Sony Classical Releases Joshua Bell – The Classical Collection

14-CD Box Set Featuring Recordings From The Past Twenty Years, Available August 18, 2017

Sony Classical announces the release of Joshua Bell – The Classical Collection, a 14-CD set of albums of classical repertoire that the internationally acclaimed, Grammy® Award-winning violinist has recorded for the label over the past twenty years. The collection is available worldwide on August 18th, 2017. Displaying the unique breadth, versatility and breathtaking virtuosity, beguiling sensitivity and sheer tonal beauty that has made Bell an icon for audiences of all ages and musical tastes throughout the world, this new collection showcases Joshua Bell in cornerstones of the violin concerto repertoire, chamber music, and concert pieces.

Sony Music Masterworks Joshua Bell Collection

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The repertoire in this career-spanning edition includes Bell’s 2008 recording of the Vivaldi Four Seasons with the Academy of St Martin in the Fields (for which Bell has served since 2011 as Music Director), the 2014 Bach release, also with the ASMF, and two of Joshua’s most popular albums Romance of the Violin and Voice of the Violin, where the violinist regales us with arrangements from Monteverdi, Mozart, Schubert, Chopin and Bellini to Dvořák, Debussy and Orff.

Other highlights from the collection include British composer  Nicholas Maw‘s Grammy® Award-winning Violin Concerto , a work written for Bell in 1993, featuring the London Philharmonic Orchestra with Sir Roger Norrington, conductor; The Red Violin Concerto based on themes from John Corigliano‘s score to the film The Red Violin, with the Philharmonia Orchestra London  and Esa-Pekka Salonen and Leonard Bernstein‘s cherished West Side Story Suite, also performed with the Philharmonia Orchestra London and David Zinman.

Rounding out this boxed set are Bell’s recordings of treasured masterpieces by Beethoven, Mendelssohn, Tchaikovsky, Brahms, Gershwin, Ravel, and Sibelius accompanied by the Berlin Philharmonic and Michael Tilson Thomas, the Los Angeles Philharmonic and Esa-Pekka Salonen, the Salzburg Camerata  with Sir Roger Norrington and Bell’s close friends and regular chamber music partners, cellist Steven Isserlis and pianist Jeremy Denk. Bell is also featured as Music Director in riveting performances of Beethoven‘s Fourth and Seventh Symphonies with the Academy of St. Martin in the Fields.

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Sony Classical Reissues Star Wars Episodes I-VI In Newly Restored Audio Collections

Star Wars™ – The Ultimate Editions Of The Original Film Soundtracks

The most acclaimed and enduring film music in Hollywood history, the original soundtracks of Star Wars Episodes I-VI will be reissued by Sony Classical in three new, definitive editions – Star Wars: The Ultimate Vinyl Collection (11 LPs), Star Wars: The Ultimate Soundtrack Collection (10 CDs plus DVD) and Star Wars: The Ultimate Digital Collection (hi-resolution download).

Star Wars: The Ultimate Vinyl Collection (11 LPs) - available now (PRNewsFoto/Sony Classical)

Star Wars: The Ultimate Vinyl Collection (11 LPs) – available now (PRNewsFoto/Sony Classical)

All composed by the legendary five-time Oscar®-winning composer (who may collect yet another Oscar nomination—and win–for best movie score for Star Wars: The Force Awakens in February at the 87th annual Academy Awards ceremony), John Williams, these unique collector’s sets are being reissued after the latest chapter in the saga, Star Wars: The Force Awakens, continues to break record after record at the international box office ($1.7 billion in less than 25 days and counting…). All three of Sony Classical‘s new soundtrack editions was released worldwide this past Friday, January 8th.

STAR WARS: THE ULTIMATE VINYL COLLECTION includes each of the six film soundtracks – from Star Wars: Episode I –The Phantom Menace to Star Wars: Episode VI – Return of the Jedi – in deluxe gatefold sleeves faithfully replicating the original artwork. Audio was transferred from the original LP masters using the highest resolution (up to 192kHz/24bit) and pressed with heavy 180 gram vinyl. The six double-LP sets are presented in a black, soft-touch laminated slipcase with an embossed, hot silver foil Star Wars logo, which includes a digital download card for one complete box set (all six soundtracks).

Star Wars: The Ultimate Soundtrack Collection (10 CDs plus DVD) - available now (PRNewsFoto/Sony Classical)

Star Wars: The Ultimate Soundtrack Collection (10 CDs plus DVD) – available now (PRNewsFoto/Sony Classical)

STAR WARS: THE ULTIMATE SOUNDTRACK COLLECTION includes the original six soundtracks in mini album jackets on 9 CDs, plus a bonus CD featuring a new audio interview with Harrison Ford (Han Solo) alongside an interview with John Williams. Also included is the DVD Star Wars: A Musical Journey, a one hour special hosted by actor Ian McDiarmid (Chancellor Palpatine) highlighting select musical themes alongside key sequences from the films. Rounding out the set are a fold-out poster and three collectible stickers.

STAR WARS: THE ULTIMATE DIGITAL COLLECTION features a bundle of the six original soundtracks available for the first time as high definition downloads (192kHz/24bit).

Since Star Wars: Episode IV – A New Hope was released in 1977, composer John Williams‘ scores have defined the soaring adventure for all six episodes in the saga. Williams won the Academy Award® for Best Original Score for the series’ first film and received Oscar® nominations for Star Wars: Episode V The Empire Strikes Back (1980) and Star Wars: Episode VI – Return of the Jedi (1983). His Star Wars music has also won four Grammy Awards®, two BAFTA Awards and a Golden Globe®. Williams continues his association with the Star Wars saga, composing the score for Star Wars: The Force Awakens, released worldwide in December 2015.

STAR WARS and related properties are trademarks and/or copyrights, in the United States and other countries, of Lucasfilm Ltd. And/or its affiliates © & TM Lucasfilm Ltd.

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Fall 2015 Music Preview: Longtime Friends, Cellist Yo-Yo Ma & Pianist Kathryn Stott Collaborate On New Album, Songs From The Arc Of Life

Available September 18, 2015 on Sony Classical

Cellist Yo-Yo Ma and pianist Kathryn Stott has created a unique classical music experience with their new Sony Classical recording Songs from the Arc of Life available September 18, 2015. This all-new recording also celebrates thirty years of friendship and collaboration in concerts and recordings for Ma and Stott and includes pieces they have frequently performed but never recorded, as well as a handful of discoveries.

Yo-Yo Ma & Kathryn Stott - New Album: Songs From The Arc Of Life - Available September 18, 2015 (PRNewsFoto/Sony Classical)

Yo-Yo Ma & Kathryn Stott – New Album: Songs From The Arc Of Life – Available September 18, 2015 (PRNewsFoto/Sony Classical)

“I like to think of Songs from the Arc of Life as an invitation to our audience to remember and imagine what the soundtracks of their lives might be,” Yo-Yo Ma says. “Kathy and I have talked for years about recording an album of music we absolutely love, pieces that express the context of a life, of our lives. Childhood, adolescence, young adulthood, middle age, old age: what do they sound like?

I love this title,” Stott says, “the ‘Arc of Life’ – because it is one big arc. Once we arrived at the idea, we began to see a beautiful story, a journey through life’s experiences. It has taken us a long time and much discussion, back and forth, to discover what that journey might be, because everyone’s journey is slightly different.”

Songs from the Arc of Life begins and ends with two, much-beloved settings of the traditional “Ave Maria,” opening with the soaring, radiant Bach/Gounod arrangement and closing with Schubert‘s more serene, contemplative version.

In between is a remarkable spectrum of music that includes such enduring favorites as Brahms‘ “Lullaby,” Dvorak‘s “Songs My Mother Taught Me,” Elgar‘s “Salut d’amour,” Gade’s “Jalousie” and Saint-Saens‘ “The Swan,” as well as richly evocative works by Debussy, Delius, Faure, Gershwin, Grieg, Kriesler, Messaien, Schumann, Sibelius and Tchaikovsky. Ma and Stott also include a haunting piece by the contemporary composer Giovanni Sollima, a friend and colleague of both artists.

In addition to beginning his fourth decade of collaboration with Stott, Yo-Yo Ma is celebrating a milestone birthday this year. “Turning sixty has me wondering what the future might bring, but also reflecting on what has passed,” Ma says. “Kathy and I have known one another since we were in our twenties. We have a shared performing history and thousands of conversations and experiences and we’re delighted, through Songs from the Arc of Life, to share them with you.”

1. Bach/Gounod: Ave Maria
2. Brahms: Lullaby
3. Dvorak: Songs My Mother Taught Me
4. Faure: Papillon
5. Gade: Tango Jalousie
6. Schumann: I. Vanitas vanitatum (from Five Pieces in the Popular Style)
7. Sibelius: Was It a Dream?
8. Faure: Apres un reve
9. Elgar: Salut d’amour
10. Gershwin: Prelude No. 1
11. Delius: Romance for Cello and Piano
12. Kreisler: La Gitana
13. Sollima: Il bell’Antonio, Tema III
14. Saint-Saens: The Swan (from Carnival of the Animals)
15. Grieg: The Wounded Heart (from Elegiac Melodies)
16. Tchaikovsky: Valse sentimentale, Op. 51, No. 6
17. Messiaen: Louange a l’eternite de Jesus (from Quartet for the End of Time)
18. Debussy: Beau Soir
19. Schubert: Ave Maria

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EPIC RECORDS has inked an exclusive joint venture with renowned music industry executive SYLVIA RHONE to form VESTED IN CULTURE (VIC), it was announced today by DOUG MORRIS, CEO of SONY MUSIC ENTERTAINMENT, L.A. REID, CHAIRMAN & CEO of Epic Records, and Rhone.

Sylvia Rhone Announces Joint Venture With Epic Records.  (PRNewsFoto/Epic Records Vested in Culture)

Sylvia Rhone Announces Joint Venture With Epic Records. (PRNewsFoto/Epic Records Vested in Culture)

The partnership between Vested in Culture and Epic Records marks an exciting new chapter in my career,” stated Rhone. “I have a tremendous amount of respect for Doug Morris and L.A. Reid, and couldn’t ask to work with better music men than them. I look forward to building a great label and being a part of their continued success.” Continue reading




Though best known as one of the preeminent pop singers of our time, BARBRA STREISAND made a powerful statement in the classical music realm when she recorded CLASSICAL BARBRA in 1973.  Originally released in 1976, the album gained Streisand a raft of admirers in the classical music world. Glenn Gould called her voice “one of the natural wonders of the age, an instrument of infinite diversity and timbral resource.”  CLASSICAL BARBRA was one of the first and is still one of the greatest records in the category we know today as “classical crossover” and is available February 5th, 2013 from SONY MASTERWORKS.

BARBRA STREISAND - Classical Barbra LP

BARBRA STREISAND – Classical Barbra LP

Of the reissue, Ms. Streisand says, “I have always had a special affection for Classical Barbra. I loved the process of developing and making the recording, and I was gratified by the success it had when it was originally released and, what a thrill it was to receive a Grammy nomination in the Classical division…Now it is back in a new expanded edition, beautifully remastered and sounding better than it has since the LP release. I’m also pleased that we could include two bonus tracks that have never before been available. They remind me again how rewarding this whole project was.” Continue reading