Thursday, June 16, 2016

Recent Musical Discoveries: From Ladies (almost) Only

Speaking of the Sisters of Sophia, the ladies-only monthly event held at EDI's venue, The Ladder, reminded me that my husband and I realized one week that all the music we were listening to was performed by ladies in at least two genres: pop (with jazz influence) and classical.

First of all, Mark had bought me a CD of great American Song Book standards all about the moon and the stars: If the Moon Turns Green . . ., sung by Diana Panton. Songs like "Fly Me to the Moon," "I've Told Every Little Star", "Moon River", "Moonlight Serenade", etc, accompanied by guitar, bass, and piano.

Mark also discovered Rachael Price's The Good Hours, which he purchased as an MP3: also filled with great standards like "Skylark", "Mood Indigo", "Serenade in Blue", etc. From Rachael's solo, jazz career, we moved on to her work with Lake Street Dive, for example: Bad Self Portraits.

My contribution to this almost ladies-only music selection--bringing in the group kind of broke the streak--was the two-album set from Deutsche Grammophon (new LPs):

Titled Duo, it contains performances by pianist Helene Grimaud and cellist Sol Gabetta of Cello Sonatas by Brahms (No. 1 op. 38), Debussy (D minor), and Shostakovich (op. 40), and the Fantasiestucke of Schumann (op. 73). The two LP set came with a free digital download! You may view the promotional video from DG here.

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