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Love it! Great new albums

Sonnambula: Leonora Duarte - The Complete Works Centaur Records, Sonnambula

Performance Today's Love it! series explores new albums and the people behind them. Each album is handpicked by a member of the PT team.

Leonora Duarte: The Complete Works
Sonnambula with Teju Cole
Elizabeth Weinfield, Director

"I absolutely love the lush, warm sound of Sonnambula, and I appreciate the work they're doing to unearth lesser known works by women. This album is the first recording of the complete works of Leonora Duarte, a composer who lived in Antwerp in the 17th century. Her story is fascinating: she was raised in a merchant family, and her family was known in the area for their in-house concerts. Duarte wrote music for the viol and intended for the music to be played at home. Sonnambula has captured that intimate feeling so well in this recording. The album also features spoken prose by writer Teju Cole and additional works by Leonora Duarte's musical peers."
-Kathleen Bradbury, associate producer for Performance Today

Past featured albums

Angele Dubeau & La Pieta

"This week, I loved listening to the new album Pulsations from Canadian violinist Angele Dubeau and the ensemble La Pieta. The music here is full of emotion, but it never crosses the line to saccharine. Instead, it made me want to get up and move with the propulsive rhythms of the strings. Dubeau arranged all of the pieces on this album for her ensemble and she does a masterful job of creating interesting musical textures that change from piece to piece. You might recognize some of composers from their work on film scores, but I think Dubeau takes one feeling of a character on screen and fractures it glass of a prism, adding complexity and color."
- Suzanne Schaffer, senior producer

Marsalis: Violin Concerto; Fiddle Dance Suite
Nicola Benedetti & Wynton Marsalis
The Philadelphia Orchestra

"The new album by violinist Nicola Benedetti, jazz great Wynton Marsalis and The Philadelphia Orchestra recently appeared on my desk. I was first struck by the interesting collaboration of artists and, at a time when many major orchestras don't stray too far from reliably favorite pieces, I was impressed at this investment in new music. When I began listening, it's clear that creative ideas just tumble from Marsalis's pencil. This isn't a short concerto. Each of the four movements flow through many fun and infectious moods, sincere pleas and satisfying chordal resolutions. When you think of the seemingly limitless musical possibilities and melodies coming from a composer like Marsalis (and the brilliant performance by Benedetti), it makes you wonder why you would limit yourself to just listening to music you already know. There's so much to discover. By the way, if you're wondering if there's a classical violin/jazz trumpet duet in the future, you'll have to listen to Benedetti's interview on our show!
- Suzanne Schaffer, senior producer

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