Let Me Entertain You is the eighteenth studio album by Amanda Lear, released in May 2016. This new album was conceived as a musical, browsing through new songs and covers her life and personality. What is immediately striking, is the large variation in the songs and the music types on this brand new album. Amanda Lear sings cabaret (Let Me Entertain You), disco (Macho Man), chanson (La Rumeur), Italian pop (Prima Del Tuo Cuore), dance (The Best Is Yet To Come), evergreens (Smile)… There are new tracks (The Actress, Catwalk), there are cover versions of famous songs (Can’t Take My Eyes Off You, For Me Formidable) and there are modern remakes of old Lear hits (Follow Me, Fashion Pack).
The Emerson String Quartet formed in 1976 and kept the same personnel for more than 30 years. Journeys marks its final release with original cellist David Finckel, who has departed to pursue other projects (notably duo concerts with his wife, pianist Wu Han). It thus represents a turning point of sorts, and it is good to see that the group has not been content with simply recrossing safe territory but has delivered something innovative, both within its own catalog and in the general chamber music marketplace. The Emerson Quartet's repertory has rested solidly in the Haydn/Beethoven/Brahms mainstream. The group has rarely recorded Tchaikovsky, and Schoenberg never until this release. Journeys contains both, in the form of two sextets, Tchaikovsky's Souvenir de Florence and Schoenberg's Verklärte Nacht.