Music News 01/09/2019


New titles are already on their way, and will arrive in the next few days…

Anne Sofie von Otter, A SIMPLE SONG (BIS SACD, $19.99) – Mezzo-soprano puts together an expressive and wide-ranging program, starting with Leonard Bernstein’s “A Simple Song” (from Mass), and proceeds through songs by Copland, Ives, Mahler, Strauss, Duruflé, Messiaen, Poulenc, Martin, and Franz Liszt. There are two songs by Arvo Pärt (including the lovely “My Heart’s in the Highlands”), and Ms. von Otter ends with an American classic, Rodgers and Hammerstein’s “Climb Ev’ry Mountain.” She is accompanied by organist Bengt Forsberg on organ, with appearances by musicians playing guitar, flute, harp, violin, viola and cello.

Stile Antico, IN A STRANGE LAND: Elizabethan Composers in Exile (Harmonia Mundi, $19.98) – The English chamber choir explores works by composers Peter Philips, Richard Dering, John Dowland, Robert White, and William Byrd.

The Tallis Scholars, JOSQUIN MASSES: Gaudeamus & L’ami Baudichon (Gimell, $19.98) – This is the seventh of nine in a project to record all of Josquin’s masses, and came out in November. The two contrasting masses here are Missa Gaudeamus, “based on the first six notes of a chant melody,” and the Missa L’ami Baudichon, based on a secular folk tune.

Jeremy Dutcher, WOLASTOQIYIK LINTUWAKONAWA (Fontana North, $14.98) – Mr. Dutcher Wolastoqiyik member of the Tobique First Nation, one of six Wolastoqiyik reserves in New Brunswick. He incorporated tunes and the original samples of Wolastoquikik wax cylinder recordings from a century ago in “dialog” songs, sung with his operatic tenor. Mr. Dutcher won Canada’s top music prize for this debut recording.

NPR had a story about Mr. Dutcher this fall on All Things Considered.

Gregory Porter, ONE NIGHT ONLY (Live at The Royal Albert Hall) (Blue Note, CD & DVD) $14.98) – Jazz vocalist Gregory Porter and his band, with the London Studio Orchestra, conducted by the arranger on this project, Vince Mendoza. Mr. Porter sings songs from his last release, Nat King Cole & Me, as well as some of his songs.