Classical

Mahler 7 (CD)

The five movements of Mahler’s 7th traverses all levels of emotions. This is quite the journey to experience… There is a kaleidoscope of colors throughout this symphony which might leave some listeners in a state of confusion or can magically transform one’s passion for life.

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St Petersburg [Deluxe Edition] (CD)

Cecilia Bartoli St. Peterburg Italian opera works from mid- to late-18th century, written by lesser-known Italian composers and with one Russian composer for a performance in the Russian capital, St. Petersburg.

 

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Bala Brothers (CD)

The South African family trio of Loyiso, Zwai, and Phelo have been a force against apartheid for years. In 1988 at the age of 12 Zwai became the first black member to join the Drakensberg Boys’ Choir. Since then both of his brothers also became members of the illustrious choir. After years of overcoming poverty, keeping their spirits high and their voices tuned, The Bala Brothers headlined a tribute to Nelson Mandela in December 2013. The trio offer a vocal range spanning from traditional South African to classically trained opera, as well as a hint of modern soul. Their debut release, Bala Brothers, is a spirited live recording from their hometown in Johannesburg. Some highlights include versions of Paul Simons’ “Under African Skies,” the traditional African “Masibuyelane,” and the striking opener Elton Johns’ “Circle of Life.” The feelings that resonate from this live performance are palpable and never more pronounced then on the anti-apartheid anthem “Something Inside So Strong” during which their Drakensberg Boys Choir backs up the extremely talented trio.

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