Music News 5/30/2019


VISION & REVISION: The First 80 Years of Topic Records (Topic, 2 CDs, $18.99) – 2019 marks the 80th birthday of Topic Records, “the oldest independent record label in the world.” Vision & Revision is a deluxe double CD with the cream of British folk artists interpreting a song of their choice from Topic’s vast back catalogue. Includes never-before-released tracks by Martin Simpson, Richard Thompson, Lankum, Peggy Seeger, John Smith, Sam Lee, Martin Carthy, Olivia Chaney, Lisa O’Neill, Oysterband, Nancy Kerr, Chris Wood, Josienne Clarke & Ben Walker, Lisa Knapp, Kitty Macfarlane, Sam Kelly & The Lost Boys, Emily Portman & Rob Harbron, Rachael McShane & The Cartographers, Eliza Carthy & Olivia Chaney and The Oldham Tinkers. “With its origins in the Workers’ Music Association, through the mid-20th century folk revival to the present day, Topic Records has established itself as not only the pre-eminent British folk music label but one widely respected throughout the world.”

Magdalena Kozena, IL GIARDINO DEI SOSPIRI (Pentatone, SACD, $19.99) – Mezzo-soprano programs a “collection of scenes from secular cantatas on tragic love, ranging from Handel’s Quai ti reveggio, oh Dio to new editions of works by Leo, Marcello and Gasparini.” The songs of these tragic heroines are brought to life with the accompaniment of the ensemble Collegium 1704, directed by Vaclav Luks.

A-Wa, BAYTI FI RASI (BMG, $10.98) – Tair, Liron and Tagel Haim are three sisters of Yemeni Jewish background, who mix pop dance rhythms with a hint of Yemeni percussive flavor (check out their wonderful videos).


Dave Douglas/Uri Caine/Andrew Cyrille, DEVOTION (Greenleaf Music, $14.99) – Trumpeter Dave Douglas convenes a new trio with pianist Uri Caine and drummer Andrew Cyrille. Devotion features “new original compositions by Douglas in devotion to many of today’s greatest composers including Carla Bley, Dizzy Gillespie, Mary Lou Williams, and Franco D’Andrea.”