Monday, December 5, 2016

New MusicWeb International Review for Pittsburgh Tchaikovsky/Dvořák

Brian Reinhart pens the third MusicWeb International review for Manfred Honeck and the Pittsburgh Symphony Orchestra's Tchaikovsky Symphony No. 6 and Dvořák Rusalka Fantasy recording:

“The Pittsburgh Symphony is one of the world’s great orchestras, here displaying rich, lush old-world strings which bring to mind conductor Manfred Honeck’s experience in Vienna. The brass section is thrillingly punchy and forward, as is the timpanist. Honeck has good ideas about the symphony, like occasionally dialing back the loudness of the scherzo-march’s final pages, to avoid monotony and preserve a sense of momentum.… among the very best Tchaikovsky discs ever made available on SACD. … Manfred Honeck again composes his own liner notes and again directs our attention to his favorite details or interpretive choices with bar numbers and exact track timings. He also proudly says that the Pittsburgh Symphony’s concertmaster has departed to take over the First Concertmaster chair at the Berlin Philharmonic. That alone should indicate the extraordinarily high quality of this orchestra. Their discs are always a treat. May many more Pittsburgh/Honeck albums follow.” —Brian Reinhart, MusicWeb International

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Wednesday, November 30, 2016

Fiona Boyes in Downbeat Magazine

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Fiona Boyes Professin’ The Blues gets a four-star review in the January 2017 issue of Downbeat Magazine:

“Fiona Boyes’… voice is a subtly remarkable instrument, combining her natural understanding of country blues with a finely judged sense of drama to produce music of emotional breadth. With offhand ease, she makes her acoustic, metal-body resonator and cigar-box guitars spring forward as commentators on cheating, rootlessness and other topics broached in the lyrics to 14 of her own warm, humane songs.” —Frank-John Hadley, Downbeat Magazine

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Tuesday, November 29, 2016

The Daily Examiner Interviews Fiona Boyes

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Australia's Daily Examiner has a fantastic new interview with Fiona Boyes about her latest recording, Professin’ The Blues:

“Fiona Boyes is new to the Clarence Valley, but she isn't new to the world of blues. Her tenth album under her name, Professin' The Blues, is a showcase of acoustic blues that was recorded in Skywalker Sound studios live, in real-time with no overdubs or effects by legendary audiophile producer the 'Professor' Keith O Johnson. …”

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Monday, November 28, 2016

Mike Garson Featured In Upcoming David Bowie Tribute

January 8, 2017 will feature a series of performances around the world in honour of what would have been David Bowie's 70th Birthday. The “Celebrating David Bowie” event in London will be led by Gary Oldman and former David Bowie band members, including RR artist Mike Garson!

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Mike Garson in the notes for his RR recording The Bowie Variations: “When I met David, I sensed that he was an immense artist and a songwriter with a flair for great melodies and unique harmonies. The Ziggy Stardust tour changed the course of my life in many ways and began a working relationship and a special friendship that has spanned four decades.”

Having played the Bowie songbook in concert countless times, Garson always had the ambition to record his own original variations on these well-known themes.

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Wednesday, November 23, 2016

Fiona Boyes on Blues Radio International!

Fiona Boyes plays “Love Changing Blues” from her new Professin’ The Blues recording on Blues Radio International:

Professin’ The Blues

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“…our heroine perpetuates the blues legacy with a brave attitude and amazing conviction.” —Vicente Zumel, La Hora Del Blues Amazon iTunes/Apple Music Spotify

Professin’ The Blues proclaims Fiona Boyes passion for the Blues as she celebrates the unique contribution of recording and mastering engineer ‘Professor’ Keith O. Johnson, Reference Recording’s Technical Director and audio legend. In her self-penned and illustrated liner notes Fiona makes the declaration, “’Professor’ Keith’s amazing approach to capturing sounds, mostly with his own hand built equipment, is nothing short of sonic alchemy”.

Tuesday, November 22, 2016

Fiona Boyes Professin The Blues a December Pick of the Month!

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The UK's Independent Blues Broadcasters Association has selected Fiona Boyes' Professin’ The Blues as a December Pick of the month! This means it will be featured on member stations in the UK and Worldwide throughout the month. Professin’ The Blues debuted at #37 on the IBBA airplay charts in September and moved up to #22 in October. So make sure to tune in to your independent blues stations next month; chances are, you'll hear Fiona Boyes “Professin’ The Blues”!

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