No one knew when Robert Shaw made this recording in November, 1999, that it would not only be a crowning personal achievement for the conductor and his Atlanta musicians, but also would stand as a final and fitting memorial to the work of one of this century's finest and most influential conductors. Shaw's death from a stroke three months after the sessions assured that this last recording would get extra attention, primarily viewed through a lens of reverence, respect, and retrospection.
Conductor and pianist James Levine is one of the powerhouse figures of the classical music scene today. As a child he undertook both piano and violin; he was so accomplished on the violin that at the age of ten he played Mendelssohn's second violin concerto at a Cincinnati Symphony Orchestra youth concert. He studied piano at various summer music festivals before enrolling at New York's Juilliard School, where he took conducting courses with Jean Morel and continued piano studies with Rosina Lhevinne.
A rare recording of Pergolesi's second opera, a comic and colourful tale of tangled love in which three girls resist their arranged marriages in pursuit of the same young man. Rediscovered by conductor Riccardo Muti, this forgotten jewel sparkles in its 1989 period production.
Director Werner Herzog and conductor Riccardo Muti combine with the finest of casts to lavish Rossini’s rarely-performed Neapolitan masterpiece, set in feudal sixteenth century Scotland, with the genius it deserves. June Anderson is an outstanding Elena (the Lady of the Lake) in the 1992 production of the melodrama based on Sir Walter Scott’s poem.
Foreigner is universally hailed as one of the most popular rock bands in the world, racking up scores of smash hits, multi-platinum albums and sold out concert tours. From 'Cold As Ice' to 'Hot Blooded', 'Urgent' to 'Juke Box Hero' and 'Waiting for a Girl Like You'. Foreigner's thrilling mix of blustery blues and impeccably crafted pop continues to captivate generation after generation of music fans. Today, over 80 million albums later, Foreigner is an ensemble of talented musicians each adding their individual credentials to make the band stronger and more powerful than ever. Besides founding member and leader Mick Jones on lead guitar and vocals, the band s line up consists of Kelly Hansen (Ex-Hurricane) as lead singer, Tom Gimbel ( Aerosmith) on guitar, saxophone, flute, and backing vocals; Jeff Jacobs on keyboards, Jeff Pilson (Ex-Dokken, Dio and MSG) on bass; and Jason Bonham (son of Led Zeppelin's drummer John Bonham) on drums.
What could be better that Foreigner playing a live show, the answer to that is Foreigner playing a live show with a 58 piece orchestra and 60 piece choir! This amazing partnership between rock and classical marries together brilliant but really needs to be seen to be believed. With record sales exceeding 75 million the bands history speaks for itself, their hits are known worldwide, and when you add to this an orchestral arrangement it raises the bar to a whole new level.
Foreigner is universally hailed as one of the most popular rock bands in the world, racking up scores of smash hits, multi-platinum albums and sold out concert tours. From 'Cold As Ice' to 'Hot Blooded', 'Urgent' to 'Juke Box Hero' and 'Waiting for a Girl Like You'. Foreigner's thrilling mix of blustery blues and impeccably crafted pop continues to captivate generation after generation of music fans.