Arsenio Orteza

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

New or recent releases

Music
by Arsenio Orteza
Posted 11/09/17, 12:07 pm

Vaughan Williams: Job, Symphony No. 9

Bergen Philharmonic Orchestra, Sir Andrew Davis

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Hard time, soft rock

Music | A bout with depression shook up Jon Troast’s life and music
by Arsenio Orteza
Posted 10/31/17, 04:52 pm

When the Nashville-based singer-songwriter Jon Troast debuted in World magazine eight years ago, he was surviving as an independent musician by performing unplugged in the homes of his fans. They’d invite friends and family, pay Troast a $100 minimum, buy his discs, put him up, then say goodbye until next time.

Now, other than having doubled his price and expanded his merchandise to include Christmas ornaments of his own making, he’s still surviving that way. House show number 1,000 is on the horizon.

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New or recent releases

Music
by Arsenio Orteza
Posted 10/25/17, 01:04 pm

Piano 

Benny Andersson

Had his output ended with ABBA, Andersson would still rank high among contemporary melodists if only in terms of quantity. But the quality that emerged in his writing (alone and with Björn Ulvaeus) midway through ABBA’s career continued, resulting in a wealth of lovely, hauntingly melancholy songs distilled from the pre-rock influences that he absorbed as a baby boomer Swede. A dozen of this album’s 21 selections originated in either ABBA or Chess. The crystalline, music-box delicacy of his touch, however, is something new. And special.

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