Music reviews

Florence Beatrice Price: Symphonies 1 & 4 by John Jeter & Fort Smith Symphony

Florence Price, the first African American woman to gain recognition as a symphonic composer, was remarkable. Celebrated contralto Marian Anderson championed and recorded Price’s vocal music, and, in…

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Designer by Aldous Harding

New Zealand’s Aldous Harding has quickly become one of my go-to singer–songwriters. Her previous album, 2017’s Party, was my album of the year. *Designer *is her third album, and her second with the …

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In Circles by Amy Dickson

I used to have little interest in classical saxophone repertoire, until one day, in Paris, I was walking through a deserted passageway, and I heard a most beautiful, soulful sound reverberating aroun…

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Franz Schubert: Sonatas & Impromptus by András Schiff

The piano is a fascinating instrument that went through many iterations before it became what we know it as today. Originally known as the ‘fortepiano’, it was the first keyboard instrument to reliab…

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Elles by Marina Thibeault & Marie-Eve Scarfone

In a similar vein to Women of Note, and again to coincide with International Women’s Day, French-Canadian violist Marina Thibeault has released an album featuring chamber music by some of the most fa…

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Mendelssohn: Piano Concertos and Works for Solo Piano by Jan Lisiecki

It is very interesting listening to a recording when you know the soloist has chosen the orchestra and the repertoire. You would not have thought it would make such a big difference in the musicality…

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This (Is What I Wanted to Tell You) by Lambchop

Lambchop frontman Kurt Wagner is a master of reinvention. From his beginnings over three decades ago as an alt-country musician, the Nashville native has swirled through a litany of phases, landing n…

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Women of Note: A Century of Australian Composes by ABC Classics

2019 has seen a welcome proliferation of recordings featuring music by women. Although for a long time musical women were actively discouraged from composing and audiences were less willing to open t…

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The Gloaming 3 by The Gloaming

Irish traditional/contemporary ensemble The Gloaming follow up their ground-breaking and bestselling previous two albums with The Gloaming 3. There’s nothing original about the title, but the band’s …

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Shostakovich: Under Stalin’s Shadow by Andris Nelsons & Boston Symphony Orchestra

I can think of no more fitting title for this complete series of Shostakovich’s symphonies performed by the Boston Symphony Orchestra than ‘Under Stalin’s Shadow’. Born in 1906, Shostakovich suffered…

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