Aidin Vaziri | Let’s not get too excited about “Symphonica,” the first new George Michael album in seven years, because the live recording is made up of well-worn material. The twist here, as the title implies, is that the former Wham! star performed the songs backed by the Czech National Symphony Orchestra on his most recent European tour. For an added air of poignancy, the album was recorded shortly after Michael survived a near-fatal bout of pneumonia and represents the last production credit of Phil Ramone, who died last year. The singer, whose voice still sounds sublime, soars through his ’90s classics, including “Praying for Time” and “Cowboys and Angels.” His supper-club takes on standards such as “My Baby Just Cares for Me” and “Brother Can You Spare a Dime” present a harder slog, with an overwrought reading of “Wild Is the Wind” best serving as a reminder to listen to David Bowie’s version. Would it have been too much to ask to give that space over to a fresh run through “Careless Whisper”?