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Schubert: Works for Solo Piano, Vol. 1 by Barry Douglas
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New Classical Tracks: Getting to know Schubert
Classical MPR: Pianist Barry Douglas on the transformative power of education
Exclusive Chandos artist Barry Douglas, having produced two highly regarded discs of solo works by Brahms, now embarks on the complete solo piano works of Franz Schubert. This first volume features two large-scale works, the ‘Wanderer’ Fantasy and the Sonata in B flat major, alongside two Schubert songs transcribed by Liszt.
Homecoming, A Scottish Fantasy by Nicola Benedetti
New Classical Tracks: 'Homecoming, A Scottish Fantasy'
Nicola Benedetti presents a Scottish program for the year that sees Scotland in the limelight bringing together Scottish folk artists and a Scottish orchestra
Nicola Benedetti celebrates an important year for Scotland with an album of its most famous and best-loved music, featuring songs such as Loch Lomond, My Love is Like a Red Red Rose and more
The album also includes collaborations with leading Scottish folk musicians including well-known folk singer Julie Fowlis (whose voice can be heard on the Disney/Pixar hit film, Brave), along with Phil Cunningham (accordion) and Aly Bain (fiddle)
Nicola performs Bruchs much loved Scottish Fantasy with the BBC Scottish Symphony Orchestra
2014 is Scotlands year. In July, Glasgow hosts the Commonwealth Games. In September, the Scottish people will go to the polls in an Independence Referendum and the Ryder Cup comes to Scotland
Nicola Benedetti was born in Scotland and is fiercely proud of her Scottish roots. She is passionate about promoting music education and is a patron of Sistema Scotlands Big Noise project, a music initiative partnered with Venezuelas iconic El Sistéma.
Music for 18 Musicians by Steve Reich
Classical MPR: Steve Reich’s Music for 18 Musicians: Still a near-religious experience
Deceptive Cadence: Philip Glass And Steve Reich At BAM: Together Again Yet Still Apart
This has to be Steve Reich’s most difficult work to perform; but he’s done it. Several times. Music for 18 Musicians is for violin, cello, two clarinets doubling bass clarinet, four women’s voices, four pianos, three marimbas, two xylophones, and a metallophone (vibraphone with no motor). It’s a 1974 composition that focuses entirely on the rich staccato that gives minimalism its unique sound. However, Reich turns all of this into actual music by adding the richness of the metallophone and the women’s voices. Whatever else people may have said about minimalism, pro or con, a work such as Music for 18 Musicians demonstrates its legitimacy.
George Harrison: The Apple Years 1968-75
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All Songs Considered: George Harrison, ‘This Guitar (Can’t Keep From Crying)’
In November 1968, George Harrison released ‘Wonderwall Music’. A soundtrack to an art film called ‘Wonderwall’ this predominantly Indian music collection was the first solo album to be released by a Beatle and also the first album on the newly formed Apple Records. George would continue to release albums on Apple (and EMI) through to 1975’s soul-influenced ‘Extra Texture (Read All About It)’ touching on experimentalism with ‘Electronic Sound’, the magnificent triple album ‘All Things Must Pass’, the chart-topping ‘Living In The Material World’ and the, perhaps, less well-known ‘Dark Horse’. This box brings all these eclectic albums together in one set that mirrors 2004’s ‘Dark Horse Years’ box set and will contain a perfect bound book with a DVD. All albums have been remastered by Dhani Harrison and Paul Hicks and all will be packaged in high-quality card packs and all albums, apart from ‘All Things Must Pass’ and ‘Living In The Material World’ contain newly written notes by Kevin Howlett. The DVD contains a brand new, never before seen video which has been painstakingly overseen by Olivia Harrison and all packages contain new photos many never seen before.
lullaby and… The Ceaseless Roar by Robert Plant
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The Current: Interview: Robert Plant
Morning Edition: The Re-Education Of Robert Plant
MPR News: Is this Robert Plant’s last album?
NPR First Listen: Robert Plant, ‘Lullaby And… The Ceaseless Roar’
All Songs Considered: Song Premiere: Robert Plant’s Bold New Band
The Take Two: New Music Tuesday with Robert Plant’s new album
WFUV: Robert Plant Shares First Song from his New Album
Sound Opinions: lullaby and…The Ceaseless Roar review
Robert Plant’s 2014 album, lullaby and… The Ceaseless Roar, his label debut for Nonesuch/Warner Bros. Records, was produced by Plant and features 11 recordings, nine of which are original songs written by Plant with his band, The Sensational Space Shifters Justin Adams: bendirs, djembe, guitars, tehardant, background vocals; John Baggott: keyboards, loops, moog bass, piano, tabal, background vocals; Juldeh Camara: kologo, ritti, Fulani vocals; Billy Fuller: bass, drum programming, omnichord, upright bass; Dave Smith: drum set; and Liam “Skin” Tyson: banjo, guitar, background vocals.
lullaby and… The Ceaseless Roar is Plant s first record since 2010 s Band of Joy, which followed 2007 s six-time Grammy Award winning collaboration with Alison Krauss, Raising Sand. Justin Adams and John Baggott of The Sensational Space Shifters appeared on Plant s 2002 release Dreamland, while all but Camara and Smith appeared on 2005 s Mighty Rearranger. The 2014 line-up toured the world before recording lullaby and… The Ceaseless Roar at Helium Studios in Wiltshire and Real World Studios in Bath, UK. The track “Rainbow” was recorded in Contino Rooms in London. Tchad Blake mixed all but three tracks on the album.
"It s really a celebratory record, powerful, gritty, African, Trance meets Zep, " Plant says. "The whole impetus of my life as a singer has to be driven by a good brotherhood. I am very lucky to work with The Sensational Space Shifters. They come from exciting areas of contemporary music…I have been around awhile and I ask myself, do I have anything to say? Is there a song still inside me? In my heart? I see life and what s happening to me. Along the trail there are expectations, disappointments, happiness, questions and strong relationships, " Plant explains, "… and now I m able to express my feelings through melody, power and trance; together in a kaleidescope of sound, colour, and friendship."
Led Zeppelin Deluxe Remasters - Following in the Beatles’ footsteps, Led Zeppelin releases their complete recordings in stereo for your enjoyment!
Mutineers by David Gray
Morning Becomes Eclectic: David Gray
This 2014 release is the 10th album from the acclaimed Irish singer/songwriter. Twenty-One years since his first studio album, “Mutineers” finds David Gray steering into unfamiliar territory while cultivating a pugnacious but respectful relationship with his own history. ”I think if you’re going forward with an open heart, good things will happen,” says David. ”You have to sort of tear up the past and let it go.” The only certainty that David had at the commencement of his new recording was the need to surprise himself, not just in terms of how he worked, but the ideas that drove him and the people he worked with. David’s collaborator, producer and occasional combatant during this raid on new horizons was Lamb’s Andy Barlow. “Mutineers,” then, is an experiment that seems to fizz with the joy of its own assembly. The sound of a musician making a clean break and some sharp turns but also reconnecting with the freedoms of an earlier dream, a rebuke and a salutation to all that’s gone before.
At Best Cuckold by Avi Buffalo
Morning Becomes Eclectic: Avi Buffalo
KEXP: Avi Buffalo In-Studio Performance
Avi Buffalo’s sophomore album is a quirky yet comforting set of songs driven by refined pop songcraft and sneaky moments of grandeur that stick in the brain. At the ripe old age of 23, Avi Buffalo is ready to take on the world (again), and he’s made sure the second time around will be just as memorable as the first. At Best Cuckold was recorded at Tiny Telephone, the analog-friendly San Francisco studio run by John Vanderslice (whose Bowie tribute Avi contributed to), engineered by Jay Pellicci (The Dodos, Deerhoof, Sleater-Kinney) and Nicolas Vernhes at Rare Book Room studio in Brooklyn.
Map to the Treasure: Reimagining Laura Nyro by Billy Childs
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Weekend Edition: Stars Line Up To Reimagine Laura Nyro
When Grammy Award®-winning musician Billy Childs was 11 years old, his older sisters introduced him to the work of Songwriter and Rock & Roll Hall of Fame singer-songwriter Laura Nyro. Her blend of Broadway-inspired melodies, jazz improvisation and socially conscious lyrics have stayed with him. Now Billy has returned to his early source of inspiration, conceiving and orchestrating his new album, “Map to the Treasure: Reimagining Laura Nyro.”
Childs is not alone in his enthusiasm for Nyro’s music, an incredible range of musicians join him in interpreting her narratives. Classical soprano Renée Fleming and cellist Yo-Yo Ma add new meaning to her hometown ode, “New York Tendaberry.” Jazz stars Esperanza Spalding and Wayne Shorter collaborate on Nyro’s pictorial “Upstairs by a Chinese Lamp,” and R&B chanteuse Ledisi updates one of Nyro’s biggest hits, “Stoned Soul Picnic.” Other prominent voices include Alison Krauss, Rickie Lee Jones, Shawn Colvin, Dianne Reeves, Susan Tedeschi, Lisa Fischer and Becca Stevens, with featured instrumental soloists Chris Botti, Jerry Douglas, Chris Potter and Steve Wilson. Childs’ own experiences leading jazz chamber groups proved invaluable to creating the widescreen scope of “Map to the Treasure” his focus was on arranging the ensemble and guests to best present Nyro’s imagery. Even after Childs’ decades of considering Nyro’s music, at the heart of it all is his unyielding devotion to her art. That love is the heart of the re-imagination of “Map to the Treasure.”
Bass & Mandolin by Chris Thile, Edgar Meyer
Soundcheck: Check Ahead: Chris Thile And Edgar Meyer, ‘Bass & Mandolin’
Nonesuch releases the second recording collaboration by bassist Edgar Meyer mandolinist Chris Thile. The album features 10 original compositions by the two artists, who have been performing together sporadically for more than a decade and made their recording debut as a duo with 2008 s Edgar Meyer & Chris Thile, which the Washington Post, among others, praised, saying “Thile and Meyer are most enthralling when they pass a melody back and forth, fingers flying.”
Listen by The Kooks
Listen is the band’s first album in three years. The album was recorded in Los Angeles and London, and produced by Inflo.
'With this record we didn't do any rehearsing beforehand. I'd write a song with Inflo or on my own, put it up and we'd all play over it. There was a real freedom to the process,' said the band's frontman Luke Pritchard. 'To me this album is about pure expression. Even the way we made the album felt fresh. Rather than us just being a band in a room, playing our guitars with the vocal over the top, which is what we'd always done before, we were really listening to what was going on around us, picking up ideas. The whole thing was much more natural.'
Crush Songs by Karen O
NPR First Listen: Karen O, ‘Crush Songs’
2014 solo album from the Yeah Yeah Yeahs frontwoman. Recorded in 2006 and 2007, the record is an intimate collection of lo-fi, bedroom recordings in the vein of Karen’s Oscar-nominated ‘The Moon Song’ from the Spike Jonze movie Her. Karen O is an Indie rock legend and New York City icon. She’s a three-time Grammy nominee with Yeah Yeah Yeahs, who have released four studio albums to incredible critical acclaim. Notorious for their stellar live performances, the band has played countless festivals including Glastonbury, Coachella, Lollapalooza and Bonnaroo and has curated its own All Tomorrow’s Parties festival. YYYs have a loyal Global following, which means an instant built-in interest for this release.
Live At The Rainbow ‘74 by Queen
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Morning Edition: Freddie Mercury: Rock ‘N’ Roll’s Humble Showman
1974 was a year of high achievement for Queen. They had their first two hit singles, ‘Seven Seas OfRhye’ and ‘Killer Queen,’ released two albums, ‘Queen II’ and ‘Sheer Heart Attack,’ and completed major tours across the UK, America and Europe. In the UK, they performed three sold-out shows at the legendary Rainbow Theatre in London’s Finsbury Park, one in March on the ‘Queen II’ tour and two in November following the release of ‘Sheer Heart Attack’. To mark the 40th Anniversary of these shows, fans can finally enjoy Queen ‘Live At The Rainbow 74’, lovingly restored, re-edited, mixed and digitally mastered and including much previously unseen footage. The main show is from November with, as a bonus, the only surviving footage from the March show. This is Queen dazzling their audience with an unforgettable show delivered with a skill and confidence which belied their youth.
This Is All Yours by Alt-J
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Morning Becomes Eclectic: Alt-J
NPR First Listen Live: Alt-J, ‘This Is All Yours’
KEXP: Alt-J In-Studio Performance
A unique band with a sound that’s hard to pin down, alt-J makes music that’s electronic but somewhat folky; it’s got elements of dub but isn’t exactly danceable. At a time when it’s difficult for musicians to set themselves apart, alt-J has created a truly fresh, unpredictable sound.An Awesome Wave, the band’s 2012 debut, won a well-deserved Mercury Prize and spawned appearances at Lollapalooza, Bonnaroo, Coachella and the Glastonbury Festival in 2013. So how does the British band face a potential sophomore slump? It’s simply gone and made another beautiful and strange record that sounds like alt-J and nobody else.
Soul Power by Curtis Harding
Soundcheck: Curtis Harding: Offering Up A New Take On ’70s Soul
Often we rely on music from the past to provide us with a comfortable nostalgia. For Curtis Harding, the spirit of late 1970s soul music instead became a platform for exploration. By borrowing choice musical elements from multiple eras and genres, Curtis Harding’s debut solo album Soul Power has all the intensity of a throwback but fits happily in the present.
As a musician, Harding’s experience is broad. The Michigan-bred, Atlanta-based songwriter has written and sung backup for Cee-Lo Green, spent time rapping with Georgia group Proseed, and currently plays in the band Night Sun with Cole Alexander and Joe Bradley of punk outfit Black Lips. But somehow, despite his history of songwriting, Soul Power (out May 6 on Burger Records) is Harding’s first solo effort.
Soul Power takes the many musical influences Harding has encountered and re-contextualizes them over a foundation of energetic soul. Hints of smoky gospel harmonies, grungy garage rock, country blues and even disco find a meaningful place throughout the album. However, the footprint of soul, R&B and gospel — unison brass, catchy rhythmic guitar riffs, driving irresistible beat — is always present. It’s an exciting sound that’s sure to catapult Harding to a new level in the coming year.
Uncovered by Maya Beiser
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Soundcheck: Cellist Maya Beiser ‘Uncovers’ Rock Classics
Cellist Maya Beiser’s latest, Uncovered, is an album of classic rock tunes re-imagined and re-contextualized in stunning and multi-layered performances. Consisting almost entirely of Beiser’s multi-tracked cello with drums and bass added by collaborators Glenn Kotche (Wilco) and Jherek Bischoff, these “”uncovers”” - in new arrangements by Evan Ziporyn - breathe new life into works by Led Zeppelin, Jimi Hendrix, Pink Floyd, Nirvana, Janis Joplin, Howlin’ Wolf, King Crimson, Muddy Waters and AC/DC.