This month features music from:
He’s the world’s best-known and perhaps best-loved composer of music for films. From Star Wars to Harry Potter, and Schindler’s List to Jurassic Park, John Williams’s name is synonymous with epic cinema. Included on a new tribute album with the London Symphony Orchestra – an orchestra favoured by Williams and used by him on several occasions – is a new version and a world premiere of the Theme from Schindler’s List for cello.
John Williams: A Life In Music is available HERE
Jascha Heifetz, Fritz Kreisler, Yehudi Menuhin , Alfredo Campoli … these were men who shaped the golden age of the violin. Australia’s own Ray Chen, who has just signed to Decca, pays tribute to them through his unique new album The Golden Age, at the centre of which is Max Bruch’s first violin concerto.
Ray Chen’s new album is available HERE.
Max Richter has many fans, but Elisabeth Moss considers herself his biggest. Famed for her appearances in Mad Men and most recently, the lead actress in The Handmaid’s Tale, she appears in this short film created around a piece from Max Richter’s Blue Notebooks, entitled “The Nature of Daylight”. It was directed by George Belfield
Over the last five years, Deutsche Grammophon has been recording a Mozart opera per year in collaboration with Festspielhaus in Baden Baden. The series was initiated by Rolando Villazón and is conducted by Yannick Nézet-Séguin. The latest opera in the instalment is La Clemenza di Tito, Mozart’s last opera about the benevolent Emperor Titus who pardons an attempt on his own life.
A long-buried album by jazz legend John Coltrane has recently been unearthed. “This is like finding a new room in the Great Pyramid” is how Sonny Rollins described it, and indeed the album is receiving huge media attention. The album was recorded in 1963 at the Van Gelder Studios – the “Abbey Road” of jazz.
John Coltrane’s lost album is available HERE.
About two years ago my attention was brought to a handful of songs that Australia’s iconic singer-songwriter Judith Durham had recorded in the 90s. They had never seen the light of day. These are songs about hope and courage, pain and loss, love and spirituality, and a profound love of Australia and its indigenous heritage. “So Much More” the album is called, and so much more it is.
Judith Durham’s So Much More is available HERE.