I’ve tried for thirty years to wrap my ears around Elliott Carters first two string quartets (Nonesuch). This disc of chamber pieces is a bit more accessible, I particularly like Oboe Quartet (2001) for oboe and string trio. I find that contrast between the wind and the strings make this more interesting to listen to. The same goes for the some other pieces on this album, Mosaic (2004) for chamber ensemble, Enchanted Preludes (1988) for flute and cello. The disk also features a pair of works for solo instruments and a three movement piece for soprano and ensemble.
Paul Jacobs, Arnold Schoenberg – Piano Music (Nonesuch)
It’s a classic and essential…I love this one. Schoenbergs music is somehow more accessible through his piano music.
Norah Jones – Little Broken Hearts (Blue Note)
With the news of her fathers passing, I realized I’d never heard Norah Jones latest album. Not bad…I pay no attention to the lyrics, her pure voice floats above drum loops that remind me of the Black Keys weirdly enough. Nora pursues her pop muse.
Joaquín Rodrigo – Complete Concertos for Guitar and Harp (Philips)
Chick Corea – Light as a Feather (ECM)
David Toop – Sound Body (Sahmadi Sound)