Caroline Herring
Signature Sounds Recordings

Camilla, a small town in Georgia, is the centerpiece of Herring’s latest album, a narrative of frank anecdotes, confessions, and acoustic alternative folk. The self-titled track, which introduces the CD, focuses on the violence inflicted on nonviolent civil rights protesters and violence against women: “Mama, sweet mama/Why are you beaten/Why are your babies scattered on the ground/The sheriff slapped me/And then he struck me down/He kept on kicking till I blacked out.” By song’s end, the speaker asks if her occupation as a lawyer is enough, but her spiritual transformation as an advocate of human rights through poetry & singing is initiated and courses throughout the rest of the songs. Read More...


Carlos Núñez
Sony Music Entertainment

The first images that comes to mind with bagpipes are usually those of Scottish men dressed in kilts while playing unpleasant music. Galician bagpipe player Carlos Núñez, however, is able to fully overcome this stereotype by finding interesting and innovative ways to combine musical textures in his double CD album Discover. Read More...

The Beethoven Journey

Leif Ove Andsnes
The Beethoven Journey -
Piano Concertos Nos. 1 & 2

Leif Ove Andsnes has been performing internationally and recording piano music since he was just 19 years old. Twenty-three years later, Andsnes is recording for the first time music composed by the revered Ludwig van Beethoven. This first album of The Beethoven Journey contains Andsnes’s recordings of Beethoven’s Piano Concertos Nos. 1 & 3, which were recorded live in Prague with the Mahler Chamber Orchestra. Andsnes comments in the 2012 CD’s cover booklet that “Beethoven’s music is for me the most human and deeply spiritual music there is,” and his music in this album communicates just that. Read More...