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Milk Carton Kids, Monterey (Anti Records, $17.98) – The Milk Carton Kids are Kenneth Pattengale and Joey Ryan; their sweet duet harmonies and acoustic guitars recall the great brother duets, and early Simon & Garfunkel.

Savina Yannatou, Songs From Thessaloniki (ECM Records, $18.98) – Ms Yannatou and her band, Primavera en Salonico (including oud, accordion, violin, ney, and percussion), pay tribute in song to the city influenced by Greeks, Jews, Turks, Bulgarians, Serbs, Armenians, Slav-Macedonians.

Fatoumata Diawara & Roberto Fonseca, At Home: Live in Marciac (Jazz Village, $18.98) – Ms Diawara, the Malian vocalist teams up with Cuban pianist Roberto Fonseca, along with a full band.

Steve Reich: Music for 18 Musicians (Harmonia Mundi, $18.98) – Among the 18 musicians playing marimbas, xylophones, pianos, vibraphones, clarinets and bass clarinets, there parts for four women vocalists—an important component in Steve Reich’s iconic work, written in 1974-1976. There’s a new version played by Ensemble Signal, led by Brad Lubman.

Roomful of Teeth, Render (New Amsterdam Records, $11.99) – Roomful of Teeth are a New York vocal ensemble championing new works and extended vocal techniques. Their 2012 debut self-titled recording included member Caroline Shaw’s Pulitzer Prize-winning piece, Partita for 8 Voices. Their new album includes new pieces by Missy Mazzoli, Caleb Burhans, and Brad Wells.


Gramophone’s CDs of the Month

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The British classical music magazine Gramophone—which we carry—selects their favorite CD from the dozens they review each month.

The Recording of the Month for May:

Smetana: String Quartets (Supraphon, $19.99) by the Pavel Haas Quartet

The Recording of the Month for April:

Vivaldi: L’Estro Armonico: 12 Concertos for Violins and String Orchestra (Channel Classics, 2 CDs, $28.98) by Rachel Podger and Brecon Baroque.