#3417: John Schaefer's Completely Opinionated Top Ten of 2012

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For this New Sounds, listen to John Schaefer's completely personal and opinionated look at the ten best new music releases of 2012. There just might be something by a Brooklyn-based Afrobeat party band, a violinist (usually a classical player) in collaboration with a German improvising pianist, and perhaps something from a cult American singer.  Listen for a vocal octet and a composer who reworked one of the classical music "war horse" works to great effect. 

    PROGRAM #3417, John Schaefer’s Top Ten Releases of 2012 (First aired on 1/9/2013)                                       

    ARTIST(S)

    RECORDING

    CUT(S)

    SOURCE

    10. Scott Walker

    Bisch Bosch

    Epizootics! [3:50]

    4AD #CAD 3220CD
    shopusa.4ad.com

    9. Ben Zeitlin & Dan Romer

    Beasts of the Southern Wild

    The Bathtub [3:38]

    Available at Amazon.com

    8. Eve Beglarian & Mary Rowell

    Songs from the River

    Beglarian: I’m Worried Now but I won’t be Worried Long, excerpt [3:50]

    evbvd.com/brim

    7. Various Artists: Bedouin Jerry Can Band

    Rough Guide to African Roots Revival

    Ya_El_Yaleladana [4:04]

    World Music Network RGNET1269
    www.worldmusic.net

    6. Hilary Hahn & Hauschka

    Silfra

    Rift, excerpt [3:46]

    Deutsche Grammophon 16798
    www.deutschegrammophon.com
    hahnandhauschka.com

    5.Antibalas

    Antibalas

    Him Belly No Go Sweet, excerpt [6:00]

    Daptone Records DAP 028
    www.daptonerecords.com

    4. Jherek Bischoff  (w/Mirah Zeitlyn & Paris Hurley)

    Composed

    The Nest [4:27]

    Brassland  HWY-027
    www.jherekbischoff.com
    www.brassland.org

     

    3. Elina Duni Quartet

    Matana Malit

    Kur Te Kujtosh [4:05]

    ECM 2277
    www.ecmrecords.com

    2. Max Richter

    Daniel Hope, violin
    Konzerthaus Kammerorchester Berlin
    André de Ridder

     

    Recomposed: Vivaldi’s Four Seasons

    Spring: 0, 1 [3:10]

    Deutsche Grammophone

    0289 481 0044 6 CD DDD GH

    www.deutschegrammophon.com

     

    1.  Roomful of Teeth

    Roomful of Teeth

     

    Caroline Shaw: Passacaglia [5:53]

    New Amsterdam NWAM 041
    roomfulofteeth.org