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Listen: Saint Abdullah’s Where Do We Go, Now?

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The beautiful Cyrinda Foxe and David Bowie behind the scenes of ‘The Jean Genie’ music…

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RL Artist Of The Week: Greta Harlow

Greta Harlow is a London-based solo artist and songwriter from Finland. She released her debut EP ‘Who Am I’ in December 2019.  The title track grabbed our ears and made her this week’s ‘Artist Of The Week’.  With clear influences ranging from Muse to Kate Bush, her eclectic mix of styles are showcased within the title track.  There are musical twists and turns in every direction, from beautiful stacked vocal harmonies, to prog rock-esq guitar riffs.  There is never a dull moment!

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Claudio Monteverdi

Donald Macleod looks at five themes in Claudio Monteverdi’s life through the letters he wrote.

Claudio Monteverdi’s compositions range from the secular to the sacred. He is a composer whose work spans the Renaissance and Baroque periods of musical history, and is known as a pioneer of the development of opera in Italy throughout the early 17th century. Throughout the week, Donald looks at five themes in Monteverdi’s life through the letters he wrote. Using Denis Stevens’ translations from the 1970s, we look at the excuses given by Monteverdi – a perpetually busy man – for not finishing compositions on time, the politics and hierarchy of life in the Italian Courts and Church, the financial struggles faced by Monteverdi, the illnesses that plagued his life and the lives of his close family and the importance of his family throughout his life.

Across the episode, we’ll hear stories of Monteverdi’s penchant for procrastination, his revered opinions of singers, many financial struggles, tempestuous heath and the lengths he went to in order to support his family.

Music featured:
Chiome d’oro
Cantai un tempo, & se fu dolc’il canto
L’Orfeo: Prologue and Act I
Dixit Dominus
Lamento d’Arianna a voce sola
Cantate Domino
Dominus vobiscum. Et cum spiritu tuo
Con che soavità
L’Incoronazione di Poppea: Act II: Amici, è giunta l’hora
Ballo delle ingrate
‘Batto’, qui pianse Ergasto
L’incoronazione di Poppea: Prologue and Act I:
Lamento d’Arianna a 5
Adoramus te
Zefiro torna
Quel sguardo sdegnosetto
L’Orfeo: Toccata
Lamento della Ninfa
Missa In illo tempore
Il ritorno d’Ulisse in patria: Act V: O dolor, o martir
L’incoronazione di Poppea: Act III: Pur ti miro
Damigella tutta bella
L’Orfeo: Act V: Extracts
Tirsi e Clori
Il ritorno d’Ulisse in patria: Act I
Magnificat a 7

Presented by Donald Macleod
Produced by Eleri Llian Rees for BBC Wales

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Adventures In Sound And Music hosted by Emily Bick

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Alex Ross Nightafternight playlist

New and recent releases of interest.
— Adès, Piano Concerto, Totentanz; Adès conducting the Boston Symphony, with Kirill Gerstein, Mark Stone, Christianne Stotijn (DG, out 2/28)
— Liza Lim, Extinction Events and Dawn Chorus; Sophie Schafleitner, Lorelei Dowling, Klangforum Wien cond. Peter Rundel and Stefan Asbury (Kairos)
— Anna Höstman, Harbour and other works; Claire Duvall (Redshift)
— Jennifer Walshe, A Late Anthology of Early Music, Vol. 1: Ancient to Renaissance (Tetbind)
— Alex Hills, OutsideIn and other works; Aisha Orazbayeva, EXAUDI (Carrier)
— Handel, Agrippina; Joyce DiDonato, Elsa Benoit, Luca Pisaroni, Franco Fagioli, Jakub Józef Orliński, Andrea Mastroni, Carlo Vistoli, Biagio Pizzuti, Marie-Nicole Lemieux, Maxim Emelyanychev leading Il Pomo d’Oro (Erato)
— Samuel Feinberg, Piano Sonatas; Marc-André Hamelin (Hyperion)
— Clairières: Songs by Lili Boulanger and Nadia Boulanger; Nicholas Phan, Myra Huang (Avie)
— Bach, Cello Suites, transcribed for violin; Johnny Gandelsman (MVD)
— Schoenberg, Violin Concerto, Verklärte Nacht: Isabelle Faust, Daniel Harding conducting Swedish Radio Symphony (Harmonia Mundi)
— Sorabji, Sequentia cyclica super “Dies Irae”; Jonathan Powell (Piano Classics, 7 CDs)

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Listen: Sun Araw’s “Roomboe”

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discogs Top 40 Trending Records

Week of February 22nd, 2020

This is it! Welcome to the Discogs Top 40 Trendings Records! One can only feel good when having a look at the most collected releases by the Discogs Community last week. The only charts that can compare with the unparalleled quality and taste of this one are those elaborated by music critics. However, this chart is exclusively compiled from releases that Discogs users have added to their Collections over the last seven days. Don’t expect to see anything like this anywhere else, your picks are unbeatable.

Our first Top 40 looks stunning. Crowning the chart, you’ll find The Slow Rush, the new album by Tame Impala. An album Pitchfork called “as rich and thoughtful as ever.”

The Roots reaches the second position with the first ever reissue of their critically acclaimed release, Phrenology. Discogs user djsgribbs commented, “this absolutely sounds better than I’ve ever heard this album sound.” Phrenology is one of nine reissues to make the list this week.

The latest EP from Khruangbin & Leon Bridges, Texas Sun, comes in at #3 on the Discogs trending list after hitting Billboard’s #1 spot as the top emerging act in the U.S.

Pop punk icons Green Day’s latest offering, Father of All…, drops in at #4 with NME noting the album is “a unicorn puking a rainbow. Don’t try to make sense of it. Just enjoy.”

Closing out the top 5, you’ll find another Vinyl Me, Please reissue, this one of Aretha Franklin’s Aretha Now, an evolved and effortless-sounding showcase of her range and versatility.

As for the other 35 trending releases…well, you’ll need to find out on your own:

 

  • Tame Impala - The Slow Rush album cover

    Tame Impala – The Slow RushIsland Records, Interscope Records, Fiction Records2xLP, Album, Ltd, Gre

 

 

 

  • The Roots - Phrenology album cover

    The Roots – PhrenologyUniversal2xLP, Album, Club, RE, RM, Bro

 

 

 

  • Khruangbin & Leon Bridges - Texas Sun album cover

    Khruangbin & Leon Bridges – Texas SunDead Oceans, Columbia, Night Time Stories12″, EP, Club, Ltd, Cok

 

 

 

  • Green Day - Father Of All... album cover

    Green Day – Father Of All…Reprise RecordsLP, Album, Ltd, Red

 

 

 

  • Aretha Franklin - Aretha Now album cover

    Aretha Franklin – Aretha NowAtlantic, AtlanticLP, Album, Mono, Club, RE, RM, 180

 

 

 

  • El-P - I

    El-P – I’ll Sleep When You’re DeadFat Possum Records2xLP, Album, Club, Dlx, RE, Red

 

 

 

  • David Gray - White Ladder album cover

    David Gray – White LadderIHT Records2xLP, Album, RM, Whi

 

 

 

  • Kvelertak - Splid album cover

    Kvelertak – SplidRise Records (3), Wørld Recørds2xLP, Album, Ltd, Gol

 

 

 

  • David Bowie - Alabama Song album cover

    David Bowie – Alabama SongParlophone, Parlophone7″, Pic

 

 

 

  • NOFX - My Wife Has A New GF album cover

    NOFX – My Wife Has A New GFFat Wreck Chords7″, Club, Gra

 

 

 

  • NOFX - I Love You More Than I Hate Me album cover

    NOFX – I Love You More Than I Hate MeFat Wreck Chords7″, Club, Ora

 

 

 

  • Grimes - Miss Anthropocene album cover

    Grimes – Miss Anthropocene4ADLP, Album, Club, Ltd, Num, Red

 

 

 

  • Gil Scott-Heron, Makaya McCraven - We’re New Again (A Reimagining By Makaya McCraven) album cover

    Gil Scott-Heron, Makaya McCraven – We’re New Again (A Reimagining By Makaya McCraven)XL RecordingsLP, Album

 

 

 

  • Psychotic Waltz - The God-Shaped Void album cover

    Psychotic Waltz – The God-Shaped VoidInside Out Music, Sony MusicCD, Album, Ltd, Med

 

 

 

  • Nathaniel Rateliff - And It

    Nathaniel Rateliff – And It’s Still AlrightStaxLP, Cok

 

 

 

  • Pet Shop Boys - Hotspot album cover

    Pet Shop Boys – Hotspotx2 (2)LP, Album

 

 

 

  • Sepultura - Quadra album cover

    Sepultura – QuadraNuclear Blast2xLP, Album, Pic

 

 

 

  • The Strokes - Is This It album cover

    The Strokes – Is This ItRCALP, Album, Ltd, RE, Whi

 

 

 

  • Pet Shop Boys - Monkey Business album cover

    Pet Shop Boys – Monkey Businessx2 (2)CD, Single

 

 

 

  • Drive-By Truckers - The Unraveling album cover

    Drive-By Truckers – The UnravelingATO Records, ATO RecordsLP, Album, Ltd, Mar

 

 

 

  • Mgła - Age Of Excuse album cover

    Mgła – Age Of ExcuseNorthern Heritage, No SolaceLP, Album

 

 

 

  • Spanish Love Songs - Brave Faces Everyone album cover

    Spanish Love Songs – Brave Faces EveryonePure Noise RecordsLP, Album, Ltd, Blo

 

 

 

  • Isobel Campbell - There Is No Other... album cover

    Isobel Campbell – There Is No Other…Cooking VinylCD, Album

 

 

 

  • Destroyer - Have We Met album cover

    Destroyer – Have We MetMerge RecordsLP, Album, Ltd, Sea

 

 

 

  • Various - Thunderdome Never Dies (Official Soundtrack) album cover

    Various – Thunderdome Never Dies (Official Soundtrack)The Third Movement3xLP

 

 

 

  • Erasure - Chorus album cover

    Erasure – ChorusMute, BMGCD, Album, RE + CD, Comp + CD + Dlx, RM

 

 

 

  • The Wonder Years - Burst and Decay (Volume II) album cover

    The Wonder Years – Burst and Decay (Volume II)Hopeless Records, Loneliest Place On Earth12″, Ltd, Whi

 

 

 

  • Tennis - Swimmer album cover

    Tennis – SwimmerMutually DetrimentalLP, Album, Ltd, Blu

 

 

 

  • Nada Surf - Never Not Together album cover

    Nada Surf – Never Not TogetherCity SlangLP, Album

 

 

 

  • Dirty Projectors - Bitte Orca album cover

    Dirty Projectors – Bitte OrcaDominoLP, Blu + LP, Red + Album, Club, RE

 

 

 

  • Jeff Parker & The New Breed (14) - Suite For Max Brown album cover

    Jeff Parker & The New Breed (14) – Suite For Max BrownInternational Anthem Recording CompanyLP, Album

 

 

 

  • Chromatics - Closer To Grey album cover

    Chromatics – Closer To GreyItalians Do It Better2xLP, Album, Red

 

 

 

  • Bohren & Der Club Of Gore - Patchouli Blue album cover

    Bohren & Der Club Of Gore – Patchouli Blue[pias]2xLP, Album

 

 

 

  • Gil Scott-Heron - I

    Gil Scott-Heron – I’m New HereXL Recordings10t + LP, Album, RE, Pin + LP, Gre

 

 

 

  • Black Pumas - Black Pumas album cover

    Black Pumas – Black PumasATO RecordsLP, Album, Dlx, Spl + CD, EP, RE

 

 

 

  • John Moreland - LP5 album cover

    John Moreland – LP5Old OmensLP, Album, Ltd, Num, Sky

 

 

 

  • Envy - The Fallen Crimson album cover

    Envy – The Fallen CrimsonPelagic Records2xLP, Album, Ltd, Col

 

 

 

  • The Strokes - Room On Fire album cover

    The Strokes – Room On FireRCALP, Album, Ltd, RE, Ora

 

 

 

  • Beach Bunny - Honeymoon album cover

    Beach Bunny – HoneymoonMom + Pop12″, Album, Lig

 

 

 

  • Squarepusher - Be Up A Hello album cover

    Squarepusher – Be Up A HelloWarp RecordsLP, Album, Ltd

 

 

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