Music News 8/22/2019


OKLAHOMA! 2019 Broadway Cast (Verve, $14.98) – Director Daniel Fish’s radical re-imagining of Rodgers and Hammerstein’ iconic musical won two Tonys this year: for Best Musical Revival, and for Ali Stroker as Ado Annie for Best Performance by an Actress in a Featured Role. This production’s orchestration has been newly arranged by Daniel Kluger for a seven-piece band, with an acoustic, string band feel.

FIDDLER ON THE ROOF (IN YIDDISH): 2018 Cast Recording (Time Life, $29.98) – A revelatory production by the National Yiddish Theatre Folksbiene returned the original Fiddler on the Roof to its roots—the musical was based on stories written in Yiddish by Sholem Aleichem. Fidler Afn Dakh, directed by Joel Grey, took Jerry Bock’s music and Sheldon Harnick’s lyrics (translated by Shraga Friedman), and grounded it in its natural setting and language. The musical debuted last July, and is still playing to capacity crowds at the Off-Broadway theater, Stage 42. The original cast recording with Steven Skybell as Tevye, will arrive in the next week.

Steven Skybell (Tevye) and director Joel Grey were on NPR’s Fresh Air to talk about the production, and preview the cast recording.


Jerusalem Quartet & Hila Baggio, THE YIDDISH CABARET: Schulhoff / Korngold / Desyatnikov (Harmonia Mundi, $19.98) – Two chamber works by Erwin Schulhoff and Erich Wolfgang Korngold are juxtaposed with Leonid Desyatnikov’s 2018 song setting of texts offering a glimpse into Jewish life in Warsaw during the Weimar Republic, Yiddish: Songs for Voice and String Quartet, featuring soprano Hila Baggio.

Derek Bermel, MIGRATIONS (Naxos, $13.99) – Composer and clarinetist Derek Bermel wrote his title suite inspired by The Migration Series paintings by Jacob Lawrence—one graces the cover (half of the series is on display at the Phillips Collection). Migrations Series for Jazz Orchestra and Symphony features Bermel on clarinet and Ted Nash on soprano and alto sax, with the Julliard Jazz Orchestra and the Albany Symphony. Mar de Setembro features vocalist Luciana Souza (with texts by poet Eugénio da Andrade). A Shout, a Whisper, and a Trace is a musical portrait of Béla Bartók final exiled years in New York.

SCHUBERT: WINTERREISE (Pentatone, $15.99) – Tenor Ian Bostridge revisits Schubert’s song cycle, this time with composer Thomas Adès at the piano.