Friday, July 22, 2016

Celebrate Emily Brontë's 198th Birthday!

Join us in celebrating Emily Brontë's 198th birthday on July 30th by entering a Wuthering Heights giveaway hosted by Naxos of America! The giveaway runs from today through August 1 at 11:59pm CST and winners receive a copy of the recording as well as the audiobook version of Wuthering Heights courtesy of Naxos Audiobooks!






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Thursday, July 21, 2016

Fiona Boyes and Lloyd Jones In Concert

Fiona Boyes and Lloyd Jones Together In Concert!

Highway 99 Blues Club

Sunday, August 14 - 7pm
Seattle Washington


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Fiona Boyes: Box & Dice

Lloyd Jones: Doin' What It Takes


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Tuesday, July 19, 2016

Pittsburgh Symphony LIVE from Berlin Now on YouTube!



The Pittsburgh Symphony with Music Director Manfred Honeck conducting plays Beethoven’s Coriolan Overture, Tchaikovsky’s Symphony and No. 6 and the Rachmaninoff Piano Concerto No 2 with Daniil Trifonov soloist. From the Philharmonie in Berlin June May 22 2016. Interviews include Manfred Honeck, Principal Contrabassoon James Rodgers, Trombone James Nova, Violinist Alison Fujito and President and CEO Melia Tourangeau with Jim Cunningham Artistic Director Jim Cunningham, host.

Tchaikovsky: Symphony No. 6 in B Minor, Op. 74

Dvořák: Rusalka Fantasy (arr. Honeck/Ille)


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Monday, July 18, 2016

Setting Up for The Dallas Winds!

While setting up for our latest Dallas Winds recording session this past weekend, we discussed a new “Audiophile Corner” for our blog/site. Let us know if there are things you'd like to see included in the “corner”!

Friday, July 15, 2016

Wuthering Heights Is Carlisle Floyd At His Prime

Planet Hugill celebrates Carlisle Floyd's Wuthering Heights “on disc at last.”

“This new recording from Reference Recordings finally brings Carlisle Floyd's 1958 opera Wuthering Heights to disc. … Floyd's music is intense and dramatic, in a form of continuous arioso as the libretto is more poetic prose than poetry, with individual speeches standing out aria-like, including the one which gave rise to the piece in the first place. … The recording was made at a pair of concerts performances and we have to be grateful for Florentine Opera that we finally have Wuthering Heights on disc. … Georgia Jarman makes a finely passionate Cathy and that aria (now at the end of Act Two) is a significant moment which Jarman makes tremendous. Kelly Markgraf's dark voiced Heathcliff is suitably intense and dramatic, brooding well and the opera concludes with a powerful duet for Jarman and Markgraf. The other cast members get their moment, and Susanne Mentzer particularly stands out as a strong Nelly the housekeeper and very much a foil for Jarman's Cathy. A significant role is played by the orchestra, and Joseph Mechavich gets a fine performance from the Milwaukee Symphony Orchestra and they take full advantage of the opportunities that Floyd gives them.… This is Carlisle Floyd at his prime and deserves a wider audience.” —Robert Hugill, Planet Hugill

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Thursday, July 14, 2016

Guitarra Reviews Fiona Boyes

Argentina's Guitarra Magazine reviews Fiona Boyes Box & Dice:

“Recently, the guitarist, singer-songwriter Fiona Boyes was nominated for USA 2016 Blues Music Awards, and Box & Dice won best blues album at The Victoria Age Music Awards. On this album, fans of country or acoustic blues find the guitar and hoarse voice of this Australian creating a healthy mix of traditional with contemporary.” —Guitarra


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Tuesday, July 12, 2016

Macallè Blues Reviews Box & Dice

Italian blues outlet, Macallè Blues reviews Fiona Boyes' Box & Dice:

“In recent years Australia has expressed some real blues talent…One of these talents is surely Fiona Boyes.… Box & Dice represents an instrumental experiment that, besides her usual guitars, let some handicraft cigar-box guitars (built by Shayne Soall from Oz Blues and Roots Music Store) step out front. Boyes plays those guitars using bottlenecks drawn by different small liqueur bottles. And, above all, she uses a rare handicraft baritone National Reso-lectric guitar too that has only one twin sample in the world, who knows if it's "good" or "evil". The result is this agile cd recorded with a classic and slender trio with guitar, double-bass and drums. Fiona Boyes, here, mixes up different styles and skilfully passes from the Delta to the swamp and Piedmont blues, from Texas shuffle to Chicago post war blues. No surprise that Boyes, who’s provided with a strong songwriting, has been nominated for the Blues Music Awards and has been the first woman, as well as the first Australian to win the International Blues Challenge in 2003. On this cd, named after one of her cigar-box guitars, Fiona Boyes explores, besides the quoted styles, the various sonorities of her guitars almost as if she would choose the right personality and tone much proper for the different songs. … In the middle of a generous dose of original tunes, there is also room for a handful of covers among which you can find a muscular version of Smokestack Lightning and a persuasive, sensual Easy Baby, respectively drawn by the sacred books of Howlin' Wolf and Magic Sam.” —G.R., Macallè Blues

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