Nonesuch Events for the Holiday Weekend of November 21–25
Nonesuch Records wishes everyone a very Happy Thanksgiving in the United States and a fruitful Black Friday in the days ahead. (Not to mention a Happy Birthday today to both Dr. John and Björk.) Remember: all currently available CDs, LPs, and DVDs in the Nonesuch Store are currently 34% off the standard retail price (pre-orders excluded) as part of the store's ongoing fifth anniversary sale. Of course, the focus for the holiday is on family, and while the Nonesuch staff is spending time with ours, there are a few concerts in the coming days to keep in mind as you're enjoying yours as well.
Richard Goode joins the Budapest Festival Orchestra and conductor Louis Langrée for a three-night run of performances at the Béla Bartók National Concert Hall in Budapest this Saturday through Monday. On the program are two works by Schumann—the Overture to The Bride of Messina and his Piano Concerto in A minor—and Brahms' Symphony No. 3.
Goode joined the Budapest Festival Orchestra for his latest recording, a three-disc set of the Complete Beethoven Piano Concertos released in 2009 on Nonesuch Records. The collection marked Goode's first recording of these pieces. The Financial Times gave it a perfect five stars, calling it a "landmark recording of the Beethoven concertos."
Lianne La Havas, having brought her two-week US tour to a close last weekend, kicks off the latest leg of her European tour with a performance at Cirque Royale in Brussels tonight, followed by two concerts in the Netherlands: at Paradiso in Amsterdam on Thursday and at Effenaar in Eindhoven on Saturday.
While in the US, La Havas gave "a pitch-perfect performance" at the Roxy Theatre in Los Angeles last weekend, raves the Los Angeles Times. She "delivered on the promise of her soulful, mature debut album, Is Your Love Big Enough?," says the Times. "She was, to put it simply, fantastic ... a natural talent with boundless potential whose charisma is matched only by her musical prowess."
Brad Mehldau and his Trio—featuring Larry Grenadier on bass and Jeff Ballard on drums—continue their European tour into December, performing three concerts this long holiday weekend: at Salle Pleyel in Paris tonight, at Stockholm Konserthuset on Friday, and at Alte Oper in Frankfurt am Main in Germany, on Sunday. The Independent gives four stars to the group's recent London Jazz Festival performance at Barbican Hall, calling the Trio "the world leader in a jazz scene now thick with them."
The Brad Mehldau Trio released two new albums this year on Nonesuch Records: Where Do You Start in September and Ode in March. Ode features 11 songs composed by Mehldau, and Where Do You Start comprises the Trio’s interpretations of ten tunes by other composers, along with one Mehldau original. BBC Music Magazine gives both albums five stars, naming the latter this month's Jazz Choice album and writing: "Mehldau and his men are masters of the postmodernist treatment. Every tune comes over as a deliciously prepared standard. Yet another understated masterclass in trio-ism."
Punch Brothers—following the recent release of their five-song EP Ahoy! and a European fall tour that came to a close last weekend with performances at the Crossing Border festival—have returned to North America to launch the next leg of their tour at Chan Shun Concert Hall in Vancouver on Saturday. The band then heads south of the 49th parallel for the remainder of this year's tour, starting with Sunday's show at the Neptune Theatre in Seattle. The Milk Carton Kids open all along the way.
Punch Brothers ring in the New Year with a three-night residency at Bowery Ballroom in New York City, December 29–31, and has a month of US tour dates already on tap for 2013, with Anaïs Mitchell joining for those.