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What Happened Miss Simone (Eagle Rock, DVD & CD, $21.98) – The powerful and captivating documentary, directed by Liz Garbus, was nominated for an Oscar earlier this year. She weaves together archival footage and interviews to tell the story of Nina Simone—singer, pianist, mesmerizing performer, civil rights activist—through her rise to iconic status, and tragic end. The DVD comes with a bonus CD of 15 of Miss Simone’s most well-known songs

Teresa Cristina, Canta Cartola (Nonesuch, CD & DVD, $16.98) – Angenor de Oliveira (1908 - 1980), known as Cartola, was one of the founders of the Mangueira samba school, and wrote and sang songs that are still popular. Teresa Cristina pays tribute to Cartola, accompanied by guitarist Carlinhos Sete Cordas.  The CD comes with a bonus DVD of the performance, recorded live in Rio.

Angel Olsen, My Woman (Jagjaguwar, $14.98) – A follow-up (and a new “1960s jangle pop, swirling psychedelia” direction) to 2014’s breakthrough, Burn Your Fire for No Witness.

 

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Telemann: Concertos & Cantata Ihr Völker Hört (Channel Classics, 2 CDs, $20.98) – Florilegium, celebrating 25 years, is one of England’s most renown period instrument groups. Led by co-founder Ashley Solomon (flute/recorder), the group has five core members (violin, viola da gamba, flute, cello, harpsichord), with guests for special projects. Their newest recording comes with a bonus compilation disc featuring selections from their two dozen discs on the Channel Classics label.

Brahms: Vier Ernste Gesänge (Harmonia Mundi, $18.98) – Baritone Matthias Goerne and pianist (and National Symphony Orchestra conductor) Christoph Eschenbach have recorded many recitals, including several volumes in Goerne’s series of 12 CDs of Schubert lieder. Their Brahms recital includes Lieder und Gesänge, Op. 32, five Heinrich Heine songs, and the Serious Songs, Op. 121.

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Nicola Benedetti, Shostakovich & Glazunov (Decca, $14.98) – Ms. Benedetti takes on two radically different violin concertos: the lyrical Glazunov (written in 1905), and the Shostakovich, which “inhabits a dark, bitter world” (written in 1947, but premiered in 1955, after Stalin’s reign). Ms. Benedetti is joined by the Bournemouth Symphony Orchestra, conducted by Kirill Karbits.

NOTE: From Thursday, October 27, to Saturday, October 29, Nicola Benedetti will play Wynton Marsalis’s Violin Concerto, with the National Symphony Orchestra.

Bach: Goldberg Variations (Deutsche Grammophon, $13.98) – Harpsichordist Mahan Esfahani has recorded an award winning recital of C.P.E. Bach, as well as tackling modern composers like Reich and Ligeti. On his newest, he takes on perhaps the most famous of Bach’s keyboard works.

Anna Netrebko, Verismo (Deutsche Grammophon, $16.98) – As soprano Anna Netrebko writes, “Verismo characters are all passionate. Very passionate. They all suffer. They are all in love. And that, I can understand definitely, like any woman.” She sings mostly Puccini, with the Orchestra and Choir dell’Accademia Nazionale di Santa Cecilia, Antonio Pappano conducting.

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