst admits, and themes of loneliness, dislocation and regret repeatedly surface. Yet the making of the album was far from solitary, as Oberst gathered friends old and new for the recording, including producer Jonathan Wilson, engineer Andy LeMaster, bassist Macey Taylor, multi-instrumentalist Blake Mills and the Swedish sibling folk-rock vocal duo First Aid Kit. The overall warmth of the sound tempers the starkness of the stories being told and Oberst renders his carefully detailed lyrics with an easy intimacy, the still youthful quaver in his voice poignantly underscoring the rueful, decidedly mature words.

Upside Down Mountain by Conor Oberst

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The Current: Conor Oberst and Dawes perform in The Current studio

The Current: Interview: Conor Oberst

NPR: Conor Oberst: Newport Folk 2014

All Songs Considered: Conor Oberst: Tiny Desk Concert

Dinner Party Download: Conor Oberst Moves Midwestern Mountains

World Cafe: Conor Oberst On World Cafe

NPR First Listen: Conor Oberst, ‘Upside Down Mountain’

Singer-songwriter Conor Oberst’s debut album for Nonesuch Records, Upside Down Mountain, is, as its title implies, a study in contrasts, a glance up to the heavens and a glimpse into the abyss. “There’s a certain solitude to this record,” Oberst admits, and themes of loneliness, dislocation and regret repeatedly surface. Yet the making of the album was far from solitary, as Oberst gathered friends old and new for the recording, including producer Jonathan Wilson, engineer Andy LeMaster, bassist Macey Taylor, multi-instrumentalist Blake Mills and the Swedish sibling folk-rock vocal duo First Aid Kit. The overall warmth of the sound tempers the starkness of the stories being told and Oberst renders his carefully detailed lyrics with an easy intimacy, the still youthful quaver in his voice poignantly underscoring the rueful, decidedly mature words.

Lavender Country by Lavender Country
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Dinner Party Download: A Country Music Victory for Gay Rights in ‘Lavender Country’
Dinner Party Download: How a Father’s Compassion Led to ‘Lavender Country’
“Lavender Country” is considered to be the first openly-gay country album. It was written by a man named Patrick Haggerty back in 1973. Only one thousand copies of the record were pressed, and it has since become a curio, familiar mostly to record collectors. That has recently changed thanks to Paradise of Bachelors, a small record label out of North Carolina. They’ve recently reissued “Lavender Country” and it has received rave reviews.

Lavender Country by Lavender Country

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Dinner Party Download: A Country Music Victory for Gay Rights in ‘Lavender Country’

Dinner Party Download: How a Father’s Compassion Led to ‘Lavender Country’

“Lavender Country” is considered to be the first openly-gay country album. It was written by a man named Patrick Haggerty back in 1973. Only one thousand copies of the record were pressed, and it has since become a curio, familiar mostly to record collectors. That has recently changed thanks to Paradise of Bachelors, a small record label out of North Carolina. They’ve recently reissued “Lavender Country” and it has received rave reviews.

Stay Gold by First Aid Kit
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The Current: First Aid Kit perform in The Current studio
The Current: Album Review: First Aid Kit, ‘Stay Gold’
World Cafe: First Aid Kit On World Cafe
KCRW Presents: First Aid Kit
NPR First Listen: First Aid Kit, ‘Stay Gold’
Dinner Party Download: Friday Cozy Time with First Aid Kit
The Swedish duo sisters Klara and Johanna Söderberg have honed their lush arrangements and blossomed as vivid storytellers in creating this ambitious 10-song collection of originals. Recorded at ARC studios in Omaha and produced by Mike Mogis (Bright Eyes, Monsters of Folk), the duo also enlisted The Omaha Symphony Orchestra to play on the record, with arrangements by Nate Walcott (Bright Eyes, Broken Bells, Rilo Kiley). They say of the recording process, “We took new directions and turns with the arrangements, building them up and creating more dynamics, yet always following where the songs wanted to go.”
Hailing from a southern suburb of Stockholm, Klara and Johanna began composing songs as teenagers in 2007. Their heart-wrenching song “Emmylou” off The Lion’s Roar was chosen by Rolling Stone as a ‘Single of the Year’ in 2012. They have performed on Late Show with David Letterman, Conan, and shared the stage with artists including Jack White, Lykee Li, and Bright Eyes.

Stay Gold by First Aid Kit

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The Current: First Aid Kit perform in The Current studio

The Current: Album Review: First Aid Kit, ‘Stay Gold’

World Cafe: First Aid Kit On World Cafe

KCRW Presents: First Aid Kit

NPR First Listen: First Aid Kit, ‘Stay Gold’

Dinner Party Download: Friday Cozy Time with First Aid Kit

The Swedish duo sisters Klara and Johanna Söderberg have honed their lush arrangements and blossomed as vivid storytellers in creating this ambitious 10-song collection of originals. Recorded at ARC studios in Omaha and produced by Mike Mogis (Bright Eyes, Monsters of Folk), the duo also enlisted The Omaha Symphony Orchestra to play on the record, with arrangements by Nate Walcott (Bright Eyes, Broken Bells, Rilo Kiley). They say of the recording process, “We took new directions and turns with the arrangements, building them up and creating more dynamics, yet always following where the songs wanted to go.”

Hailing from a southern suburb of Stockholm, Klara and Johanna began composing songs as teenagers in 2007. Their heart-wrenching song “Emmylou” off The Lion’s Roar was chosen by Rolling Stone as a ‘Single of the Year’ in 2012. They have performed on Late Show with David Letterman, Conan, and shared the stage with artists including Jack White, Lykee Li, and Bright Eyes.

Croz by David Crosby
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Dinner Party Download: David Crosby in His Spiritual Grove
Folk-rock musician David Crosby, known best for his work with Crosby, Stills, and Nash, has been on the music scene for half a century, starting with his first hit with The Byrds. 
Croz is David Crosby’s first studio album in over 20 years, a collection of 11 new tracks from one of America’s most notable singer-songwriters and two-time Rock and Roll Hall of Famer.

Croz by David Crosby

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Dinner Party Download: David Crosby in His Spiritual Grove

Folk-rock musician David Crosby, known best for his work with Crosby, Stills, and Nash, has been on the music scene for half a century, starting with his first hit with The Byrds. 

Croz is David Crosby’s first studio album in over 20 years, a collection of 11 new tracks from one of America’s most notable singer-songwriters and two-time Rock and Roll Hall of Famer.

Physiques by People Get Ready
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Dinner Party Download: People Get Ready for a Party
People Get Ready, a Brooklyn band consisting of former and current members of bands Yeasayer, Lizzie Trulie, Slow Gherkin, and A Sunny Day in Glasgow, create propulsive electronic pop that’s accompanied on stage by original dance choreography. 

Physiques by People Get Ready

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Dinner Party Download: People Get Ready for a Party

People Get Ready, a Brooklyn band consisting of former and current members of bands Yeasayer, Lizzie Trulie, Slow Gherkin, and A Sunny Day in Glasgow, create propulsive electronic pop that’s accompanied on stage by original dance choreography. 

Zig Zags by Zig Zags
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Dinner Party Download: Zig Zags Mellow, for a Moment
Zig Zags have put out a series of loud, retro metal-punk singles since forming in 2010, including one featuring no less a hard rock icon than Iggy Pop. Their eponymous debut full-length was produced by Ty Segall for a label known for releasing The Black Lips and Jay Reatard, which should give you an idea of Zig Zags’ old-school heritage.

Zig Zags by Zig Zags

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Dinner Party Download: Zig Zags Mellow, for a Moment

Zig Zags have put out a series of loud, retro metal-punk singles since forming in 2010, including one featuring no less a hard rock icon than Iggy Pop. Their eponymous debut full-length was produced by Ty Segall for a label known for releasing The Black Lips and Jay Reatard, which should give you an idea of Zig Zags’ old-school heritage.

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