Tuesday, February 12, 2008

Masterworks Newsletter - February 12, 2008

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Traditions and Transformations: Sounds of Silk Road Chicago

"Chicago has a long history of being at the crossroads of the world," Yo-Yo Ma said as he described the landmark year-long collaboration known as ‘Silk Road Chicago’”. This unique celebration, partnering Ma's Silk Road Project with the Chicago Symphony Orchestra and dozens of cultural institutions throughout the city from June 2006 through June 2007, was an unprecedented adventure in discovery that moved a city to learn and explore musical traditions and cross-cultural connections, inspired by both the legendary Silk Road trade route and an unending spirit of curiosity.

Traditions and Transformations: Sounds of Silk Road Chicago on CSO Resound is an aural record of this remarkable journey, featuring a rich tapestry of musical works and passionate, virtuosic performances by cellist Yo-Yo Ma, the Silk Road Ensemble, pipa soloist Wu Man, and the Chicago Symphony Orchestra, under the direction of Miguel Harth-Bedoya and Alan Gilbert.

Mongolian composer Byambasuren Sharav’s Legend of Herlen is an extraordinarily visceral piece that the Ensemble has been touring since 2001. It's scored for morin khuur: Mongolian horsehead fiddle, which Yo-Yo plays, long song, piano, three trombones and percussion. Lou Harrison's Pipa Concerto is beautifully virtuosic and a real showcase for Wu Man.

A musical force in Chicago and around the world, the Chicago Symphony Orchestra is consistently hailed as one of the finest international orchestras. Its expansive catalogue of more than 900 recordings has earned 58 Grammy® awards—more than any other orchestra in the world.

Purchase Traditions and Transformations: Sounds of Silk Road Chicago from CSO.org or iTunes. Fans who purchase the full album from iTunes will also get bonus tracks of interviews with Yo-Yo Ma.

Eldar At The Grammys

Those of you who watched the Grammy Awards on Sunday were lucky enough to catch a live performance from Masterworks Jazz artist Eldar during the speech from NARAS president Neil Portnow. The piece he was playing was called "Place St. Henri" and is available on his Grammy-nominated album "re-imagination", available on Amazon and iTunes

For more information, go to http://www.eldarjazz.com

Betty Buckley "Quintessence" In Stores & Online Now

Playbill Records announces their second collaboration with Tony Award ® Winner and Broadway legend, Betty Buckley, entitled QUINTESSENCE, a stunning tribute to Buckley’s eighteen year working relationship with legendary jazz great, Kenny Werner. This album is the pair’s ninth album together and is a perfect bookend to the recently released Betty Buckley 1967, released this past October. “Quintessence”, oozes with the seasoned finesse of a musical virtuoso—a performance that travels the artistic landscape of one of the most distinguished and celebrated performers of today. Fans of Betty Buckley and Kenny Werner can expect a beautiful musical valentine.

Buy now on iTunes or via the SonyBMG Store (powered by Amazon)

Join Betty Buckley To Make A Difference On Valentine's Day!

Betty Buckley will be collaborating with LIFEbeat in their quest to cure AIDS. Join her for a performance and CD Signing at The Park Avenue Borders (461 Park Avenue at 57th Street) on February 14th at 12:00 noon. Print out the coupon below to save 10% on Quintessence and 1967. Borders will MATCH that 10% dollar for dollar in a donation to LIFEbeat!

Betty Buckley Signs Her Latest CDs "Quintessence" and "Betty Buckley 1967"
461 Park Avenue at 57th Street, NYC
12:00 Noon

"Quintessence" Rhapsody Exclusive

Rhapsody subscribers and those of you with an internet connection, listen up! The Rhapsody version of "Quintessence" features FOUR bonus tracks: Amelia, Where Do You Start?, Heart Like a Wheel / The Water Is Wide, and A Time For Love / You Are There. You can listen to these tracks FOR FREE by going to http://www.rhapsody.com/goto?rcid=alb18143952&variant=play&lsrc=RN_im

Leon Fleisher Podcast

Legendary pianist Leon Fleisher sat with us to record a special 3-part series about his life and career. You can listen and subscribe for free via iTunes at http://phobos.apple.com/WebObjects/MZStore.woa/wa/viewPodcast?id=114360093, and check out the iTunes exclusive version of The Essential Leon Fleisher (featuring a never-before-in-the-digital-age recording of "Jesu, Joy of Man's Desiring") at http://phobos.apple.com/WebObjects/MZStore.woa/wa/viewAlbum?id=269525478&s=143441

Ahn Trio Provide Valentine's Day Moods

New Masterworks signing The Ahn Trio (http://www.ahntrio.com/) are happy to debut their recording of "My Funny Valentine" exclusively on Rhapsody starting tomorrow, February 13th at http://www.rhapsody.com/ahntrio. Their album "Lullabies for My Favorite Insomniac" will be available in the US on April 1.


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