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UNIVERSAL MUSIC CLASSICS CAPTURES TOP 3 SPOTS ON BILLBOARD’S CLASSICAL TRADITIONAL CHART


New York, NY, July 24, 2014 -– Universal Music Classics artists, varied in repertoire and approach, have captured the Top 3 positions on Billboard’s Classical Traditional Chart. 

Miloš Karadaglic’s Aranjuez featuring The London Philharmonic Orchestra and Yannick Nézet-Séguin hits #1 in its second week of release, following critical notices and a piece on NPR’s Weekend Edition.   His summer U.S. appearances include recent concerts with the Chicago Symphony Orchestra and a solo recital at the Ravinia Festival, and a special WQXR Greene Space radio broadcast in New York City, jointly broadcast on Chicago’s WFMT.  Miloš performs with the LA Philharmonic at the Hollywood Bowl on August 5th, and his only U.S. appearance with Yannick Nézet-Séguin and The Philadelphia Orchestra at Saratoga Springs Performing Arts Center in New York on August 14th.  The UK Times called Miloš “The king of Aranjuez,” and “the hottest guitarist in the world,” while BBC Music Magazine gave Aranjuez 5 stars, calling it, “a thoroughly recommendable, beautiful disc.”

Pitchfork says Richard Reed Parry’s Music For Heart and Breath is, “a remarkable concept” and adds, “Parry's writing is shimmering, jewel-like.” Heart and Breath is Parry´s debut as a neo-classical composer, inspired by the likes of Steve Reich and Brian Eno. Parry is well known for his work as a multi-instrumentalist with the critically acclaimed, Grammy Award-winning band, Arcade Fire. Music For Heart and Breath was produced by Richard Reed Parry and Bryce Dessner, with music performed by an exciting line-up of musicians including Bryce and Aaron Dessner (The National), Nico Muhly (Conductor, celeste/piano), Kronos Quartet and yMusic, with featured players including Nadia Sirota, Rob Moose, Caroline Shaw and more.  The concept behind Heart and Breath is that every musician involved in the piece generates his own tempo by listening to his/her pulse during the performance using stethoscopes.  Parry was also recently profiled on NPR’s Weekend Edition, and will be appearing at the Basilica Soundscape 2014 Festival in Hudson, NY this September (http://basilicasoundscape.com) following summer tour dates with Arcade Fire.  

The Benedictines of Mary, Queen of Apostles are not only a monastic order of nuns — they are also chart-topping singers, crowned Billboard’s Top Traditional Classical Album Artist for two years straight. Angels & Saints at Ephesus, their second of three releases for Decca/De Montfort Music, currently sits at #3 on the Classical Traditional Chart, following the success of their first-ever PBS television, Lent at Ephesus which premiered in June (Lent at Ephesus is also their third and most recent recording).  The program takes viewers inside their monastery in rural Missouri, and also features full-length performances demonstrating the power and beauty of their music. In a rare and exclusive television interview, they were also eloquently profiled in April by CBS Sunday Morning.

Time For Three’s self-titled major label debut was released June 24th, and has remained in the Top 10 of Billboard’s Classical Crossover Chart since its debut, in good company among top-sellers including Andrea Bocelli and Lindsey Stirling. The album features special guests Rob Moose (Bon Iver), singer-songwriter Joshua Radin, jazz icon Branford Marsalis, cello star Alisa Weilerstein, ukulele ace Jake Shimabukuro, and folk-pop sister duo Lily & Madeleine. The trio’s music video for Banjo Love  recently premiered on Vevo. Having performed in venues as varied as Carnegie Hall, the famed San Francisco jazz club Yoshi’s, European festivals, NFL games and the Indy 500, Time For Three have been touring across America this summer, hitting major cities including New York City, Los Angeles (The Hollywood Bowl w/ Joshua Bell), Chicago, Philadelphia, San Francisco and more. The press are taking notice – The Philadelphia Inquirer said the album “sails seamlessly through genres,” while the Chicago Sun-Times called them “imaginative”  and SiriusXM, who featured them in an hour-long radio special raved they’re “positively electrifying.”

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