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Music News 6/9/2021

NEW PIANO 

BRAHMS: PIANO CONCERTOS (ECM, 2 CDs, $29.98) – After his two albums of Schubert played on the fortepiano, András Schiff returns to a period instrument to play (and conduct) Brahms with the Orchestra of the Age of Enlightenment (also playing gut-stringed instruments). He plays an 1859 Blüthner piano for the two Piano Concertos, and achieves his intention: “transparency and clarity, and also just to get rid of the fat already associated with this music.” 

Read the New York Times interview with Mr. Schiff on the subject of Brahms and historical instruments.

FANTASIE NÈGRE: THE PIANO MUSIC OF FLORENCE PRICE (Lorelt, $21.98) – Pianist Samantha Ege is one of a group of scholars doing extensive work to bring the compositions of Florence Price (1887 – 1953) to life on recordings, and back to the concert stage. Most of the piano works on Fantasie Nègre are from “manuscripts rescued from Price’s former summer home in 2009.” There are miniatures from her last years, and the four title pieces—variations on spirituals and other melodies. 

 

NEW 

Shannon McNally, THE WAYLON SESSIONS (Compass, $16.98) – A new take on the song legacy of Waylon Jennings. Shannon McNally rounded up Nashville’s finest musicians to put a woman’s spin on classics like “I’ve Always Been Crazy,” “Out Among the Stars,” and “We Had It All,” featuring a few duets with Rodney Crowell, Buddy Miller, Lukas Nelson, and Waylon’s widow and collaborator, Jessi Colter.  

IN THE HEIGHTS: Original Soundtrack (Atlantic, $18.98) – Lin-Manuel Miranda’s Broadway musical finally makes it to the big screen, starring Anthony Ramos, Olga Merediz, Stephanie Beatriz, Corey Hawkins, and Melissa Barrera. 

 

HISTORICAL RELEASES AND RE-ISSUES – D.C. EDITION 

Hailu Mergia and the Walias Band, TEZETA (Awesome Sounds from Africa, $15.98) – Haillu Mergia and the Walias Band were the hit band in Addis Adaba’s clubs, and on the radio and TV. Tezeta was released in 1975 on cassette by the band itself, and is now widely available for the first time. 

Mr. Mergia later left Ethiopia, and has lived and worked in D.C. for many years. 

Bad Brains, BAD BRAINS (Bad Brains, $11.98) – Formed in D.C., the punk/reggae/hardcore band Bad Brains soon left for New York, but left an indelible mark on the area with their musical approach and fantastic live shows. Bad Brains (with its iconic cover drawing) was their first release (on cassette) in 1982. 

Mississippi John Hurt, MR. HURT GOES TO WASHINGTON (Sunset Blvd., 2 CDs, $26.99) – In July, 1963, the Library of Congress recorded Mississippi John Hurt singing songs from his wide-ranging repertoire, in the acoustically perfect Coolidge Auditorium.  

Steve Miller Band, LIVE! BREAKING GROUND, AUGUST 3, 1977 (UME, $14.98) – Live at the Capital Centre in Landover, Maryland! Steve Miller was at the height of his success, with a slew of his songs in the charts, and hit albums like Fly Like an EagleThe Joker, and Book of Dreams.  

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