Kris Kristofferson

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Kris Kristofferson
Feeling Mortal
KK Records

“I always try to be as honest as I can in the songwriting. Otherwise there’s no point in doing it: I might as well be doing an advertising job or something,” Country Music Hall of Fame inductee Kris Kristofferson says. In the 1970s, Kristofferson became a fixture on the country music landscape, penning hit classics such as “Me and Bobby McGee” (Janis Joplin), “Help Me Make It Through the Night” (Sammi Smith), Johnny Cash’s “Sunday Mornin’ Comin’ Down,” and Ray Price’s “For The Good Times.” The gospel-imbued “Why Me,” featuring vocal support from Rita Coolidge and Larry Gatlin, peaked at no. 1 on the Billboard Country chart in 1973. In 1985, along with music stalwarts Johnny Cash, Waylon Jennings, and Willie Nelson, he formed The Highwaymen, with critical success following. Read More...

2CELLOS

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2CELLOS
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Sony Masterworks


As blooming superstars on nearly every platform, 2CELLOS seemed to have appeared overnight in 2011 and quickly began to take the world by storm. For the Croatian duo, Luka Sulic and Stjepan Hauser, worldwide recognition began on the little website called YouTube.com. After uploading their original and creative arrangement of Michael Jackson’s “Smooth Criminal” on two cellos, their music went internationally viral, garnering millions of views in a matter of days. In that same week, the duo were signed to Sony Masterworks and invited to tour the world with music legend Elton John. They would make appearances on popular TV shows such as The Ellen DeGeneres Show, The Tonight Show with Jay Leno, Lopez Tonight, and GLEE. Read More...

Emanuel Ax

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Emanuel Ax
Variations
Sony Masterworks


Beethoven, Schumann, Copland, and Haydn are some of the most performed and recorded composers in all of classical music. Yet in his newest album release, Variations, Emanuel Ax seeks to illuminate the virtuoso qualities of some of these composers’ more dismissed and ignored pieces—the variations. Ax explains that each of the compositions selected for this album stand out from each other as well as the majority of the repertoire of their respective composers, “each revolutionary in its own way.” Read More...

Joshua Bell Conducts Beethoven Symphonies No. 4 & 7

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Joshua Bell Conducts Beethoven Symphonies No. 4 & 7
Sony Classical

Arguably one of the most popular violinists of his time, Grammy Award-winning musician Joshua Bell has become a familiar name among classical artists, students, and enthusiasts around the world. Through his talent, charisma, performance, and virtuosity, Bell has picked up the remarkable nicknames of the “poet of the violin” and a “classical music superstar.” He has recorded over 40 CDs and has appeared numerous times on television including The Tonight Show and Sesame Street. His most recent musical feat has been as the appointed music director at the Academy of St Martin in the Fields; the 2013 Sony Classical album title, Joshua Bell Conducts Beethoven Symphonies No. 4 & 7, explains it all. In these recordings, Bell acts as both conductor and concert master for what Bell claims are two of his favorite symphonies. Read More...