Reviews and occasional notes on classical music

Reviews and occasional notes on classical music

For the past five years or so I've posted reviews of classical music CDs, DVDs and Blu-rays, in various places on the web: Amazon.com, iTunes and other sites. I'll collect those earlier reviews, and add four or five new ones every month.

"Music, both vocall and instrumental, so good, so delectable, so rare, so admirable, so super excellent, that it did even ravish and stupifie all those strangers that never heard the like." - Thomas Coryat, after hearing 3 hours of music at the Scuola di San Rocco in Venice, 1608.

Sunday, November 1, 2015

Tibetan voice, Russian piano

From September 24, 2013:


Tibetan singer Yungchen Lhamo, who lives "in exile" in New York, has worked in the past on collaborative projects with musicians such as Annie Lennox, Peter Gabriel and Sheryl Crow. This disc pairs her with Russian pianist and post-minimalist composer Anton Batagov. I love the texture of Lhamo's voice, and Batagov's piano contributes its own interesting character, providing more than just background for Tibetan songs and chants. It may be difficult to categorize, but it's well worth a listen. Highly recommended.

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