Classical

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
All Melody (CD)

Nils Frahm's All Melody is a masterpiece. Frahm’s piano skills continue to innovate, summoning deep emotions and yielding sublime harmonies. For this latest LP, he has deployed a veritable personal orchestra, with compositions also featuring synths, pipe organ, strings, brass, tympani, gongs, and bass marimba. All Melody is a rich tapestry that can be felt on every level: physically, intellectually, and emotionally it is pure pleasure.

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