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Isabelle Faust, Alexander Melnikov, Franck & Chausson (Harmonia Mundi, $18.98) – The regular duet partners, violinist Isabelle Faust and pianist Alexander Melnikov, have recently collaborated on superb Schumann recordings, bringing new colors to the works using gut strings, and a 19th-century piano. They have also done albums of Brahms, Hindemith, Beethoven and von Weber. Playing Cesar Franck’s Sonata for Violin and Piano on gut strings and a period Erard piano brings new transparency and balance, adding (in Ms. Faust’s words), “a bit more air in the textures.” The duo pair the Franck with Ernest Chausson’s orchestral Concert, for violin, piano and string quartet, with the Salagon Quartet. 

War Paint: Original Broadway Cast Recording (Ghostlight, $18.98) – Patti LuPone is Helena Rubinstein and Christine Ebersole is Elizabeth Arden in War Paint. As Jesse Green wrote in the New York Times, what the parallel stories “handed the songwriters, Scott Frankel (music) and Michael Korie (lyrics) was an opportunity to characterize each woman in a brilliant suite of songs, like the exquisite “Pink” for Ms. Ebersole, that create their own narrative in purely formal terms.” In his opinion, War Paint is “better as a recording.”

 

Jay-Z, 4:44 (Roc Nation, $15.98) – Jay-Z’s meditations on life as a rap elder, mogul, and penitent husband…

 

JAZZ REISSUE

CD CoverClusone 3, Soft Lights and Sweet Music: Irving Berlin Songbook (Hat Hut, $18.99) – Clusone 3 was the American/Dutch trio of  Michael Moore (alto sax, clarinet, bass clarinet, melodica), Ernst Reijseger (cello), and Han Bennink (drums), and arose out of the adventurous ICP (Instant Composers Pool) Orchestra, based in Amsterdam. The trio made some wonderful thematic albums in the 1990s—and one is now available as a reissue. Soft Lights and Sweet Music is a very inventive—and sometimes cheeky—look at the Irving Berlin songbook, with fun arrangements of songs like “Anything You Can Do,” “Cheek to Cheek,” and “I Am an Indian Too.”

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