Music

Tunes for day and night

Music | Noteworthy new or recent releases
by Arsenio Orteza
Posted 1/14/21, 05:07 pm

Lullabies by Dave Brubeck: Brubeck, who died in 2012, made this solo-piano recording 10 years ago. And it lives up (or down, as the case may be) to its name. The familiar melodies (“Over the Rainbow,” “Danny Boy,” “Summertime,” “There’s No Place Like Home,” “Brahms Lullaby” twice), simple arrangements, and gentleness—an unexpected quality coming from a pianist whose detractors often derided him for “heavy-handedness”—makes it ideal drifting-off-to-dreamland music, especially for babies and toddlers. So what’s in it for adults?

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A classical music comeback

Music | What a resurgence of new recordings tells us about the music industry
by Arsenio Orteza
Posted 1/14/21, 04:55 pm

In October, journalist Ivan Hewitt reported classical-music recordings were enjoying their biggest sales in years, due largely to the scarcity of live performances resulting from COVID-19 lockdowns. Downloads and streaming led the way, but hard-copy sales were up too.

Hewitt didn’t report what people were buying, but record companies’ data is instructive on two levels.

Level 1: Classical musicians and record labels remain indifferent to complaints by social-justice warriors that classical music lacks “diversity.”

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Spiritual spins

Music | Noteworthy new or recent releases
by Arsenio Orteza
Posted 12/29/20, 12:25 am

Hey Clockface by Elvis Costello: Don’t be put off by the opening recitation or the electronically clattery “No Flag” that follows thereupon.

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