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Suzanne Vega, Lover, Beloved: Songs from an Evening with Carson McCullers (Perpetual Sounds, $13.98) – Suzanne Vega has long been interested in the life and work of Carson McCullers. She has performed a one-woman show about the writer, and now brings together the songs from that show. A funny high point is the song “Harper Lee” where the competitive McCullers gives her sarcastic opinion of fellow writers like Tennessee Williams, Truman Capote, Graham Greene, Katherine Anne Porter, and Ms. Lee.

Donny McCaslin, Beyond Now (Motema Music, $17.98) – Tenor saxophonist Donny McCaslin and his quartet (Jason Lindner, Tim Lefebvre, Mark Giuliana) played on David Bowie’s amazing final project, Blackstar, released two days before Mr. Bowie’s death.

McCaslin pays tribute to Bowie on his new album with a version of “Warszawa” and “A Small Plot of Land” as well as originals that refines the groups sound: acoustically based jazz, but with influences of techno and fusion.

 

GRAMOPHONE MAGAZINE’S BEST OF 2016 AWARDS

Every year, for their Awards Issue, the critics of Gramophone Magazine vote on their favorite classical CDs of the past year.
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.

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The Recording of the Year & Best Instrumental:

Igor Levit, Bach Beethoven Rzewski (Sony Classical, 3 CDs, $24.98) – Exploring three giant sets of variations: Bach’s Goldberg Variations, Beethoven’s Diabelli Variations, and Frederic Rzewski’s The People United Will Never Be Defeated (1975).

NOTE: Igor Levit will be playing a solo recital next February 11, at UDC Theater of the Arts Auditorium

Early Music:

Western Wind: John Taverner & Court Music for Henry VIII (Avie, $17.99) – Taverner Choir & Players, Andrew Parrott, director

Baroque Instrumental:
Biber: Rosary Sonatas (Channel Classics, 2 CDs, $28.98) – Rachel Podger, violin with support from lute, harpsichord, and viola da gamba.

 

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Baroque Vocal:

Monteverdi: Madrigali Vol. 1: Cremona (Les Arts Florissants Editions, $18.98) – Les Arts Florissants, Paul Agnew, director
Vocal:
Véronique Gens, Néère: Duparc, Hahn, Chausson (Alpha, $18.99)
Recital:
Mozart: The Weber Sisters
(Erato, $17.98 ) – Soprano Sabine Devieilhe, with Pygmalion, directed by Raphäel Pichon

Orchestral:

Shostakovich: Symphony No. 10 (Deutsche Grammophon, $17.98) – Boston Symphony Orchestra, Andris Nelsons conductor. Volume 1 in the BSO’s Shostakovich series called Under Stalin’s Shadow.

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Chamber Music:
Tippett: String Quartets
(Wigmore Hall Live, 2 CDs, $29.98  ) – Heath Quartet

NOTE: The Heath Quartet will be playing at the Phillips Collection on Sunday, Oct. 30

Concerto:

Vilde Frang, Britten & Korngold Violin Concertos (Warner Classics, $17.98)

Opera:

Verdi: Aida (Warner Classics, 3 CDs, $27.98) – With Anja Harteros, Jonas Kaufmann,

Artist of the Year:

Daniil Trifonov – Mr. Trifonov has a brand new recording called Transcendental: Daniil Trifonov plays Franz Liszt (Deutsche Grammophon, 2 CDs, $17.98)

 

Alisa Weilerstein in Concert

CD Cover I will be selling CDs at Alisa Weilerstein’s concert this Sunday at 4 p.m., at UDC’s Theater of the Arts Auditorium (Van Ness-UDC Metro), presented by Washington Performing Arts. She will be playing Bach’s complete Cello Suites.

Ms. Weilerstein’s brand new album, Shostakovich Cello Concertos Nos. 1 & 2 (Decca, $16.98), was recorded with the Bavarian Radio Orchestra, conducted by Pablo Heras-Casado.

 

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