Adrian Quesada, BOLEROS PSICODÉLICOS (ATO, $14.98) – Boleros—highly emotional ballads—arose in Cuba, then became popular, and were transformed, in Mexico. Adrian Queseda (one half of Black Pumas) pays tribute to these new boleros of the past decades—often with psychedelic organs, surf-guitars, and plenty of reverb—on his new album.
Vieux Farka Touré, LES RACINES (World Circuit, $15.98) – Continuing the guitar legacy of his father, Ali Farka Touré, Vieux explores the many connections with traditional Songhai music of northern Mali.
Mary Gauthier, DARK ENOUGH TO SEE THE STARS (In the Black, 13.98) – Singer and songwriter Mary Gauthier in a new set of songs, recorded in Nashville. She pays tribute to lost friends John Prine and Nancy Griffith in “How Could You Be Gone.”
Patricia Kopatchinskaya & Joonas Ahonen, LE MONDE SELON GEORGE ANTHEIL (Alpha, $18.99) – George Antheil (1900 – 1959) was a composer, virtuoso pianist, and “self-declared ‘bad boy’ of music.” H wrote his Sonata No. 1 (1923) during his years in Paris. It serves as the centerpiece of a new recital by violinist Patricia Kopatchinskaya and pianist Joonas Ahonen. They juxtapose Antheil’s work with Beethoven’s Violin Sonata No. 7, Op 30 (1802). Works by two composers influenced by Antheil are included: two early Morton Feldman pieces (1950-1) serve as bookends, and John Cage’s Nocturne (1947) comes between Antheil and Beethoven.
OTHMAR SCHOECK: ELEGIE (Sony Classical, $14.98) – Baritone Christian Gerhaher sings the song cycle, Elegie, by the Swiss composer, Othmar Schoeck (1886 – 1957). On Elegie (1922), Gerhaher is accompanied by the Chamber Orchestra Basel, conducted by Heinz Holliger.
CDs & BOOK: STEVE REICH
Composer Steve Reich has an album of one of his newest works, and a highly recommended book of coversations.
Also, electric violist Nic Pendlebury has recorded a new arrangement of Reich’s Electric Counterpoint, first written for guitarist Pat Metheny.
STEVE REICH: REICH/RICHTER (Nonesuch, $14.98) – Reich’s new composition for a 14-piece ensemble (2 flutes/oboes/clarinets/vibes/pianos plus string quartet) was originally written to be performed with Gerhard Richter and Corinna Belz’s film Moving Picture (946-3), based on variations on Richter’s painting, served as source material.
It is performed by Ensemble Intercontemporain, conducted by George Jackson.
Steve Reich, CONVERSATIONS (Hanover Square, $27.99) – These dialogues with past collaborators, fellow composers, musicians, and visual artists who have been influenced by Reich’s work include: Stephen Sondheim, Jonny Greenwood, Brian Eno, Richard Serra, Michael Tilson Thomas, Russell Hartenberger, Robert Hurwitz, David Harrington (Kronos Quartet), Elizabeth Lim-Dutton, David Robertson, Micaela Haslam, Anne Teresa de Keersmaeker, Nico Muhly, Beryl Korot, Colin Currie, Brad Lubman, and Julia Wolfe, David Lang, Michael Gordon (co-founders of Bang on a Can).
Nic Pendlebury, MULTIPLE: Reich, Tallis, Riley (Orchid, $18.98) – Nic Pendlebury transcribed Steve Reich’s Electric Counterpoint (originally for live and multi-tracked electric guitar) for electric viola, as well as Terry Riley’s Dorian Reeds (originally for soprano sax and delays), and Thomas Tallis’s 40-part motet, Spem in Alium. There are also new works by John Ashton Thomas and Eli Kendall.
In time for this weekend’s members’ sale, I will have a handout of some Favorite Recordings, April – June at our Connecticut Ave. store