• Tchaikovsky: The Sleeping Beauty

    Tchaikovsky: The Sleeping Beauty

    This Sleeping Beauty, arguably the finest of Tchaikovsky’s ballets, was recorded in 1959 with Ernest Ansermet on the podium leading L’Orchestre de la Suisse Romande. These meticulously manufactured Speakers Corner LPs demonstrate well what Kenneth ...
  • Holst: The Planets

    Holst: The Planets

    Holst’s orchestral spectacular seems designed as an audiophile showpiece, and as you probably know there are several recordings of it that hit the sonic jackpot. Here’s another such, but with a twist: this one’s played ...
  • Mendelssohn: Symphony 3, Scottish

    Mendelssohn: Symphony 3, Scottish

    Wonder of wonders—the great German classical recording company Deutsche Grammophon has issued its first LP in a quarter-century (on 180-gram vinyl, no less): Gustavo Dudamel conducting the Vienna Philharmonic, in a December 2011 live-in-concert performance ...
  • Hank Roberts: Everything Is Alive

    Hank Roberts: Everything Is Alive

    The cellist-composer’s eighth album as a leader reunites him with guitar renegade and longtime collaborator Bill Frisell. They’re joined by bassist Jerome Harris and drummer Kenny Wollesen. Recorded live-to-two-track, this cornucopia of sound displays both ...
  • Ravi Coltrane: Spirit Fiction

    Ravi Coltrane: Spirit Fiction

    Ravi Coltrane stepped into some seriously oversized shoes twice in his career— first when he took up tenor saxophone, following in the giant footsteps of his legendary father, second when he replaced the late Michael ...
  • Jenny Scheinman: Mischief & Mayhem

    Jenny Scheinman: Mischief & Mayhem

    We have guitarist Bill Frisell to thank for bringing violinist Jenny Scheinman to the attention of listeners who might have overlooked her various other collaborations, as well her half-dozen solo albums. Scheinman, a northern-California native ...
  • Lisa Mills: Tempered In Fire

    Lisa Mills: Tempered In Fire

    Lisa Mills is best known as a blues singer-songwriter in Europe and from Austin east to Florida, where she works a regular circuit of clubs and festivals across the Gulf Coast states. But if she ...
  • Dirty Three: Toward the Low Sun

    Dirty Three: Toward the Low Sun

    If the seven-year gap since the release of Dirty Three’s last studio album, Cinder, has had any noticeable effect, it’s been to strengthen this Australian instrumental trio’s improvisational empathy. Violinist Warren Ellis, guitarist Mick Turner, ...
  • Bonnie Raitt: Slipstream

    Bonnie Raitt: Slipstream

    After a seven-year hiatus from recording, Bonnie Raitt is back with a bluesy, soulful album that’s sure to make her fans fall in love with her all over again. Raitt has always had great taste ...
  • Dave Douglas: Magic Triangle & Leap of Fath

    Dave Douglas: Magic Triangle & Leap of Fath

    Trumpeter/composer Dave Douglas has just re-released two of his best early records, the entire output of a short-lived quartet that included tenor saxophonist Chris Potter, bassist James Genus, and drummer Ben Perowsky. Both records featured ...
  • Ian Tyson: Raven Singer

    Ian Tyson: Raven Singer

    An alluring Canadian cowgirl whose mastery of buckin’ broncs defines her life; a fruitless sabbatical to Morocco in hopes of healing a broken heart; a quest to reunite with a paramour in Baja’s sunny climes; ...
  • Carole King: The Legendary Demos

    Carole King: The Legendary Demos

    Any boomer who ever fell in or out of love listening to Carole King’s many contributions to the American Pop Songbook will enjoy these 13 previously unreleased demos of songs made popular by Aretha Franklin, ...

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