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by Arsenio Orteza
Posted 9/13/18, 02:47 pm

Japanese Guitar Music, Vol. 4

Schin-ichi Fukuda & Shigenori Kudo

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A queen remembered

Music | Obituaries rarely discussed Aretha Franklin’s two fervent Christian albums
by Arsenio Orteza
Posted 8/31/18, 11:54 am

In the days following her death on Aug. 16 from pancreatic cancer, Aretha Franklin was alternately eulogized as the “Queen of Soul” and upbraided as a self-absorbed diva. (Her funeral occurs today in Detroit.) 

The praise vastly outweighed the excoriation and focused on her indomitable voice, her string of iconic late-’60s hits, and her longevity. (Her final album of original material, Aretha Franklin Sings the Great Diva Classics, came out in 2014, 58 years after the recording of her first, Songs of Faith.)  

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A world of Variations

Music | Part II: Clarity and warmth showcase the 2018 Goldbergs
by Arsenio Orteza
Posted 8/30/18, 12:38 pm

Since the appearance of the last issue’s review addressing new recordings of Bach’s Goldberg Variations, at least two more have been released. And the one by the harpsichordist Wolfgang Rübsam (Naxos Classics) surpasses even those by Diego Ares and Yoshiko Ieki (see “There-and-back-again journeys,” Sept. 1).

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