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Music News 1/17/2018

P&P EXCLUSIVE: EMI FERGUSON’S AMOUR CRUEL

CD CoverTwo Sundays ago, Anne Midgette wrote a Washington Post story on “classical crossover” projects, headlined “How a classical musician turned 400-year-old French songs into a hit.” The article focused on flutist and vocalist Emi Ferguson’s album, AMOUR CRUEL (self-release, $13.98). Ms. Ferguson—a Julliard-trained flutist—adapted and arranged French songs for an ensemble featuring her on vocals and Baroque flutes, plus guitars, lute and theorbo, and percussion—and in her words, “taking the art form in a new direction.” As Ms. Midgette wrote, “Amour Cruel is a kind of baroque pop, music about love and heartache presented with a direct, melodious, earthy singer-songwriter vibe.”

Ms. Ferguson was kind enough to send some copies to our store, so please come by and support the artists.

 

NEW CLASSICAL

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Tabea Zimmermann, Jörg Widmann, Dénes Várjon, ES WAR EINMAL / ONCE UPON A TIME: FAIRY TALES BY ROBERT SCHUMANN & JÖRG WIDMANN (Myrios Classics, $18.99) – A powerhouse instrumental trio—violist Tabea Zimmermann, clarinetist and composer Jörg Widmann, pianist Dénes Várjon—play Schumann’s Märchenerzählungen (Fairy Tales) Op. 132, Fantasiestücke (Fantasy Pieces) Op. 73, and Märchenbilder (Fairy Tale Pictures) Op. 113, juxtaposed with Widmann’s Es War Einmal… (Once Upon a Time…Five Pieces in a Fairy Tale Mood for Clarinet, Viola and Piano).

Alexandre Tharaud & Jean-Guihen Queyras, BRAHMS: CELLO SONATAS & HUNGARIAN DANCES (Erato, $17.98) – Pianist Alexandre Tharaud and cellist Jean-Guihen are long-time collaborators—having recorded Debussy, Poulenc, and Schubert. Their new work centers on Brahms’s Cello Sonatas Nos 1 and 2, and their own transcriptions of six of his Hungarian Dances.

NOTE: Alexandre Tharaud will play the Goldberg Variations on Tuesday, February 13, at the Kennedy Center.

 

Vocalists on the Alpha label

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The French label, Alpha, has recently released some wonderful vocal albums, including Barbara Hannigan’s Crazy Girl Crazy (which I put on my Favorites of 2017 list).

Here are two more recent titles:

Kate Lindsey and Baptiste Trotignon, THOUSANDS OF MILES (Alpha Classics, $18.99) – The mezzo-soprano sings Kurt Weill, juxtaposed with songs by Alma Mahler, Erich Korngold, and Alexander von Zemlinsky. This was on the New York Times 2017 Best Classical list.

Delphine Galou, AGITATA (Alpha Classics, $18.99) – The contralto sings arias from operas by Vivaldi, Jomelli, Gregori, Porpora, Caldara, Stradella, Torelli, and Brevi. She is accompanied by Accademia Bizantina, directed from the harpsichord by Ottavio Dantone.

 

MORE VOICES

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Tune-Yards, I CAN FEEL YOU CREEP INTO MY PRIVATE LIFE (4AD, $15.98) – Merrill Garbus, the driving force behind the rhythmically and sonically inventive Tune-Yards, unveils a new set of politically charged songs.

First Aid Kit, RUINS (Columbia, $12.98) – Swedish sisters Klara and Johanna Söderberg release their third album, leaning toward a folk & singer/songwriter vibe, with powerful harmony singing.

Anderson East, ENCORE (New Elektra, $13.98) – A new voice of Southern soul country

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