Music News 7/7/2021

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Lucinda Williams, SOUTHERN SOUL: FROM MEMPHIS TO MUSCLE SHOALS & MORE: Lu’s Jukebox Vol. 2 (Highway 20, $13.98) – Lucinda Williams’s Lu’s Jukebox is an ongoing set of six release of live, full-band recordings of cover songs devoted to different artists and music periods (first streamed as a fundraiser for independent artists in late 2020). Volume 1 was devoted to the songs of fellow Southerner, Tom Petty. 

Volume 2 is devoted to Southern Soul classics. In a perfect pairing of artist and material, Ms. Williams, hailing from Lousiana, digs in deep on such hits as “The Games People Play,” “You’ll Lose a Good Thing,” “I Can’t Stand the Rain,” “You Don’t Miss Your Water,” “It Tears Me Up,” “Ode to Billie Jo,” “Rainy Night in Georgia,” and “Take Me to the River.”  


Lucie Bartholomäi, FEMALE (Genuin, $18.99) – Lucie Bartholomäi’s debut album is an intriguing violin recital of Romantic and modern works by women composers: Louise Farrenc’s Violin Sonata No. 2 and Clara Schumann’s Three Romances, both from the 1850s, Amy Beach’s Romance (1893), and three miniatures (1918 – 1924)by Rebecca Clarke (1918 – 1924). Ms. Bartholomäi is accompanied by pianist Verena Louis. 

Isata Kanneh-Mason, SUMMERTIME (Decca, $14.98) – Ms. Kanneh-Mason’s first piano recital album (2019) explored the world of Clara and Robert Schumann. Now, with Summertime, she returns with American piano music including a world premiere recording of a Samuel Coleridge-Taylor piece, the Samuel Barber sonata, and arrangements of Gershwin songs. 

James Gaffigan & the Lucerne Symphony Orchestra, AMERICANS: Bernstein Barber Crawford Ives (Harmonia Mundi, $19.98) – Another album centering on American music, including Leonard Bernstein’s Symphonic Dances from West Side Story; Samuel Barber’s Toccata Festiva (featuring organist Paul Jacobs); Ruth Crawford’s Andante for Strings; and Charles Ives’s Symphony No. 3 ‘Camp Meeting.’