To buy any of these titles e-mail András Goldinger or call the store: (202) 364-1919


CD CoverJazz at Lincoln Center Orchestra with Wynton Marsalis, featuring Jon Batiste, The Music of John Lewis (Blue Engine Records, $14.98) – Pianist Jon Batiste is featured with the JLCO in an evening devoted to the music of John Lewis—pianist, writer, arranger, and founder of the Modern Jazz Quartet. Mr. Lewis was the pianist in Dizzy Gillespie’s big band in the mid-1940s (and wrote “Two Bass Hit”), arranged and played on Miles’s Birth of the Cool, and started the MJQ in the early 1950s. Mr. Batiste (the subject of the cover story in April’s DownBeat, and bandleader on Stephen Colbert’s show) is up front on “Django,” “Pulcinella,” “Spanish Steps,” and other Lewis classics.



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Philippe Jaroussky, La Storia di Orfeo (Erato, $17.98) – Countertenor Philippe Jaroussky and soprano Emőke Baráth sing arias from three different operas which tell the Orpheus and Eurydice story—by Monteverdi, Rossi, and Sartorio—supported by I Barocchisti and the Chorus of Swiss Radio and Television, directed by Diego Fasolis.

Momo Kodoma, Point and Line: Debussy and Hosokawa (ECM Records, $18.98) – Pianist Momo Kodoma interweaves Debussy’s Etudes with composer Toshio Hosokawa’s recent Etudes I – VI, many dedicated to Ms. Kodoma.

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Monteverdi: Madrigali: Vol. 3 – Venezia (Harmonia Mundi, $18.98) – The third volume in Les Arts Florissants’s Monteverdi madrigals project, with Paul Agnew directing (and singing tenor). Vol. 1Cremona won Gramophone Magazine’s Best Baroque Vocal Recording of 2016.

Thomas Adès, Asyla Tevot Polaris (LSO Live, CD & BluRay audio, $20.99) – The composer Thomas Adès conducts the London Symphony Orchestra in his “Trilogy”: Asyla (1997), Tevot (2007) and Polaris (A Voyage for Orchestra) (2010). The concert is rounded out by a recent miniature, Brahms, Op. 21, with words by Alfred Brendel, for baritone and orchestra, sung by Samuel Dale Johnson.



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On our Haggadot table, I’ve displayed a few new and classic klezmer albums:

Dave Tarras, Yiddish American Klezmer Music 1925 – 1956 (Yazoo Records, $17.98) – A master clarinetist and the master of American klezmer music, Dave Tarras (1895 – 1989) was also a vital link to the klezmer revivalists in the 1970s.

Andy Statman and David Grisman, Songs of Our Fathers (Acoustic Disc, $17.98) – Already a master bluegrass mandolinist, Andy Statman began studying clarinet with Mr. Tarras, and dove wholeheartedly into klezmer and Hasidic music. Statman and mandolinist David Grisman recorded Songs of Our Fathers in 1995 with bassist Edgar Meyer and drummer Hal Blaine.

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Brothers Nazaroff, The Happy Prince (Smithsonian Folkways, $16.98) – A tribute by contemporary musicians to a 1954 Folkways album, Jewish Freilach Songs, by the mysterious Nathan “Prince” Nazaroff. 

The Klezmatics, Heretics (World Village, $16.98) – Still going strong after 30 years



This Fri, Mar 24, 8pm, the JCT Trio will perform Ives, Dvořàk, and Mozart pianos at the UDC Theater of the Arts (Van Ness-UDC Metro).

The JCT (pronounced “junction”) Trio is violinist Stefan Jackiw, cellist Jay Campbell, and pianist Conrad Tao.

Special Offer:

If patrons spend $20 at Politics and Prose between now and the concert, and shows their receipt, Washington Performing Arts will give them access to $20 tickets for JCT Trio (reg. price is $35).

Offer valid by phone (202.785.9727) or in-person only. Proof of receipt in excess of $20 must be presented upon collection of tickets. Purchase must be made at Politics and Prose store on Connecticut Ave Mar 15-24.

I’ll be selling the following CDs at the concert:

Stefan Jackiw, Brahms: Complete Violin Sonatas (Sony)

Jay Campbell, Hen to Pan: Jay Campbell Plays John Zorn (Tzadik)

Conrad Tao, Pictures (Warner Classics) – Mussorgsky, Lang, Takemitsu, Carter, Tao