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Monthly Archive for March, 2009

Check Our Catalog “Half the repertoire is extremely familiar — Bach’s solo violin concertos in A minor and E major — and half is totally unfamiliar — Sofia Gubaidulina’s concerto for violin and orchestra called “In tempus prasens.” Mutter had recorded Bach’s concertos 25 years earlier with Salvatore Accardo and the English Chamber Orchestra. Those [...]

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Check Our Catalog “Utah Phillips, who modestly billed himself as The Golden Voice of the Great Southwest, lived up to his moniker with a lifetime of singing, songwriting, storytelling, and fighting for social justice. He didn’t sell many records, but anyone who saw him perform came away with their spirits lifted. He’s one of the [...]

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Check Our Catalog Featuring Itzhak Perlman and the Boston Symphony Orchestra led by Seiji Ozawa. “Barber’s radiant concerto is played with gorgeous tone and dazzling fireworks.”–BBC Music Magazine

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Check Our Catalog “Hailing from New Brunswick, NJ, the Gaslight Anthem are that rare punk band that displays a strong and unmistakable Springsteen influence.”–All Music Guide

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Check Our Catalog “Brimming with ideas but understated, even tentative in executing them, and big on hooks but nervously intimate in presentation, Youth Novels is a curious, decidedly unorthodox but endearing record. Both youthful and novel — Li was twenty-one upon its release, which may explain both her occasional goofy vocal affectations and the hesitant [...]

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Steven Halpern: Relaxation Suite

Check Our Catalog Relaxation Suite delivers what the growing audience of stressed-out individuals wants: a sound solution that reduces stress and is exquisitely beautiful and pleasurable to listen to. The first track, “Mello Cello,” features a historic duet with Grammy Award winner and cello virtuoso David Darling. From the opening notes of the duet, it’s [...]

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Check Our Catalog From rollicking clarinet, trombone, and accordion tunes, to music with tsimbl, this CD preserves and extends the glorious 500 year history of klezmer music. “Dobe Ressler and di bostoner klezmer breath new life into traditional, old-country klezmer!”–Dr. Hankus Netsky, New England Conservatory of Music; Director, Klezmer Conservatory Band

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Check Our Catalog “Two geeky hip-hop siblings who left New Orleans after Katrina and wound up in Los Angeles, the Knux draw their sound from astonishingly diverse precedents: OutKast and De La Soul, obviously, but also Fishbone, the Cars, Prince’s Controversy, the Prodigy’s big beats. What that hodgepodge adds up to is the year’s best [...]

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Ben Folds: Way to Normal

Check Our Catalog “Like all of Folds’ records, Way to Normal is full of melodic hooks and witty, semi-obvious barbs.”–All Music Guide

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Jenny Scheinman: Crossing the Field

Check Our Catalog “Filtering a wealth of stylistic influences—traditional and contemporary, American and international—Scheinman has honed a sincere, personal expression, its breadth revealed in the elegant sonority of Crossing the Field”–All About Jazz

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Check Our Catalog “There are few vocalists in contemporary country music who can make a sad song feel so good. Lee Ann Womack is a poetess in her expressiveness. She uses it not only to communicate what’s in the lyrics she sings, but also to arrest the listener’s disbelief by underscoring her commitment to the [...]

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Check Our Catalog “While this set is saturated with hunger and ambition, it’s also confident and sophisticated — the album sounds as if they meant every word but had a great time making it. They prove they were always meant to be a live act whether in the studio or on a concert stage.”–All Music [...]

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Check Our Catalog “Essentially, the concert is designed to showcase Mayer’s ability to move from melodic soft rock and pop to folky solo numbers and rockin’ blues…Admittedly sprawling and ambitious, Where the Light Is is nonetheless a dynamic showcase for Mayer, who never fails to shine. “–All Music Guide

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Tom Rush: What I Know

Check Our Catalog “The good-natured riding-into-the twilight feel of this record might guarantee it won’t cause any earthquakes, but Rush has never been that kind of artist, and this record is a solid continuation of the mood he’s largely followed all his musical life.”–All Music Guide

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Check Our Catalog “Released in the summer of 1968 — a year after the summer of love, but still in the thick of the Age of Aquarius – Creedence Clearwater Revival’s self-titled debut album was gloriously out-of-step with the times, teeming with John Fogerty’s Americana fascinations.”–All Music Guide

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Check Our Catalog “Elephant moves in quiet circles, mining Yamagata’s heartbroken past for melodic effect while dressing up her songs in subtle layers of strings, woodwinds, and acoustic instruments. This is where her voice truly shines”–All Music Guide

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Check Our Catalog “A lush, expansive masterpiece that dismisses the theory that punkers have to follow a concrete formula of short and fast songs with raw-edged production.”–All Music Guide

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Check Our Catalog “Brighter Than Creation’s Dark is a dazzling return to form, delivering some of their finest, most eclectic, and most mature music to date.”–All Music Guide

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Franz Ferdinand: Tonight

Check Our Catalog “A concept album about a debauched night out and the morning after…the band’s normally de rigueur angular post-punk guitars are dialed down in favor of beats, bass, and lots of keyboards”–All Music Guide

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Check Our Catalog “Here, a collective of musicians from San Francisco combine for a series of songs in French, Spanish, English, and Hindi, all under the leadership of multiculturalist (and doctor) Rupa Marya. The songs seem to be based mostly in French traditions, but with a twist.”–All Music Guide “If Rupa were a movie, she’d [...]

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