Anastasia Tsioulcas

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What We Love And Hate About 'Mozart In The Jungle'

Thursday, January 15, 2015

Pill popping, pot smoking, back-stabbing, bed hopping and tantrum throwing — now we're talking classical music! At least that's what the new Amazon series Mozart in the Jungle would have us believe is all in a day's work for orchestra musicians. The 10-part series is based on a tell-all book ...


First Listen: Anonymous 4, '1865'

Sunday, January 04, 2015

Four a cappella voices making divine music: This has been the heart of Anonymous 4's mission for nearly three decades. And as the group bids farewell this season, they're saying goodbye in a poignant way — with the release of an album that couldn't feel more timely. It ...


Best Global Music Of 2014

Saturday, December 13, 2014

Every year, when I put together this list, I see the same question arise: What is world music? (A better, and even less answerable question: What isn't world music?)

So, so much stunningly beautiful music, with amazing insights and great beats, is being made all around the globe. There are ...


Best Classical Albums Of 2014

Friday, December 12, 2014

Most years, Tom Huizenga and I spend a lot of time after Thanksgiving and well into December battling over — or, more truthfully, having many friendly but spirited discussions about — which recordings should comprise our 10 favorites of the year. We each come up with a list of 10, ...


What's Your Top 100 Of The Last 100 Years?

Monday, December 01, 2014

For the past few years, member station Q2 in New York City has been enlisting listeners in a thought-provoking year-end poll. Forget the best music of the last year — what are the very best compositions of the last century?

What I really like is that by stipulating ...


Remembering Sabah, An Iconic And Thoroughly Unconventional Arab Star

Wednesday, November 26, 2014

Legendary Lebanese singer and movie actress Sabah, an icon across the Arab world for decades, died today in Beirut. Married at least nine times, this mega-star of stage and screen was both completely unconventional and wildly popular, making more than 90 movies and releasing more than 50 albums.

She specialized ...


Celebrate Some Of The Year's Best New Releases With Q2

Wednesday, November 26, 2014

What's some of the most exciting music from 2014?

Find out with our member station Q2 Music, which is hosting an evening dedicated to three important album releases from the year nearly past. The concert takes place at The Greene Space in New York on Dec. ...


Musicians' Brains Really Do Work Differently — In A Good Way

Thursday, November 20, 2014

"Did you know that every time musicians pick up their instruments, there are fireworks going off all over their brain?"

That's the launching point for a fantastic little video made by educator Anita Collins and animator Sharon Colman Graham for TED-Ed. What they explain is that while listening ...


Uncovering The Heart Of Chopin — Literally

Monday, November 17, 2014

News broke today of a clandestine exhumation of composer Frédéric Chopin's heart in Warsaw in April 2014. Presided over by a mix of scientists, clergy and scholars, this mysterious event took place in the middle of the night and seems, in its retelling, like something out of a ...


Monsanto Hired This Guy To Help It Win Over Millennials

Wednesday, October 29, 2014

As I scrolled through tweets about a panel on agricultural entrepreneurs at the SXSW Eco conference earlier this month, one caught my eye. The sender was Vance Crowe, Monsanto's director of millennial engagement.

Corporate America is currently caught up in a torrid infatuation with millennials, who befuddle and torment the ...


Just Who Is This Opera Star Singing At The World Series Tonight?

Wednesday, October 29, 2014

Joyce DiDonato — a Kansas native and lifelong Royals fan — happens to be one of the world's greatest opera singers. Here's what makes her so extraordinary.


Latitudes: 10 Musical Discoveries From Around The World

Wednesday, October 29, 2014

WOMEX – The World Music Expo – is kind of like a traveling SXSW for global music. Mostly an industry affair, with about 2,000 attendees from 100 countries, the five days of nonstop showcases, panel discussion, meetings, film screenings and schmoozing (did I mention the concerts? Concerts too) end up ...


Carnegie Hall Live: András Schiff Plays Mozart, Haydn, Schubert And Beethoven

Wednesday, October 01, 2014

On March 10, 2015, hear the eminent pianist in a recital of sublime works spanning the Classical-era elegance of Haydn and Mozart and the introspective Romantic drama of Schubert and Beethoven.


• Haydn: Piano Sonata in C major, Hob. XVI: 50



Latitudes: 50 Years Of Nonesuch, 10 Essential Recordings

Tuesday, September 30, 2014

Usually, the Latitudes feature is devoted to five new discoveries from the previous month. For September, I'm taking a different tack.

The Brooklyn Academy of Music (BAM) recently wrapped up a three-week festival devoted to celebrating the legacy of the Nonesuch record label, which is celebrating its 50th ...


Remembering Mandolin Hero U. Srinivas

Thursday, September 25, 2014

Mandolin maestro U. Srinivas, an astonishingly talented Indian artist who brought his Western instrument into the heart of traditional South Indian music, died Sept. 19 in Chennai at age 45. According to Indian press reports, he died of complications following a liver transplant.

Known alternately as "Mandolin" Srinivas or U. ...


Remembering Christopher Hogwood, An Evangelist For Early Music

Wednesday, September 24, 2014

The English conductor, keyboard player and musicologist died Wednesday at age 73. He used modern scholarship and keen musicianship to bring new life to works by Handel and Bach, Mozart and Haydn.


First Listen: Brooklyn Rider, 'The Brooklyn Rider Almanac'

Sunday, September 21, 2014

It's become a trope that artists aren't interested in being limited by genre — at least the really fascinating ones, that is. One of the most enjoyable current examples of this reach beyond stylistic divides is Almanac, the newest project from the string quartet Brooklyn Rider.

To celebrate its ...


First Listen: John Luther Adams, 'Become Ocean'

Sunday, September 21, 2014

When John Luther Adams' sweeping orchestral piece Become Ocean was performed at Carnegie Hall for the first time in May, it was also the first time the composer had attended a concert there. As Adams told my colleague Tom Huizenga in April, when Become Ocean won ...


Watch A Sweet Little Butterfly Nearly Crush A Woman's Hopes And Dreams

Tuesday, September 16, 2014

International music competitions are full of nail-biting moments for young musicians seeking top prizes. But Japanese-born, Chicago-based flutist Yukie Ota encountered a peculiar distraction Monday as she played in the first round of the hugely competitive Carl Nielsen International Flute Competition in Odense, Denmark, which draws flutists aged ...


Philip Glass And Steve Reich At BAM: Together Again Yet Still Apart

Wednesday, September 10, 2014

Throughout this month, the Brooklyn Academy of Music's signature Next Wave Festival is celebrating a record label with which it shares history and purpose: Nonesuch, marking its 50th anniversary this year. This festival within a festival kicked off with two of America's most influential composers, Philip ...