A classic revisited

“Sing Me Home”, my album of the week [£] in the Sunday Times, doesn’t fall into any of the usual neat categories. Let’s just call it “beyond boundaries” and leave it at that. Leading his Silk Road Ensemble, Yo-Yo Ma sets out to fuse musical traditions, East and West, North and South, classical and folk. The piece that made the biggest impact on me finds Rhiannon Giddens — about whom I’ve gushed more than enough in the last few years — cutting a new path through that venerable standard “St James Infirmary”. It’s also worth hearing Abigail Washburn,  banjo player, singer and long-time student of Chinese culture, helping to rework a familiar Dvořák theme on the track “Going Home”.

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