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C. Michael Bailey's Best Releases of 2018

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The Pocket Philharmonic Orchestra, Peter Stangel
Beethoven Revisited Symphonies 1-9

One thing that can be bragged on regarding Beethoven's nine symphonies is their artistic durability and persistence. As the pinnacle of Western Musical thought, we might not expect any less of this music, seemingly forged in humanity's collective unconscious, as well ...

ARTICLE: BAILEY'S BUNDLES

Seven Women (Plus Three) 2018 – Part XI

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Kris Adams
We Should Have Danced
Self Produced
2018

There is a special significance to Kris Adams's release We Should Have Danced. The recording features Adam's original lyrics with arrangements by pianist Tim Ray, of compositions of the late Steve Prosser, Adams' former husband and Berklee College of Music professor. Shortly ...

ARTICLE: BOOK REVIEWS

Hearing Beethoven: A Story of Musical Loss and Discovery by Robin Wallace

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Hearing Beethoven: A Story of Musical Loss and Discovery
Robin Wallace
288 Pages
ISBN: # 978-0226429755
University of Chicago Press
2017

It is the artistic human-interest story to end them all. The most famous “Classical" composer spent the better part of his late composing period almost completely deaf, in ...

ARTICLE: BAILEY'S BUNDLES

The Nontraditional Holidays - 2018

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Robyn Spangler
Christmas is...
O.P. REcords

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The Traditional Holidays - 2018

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The Monastic Choir of St. Peter's Abbey, Solesmes, France
Gregorian Chant Christmas
Paraclete Records
2018

Paraclete Press continues its re-release of Gregorian Chant from The Monastic Choir of St. Peter's Abbey, Solesmes, France with a 2-CD Christmas offering hot on the heels of their recent release of Melodies I & II ...

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Seven Women (Plus Three) 2018 – Part X

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Lucia Jackson
You and the Night and the Music
Roni Music
2018

To a precious few, much talent is given, particularly the young of age, like New York City --native Lucia Jackson, who, at the age of 26 has already distinguished herself as an accomplished dancer and model. Now Jackson emerges ...

ARTICLE: CD/LP/TRACK REVIEW

Handel and Haydn Society, Harry Christophers: Haydn: Symphony No. 39, Symphony No. 87, Mozart – Sinfonia Concertante

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A curious gathering of potent spirits has been brewing over the last decade in Boston, Massachusetts. First, in 2008, Harry Christophers replaced Grant Llewellyn as (who, in turn, had replaced Sir Christopher Hogwood) artistic director of the Handle and Haydn Society, who in 2015, celebrated its bicentennial. Christophers is noted for being the founder and conductor ...

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If You Can Only Have One Christmas Recording…

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This Holiday article is early and necessary. I am writing this rare stand-alone review of a Seasonal offering because I have a couple of bah-humbug friends who disrespect Christmas Music. I am giving them, and all other such music Philistines, their warranted comeuppance by introducing the only proof I have ever found for the existence of ...

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Art Pepper: Unreleased Art Pepper Vol. 10: Toronto

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Laurie Pepper, widow of alto saxophonist Art Pepper, achieved a life milestone in her brilliantly liberating sequel to Straight Life--The Story Of Art Pepper By Art And Laurie Pepper (Da Capo Press, 1983), where she rhetorically asked:

“If Art hadn't had me there constantly assessing his mood, taking his aesthetic temperature, would he then ...

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Gregorian Chant – Melodies I & II

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The Monastic Choir of St. Peter's Abbey, Solesmes, France was re-founded in 1833, following a period of latency. In the late 19th century, the monastery was challenged by the Holy Father, Pope Pius X to fully research the role of plainchant in the liturgy and to edit books on chant that reflected this research. If there ...