The band from Hanover wanted to create a technically interesting album with catchy tunes, an album with memorable and solid songs. Not an easy task but the results were more than positive. Dreamtide's contains 3 ex-members of Fair Warning (Helge Hengelke: guitars, C.C. Behrens: drums & Torsten Luederwaldt: keyboards) bassist Ole Hempelmann (well known from his days in Thunderhead) and Vocalist Olaf Senkbeil who used to sing for Jack's Hammer and also did backing vocals for Blind Guardian.
Lera Auerbach is a prodigiously talented Russian pianist and composer who was born in the city of Chelyabinsk, located to the east of the Ural mountain range, near the Siberian border. Auerbach's promise at the keyboard was discovered early, and she made her debut as a pianist with an orchestra at the age of 8. At the age of 11, Auerbach composed an opera that proved a cause celèbre when it was staged in Russia, and a touring version of the work was seen throughout the Soviet Union. When Auerbach was 17, she was sent to the United States on a concert tour, but decided to defect to the West; she was one of the last Soviet artists to do so. Auerbach continued at Juilliard, where she studied composition with Milton Babbitt and piano with Joseph Kalichstein.
In 2000, Auerbach served the first of two artist residencies at the Baden-Baden home of Johannes Brahms at the behest …….
MusiCure is specially composed and evidence based music, designed to have a calming and de-stressing effect, and stimulate the listener's sense of imagination. The music contains instrumental solos and ensemble playing performed on acoustic instruments by highly educated classical artists, and unique nature sounds, which have been carefully selected and integrated into the music.
Kottke's sixth official album is a dazzling array of pieces, some wistfully romantic ("Mona Ray"), others savagely witty ("When Shrimps Learn to Whistle"), and still others downright folksy ("Bill Cheatham"), with accompaniments of varying shapes and types, from dobro to synthesizer and piano.
This pair of clarinet quintets from the revivified Sony Classical label presents a performer and a composer who have both been shaped by Jewish vernacular materials, and the combination delivers everything you hope it will. Osvaldo Golijov's Dreams and Prayers of Isaac the Blind was composed 1994, before this Argentine composer entered a period of sustained popularity. Unlike his later riotously genre-crossing style, this one focuses on his own Jewish musical background.