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Music News 01/26/12
Paolo Pandolfo at the Library of Congress
This Saturday, January 28, at 2 p.m., the renowned viola da gamba virtuoso Paolo Pandolfo will give a free solo recital at the Library of Congress’s Coolidge Auditorium.
I’ll be at the Library selling Mr. Pandolfo’s CDs, among them Bach: Sonatas and Arias for Viola da Gamba and Abel: The Drexel Manuscripts (both on the Glossa label).
Simone Dinnerstein, Something Almost Being Said: Music of Bach and Schubert (Sony Classical, $13.98) – Ms Dinnerstein had a breakthrough with her Goldberg Variations almost five years ago, and her follow-up discs of Bach have brought her great acclaim. Here she plays Schubert’s Four Impromptus, Op. 90, book-ended by Bach’s Partitas Nos. 1 and 2.
Listen to Simone talk about her career and this album in an interview on the Diane Rehm Show
Ms Dinnerstein is playing this Sunday, January 29, at Strathmore Music Center.
Leonard Cohen, Old Ideas (Columbia, $13.98) – Leonard Cohen has been writing great songs for decades on the themes of love, lust and mortality. And he’s delivered them in his instantly recognizable deep, deadpan voice (with the hint of a smile). Listen to the sage deliver some more great songs.
Chimes of Freedom: The Songs of Bob Dylan Honoring 50 Years of Amnesty International (Fontana, 4 CDs, $24.98) – A fundraising project for the 50th anniversary of Amnesty International, Chimes of Freedom gathers eighty (!) artists on four discs in all-new recordings of songs by Bob Dylan. Among the many artists both young and old, I’d recommend Mariachi El Bronx (“Love Sick”), Lucinda Williams (“Tryin’ to Get to Heaven”), Patti Smith (“Drifter’s Escape”) and My Morning Jacket (“You’re a Big Girl Now”). But the version that struck me the most—in a performance that gave me shivers—was by the singer who’s sung Bob Dylan songs the longest: Joan Baez’s take on “Seven Curses” brought out all the fear and foreboding in this classic ballad of treachery and retribution (and made me appreciate Dylan’s songwriting even more).
Ani DiFranco, Which Side Are You On? (Righteous Babe, $17.98) – Eleven new songs plus a reworking of the title tune, with its composer, Pete Seeger.
GRAMOPHONE’S RECORDINGS OF THE MONTH
Every month, the British classical magazine, Gramophone, selects a recording of the month, and devotes a two-page spread to the review.
Here are their last three selections:
Diane Damrau, Liszt: Lieder (Virgin Classics, $16.98)
Doric String Quartet, Schumann: String Quartets, Op. 41 (Chandos, $18.99)
Richardo Chailly, conductor; Leipzig Gewandhaus Orchestra, Beethoven: The Symphonies (Decca, 5 CDs, $59.98)
- András Goldinger