The booklet photos for Kate McGarry's new CD "The Subject Tonight is Love" show her, guitarist Keith Ganz and keyboardist Gary Versace in a living room, making music for their own enjoyment. The music contained on the disc carries the same intimacy one might find at a house concert, where a small audience provides the necessary energy to inspire the performers to greater heights. McGarry's variations on "Gone with the Wind" are breathtaking, and her unique combination of innocence and emotional depth unite to create a version of "My Funny Valentine" which stands as near definitive. I have new respect for the Benny Golson/Kenny Dorham composition, "Fair Weather" because of McGarry's sensitive interpretation which collects a series of seemingly random thoughts into an integrated whole. On her original "Climb Down", McGarry tries to make peace with her Irish ancestors, and the track concludes with a brief rendition of an Irish pub song (with guest drummer Obed Calvaire). Another medley, "She Always Will" and "The River", is a mesmerizing piece linking our lives with nature. Ganz (who is also McGarry's husband) and Versace (a long-time friend and collaborator) are far from mere accompanists on these tracks. Their solos add necessary depth to the arrangements, enhancing McGarry's conception of the lyrics and adding immeasurably to the emotional impact of each song. For example, during the guitar chorus on "Valentine", Versace and Ganz employ rubato in a most subtle way (a device easily missed by those not paying close attention). That hesitancy in tempo-which is echoed by McGarry in the next chorus-brings out the uncertainty embedded in Lorenz Hart's lyric. Not everything on the disc is serious and intense: "What a Difference a Day Made" is a light-hearted romp over an implied samba rhythm. McGarry's voice captures a sense of utter joy as she freely switches between lyrics and scat over Versace's whirling Wurlitzer. The album opens with a recitation of the title poem and it closes with a quirky version of the Beatles' "All You Need is Love" (with Ron Miles added on cornet), but to my mind, the true bookends of the album are the versions of "Secret Love" and "Indian Summer", two well-worn standards that are revitalized by McGarry, Ganz and Versace-not through fancy arrangements or unusual concepts, but by performing them in a straight-forward manner which lets the innate qualities of the songs come through. That indescribable sense of adding just the right nuances is what makes Kate McGarry, Keith Ganz and Gary Versace masters of their art.
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This week in the Classic FM Chart, 'The Glorious Garden' has managed to hold onto its No. 1 spot from last week - and Murray Perahia jumps up 20 places with his Beethoven Piano Sonatas!
The Classic FM Chart sees Alan Titchmarsh and Debbie Wiseman holding the No. 1 spot, with their brand-new album of original poetry and symphonic music. And it's good news for Andre Rieu with his album Amore, which stays strong at No. 2. The only change in this week's top five sees Einaudi's Islands and Sheku Kanneh-Mason's Inspiration switching places at No. 3 and No. 4 respectively. At No. 6, Murray Perahia has leapt up a huge 20 places with his album of Beethoven Piano Sonatas, while Sing Me Home by Yo-Yo Ma and the Silk Road Ensemble has also leapt up seven places from No. 14 to No. 7.
There are only two new entries this week: Language of the Heart by the Santiago Quartet at No. 9, and The Complete Recitals on Warner Classics by Christa Ludwig at No. 12. However, the bottom end of the chart sees a number of re-entries, including Ramin Djawadi's soundtrack to Game of Thrones Season 7, Karl Jenkins' The Armed Man, and two albums from Ludovico Einaudi.
On WCRB's CD of the Week, the soloists from the Montreal Symphony call on their virtuosity to bring out the light-heartedness in Beethoven and Richard Strauss.
Symphony orchestras are miraculous for what they can do as one complex entity. They possess a special chemistry that tunes their musicians directly into one another. And smaller miracles tend to crop up, too. Groups of orchestral players get real joy from stepping out of the bigger entity and finding camaraderie and spontaneity in chamber ensembles. Here in Boston, we've got the Boston Symphony Chamber Players and the Boston Cello Quartet. Now, in Montreal, the Soloists of the Montreal Symphony have begun a new series of recordings, and WCRB has chosen their first as our CD of the Week.
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Johnny Cash built his mythic self to fit his actual voice, behaving as if it had arrived from somewhere else, as if the voice (like a flame) had traveled a great distance to get here. This was correct. As the story goes, Cash's voice presented itself to him late in his adolescence. It just showed up one day, unannounced, there to be misunderstood and wasted, like any other blessing. His mother was a simple woman but she referred to his voice as The Gift.
Its snarl, however full of bombast and sanctimony it might have been, also had a lazy cruelness to it, a sense of malignant power held in reserve. It was like an ink drawn from some prior place. Cash would always imply that his voice did not come from his own earthly person but from a spectral elsewhere, outside of him, coming on like the Holy Ghost, selecting him and then commencing its ravishing. There was no way he could have prepared himself for its arrival. He had been working when he received it, simply doing his chores, adding his blood and sweat to the family engine, keeping on keeping on. "When I was 17," he wrote, "I had been cutting wood all day with my father and I came in and I was singing a gospel song, ‘Everybody's gonna have a wonderful time up there, Glory hallelujah.'" PHOTO: Getty/Bloomsbury Publishing/Salon)
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The Cranberries have just announced they will be releasing a reissue of their Everybody Else Is Doing It So Why Can't We for its 25th anniversary as well as a brand new album. The band, as Rolling Stone reported, had already started working on the reissue before singer Dolores O'Riordan death in January, which caused the project to be put on hold. The surviving members of the group, however, have revealed they will get back to the project and complete their new album, on which O'Riordan recorded her vocals before her sudden death. The band said their hope is to release the new record in the beginning of 2019.
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The music (and film and tech and everything else) at South by Southwest almost always looks to the future. Emerging acts and novel sounds and panels try to make sense of a music industry turned inside-out.
So what a treat to wander into a club set from '70s rock experimentalist Todd Rundgren at the end of Thursday evening's slate of music at 1 a.m. There are usually a few legacy acts or established mainstream performers each year, but it's rare to catch a singer-songwriter who has been pushing the outer edges of rock since the '60s - and has a worthy new collaborative album to add to that legacy.
Rundgren had some chart hits in the U.S. ("Hello It's Me" and "I Saw The Light" among them), but today, he's more of a cult figure and deep inspiration for today's crop of psychedelic acts and electronic producers. His new LP "White Night" has collaborations with current electronic boundary-pushers like Trent Reznor and Robyn, and nods to his classic rock legacy with turns from Joe Walsh and Steely Dan's Donald Fagen.
There's always pleasure in discovering something brand new at SXSW, but there's just as much as rediscovering something older that turns out to still sound brand new. "You're playing checkers and I'm playing chess," he sang on "Let's Do This," from his newest LP. That's been true for 40 years and counting. PHOTO: Gordon Lamb
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Internationally acclaimed jazz pianist Vijay Iyer is one of the few artists to play two different sets on the Rosies Stage at the Cape Town International Jazz Festival. Iyer brings out his sextet to play both nights of the Festival on March 23 and 24, presenting original compositions on both nights.
Speaking from New York, Iyer said it had not been a tough decision to travel so far to get to Cape Town. While it is difficult to organise and schedule a six-member band made up of people who also have their own careers, playing in South Africa is something he has wanted to do for a while. "My mother-in-law is from Durban so I have been hearing stories for 20 years now," said the Grammy-nominated composer/ bandleader.
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Following her acclaimed album with the Staatskapelle Berlin and Daniel Barenboim, Tchaikovsky & Sibelius Violin Concertos, Lisa Batiashvili releases Visions of Prokofiev, a new album with the Chamber Orchestra of Europe conducted by Yannick Nézet-Séguin.
Daniel Hope returns to core repertoire with Journey to Mozart, an intimate exploration of Mozart's world comprising both works by the titular composer and pieces by his contemporaries Gluck, Haydn, Mysliveček and Salomon.
WPRBPrinceton: Marvin Rosen played wonderful, sad, baroque sound that I love / Radio Survivor
Posted: August 29, 2017 12:00 AM
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Last week I spent a little time with one of Marvin Rosen's early music specials at WPRB at Princeton, New Jersey. I kept listening to Biagio Marini's Sonata a tre over and over on the mp3, performed by Christopher Hogwood and The Academy of Ancient Music. It has that wonderful, sad, baroque busy-busy-busy sound that I love. You should download the show while you can.
Rosen, a full-time music educator with the Westminster Conservatory in Princeton, New Jersey, has a doctorate in music education from Columbia University. He was managing the record department at Princeton University's store IN 1997 when he was offered the opportunity to host a morning music program on WPRB 103.3 FM, the school's independent radio station, which has a strong signal and a following in Philadelphia.
The second installment of the Jazz Loves Disney series, Jazz Loves Disney 2: A Kind of Magic features guest artists including Angélique Kidjo, Laura Mvula, Jamie Cullum, Jacob Collier, George Benson, Madeleine Peyroux and more, taking on beloved melodies from the Disney canon. The album will be released on Verve Records on November 10. The Jazz Loves Disney series celebrates the nostalgia and universal appeal of the music of Disney films. The rich catalogue of Disney songs that span genres and generations inspired producer Jay Newland and arranger Rob Mounsey to continue the series.
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The Passion of Charlie Parker is a new album from producer Larry Klein that tells the story of Charlie Parker using his music as inspiration for new songs that narrate his life. Guest artists include Gregory Porter, Madeleine Peyroux, Kandace Springs, actor Jeffrey Wright, and more. The album will be available on impulse!/ Verve digitally on June 16, with physical release to follow on June 30. Larry Klein says, "With this album I've endeavored to do something new and different in an effort to illustrate who ‘Bird' was as an archetypal character, and to draw attention to the huge impact that his work had on Jazz." Rather than create another tribute of traditional bebop tunes, Klein partnered with lyricist David Baerwald to create a musical play that tells the story of Charlie Parker's life while still playing with the jagged melodic nature of Charlie Parker's compositions.
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Classic Disney tunes are given the big-band jazz treatment on this new release, featuring artistssuch as Gregory Porter, Melody Gardot, Stacey Kent,Jamie Cullum and more. Released on Verve on November 18, 2016, this album celebrates classic Disney magic and Walt Disney's love for jazz. Produced by Jay Newland and arranged and directed by Rob Mounsey, Jazz Loves Disney celebrates the heritage of Disney music from beloved films such as Cinderella, Lady and the Tramp, The Jungle Book and more.
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In a bold and unprecedented step, the innovative Manchester Camerata has taken part in a new musical experiment that has seen it team up with DJs Graeme Park and Mike Pickering, the original DJs behind the unique Haçienda club sound, to create spin club classics in full harmony with the live orchestra, alongside vocals from the AMC Choir and special guests. Manchester Camerata embraced the Hacienda Classical project right from the start showing great respect for the Hacienda's legacy and displaying a shared love of Manchester's music and people.
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The Lost Songs of St. Kilda, an album of songs from a remote Scottish island kept alive by a man in a care home who performs on the album, has hit #1 on the iTunes and Amazon Classical chart, as well as reaching #9 on the Amazon overall charts in the US. In connection with this project and for the first time ever, a concert has taken place on St Kilda – the deserted Scottish island dubbed ‘the Edge of the World'. Internationally-renowned composer Sir James MacMillan performed the ‘Lost Songs of St Kilda' in front of a handful of people who endured an eight-hour boat trip from Skye to be there. It is the first time music has been heard on St Kilda since its evacuation in 1930.
re:works is the result of a groundbreaking project that sees the rich catalogue of Decca Classics being opened to some of the world's foremost electronic producers, including Mr Scruff, Starkey, Henrik Schwarz, Fort Romeau, Patrice Bamuel, Martin Buttrich and Kate Simko. Re:works seeks to further establish the common ground between the historic and modern day aspects of musical composition, opening the hallowed Decca vaults-including works by Rachmaninov, Satie, Holst, and more-- to a selection of seminal electronic artists. Ranging from the experimental to the more recognizable 4/4 structures of house and techno, Re:works elicits the full range of emotion – from the heartbreaking to the ecstatic – over the course of 13 extraordinary tracks.
In celebration of Shakespeare's 400th birth anniversary, Decca presents a double-album of music inspired by the Bard as well as highlights of his greatest written work. The first half consists of famous classical pieces where the composers have taken inspiration from Shakespeare's best-loved plays and poems. Highlights include: Tchaikovsky's ‘Dance of the Knights', Armstrong's ‘Balcony Scene', Mendelssohn's ‘Wedding March' and Vaughan-Williams ‘Three Shakespeare Songs' to name but a few. From orchestral to vocal music, this collection features performances by Bryn Terfel, Renée Fleming, Herbert bon Karajan, Claudio Abbado, Colin Davis, Gerog Solti, The Cleveland Orchestra, Vienna Philharmonic, Berlin Philharmonic, Chicago Symphony Orchestra, London Symphony Orchestra and many more.
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