Friday, January 28, 2022

Music from Turkey featuring the Sameyda Ensemble

The Ottoman Turks had their roots in the vast region of Central Asia, which extended from the Caspian Sea in the west to Mongolia...

Terceto Kali: Terceto Kali

Not many non-Spanish musicians, especially guitarists, are often brave enough to attempt a performance of Flamenco music, much less commit one to record. The...

Veronneau: Jazz Samba Project

As the Brazilian pioneers of bossanova rhythms have done, Veronneau plays with the essential instruments used from the beginning in this musical genre, showing their poignant skill and feeling. When you listen to the first track “É Luxo Só” you can feel...
Stratus Luna

Stratus Luna: Presenting Stratus Luna

Think about Brasilian music played by Brasilians – even before a single note is played – and the chances are you’ll expect something magical...
Benji Kaplan and Rita Figueiredo: Benji & Rita

Benji Kaplan and Rita Figueiredo: Benji & Rita

This recording by Benji Kaplan and Rita Figueiredo is a benchmark recording in many more ways than one. The biggest deal may be the...
James Fernando: The Lonely Sailor

James Fernando: The Lonely Sailor

James Fernando - The Lonely Sailor; Untold; The Journey Within; Ancient Lullaby; Troubled Waters; The Other Side of the Storm; The Last Sunset at...
Emilio Solla - TribuTango

Emilio Solla Presents: TribuTango

Editor's Pick · Album of the Month · This disc is aptly titled: TribuTango is a glorious bouquet of music made in gratitude to one...

Vahagni: Imagined Frequencies

Not a disc to consume at one sitting, I fancy. Each of the works, though well contrasted and distinctively individual in style, is a...

Hassan Hakmoun: Unity

Gnawas abound in Morocco. In Jajouka, the Master Musicians led by Bechir Attar; in Essaouria and by grand design, the Gnawa elders have passed the torch onto Maleem Mahmoud Ghania. Elsewhere in Morocco the healing force of Gnawa chants...

Nando Michelin: Juana de America

[soundcloud url="https://api.soundcloud.com/tracks/174329297" params="color=ff5500&auto_play=false&hide_related=false&show_artwork=false" width="100%" height="130" iframe="true" /] The Uruguayan poet Juana de America was one of the major poets to come out of South America....

Janoska Ensemble: Revolution

Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart 1: Le nozze di Figaro, K. 492 - Overture; The Beatles 2: Yesterday; Fritz Kreisler 3: Praeludium and Allegro in the...

Ray Obiedo: There Goes That

At first blush, you think that this disc might pass like a ship in the night. Although the music and its performers have lit...

Bombolessé: Vice & Versa

The members of Bombolessé – all eight of them – have a tremendous lust for life. It shows in their music and this wonderful...

Carol Bach-y-Rita: Minha Casa

Although there is a proliferation of American musicians – especially vocalists – who are dipping into Brasilian repertoire, mostly singing phonetically, it is an...

Ramana Vieira: Fado da Vida

The front of the CD package proclaims that this music is by an ‘Internationally Nominated Singer’ emblazoned there, no doubt, to facilitate pulling this...
Bianca Gismonti Trio: Desvelando Mares

Bianca Gismonti Trio: Desvelando Mares

Perhaps the greatest gift a father as famous as Egberto Gismonti could have bestowed upon his children would be a questing one; that boundless...

Sylvain Leroux et l’École Fula Flute: Les Enfants de Tyabala

It is common knowledge that Africa has given much to the world of music since time immemorial, but it is rare indeed that the...

Chico Trujillo: Reina de Todas las Fiestas

Chico Trujillo, this unconventional band, is built upon the musical architecture of the legendary Nueva Canción of revolutionary Chile. It does not so much...

Handel & Vivaldi: Dixit Dominus

In the liturgy of the Roman Catholic Church Psalm 109 Dixit Dominus--“The Lord said unto my Lord” has actually been set to music more times than any other Psalm. The motive is simply this: within the cycle of five psalms sung each day at Vespers, the Dixit Dominus...

Beethoven: Complete Works for violoncello & piano

Ludwig Beethoven: Complete Works for violoncello & piano: Jean-Guihen Queyras: cello; Alexander Melnikov: piano Beethoven’s first two sonatas for violoncello and piano Opus 5 No....

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