At 17, he won the BBC's Young Musician Competition. Then he performed at the Royal Wedding of Prince Harry and Meghan Markle. He's also appeared on 'Britain's Got Talent' with his six musical siblings. Yet, cellist Sheku Kanneh-Mason, who is just 20 years old and still studies at the Royal Academy of Music, is grounded in the music he loves. He's just released his second solo recording, featuring Elgar's Cello Concerto in E minor and other pieces that are close to his heart.
This week on New Classical Tracks, music director JoAnn Falletta celebrates two decades at the helm of the Buffalo Philharmonic Orchestra with a new live concert recording of Brahms Concerto No. 2 and Prokofiev's 'Romeo and Juliet.'
The oratorio 'Sanctuary Road' shines a light on William Still, a conductor of the Underground Railroad. Not only did Still risk his life helping people find freedom, he chronicled their stories and their struggles. This week on New Classical Tracks, librettist Mark Campbell, soprano Laquita Mitchell, and composer Paul Moravec discuss the significance of these stories and this powerful work.
Tesla Quartet's founding violinist Ross Snyder discusses the ensemble's second album, 'Joy and Desolation.' The recording, which also features clarinetist Alexander Fiterstein, explores the contrast of light and darkness in music from the 18th century through today.
This week on New Classical Tracks, members of Chicago-based Black Oak Ensemble discuss their debut album 'Silenced Voices.' The recording features string trios by six Jewish composers, all but one of whom perished during the Holocaust.
A performance injury nearly derailed guitarist Milos Karadaglic's career. Now, after a 2-year hiatus, he's back with a deeply personal recording, "Sound of Silence," featuring pieces by Radiohead, Leonard Cohen, Paul Simon and the Magnetic Fields.
Dr. Ashley Jackson and conductor Malcolm J. Merriweather discuss the fascinating history of Margaret Bonds' 'The Ballad of the Brown King,' which tells the story of the Nativity from the perspective of Balthazar. The fully orchestrated version premiered in 1960 with a dedication to Martin Luther King Jr. Now it has been recorded for the first time by the Dessoff Choirs.
The Dale Warland Singers disbanded 15 years ago, yet their magical sound is as appealing as ever on their live holiday recording, 'Hodie!' Self-professed 'choral nerd' Dale Warland discusses the new album, which features rarely heard Christmas repertoire from Daniel Pinkham and Benjamin Britten.
This week on New Classical Tracks, music director JoAnn Falletta celebrates two decades at the helm of the Buffalo Philharmonic Orchestra with a new live concert recording of Brahms Concerto No. 2 and Prokofiev's 'Romeo and Juliet'.
This week on New Classical Tracks, New York Polyphony founding member Craig Phillips discusses the album 'Lamentationes,' which includes world premiere recordings of recently discovered works by Francisco de Penalosa.
This week on New Classical Tracks, Cincinnati Symphony Orchestra music director Louis Langree discusses the new album 'Transatlantic,' which includes world premiere recordings of two new editions of Gershwin's 'An American in Paris.'
This week on New Classical Tracks, film composer Danny Elfman, best known for writing the 'Simpsons' theme, discusses his successful foray into classical music with a new recording of his violin concerto and piano quartet.
The Chicago Sinfonietta is celebrating its 30th anniversary season with a new album featuring world-premiere recordings of newly commissioned works by Jennifer Higdon, Clarice Assad, Jessie Montgomery and Reena Esmail. Conductor Mei-Ann Chen shares insights into the new record, 'Project W: Works By Diverse Women Composers.'
This week on New Classical Tracks, Jake Runestad discusses the poetry and compositional process behind 'The Hope of Loving,' a new album of his choral music recorded by Craig Hella Johnson's Conspirare.
This week on New Classical Tracks, self-proclaimed 'outsider composer' Rick Sowash shares insights into his latest album, 'Seasonal Breezes: Five Chamber Works,' which features cellist Josh Aerie, the Sylvan Trio and a few other musical friends.
This week on New Classical Tracks, Janoska Ensemble members Julius Darvas and Frantisek Janoska share insights into their group's latest album, 'Revolution,' which features a number of genre-bending works, including new arrangements of Beatles favorites.
The Choral Scholars of University College Dublin are celebrating their 20th anniversary with a new album featuring a collection of premieres and new arrangements of Irish and Scottish favorites. Artistic director Desmond Earley shares insights into the new record, 'Perpetual Twilight.'