Sunday, November 17, 2019

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...

Quique Escamilla: 500 Years of Night

Born and raised in the southern Mexican state of Chiapas, Quique Escamilla is no stranger to the Zapatista rebellion and the history of struggle in the region since the Spanish Conquest. "500 Years of Night" is the outcry of a modern troubadour...

Simon Thacker’s Svara Kanti: Rakshasa

At first blush Simon Thacker’s Svara Kanti might give the impression that they are Shakti Redux, but could not be further from the truth. From the music on Rakshasa, it is clear that Mr. Thacker’s approach to fusing the European with the Indian is...

Craig Hartley’s Books on Tape

Books on Tape, Vol.1 is Craig Hartley’s debut recording, a work that expresses his viewpoint about music from a wide range of rhythms, not only in different kinds of jazz styles but also experimental, classical, rock and avant-garde genres...

Meg Okura and The Pan Asian Chamber Ensemble Project play Ryuichi Sakamoto’s Music

This fascinating work is the perfect symbiosis of eastern and western music, creating a new jazz atmosphere. The violinist and composer Meg Okura leads the Pan Asian Chamber Jazz Ensemble, this tremendous band consists of some virtuous...

Carlos Pavan – Suite del Interior

The beautiful "Suite Del Interior" by the Argentine guitarist Carlos Pavan is sometimes described as being a “mixture of classical, folk and jazz music”. But perish the thought. This is a magnificently composed classical piece that is based on...

In the Finding of a Masterpiece

Andre Pirro’s classic, "The Aesthetic of Johann Sebastian Bach" brings to life the aesthetic of the master who changed all music since Palestrina, creating a German Renaissance that paved the way for Ludwig Van Beethoven and Richard Wagner...

Introducing Grand Fatilla’s debut album: Global Shuffle

Before this musical idea was presented formally on different stages, the basic band began as a trio: Mike Rivard (bassist), Matt Glover (electric mandolinist) and Roberto Cassan (accordionist) met up to look into folk music from all over the world...

Benjamim Taubkin and Brasil e Marrocos: Al Quantara e caminhos de ida e volta

Benjamim Taubkin is the gold standard for pianists who come from a country better known for its guitarists. It is the profound beauty of his playing—his vocalastic phrasing and deeply emotional romanticism—that makes him not only...

Maria João Pires Plays Beethoven Concertos 3 & 4

This album of concerti 3 and 4 is a profound recording. It creates a palimpsest of Beethoven’s creative mindset during the last years when he had his sense of hearing and could perform his work. His earliest concerti were distinctly eighteenth works...

Vocalastics – Voice as the First Instrument

If the eyes are shut tight and the mind ran free, it might be possible to hear, spectrally, the sound of monks chanting at vespers, in the abbeys of Europe. It might also be possible to hear the passages with stunning melisma and magnificent intertwining...

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...

Mãe Carinhosa, Cesária Évora’s Posthumous Release

Cesária Évora was that kind of singer you would have liked to represent your country as a music ambassador. Her feeling to express the profound, pure, tropical and African sound is incomparable. Her voice is a unique treasure for the world...

Rhythm of the Heart, Raquel Bitton’s Tribute to Tino Rossi

It is not easy at all to interpret legends and musical icons like Edith Piaf, but Raquel Bitton has done it in a respectful and wonderful way. Continuing with the tribute to the most important contributors of French singing, Raquel Bitton brings us "Rhythm of the Heart"...

Sofia Vitória & Luís Figueiredo: Palavra de Mulher

The legendary troubadour of Brazil, Chico Buarque de Hollanda appears to have been somewhat of a polarizing figure, even in the Musica Popular Brasileira movement (MPB), whose ramparts he bestrode like the proverbial Colossus. This in terms of sheer output...

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…

The Brandenburg Concertos: Freiburger Barokorchester

The Brandenburg Concertos are one of the most celebrated and captivating compositions by Johann Sebastian Bach. Paced with bracing athletic vigor and featuring some of the most beautiful and challenging counterpoint...

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