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Lyle Lovett, Miguel Zenón, Twilight soundtrack, Ben Allison Marc-André Hamelin, Tabea Zimmermann, and more

NEW POP & JAZZ
Lyle Lovett, NATURAL FORCES (Lost Highway, $14.98)
Lyle’s latest is a sweet combination of originals with covers by his fellow Texan songwriters: Eric Taylor’s “Whooping Crane,” Vince Bell’s “Sun and Moon and Stars”, Townes Van Zandt’s “Loretta.” There are also two versions (large ensemble and small acoustic) of Lyle’s tongue-in-cheek love song, “Pantry.”

The Lost Highway label has given generously given P&P a pair of tickets to Lyle’s show (with his Large Band) on Monday, November 2, at Strathmore. Come in, and enter to win.

Miguel Zenón, ESTA PLENA (Marsalis Music, $16.98)—Saxophonist Miguel Zenón (winner of a MacArthur award last year) wrote a suite of new pieces for his quartet and a trio of Puerto Rican plena musicians (hand drummers and vocalists). Plena arose in the southern city of Ponce at the turn of the last century, and combined lyrics about current events with an Afro-Caribbean rhythmic pulse propelled by hand drumming. Later, it absorbed elements of bomba and jíbaro, and music from other Caribbean islands. Check out Esta Plena.

TWILIGHT: NEW MOON (Atlantic, $16.98)—Death Cab for Cutie, Thom Yorke, Bon Iver & St. Vincent, Grizzly Bear Band of Skulls, Lykke Li, Black Rebel Motorcycle Club all make appearances with original songs on the soundtrack to the upcoming teen-vampire film.

Ben Allison, THINK FREE (Palmetto, $14.98)—Bassist Ben Allison is a great composer who creates very inventive combos. His new one features a front line of violinist Jenny Scheinman, trumpeter Shane Endsley, and guitarist Steve Cardenas, with Ben and drummer Rudy Royston.

NEW CLASSICAL
Marc-André Hamelin, HAYDN: PIANO SONATAS (Hyperion, $18.98) and HAYDN: PIANO SONATAS II(Hyperion, 2 CDs, $18.98)—Marc-André Hamelin is one of the most adventurous pianists on the scene today, exploring and championing works of lesser-known composers, and delving into lesser-known repertoire of the masters. Listen to his superb Haydn recordings; Tom Manoff did a well-considered review on NPR (http://www.npr.org/templates/story/story.php?storyId=113139876 ).

Tabea Zimmermann, SOLO: BACH & REGER (Myrios Classics, $17.98)—The solo viola repertoire is not extensive, and Tabea Zimmermann has paired Max Reger’s Solo Viola Suites and two of Bach’s Cello Suites (transposed up an octave) to form one of the most beautiful albums of the year.

Alarm Will Sound, A/RHYTHMIA (Nonesuch, $16.98)—Alarm Will Sound is a 20-member new-music group that’s performed Steve Reich to amazing arrangements of Aphex Twins. On their new album, AWS programs “arhythmical” and very strong rhythmic pieces spanning six centuries, with arrangements of Ligeti, Josquin, and Conlon Nancarrow’s player-piano studies, among others. Anne Midgette had a good article in the Post last week about the “alt-classical” scene which AWS is a strong part of (here, http://www.washingtonpost.com/wp-dyn/content/article/2009/10/13/AR2009101303565.html ).

Joyce DiDonato, ROSSINI: COLBRAN, THE MUSE (Virgin Classics, $16.98)—Rossini was inspired to write some of his most famous works as showcases for his wife, the Spanish diva, Isabella Colbran. Arias from Otello, Semiramide, Armida, and Elisabetta regina d’Inghilterr are included.

DAWN UPSHAW
Soprano Dawn Upshaw is brilliant on Osvaldo Golijov’s OCEANA (DG, $16.98), singing three beautiful songs, one based on a poem of Emily Dickinson. Hear her this Friday in a rare appearance—singing Golijov, Debussy, Ives, and John Harbison—at Strathmore.

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