The final dog days of summer are as good for listening to music as they are for catching up on reading.
And that's a good thing because there have been some good CD releases recently, two of which I've listed below along with three I keep returning to....
1. "The Berlin Concert" - Simone Dinnerstein - (Telarc) new release
Dinnerstein leaves no doubt she can play the Romantics with an electric performance of Beethoven piano sonata No. 32.
2. "Ay Amor!...Constantinople" - Francoise Atlan (ATMA)
A truly wild and totally infectious CD of world music from Spain, Persia and French troubadour traditions. Hard to push the off button on this one.
3. "Eight Grounbreaking American Composers - "Class of 38" - (Naxos) new release
The concept is simple: a compilation of 8 composers born in 1938. The music? Compelling and indefinable. Includes the likes of Gloria Coates, Joan Tower, Frederick Rzewski and John Corigliano.
4. "Fiesta" - Gustavo Dudamel w/Simon Bolivar Orchestra - (Deutsche Grammophon)
Classical music of Latin America gets the impassioned Dudamel touch. A showcase for this awesome orchestra.
5. "Continuo" - Avishai Cohen - (Sunnyside)
Forward-thinking jazz that grows on you and grows on you and...well, you get the picture.