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Monthly Archive for May, 2011

Henry Purcell: Dido Aeneas

A recording of the 2009 live performance of Purcell’s beloved opera with Newport Baroque and Sine Nomine under the direction of Paul Cienniwa. Check Our Catalog

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Songs of the sea performed by Tom Goux and Jacek Sulanowski. Goux also performs with The Rum Soaked Crooks. Check Our Catalog

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Rousing renditions of sea chanteys and other traditional sailors’ songs celebrating the rich maritime heritage of New England, sung by the New Bedford Harbor Sea Chantey Chorus with The Rum Soaked Crooks. Check Our Catalog

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The Strokes: Angles

“On their three earlier albums, Casablancas served as primary songwriter, and much has been made of how this is the group’s first attempt at democratic collaboration; that risk pays off in a varied, diverse work. “Angles” documents a band trying to redefine its familiar sound while maintaining its core essence, and that tightrope walk adds [...]

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John Legend & The Roots: Wake Up!

“Bustling through funk, Philly soul and gospel, taking on songs famous (Marvin Gaye’s “Wholy Holy”) and obscure (Mike James Kirkland’s “Hang on in There”), Legend and the Roots capture the old feeling of protest and uplift while updating the sound. They’re not imitators — they’re heirs.” –Rolling Stone Check Our Catalog

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Luísa Maita: Lero-Lero

“The São Paolo native is a captivating stylist who, like Bebel Gilberto and CéU, finds inspiration not only in traditional samba and bossa nova but classic jazz vocal music, R&B, and modern electronica and dance music. Lero-Lero is a delight and undoubtedly a harbinger of even more satisfying music to come.” — All Music Guide [...]

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PJ Harvey: Let England Shake

“Let England Shake is a stirring paean to the human spirit fashioned out of misery and death, death, death, with Harvey plucking the proverbial rose growing out of the skull in the form of some of the grandest melodies she’s penned in two decades.” –The Boston Phoenix Check Our Catalog

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REM: Collapse Into Now

“Patti Smith, Eddie Vedder, Peaches and Lenny Kaye are along for the ride, helping “Collapse Into Now” stand tall in R.E.M.’s richly diverse canon.” –Billboard Check Our Catalog

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AfroCubism: AfroCubism

“But Afrocubism shouldn’t be viewed as some sort of alternative-universe version of Buena Vista Social Club — it has its own very singular sonic identity. The most immediately striking element is the way the tumbling riffs of the Malians — particularly Kouyate and both Diabatés — seem to fall so naturally into the percolating Cuban [...]

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“Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart was not only one of the greatest composers of the Classical period, but one of the greatest of all time. Surprisingly, he is not identified with radical formal or harmonic innovations, or with the profound kind of symbolism heard in some of Bach’s works. Mozart’s best music has a natural flow and [...]

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“Sir Colin Davis became one of the world’s best-known conductors during the last four decades of the twentieth century. He is particularly well known for his recordings of Berlioz and Sibelius.” –All Music Guide Check Our Catalog

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“Dmitry Shostakovich was a Russian composer whose symphonies and quartets, numbering 15 each, are among the greatest examples of these classic forms from the twentieth century. His style evolved from the brash humor and experimental character of his first period, exemplified by the operas The Nose and Lady Macbeth of Mtsensk, into both the more [...]

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Johnny Flynn: Been Listening

“Johnny Flynn spends half his time working as a Shakespearean actor, and the other half recording folksy, old-world music that takes its cues from the Elizabethan era. Been Listening, the follow-up to his 2008 debut, also throws some modern influences into the mix, resulting in a combo of traditional British folk and quirky, contemporary roots [...]

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Kandi: Kandi Koated

“She’s in fine form, either writing or co-writing each song, and she sounds more confident vocally than ever, with her material switching easily between heartache, desire, and self-empowerment.” –All Music Guide Check Our Catalog

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Corinne Bailey Rae: The Love EP

“A winningly seductive neo-soul take on Bob Marley’s “Is This Love,” released as a single last year. A sparse, lilting reading of Paul McCartney’s “My Love.” And a wild card, “Low Red Moon,” by the 1990s alternative-rock band Belly. The song’s reverberant creep does something right for Ms. Rae’s light, curling voice, which has rarely [...]

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Mike Mainieri: Crescent

“Vibraphonist Mike Mainieri is hardly the first jazz artist to pay tribute to John Coltrane, but he may very well be the first to do so accompanied solely by alto saxophone (the late Charlie Mariano) and double bass (German Dieter Ilg) — no drummer or pianist in sight. Mainieri says in his liner notes that [...]

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Arvo Pärt: Symphony No. 4

“Arvo Pärt has demonstrated a voracious musical curiosity and daring experimental spirit throughout his career that has allowed him to move beyond his secured place as Estonia’s premiere composer to become perhaps the best-known choral and sacred music scorist of his time.” –All Music Guide Check Our Catalog

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Train: Save Me, San Francisco

“Save Me, San Francisco is a focused record, centering around the theme of a wandering young rocker who falls in love and wants to settle down. “Hey Soul Sister,” a love song with the best anthemic Train chorus to date, is the album’s most memorable cut, name-checking Mr. Mister and employing a Madonna metaphor — [...]

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“The album winds up with trace echoes of all eras of Costello, but that’s only a reflection of how National Ransom is a masterwork in the traditional sense: he’s summoned all his skills to deliver an album that summarizes his world view.” –All Music Guide Check Our Catalog

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Esperanza Spalding: Chamber Music Society

“Esperanza Spalding is a quadruple threat as composer, bassist, singer, and producer. Chamber Music Society is a more sophisticated offering than Esperanza. That said, with its musical diversity, stylistic panache, humor, and soul, it’s also a more enjoyable listen.” –All Music Guide Check Our Catalog

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