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Radio: Reviews & Interviews

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There have been a lot of recent music features on artists we’re featuring:

Henry Threadgill & Ensemble Double Up, Old Locks and Irregular Verbs (Pi Recordings, $16.98) – Mr. Threadgill won the Pulitzer Prize in Music last week for his composition (and recording) In for a Penny, In for a Pound. His new recording unveils a new group, Ensemble Double Up, featuring pianists Jason Moran and David Virelles, plus two alto saxophones, tuba, cello, and drums. The suite is a tribute to Threadgill’s friend and colleague, the late cornetist and conductor Lawrence “Butch” Morris. Kevin Whitehead reviewed the CD for Fresh Air.

Hackensaw Boys, Charismo (Free Dirt Records, $14.98) – The Charlottesville, Virginia string-band group has a new album. Scott Simon interviewed them on Saturday Edition.

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Guitarist Julian Lage has a fine new trio album out called Arclight (Mack Avenue Records, $17.98). He gave a fine interview for Fresh Air, with lots of musical insights—finding songs in the 1920s to rework on his new album, and his beginnings as a guitarist (Lage was a professional at a very young age).

The Brothers Nazaroff, The Happy Prince (Smithsonian Folkways, $16.98) – The Brothers Nazaroff are a klezmer “super group” paying tribute to a 1954 Folkways recording, Jewish Freilach Songs, by the mysterious “Prince” Nazaroff. Reporter John Kalish had a piece on NPR about the project, and then a wonderful follow-up unraveling some of the mysteries of the “Prince.”


New Classical

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Eighth Blackbird, Hand Eye (Cedille Records, $16.99) – The chamber music sextet Eighth Blackbird (flute, clarinet, violin, cello, piano, percussion) commissioned new works by the six composers in the Sleeping Giant collective, including Timo Andres, Ted Hearne, Jacob Cooper, and Andrew Norman. Each composer’s work was inspired by a work of art in the Maxine and Stuart Frankel Foundation for Art in Michigan.

BRAHMS: Piano Concerto No. 1 (Harmonia Mundi, $19.98) – After his deep immersions into the works of Beethoven and Schubert, pianist Paul Lewis turns to Brahms, with the Swedish Radio Symphony Orchestra, Daniel Harding conducting.

Schubert: String Quintet and Lieder (Erato, $17.98) – The Quatuor Ébéne play Schubert’s Quintet (with added cellist Gautier Capuçon) plus arrangements of some lieder, sung by baritone Matthias Goerne.


Next week

Mary Chapin Carpenter’s new album.