Inspired by Bartók’s Mikrokosmos and by the indigenous music from various parts of Africa, South African composer Michael Blake created his magnum opus Afrikosmos – like Bartók’s work, in varying degrees of difficulty for young players and experts alike
South African musical icons
Sound of Freedom
Spanning artists like Hugh Masakela with Bring Him Back Home, Miriam Makeba with her hit Pata Pata, and Johnny Clegg and Savuka’s Great Heart, there is something for all South African tastes, rounded off by tracks from Just Jinger, Brenda Fassi, Sipho ‘Hotstix’ Mabuse, Vusi Mahlasela and more.
Ludovico Einaudi – Underwater
Illustrious composer and pianist Ludovico Einaudi recently released Underwater, his first new solo piano album in 20 years. Underwater was born in lockdown, utilising the rare opportunity for song-writing in its purest and most intimate form: just Einaudi and his piano. It features 12 newly composed solo piano tracks, showcasing his unmistakable musical style.
Festive season music
Norah Jones – I Dream Of Christmas
Norah Jones has just released her first-ever Christmas album filled with a delightful and comforting collection of timeless seasonal favourites and new originals that explore the complicated emotions of our times and our hopes that this holiday season will be full of joy and togetherness.
Cecilia Bartoli – Unreleased
The most successful female classical singer alive has just released an unheard showcase album. Unreleased features virtuosic concert arias from Mozart, Beethoven, Haydn and Mysliveček, along with two tracks featuring violinist Maxim Vengerov.
Agnetha, Björn, Benny and Anni-Frid are back! For the first time in 40 years, one of the most successful pop groups of all time, ABBA returns with a brand new studio album, ABBA Voyage. ABBA have not only recorded two new songs, ‘I Still Have Faith In You’ and ‘Don’t Shut Me Down’, that will both feature in a revolutionary concert, they’ve also recorded and produced an entire new album.
Elton John – The Lockdown Sessions
A collection of 16 songs, all Elton John collaborations, with some of the biggest, most exciting artists in the world today including Yo-Yo Ma, Charlie Puth, Dua Lipa, Eddie Vedder, Gorillaz, Lil Nas X, Miley Cyrus, Nicki Minaj, Rina Sawayama, SG Lewis, Stevie Nicks, Stevie Wonder, Surfaces, Years & Years, Young Thug, Brandi Carlile, and more.
Ludovico Einaudi – Cinema
The composer behind Oscar-winning films Nomadland and The Father, pianist Ludovico Einaudi, releases a new, handpicked collection of his greatest musical works from film and television including two previously unreleased tracks.
Angélique Kidjo – Mother Nature
The four-time Grammy Award-winning luminary, Angélique Kidjo, joins forces with many of her musical progeny, including some of the most captivating young creators of West African music, Afrobeat, Afro-pop, dancehall, hip-hop, and alt-R&B.