My vacation playlist, August 2010

Here’s what I’m taking on the plane to Iowa (among many other things—on my iPod)

Monteverdi’s L’incoronazione di Poppea, conducted by Claudio Cavina. One of the great early operas, in a new re-imagining.

Schubert’s great song cycle Die schöne Müllerin, highly anticipated and brand new today (in the U.S.) on Harmonia Mundi, performed by the brainy tenor Mark Padmore, and the equally brainy pianist Paul Lewis.

Isabelle Faust’s acclaimed new recording of some of Bach’s Sonatas and Partitas for solo violin.

An old favorite, the original Broadway cast album of Stephen Sondheim’s “A Little Night Music,” partially set off by reviews of the current New York revival with Elaine Strich and Bernadette Peters.

Gotta have a little Anglican church music in the mix.

The Essential Etta James. What more can I say?

Scissor Sisters’ “Night work.” I have eclectic tastes.

Kylie’s new album.

Happy listening.

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