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August’s key release on the harmonia mundi label is Richard Egarr’s Handel Organ Concertos Op. 7 with the Academy of Ancient Music (p.3). These glorious works are the composer’s last great instrumental concertos. On Alia Vox, Jordi Savall presents La Barcha d’Amore, a specially-priced collection featuring music inspired by late Renaissance European love poetry (p.5) and on Channel Classics, Pieter Wispelwey plays Prokofiev’s Sinfonia Concertante with the Rotterdam Philharmonic Orchestra (p.7). New label First Hand Records celebrates the 100th anniversary of pianist Shura Cherkassky with the release of The Complete HMV Stereo Recordings (p.9), while on Hyperion, Marc-André Hamelin releases his second volume of Haydn Piano Sonatas (p.11). The new Mariinsky label presents their second release, Shostakovich’s Symphonies Nos.1 & 15 (p.13) with the Mariinsky Orchestra conducted by Valery Gergiev. Orange Mountain Music debuts the complete original soundtrack to the classic Godfrey Reggio film Koyaanisqatsi (p.15) performed by the Philip Glass Ensemble and Michael Riesman. In non-classical releases, Susan McKeown returns on World Village with Saints & Tzadiks (p.19), a fascinating album mixing Yiddish and Irish songs featuring the Klezmatics’ lead vocalist Lorin Sklamberg.

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Egarr’s Handel survey continues harmonia mundi

HANDEL Organ Concertos Op.7

Richard Egarr (organ) harmonia mundi • HMU 807447

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Handel’s last great published set of instrumental concertos arrived posthumously in 1761. Played here on a chamber organ with real-time improvisations and enlarged continuo support, these magnificent concertos (including the beloved “The Cuckoo and the Nightingale”) show Handel at his glorious and compositional best, and allow a concentrated view of his style from the last 20 years of his life.

“Egarr is unfailingly energetic, inventive, and colorful.” — EARLY MUSIC NEWS

Also available harmonia mundi • HMU 807446 (093046744663)

“These elegant and characterful performances are simply too good to miss.”

August 2009

Handel: Organ Concertos Op.4


New offerings in the Heritage series alia vox

PURCELL The Fairy Queen, The Prophetess — Orchestral Suites Le Concert des Nations, Jordi Savall Alia Vox • AVSA 9866

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Masters from the Golden Century Sacred Music by Morales, Guerrero & Victoria La Capella Reial de Catalunya, Hespèrion XX, Jordi Savall Alia Vox • AVSA 9867

August 2009

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This month Alia Vox offers two new releases in their Heritage series. The first features two orchestral masterpieces by Henry Purcell, one of the Baroque period’s most beloved composers. The second is a specially priced (3 CDs for the price of 2) set featuring a definitive overview of Spanish sacred music from the XVIth Century. The Heritage collection from Alia Vox offers a fresh vision of the recordings that Jordi Savall, Montserrat Figueras and their ensembles Hespèrion XX, La Capella Reial de Catalunya and Le Concert des Nations made under the Astrée label. This unique discography features over sixty albums and includes some of the most important recordings from the early music renaissance. Alia Vox has remastered and edited these titles with the meticulous care that has been the label’s hallmark since it was founded in 1998.

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La Barcha d’Amore

Montserrat Figueras (soprano) Hespèrion XXI, Le Concert des Nations Jordi Savall Alia Vox • AV 9811

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La Barcha d’Amore is a specially-priced collection of vocal and instrumental music inspired by mythology and 17th-century European love poetry. The album’s selections are taken from recordings made between 1976 to 1996 under the labels EMI Electrola, DHM, Astrée and Auvidis and from 1998 to 2008 under Alia Vox. Vocal works include selections from Giulio Caccini’s Le Nuove Musiche and the touching Elizabethan lullaby “Une jeune fillette.” Instrumental selections include Samuel Scheidt’s Courant dolorosa, Elizabethan favorites “Desperada” and “Greensleeves,” as well as Lully’s Rondeau from Le Mariage forcé and the Chaconne from L’Amour Médecin. Performers include Montserrat Figueras and Jordi Savall and the ensembles Hespèrion XXI and Le Concert des Nations.

“Jordi Savall’s releases will enrich your life as well as providing beautiful musical enjoyment.” — EARLY MUSIC NEWS

Recent release The Celtic Viol

“An approach that’s soaked in his own experience playing Renaissance and Baroque music... genuinely fascinating.”

August 2009

Alia Vox • AVSA 9865 (7619986398655)



Kentner plays Liszt LISZT Piano Works Vol.2

Louis Kentner (piano) APR • APR 5614

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Like so many others of Jewish origin, Hungarian-born pianist Louis Kentner emigrated to England in the mid 1930s. He was to remain there for the rest of his life, becoming very much part of British musical life. His London debut took place in 1936 and was an all Liszt recital. As a direct result he was signed up by HMV and over the next fifteen years, made a large number of recordings. This disc, in addition to a number of the well known etudes, features a group of late Liszt pieces including the bizarre Czárdás Macabre and the Les Patineurs scherzo - one of Liszt’s most brilliant operatic transcriptions.

August 2009


Music of Martinů


MARTINů Sinfonietta Giocosa, Toccata e due Canzoni, Jazz Suite

Claire Désert (piano) Orchestre de Picardie, Pascal Verrot Calliope • CAL 9394

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Bohuslav Martinů’s 1940 Sinfonietta Giocosa was one of the last works he wrote before leaving Europe for America. The title is a misnomer in that the work is actually a piano concerto. Its overall style is neo-classical, although jazz influences tinge the finale. Similarly, the Toccata e due Canzoni of 1946 contains both neo-classic and jazz elements and features solo piano. The 1928 Jazz Suite is comprised of four pieces for small orchestra drawn from his opera Les Larmes du couteau and is written in an expressionist style inspired by the music of Kurt Weill.

Pieter Wispelwey live channel classics

PROKOFIEV Sinfonia Concertante TCHEREPNIN Suite for Cello Solo CRUMB Sonata for Solo Cello

Pieter Wispelwey (cello) Rotterdam Philharmonic Orchestra Vassily Sinaisky Channel Classics • CCS SA 27909

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Prokofiev’s first cello concerto, written in the late 1930’s, was not well-received at its premiere. Although poorly interpreted by the cellist, much of the blame fell on Prokofiev for writing a “soulless” concerto. The work was seldom played afterwards, until Prokofiev heard Rostropovich play it at a 1947 concert at the Moscow Conservatory. The performance reawakened Prokofiev’s interest in the cello and he rewrote the work (with advice from Rostropovich) re-christening it as the Sinfonia Concertante. This live recording also features two solo encores by Tcherepnin and Crumb. Written in a similar time period as the Prokofiev, they provide a fascinating look at the contrasting styles in use by composers in the post-war years.

“Pieter Wispelwey has a penetrating musical intelligence.” — THE ABSOLUTE SOUND

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“A totally compelling performance.”

August 2009

Shostakovich: Cello Concerto No.2

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Podger Mozart series now complete MOZART Violin Sonatas Vols.7 & 8

Rachel Podger (violin) Gary Cooper (fortepiano) Channel Classics • CCS SA 28109

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SACD Hybrid/ Stereo & Multi-channel/ DSD Channel Classics’ Mozart violin sonata series on historical instruments featuring Rachel Podger and Gary Cooper has impressed critics around the world. Previous releases have received many awards and accolades including multiple Diapason d’Or awards and Gramophone Editor’s Choices and have been hailed as ‘benchmark’ recordings. This specially-priced release, encompassing volumes seven and eight, completes the set. Featured repertoire includes the ‘London’ sonatas of 1764.

Music of Bohemia The Bohemian Album Music of Dvorák, Haas & Schulhoff

August 2009

Amsterdam Sinfonietta, Candida Thompson Channel Classics • CCS SA 24409


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SACD Hybrid/ Stereo & Multi-channel/ DSD The Amsterdam Sinfonietta has combined a romantic masterpiece of the string orchestra repertoire with two wild compositions from the inter-war period. Dvorák, Haas and Schulhoff hardly make a conventional mixture, but all three of these composers had their roots in a region which was known for many centuries as “Bohemia.” One can hear this common ground in the rhythmic diversity, the influence of folk music and the melodic inventiveness that characterizes their music.

Remembering Cherkassky at 100 first hand

The Complete HMV Stereo Recordings

Shura Cherkassky (piano) First Hand • FHR 04

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“A solid set dedicated to a wonderfully impish and singular keyboard artist.”

August 2009

Like many other artists, the great Russian pianist Shura Cherkassky fled from what became Soviet Russia and settled in the USA. A student of Josef Hoffman, Cherkassky is considered by many critics to be the last great Romantic pianist. This release from the brand-new First Hand Records label is published to commemorate the 100th anniversary of Cherkassky’s birth. Recorded at Abbey Road Studios in 1956 and 1958, the set’s 26 tracks were remastered at Abbey Road Studios from the original EMI/HMV tapes. Most are issued here in stereo for the first time and many have never before appeared on CD. Of special note are unpublished versions of Chopin’s Ballade No. 3, the Gershwin Preludes and for the first time on CD, Litolff ’s Scherzo with BBC Symphony Orchestra led by Malcolm Sargent. This set, which features over two hours of music, is a significant historical classical piano release and provides a major boost to the limited Cherkassky discography currently available.



The Brabant Ensemble’s latest discovery PHINOT Mass, Motets

Brabant Ensemble, Stephen Rice Hyperion • CDA 67696

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The Brabant Ensemble presents another exciting find: a hugely neglected composer from the 16th century. Although relatively little is known about Dominique Phinot’s life, his compositional output was considerable both in volume and quality. The five-voice motets of his Liber primus mutetarum demonstrate his outstanding polyphonic skills and the Liber secundus contains five eight-voice works that are unique in the mid-sixteenth century in their treatment of double-choir dialogue. These works, of which four are included in this recording, are the antecedents of the resplendent Venetian polychoral tradition of the late sixteenth and early seventeenth centuries.

Reappraising Mendelssohn MENDELSSOHN Songs & Duets Vol.4

August 2009

Katherine Broderick (soprano) Anna Grevelius (mezzo-soprano) Stephan Loges (baritone), Eugene Asti (piano) Hyperion • CDA 67739


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In this bicentenary year of his birth, Mendelssohn’s music is enjoying a long overdue renaissance. Hyperion’s contribution to the composer’s rehabilitation includes their acclaimed series of songs and duets. It is remarkable to realize that compositions by a major composer could go unpublished and unheard for more than 150 years. Pianist Eugene Asti has gathered together 46 previously unknown songs from various stages of this composer’s sadly truncated life. These newly published works reveal a willingness to experiment with novel song forms and highly expressive harmonies. For this disc, Eugene Asti has gathered together a dazzling selection of singers, including some of the most exciting young artists working today.

More Haydn from Hamelin hyperion

HAYDN Piano Sonatas Vol.2

Marc-André Hamelin (piano) Hyperion • CDA 67710

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Marc-André Hamelin’s first set of Haydn piano sonatas was Hyperion’s best-selling release of 2007. It had the critics jostling to acclaim his performances in the highest terms, in particular his expression of the, “physical exhilaration of Haydn’s playful inspiration in a way unmatched by any pianist past or present” (International Piano Magazine). His second volume, released in a year where new Haydn recordings are prominent, should surely match the critical and commercial success of the first. Some of Haydn’s most alluring and appealing keyboard works are recorded here. The surprising (to some) emotional range of the composer is fully evident in the extraordinarily sensitive and intimate Sonata No 49 in E flat major written for Maria Anna von Genzinger and the profoundly felt Andante con variazioni in F minor, the composition of which coincided with her death.

“It is an axiom of classical recording that there is no such thing as a Hamelin disc that is anything less than compelling and fascinating. He has the most impressive combination of technique, intellect and fearlessness.” — DALLAS MORNING NEWS

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“These superb performances — brisk, witty, emotionally evocative — reflect glory on him and Haydn alike.”


Hyperion • CDA 67754 (034571175546)

August 2009

Haydn: Piano Sonatas Volume 1



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Previously Available as CDA 66161 (034571161617) Deleted May 2008 FINZI Songs to words by Thomas Hardy

Martyn Hill (tenor), Stephen Varcoe (baritone) Clifford Benson (piano) Hyperion • CDD 22070

Mortuus est Philippus Rex

Choir of Westminster Cathedral James O’Donnell Hyperion • CDH 55248

“Subtle and distinguished performances”

“One of the best CDs they have made.”



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August 2009

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MEDTNER Music for Two Pianos RACHMANINOV Music for Two Pianos

Dmitri Alexeev (piano), Nikolai Demidenko (piano) Hyperion • CDH 55337

BACH Violin Concertos

Catherine Mackintosh (violin), Elizabeth Wallfisch (violin) Paul Goodwin (oboe), The King’s Consort, Robert King Hyperion • CDH 55347

"Stunning Medtner performances”

“Inspired performances...that explore the music’s emotional depth.”



Gergiev conducts Shostakovich mariinsky

SHOSTAKOVICH Symphonies Nos.1 & 15

Mariinsky Orchestra Valery Gergiev Mariinsky • MAR 0502

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SACD Hybrid/ Stereo & Multi-channel/ DSD The second release on the Mariinsky label features Shostakovich’s first and final symphonies. Valery Gergiev made award-winning recordings of Shostakovich symphonies for Philips, however he will release a complete cycle on the Mariinsky label, starting with the symphonies he has not previously recorded. Over 45 years separate the composition of the works on this disc and yet both exude creativity and Shostakovich’s dark wit. The first symphony owes much to the influence of Shostakovich’s Russian predecessors including Tchaikovsky and Scriabin. However it also reflects contemporary artistic life and the optimism of the early years in the Soviet Union. By contrast, the final symphony is a more bitter work, drawing on many of the themes that recur throughout Shostakovich’s career and yet never resorting to melodrama.

“One would be hard pressed to find a tauter ensemble performing today.” — MUSICAL CRITICISM

Recently released Mariinsky • MAR 0501 (822231850120)

“Gergiev wrings superb playing from his band, bringing real panache to the rapid alternations of contrast and grotesquerie and to the brilliantly inventive interludes.” — BBC MUSIC MAGAZINE

August 2009

Shostakovich: The Nose



Hugo Reyne plays Bach BACH Flute Sonatas BWV997, 1030b & 1033-35

Hugo Reyne (flute), Pierre Hantaï (harpsichord) Emmanuelle Guigues (viola da gamba) Mirare • MIR 038

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“There is something abnormal in almost all Bach’s flute sonatas,” wrote Frans Bruggen in the booklet note for his recording of these pieces. It is true that the flute sonatas do not constitute a homogeneous corpus within the composer’s output. We do not possess the “six flute sonatas” as we have, for instance, the “six sonatas for violin and harpsichord” or the “six suites for unaccompanied cello.” Each of Bach’s works for flute corresponds to a different creative period and he did not take the trouble to assemble them in a single manuscript with a view of publication, for example. It was the first editors of these sonatas in the 19th century who divided them into groups.

August 2009


Brahms chamber music masterworks


BRAHMS String Quintets Nos.1 & 2

Nash Ensemble Onyx Classics • ONYX 4043

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The two String Quintets are considered to be among Brahms’ greatest chamber works. The first was a favorite of the composer, and he wrote to his publisher that, “you’ll never receive anything more beautiful from me.” The second was written when Brahms had all but retired. When he delivered the work to the publisher he wrote, “with this note you can take leave of my music, because it is high time to stop.” The Nash Ensemble, having recently celebrated their 40th anniversary, are having something of a golden period. Their previous Onyx discs of Turnage and Mendelssohn received rave reviews.

A Glass première


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“Philip Glass is the most obvious candidate for godfather of this new art music... His sound might be likened to Mozart as produced by Brian Eno.”

GLASS Koyaanisqatsi Complete Original Soundtrack

Philip Glass Ensemble Michael Riesman Orange Mountain • OMM 0058

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The new release from Philip Glass’ record label Orange Mountain Music presents, for the first time, the complete original soundtrack from the classic Godfrey Reggio film Koyaanisqatsi. The LP release of this Glass score was released in the 1980s in a severely truncated form with only 6 tracks and 45 minutes of music. This newly re-mastered recording features thirteen tracks and over 76 minutes of content including original sound-effects and additional music used in the film. This version of Koyaanisqatsi is the most complete and representative recording of the soundtrack to this seminal film. The music is performed here by the Philip Glass Ensemble conducted by Michael Riesman and produced by Kurt Munkacsi.

Recently released Orange Mountain • OMM 0057 (801837005721)

“There is something remarkably poetic about Glass’s and Moran’s music — it’s sort of a wolf in sheep’s clothing itself — and the resulting hybrid is surprisingly effective.” — CLASSICS TODAY

August 2009

Glass: The Juniper Tree


Gardiner’s Bach pilgrimage continues soli deo gloria

BACH Cantatas Vol.17

Ruth Holton (soprano) Sally Bruce Payne (mezzo-soprano) Lucy Ballard (mezzo-soprano) Charles Humphries (counter-tenor) James Gilchrist (tenor) Peter Harvey (baritone) The Monteverdi Choir, English Baroque Soloists, John Eliot Gardiner Soli Deo Gloria • SDG 150


August 2009

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BACH Cantatas Vol.4

Katharine Fuge, Joanne Lunn (sopranos) Michael Chance, Richard Wyn Roberts (altos) James Gilchrist, Kobie van Rensburg (tenors) Stephan Loges, Stephen Varcoe (baritones) The Monteverdi Choir English Baroque Soloists Soli Deo Gloria • SDG 156

John Eliot Gardiner’s Gramophone and BBC Music Magazine award-winning Bach Cantata series on SDG continues this month with two new releases. The first features six cantatas (BWV 16, 41, 58, 143 153 & 171) for New Year’s Day and for the Sunday after New Year. Recorded live at the Gethsemanekirche in Prenzlauer Berg, Berlin in January 2000, the set is specially priced. The second release features five Cantatas for the Sixth and Seventh Sunday after Trinity (BWV 9, 107, 170, 186 & 187), recorded live at the prestigious Ansbach Bach Festival and at St. Mary’s church in Haddington, Scotland in July and August 2000. Also included is a favorite encore work, the motet Der Gerechte kommt um. Once attributed to Bach, this beautiful five-voiced motet was composed by Johann Kuhnau.


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Kubelík’s groundbreaking Trojans Price Code: 4A20 (4 CD Set, Suggested Retail Price: $83.98)

Amy Shuard (soprano), Lauris Elms (mezzo-soprano), Blanche Thebom (mezzo-soprano), Jon Vickers (baritone), David Kelly (bass) Covent Garden Opera Orchestra and Chorus, Rafael Kubelík Testament • SBT4 1443


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BERLIOZ The Trojans

From our privileged position, half a century on, there may be a temptation to feel superior and to undervalue the 1957 Covent Garden Trojans and what it achieved. We hear these distant sounds with ears familiar with the work from performances — conducted by the likes of Colin Davis, John Eliot Gardiner, James Levine and others — more assured and accurate than was possible for those worthy pioneers, tackling it for the first time. They had to make do with inaccurate performing material hired from the Paris firm of Choudens, disfigured by mistakes. But what Rafael Kubelík and his performers achieved was absolutely crucial. The Covent Garden production vindicated Berlioz’s original conception of a five-act opera embracing Troy and Carthage in a single span and did so in the face of a century of hostile, dismissive opinion.

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Bugallo-Williams Duo Wergo • WER 6708

August 2009

Amériques — a symbol of renewal, adventure, and discovery — is a symphonic eruption that earned a place in the twentieth century’s list of famous scandals at its premiere. The version on this CD for two pianos, eight hands featuring the Bugallo-Williams Duo introduces the musical world to a work of extreme pianistic virtuosity, both delicate and ecstatic, a work whose wild activity could not be more different from the almost motionless introspection of the Feldman pieces. As Feldman said, “Instead of inventing a system like Schoenberg, Varèse invented a music that speaks to us with its incredible tenacity rather than its methodology. When listening to Varèse, we ask ourselves, ‘How did he do it?’ and not ‘How was it done?’”



VARESE Amériques FELDMAN Piece for Four Pianos / Five Pianos



Hypnotic Afrobeat from Mamadou Barry

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Mamadou Barry World Village • 479033

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File in: World / Africa / Equatorial Guinea Mamadou Barry is a multi-instrumentalist – he not only plays tenor, alto and soprano sax but also flute and percussion. A connoisseur of all the subregion’s rhythms and music styles, Barry is open to all musical trends. Niyo was recorded with the cream of Conakry’s musicians, all generations included, both modern and traditional. It notably features three of the finest female voices in Guinea. With his cool yet energetic Afrobeat style and the frenzied rhythms of the forest that he has invited into his music, Barry showcases all the facets of his talent in this recording, notably his gift for hypnotic Mandingo melodies.

Watcha Clan on vinyl

August 2009


Diaspora Remixed


Watcha Clan Piranha • PIR 2336

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File in: World / Europe / France Watcha Clan are a fierce posse of musical nomads. Their multi-ethnic, multigroove infusions whip audiences into a dance frenzy, regardless of where in the world they happen to be on their never-ending tour. Along the way they’ve met talented DJs, fellow musical travelers on dance floor journeys. Friendship and mutual inspiration blossomed, communicated in the languages of dub, ragga, reggae, drum’n’bass and electro, sung to melodies traditional or modern, with Arabic and Mediterranean flavorings. Following up on their award-winning Piranha album Diaspora Hi-Fi, Diaspora Remixed is Watcha Clan’s tuneful travel diary, documenting these encounters in descriptive sound chapters.


Connecting Jewish and Irish traditions

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Saints & Tzadiks Rare Yiddish & Irish Songs

“McKeown is one of the premier American singers in any genre.” — NATIONAL PUBLIC RADIO

“Lorin Sklamberg sings for all he’s worth.” — DIRTY LINEN

Susan McKeown Lorin Sklamberg World Village • 468089

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File in: World / Europe / Ireland or World / Jewish Music Following on the heels of their grammy ® Award-winning work with the Klezmatics, vocalists Su s a n M c Ke ow n and Lorin Sklamberg present Saints & Tzadiks — a fascinating album combining Yiddish and Irish songs. Culled from rare archive material and old recordings, McKeown and Sklamberg have selected songs on various themes from the Jewish and Irish traditions: love, death, betrothal, betrayal and the demon drink. The bulk of the Jewish material is drawn from the Ruth Rubin Archive at the YIVO Institute for Jewish Research, where Sklamberg serves as Sound Archivist. The Irish songs come from both the popular and the ancient Gaelic sean nós traditions. Susan McKeown has recorded ten albums of original and world music and built an impressive career through her many releases, extensive touring and performances on programs such as A Prairie Home Companion, All Things Considered, Mountain Stage and for PBS, Sessions at West 54th and American Masters. Her World Village album Sweet Liberty was nominated for a BBC Folk Music Award. Lorin Sklamberg has been the lead singer of the Jewish American roots band the Klezmatics since its founding in 1986.

Also available World Village • 468054 (713746805425)

“Working in spare, acoustic arrangements, McKeown unearths overlooked old tunes and makes the feelings of long-gone writers accessible to contemporary audiences.”

August 2009

Blackthorn: Irish Love Songs


WORLD network

Sensual songs from the Caspian Sea

Sevdali Dunya — Worlds of Love

Sevda Alekperzadeh Network • 495125


August 2009

Price Code: A22 (Suggested Retail Price: $22.98)


File in: World / Asia / Azerbaijan After the surprise success of her first Network CD, A Flower in Bloom, Sevda, the sensual singing marvel from the Caspian Sea astounds us once again with her powerfully expressive repertoire. Her voice effortlessly fills the broad range between the traditional and the modern in Azerbaijan, between mugam and jazz. Husky, blues-like tones caress the piercing lamentations of traditional mugam, full of direct emotion and modern composure, all at a high, carefully-considered, virtuoso level in a rapid dance between bright sky and dark earth. On her new recording, Sevdali Dunya, Sevda is accompanied once again by some of the most outstanding Azerbaijani musicians, many of whom represent that country’s new generation of artists.

Also available Gul Acdi — A Flower in Bloom

Network • 495119 (785965951191)

New Blue Note Jazz SACDs

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John Patton APO • CBNJ 84130 SA



Along Came John


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SACD Hybrid/ Stereo File in: Jazz John Patton, Grant Green and Ben Dixon were introduced to Blue Note by Lou Donaldson and quickly became the quintessential rhythm section for Blue Note’s funkier sessions. They came together for this, John Patton’s first album, with two of the label’s tenor saxophonists Fred Jackson and Harold Vick. The double tenors and organ trio make an unbeatable combination for some soulful, swinging music.

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Page One

Joe Henderson APO • CBNJ 84140 SA

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SACD Hybrid/ Stereo File in: Jazz Page One introduced the jazz world to the unusually mature and original young tenor saxophonist, Joe Henderson. “Recorda Me” and “Blue Bossa” have become jazz classics for their mix of Brazilian rhythms with hard bop muscle. Featured artists include Kenny Dorham (trumpet), Pete La Roca (drums), McCoy Tyner (piano) and Butch Warren (bass).

A Caddy For Daddy

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SACD Hybrid/ Stereo File in: Jazz Hank Mobley was a perfect artist for Blue Note in the 1960s. On this SACD, which is a straight reissue of the 1965 session, Mobley is joined by trumpeter Lee Morgan, trombonist Curtis Fuller, pianist McCoy Tyner, bassist Bob Cranshaw and drummer Billy Higgins (a typically remarkable Blue Note lineup) for the infectious title cut, three other lesser-known but superior originals, plus Wayne Shorter’s “Venus Di Mildew.”

August 2009


Hank Mobley APO • CBNJ 84230 SA


BLUES A blues classic from Junior Wells Hoodoo Man Blues


Junior Wells APO • CAPB 034 SA

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August 2009

SACD Hybrid/ Stereo File in: Blues One of the all-time great urban blues records and the best-seller in the famed Delmark catalog, Hoodoo Man Blues is so full of bravado and snap it’ll make you feel tough just listening to it. Not all of the Delmark titles were recorded very well, but this one certainly was. The album, which features Buddy Guy on guitar, is not only Junior Wells’ first LP appearance, it’s damn near the first LP by a Chicago blues band. Chess and a few other labels had reissued 45s by Muddy Waters, Sonny Boy Williamson, Howlin’ Wolf, Jimmy Reed, Elmore James, etc., but virtually no one had tried to capture the Chicago blues sound free of the limitations of juke box/airplay promotion. Hoodoo Man Blues went a long way in the popularization of real Chicago blues and of Junior Wells.


“Hoodoo Man Blues is a classic, some of the best blues Chicago has to offer and the debut for the amazing team of Wells and Buddy Guy.” — ROLLING STONE

BLUES Introducing Marquise Knox apo

Man Child

Marquise Knox APO • CAPO 2022

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“There’s an old soul in him that makes him sing and play the way he does, and it’s haunting.” — ST LOUIS POST DISPATCH

Augus 2009

File in: Blues Man Child is the title of Marquise Knox’s national debut, and for good reason. Yes, he was just 16 years old when he made this recording, but no, this is not another one of those guitar-hero, someday-my-vocals-may-mature, I-might-one-day-write-my-ownmaterial records. This kid is flat-out for real! This is a man-sized offering of serious, mature blues. In fact, it’s the maturity that provides the shock value here. Sixteen years old?! Listen to that voice and you’ll swear he’s lying about his age. The guitar licks are tasty and restrained, with none of this hyper-active, self-absorbed speed metal that somehow gets confused with blues. Marquise has already won the approval of B.B. King, Henry Townsend, Robert Lockwood Jr., Big George Brock, Bob Margolin, Sam Lay... Read those names again. Do you really thing we’re talking about a novelty act here? And he’s an original. All but one of the tracks on Man Child were penned by Marquise, and most of them were written in the studio, on-thefly, a skill learned at least partially by one of Marquise’s main heroes, Henry Townsend. This is a 16-year-old, inner-city kid who somehow has decided to become a dead-serious bluesman of the old-school variety. That just doesn’t happen anymore.


NOSTALGIA King of the romantic balladeers dutton

We Made it Happen; Sweetheart Engelbert Humperdinck Dutton Vocalion • CDSML 8453

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Another Time, Another Place; In Time Engelbert Humperdinck Dutton Vocalion • CDSML 8456

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My Love; Engelbert — King of Hearts Engelbert Humperdinck Dutton Vocalion • CDSML 8459

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Price Code: A22 (Suggested Retail Price: $22.98)


File in: Pop Vocals

Engelbert Humperdinck, king of the romantic balladeers, kicked-off the 1970s phase of his career with We Made It Happen, one of his many Decca albums. It is chock-full of beautiful songs including “Everybody’s Talkin,” “Wand’rin’ Star,” “Raindrops Keep Fallin’ On My Head” and many more. From 1971 comes Sweetheart, and it features romantic material all of which, of course, is beautifully interpreted. On Another Time, Another Place, Engelbert explored the repertoire of 1970s popular song, aided by the beguiling arrangements of Laurie Holloway, Les Reed and others. In Time features sensitive renditions of numbers such as “(They Long to Be) Close to You,” “Life Goes On,” and many more. My Love and Engelbert — King of Hearts were the last two records that Humperdinck recorded for Decca. They also represent two of the best that he recorded during the 1970s.


Tom Jones at his soulful, rocking best Tom Jones Dutton Vocalion • CDSML 8452


Somethin’ ‘Bout You Baby I Like; Memories Don’t Leave Like People Do

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File in: Pop Vocals

Close Up; Tom

Tom Jones Dutton Vocalion • CDSML 8455

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The Body and Soul of Tom Jones; Tom Jones Sings She’s a Lady

Tom Jones Dutton Vocalion • CDSML 8458

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August 2009

The first two albums compiled here are the last that Tom Jones recorded for Decca, thus ending his long and incredibly successful relationship with the label. Somethin’ ‘Bout You Baby I Like contains some particularly fine soul/R&B material by composer-musicians such as J.R. Bailey and Dr. John, while Memories Don’t Leave Like People Do was a collaboration between Tom and veteran US soul composer-producer Johnny Bristol. Recorded in London in the early 1970s, Close Up and Tom, showcase the earthy, funky R&B side of Tom Jones. Recorded in both the UK and US, at a time when Tom Jones was exploring his roots in earthy R&B as well as romantic ballads, The Body and Soul of Tom Jones features plenty of the former, with Tom’s electrifying renditions of numbers such as “Ain’t No Sunshine When She’s Gone,” “Ballad of Billy Joe” and “Lean On Me.” Tom Jones Sings She’s a Lady features Tom’s inspiring version of Paul Anka’s title song as well as gorgeous interpretations of “Ebb Tide,” and “In Dreams.” If you want to hear Tom Jones at his soulful, rocking best, than look no further than these albums.


Concert Calendar • CLASSICAL August 2009








Anonymous 4 Chicago Symphony Orchestra

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Colin Currie Angela & Jennifer Chun Julius Drake

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James Ehnes

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Isabelle Faust

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Bernarda Fink Iván Fischer John Eliot Gardiner Alban Gerhardt

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Matthias Goerne Susan Graham

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Angela Hewitt


Steven Isserlis


Olga Kern Katia & Marielle Labèque Paul Lewis London Symphony Orchestra & Bernard Wu Man Mariinsky Theatre Orchestra Anthony Marwood

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Nicholas McGegan

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Jon Nakamatsu

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Garrick Ohlsson


Mark Padmore Philharmonia Baroque Orchestra & Nicholas Dorothea Röschmann Royal Concertgebouw Orchestra

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Carolyn Sampson Jordi Savall

Hyperion Alia Vox

Christine Schäfer Andreas Scholl Peter Serkin Andreas Staier

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Stile Antico

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Takács Quartet


Tallis Scholars Cedric Tiberghien Tokyo String Quartet

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Pieter Wispelwey Joyce Yang

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C.J. Chenier

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Mamadou Diabaté Kayhan Kalhor Klezmatics

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Masters of Persian Music

World Village

Ana Moura

World Village

Omar Sosa


So Percussion Catherine Russell

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