Music News 01/06/2021


Philippe Jaroussky, LA VANITÀ DEL MONDO: Oratorio Arias (Erato, $18.98) – For the first time, countertenor Philippe Jaroussky devotes a project to Italian Baroque oratorios, which “bring… the persona of a saint, even God himself, to life.” Jaroussky sings with his group Artaserse, and the composers include Caldara, Scarlatti, Torri, Handel, Bononcini, Hasse, Marcello, Fago, and Chelleri. 

BEETHOVEN: THE COMPLETE SONATAS for Violin/Cello & Piano (Harmonia Mundi, 6-CDs, $29.98) – Celebrate the Beethoven Year 250 with this wonderful budget box set. It collects the duo (and trio) work of the long-time musical partners, violinist Isabelle Faust, cellist Jean-Guihen Queyras, and pianist Alexander Melnikov. Playing both modern and period instruments, you’ll hear the ten Violin Sonatas, the Cello Sonatas, and, as a bonus, the Piano Trios Nos. 6 & 7 ‘Archduke’ (with Melnikov on the fortepiano). 



The English Jazzman label has licensed material from the two most significant American jazz labels of the 1960s and early ’70s to put together these two compilation in their Spiritual Jazz series. 

SPIRITUAL JAZZ VOL. 9: Blue Notes, Parts 1 & 2: Modal, Esoteric and Deep Jazz from the Vaults of Blue Note Records 1962 - 1976 (Jazzman, 2 CDs, 19.98) – The set includes great tracks from Bobby Hutcherson, Pete La Roca, Wayne Shorter, Andrew Hill, Freddie Hubbard, Joe Henderson, Duke Pearson, Hank Mobley, Booker Ervin, and more! 

SPIRITUAL JAZZ VOL. 12: Impulse!: Esoteric, Modal & progressive Jazz from the Impulse! Lable 1962 -1975 (Jazzman, 2 CDs, 19.98) – This one includes John Coltrane, Max Roach, Alice Coltrane, Yusef Lateef, McCoy Tyner, Archie Shepp, Phil Woods, Pharoah Sanders, Marion Brown, and more!