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Music News 08/13/2014


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The Tropicalia Masters:

Caetano Veloso, Abraçaço (Nonesuch, $17.98) – Caetano’s third album with his young electric quartet, singing his always inventive songs.

The Essential Gilberto Gil (DRG, $17.98), recorded in concert to celebrate Gil’s 70th birthday—and 50th year in music.

The Essential Chico Buarque (DRG, 2 CDs, $17.98) – Chico choose 30 of his greatest songs for a live performance in Rio in 2012. Collaborations with Antonio Carlos Jobim, Ivan Lins, Vinicius de Moraes, and Gilberto Gil.


Gal Costa, Gal Costa (Real Gone Music, $13.98) – A classic of Tropicalia from 1969, with inventive arrangements by Rogerio Duprat, and songs by Caetano Veloso, Gilberto Gil, and Jorge Ben.

Two Favorite Compilations:

Bossa Nova: Bossa Nova and the Rise of Brazilian Music in the 1960s (Soul Jazz Records, 2 CDs, $22.99)

Tropicalia: A Brazilian Revolution in Sound (Soul Jazz Records, $22.99)

Classical/Brazilian Crossover:

Viktoria Mullova, Stradivarius in Rio (Onyx, $18.98) – The great violinist plays classics by Jobim and others in a quintet with cellist Matthew Barley, guitarist Carioca Freitas, and percussionists Luis Guello and Paul Clarvis.

Quatuor Ebène, Brazil (Erato, $18.99) – The Ebène String Quartet, with guest vocalists Stacey Kent and Bernard Lavilliers.



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Carolyn Sampson, A French Baroque Diva: Arias for Marie Fel (Hyperion, $18.98) – Maria Fel was a star of the Paris Opéra and public concerts in the Tuileries, and was “a muse of Rameau, admired by the Philosophes, and adored by Paris audiences.” Soprano Carolyn Sampson assembled arias by Lacoste, Lalande, Rousseau, Rameau, Mondonville, and Fiocco to give us a vivid portrait of the 18th-century diva. She is accompanied by the orchestra and choir of Ex Cathedra, Jeffrey Skidmore, conductor.

William Christie, Le Jardin de Monsieur Rameau (Les Arts Florissants, $18.98) – The second release on Mr. Christie’s own label, Le Jardin fashions “airs and ensembles from various operas into a story.” The young graduates from Mr. Christie’s biennial vocal training program, Le Jardin des Voix, are the soloists, and are accompanied by Les Arts Florissants. Airs and arias are from works by Gluck, Rameau, Campra, Dauvergne, Grandval, and Montéclair. 

Leon Fleisher, All the Things You Are (Bridge Records, $18.98) – These are pieces mostly written and arranged for the left hand (many for Mr. Fleisher), including works by JS Bach, Leon Kirchner, George Gershwin (arranged by Earl Wild), George Perle, Federico Mompou, Dina Koston, and the title work by Jerome Kern (arranged Stephen Prutsman).

Tara Kamangar, East of Melancholy (Delos, $16.99) – Iranian-American pianist Tara Kamangar explores the connections between Russian and Iranian works by Glinka, Khatchaturian, Rachmaninov, Shostakovich, Aminollah Hossein, and Loris Tjeknavorian.

Gramophone Recording of the Month for August:

Prokofiev: Violin Sonatas & Five Melodies (Hyperion, $18.98) – Violinist Alina Ibragimova and pianist Steven Osborne

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Tori Amos at Constitution Hall on Saturday, August 16. Listen to Ms Amos’ recent CD, Unrepentant Geraldines (Mercury, $13.98)