Culture & Criticism From the Far Distant Realms
Sony Masterworks has a hot and sultry summer in store for fans of myriad genres, who can expect to see a plethora of important releases as the days dissolve to autumn. First off, on July 23, The Wolverine Original Motion Picture Soundtrack hits the bins, with music by Academy Award Nominee Marco Beltrami (the film, starring Hugh Jackman, opens July 26th). On August 3, the new Placido Domingo releases – this widely anticipated record celebrating the 200th anniversary of Verdi and marks the first-ever baritone album for the legendary tenor. Later, on August 20, Tedeschi Trucks Band’s Made Up My Mind goes public, featuring the hit single “Part Of Me.” August ends with the debut of the 2-CD set, Mario Lanza – The Toast of Hollywood; the album goes on sale August 26th, preceding a Turner Classic Movies Channel one-day celebration of Lanza’s films (September). Come September, the music world gears up for a major event – the release of Gloria Estefan’s The Standards (September 10). The Standards (on which she collaborates with Dave Koz, Joshua Bell and Laura Pausini) presents Estefan in a different role – dedicated to reprising pieces from the American Songbook that has inspired and shaped her personal journey (including performances of “It’s You I’ll Always Love” and “Smile”) . Finally, on October 29, Stephen Sondheim’s Collector’s Edition finds its way to stores: This long-awaited 4-CD box is chock-full of never-before heard songs from Sondheim’s own archives: It’s the rare chance to get a glimpse into an artist in the midst of looking back at his own body of work.