Tributes to Vivaldi

Music | Three new albums attest to the composer-priest’s enduring influence
by Arsenio Orteza
Posted 2/27/20, 03:45 pm

In the Vivaldi episode of his PBS Great Performances series Now Hear This, the violinist-conductor Scott Yoo describes The Four Seasons, Antonio Vivaldi’s most famous composition, as the embodiment of the composer’s “two opposing musical passions, the Church [Vivaldi was a Catholic priest] and the opera, brought together with his virtuosity.”

“It’s a sacred instrumental opera,” Yoo concludes, “with the violin as the star.”

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Back in time

Music | New albums from memorable sources
by Arsenio Orteza
Posted 2/13/20, 03:17 pm

Today Belongs to Me: Complete Recordings 1977-1980 by The Flys: The rewards of diving into complete-output excavations by long-defunct bands that never broke through seldom outweigh the effort. For this two-disc compilation, they do. Blurring the lines separating pub-rock from punk and power-pop from new wave, the clever and energetic tunes that poured forth from these too-eclectic-for-their-own-commercial-good British rockers never stood a chance in the overground.

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Peeks into deep mysteries

Music | Bill Fay’s new album works when the lyrics are solid but not when muddled
by Arsenio Orteza
Posted 2/13/20, 03:12 pm

The reason that the English singer-songwriter Bill Fay descended into obscurity circa 1971 is that on neither of the two Deram albums that he had released up to that point (Bill Fay and Time of the Last Persecution) had he found a way to bring his gently apocalyptic, elliptically Christian folk-rock to life. 

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