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Rhiannon Giddens, Freedom Highway (Nonesuch, $16.98) – Rhiannon Giddens is a powerful singer, a force in the revival of the Afro-American banjo and string-band traditions (she was a co-founder of the Carolina Chocolate Drops), and is now a stirring songwriter as well, as demonstrated on her strong follow-up to 2015’s Tomorrow is My Turn. On Freedom Highway, Ms. Giddens thematically links slavery times, the Civil Rights movement, and the current state of affairs, in original songs (and a few pertinent covers). She opens the album with the first-person “At the Purchaser’s Option,” then soon offers a hard-hitting modern narrative, “Better Get It Right the First Time.” “We Could Fly” and her banjo instrumental, “Follow the North Star” also allude to flights to freedom. Ms. Giddens covers Richard Fariña’s “Birmingham Sunday,” Mississippi John Hurt’s “The Angels Laid Him Away,” and ends the album with “Pops” Staples’s anthem, “Freedom Highway” a hit for the Staple Singers.
NOTE: Rhiannon Giddens will headline at the Lincoln Theatre on Tuesday, May 9.
Dear Evan Hansen: Original Broadway Cast (Atlantic, $18.98) – The first production of Dear Evan Hansen premiered at Arena Stage in July, 2015. After getting rave reviews, it was restaged Off Broadway in early 2016, and is a now a Broadway hit at the Music Box Theatre. Headed by Ben Platt as Evan Hansen, the cast remained remarkably stable from Arena Stage to Broadway. With music and lyrics by Benj Pasek and Justin Paul (who contributed lyrics to the hit film, La La Land) and a book by Steven Levenson, the musical tells the story of Evan Hansen, a lonely high school senior caught up in a social media-fueled phenomenon gone haywire.
Dirty Projectors, Dirty Projectors (Domino, $15.98) – David Longstreth has long used the moniker Dirty Projectors for the variety of musical projects he has released. After his last couple of albums of intricately layered and arranged “chamber pop,” aided by a trio of women vocalists, his new one features his voice alone (sometimes digitally altered) on songs with “breakup and its aftermath”themes.
There was a profile of the Longstreth in this past Sunday’s New York Times Magazine.
Piotr Anderszewski, Mozart / Schuman Fantaisies (Warner Classics, CD & DVD, $17.98) – Mr. Anderszewski juxtaposes Mozart’s Fantasie in C Minor K475 and Sonata No. 14 in C Minor K457 with Schumann’s Fantasia in C Major and Themes and Variations in E-flat Major, “Ghost Variations.”
The package comes with a bonus DVD of a half-hour film by Mr. Anderszewski, Warsaw is My Name (Je m’appelle Varsovie), a meditation on the city in which his grandmother spent her life. Mr. Anderszewski plays Chopin, Webern and Szymanowski on the soundtrack.
Chopin: Nocturnes, Mazurkas, Waltzes, Impromptus (Erato, $17.98) – David Fray is the pianist in a Chopin recital.
“Preghiera”: Rachmaninov: Piano Trios (Deutsche Grammophon, $16.98) – A terrific trio— Gidon Kremer, violin; Daniil Trifonov, piano; and Giedr Dirvanuskaite, cello—plays Rachmaninov’s Trio élégiaque Nos. 1 and 2. The two trios are prefaced by Fritz Kreisler’s Preghiera (Arrangements after the Adagio sostenuto from Rachmaninov’s Piano Concerto No. 2).
Stile Antico, Divine Theatre: Sacred Motets by Giaches de Wert (Harmonia Mundi, $18.98) – The English chamber choir sing the early motets of the Franco-Flemish composer Giaches de Wert (1535 – 1596).