Classical Recording of the Week: Piano by Myung Whun Chung

by Tyler Vitt - Monday, Jun 02, 2014 at 10:07am

In partnership with Winnipeg's Classic 107, we're proud to present our Classical CD of the Week...

Myung Whun Chung's Piano

The ECM New Series debut of Myung Whun Chung features the widely-celebrated conductor as pianist. Recorded at Venice's Teatro La Fenice in July 2013, the album marks the first occasion that Chung has recorded solo. In a performer's note, he describes the album as a gift for younger listeners, as well as a personal thanks to those who share his love of this music. Chung's touch and sensitivity for dynamics cast a new light on familiar pieces -- by Debussy, Chopin, Beethoven, Tchaikovsky, Schubert, Schumann and Mozart -- as they are experienced in a gently flowing sequence which also serves to highlight affinities between the compositions. Although conducting now fully occupies his professional life, Chung (born 1953 in Seoul) made his debut as pianist with the Seoul Philharmonic at the age of seven. He later studied the piano with Maria Curcio, the last and favourite pupil of Artur Schnabel. In 1974 he was a prize winner in the Tchaikovsky Competition. He then began his career playing piano trios with his sisters, Kyung Wha Chung and Myung Wha Chung.

Look for our Classical CD of the Week display in the Music section of our Grant Park store to pick up a copy!

Categories: Music, Winnipeg, Classic107

June's Author of the Month: TERRY FALLIS

by Tyler Vitt - Sunday, Jun 01, 2014 at 12:43pm

Terry Fallis' first book, The Best Laid Plans, won the Stephen Leacock Medal for Humour and was crowned the 2011 winner of CBC's Canada Reads as "the essential Canadian novel of the decade."

In No Relation, the fourth novel by "CanLit's...king of chuckles" (Telegraph-Journal), Earnest Hemmingway has a problem that makes sharing his moniker with a famous author a minor inconvenience. His father wants him to come home and run the family business. As a complex familial battle plays out, Earnest's awkward name leads him in directions he never imagined.

Categories: Authors, Saskatoon, Winnipeg, New Releases, Author of the Month

Booksellers Read: May 2014

by Tyler Vitt - Saturday, May 31, 2014 at 12:49pm

Our booksellers have been busy reading and busy writing about what they've been reading.

Look after the jump to see some of our feedback from the month of May...

Categories: Saskatoon, Winnipeg, Booksellers Read


This Guy's on Fire

by Tyler Vitt - Wednesday, May 28, 2014 at 7:38pm

Food Network superstar Guy Fieri takes it outdoors with Guy on Fire. In this practical cookbook for all backyard chefs, Fieri shares his favourite tips, techniques and recipes for outdoor cooking, whether you're hosting a backyard barbeque, relaxing around the campfire or tailgating on game day. Stuffed with original recipes, dozens of colour photos and loads of great tips, Guy On Fire is guaranteed to get your grill going with palate-pleasing appetizers, phenomenal main courses for meat, fish, poultry and vegetables, cool salads and fabulous desserts.

Legendary pitcher Nolan Ryan grew up in Texas with a passion for cattle ranching and the food of the Southwest. His first cookbook The Nolan Ryan Beef & Barbecue Cookbook offers 75 recipes for sizzling T-bone and rib-eye steaks, mouthwatering burgers, slow-cooked barbecue ribs, and more. Working with chef Cristobal Vazquez, Nolan presents a fresh take on the Tex-Mex standards of his childhood. The book includes family recipes for Sunday roasts and brisket, savory side dishes and a few favorite desserts as well, including Ruth Ryan's Special Occasion Carrot Cake.

Without ignoring the traditional beef patty, Weber's Big Book of Burgers by Jamie Purviance goes beyond the bun to reinvent the burger with modern twists and alternative ingredients such as pork, poultry, seafood and veggies. And Purviance doesn't stop there. With recipes for sausages, hot dogs and brats, plus sides like onion rings, as well as drinks such as milkshakes, he inspires the backyard chef with 160 reasons to fire up the grill for a complete outdoor eating experience.

This article came from the May/June edition of our news magazine, The Bookseller. You can access a digital issue of the magazine here, or pick up your own free copy inside of our stores.

Categories: Saskatoon, Winnipeg, New Releases

Jazz Recording for May and June: TRUE BLUE - 75 Years of Blue Note Records

by Tyler Vitt - Wednesday, May 28, 2014 at 7:22pm

In partnership with Winnipeg's Classic 107, we're proud to present our Jazz Recording for the months of May and June...

TRUE BLUE: 75 Years of Blue Note Records

With 48 tracks and well over 4 hours of music, TRUE BLUE is the perfect introduction to this label, cutting sides since 1939!

While not aiming to be an historical document, TRUE BLUE is a collection of the music and artists that have had a lasting impact not only on jazz but on popular culture itself. It was built with repeated listening in mind, an album that your customer will put on again and again, finding their own favourites that can be explored at their leisure.

From bop to pop, Blue Note has been at the forefront of great music in America be they virtuoso instrumentalists or unique vocalists.

Key Tracks:
John Coltrane - Blue Train / Horace Silver - Song For My Father / Herbie Hancock - Cantaloupe Island / Mile Davis - It Never Entered My Mind / Sonny Rollins - Decision / Cannonball Adderley - Autumn Leaves / Art Blakey - Moanin' / Wynton Marsalis - Feeling of Jazz / Gregory Porter - No Love Dying / Martin Medski and Wood - End of the World Party / Norah Jones - Come Away With Me / US3 - Flip Fantasia / Lee Morgan - The Sidewinder / Bobby McFerrin - Don't Worry Be Happy / Wayne Shorter - Witch Hunt
Plus many more...

Look for our Jazz Recording of the Month display in the Music section of our Grant Park store to pick up a copy!

Categories: Music, Winnipeg, Classic107
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