American born, Parisian raised Madeleine Peyroux is the true heir to Billie Holiday. Not so much in style, but in vocal character. Peyroux debuted on record almost twenty years ago with Dreamland. Her recordings over the years alternated between original material and covers. Secular Hymns is an album of covers. But the hymns take a lot of twists and turns. These are very original covers.
Young Spanish conductor Pablo Heras-Casado gets around. He's the music director of the orchestra on this new recording of Tchaikovsky, but it's as a guest conductor where Heras-Casado is making his mark. He's omnipresent with the great orchestras of London, Vienna and Berlin. And while the Orchestra of St Luke's is a fine group, I can't help thinking that the next major opening will be his for the choosing.