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Holiday 2017 III - Popular

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Finally! We make it to the finish line of another year. Here are some popular Holiday music fare. David Ian Vintage Christmas Trio Prescott Records 2017 Pianist David Ian has made a cottage industry around mid-century piano-trio jazz, a la the Vince Guaraldi Mad Men cultural axis. Ian follows up a particularly fruitful 2014 Holiday Jon Estes who has been along for the since the beginning and drummer Josh Hunt who has ...

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Holiday 2017 II - Classical

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It was a good year for Messiahs and an equally good one for the “classically-related" repertoire. Piffaro: The Renaissance Band Drive the Cold Winter Away: A Renaissance Christmas Celebration Self Produced 2017 Lutes, theorboes, sacbuts, recorders, krumhorns, bagpipes, shawms and harps, that is what makes up the instrumentation for popular Renaissance fare, circa 1450 to 1700. Piffaro: The Renaissance Band has carved a career from addressing the music of the period on Arkiv ...

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Holiday 2017 I – Georg Frederic Handel’s "Messiah"

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A banner year for Handel's warhourse. Charlesworth, Rupert; Wolf, Andreas; Niquet, Hervé; Concert Spirituel Chorus; Pichanick, Anthea; Piau, Sandrine; Concert Spirituel Orchestra; Katherine Watson Messiah. HWV 56 (1754 Version) Alpha Records 2017 The past several years has seen provocative French productions of Handel's flagship Messiah. These include Benoit Haller's spare but taut 2013 account with La Chapelle Rhenane on K617 Records and Emmanuelle Haim's and Le Concert d'Astrée, Choeur et Orchestre supreme 2014 ...

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Four Beethoven Symphony Cycles – Blomstedt, Blunier, Weil, and Martynov

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My opinion may be little better than the layman's, but I believe it is incorrect to consider Beethoven's cycle of nine symphonies the 'bedrock of western music." It is not. The bedrock of western music was beginning to be established with the plainchant of the sixth century, evolving through the Renaissance, Baroque, and Classical periods, where it emerged, transformed, as the creative monolith that was Beethoven. Beethoven was the musical equivalent of sacred prophecy become manifest. This is why there ...

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Five Women XII – Gabriele Trancina, Rondi Charleston, Julie Benko, Sarah Jerrom, Carol Welsman

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Gabriele Trancina Of Sailing Ships and the Stars in Your Eyes Rainchant Eclectic Records 2017 Polyglot would be an appropriate descriptor for a German-born, Parisian chanteuse, with Brazilian stylings, who is considered a cross between Ute Lemper and Tania Maria. This is what we have in Gabriele Trancina, whose fourth release (and first since 2010), Of Sailing Ships and the Stars in Your Eyes, demonstrates the singer's firm grasp across styles, genre, and, yes, languages. ...

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Five Women XI – Cheryl Bentyne, Hilary Gardner, Sinne Eeg, Fay Victor, Andrea Marr

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Cheryl Bentyne Rearrangements of Shadows: The Music of Stephen Sondheim Artist Share Records 2017 Sometimes, a gathering of our better angels happens, resulting in an exceptional event. In the present case, these better angels are: post-bop jazz, jazz arrangement, Stephen Sondheim and the irrepressible Cheryl Bentyne. All of these elements are present and all in particularly fine form. The post-bop jazz part of this is a chronic bee- in-my-bonnet regarding this poorly-defined musical genre. Post ...

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Five Women X – Aubrey Logan; Robyn Spangler; Lauren Kinhan; Jackie Allen; Michelle Lordi

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Aubrey Logan Impossible Knight Records 2017 Washington State-native vocalist/trombonist Aubrey Logan is the total performer. With six releases to her credit (the most recent being the present Impossible) and multiple features for Postmodern Jukebox, as well as an appearance on the finals of American Idol, Logan has enjoyed ample exposure that has paid off for her. She has a commanding stage presence and omnivorous appreciation for all music, as evidenced by the dozen selections on ...

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Five Women IX – Bianca Rossini; Cécile McLorin Salvant; Barbora Kabátkova; Alexis Cole; Suzanne Lorge

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Bianca Rossini Vento do Norte Apaixonada Music & BDM Records 2017 Rio de Janeiro-native singer Bianca Rossini follows her successful releases of Meu Amor (Apaixonada Music, 2012) and Kiss of Brazil (Apaixonada Music, 2011) with the present Vento Do Norte, another collection of original Bossa Novas that further cement Rossini's reputation as a foremost composer of Brazilian music. Rossini is a welcome presence because of both her seamless knowledge and talent composing in a ...

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The Delmark Sound: Jason Stein Quartet and Corey Dennison Band

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Delmark Records has been a jny: Chicago institution for better than 60 years, most under the watchful eye of founder Bob Koester. The label remains the oldest jazz and blues record label operating in the United States. Like its fabled successor, ECM, the label sports a sonic world all its own. While an odd comparison, any jazz enthusiast breathing air recognizes and understands the “ECM Sound." Demark has a similar distinctive sound. No, it is not that light and vaporous ...


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