Classical Recording of the Week: The Silver Album by Mutter and Orkis

by Tyler Vitt - Monday, Jun 16, 2014 at 9:27am

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

Anne-Sophie Mutter and Lambert Orkis' The Silver Album

Anne-Sophie Mutter and Lambert Orkis have been playing concerts together since 1988. The two perfectly harmonized musicians have not only performed in the most prestigious concert halls in the world, they have also produced numerous CDs for the Deutsche Grammophon label. The recording with Beethoven's sonatas for piano and violin, for example, received a Grammy Award, and the recording of Mozart's sonatas for piano and violin was awarded a prize by the French magazine "Le Monde de la Musique".

The new double CD by Mutter and Orkis, "The Silver Album" with the world premiere recordings of Penderecki's "La Follia" and Previn's violin sonata No. 2; the recordings of Massenet's "Méditation from Thaïs" and Ravel's "Pièce en forme de Habanera" are also new. These 40 minutes of new music are joined by sonatas by Beethoven, Brahms, Fauré and Mozart, as well as a selection of legendary encores by the duo, including for example "Beau Soir" by Debussy or Kreisler's "Caprice viennois op. 2".

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

Weekly Roundup (June 7-13)

by Tyler Vitt - Friday, Jun 13, 2014 at 12:19pm

> The next book in The Outlander series by Diana Gabaldon, WRITTEN IN MY OWN HEART'S BLOOD, came out this week. Clearly fans were excited because it's already #2 in Hardcover Fiction bestsellers.

> On Wednesday, Prairie Ink hosted a Game of Thrones themed WESTEROSI FEAST, which was a smashing success. Check out some pics of the event here.

> Last Friday we hosted the launch of Dennis Cooley's word-bending poetry collection ABECEDARIUM. Great event for a great book, and now it's #4 in Paperback Fiction bestsellers. (PS - It's also one of bookseller Tyler's Staff Picks.)

> Thursday saw the launch of David Arnason's new book, THERE CAN NEVER BE ENOUGH, which is now a Paperback Fiction bestseller of the week.

> Congratulations to Juan Gabriel Vasquez, winner of the 2014 IMPAC Dublin Literary Award for his novel THE SOUND OF THINGS FALLING!

> And congratulations to Manitoba's own Sarah Klassen, winner of the 2014 Margaret McWilliams Award for Popular History for her book THE WITTENBERGS.

Categories: Store News, Saskatoon, Winnipeg, Event News

LCP Poetry Festival: 2014 award winners

by Tyler Vitt - Tuesday, Jun 10, 2014 at 5:05pm

The League of Canadian Poets has announced the winners of its annual awards, which were presented June 7 at the LCP Poetry Festival and Conference in Toronto.

The Pat Lowther Memorial Award, given for a collection by a Canadian woman, was awarded to Alexandra Oliver for Meeting the Tormentors in Safeway.

The Gerald Lampert Memorial Award, which recognizes a debut collection, was won by Murray Reiss for The Survival Rate of Butterflies in the Wild.

The inaugural Raymond Souster Award, which recognizes the best book of poetry by a league member, was presented to Anne Compton for Alongside.

Categories: Awards, Saskatoon, Winnipeg

Classical Recording of the Week: Eventide by VOCES8

by Tyler Vitt - Monday, Jun 09, 2014 at 10:04am

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

VOCES8's Eventide

Critics have showered VOCES8 with praise, celebrating their "radiant" and "luminous" sound, "imaginative theatricality" and spotlighting their "impressive stage presence". VOCES8 make their Decca debut with the release of Eventide, an exquisite album exploring the magical time between day and night, including original compositions and freshly arranged pieces spanning five centuries and all rooted in reflection and repose. Eventide's rich sonic blend is frequently combined with haunting solo instrumentals from saxophone, cello, and harp and is sure to appeal to the discerning listener who enjoys music with gorgeous sound and spiritual meaning.

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

Weekly Roundup (May 31-June 7)

by Tyler Vitt - Friday, Jun 06, 2014 at 4:43pm

     >   New Releases of the past week
     >   Winnipeg Bestsellers of this week
     >   Saskatoon Bestsellers of last week
< < <   Some highlights of the week   < < <
• Stephen King is at it again! His newest novel, available now in hardcover, is Mr. Mercedes. For the time being, we're selling the book for 30% off (which brings it pretty darn close to the price of a paperback).    
    • After a hugely successful launch in Prairie Ink Winnipeg, Karen Dudley's new novel Kraken Bake hopped up to #2 in Paperback Fiction bestsellers in Winnipeg!
• A new month is upon us, which means we've got a new Author of the Month for June: Terry Fallis, the name behind the recent (and hilarious) novel No Relation.    
    • A new month also means a new Featured Paperback! June's Paperback of choice is Khaled Hosseini's And the Mountains Echoed, which just came out this week and is 30% off until the end of the month.
• Last week we introduced a new line of giftware into our store -- and into the country! McNally Robinson is proud to be the first Canadian retailer to carry hand-carved, bamboo iSkelter accessories designed to work with your Apple tech. Click here to learn more about our selection of iSkelter products.    
    • The patio at Prairie Ink Winnipeg is now officially open for the season! Come enjoy the Summer while you enjoy our food and seasonal drink specials.
• The 2014 Baileys Women's Prize for Fiction and Griffin Poetry Prize winners were announced this week. The Baileys Prize was awarded to Eimear McBride for her debut novel, A Girl is a Half-Formed Thing. Meanwhile the International Griffin prize was given to Brenda Hillman for her collection Seasonal Works with Letters on Fire, and the Canadian Griffin prize to Anne Carson for her collection Red Doc>. Click here to read more about the Baileys prize, and click here for details about the Griffin prizes.    
> > >   Looking ahead...   > > >
     • Join us on June 12th in Prairie Ink Winnipeg for the launch of David Arnason's There Can Never Be Enough. Everyone is welcome to attend. We just recommend you call Prairie Ink ahead of time to make reservations.

Categories: Awards, Saskatoon, Winnipeg, Event News, New Releases, Bestsellers
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