Tuesday, September 29, 2020

Michel Nirenberg: Retrato/Portrait

Hard on the heels of the carioca, Leo Gandelman comes the infinitely younger carioca, Michel Nirenberg, a musician steeped in choro and samba. A...
Anja Lechner | Pablo Márquez: Franz Schubert - Die Nacht

Anja Lechner | Pablo Márquez: Franz Schubert – Die Nacht

Franz Schubert: Nacht und Träume, Die Nacht, Der Leiermann, Fischerweise, Meeresstille, Romanze aus Rosamunde, Sonata in a-Moll “Arpeggione”; Friedrich Burgmüller: Nocturne Nr. 1-3. Anja...
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...

Eli Tamar: Laudato Si

Stabat Mater Dolorosa: Antonio Vivaldi; O Quam Tristis Et Afflicta: Tommaso Traetta; Quae Moerebat Et Dolebat: Luigi Boccherini; Quis Est Homo Qui Non Fleret:...
Various Artists: Putumayo Presents World Peace

Various Artists: Putumayo Presents World Peace

As we (all seven billion of us) spin on our blue, spaceship earth, inexorably into the future, twenty-four hours of the day,...

Victor Prieto: The Three Voices

It is not often that you come across pure musical genius. But a few do exist: Martha Argerich, for one. And then is the...

Hanns Eisler: Ernste Gesänge – Lieder with piano

Hanns Eisler was the Austrian-born composer who is better known as the composer of the national anthem of the German Democratic Republic (erstwhile East Germany), and best known as the musician who had the longest association with...

Dudu Rossi, Eugênio Neto: Ladeira

Even though Duo Ladeira -Dudu Rossi and Eugênio Neto- are not attempting to radically redefine how a guitar trio makes music, they are certainly...
Berkeley Choro Ensemble: The View from Here

Berkeley Choro Ensemble: The View from Here

The music called choro has variously been compared with ragtime and other styles that grew out of early New Orleans and with danzón from...

Trova: A labour of Love

It may have taken almost 1000 years for the troubadour tradition of 12th Century Occitan to reach Cuba, via Spain; there to be substantively transformed and to have its polyphony melded with Afro-Caribbean polyrhythms. However, its influences...

Paula Santoro – Mar do meu Mundo

Paula Santoro has been recording under her own name since 1996. But she has not come to the attention of listeners outside Brasil. Her albums have been critically acclaimed within her country as being released by a singer who has carried on the tradition of women like Beth Carvalho, Nara Leão...

Presenting Amanda Martinez On Her New Album: Mañana

Amanda Martinez has been concentrating on her own music for some time since she made way for Laura Fernandez to take her Saturday afternoon spot on Toronto’s Jazz FM 91. And she has been doing a rather good job of it. Her album Mañana is her third since she...
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...
Anhinga - Quiet Life Motel - David Schulman

David Schulman & Quiet Life Motel: Anhinga

Anhinga is the second album by David Schulman and Quiet Life Motel after the first eponymous album. It is veritable caravanserai which is characterised...

Mike Marshall & Choro Famoso: Segunda Vez

The same rich ethnic cocktail that formed Brazilian society, from African, European and native ingredients, underlies its native genius for music. It also makes the country and its musicians unique in all of Latin America. As Ary Barroso put it in his iconic song…
Roberto López - Criollo Elektric

Roberto López: Criollo Electrik

The words, “pure” and “criollo” seem to cancel out each other as each is mutually exclusive. They are not even the same parts of...

Mike Marshall & Caterina Lichtenberg: Third Journey

Like both their previous recordings Third Journey by Mike Marshall and Caterina Lichtenberg is a benchmark one; historic in so many ways, just as...

Bartók and Folk: Complete Works for Male Choir, Interspersed with Folk Music

Béla Bartók: Male Choruses – Four old Hungarian Folksongs (BB60); Evening (BB30);Slovak Folksongs (BB77); Székely Folksongs (BB106); From Olden Times (BB112); Four Old Hungarian...
Sofía Rei: El Gavilán

Sofía Rei Presents: El Gavilán

The word “ethereal” is often used to describe poetry and/or music that is particularly otherworldly. But rarely does one come across a volume of...

Pauline Jean: Nwayo

This second album by the mesmerising contralto, Haitian-born and raised Pauline Jean takes her extraordinary musicianship to another level. Jean’s excellent performance perfectly captures...

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