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Music News 4/29/2021


Benjamin Grosvenor, LISZT (Decca, $16.98) – The British pianist plays an all-Liszt recital: the Piano Sonata in B minorBerceuseTre Sonetti di PetrarcaRéminiscences de Norma; and Ave Maria (12 Lieder by Schubert). 

INDUSTRIAL STRENGTH BLUEGRASS: Southwestern Ohio’s Musical Legacy (Smithsonian Folkways, $16.98) – From the 1940s to the late 1980s, there was a great migration from Appalachia to the areas around Dayton and Cincinatti. Jobs at places like Frigidaire, Chrysler, and NCR were the attraction, and the area become a center of bluegrass during this era.  

Industrial Strength Bluegrass gathers some of the most representative songs of the area, which are performed by bluegrass heavyweights like Dan Tyminski, Lee Ann Womack, Sierra Hull, Vince Gill, Bobby Osborne, Doyle Lawson, Rhonda Vincent, Dailey & Vincent, the Grascals, and Joe Mullins. 

As usual with Folkways productons, there are profuse notes by the father-and-son team of Joe and Daniel Mullins, with an introduction by Fred Bartenstein, who wrote the book, also entitled Industrial Strength Bluegrass: Southwestern Ohio’s Musical Legacy (University of Illinois Press, $29.95), that provided the inspiration and “academic foundation” for the project. 


Ross Gay, DILATE YOUR HEART (Jagjaguwar LP, $25.98) – Poet and essayist Ross Gay (Be Holding [2020], Book of Delights [2019], Catalog of Unabashed Gratitude [2015]) reads his poems with five different musicians, each providing backing for a respective piece. The musicians are Bon Iver, Mary Lattimore, Angel Bat Dawid, Gia Margaret, and Sam Gendel. Vinyl only.  

Marianne Faithfull with Warren Ellis, SHE WALKS IN BEAUTY (BMG, $16.98) – Ms. Faithfull reads some of the greatest 19th century poems in her distinctive, smoky voice. Poets include Byron, Keats, Shelley, Wordsworth, Tennyson, and Thomas Hood. Warren Ellis provided some tasteful sounds to accompany the reading. 

Read the New York Times feature on this project.