Audiophile Audition: "Bravo," Five Stars for "Delightful" "Baroque Beatles Book" Reissue
The Baroque Beatles Book, the 1965 favorite featuring Baroque-style arrangements of some of the Beatles' biggest hits by musicologist Joshua Rifkin, was reissued on CD for the first time just last month. "What a kick to have this delightful release from 1965 at hand again on CD," raves Audiophile Audition in a five-star review. Rifkin "did a terrific job of it which still is most enjoyable to hear ... Bravo Rifkin, Nonesuch and all concerned!"
The Baroque Beatles Book, one of the earliest successes from Nonesuch after the album's 1965 release, was reissued on CD for the first time just last month. Featuring Baroque-style arrangements of some of the Beatles' biggest hits by musicologist Joshua Rifkin, the album has gained something of a cult following over the years. And now, says Audiophile Audition in its perfect five-star review, "What a kick to have this delightful release from 1965 at hand again on CD."
Reviewer John Sunier says that Rifkin, just 21 years old at the time of the album's initial release, "did a terrific job of it which still is most enjoyable to hear." Sunier praises Rifkin's diligent efforts at authenticity, concluding that "all the proper Baroque styles and cliches are here in spades. Bravo Rifkin, Nonesuch and all concerned!"
Read the full five-star review at audaud.com.
Wednesday, December 21, 2016Wednesday, December 21, 2016
As 2016 draws to a close, and the Nonesuch Journal takes a bit of a hiatus till the start of 2017, it's time to take a look back and remember all of the great and diverse music made by Nonesuch artists over the past year. Many Nonesuch artists and their recent Nonesuch releases have made music critics' and fans' year-end best lists. Here, in words and music and in chronological order, is a look back at the year in Nonesuch music.
Wednesday, June 29, 2016Wednesday, June 29, 2016Listen: Allen Toussaint's "American Tunes" Reviewed on NPR's "Fresh Air"; His "Touch and Timing Shine"
Allen Toussaint's final recording, American Tunes, released to critical acclaim earlier this month, continues to earn rave reviews. Paste calls it "a beautiful colleciton of tracks that showcase his love of music no matter the genre." NPR's Fresh Air says it's "a fond last look at a composer and pianist who helped refine classic New Orleans pop and rhythm & blues and then brought them into the modern world. We miss him already." You can hear the complete review here.