New CDs for April 2016
Mozart/Beethoven – Quintets for Piano & Winds
Antonio Vivaldi, Johann Sebastian Bach – Genius – Music of Johann Sebastian Bach & Antonio Vivaldi
Editor’s Note: “Spider Sounds” invites members of the University of Richmond community to share their thoughts about CDs (or other items in the Parsons Music Library’s collection). The links included will take you to the library catalog record for the item in question, or to additional relevant information. Today’s installment of “Spider Sounds” is by Alexandra, one of our student workers, and features the critically acclaimed album The Joshua Tree by U2. This was U2‘s fifth studio album. It was released in the spring of 1987. Thanks, Alexandra!
U2 is the purest example of clean, meaningful, and everlasting music. It is almost impossible to choose one soundtrack to shine amongst the rest but if you only have time to listen to one album, then The Joshua Tree is the one to pick. Lyrics from “Bullet the Blue Sky,” “Mothers of the Disappeared,” and “With Or Without You” represent the political and social turmoil occurring during the time of production and the sense of hope lost during these troubling times. Just as the biblical overtones of The Joshua Tree signify a guide to lead disciples to the Promised Land, the album reminds us of the healing power of music.
Editor’s Note:“Spider Sounds” invites members of the University of Richmond community to share their thoughts about CDs (or other items in the Parsons Music Library’s collection). The links included will take you to the library catalog record for the item in question, or to additional relevant information. Today’s post is a bit unusual — two different student workers actually have chosen to write about the same 2006 album by John Mayer. So we are presenting both Aly and Mary’s individual takes on this album in the same post. Thanks to student workers Aly and Mary for contributing to “Spider Sounds”!
Aly’s thoughts on “Continuum”:
Continuum, John Mayer’s third studio album, is a fresh take on guitar-driven pop music. Chances are, you’ve probably heard a few songs from this album before, such as “Gravity,” “Dreaming With a Broken Heart,” or the uplifting “Say (What You Need to Say).” These songs all come together on an outstanding album, which dominated the 49th Grammy Awards – there, Mayer performed “Gravity” live, then went on to sweep the titles for Best Pop Vocal Album and Best Male Pop Vocal Performance for the recognizable “Waiting on the World to Change.”
As with all of Mayer’s albums, Continuum features tracks with incredibly vivid lyrics that stand far above many other pop songs that tend to feature an overused dialogue. Mayer’s messages are artful, inspirational, intelligent – they’re quick and concise, and stick with you. In
Continuum, many songs have positive, feel-good themes that any listener would love.
To add to the rich lyricism in Continuum, many tracks have rich guitar rhythms throughout, both acoustic and electric – and Mayer himself does most of it. His technique is undeniably masterful, and should not go unnoticed.
My personal favorite track on the album is “The Heart of Life” (the song’s refrain was actually my senior quote in my high school yearbook!). A sunny, poetic dialogue, effortless vocals, and a fresh guitar foundation – the track embodies everything that makes John Mayer a standout pop singer-songwriter.
Mary’s thoughts on “Continuum”:
If you’re looking for songs that are deep and meaningful, John Mayer’s third album called Continuum is the way to go. His songs in this album invite you to look at the world, your relationships, and your own life and ponder upon them. After listening to his songs, you would feel as if any brokenness or uncertainty are relieved temporarily. His calm voice placidly talks to you as if you’re sitting with your close friend at a café on a fair day, just talking about how life is going.
New CDs for February 2016
Alexsandr Scriabin – Complete Preludes
Jean Sibelius – Symphonies Nos. 5 and 6
Jean Sibelius – Symphonies Nos. 6 and 7: “The Tempest” Suite No. 2
Joey Alexander – My Favorite Things
Florence + the Machine – How Big, How Blue, How Beautiful
For August and September 2015
International Double Reed Society – 25th Anniversary
Marisa Robles – Harp Concertos
Mieczysław Weinberg – Mieczysław Weinberg
Alvin Singleton – Sweet Chariot
Kenneth Tse – Kenneth Tse, soprano saxophone
Georg Philipp Telemann – Twelve Fantasias
Edward T. Cone – Solo & Chamber Music
Sarn Oliver – Tangled Flow
Tanglewood Music Center Orchestra – Tangled Flow
Kevin R. Gallagher – Guitar Recital
Johan Dismas Zelenka – Chamber Sonatas, Volume One
Heinrich Koll – The Art of the Viola
Lillian Fuchs – Complete Music For Unaccompanied Viola
Quicksilver – Fantasticus: Extravagant & Virtuosic Music of the German Seventeeth Century
Jon Manasse – Trio, op. 11 / Beethoven. Grand duo : op. 48 / Weber. Trio, op. 114 / Brahms.
Trio Indiana – Trio Indiana
Hilary Hahn – The Hilary Hahn encores : in 27 pieces
Heinrich Koll – The Art of the Viola
Liturgical Organists Consortium – Divinum Mysterium
Hilary Field – Premieres – Contemporary Lyrical Works for the Classical Guitar
Manchester Festival String Orchestra – Vision: Music of the 20th & 21st Centuries
Franz Schubert – The Unauthorised Piano Duos, vol. 2: The Gahy Friendship
Boston Symphony Orchestra – Bolero; La valse / Ravel. Pictures at an exhibition / Mussorgsky.
Wiener Glasharmonika Duo – Glas & Steine
Music & Art in the Time of Rembrandt – Music & Art in the Time of Rembrandt
Sam Smith- In The Lonely Hour
Julie Andrews- Don’t Go in the Lion’s Cage Tonight
Merge Records – Oh, Merge: A Merge Records 10 Year Anniversary Compilation
The Texas Troubadours – Almost To Tulsa: The Instrumentals
Jeanine Tesori – Fun Home
Richard Rodgers – The King and I (2015 Broadway Cast Recording)
John Kander – The Visit (Original Broadway Cast Recording)
Skip Kennon – The Pioneers of Movie Music: Sounds of the American Silent Cinema
Adrian Cunningham – Ain’t That Right! The Music of Neal Hefti
Arturo O’Farrill – Cuba The Conversation Continues
John Burnett Swing Orchestra – Swingin’ In The Windy City
Cécile McLorin Salvant – For One To Love
Harry Everett Smith – Harry Smith’s Anthology of American Folk Music, Volume Four
Rumanian Folk Music – Rumanian Folk Music
Maleem Mahmoud Gania – Gnawa Essaouira
Louisiana Cajun Music – Louisiana Cajun Music
Martilar – Memories From Turkey
Qluster – Lauschen
The Beach Boys – Sounds of Summer
Bob Seger & The Silver Bullet Band – Night moves
Bob Seger & The Silver Bullet Band – Stranger in Town
Canned Heat – Uncanned – The Best of Canned Heat
Cherryholmes – Cherryholmes
Cherryholmes – Cherryholmes III, Don’t Believe
Cornell Dupree – Child’s Play
Don Henley – Building the Perfect Beast