BLOCK: That's Pachelbel's "Canon in D," and it appears on one of the hottest releases of the year, "Fifty Shades of Grey: The Classical Album."
ROBERT SIEGEL, HOST:
Yes, the classical album. It's composed of works that inspired author E.L. James while she was writing her steamy best-selling trilogy. And it has spent 11 weeks on Billboard's Classical Traditional Albums chart, 10 of those in the top slot.
Originally published on Fri November 30, 2012 4:43 pm
Freelance Whales' members make huge tiny music. Their instruments tend to produce delicate sounds: banjos, violins, xylophones, drums played delicately with brushes. But their songs are arranged in such a way that these small sounds form grand, swelling passages that start out softly, then build to something majestic.
In the fall of 2002, with an epic series of concerts, pianist Mulgrew Miller opened the Kennedy Center Jazz Club. Those great nights are documented on two CDs from the MaxJazz label. Since then, the Jazz Club (transforming a room that was once a music library) has hosted hundreds of artists and countless Washington, D.C., jazz fans. In the fall of 2012, Mulgrew made a triumphant return before a sold-out house — performances captured in this edition of JazzSet.
Tracey Thorn's interpretation of "Maybe This Christmas," by the Canadian singer-songwriter Ron Sexsmith, is typical of her new holiday album, Tinsel and Lights: It's simply arranged, emphasizing Thorn's lovely, delicate voice and bolstered by a firm intelligence; it avoids the fatty treacle that weighs down lots of Christmas albums. Tinsel and Lights mixes familiar songs with new ones, such as the title song written by Thorn.