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The latest release from soprano Diana Damrau is a dream come true - for her, and for audiences! The all Meyerbeer recording, Grand Opera, combines the Choir and Orchestra of Lyon National Opera with favorites, world premieres, and three languages! Damrau spoke with John Clare about the stunning Erato cd.

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Mariel Roberts' sophomore release is Cartography dropping Friday, May 19 on New Focus recordings. It is magical to say the least, and filled with complicated and engaging works. Tailor-made pieces include New York composers Cenk Ergün, Davi∂ Brynjar FranzsonGeorge Lewis, and Eric Wubbels. If you're curious, a new music fan, or just looking for astonishing music making, you'll want to check Cartography out. John Clare spoke to Mariel about the album.

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Last month, Simone Dinnerstein released a pair of Mozart Concertos on Sony Classical. What's so rad about that? Well, for starters, it was recorded in Cuba. Mozart in Havana features Simone with the Havana Lyceum Orchestra. She spoke with WBAA's John Clare about the recording.

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WBAA listeners know the music of BJ Leiderman. BJ wrote the theme music for Morning Edition; Weekend Edition; Marketplace; Science Friday; Wait, Wait, Don't Tell Me!; and the Stump The Chumps theme from Car Talk! Leiderman is a musician's musician. He's influenced by the Beatles, XTC, and his own vibrant personality. Backed by the Athens, Georgia-based Randall Bramblett Band, produced by Eric Sarafin a.k.a. Mixerman and featuring Bela Fleck on banjo, "BJ" is his debut album, and the culmination of three decades of writing and production. WBAA's John Clare spoke with BJ about this landmark release.

Reference Recordings

A fantastic new recording features the Kansas City Symphony and music director Michael Stern in the music of Schoenberg: no, not Arnold but Adam Schoenberg. [He's not related to Arnold but actually is related to another famous composer, George Gershwin!] Three world premiere recordings of American Symphony, Finding Rothko, and Picture Studies are on the Reference Recording. WBAA's John Clare spoke to Adam about this release.

Minnesota Orchestra

Over 150 years ago "The Great Migration" of Finns to the United States began, with many of the immigrants settling in the Midwest - especially in the "Finn Hook,"  that is, parts of Minnesota, Michigan and Wisconsin. To celebrate this, the Minnesota Orchestra and its Finnish music director Osmo Vänskä commissioned the composer Olli Kortekangas for a work on the theme of migration, suitable for performance alongside Jean Sibelius’s massive Kullervo. Vänskä spoke with WBAA's John Clare about these works and his new release.

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It's a new way for chamber music fans, and for prog rock fans to unite: a 'stand up' new release from Jethro Tull leader Ian Anderson. Jethro Tull - String Quartets is a collaboration with the Carducci String Quartet, Anderson, and John O'Hara. While Anderson has worked in the classical realm with A Classic Case, and An Orchestral Jethro Tull before, this March 2017 recording is a creative and clever re-imagining of Jethro Tull (and sometimes Bach!) WBAA's John Clare spoke to Anderson about the new release.

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The latest from the Cypress String Quartet is a recording of Johannes Brahms, his String Sextets. Despite their breakup in June 2016, the group recorded their final release in front of an audience at Skywalker Studios. WBAA’s Music Director John Clare spoke with cellist Jennifer Kloetzel about their final recording on Avie.

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Jan Lisiecki ("Remember the name." - The Financial Times) just turned 22 years old and has released his fifth recording, Chopin: Works for Piano and Orchestra. You may have seen the young Canadian with Polish roots not long ago with the Indianapolis Symphony, and this latest disc is led by conductor Krzysztof Urbanski!

Lisiecki spoke with Music Director John Clare about the release.

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Passionate Pilgrim is a "rock-infused song cycle" with Baroque instrumentation created by composer/performer collective Oracle Hysterical. This new release, out on VIA Records March 17, features Oracle Hysterical with Juilliard-trained period ensemble New Vintage Baroque. While texts from the album are drawn from The Passionate Pilgrim, a poem cycle once attributed to “W. Shakespeare,” WBAA Music Director John Clare thinks Keats is appropriate to describe this amazing new album: "with voice sweetly bland." Clare spoke to Majel Connery from Oracle Hysterical about Passionate Pilgrim.

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