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The Seattle Symphony does too few concerts each year of the series called "[untitled]": only three, which (in addition to shows by the Seattle Modern Orchestra) are essential for locals wanting to hear more recent music performed live. Tonight's was the second [untitled] for this season, but the las...

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On this night I went with a bunch of friends to see Fatoumata Diawara play and sing with her band at Seattle's Neptune Theater. It was a good time. Diawara has a great voice, but I also liked it when she played the guitar as well, with her sort of free, warm style. I've listened to Diawara's album...

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Here's an album to help us believe in pianos and pianists again. Much of this music has been recorded zillions of times and we don't need it again, but since Peter Donohoe is playing it I had to give it a spin. I was drawn in straight away and forgot that I was really worn out on "Pi...

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The young Italian pianist Filippo Gorini played at Meany Center. Beforehand I felt draggy about even going despite having a ticket, because these days I am feeling especially down on the classical world playing the same music in tuxes, and though the program was challenging and deeply interestin...

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This is a deeply absorbing album, not to mention an unusual one. If you hear this music by the elder Louis Couperin at all it's bound to be on a harpsichord, but here we have it on a modern piano where it decidedly doesn't belong... or does it? Pianist Pavel Kolesnikov treats these "...

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I've never felt especially drawn to the music of Lutoslawski, despite having heard him described as one of the best composers of the 20th century. I remember listening to albums on which a bunch of stuff happened that apparently didn't register much. Here however is a new release tha...

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Here's an album that represents the opposite of my complaints in another review: not a bland moment here, but emotionally raw, committed and perceptive playing that more than justifies recording this music again. Dvorak's trio no. 3 in F-minor is less well-known and less-frequently p...

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Unless you're already one yourself, you need a classical-obsessed person in your life to find things like this. Here I am, your very own music-miner, and boy do I have a gem for you! Never mind the other things on this album — it's the sixth symphony by Rued Langgaard that's more tha...

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This album is full of life and interest, and you're going to want to get up and dance to some of these tracks. Jordi Savall and his people came across Peruvian manuscripts called the "Codex Trujillo", ca. 1780 around fifteen years ago, so some of these songs have shown up in quite diff...

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