• Miles Davis Quintet: Live in Europe 1967

    Miles Davis Quintet: Live in Europe 1967

    Miles completists may already have these recordings, which have been circulated in bootleg form for years. Culled from original state-owned television and radio sources documenting festival appearances in Belgium, Denmark, France, Germany, and Sweden, this ...
  • Albeniz: Suite Espanola

    Albeniz: Suite Espanola

    This is an orchestration of Isaac Albeniz’s 1887 piano suite, here conducted by Rafael Frühbeck de Burgos who did the—gorgeous!—scoring himself. So idiomatically and effectively did Burgos accomplish this task that you’d never guess the ...
  • The Christmas Story

    The Christmas Story

    Choral conductor and singer Paul Hillier has modeled this unusual and unusually attractive program around the Nine Lessons and Carols of Christmas services from his youth in Great Britain. For this recording, based on seasonal ...
  • Bach: Ich hatte viel Bekummernis

    Bach: Ich hatte viel Bekummernis

    When I was about 12, a friend of my dad’s gave me Christopher Hogwood’s recordingof Bach’sBrandenburgConcertos; though I hear spotty intonation when I listen now, the bright sound and fresh playing won me completely, and ...
  • Live from the Marlboro Music Festival

    Live from the Marlboro Music Festival

    The Marlboro folks issued these three live-in-concert recordings for their 60th anniversary (their Web site points you to www.arkivmusic.com for purchasing— search for “Marlboro”). The festival was founded in 1951 by pianist Rudolf Serkin (its ...
  • Jennifer Warnes: The Well

    Jennifer Warnes: The Well

    Jennifer Warnes is one of the most underrated pop singers of her generation. Her albums, though few and far between, brim with melody and craft—and lyrics both intelligent and emotionally weighted. The Well was originally ...
  • Gillian Welch: The Harrow & The Harvest

    Gillian Welch: The Harrow & The Harvest

    Eight years in the making and definitely worth the wait, this latest roots music collaboration from singer/songwriter Gillian Welch and guitarist David Rawlings uses spare vocal harmonies and simple folk instrumentation (guitar, banjo, and harmonica) ...
  • Maria Muldaur: Steady Love

    Maria Muldaur: Steady Love

    On her stomping “Soulful Dress,” Maria Muldaur sings that ”I’ll be at my best when I put on my soulful dress.” Her enticing, smoky-voiced boast about how appealing she is in a certain figure-flattering garment ...

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