Music News 4/15/2021



Lucinda Williams, RUNNIN’ DOWN A DREAM: A Tribute to Tom Petty (Highway 20, $13.98) – Lucinda Williams and her touring band played a series of broadcast shows live from a Nashville studio to raise money for struggling music venues. Each show paid tribute to a songwriter or era; now those live performances will be released.  

Volume 1 of Lu’s Jukebox features songs by Tom Pettty, including “Southern Accent,” “I Won’t Back Down,” “Louisiana Rain,” and “Wildflowers.”  Ms. Williams also wrote an original song in tribute to Petty, “Stolen Moments.”  

Look forward to more volumes in the forthcoming months: Vol. 2, Southern Soul: From Memphis to Muscle Shoals; Vol. 3, Bob’s Back Pages: A Night of Bob Dylan Songs; Vol. 4, Funny How Time Slips Away: A Night of ’60s Country Classics; Vol. 5, Have Yourself a Rockin’ Little Christmas with Lucinda; and Vol. 6, It’s Only Rock and Roll: A Tribute to the Rolling Stones

Peggy Lee, SOMETHING WONDERFUL: Peggy Lee Sings the Great American Songbook (Omnivore, 2 CDs, $25.98) – 40 swinging songs from Peggy Lee’s radio shows of 1951-1952, featuring guest appearances by some of the greatest songwriters of the century: Hoagy Carmichael, Johnny Mercer, Frank Loesser, and Matt Dennis. 

I first heard cuts from the album on Rob Bamberger’s lively show, Hot Jazz Saturday Night, now returned to WAMU. 



Hiyoli Togawa, SONGS OF SOLITUDE (BIS, $19.99) – Violist Hiyoli Togawa’s beautiful pandemic project, interweaving Bach’s Sarabandes from his six Cello Suites with 11 commissioned works for solo viola from contemporary composers responding to the isolation and anxiety. Composers include Toshio Hosokwa (“Solitude”), Johanna Doderer (“Shadows”), Crisina Spinei (“Keep Moving”), and John Powell (“Perfect Time for Spring Cleaning”). 

MOZART (& JONES): VIOLIN SONATAS FRAGMENT COMPLETIONS (Channel, $21.98) – Here are  world premiere recordings of six Mozart sonata-allegros and fantasia fragments, completed  Timothy Jones. 

Violinist Rachel Podger and Christopher Glynn, playing fortepiano, 

NOTE: Read the New York Times article on the Mozart “Fragment Completions” project. 

ELGAR: VIOLIN CONCERTO & VIOLIN SONATA (Erato, $18.98) – Renaud Capuçon on violin, Stephen Hough on piano, and the London Symphony Orchestra, conducted by Simon Rattle. 

PROUST, LE CONCERT RETROUVÉ (Harmonia Mundi, $19.98) – Violinist Théotime Langlois de Swarte and pianist Tanguy De Williencourt (playing a period Érard) have programmed music by Fauré (the Violin Sonata No 1), Chopin, Hahn, Liszt, Schumann, and Couperin, all music heard in the salons of Proust and friends. 

NOTE: Alex Ross wrote about this release in a recent New Yorker article, along with cellist Steven Isserlis and pianist Connie Shih’s recent CD, MUSIC FROM PROUST’S SALON (which I mentioned a couple of weeks ago).