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Yo Gotti

Jake Owen

Maren Morris

Chris Young

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Elvis Presley

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May 05, 2016 | The Piano Guys Conquer Another Wonder Of The World - New Music Video "Jungle Book/Sarabande" Filmed in Chichén Itzá

A Mashup Featuring Songs from the Disney Film, Jungle Book and Classical Composer Handel

Audio Track Now Available via All Digital Service Providers

On Tour Now

May 5, 2016

NEW YORK, May 5, 2016 /PRNewswire/ -- Musical Internet sensation, The Piano Guys, continue their quest to serenade all Seven Wonders of the World. For their third Wonder, Utah's favorite dads, turn their attention to Chichén Itzá, where they filmed their latest self-made music video, "Jungle Book / Sarabande (Mayan style)."  Check out the video here. The audio version is also available for purchase at all digital service providers.

Having already conquered two other Wonders, Christ The Redeemer in Rio De Janeiro, Brazil and the Great Wall of China, The Piano Guys filmed this epic video in the Mexican jungle and at the iconic step pyramid "El Castillo" in Chichén Itzá.  Located on the Yucatán Peninsula, Chichén Itzá was one of the largest Mayan cities in Mexico from 600 A.D. to the 1200s, and today is known for its spectacular historic ruins.

On their musical journey for this Wonder, The Piano Guys wanted to stay true to their tradition of mixing classical music with film scores, plus also honor the Mayan heritage, as they love infusing local and historical culture into their arrangements. In classic TPG style, they came up with the unique musical theme of "jungle harmony" and combined the songs "Bear Necessities" and "My Own Home" from Jungle Book with the classical piece "Sarabande" by George Frideric Handel. Additionally, they were inspired to incorporate instrumental music from The Mayans, so the actual Mayan percussion patterns and authentic Mayan wind instruments can be heard on track – listen closely!

The Piano Guys – Steven Sharp Nelson, Jon Schmidt, Al Van der Beek and Paul Anderson – became an online sensation by way of their immensely successful series of strikingly original self-made music videos, which have surpassed 900 million views and garnered nearly 4.7 million subscribers on YouTube. They've made over 50 music videos since 2011, including their breakout hit, an innovative multi-handed version of One Direction's "What Makes You Beautiful" and a gorgeous reinvention of the hit song "Let It Go" from Disney's Frozen. To date, the Utah-based classical-pop group have released five major label albums on Portrait/Sony Music Masterworks: Wonders, The Piano Guys, The Piano Guys 2, a holiday album called A Family Christmas, and most recently The Piano Guys – Live!  featuring live music from their sold out Red Rocks and Carnegie Hall concerts.

Sony Music Masterworks comprises Masterworks, Sony Classical, OKeh, Portrait, Masterworks Broadway and Flying Buddha imprints. For email updates and information please visit www.SonyMasterworks.com.

For more information on The Piano Guys and tour dates visit:
Website: www.thepianoguys.com 
YouTube: https://www.youtube.com/user/ThePianoGuys/ 
Twitter: https://twitter.com/pianoguys 
Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/PianoGuys

Purchase Links
iTuneshttp://smarturl.it/Jungle-itunes 
Apple Musichttp://smarturl.it/Jungle-apple 
Spotifyhttp://smarturl.it/Jungle-sptfy 
Amazon Musichttp://smarturl.it/Jungle-amp3 
Google Playhttp://smarturl.it/Jungle-google

TOUR DATES








5/11/2016





Kitchner, ON                

Centre in the Square

5/12/2016





Toronto, ON

SONY Centre

5/13/2016





Montreal, QC                  

Theatre St Denis

5/14/2016





Ottawa, ON                 

TD Place

5/16/2016





Winnipeg, MB              

Centennial Concert Hall

5/17/2016





Calgary, AB                 

Southern Alberta Jubilee

5/18/2016





Edmonton, AB            

Northern Alberta Jubilee

5/20/2016





Vancouver, BC                 

Queen Elizabeth Theatre

5/21/2016





Spokane, WA                

Spokane Arena

7/16/2016





Salt Lake City               

Usana Amphitheater

7/27/2016





Saratoga, CA                

Saratoga Winery

7/28/2016





Jacksonville, OR             

Britt Festival

7/29/2016





Portland, OR        

Oregon Zoo Amphitheatre

7/30/2016





Seattle, WA            

Marymoor Park

8/2/2016 





El Paso, TX                 

Chavez Theater

8/3/2016





Albuquerque, NM     

Kiva Auditorium

8/4/2016





Tucson, AZ               

Tucson Music Hall

8/5/2016





Phoenix, AZ              

Comerica

8/6/2016





Los Angeles, CA       

Greek Theatre

9/14/2016





Columbus, OH              

Palace Theatre

9/17/2016 





Chicago, IL                   

The Chicago Theatre   

12/1/2016





Providence, RI                 

PPAC

12/2/2016





Queens , NY           

Kupferberg Center for Arts

12/3/2016





Buffalo, NY              

Shea's PAC

12/6/2016





Durham, NC               

DPAC

12/7/2016





Baltimore, MD              

Lyric Opera

12/8/2016





Easton, PA                   

State Theatre

12/9/2016





Newark, NJ                    

Newark Prudential Hall

12/10/2016





Hershey, PA                  

Hershey PAC

 

Press Contacts:
Angela Barkan -  [email protected] -  212-833-8575
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May 03, 2016 | Legacy Recordings Announces Release of Van Morrison's ..IT'S TOO LATE TO STOP NOW...VOLUMES II, III, IV & DVD, A Monumental Collection of Previously Unavailable Live Performances from Historic 1973 Concert Tour with the 11-Piece Caledonia Soul Orchestra

3CD/1DVD Set--Newly Remixed from Original Multi-track Tapes by Guy Massey--Available Friday, June 10

Also Coming: ..IT'S TOO LATE TO STOP NOW...VOLUME I, Remastered High Resolution Edition of Morrison's Groundbreaking Live Concert Masterpiece Album, Available in 2CD and 2LP Configurations

May 3, 2016

NEW YORK, May 3, 2016 /PRNewswire/ -- Legacy Recordings, the catalog division of Sony Music Entertainment, in association with Exile Productions, Ltd., is pleased to announce the release of Van Morrison's ..IT'S TOO LATE TO STOP NOW...VOLUMES II, III, IV & DVD on Friday, June 10.

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A 3CD/1DVD collection of previously unreleased live concert recordings from Morrison's mythic 1973 tour with the Caledonia Soul Orchestra, ..IT'S TOO LATE TO STOP NOW...VOLUMES II, III, IV & DVD collates peak performances originally recorded at three venues: The Troubadour in Los Angeles, the Santa Monica Civic Center, and The Rainbow Theatre in London. The set's DVD features professionally-lensed live footage from the Rainbow Theatre, which originally aired on the BBC in the UK and is now available for the first time as a commercial home video release.

Often cited as one of the best live albums ever made, Van Morrison's original ..IT'S TOO LATE TO STOP NOW... has been remastered in 24-bit high resolution sound and will be available in both 2CD and 2LP configurations, creating the first vinyl pressing of the album in more than 25 years plus availability of the album to hi-res partners (Mastered for iTunes, HD Tracks, Pono).

Morrison's highly acclaimed 1973 concert album was compiled from eight sets of live performances--recorded at The Troubadour, the Santa Monica Civic Center and The Rainbow Theatre--and was notably free of any post-performance overdubs or studios "fixes". ..IT'S TOO LATE TO STOP NOW...VOLUMES II, III, IV & DVD returns to those original performances, first captured on two-inch 16-track analog tapes, and, through the mastery of noted engineer Guy Massey, puts the contemporary listener in the enviable position of being sonically present at each venue. All of the recordings on the new collection have been previously unavailable and none of them overlap with the performances on "Volume I" of ..IT'S TOO LATE TO STOP NOW....

"I am getting more into performing," said Van Morrison in 1973, during his tour with his newly-formed Caledonia Soul Orchestra. "It's incredible…. All of a sudden I felt like 'you're back into performing' and it just happened like that…. A lot of times in the past I've done gigs and it was rough to get through them. But now the combination seems to be right and it's been clicking a lot."

Morrison's 1973 tour found the Irish soul singer at the peak of his powers, returning to the stage to deliver scorching definitive renditions of the signature material comprising his catalog at the time, from the R&B/rock roots of THEM to the haunting folk soul of Astral Weeks and Moondance in songs like "Gloria," "Into The Mystic," "Warm Love," "Domino" and more. Accompanied by the 11-piece Caledonia Soul Orchestra, featuring two horn players and a four-piece string section, Van Morrison set a new standard for live performance while ..IT'S TOO LATE TO STOP NOW... raised the bar on what was possible on a concert recording.

Each disc on ..IT'S TOO LATE TO STOP NOW...VOLUMES II, III, IV & DVD features previously unreleased performances, newly remixed from the original multitrack recordings by Guy Massey (the acclaimed engineer behind the remasters of The Beatles and Paul McCartney). Massey's new mixes recreate the sonic atmosphere of each venue, from the standing-room-only intimacy of The Troubadour to the expansive excitement filling the 3,000-seat Rainbow Theatre.

Van Morrison
..IT'S TOO LATE TO STOP NOW...VOLUMES II, III, IV & DVD

VOLUME II (Recorded live at The Troubadour, Los Angeles, May 23, 1973)

  1. Come Running (Van Morrison)
  2. These Dreams Of You (Van Morrison)
  3. The Way Young Lovers Do (Van Morrison)
  4. Snow In San Anselmo (Van Morrison)
  5. I Just Want To Make Love To You (Willie Dixon)
  6. Bring It On Home To Me (Sam Cooke)
  7. Purple Heather (Van Morrison)
  8. Hey, Good Lookin' (Hank Williams)
  9. Bein' Green (Joseph G. Raposo)
  10. Brown Eyed Girl (Van Morrison)
  11. Listen To The Lion (Van Morrison)
  12. Hard Nose The Highway (Van Morrison)
  13. Moondance (Van Morrison)
  14. Cyprus Avenue (Van Morrison)
  15. Caravan (Van Morrison)

VOLUME III (Recorded live at the Santa Monica Civic, California, June 29. 1973)

  1. I've Been Working (Van Morrison)
  2. There There Child (Van Morrison, John Platania)
  3. No Way (Jeff Labes)
  4. Since I Fell For You (Woodrow Buddy Johnson)
  5. Wild Night (Van Morrison)
  6. I Paid The Price (Van Morrison, John Platania)
  7. Domino (Van Morrison)
  8. Gloria (Van Morrison)
  9. Buona Sera (Carl Sigman, Peter De Rose)
  10. Moonshine Whiskey (Van Morrison)
  11. Ain't Nothing You Can Do (Don D. Robey, Joseph Wade Scott)
  12. Take Your Hand Out Of My Pocket (Sonny Boy Williamson)
  13. Sweet Thing (Van Morrison)
  14. Into The Mystic (Van Morrison)
  15. I Believe To My Soul (Ray Charles)

VOLUME IV (Recorded live at The Rainbow, London, July 23 & 24, 1973)

  1. Listen To The Lion (Van Morrison)
  2. I Paid The Price (Van Morrison, John Platania)
  3. Bein' Green (Joseph G. Raposo)
  4. Since I Fell For You(Woodrow Buddy Johnson)
  5. Into The Mystic (Van Morrison)
  6. Everyone (Van Morrison)
  7. I Believe To My Soul (Ray Charles)
  8. Sweet Thing (Van Morrison)
  9. I Just Want To Make Love To You (Willie Dixon)
  10. Wild Children (Van Morrison)
  11. Here Comes The Night (Bert Berns)
  12. Buona Sera (Carl Sigman, Peter De Rose)
  13. Domino (Van Morrison)
  14. Caravan (Van Morrison)
  15. Cyprus Avenue (Van Morrison)

DVD (Recorded live at The Rainbow, London, July 24, 1973)

  1. Here Comes The Night (Bert Berns)
  2. I Just Want To Make Love To You (Willie Dixon)
  3. Brown Eyed Girl (Van Morrison)
  4. Moonshine Whiskey (Van Morrison)
  5. Moondance (Van Morrison)
  6. Help Me (Ralph Bass, Willie Dixon, Sonny Boy Williamson)
  7. Domino (Van Morrison)
  8. Caravan (Van Morrison)
  9. Cyprus Avenue (Van Morrison)

 

THE CALEDONIA SOUL ORCHESTRA:
Jeff Labes – piano & organ
Dave Shaw – drums
John Platania – guitar
David Hayes – bass guitar
Jack Schroer – alto, tenor, baritone saxophones
Bill Atwood – trumpet
Nathan Rubin, Tim Kovatch & Tom Halpin – violin
Nancy Ellis – viola
Terry Adams – cello

ORIGINAL RECORDINGS PRODUCED FOR CALEDONIA PRODUCTIONS, INC.
BY VAN MORRISON AND TED TEMPLEMAN

www.vanmorrison.com

www.legacyrecordings.com

 

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Apr 15, 2016 | Hiatus Kaiyote Releases New Digital EP - Recalibrations Vol. 1

Includes remixes by Taylor McFerrin feat. Anderson .Paak and Vikter Duplaix

New North American Summer Tour Dates

Apr 15, 2016

NEW YORK, April 15, 2016 /PRNewswire/ -- Hiatus Kaiyote announces the release of Recalibrations Vol. 1 today, Friday April 15th, a 4-song EP featuring new versions and remixes of their songs, including an acoustic take of their Grammy nominated track "Nakamarra" from Tawk Tomahawk, an alternate version of "Prince Minikid", a Vikter Duplaix remix of "By Fire", and a Taylor McFerrin (Brainfeeder) remix of "Laputa" featuring vocalist Anderson .Paak. The latter three songs are all from their latest album Choose Your Weapon.

Complex premiered Taylor McFerrin's "Laputa" remix (feat. Anderson .Paak) today. Listen here. Radio DJ Julie Adenuga premiered the Vikter Duplaix remix of "By Fire" on her Beats 1 Radio Show.

The band also announces additional North American tour dates including a headline show at New York City's Irving Plaza and dates in Brooklyn and Detroit with Erykah Badu. They will also perform at the Outside Lands festival in San Francisco for the first time.

For more information please visit: WEBSITE // FACEBOOK // INSTAGRAM // TWITTER // YOUTUBE

Buy/Listen Links:

TRACKLISTING – RECALIBRATIONS Vol. 1
1. Prince Minikid – Live Cassette Version 
2. By Fire - Vikter Duplaix Remix
3. Nakamarra - Rox N Stix Desert Mix
4. Laputa - Taylor McFerrin Remix, featuring Anderson. Paak

TOUR DATES

July 28        

Chicago, IL         

Lollapalooza

July 29        

Toronto, ON       

The Phoenix Concert Hall

July 30         

Montreal, QC      

Osheaga Festival

Aug 1            

Boston, MA        

Paradise Rock Club

Aug 3             

Brooklyn, NY      

Coney Island Amphitheatre with Erykah Badu

Aug 4          

New York, NY    

Irving Plaza

Aug 6        

San Francisco    

Outside Lands Festival

Aug 7       

Buena Vista, CO    

Vertex Festival

Aug 9       

St. Louis, MO      

The Pageant

Aug 12     

Detroit, MI          

Chene Park with Erykah Badu

Aug 14     

Montauk, NY       

Surf Lodge

Aug 15     

Philadelphia, PA    

Trocadero

Aug 16    

Baltimore, MD      

Soundstage

Media Contacts
Angela Barkan / Larissa Slezak
Flying Buddha/Sony Music Masterworks
[email protected]  
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Apr 15, 2016 | The Branford Marsalis Quartet With Special Guest Kurt Elling Soar on Upward Spiral

Available June 10 on Marsalis Music via OKeh Records

First Time Recording Between Marsalis Quartet and Elling

Apr 15, 2016

NEW YORK, April 15, 2016 /PRNewswire/ -- It is no secret that the Branford Marsalis Quartet can be as freewheeling off the bandstand as in performance.  Saxophonist Marsalis, and his Quartet made up of pianist Joey Calderazzo, bassist Eric Revis and drummer Justin Faulkner are each bold personalities with strong opinions, equally intense in both musical and verbal exchanges. "The band talks about all kinds of things, many of which are unprintable," Marsalis admits.  "But we have serious musical debates as well."  One of these exchanges led to Upward Spiral, the new album from the Branford Marsalis Quartet with special guest Kurt Elling. The album will be released via Marsalis Music via OKeh Records on June 10, 2016.

The Branford Marsalis Quartet With Special Guest Kurt Elling Release Upward Spiral Available June 10

"One topic we got into was picking the best singer to work with our band," Marsalis recalls.  "My candidate was Kurt Elling, because he has the most flexible voice around, is always in tune and is a true jazz musician.  When I met Kurt two years ago at a Thelonious Monk Institute competition, we had a conversation at the bar about doing a record together."

"I had bumped into Branford on the road a handful of times, and we always had significant conversations," Elling adds.  "So when he mentioned making a record, I said 'any time!'" 

What has emerged, after an intense week of performance and recording in New Orleans, is a collection that blends Songbook staples, jazz standards, and standards-to-be from a diverse array of composers.

The goal from the outset was to create a true partnership.  "I usually reject the word `collaboration,'" Marsalis explains, "because it implies a third thing from that which each collaborator does well.  I don't need a collaborator to do what I normally do, and Kurt doesn't, either.  But this time, none of us were going to do what we normally do.  The goal here, even though he sings lyrics, was to highlight Kurt's voice as an instrument."

Elling was more than prepared for the challenge.  "I love singing with a hard-hitting band," he confirms. "I didn't want Branford's band to feel that it had to hold back because a singer was there.  To be welcomed into the Quartet's circle, which is all about new challenges and hard blowing, was very important to me.  When I asked Branford what to bring about a week before the date, he said `Don't worry, you've got the thing.'  So I brought `the thing.'"

Choosing songs became a process in which all five musicians had input.  "Everyone in the band is always listening to all kinds of music," Marsalis emphasizes, "so it's not as if we had to go out and do research on vocal records. 

"For example, I had been listening to the Oscar Brown song `Long as You're Living' for two years before the date.  The first time I heard Sting's `Practical Arrangement,' I called him and asked for a lead sheet, because I wanted to play that song with the quartet even before the idea of recording with Kurt came up.  I also chose `Só Tinha de Ser Com Você,' a Jobim song that has not been done to death.  I told everyone to study Elis Regina's version, because I wanted us to sound authentic rather than generic.  Doing `Blue Gardenia' was my idea, while Eric originally suggested Chris Whitley's `From One Island' when we were talking about more recent songs. 

Elling also brought ideas and songs to the partnership. He suggested "Doxy," the Sonny Rollins classic with lyrics that Mark Murphy introduced; "West Virginia Rose," with music and lyrics by pianist Fred Hersch; and "Momma Said," with the quartet responding spontaneously in the studio to the Calvin Forbes poem.

Two classic ballad performances complete the collection.  "Kurt had wanted to do `Blue Velvet,' using Bobby Vinton's hit version as a starting point," Marsalis recalls.  "I said that I'd write it out, but Kurt said, `No, I want us to sound like ghosts, with just enough technique to get the message across.'  He also wanted to do a voice/tenor duet, which I was originally against, but we tried `I'm a Fool to Want You' and he was right.  When you have a singer who can inhabit the emotional space, it works."

Every track on Upward Spiral confirms the beyond-category strengths of both the Quartet and Elling.  "No one in the band had to make adjustments, because good musicians can play many styles of music," Marsalis notes.  "We're fully engaged with one another when we're playing, so it was easy to engage with Kurt.  The only adjustment was not to play long solos, but if making the music sound good means playing less, you play less."

Elling adds that "My thing is always about tailoring what I do to the vision and personality of the band, and Branford's quartet is a real working band, which is both an incredible luxury and incredibly important for the music.  They provided everything on a silver platter."

For Marsalis, Upward Spiral is consistent with all of his previous music.  "My philosophy of jazz is that it should be about strong melodies and a great beat, and every song here has a melody that you can hold in your mind, that you can sing.  This is not jazz as a personal think tank, where people are only concerned with impressing everyone already inside of the tank with deconstruction and reharmonization.  This is the kind of music that should expand our base to include people who would like jazz if it were friendlier.  From the minute Kurt started performing with us, it was all good."

CLICK TO TWEET: Branford Marsalis Quartet and Kurt Elling release new album Upward Spiral on June 10th on @MarsalisMusic via OKeh Records / @SonyMasterworks

Branford Marsalis Quartet feat. Kurt Elling · Upward Spiral 
Marsalis Music via OKeh Records  ·  Release Date: June 10, 2016

LINKS:
Branford Marsalis - BranfordMarsalis.com
Marsalis Music - MarsalisMusic.com 
Kurt Elling - KurtElling.com 
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iTunes - http://smarturl.it/bmq-upwardspiral 
Amazon - http://smarturl.it/bmq-upwardspiral-cd

Sony Music Masterworks comprises the Masterworks, Sony Classical, OKeh, Portrait, Masterworks Broadway and Flying Buddha imprints. For email updates and information please visit www.SonyMasterworks.com

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Apr 15, 2016 | Sony Classical Celebrates The 125th Anniversary of Carnegie Hall With The Release of GREAT MOMENTS AT CARNEGIE HALL Available April 29, 2016

Deluxe 43-CD Box Set Includes Legendary Live Recordings from the RCA and Columbia Archives, Plus a 104-page Hardcover Book

Apr 15, 2016

NEW YORK, April 15, 2016 /PRNewswire/ -- Ever since its opening night in May 1891, Carnegie Hall has held sway as the undisputed shrine of classical music in America. It was and remains the essential venue for all great artists. To celebrate Carnegie Hall's 125th anniversary, Sony Classical in partnership with Carnegie Hall is proud to present an extraordinary new 43-CD box set of treasures from the RCA and Columbia archives featuring live recordings from many of the world's greatest musicians. Available April 29, this unique deluxe edition contains a complete previously unreleased piano recital by Sviatoslav Richter and is accompanied by a 104-page coffee table book, which includes notes by Director of Carnegie Hall's Archives Gino Francesconi as well as many facsimile documents and photographs.

GREAT MOMENTS AT CARNEGIE HALL box set Available April 29

This recorded chronicle of eight decades spotlights many of the artists who enjoyed historically close ties to Carnegie Hall. It begins with two performances of Beethoven's Fifth, from 1931 and 1933 by Arturo Toscanini and continues with a performance from 1934 in which Serge Koussevitzky conducts Roy Harris's First Symphony, among the first works by an American-born composer to be recorded by a major orchestra. It was one of some 115 important compositions – by Debussy, Ravel, Stravinsky, Bartók and others – that Koussevitzky and the BSO gave their US premieres at Carnegie Hall.

But it is really the soloists, especially the great pianists, who have played the principal role in establishing the hall's unique reputation. A landmark in its history took place and was recorded in 1943. Vladimir Horowitz joined his father-in-law Toscanini and the NBC Symphony Orchestra in an all-Tchaikovsky program to help raise money for the war effort. Their sensational performance of the Piano Concerto No. 1 has been inducted into the Grammy® Hall of Fame.

In 1958, a 23-year-old Texan pianist named Van Cliburn astonished the world by beating out eight Soviet pianists to win the first International Tchaikovsky Competition in Moscow. After he had played Rachmaninoff's Third Concerto, conducted by the illustrious Kirill Kondrashin, the audience leapt to its feet and gave the pianist an eight-minute standing ovation. A few weeks later, Cliburn, again partnering with Kondrashin, recaptured the sensation he made in Russia with this Carnegie Hall performance of "Rach 3".

The first US tour by Sviatoslav Richter in 1960 culminated at Carnegie Hall in the towering, previously unreleased all-Beethoven recital contained here. From 1961, Sony has included excerpts of two Chopin evenings given by another keyboard icon, Arthur Rubinstein, 55 years after his Western-hemisphere debut at this same hall. Another famous, if not infamous, evening occurred in 1962, when Glenn Gould's "unorthodox" interpretation of the Brahms D minor Concerto was disavowed by conductor Leonard Bernstein before their performance with the New York Philharmonic. (Bernstein's witty prefatory remarks to the audience are heard here along with the concerto).

Another highlight in Carnegie history was Horowitz's legendary return to the hall in 1965. Other great recitals in the new set include the U.S. debut recital of Canadian pianist Ronald Turini from 1961, those given by Jorge Bolet in 1974, Rudolf Serkin's from 1977, Lazar Berman's from 1979, Evgeny Kissin's US recital debut from 1990 and Arcadi Volodos's Gramophone award-winning recital from 1998. There's also a wonderful 1972 organ recital by the charismatic Virgil Fox – including his charming spoken introductions to each piece – as well as a major violin-piano recital, Midori's Carnegie solo debut from 1990.

Carnegie Hall has also been a mecca for famous singers ever since Adelina Patti, one of the most celebrated sopranos of the 19th century, made her debut there in 1893. The year 1955, in which Kirsten Flagstad and Beniamino Gigli both mounted their US farewells at Carnegie, also featured a return recital by the great Swedish tenor Jussi Björling. When he came out on stage for the recital, Björling was given a welcome described as being of "football stadium proportions."  Always a New York favorite, Björling's Carnegie recital from 1958 is included here as well.

Leontyne Price, who made her Carnegie debut with the Boston Symphony in 1954, singing music by her close associate Samuel Barber, gave her solo recital debut in 1965, included here. The beloved American soprano, who appeared more than 40 times at Carnegie Hall, is also heard in a recital from 1991. Other great American vocal artists in the Sony Classical compilation include Shirley Verrett in a recital from 1965, Jennie Tourel accompanied by Leonard Bernstein in 1969, Kathleen Battle and Frederica von Stade in a 1991 Christmas concert conducted by André Previn, as well as Marilyn Horne's 60th-birthday celebration from 1994, featuring the great mezzo herself along with Renée Fleming, Ruth Ann Swenson, Helen Donath and their distinguished Spanish colleague, Montserrat Caballé.

 Another birthday celebration graces this set: the 85th of Carnegie Hall in May of 1976. Hailed as the "Concert of the Century", this truly once-in-a-century event brought together a clutch of the most iconic names in classical music: Mstislav Rostropovich, Vladimir Horowitz, Leonard Bernstein, Yehudi Menuhin, Dietrich Fischer-Dieskau and, not least, Isaac Stern, who 16 years earlier had mounted a successful campaign to save the hallowed hall from demolition. Together with the New York Philharmonic – which had presented the world premiere of Dvořák's "New World" Symphony at an early Carnegie Hall appearance in 1893 – and the Oratorio Society of New York, the organization for which the hall was principally conceived and which was heard at all but one of the opening week concerts in 1891, these great artists paid a fitting tribute to New York's classical music shrine. The same may be said of Sony Classical's 43-CD set of legendary Carnegie Hall live recordings.

Sony Music Masterworks comprises Masterworks, Sony Classical, OKeh, Portrait, Masterworks Broadway and Flying Buddha imprints. For email updates and information please visit www.SonyMasterworks.com.

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