Ernst Toch est né en 1887 à Vienne, Empire Austro-hongrois (Autriche). D'abord autodidacte, il étudia ensuite la composition et le piano au Conservatoire Hoch de Francfort (Allemagne), puis mena une double carrière de pianiste-concertiste et de compositeur. De plus, en 1914, il enseigna le piano et la composition au Conservatoire de Mannheim, avant de servir dans l'armée allemande durant la Première Guerre mondiale. Celle-ci achevée, il revint à Mannheim, en 1928, s'installa à Berlin avec sa famille. De religion juive, l'avènement du nazisme en 1933 le contraint à fuir l'Allemagne. Après un court passage à Paris et à Londres, il s'exila en 1934 aux États-Unis, où il s'établit définitivement.
A beautiful showcase of the traditional, Swedish nyckelharpa backed by the Celtic folk harp and Swedish and medieval bagpipes, Dram's self-titled album transports their listeners instantaneously to a life much simpler and earth-based, rich with tradition and culture. Interestingly, the word "dram" is an old dialect word for "drone," which makes up much of this musical language, giving it an ancient, yet timeless feel. This album sits so poignantly and memorably with its listeners largely due to the distinct and plaintive, haunting quality of both the nyckelharpa and the bagpipes, lending a yearning, desiring quality to the music, one that speaks of the universal, human condition, regardless of time period. However, all analysis aside, this is simply a heartfelt, moving album.
Back to Time (Complete EMI Years) is a compilation album by Greek singer Anna Vissi, including the whole recordings which are now back catalogue items of Minos EMI. It is part of Minos EMI's special edition "EMI Years" compilations of early recordings by artists which were either signed to them directly or of releases which have since become part of their back catalogue.
In September 2013 Anna performed Rachmaninoff 2nd Piano Concerto at the opening of the season of Sunday Morning Concerts series at the Great hall of the Royal Concertgebouw. Within two and a half a years, the recording of this concert received over 9 million views on YouTube and was highly praised among renown musicians. In November 2015 she returned to perform in the big hall of Concertgebouw in Sunday Morning Concerts series Rachmaninoff Piano Concerto No 3, this performance was again steamed live on TV, internet and radio.
As beautiful as Kate & Anna McGarrigle's first two albums were, they were something less than radio friendly – a bit too openly emotional, a little short on glitter – and their third, Pronto Monto, was an only partially successful attempt by producer David Nichtern to give their work a bit more pop polish…
George Fenton delivers on his soundtrack for Anna and the King with an instrumental score that deftly mixes sweeping orchestrations with ethnic percussion. The main theme "Arrival at the Palace" begins with a very exotic violin solo that quickly blossoms into an epic orchestral movement seemingly ready to crescendo at a moment's notice (and it does!). Shorter cues such as "Letter of the Week" and "The House" are passages that perfectly convey the movie's exoticism and its melancholic moods. Throughout, Fenton's music seems to balance between excitement and sadness–the perfect sonic interpretation of The King and I's classic tale. Obviously, many folks will turn to this soundtrack for Joy Enriquez's Babyface-produced single "How Can I Not Love You," included at the very beginning of this disc. One hopes they'll stick around long enough to enjoy the film's score, one of Fenton's very best.