December 28, 2000 David Greenberger reviews the Bevis Frond's new album called Valedictory Frond. They are an English band who have been together since 1987.
December 26, 2000 A new CD entitled The Two Tenors and Qantara offers highlights of a five-hour concert of Arabic music that took place last spring in Las Vegas. The "two tenors" are Wadi Al Safi and Sabah Fakhri. Qantara is an instrumental ensemble led by oud player Simon Shaheen. Banning Eyre attended the concert and reviews the recording.
December 22, 2000 Classical Music Critic Lloyd Schwartz reviews Bach Christmas Cantatas, a new boxed set featuring the orchestra and chorus of Emmanuel Music.
December 22, 2000 Host Bob Edwards talks with Jon Pareles, music critic for the New York Times. Pareles has logged year after year reviewing holiday releases, and says the Christmas music genre does a good job of representing the wide array of American attitudes toward the holiday. And, while there's a plethora of recordings out there, Pareles says a few notable ones do stand out.
December 10, 2000 Liane speaks with Weekend Edition Sunday music director Ned Wharton, who offers a few holiday gift suggestions.
December 7, 2000 Classical music critic Lloyd Schwartz reviews a new recording of Handel's opera, Alcina. It's a live performance by the Paris Opera (Erato).
December 4, 2000 Tucker reviews the debut CD from singer-songwriter Nelly Furtado, called Whoa, Nelly.
November 24, 2000 Rock critic Ken Tucker reviews Stankonia,the new CD from the hip-hop duo OutKast.
November 24, 2000 Jazz critic Kevin Whitehead reviews pianist Uri Caine's 2-CD set, The Goldberg Variations.
November 20, 2000 Music reviewer David Greenberger tells us about a new release by The Posies. The band split up in the late nineties, but a new four-CD box set features outtakes and other previously unreleased material. It's called At Least, At Last.
November 5, 2000 Liane speaks with Jim Sampas, producer of Badlands: A Tribute to Bruce Springsteen's Nebraska, which will be released Tuesday on the Sub Pop label. The Boss's dark and sparse album from 1982 is covered on the new cd by artists including Johnny Cash, Chrissie Hynde, Dar Williams, Ben Harper and others.
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November 2, 2000 Jazz critic Kevin Whitehead reviews 4x4 (WATT/ECM) the latest CD by pianist and composer Carla Bley.
October 31, 2000 Critic Tom Moon reviews the new CD from the rock band P.J. Harvey, called Stories from the City, Stories from the Sea. The band is led by British singer/songwriter Polly Jean Harvey, who has earned a certain reputation for intensity. Her songs move from feverish punk distortion to rich acoustic blues, always with a heavy gloomy atmosphere. There is a sense of lives unraveling and promises shattered for her songs' characters. (4:45) Stories from the City, Stories from the Sea, is out today from Island Records, catalog # Islf 15162-2. See http://www.pjharvey.net or http://www.islandrecords.com for more information.
October 22, 2000 Liane speaks with Weekend Edition Sunday music director Ned Wharton about new and noteworthy cd releases. Also this week, Ned offers tips on trolling the Internet for music, and has some listening suggestions for fans dejected over the breakup of Phish.
October 18, 2000 The newest CD by jazz violinist Regina Carter, Motor City Moments, features compositions by her fellow Detroit natives like vibraphonist Milt Jackson and Marvin Gaye. Carter is garnering recognition for her jazz interpretations of pop-based material. Reuben Jackson has a review. (4:30) Motor City Moments, by Regina Carter is copyright 2000 on the Verve label, catalog # 314 543 927-2, see http://vervemusicgroup.com.
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