Music News 11/21/2019


Leonard Cohen, THANKS FOR THE DANCE (Columbia, $13.98) – Leonard Cohen recorded many songs working on the album, You Want It Darker, which was released shortly before his death in 2016. Now, the songs and song fragments that were not on that album have now been completed by Leonard Cohen’s son, Adam, for Thanks for the Dance. Adam calls it a “continuation” of You Want It Darker, and he brought in musicians who had close ties with father to work on it: Jennifer Warnes, Anjali Thomas, and Spanish laud player, Javier Mas, who plays Cohen’s own guitar.

Lee Konitz Nonet, OLD SONGS NEW (Sunnyside, $16.98) – Arranger and saxophonist Ohad Talmor (here playing tenor) arranges some classic numbers featuring the distinct alto sound of Lee Konitz. His Nonet features alto and tenor saxes, flute, clarinet and bass clarinet, viola, two cellos, bass and drum.

Fretwork, IN NOMINE II (Signum, $16.99) – In 1987, the viol consort Fretwork recorded In Nomine, centered around the four-part form with cantus firmus created by John Taverner (1490 – 1545) in his mass, Gloria tibi Trinitas. Now, over 30 years later, Fretwork records other works using the in nomine form, from composers directly influenced by Taverner—Tye, Purcell, Parsons, Bull, Baldwin, Ferrabosco II, and Ward—along with contemporary composers Gavin Bryars and Nico Muhly. 

BEETHOVEN AROUND THE WORLD: VIENNA OP. 59 Nos. 1 & 2 (Erato, $18.98) – Quatuor Ébène start a complete Beethoven String Quartet cycle, which will be recorded in different cities around the world. The first volume includes String Quartets Nos. 7 and 8 (“Razumovsky”) Quartets.