Arsenio Orteza

Arsenio reviews music for WORLD Magazine. Follow Arsenio on Twitter @ArsenioOrteza.

Photo illustration: Krieg Barrie (Kidjo: Dave Hansen/The Daily News via AP; Baez: Charles Sykes/Invision/AP; Owen: Mike Pont/Getty Images; McKay: Seth Wenig/AP)

Empathetic albums

Music | Recent releases bring subdued interpretations of familiar songs
by Arsenio Orteza
Posted 7/19/18, 02:49 pm

One of the few traditional gender-based assumptions that it’s safe to reiterate in public these days is that women have, or at any rate demonstrate, a greater capacity for empathy than men do.

But even if practically every study on the topic didn’t suggest as much, prolonged exposure to the latest albums by Joan Baez, Angélique Kidjo, Nellie McKay, and Judith Owen would.

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Recent classical releases

by Arsenio Orteza
Posted 7/05/18, 01:26 pm

Vaughan Williams: Mass in G Minor 

The Choir of St. John’s College, Cambridge

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Fountain of talent

Music | Blind Boys singer helped shape gospel music
by Arsenio Orteza
Posted 7/05/18, 02:14 am

“It’s Done Got Late,” the final track on the powerhouse Clarence Fountain solo album In the Gospel Light, begins with Fountain’s recounting, in preacherly cadences over a swirling organ and a shimmering piano, a time that he found himself at a crossroads.

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