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Sharing releases, present and past, to brighten your day. WXXI Classical has its eyes and ears on the latest releases from classical artists working today. When we come across a story or a release we think you might enjoy, we’ll be sharing it with you on CD Spotlight. You’ll learn more about the artists online at WXXI Classical, and you’ll hear selections from these artists on FM 91.5. CD Spotlight shares new releases by artists that you’ll want to know and some by great artists and ensembles that deserve to be in the spotlight again.

CD Spotlight: Muse by Isata and Sheku Kanneh-Mason


Those amazing Kanneh-Masons have done it again with another stellar release—this time with two of the seven siblings. Pianist Isata and cellist Sheku combined forces for Muse, a collection of songs and sonatas by Barber and Rachmaninov. The Barber, written in his younger days, is a hidden masterwork that shines in the hands of the Kanneh-Masons and the Rachmaninov, a not-so-hidden masterwork, is performed with a grace and maturity well beyond their years. And the songs? Simply gorgeous. Rob Cowan from Grammophon said Sheku’s performance in Barber’s “There’s nae lark” is “some of the loveliest cello-playing I’ve heard in decades.” And it is.