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Music News 10/30/2014


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Brooklyn Rider, The Brooklyn Rider Almanac (Mercury, $18.98) – Inspired by the collaborations early in the last century that was a hallmark of Der Blaue Reiter (The Blue Rider, the band’s namesake), Brooklyn Rider, the new music string quartet, commissioned short works from “non-classical” composers for their Almanac. Each of the composers were also inspired (and dedicated their piece) to another creative artist. The composers include Vijay Iyer (see below), Bill Frisell, Aoife O’Donovan, Ethan Iverson, Glenn Kotche, and Rider member Colin Jacobsoen.

Philippe Jaroussky, Vivaldi: Pietà: Sacred Works for Alto (Erato, $16.99) – Philippe Jaroussky is one of the top countertenors on the scene today, and among my favorite vocalists today. The centerpiece of his latest album is Vivaldi’s 1712 setting of the Stabat Mater, as well as solo motets and other sacred works. He is accompanied by the chamber orchestra he founded, Ensemble Artaserse.

Joshua Bell, Bach (Sony Classical, $12.98) – Beside playing recitals, appearances with leading orchestras, and a recent gig at Union Station, Joshua Bell is now also Music Director, Conductor (and violin soloist) with the Academy of St. Martin in the Field, the string orchestra founded by Sir Neville Marriner in 1958. After their first recording (of two of Beethoven’s Symphonies), the orchestra plays Bach’s Violin Concertos Nos. 1 and 2, plus arrangements of his Chaconne (from the Partita No. 2), Air (from the Orchestral Suite No. 3), and the Gavotte (from the Partita No. 3).

Leon Fleisher, All the Things You Are (Albany Music, $18.98)— Mr. Fleisher plays left-hand-only arrangements of JS Bach, Leon Kirchner, George Gershwin, Federico Mompou, George Perle, Dina Koston, and the title song by Jerome Kern.



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On Thursday, November 6, at Strathmore, pianist and composer Vijay Iyer will present works from his two most recent releases in an evening of film and music. For the showing of Radhe Radhe: Rites of Holi, a film by Prashant Bhargava, Vijay’s music will be played by members of the International Contemporary Ensemble (ICE) and special guests. (The DVD of Radhe Radhe: Rites of Holi (ECM, DVD, $24.98, will be released on November 18.) Vijay and a string quartet will also play selections from his chamber music suite, Mutations (ECM, $18.98).

On Friday, November 7, Pierre-Laurent Aimard will play selections from his recently released album, Bach: The Well-Tempered Clavier I (DG, $18.98), at the Library of Congress’s Coolidge Auditorium. He will add works by Brahms and Beethoven to his presentation of the Clavier, Book 1.

Next Week: The Basement Tapes by Bob Dylan and the Band arrives.