Thursday, August 13, 2020

In The Night: Stephen Hough

In The Night: Stephen Hough – Piano Stephen Hough has an impressive resume as a pianist, with some of the worlds’ finest Symphonies and Philharmonics....

Njacko Backo & Kalimba Kalimba: Ici bas rien n’est impossible

[soundcloud url="https://api.soundcloud.com/tracks/102197715" params="color=ff5500&auto_play=false&hide_related=false&show_artwork=false" width="100%" height="130" iframe="true" /] On the rather brightly coloured record Ici bas rien n’est impossible by the Cameroon-born Canada-based griot Njacko Backo,...

Cristina Morrison: I Love

Exceptional musicians are part of this interesting and loving project, creating a profound mix of rhythms where the interpretation of each band member contributes...

Kavita Shah: Visions

[soundcloud url="https://api.soundcloud.com/tracks/170681238" params="color=ff5500&auto_play=false&hide_related=false&show_artwork=false" width="100%" height="130" iframe="true" /] To say that Kavita Shah is an artist like no other is not really saying anything new. It...

Thomas Larcher: What Becomes

Thomas Larcher (b. 1963) – What Becomes – Tamara Stefanovich: piano (1 – 21), Mark Padmore: tenor (22 – 32); Thomas Larcher: piano (22...

Ogguere: Solar

[soundcloud url="https://api.soundcloud.com/tracks/59542057" params="color=ff5500&auto_play=false&hide_related=false&show_artwork=false" width="100%" height="130" iframe="true" /] The celebratory nature of Ogguere’s record, Solar is palpable almost from the first bars of “Tu Chocolate Caliente”....

Rubén Blades: Tangos

There is nothing, or possibly very little, by way of music and dance in Latin America—and that includes Argentina—that is not a result of...

Ultimate New Orleans Brass – Second Line Funk!

Warren Hildebrand and his father Henry Hildebrand, are legendary and seminal figures in the promotion of New Orleans Second Line music and music in...

Pyotr Ilyich Tchaikovsky (1840—1893) Piano Concertos 1 & 2

Pyotr Ilyich Tchaikovsky (1840—1893) Piano Concertos 1 & 2 – Simon Trpceski: piano; Royal Liverpool Philharmonic Orchestra: Vasily Patrenko: conductor Nikolai Rubenstein, to whom Tchaikovsky...

Gustavo Santaolalla: Camino

[soundcloud url="https://api.soundcloud.com/tracks/156681070" params="color=ff5500&auto_play=false&hide_related=false&show_artwork=false" width="100%" height="130" iframe="true" /] To talk about Gustavo Santaolalla is to talk about talent, commitment and love for the traditional sound with...

Lenka Lichtenberg and Yair Dalal – Lullabies from Exile

I have been listening to the music of Lenka Lichtenberg for some time now. Still, it never fails to amaze me that I find...

Various Artists – Brazil! The Birth of Bossa Nova

Brasil has long since moved on, but that Bossa Nova is still alive and well and still fascinating for the world—not just as a...

Paulo Padilha: No Lojinha de eu me Sinto Milionário (Cronicâs Cantadas, Canções Contadas)

[soundcloud url="https://api.soundcloud.com/tracks/40082668" params="color=ff5500&auto_play=false&hide_related=false&show_artwork=false" width="100%" height="130" iframe="true" /] From Sao Paulo, a city more socially-conscious than Rio, where protests against poverty in the context of the...

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....

Studio Rio Presents: The Brazil Connection

[soundcloud url="https://api.soundcloud.com/playlists/32962779" params="color=ff5500&auto_play=false&hide_related=false&show_artwork=false" width="100%" height="130" iframe="true" /] Charlie Haden was one of the first to mix the voice of legendary chanteuses in with his famous...

Laura Dreyer: Vida. Arte. Amor.

Every once and awhile an artist comes around to surprise everyone with the proficiency in an idiom naturally foreign to him or her. The...

Nilza Costa: Revolution Rivoluzione Revolução

Nilza Costa is an extraordinary Afro-Brasilian musician. She has a riveting voice that—in the Western music realm would be considered contralto—is mesmerising because of its sensuous almost physical quality in which Ms. Costa does not so much as sing...

The Garifuna Collective: Ayó

The uniqueness of the Garifuna Diaspora has resulted in their truly singular cultural anthropology. These are a people who descended from the Arawak and the Caribe peoples, who migrated to the Caribbean and coastal Central America hundreds of years ago...

Ludwig Van Beethoven Piano Trios Opus 70 No. 2, Opus 97 “Archduke”

Beethoven’s first published works—his Opus No.1—were three trios for piano, violin and cello and already they show a marked advance on Haydn’s trios in the comparative interdependence of the three parts. Their freedom from Haydn’s oppressive formality...

Banda Magda Presents: Yerakina

Banda Magda gave notice that a magnificent new group was breaking through. That linear leap has given way to a vertical propelling of Banda Magda into the rarified realm of magical musical sojourns. This also means that its beautiful leader, Magda Giannikou...

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