August 31, 2009
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NPR MUSIC ADVANCE STREAMING NEW DANIELLE DE NIESE ALBUM
AND OFFERING EXCLUSIVE FREE SONG DOWNLOAD

NPR NEWS' ALL THINGS CONSIDERED INTERVIEWS DE NIESE AUGUST 31

August 31, 2009; Washington, D.C. Starting today, NPR Music is streaming the entire new album of Mozart songs from soprano Danielle de Niese, one week ahead of its official release. Her sophomore release, The Mozart Album, is available for free, on-demand listening now through September 7 at NPR.org/music, as part of the site's "Exclusive First Listen" series. In addition to the advance stream, NPR Music is also offering an exclusive free download of a new song by de Niese that will not be available on the upcoming album. For the bonus track, de Niese sings "Pupille Amate," from the opera Lucio Silla, which Mozart wrote when he was 16 years old.

Today, de Niese will also be interviewed by host Robert Siegel on the NPR newsmagazine All Things Considered. For local stations and broadcast times, visit http://www.npr.org/stations

A chance stand-in role in a production of Handel's Julius Ceasar four years ago earned de Niese rave reviews and made her a virtual overnight sensation. She has cemented her reputation in the ensuing years, and on her second album returns to music by a composer she calls her first strength: Mozart. The Mozart Album is a clear departure from the typical record of Mozart arias, though, featuring lesser-known numbers and a couple of non-operatic pieces. Her voice, which NPR Music's Tom Huizenga calls "made for Mozart," is backed on the album by The Orchestra of the Age of Enlightenment, conducted by Charles Mackerras.

Complete track listings and album information are available at NPR Music, as well as interviews, profiles and music from other classical artists. NPR Music introduced its "Exclusive First Listen" series last year with Bob Dylan's two-disc set Tell Tale Signs. The series is now one of the site's most popular features, and has offered pre-release streams of albums from artists of all genres, including classical pianist Helene Grimaud, world music scion Vieux Farka Toure, jazz trumpeter Terence Blanchard, alternative roots rockers Wilco and rock icon Bruce Springsteen.

The "Exclusive First Listen" series is just one feature of NPR Music, a free, multimedia music discovery Web site at www.npr.org/music. The site offers content from NPR and 12 NPR Member public radio stations, including live performances, studio sessions, first listens to new albums, interviews, reviews and blogs. The site's continuously expanding sections are dedicated to rock/pop/folk, classical, jazz/blues, world and urban music. NPR Music culls from NPR's and the stations' extensive music archives to present thousands of features; more than 250 new features are added to the site every month.