Music News 5/14/2020

Jason Isbell's Reunions CD (with bonus Print

Jason Isbell and the 400 Unit (including his wife, singer/writer/fiddler Amanda Shires) have released Reunions (Southeastern Records, special indie store price), with all new Isbell songs. The label sent indie stores a special giveaway if you buy the album: A 6 ¼” X 12” print with a pastel “portrait” of “Red Eye,” Jason’s 1959 Gibson Les Paul, with a hand-written biography all around the guitar.

This week, there was an in-depth article in The New York Times about the making of the album. You can also stream a concert by Jason Isbell and Amanda Shires unveiling the album on Friday, May 15 here (it does require giving your email.) 

Thomas Adès & Kirill Gernstein

Also in The New York Times, there was an article on the special relationship between pianist Kirill Gernstein and composer/conductor/pianist Thomas Adès. Listen to their collaboration on Thomas Adès Conducts Adès (Deutsche Grammophon, $16.98). Adès is a busy composer of chamber music and operas, a conductor, and a pianist (he accompanies Ian Bostridge on his latest recording of Winterreise). His new album includes world premier recordings, with the composer himself conducting the Boston Symphony Orchestra. Kirill Gerstein is the featured artist in the Concert for Piano and Orchestra (2018), and mezzo-soprano Christianne Stotijn and baritone Mark Stone are featured in the Totentanz (2013).


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