Music News 12/13/2018



SPRINGSTEEN ON BROADWAY (Columbia, 2 CDs, $20.98) – Bruce Springsteen was on stage in his autobiographical show for over a year, playing his last show this Saturday, December 15. He won a special Tony Award for his performance. Springsteen on Broadway is the complete show on CD, with stories and acoustic performances of songs including “Growin’ Up,” “My Hometown,” “Tenth Avenue Freeze-Out,” “Tougher Than the Rest,” and ending with “Land of Hope and Dreams,” and “Born to Run.”

Cecilia Bartoli, ANTONIO VIVALDI (Decca, $16.98) – The mezzo-soprano returns to Vivaldi repertoire, almost 20 years after her first recording. On this collection of arias, she is accompanied by the French baroque orchestra, Ensemble Matheus, directed by Jean-Christophe Spinosi.




Bohemian Caverns Jazz Orchestra, A BOHEMIAN CHRISTMAS VOL. 1 (Bleebop, $15) – DC’s own Bohemian Caverns Jazz Orchestra is still going strong, even with the demise of the club where the ensemble played every Monday night. The Orchestra plays every season at the Levine School, and occasional concerts around town (see below for details on their holiday concert). A Bohemian Christmas includes great arrangements of Christmas classics like “Sleigh Ride,” “Snowfall,” Frank Foster’s “Shiny Stockings,” and Thad Jones’s “A Child is Born.” There is also Duke Ellington and Billy Strayhorn’s complete Nutcracker Suite, with classics like “Toot Toot Tootie Toot” and “Sugar Rum Cherry.” Enjoy!

 NOTE: This Monday, December 17, the Bohemian Caverns Jazz Orchestra will play their annual holiday show at the Atlas Arts Center. The evening will include Swingin’ Nutcracker, the Shorty Rogers arrangements of the classic Tchaikovsky suite, first heard on the trumpeter’s 1960 album. 

Ingrid Michaelson, SONGS FOR THE SEASON (Cabin 24, $15.98) – Ingrid Michaelson takes us back to another era of holiday hits, enlisting a 35-piece symphony in hopes of capturing “the warm and nostalgic big band feel of the 40’s and 50’s.” She wrote an original, “Happy, Happy Christmas,” duets with Leslie Odom, Jr. on “All I Want For Christmas Is You,” and sings classics from “Have Yourself a Merry Little Christmas” to “What Are You Doing New Year’s Eve.”


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