Classical

Górecki: Symphony No. 3,

Back in fall 2014, Portishead's Beth Gibbons performed Henryk Górecki’s Symphony No. 3 with the Polish National Radio Symphony. Out now via Domino, the album marks Gibbons' first release since Portishead's 2008 LP, Third. The whole affair was conducted by Krzysztof Penderecki, known as Poland's greatest living composer, and recorded live. The singer ventures into soprano territory here (she's a contralto) and performs in the original Polish, to thrilling effect. As fans would expect, it's a lush, moving, and deeply vulnerable performance from an artist who leaves listeners clinging to every word.

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Wolastoqiyik Lintuwakonawa (CD)
Vocalist/composer Jeremy Dutcher's debut combines post-classical arrangements with samples from archived recordings of his Wolastoqiyik First Nation's first music, stored at the Canadian Museum of History. The results are both operatic and earthy, buoyed by strings, percussion, electronics, piano, and Dutcher's soaring tenor vocals. The opening track “Mehcinut” builds to a stunning climax and then slides into a peaceful conclusion with scratchy original vocal samples at the center. “Essuwonike” features pounding drums and a stirring rhythm, signaling early on that this is not sleepy New Age, but its own kind of unique baroque pop. Read more