One of the most successful pianists of the generation that came of age at the end of the 20th century, Leif Ove Andsnes is particularly known for his attention to the music of his native Norway. "I always played a lot of Grieg from my childhood," he has said. "I always loved Grieg and I don't know if it's only because I'm Norwegian." He entered Bergen Conservatory in 1986 and studied with Jirí Hlinka, a well-known Czech piano professor. Andsnes made his U.S. debut in 1989, appearing in New York and Washington, then traveling to Canada.
Beethoven reputedly wasn't Beecham's favorite composer, but you wouldn't know it from this performance; it's exceedingly well conceived, highly energetic, and has that unique Beecham sparkle to it. The fillers also are delightful. All recorded in Ascona, Switzerland in 1957.
A diverse and sparse series of songs, most of which revolve around falling out of love and disillusionment with the world in general. Although these themes could lead to Carnival Love being one of the most depressing albums ever, Amy Correia's fragile, singsong voice carries each track gently along, leaving the listener with an unshakable feeling of hope. Reminiscent of Mary Lou Lord or Victoria Williams, her little girl voice belies a worldly brashness and wry knowledge that lends itself well to her sparse poetry. A good first album which will surely lead to even more successful efforts in the future.
To many, owning a motorcycle is the ultimate expression of freedom - an expression that begs to be unique. So, where can you go to forge a one-of-a-kind ride? Welcome to West Coast Choppers and meet metal-forming guru Jesse James, whose talent, unlike his outlaw ancestor, is arc welding with artistry and making chrome sing. Go behind the scenes at Jesse James' workshop and watch as he and his staff design and build six bikes for Daytona's Bike week. It's a pressure-filled labor of love, during which hand-wrought frames, pipes, and gas tanks come together in a blissful union of radical design and cutting edge power. You'll even visit an Easy Riders photoshoot of Jesse James' trademark El Diablo, then travel to Daytona, where the world's greatest bike builders strut their stuff.