Featured Album: The Phoenix Rising

Stile-Antico-1024x665

They’re young, they’re British and they perform music of the Tudor period to early Baroque. Stile Antico’s latest album, The Phoenix Rising, is a collection of the former including the 5-part Mass by Byrd and music by Tallis, Taverner, White, Morley and Gibbons. Catch them on tour later this year, and watch their Tiny Desk concert below.

Featured Album: Thile Plays Bach

Thile

Chris Thile cut his teeth playing bluegrass in Carlsbad, California, where he helped form Nickel Creek. The folk trio would go on to win a Grammy in 2002. In 2006, Thile started the band Punch Brothers and his career hasn’t stopped moving. Our Featured Album this week is Chris Thile playing Bach, three sonatas and partitas for solo violin. You can hear him play at the Kentucky Center for the Performing Arts on October 19th.

Featured Album: Jérémy Jouve Plays Rodrigo

jeremy jouve

Jérémy Jouve won the 2003 Guitar Foundation of America First Prize, the equivalent of the Van Cliburn Piano Competition. He’s since recorded the complete guitar music of Joaquin Rodrigo for Naxos and his second volume is our Featured Album.

Featured Album: Nordic Spring

norway_wallpaper_2-wide

The Norwegian Chamber Orchestra established itself as a critically-acclaimed ensemble with its release of Grieg’s Holberg Suite in 1979 (two years after the orchestra was formed), since then it has enjoyed international success and has recorded over two-dozen albums with such illustrious artists as Leif Ove Andsnes, Tine Thing Helseth, Iona Brown and Truls Mork. Their latest release, Nordic Spring, brings Grieg’s Holberg Suite back to life, along with the luscious music of Atterberg, Svendsen, Nielsen, Braein and Sibelius.

Featured Album: Basically Bull

steinway_bull_jun13

John Bull was one of the most successful keyboardists of his day, and a prolific composer whose compositions appeared in the seminal Fitzwilliam Virginal Book. He also wrote sacred music and was organist at Hereford Cathedral. John Bull may have also been a spy (!) for Queen Elizabeth, though this may never be proven (maybe he was a really good spy).

In our Featured Album, Basically Bull, Alan Feinberg presents the less-covert music of John Bull and his Elizabethan peers: William Byrd, Thomas Tomkins, Orlando Gibbons, John Blitheman and John Redford.