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Armenian composer Tigran Mansurian.

CD Review: Tigran Mansurian, ‘Quasi Parlando’

CD Review: Tigran Mansurian, ‘Quasi Parlando’

CHICAGO, September 16, 2014 – In September and October, we will present a series of articles relating to recent releases and catalogue highlights from ECM Records of Germany. ECM’s “New” series, produced by the enigmatic Manfred Eicher, may well be the most exciting and accessible new music label in existence. It is certainly a wonderful


Q&A with Betsey Streeter Giammattei: Never missing her keys

NEW YORK, September 3, 2014 —In some ways Betsey Giammattei is a pretty typical twenty year old. She’s in college, she works part times, and she’s got a boyfriend. But dig a little deeper and you’ll find a very driven young woman, studying at Ivy League Barnard College and at Columbia University, majoring in economics, and

Image courtesy Dominican House of Studies Schola.

Recorded in Washington: Review of ‘In Medio Ecclesiae’

COLLEGE PARK, May 16, 2014 – There is simply no substitute for authenticity. Where sacred vocal music is concerned, the truth of this maxim is amplified significantly. As polished as certain professional performances of the sacred masterworks may be, these recordings are often eclipsed by groups that may be short on professional accolades, but long