A short month perhaps, but no concessions the number of days: in this year’s leap-month of February, I listened to 38 recordings, making a total of 94 for the year so far. My current pace will have me covering 564 records that are new/recent releases for this year, a little under what I heard last year.
That pace will change, of course. In February, I spent considerable time listening to Beethoven symphonies and string quartets in my collection, and also spent some time with Sibelius and Bruckner and Thelonious Monk. Of the new music, and along with the Recordings of the Week series, my favorites for the month were:
- Kristoffer Oustad, Filth Haven
- Melbourne Symphony Orchestra, Sir Andrew Davis, Ives: A Symphony ‘New England Holidays’; Three Places in New England
- Zak Ozmo, Vincenzo Galilei: Well-Tempered Lute, Tones I-IV
- Arohi Ensemble, Ahimsa: Love is the Weapon of the Brave
- Walt Weiskopf, The Way You Say It (Out April 8 on Posi-Tone Records.)
- himukait, conditions of acrimony
- Finnegan Shanahan, The Two Halves
- Dave Miller, Old Door Phantoms (Out April 1 on Ears & Eyes Records.)
Here’s the February 2016 Listening I use for details, for the curious. I encourage you to check out any and all of the above releases, and happy listening.