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Music News 04/16/2014

The Pulitzer Prize for Music

CD CoverThis year’s Pulitzer in music was awarded to John Luther Adams for his symphonic work, Become Ocean, which was premiered last June by the Seattle Symphony, which will play the work again this May at Carnegie Hall. The work has not been recorded, but John Luther Adams’s last recording, his vast percussion work recorded outdoors, Inuksuit (Cantaloupe Music, CD & DVD, $19.99), is available. It includes a surround-sound DVD with a documentary.

CD CoverOne of the two other finalists has just been issued, John Adams’s The Gospel According to the Other Mary (Deutsche Grammophon, 2 CDs, $37.98).  The “Passion oratorio”by Adams and librettist/director Peter Sellars is a recommended listen for this Easter season.

Raffle for Joyce Yang’s Wild Dreams CD

CD CoverPianist Joyce Yang’s newest CD, Wild Dreams (Avie, $15.98) bookends pieces by Rachmaninov (two transcribed songs and the Piano Sonata No. 2), with Bartók’s Out of Doors, a selection from Hindemith’s In Einer Nacht, and Schumann’s Fantasiestücke.

21CMedia has provided a copy of Wild Dreams for a lucky winner.

If you’d like to enter the contest, please email with YANG in the subject heading.

CD CoverViolinist Augustin Hadelich’s newest is also out. On Sibelius and Adés: Violin Concertos (Avie, $15.98) he is accompanied by the Royal Liverpool Philharmonic Orchestra, Hannu Lintu, conductor.

Note:  Joyce Yang and Augustin Hadelich will be playing in a trio with guitarist Pablo Villegas at the Kennedy Center, Monday, April 21. They will play pieces by Previn, Rodrigo, Falla, Piazzolla, Ginastera, Ysayë, and Villa-Lobos in a program called Tango, Song, and Dance.

Sony Classical Masters Budget Box Sets

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Naxos is now distributing beautiful German-pressing budget box sets from the Sony Classical Masters series. They have issued over 60 titles at incredible prices. Come by the store to see a catalog of all the titles for special orders. Some of the titles on hand (on display behind the registers) include:

Beethoven: Symphonies 1-9 (Sony Classical Masters, 6 CDs, $13.98) – Leonard Bernstein, New York Philharmonic
Arthur Rubinstein Plays Chopin (Sony Classical Masters, 10 CDs, $18.98)
Beethoven: Complete String Quartets (Sony Classical Masters, 9 CDs, $18.98)
Jascha Heifetz, Plays Great Violin Sonatas (Sony Classical Masters, 9 CDs, $18.98)

Play Ball!

CD CoverThe Baseball Project, 3rd (Yep Roc Records, $16.99) – The Baseball Project is a group of pop music veterans and baseball fans (including Peter Buck and Mike Mills of R.E.M, Steve Wynn, Scott McCaughey, and Linda Pitmon). Their third release (after Vol 1: Frozen Ropes and Dying Quails, and Vol. 2: High and Inside) includes fun (and fact-filled) songs like “ The Day Dock Went Hunting Heads,” “Pascual on the Perimeter,” “Larry Yount,” “From Nails to Thumbtacks,” and “A Boy Named Cy.”