5 Classical Music Albums You Should Listen to Now

‘Amata dalle Tenebre’ Anna Netrebko, soprano; Teatro alla Scala Orchestra; Riccardo Chailly, conductor (Deutsche Grammophon) Soprano Anna Netrebko has always been more satisfying in person—her voice blooms in the expanse of an opera house—on recordings where her super-wide vibrato feels less impressive than unsteady in close-up. On her new solo album, she struggles to maintain …

5 Classic Albums You Should Listen To Right Now

Brahms: Symphony No. 4 Pittsburgh Symphony Orchestra; Manfred Honeck, conductor (Reference Records) Last month, Pittsburgh Symphony Orchestra announced that music director Manfred Honeck will extend his contract until the 2027-28 season. good for them. As I wrote two years ago, these forces new standards in standards, their recordings bring together amazing playing ideas that are …

Fall New Albums Bring An Award. Pay Attention to These 3.

Finally, the music industry — sort of? Type? maybe? – Starting its re-awakening after 2020. Bands that were waiting to release new albums until they realistically envisioned touring are now temporarily re-emerging from extended hiatus. Rising stars, whose rise has been postponed due to the pandemic, are finally on the rise. After a long fallow …

5 Classic Albums You Should Listen To Right Now

‘Générations’: Senailé and Leclair Sonatas Theotime Langlois de Swarte, violin; William Christie, harpsichord (Harmonia Mundi) This flamboyant album was my acquaintance with the composer Jean-Baptiste Senaillé and the young violinist Théotime Langlois de Swarte, much loved by the French aristocracy in the early 18th century but now obscure. This is Langlois de Swarte’s third release …

After 54 Albums, Connie Smith’s Defiant Heart Has A Lot To Say

What is the meaning of country music? 80-year-old singer-songwriter, “I always believed it was the crying of the heart” Connie Smith In a recent video call from his Nashville office, he said he was decorated with the distinctive palette he wore on stage. Framed by black walls and purple tufted furniture, she said, “I understand …

5 Classic Albums You Should Listen To Right Now

Sigismondo d’India: ‘Lamenti e Sospiri’ Mariana Flores and Julie Roset, sopranos; Cappella Mediterranean; Leonardo García Alarcon, director (Ricercar) Sigismondo d’India was a young Italian composer at the explosive creative dawn of the 17th century, during the time of Gesualdo, Frescobaldi, Monteverdi, and Caccini. While opera was still in its infancy, d’India was a master of …