NEW THIS WEEK
Pulse / Quartet
Steve Reich's Pulse / Quartet includes the world-premiere recordings of Pulse, performed by the International Contemporary Ensemble, and Quartet, played by the Colin Currie Group. The Los Angeles Times notes the "lyricism, gorgeous instrumental textures and affecting harmonies" of Pulse, and the New York Times says of Quartet: "Written for two vibraphones and two pianos, Quartet is Mr. Reich's first piece for those two instruments alone, and the combination is ingenious and seductive, and deployed with subtle craftsmanship." The vinyl edition is due March 30.
News from the Nonesuch Journal
Congrats to Randy Newman, whose song "Putin," from his album Dark Matter, won the Grammy Award for Best Arrangement. "I'd like to thank the Recording Academy for this award," he says. "I worked hard on the arrangement and I'm proud of it. I appreciate the attention. Thank you. Please give me another one next year."
Emmylou Harris and Chris Stapleton shared the stage at the Grammy Awards ceremony on Sunday to offer a touching take on Tom Petty's "Wildflowers."
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David Byrne co-hosted on BBC Radio 6 Music with Lauren Laverne and gave the first spin of a new track from his forthcoming album, American Utopia, "This Is That," a collaboration with Oneohtrix Point Never.
Fleet Foxes debuted a performance video of the title track to their album Crack-Up, accompanied by the Icelandic women's choir Graduale Nobili. The performance was filmed by Consequence of Sound at Harpa Concert Hall in Reykjavik.
Rostam, who began a tour this week, has added new dates this spring, with shows in the US, Europe, and the UK. He has also released a video for "Bike Dream," from his album Half-Light, filmed in Paris, Berlin, and Copenhagen.
Paul Thomas Anderson joined BBC Radio 6 Music's Lauren Laverne to discuss his new film, Phantom Thread. "The best part of my day is waking up in the morning to new Jonny Greenwood emails with music," he says. "It's like Christmas morning every time."
David Byrne joined a group of strangers in the the lobby of NYC's Public Theater to sing David Bowie's "Heroes." Organized by Choir! Choir! Choir!, singers and non-singers alike were invited to take part, with Byrne singing lead.
Nonesuch will release Gabriel Kahane's 8980: Book of Travelers later this year. The album's genesis began the day after the 2016 presidential election, when Kahane embarked on a looping, 8,980-mile railway journey through the US. Over two weeks, he broke bread with dozens of strangers whose stories were woven into a song cycle he premiered at BAM earlier this year. More details to come.
Louis Andriessen's Theatre of the World, recorded live during the LA Philharmonic's 2016 world premiere performances, has been nominated for the International Opera Award for Recording (Complete Opera) of the Year.
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