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by Arsenio Orteza
Posted 8/16/18, 01:18 pm

Gene Clark Sings for You

Gene Clark

The first eight songs come from 1967 demos that the talented but self-sabotaging ex-Byrd circulated in hopes of landing a solo record deal. The last six come from demos that he gave to the one-hit-wonder folk-rock group the Rose Garden. “Down on the Pier” is to Dylan’s “4th Time Around” what “4th Time Around” is to the Beatles’ “Norwegian Wood.” McGuinn, Crosby, and Hillman could do a lot worse than to record valedictory versions of all 14. They should start with “Doctor Doctor.”

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Aretha Franklin, ‘Queen of Soul,’ has died

by Susan Olasky
Posted 8/16/18, 12:33 pm

The “Queen of Soul,” Aretha Franklin, died Thursday from pancreatic cancer. She was 76.

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There-and-back-again journeys

Music | Three albums offer harpsichord and organ renditions of the Goldberg Variations
by Arsenio Orteza
Posted 8/16/18, 11:13 am

“It does seem,” wrote the late musicologist Peter Williams of J.S. Bach’s compositional strategies, “to be the nature of the Goldberg [Variations] to inspire a range of hypotheses.”

It also seems to be the nature of the Goldberg Variations to inspire a range of interpretations. Last year, the Italian pianist Beatrice Rana won acclaim for her piano rendition, and, indeed, despite (or maybe because of) Glenn Gould’s landmark recordings of 1955 and 1981, the piano remains the instrument on which the composition is most frequently performed.

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