Toccata Classics has announced the May 7, 2021 release of Moritz Moszkowski: Complete Music for Solo Piano, Volume One with pianist Ian Hobson. The disc features the composer’s early works, many of which have never been recorded before.
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The way Paul Jacobs differentiated colors to suit the changing character of Poulenc’s Organ Concerto comes across clearly enough. There’s both a somber sweetness and a touch of humor in the piece, scored for organ, strings and timpani, and Jacobs knows just where to be austere, subtle, or bold.
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This performance premieres this evening (Thursday, April 29) at 8:00 PM EDT and is available for on-demand streaming until May 6 at 11:00 PM EDT
Ticket link: https://www.philorch.org/farrenc-symphony-2 

“Please enjoy reading my article for the Wall Street Journal about modern and contemporary organ music, including exploring the links in the article--some of them are wild!" –Organist Paul Jacobs
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Jacobs decided to deliver what beauty he could. Rather than play modern works that might express sorrow, anger and frustration, Jacobs went the route of sonic salve from the 18th century, music akin to a warm, comforting embrace...
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Sounds from Sinfonia As Sweet As Ever

April 4, 2021 The News-Gazette
Ian Hobson and the other players are to be strongly commended in their effort to bring this beautiful music to us in these trying times...
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A Language Lives in Song

February 2, 2021 BroadStreetReview.com
Gail Obenreder of Broad Street Review had wonderful things to say about Visca L'Amor: Catalan Art Songs of the 20th and 21st Centuries, featuring tenor Isaí Jess Muñoz and pianist Oksana Glouchko...
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During the pandemic, the Cassatt String Quartet's local not-for-profit program Cassatt in the Basin (West Texas) is celebrating its mission with a heartfelt online recital entitled Missing You, meant to reach its loyal audiences in the Basin and beyond. A YouTube Premiere of this striking video will go live on Thursday evening, January 28th, 7:00 PM CST (8:00 PM EST.) 
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Throughout 2021, Thomas Nickell will be recording and releasing Fanny Mendelssohn-Hensel's Das Jahr, a twelve-part piano suite based on the months of the year. Each movement of Das Jahr will be released in its respective month in 2021. January, "Ein Traum", is released on YouTubeFacebook, Instagram, paired with Erinnerung, Op. 24 by Dora Pejačević.
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Love and Passion from Catalunya

January 11, 2021 San Francisco Classical Voice
Jason Victor Serinus from The San Francisco Classical Voice, found wonderful things to say about Visca L'Amor: Catalan Art Songs of the 20th and 21st Centuries, featuring tenor Isaí Jess Muñoz and pianist Oksana Glouchko...
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The new recording of Visca L’Amor: Catalan Art Songs of the 20th and 21st Centuriesfeaturing tenor Isaí Jess Muñoz and pianist Oksana Glouchko is now available on all platforms. This recording of  20th and 21st century Catalan composers showcases six song cycles by Frederico Mompou, the only well-known figure among them, as well as rarely heard works by Eduard Toldrá, Joan Comellas, Ricard LaMotte de Grignon, Narcís Bonet, and a world premiere recording of a new commission by living Catalonian composer, Elisenda Fábregas...
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Gramophone has chosen to highlight ten recordings from Alfred Brendel's extraordinary career to celebrate the occasion. Since the pandemic began, Mr. Brendel has challenged himself to re-visit Goethe. A condensed version of a lecture on the great poet, novelist, playwright, essayist, and all-round humanist appeared in the Frankfurter AllgemeineNot one to let confinement dampen his spirits, Mr. Brendel has examined Goethe's profound connection to music, to humor, and to irony. Mr. Brendel will be lecturing on Goethe both in English and German in the coming months...
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Since March of last year, distinguished clarinetist Charles Neidich has gone live on his Facebook Page each Friday to discuss philosophical, ethical, political, and artistic questions during our quarantined days. This invaluable and highly insightful series continues for the foreseeable future. View the 2021 New Year's Concert.
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Jeremy Nicholas of Gramophone recently reviewed the Toccata Classics release of Moritz Moszkowski: Orchestral Music Volume Two, which features renowned pianist/conductor Ian Hobson at the helm of the Sinfonia Varsovia in the first-ever recording of Moszkowski's Orchestral Suite No.2 and the first recording of Orchestral Suite No. 3 in modern times...
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Albulescu bring vitality and balance to familiar Beethoven

December 09, 2020 New York Classical Review
George Grella, writing for The New York Classical Review and The Classical Review, found wonderful things to say about the new AMP recording Beethoven: Piano Concertos Nos. 1 and 5, featuring Eugene Albulescu as piano soloist conducting his ensemble from the keyboard...
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Grammy Award Winning Organist Paul Jacobs appeared as a soloist in the chamber version of Mahler's Fourth Symphony rearranged by Erwin Stein. Seasoned critic David Patrick Stearns was on hand to review the event for the Philadelphia Inquirer...
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Renowned clarinetist Charles Neidich and fellow artists Stephen Powell, Attacca Quartet, William Bolcom, Ricky Ian Gordon, Lori Laitman, John Musto, and Jason Vieaux, earned a Grammy Nomination for Best Classical Solo Vocal Album for American Composers at Play...
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Yaroslav Senyshyn, noted Canadian pianist, author, and professor of philosophy and music esthetics, was recently featured in the October 30th edition of International Piano. The article focuses on his new album of Chopin Piano Concerto No. 2 and Liszt Piano Concerto No. 2, with the Czech National Symphony Orchestra under the baton of conductor Oliver von Dohnányi...
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The brilliant pianist/conductor Eugene Albulescu is featured on a new AMP Recordings release October 16, 2020: Beethoven: Piano Concertos Nos. 1 and 5., with Mr. Albulescu as piano soloist conducting his ensemble from the keyboard. It has already been aired nationally on 20 radio stations.
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On behalf of Maestro Ian Hobson and Sinfonia da Camera, we are pleased to announce a chamber music series at the Allerton Music Barn! In appreciation of your continued support, we would like to offer you, and one other guest, freetickets to a performance within this concert series...
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Last week, Mr. Nickell and percussionist Fiona Stocks-Lyons live-streamed their playing all original music, celebrating that it has been a year since the release of their Two Ballets album.
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Join Clarinetist Mr. Neidich’s livestream on his Facebook Page on Friday August 21, 2020, at 10AM EST, this time continuing his discussion of music as psychology and more. 
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Increasingly devoting his time to composition and to collaborative efforts, inventive young composer Thomas Nickell has created numerous works collaborating with people such as soprano Denise Young and choreographer Christopher D’Ariano. Learn more about Mr. Nickell and his works here.
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Join Clarinetist Mr. Neidich's livestream on his Facebook Page tomorrow, Friday August 14, 2020, at 10AM EST, this time focusing on the the exploration of music a psychological study, as well as pursuing Carl Nielsen’s fascinating clarinet concerto.
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We are delighted to announce that the Cleveland Orchestra A New Century was named "Recoding of the Month” by BBC Music Magazine (September). The third volume of this set, of which Paul Jacobs is the soloist, features Deutsch’s organ concerto, Okeanos. It was awarded five stars for Performance and five stars for Recording.
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Join Clarinetist Mr. Neidich's livestream on his Facebook Page, this time focusing on the topic of Leonard Ratner’s topics, and more importantly, to uncover (at least a little) the universal nature of musical expression.
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Pianist Ursula Oppens has joined as Faculty and Jury for the 2020 Philadelphia Young Pianists’ Academy, which will all happen online through zoom masterclasses, lectures, and concerts. Join this Saturday, August 1, 2020, for the first masterclass with Ms. Oppens and PYPA Piano Festival Artistic Director Ching-Yun Hu.
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"Today, July 28, 2020, marks precisely the 20-year anniversary of my 18-hour Bach marathon in Pittsburgh. I began at 6 AM and ended the following morning at 12:18 AM, eating nothing but a single cup of chocolate pudding and occasional gulps of water. Thank you, Brad Hundt, for writing this article.” -Paul Jacobs
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The versatile and highly admired pianist and conductor Ian Hobson, whose playing has been described by Gramophone as “intensely alive to expressive nuance, textural clarity and elastic shaping,” streamed a carefully thought out program from his home in Florida on Wednesday, July 22, 2020, taking us through a journey of masterpieces from the young innocent Mendelssohn’s Andante and Rondo capriccioso, to the beautiful gems Liebesleid (Love’s Sorrow) and Liebesfreud (Love’s Joy) by Kreisler, arranged by Rachmaninoff. Listen on SubCulture NYC’s Vimeo now. 
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The Staying Inside Guide: Pulling Out All the Stops

July 6, 2020 The Wall Street Journal
Internationally heralded organist Paul Jacobs has written a lively and informative article on George Frideric Handel and his timeless organ concertos for the July 7, 2020 edition of the Wall Street Journal. It is a subject close to Paul’s heart, and he is hoping to give a live performance of the master’s complete Op. 4, a set of six concertos published in 1738, in the near future...
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Musicians Foundation Receives 25K NEA Grant

June 29, 2020 Musicians Foundation

Jacobs is a remarkable organist, whose technical skill is wedded to profound musical understanding, whose comprehension of Bach is as impressive as his commitment to and elucidation of the works of contemporary composers.”
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Organist Paul Jacobs received review from Pizzicato on his recent CD release with The Cleveland Orchestra performing Bermd Richard Deutsch’s Okéanos.
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We are honored to announce that this month, the Toccata Classics recording of Joan of Arc, a symphonic poem in four movements, Op. 19, by Moritz Moszkowski, featuring the masterly conducting of Ian Hobson leading the Sinfonia Varsovia, has received the Diapason d’Or Découverte (French for “Golden Tuning Fork”) Discovery Award for 2020. The Diapason d’or is considered to be one of the highest critical honors, awarded by the French classical music magazine Diapason only to the most outstanding recordings of our time.
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Grammy-award winning American organist Paul Jacobs appears as the only soloist with the Cleveland Orchestra under the baton of Music Director Franz Welser-Möst on the three-volume album "The Cleveland Orchestra: A New Century." This marks the exciting launch of the Cleveland Orchestra's return to the recording arena. Mr. Jacobs is pleased to be heard in the world premiere recording of the Austrian composer Bernd Richard Deutsch's Okeanos for organ and orchestra on the ensemble's brand new in-house recording label. The release includes live recordings of six performances featuring works by Beethoven, Varèse, Staud, Strauss, Deutsch, and Prokofiev. Mr. Jacobs is featured on Volume III of this set...
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Organist Paul Jacobs is featured as only soloist with the Cleveland Orchestra on the ensemble’s new in-house record label’s first release, “the Cleveland Orchestra: A New Century”.
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Organist Paul Jacobs is featured as only soloist with the Cleveland Orchestra on the ensemble’s new in-house record label’s first release, “the Cleveland Orchestra: A New Century”.
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Shortly, David will bringing his two worlds together, combining the venerable Bach Choir, London, which he has directed for 21 years, with the elite forces of Yale Schola Cantorum and the Yale Philharmonia, in a five-city concert tour of the East Coast, marking Yale School of Music’s 125th anniversary and celebrating the deep connections between the US institution and English music...
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Step aside, Hugh Jackman. If anyone deserves to be called the greatest showman, it’s organ virtuoso Paul Jacobs, who returned to the Philadelphia Orchestra this past weekend for the local premiere of a witty, memorable work written specifically for him...
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Edward Gardner impresses in Philadelphia debut

February 29, 2020 Bachtracck.com
No stranger to Philadelphia audiences, Jacobs performed with the orchestra on the mighty Fred J. Cooper Memorial Organ, and one could not imagine a more colorful, thrilling and artistically nuanced presentation. Jacobs is a showman in the best possible sense, exploring and exploiting all the possibilities of this king of instruments, but always in the service of the composer’s intentc...
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Once Upon a Castle takes its inspiration from William Randolph Hearst. This means big. Paul Jacobs was at the organ console on stage, weaving inventive threads of color through a travelogue that moves through San Simeon, its Neptune Pool, Rosebud, and onto Xanadu...
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SubCulture presents Ian Hobson: The Robert Schumann Cycle in Review

February 22, 2020 New York Concert Review Inc.
Ian Hobson is a heroic completist. I admire the intellectual curiosity and physical stamina it takes to produce such investigations, for they allow us to perceive the larger context of a composer’s work, what I like to call the genetic resemblance among the works, what amounts to the personal fingerprint or style of that artist, possessed by no other. Mr. Hobson kicked off his epic series exploring the complete solo piano music and piano-based chamber music of Robert Schumann on February 19th with an evening of ‘fantasy’ titled pieces...
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David Wright of New York Classical Review wrote about Ian Hobson’s recital launching his Schumann Cycle

February 20, 2020 New York Classical Review
In the program’s closing piece, the great Fantasia in C major, Op. 17…one felt Hobson fully inhabiting the music, driving it with surging emotion and pulling back to reflect…the fervent first movement had sing in the dialogue between the hands and a soulful hush in the pianissimo…one sensed Hobson’s understanding of the ebb and flow of this exquisite music, as he played with freedom and sensitive timing.  The thought crossed one’s mind that this gentle masterwork would have made a superb epilogue to the entire Schumann series.  And might still, if the pianist cares to encore it two and half years from now...

Kobrin’s Russian origins show in the brilliance and consistency of his tone and his rootedness in pianism. His musicianship is impeccable, but he is first and foremost a pianist, not a “musician who plays the the piano” in the German tradition. On the other hand, the most important impression this recital made on me consisted of some remarkable musical insights...
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Charles Neidich: The WA Concerts, held at the Tenri Center in Greenwich Village, are to my mind the most rewarding musical series in New York City. The programs are planned in advance, as with others, but each concert feels like an impromptu exploration of uncharted territory, even if some of the works one hears are familiar. The playing is as personal and interactive as Hausmusik, but played by consummate professionals in a public space, albeit an intimate ones...
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The Bach Choir of Bethlehem: The Christmas season in Bethlehem, Pennsylvania is more robust and energetic than in most other places. Advent and Christmas sit at the center of the belief and practice of the Moravian Protestants who founded the city on Christmas Eve, 1741. The ascendence of hope in their belief is symbolized by the Star of Bethlehem, which permeates much of the city, not only in December, and it is expressed in cheerful, even jolly, celebrations both in church, at home, and in public establishments...
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Wa Concerts Series presents “Beyond Space and Time” in Review

January 6, 2020 New York Concert Review Inc.
It takes an artist of rare commitment, curiosity, and imagination to adapt three large French works for violin and piano, including both of Gabriel Fauré’s sonatas, to rendition by the clarinet. Such an artist is Charles Neidich, as anyone who regularly attends the fine Wa concerts series will already know...
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