Friday, February 13, 2009
A Valentine's Day "Just Opened" 2/13/09
"Bach - Helene Grimaud (piano)" Grimaud's first all-Bach recording (at last!) featuring several preludes & fugues from "The Well-Tempered Clavier," along with a performance of the Concerto in d minor BWV 1052 with the Deutsche Kammerphilharmonie Bremen (German Chamber Philharmonic, Bremen); Busoni's transcription of the Chaconne in d minor, and transcriptions by Liszt and Rachmaninoff. (DG 0289477781721/B0012504-02)
"Mendelssohn - Anne Sophie Mutter (violin)" Anne-Sophie celebrates Mendelssohn's bicentennial this year with all new recordings of some of her favorite works: the Violin Concerto in e minor with Kurt Masur and the Gewandhaus Orchestra; the Piano Trio No. 1 with Andre Previn (piano) and Lynn Harrell (cello); and the Violin Sonata in F Major with Andre Previn. Includes a bonus DVD with live performances of all three works; a documentary "Encounters with Mendelssohn" plus photos and a discography. (DG 028947780014/B0012533-00)
"Vivaldi - Daniel Hope (violin)" Following last year's successful recording of Mendelssohn's Octet and the Violin Concerto in e minor, Hope once again joins the Chamber Orchestra of Europe for four concertos by the Red Priest, along with the Sonata "La Follia." A bonus track is a rare concert aria by Vivaldi, featuring mezzo-soprano Anne Sofie von Otter. (DG 028947774631/477 7463)
"Classical Love Songs (various artists)" Just in time for Valentine's Day, a collection of 17 famous love songs, arias and duets from operas by Mozart, Verdi, Puccini, Bernstein, Bizet, Offenbach, Donizetti, and Lehar. Performers include Anna Netrebko, Magdalena Kozena, Pavarotti, Domingo, Carreras, Elena Garanca, Cecilia Bartoli, Marilyn Horne, and others. Got a favorite love song from opera? It's probably here! Includes two previously-unrealeased recordings: Rolando Villazon in "Questa o Quella" from Verdi's "Rigoletto", and Bryn Terfel in "Plaisir d'amour" by Jean Paul Martini. (DG 028947781707/B0012473-02)
Happy Valentine's Day!
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