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Taking its name from Charlie Chaplin’s 1931 film, violinist Lisa Batiashvili’s new album "City Lights" crosses genres and mixes memories, places, sounds and music to powerful and haunting effect. "City Lights" includes 11 pieces that represent the most important cities in Lisa's life. "It doesn’t matter where you go or how far away you end up being, you always have a special connection to places that have become part of you," Lisa said. The album also includes a suite based on Charlie Chaplin’s own music for "City Lights" and his other films. BELOW: Lisa Batiashvili plays "City Memories," by Chaplin/Daniderff, arranged by Nikoloz Rachveli.
This astonishing group of talented musicians records together again, in a follow-up to their GRAMMY-winning 2011 album The Goat Rodeo Sessions. Is it bluegrass? Classical? Jazz, rock, rhythm-and-blues? Doesn't really matter, it's just great listening. BELOW: Released today, "The Trappings," also including s vocalist Aoife O'Donovan:
Violinist Arabella Steinbacher presents Antonio Vivaldi’s world-famous Four Seasons alongside Astor Piazzolla’s Cuatro estaciones porteñas, creating a lively combination of baroque and tango. BELOW: Arabella plays "Spring" from Piazzolla's "Four Seasons of Buenos Aires."
Now in its 17th year, the Jupiter String Quartet includes violinists Nelson Lee and Meg Freivogel, violist Liz Freivogel and cellist Daniel McDonough. To celebrate Beethoven’s 250th birthday year, the quartet performed a series of live concert programs, exploring Beethoven's writng influenced works by fellow and future composers. The recorded album Metamorphosis pairs Beethoven’s monumental Op. 131 with Ligeti’s stunning String Quartet No. 1, "Métamorphoses nocturnes." BELOW: The Jupiter String Quartet plays the first movement from Beethoven's Quartet in C Minor Op. 131:
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