To buy any of these titles e-mail András Goldinger agoldinger@politics-prose.com or call the store: (202) 364-1919

Music News 10/04/2017

NEW

CD Cover CD Cover

Benjamin Clementine, I TELL A FLY (Virgin, $11.98) – Benjamin Clementine has one of the most evocative and emotional voices in music today, channeling an almost-Nina Simone drama and power. Hear his sensational second album.

Night Tree, NIGHT TREE (Night Tree Records, $20) – Night Tree is a new acoustic group comprised of six New England Conservatory of Music students. Two fiddles, cello, accordion, percussion and baritone and soprano sax are beautifully blended in all-original tunes with hints of Irish, jazz, contemporary classical, and Afro-Cuban. Their album was produced by Seamus Egan, co-founder of the boundary pushing Irish group, Solas. Most of the tunes on Night Tree are instrumentals, with a couple of vocals also in the mix.

NOTE: Night Tree will playing tonight (Thursday, October 5) at the Tenley Bar & Grill, near Wisconsin Ave. and Brandywine St.

CD Cover CD Cover

Josh Ritter, GATHERING (Pytheas Recordings, $13.98) – Another fine set of songs by Ritter—sometimes tender, sometimes rollicking.

NOTE: Josh Ritter is headlining two nights at the Lincoln Theatre, November 2 and 3.

Kamasi Washington, HARMONY OF DIFFERENCE (Young Turks, EP, $11.98) – Tenor saxophonist and the Los Angeles-based collective of musicians (the West Coast Get Down) burst on the scene two years ago with the aptly titled, 3-CD set, The Epic. His follow-up is a 5-song suite called “Harmony of Difference” which was part of a multimedia installation in this year’s Whitney Biennial.

 

GRAMOPHONE MAGAZINE’S AWARDS: BEST CLASSICAL MUSIC OF 2017

Every year, for their Awards Issue, the critics of Gramophone Magazine vote on their favorite classical CDs of the past year (roughly, autumn of 2016 to autumn, 2017).

There are winners in respective categories, then a Recording of the Year is selected.

The Awards Issue is on display, and winning CDs are available for purchase.

CD Cover CD Cover CD Cover CD Cover CD Cover

Recording of the Year & Best Concerto
MOZART: VIOLIN CONCERTOS
(Harmonia Mundi, 2 CDs, $22.98) – Isabelle Faust, violin, and Il Giardino Armonico, Giovanni Antonini, director. To quote Gramophone’s review: “ a remarkably refreshing collection, the sort that challenges previously held convictions.”

Instrumental
BACH: FRENCH SUITES
(Deutsche Grammophon, 2 CDs, $21.98) – Murray Perahia, piano

Chamber
BACEWICZ: COMPLETE STRING QUARTETS
 (Chandos, 2 CDs, 18.99) – The Silesian String Quartet plays the music of Grazyna Bacewicz, composed between 1938 and 1965.

Orchestral
HAYDN: IL
DISTRATTO: Symphonies Nos. 12, 60, 70  (Alpha, $18.99) – Il Giardino Armonico, led by Giovanni Antonini have embarked on a huge “Haydn 2032” symphnonic project, timed for Haydn’s bicentennial year. Il Distratto (a nickname for Symphony No. 60)

Early Music
DOWLAND: LACHRIMAE OR SEVEN TEARS
(Linn Records, $20.98) – The viol consort Phantasm along with Elizabeth Kenny, lute

CD Cover CD Cover CD Cover CD Cover CD Cover

Baroque Vocal
BACH: CANTATAS
(Hyperion, $18.98) – Countertenor Iestyn Davies, accompanied by Arcangelo, directed by Jonathan Cohen

Baroque Instrumental
La Serenissima, THE ITALIAN JOB (Avie, $17.99) – Works by Albinoni, Caldera, Corelli, Tartini, Torelli, and Vivaldi by La Serenissima, directed by Adrian Chandler

Choral
MOZART: MASS IN C MINOR
(BIS, $18.99) – Bach Collegium Japan, Masaaki Suzuki, director, with Carolyn Sampson, soprano, as one of the soloists

Recital
Joyce DiDonato, IN WAR & PEACE (Erato, $17.98) – The mezzo in a program of arias from Handel, Jommelli, Leo, Monteverdi, and Purcell, accompanied by Il Pomo d’Oro.

Solo Vocal
BRAHMS: VIER ERNSTE GESANGE
(Harmonia Mundi, $18.98) – Baritone Matthias Goerne and pianist (and former NSO conductor) Christoph Eschenbach

Pages