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Max Emanuel Cencic & Johann Johannsson make KCRW: Rhythm Planet - New and Noteworthy Releases

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KCRW: Los Angeles, Rhythm Planet eclectic playlist this week features a crop of new releases

Croatian countertenor Max Emanuel Cencic follows with an Italian baroque aria sung with his typical bravado and poise. I think even Liberace would pale in comparison to Cencic's sartorial splendor. But don't let that distract from the fact that he is a world-class performer of operatic arias.

We next feature a track from the late Jóhann Jóhannsson's very first record from way back in 2002, Englabörn, in a remastered 2018 release from Deutsche Grammaphon. The music was originally commissioned for a play by Hávar Sigurjánsson, and the double-CD also includes outtakes plus reworks by Jóhannsson, Ryuichi Sakamoto, and others. We hear the short and haunting "Krókódíll."


RHYTHM PLANET PLAYLIST FOR 5/4/18

Sousou & Maher Cissoko / "Bour Yalla" / Made of Music / Jaliya Connection/Ajabu!

Pink Martini / "Pata Pata" / Kid's African Party / Putumayo

The Mystery of Bulgarian Voices / "Mani Yanni (feat. Lisa Gerrard)" / BooCheeMish / Prophecy

Mitra Sumara/ "Sahre Paiz" / Tahdig / Persian Cardinal Recordings

Max Emanuel Cencic / "Ezio/Act 1: Se tu la reggi al volo" / Porpora: Opera Arias / Decca London

Jóhann Jóhannsson / "Krókódíll" / Englabörn & Variations / Deutsche Grammophone

Juan Pablo Díaz / "A Tu Lado" / Fase Dos / Juanpi Música

Dayramir Gonzalez / "Camello Tropical" (feat. Nadia Washington) / The Grand Concourse / Machat Records

Antonio Sanchez / "Minotauro" / Channels of Energy / Cam Jazz

Spanish Harlem Orchestra / "Guaracha y Bembe" / Anniversary / ArtistShare