NEW RELEASE HIGHLIGHTS
The Capitalist Blues, Leyla's McCalla's second album for Jazz Village, is a powerful, personal commentary on the divided sociopolitical climate in the United States. It is a message of hope, with songs that focus on fighting the injustice happening around us. Myth Of A Man is Night Beats’ fourth studio album. Written during a particularly destructive period of the band, the album is populated by fallen angels, wanderers and vindictive lovers. Mystery Hour, Pavo Pavo’s second album, was written as band members Oliver Hill and Eliza Bagg were separating after a six-year relationship. Fever, Balthazar’s fourth album, is honest, playful and the band’s most cohesive effort to date. Go Dark’s début album Neon Young features a punk-edged Brutalism that conjures visions of futuristic dystopia. A classical upbringing and a fondness for jazz come to the fore on the intoxicating self-titled debut album by RYD, aka North London producer and songwriter Ryan Downie. Mercury Prize nominee Ed Harcourt’s eighth studio album, Beyond The End, presents a soft-spoken yet emotionally loquacious group of piano-led instrumentals.
Jordi Savall’s latest musicological project explores the great explorer Ibn Battuta’s significance in the Muslim world. Stile Antico’s In a Strange Land collects sacred music by Ekizabethan Catholic composers living in exile. Justin Doyle and RIAS Kammerchor offer an album devoted entirely to Benjamin Britten. Berlioz is the focus of two new releases by key harmonia mundi artists. François-Xavier Roth and Les Siècles performs Les Nuits d’été and Harold in Italy, and pianists Jean-François Heisser and Marie-Josèphe Jude perform a transcription of Berlioz's Symphonie fantastique. Highlights from Hyperion’s new releases include the Utah Symphony and Thierry Fischer performing Saint-Saëns, Garrick Ohlsson playing late piano works of Brahms and cellist Natalie Clein performing cello sonatas by Clarke and Bridge. Other noteworthy releases this month include the Concentus Musicus Wien performing Schubert’s 'Unfinished' Symphony, the Freiburger Barockorchester performing Corelli’s Concerti Grossi, and Christophe Rousset and Les Talens Lyriques playing François Couperin’s Les Nations.