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The Pacifica Quartet Snares a Grammy

The Pacifica Quartet Snares a GrammyOn February 8, 2009, the Pacifica Quartet snared a Grammy for Best Chamber Music Performance for their Naxos recording of Elliot Carter’s first and fifth string quartets. Three days later, I was on the phone, interviewing the quartet second violinist Sibbi Bernhardsson for a series of articles.

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An Interview with Concert Violinist Vadim Gluzman

gluzman-intvw-fig-1-leadin.jpg"I’m afraid that if you took the violin away from me, I wouldn’t be able to breathe"

When my editor at American Record Guide learned that I was about to interview Vadim Gluzman, he was jealous beyond belief. Having just listened to Gluzman’s latest recording, an acoustically superior hybrid SACD on the BIS label of violin concertos by Tchaikovsky and Glazunov, he was astounded by Gluzman’s virtuosity and musicianship.

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A Talk with Baritone Nathan Gunn

Nathan Gunn

Baritone Nathan Gunn's career is on the ascent. Thirteen years after winning the Metropolitan Opera National Council Competition at the tender age of 23, the handsomely voiced artist followed up recent leading roles at the Met, San Francisco Opera, Lyric Opera of Chicago, Pittsburgh Opera, and Aix-en-Provence with this summer's release of his first solo CD, Just Before Sunrise.

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An Interview with Frederica von Stade

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In the spring of 2008, Bay Area resident Frederica von Stade and I had an extended phone conversation. The ostensible purpose was her forthcoming participation in the U. S. premiere of a unique salon, Pauline Viardot and Friends.

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Interview: Concert Violinist Hilary Hahn's Tonsillectomy

2007-11-hilary-hahn-photo-thumb.jpgHilary Hahn was not having an easy time of it. On November 12, 2006, just 17 days before our phone conversation, the about to turn 27-year old violinist underwent an emergency tonsillectomy.

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Jazz Great Karrin Alysson Talks with Secrets

interview-karrin-alysson-teaser.jpgIt's the special qualities of Karrin Alysson's instantly recognizable, slightly hoarse vocalism that set her apart. Her careful attention to words, the phrases molded with an intelligence that declares her total involvement, the impeccable pianism that illuminates a good share of her performances, and her overarching desire to tell a story all unite to pull listeners into her songs. Whether she's singing about poet Robert Frost or a lover's embrace, the warmth, depth, and honesty of Alysson's artistry catapults her into the same august company as three of her jazz idols, Carmen McCrae, Nancy Wilson, and Dinah Washington.

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An Interview with Joyce Castle, Mezzo-Soprano

interview-3-08-castle-teaser.jpgIf you've never heard of mezzo-soprano Joyce Castle, by all means read on. To say she is a hoot to interview is a major understatement. Castle, long a member of New York City Opera, has of late become associated with leading and character roles in contemporary opera, as well as the French repertoire. She is certainly a character and a half over the phone.

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