MEMETERIA by Thomas May

Music & the Arts

Classical Editor’s Picks: April 2016

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Here’s my list for Rhapsody for this month:

On top of being the 20th anniversary of National Poetry Month, April 2016 is when the world marks the 400th anniversary of Shakespeare’s death. Rufus Wainwright pays tribute to the poetry of the Bard with one of his most beguiling albums to date: Take All My Loves, a project years in the making that sets nine of Shakespeare’s sonnets to music.

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Classical Editor Picks: March 2016

kholodenko-prokofievHere are my top picks for this month, now posted on Rhapsody:

Music for the keyboard launches this playlist, and starting us off is Ukrainian pianist Vadim Kholodenko in a pair of neglected but fascinating Prokofiev piano concertos. Even being a Van Cliburn Competition gold medalist (Kholodenko won in 2013) doesn’t guarantee the chops needed to take on Prokofiev’s fiendishly difficult challenges, but Kholodenko dazzles and astonishes from start to finish. Seong-Jin Cho, who won last year’s Chopin Competition, has just released his debut solo album — fittingly, of Chopin. And the homage to the late Pierre Boulez continues with a superb set of his complete solo piano music performed by Marc Ponthus.

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Classical Editor’s Picks: January 2016

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Here’s my pick list for the month for Rhapsody.

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