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Looking for some great new music? Fall back to Sony Music Masterworks

Joshua Bell in the playing rather than the conducting mode.
Joshua Bell in the playing rather than the conducting mode.
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For the record, Sony Music Masterworks has oodles of great CDs coning out this fall.
We decided to share a list, with some teaser notes.

Sergio Mendes – Magic (OKeh) – September 9
A new album from one of the most internationally successful Brazilian artists of all time. Special guests include, John Legend, Janelle Monae, Brazilians Milton Nascimiento, Maria Gadu, Ana Carolina and Seu Jorge.

Billy Childs – Map To The Treasure – Reimagining Laura Nyro (Masterworks) – September 9
A tribute for Nyro–one of the most iconic, sincere and influential female songwriters of our time. Composer/Arranger/Pianist Billy Childs leads an all-star interpretation of Nyro’s beloved works from guests like Renee Fleming, Esperanza Spalding, Yo-Yo Ma, Alison Krauss, Ledisi and Wayne Shorter.

Jonas Kaufmann – You Mean the World to Me (Sony Classical) – September 16
World renowned tenor Kaufmann sings melodies from Germany’s golden era of music from the 1920’s and 30’s. The album includes 6 songs in English.
FYI: His U.S. performance dates: in September 27 at Boston Symphony Hall, Boston, MA

Jackie Evancho – Awakening (Portrait) – September 23
She's starting to annoy us. The nNew album from 14-year-old Evancho is supported with a national tour and a PBS Special which will air in December. Evancho sings a mixture of classical and mainstream repertoire ranging from “Ave Maria” and “Dormi Jesu” to re-interpretations of “With or Without You” by U2 and “Rains of Castamere” from HBO’s Game of Thrones. The lead single is “Think of Me” from The Phantom of The Opera.

Kat Edmonson – The Big Picture – September 30
Major label debut from songstress Edmonson who’s created a witty, indie pop album with a retro feel. Follow up to her self-released kickstarter-funded album Way Down Low, which garnered critical acclaim and debuted at No. 1 on the Billboard Heatseekers Chart.
FYI: Her national U.S Tour runs from October 7 - 23

Joshua Bell & The Academy of St. Martin in the Fields – Bach (Masterworks) – September 30
As follow up to last-year’s acclaimed all-Beethoven recording, Bell continues as Music Director and Conductor of The Academy of St. Martin in the Fields with a new collaboration with the chamber orchestra, this time also as soloist, with all-Bach repertoire.

Lang Lang – The Mozart Album (Sony Classical) – September 30
Lang collaborates with conductor Nikolaus Harnoncourt on his first “All-Mozart” album. Two Piano Concerti (KV453 G major & KV 491 C minor) as well as solo pieces including the popular “Rondo Alla Turca” are present on the album.
FYI: Lang's U.S tour dates are in September and October

The Piano Guys – Wonders (Portrait) – October 7
YouTube’s favorite dads, The Piano Guys, are back with their new album of infectious Pop Meets Classical mashups. In classic TPG style, each song is accompanied by an inventive music video that the guys create on their own. They continue to tour all around the world. To date, The Piano Guys have over 3 million YouTube subscribers and almost 500 million video views.

Placido DomingoEncanto del Mar – Mediterranean Songs (Sony Classical) – October 7
With his most personal and intimate album to date, Domingo takes listeners on a journey to the Mediterranean. Working with celebrated producer/arranger/conductor Robert Sadin, the album includes songs from Italy, Spain, France, Sardinia, Corsica, Israel, Cyprus and North Africa, as well as an arrangement of Rodrigo’s Concierto de Aranjuez.

Bill Frisell – Guitar in the Space Age (OKeh) - October 7
For his new album, guitarist and composer Frisell mines the catalog of guitar-based music from the '50s and '60s that first inspired him to pick up the instrument. He explores the music of Pete Seeger, The Byrds, Junior Wells, Dick Dale, The Ventures, The Astronauts, Chet Atkins, Merle Travis and others with Frisell’s own compositions sprinkled in.

The Blind Boys of Alabama & Taj Mahal – Talkin’ Christmas! (Masterworks) – October 21
For their holiday album, The Blind Boys collaborate with Taj Mahal to bring a blues-meets-gospel sound unlike the usual Christmas-season fare. Included are originals mixed in with classic gospel songs.

Branford MarsalisIn My Solitude – Live at Grace Cathedral (OKeh) – October 21
Marsalis is one of the few illustrious jazz artists who have performed at Grace since Duke Ellington in 1965. His album is a combination of both composed and improvised music and includes a solo work written for oboe by C.P.E. Bach, solo saxophone pieces by Steve Lacy and Ryo Noda, and a beautiful version of Hoagy Carmichaels "Stardust."

Teodor Currentzis – Mozart: Cosi fan tutte (Sony Classical) – October 21
Teodor’s follow up to the critically acclaimed Le nozze di Figaro recording.

Peter Hollens – Album title TBA (Portrait) - October 28
Major label debut from American pop singer and producer Hollens, who is best known for his work on YouTube. Hollens is a one man a cappella group–he sings ALL parts of every song and then layers and blends them together. With over 750,000 subscribers his videos have reached over 100 million views. Hollens has collaborated with some of YouTube’s biggest artists, including Lindsey Stirling, George Watsky and Tyler Ward as well as Jason Mraz and Hunter Hayes.

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