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CBC Names Emmylou Harris, Jeremy Denk, Rokia Traoré, Bombino Albums Among Best of 2013

CBC Music: Top Albums of 2013

The Canadian Broadcast Corporation (CBC) Music division has published its list of the Top Albums of the Year, and featured among them are four albums released on Nonesuch Records in 2013: Emmylou Harris and Rodney Crowell's Old Yellow Moon, Jeremy Denk's recording of Bach's Goldberg Variations, Rokia Traoré's Beautiful Africa, and Bombino's Nomad.

Emmylou Harris and Rodney Crowell's Old Yellow Moon, their first official collaboration since Crowell joined Harris’ Hot Band in 1975, has been named the No. 1 Singer-Songwriter Album of 2013 by CBC Music. "Harris and Crowell finally decided to make music together, and the results are magic," says the CBC's Brad Frenette. "Old Yellow Moon won this year's Americana Award for album of the year, and their collaboration will remain long after all its accolades have gathered dust."

CBC Music names Jeremy Denk's recording of J.S. Bach's Goldberg Variations the No. 1 Classical Album of 2013. "Denk smashes through preconceptions and produces an overwhelmingly original account of a piece we thought we all knew," exclaims the CBC's Michael Morreale. The new album "is quirky, emotionally compelling and dazzling. Denk brings out Bach’s great 'curlicues, eddies and whirlpools' (as he describes in the eloquent video liner notes on an accompanying DVD) with an uncluttered freshness and simplicity."

Malian-born singer, songwriter, and multi-instrumentalist Rokia Traoré's new album, Beautiful Africa, is including among CBC Music's Top 5 World Music Albums of 2013. Li Robbins, the CBC's world music correspondent, calls Beautiful Africa a "powerful album" that "is as much informed by rock as it is by Malian music traditions."

Bombino's Nonesuch Records debut album, Nomad, also makes the CBC's list of the year's best world music albums. The Tuareg guitarist and singer "is truly on fire on his third album, produced by Grammy-winning producer Dan Auerbach of the Black Keys," says Robbins. "Bombino’s guitar work on Nomad blisters in a way that owes as much to blues as to rock."

For the complete list of CBC Music's list of the Top Albums of the Year, visit


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