• Davy Graham: Folks, Blues and Beyond

    Davy Graham: Folks, Blues and Beyond

    There’s almost nothing in the music of Pentangle, Steeleye Span, Fairport Convention, or any of the members of those groups that wasn’t directly inspired by one larger-than-life guitarist named Davy Graham. As the young man ...
  • Shore: The Lord of the Rings Symphony

    Shore: The Lord of the Rings Symphony

    Howard Shore’s many high-profile film scores include most of David Cronenberg’s movies, The Silence of the Lambs, and The Aviator. His grandest achievement, however, is his music for The Lord of the Rings—this earned him ...
  • Mackey: Lonely Motel

    Mackey: Lonely Motel

    For his hour-long song cycle, Steven Mackey’s protagonist is a “lovelorn psychologist”; 200 years ago, this sensitive soul would have been a poet. He’s holed up in a seedy motel, remembering, grieving, and mentally unraveling. ...
  • Rameau: Suties d'Orchestra

    Rameau: Suties d'Orchestra

    The almost suspiciously prolific Jordi Savall has delivered another brilliant program of some of the most interesting Baroque music ever written, four suites from Rameau’s ballets and operas. It’s raucous, it swings, it woos, it ...
  • Other Love Songs: Prince Consort

    Other Love Songs: Prince Consort

    Brahms’ Liebeslieder Waltzer (“Love-Song Waltzes”) evoke the peasant’s slower ländler rather than the Viennese waltz, suiting Brahms’s temperament better. The superb notes point out that listening to 18 brief waltzes in a row can be ...
  • Anthony Wilson: Campo Belo

    Anthony Wilson: Campo Belo

    Composer and guitarist Anthony Wilson has a probing musical curiosity. He’s a longtime cornerstone of Diana Krall’s quartet; his composition Virgo was commissioned by the Los Angeles Philharmonic and debuted in 2008; and we named ...
  • 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 ...

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