Monday, February 2, 2009
What's Just Opened on WSCL 89.5 FM
Hector Berlioz: "Symphonie Fantastique; La Morte de Cleopatre" - Berlin Philharmonic; Simon Rattle, cond. Rattle and the Berliners take on Berlioz' classic score, along with the rare cantata "La Morte de Cleopatre" featuring mezzo-soprano Susan Graham. (EMI Classics #50999 2 16224 0 3)
Joseph Haydn: "Concertos for Two Lire Organizzate" - Cologne Chamber Orchestra; Helmut Muller-Bruhl, cond. Haydn wrote these 5 works for King Ferdinand IV of Naples, who favored an instrument called a lire organizzate - a kind of hurdy-gurdy with organ pipes, now well out-of-fashion. No problem - these works sound fine in these arrangements for flutes, recorders, horns and strings. (Naxos 8.570481)
James Ehnes: "Homage" - James Ehnes, violin/viola; Eduard Laurel, piano. For this CD/DVD project, Ehnes got to play with 12 rare and valuable violins and violas from a private collection, many of which have never been recorded with before. Liner notes include the history of each fiddle, with works by Bazzini, de Falla, Kreisler, Ravel, and others. (Onyx 4038)
Antonio Vivaldi: "Cello Concertos" - Han-Na Chang, cello; London Chamber Orchestra; Christopher Warren-Green, cond. Han-Na Chang's sharp attack reinvigorates these charming concertos for cello & strings. (EMI Classics 50999 2 34791 0 4)
Ludwig van Beethoven: "Piano Sonatas Opp. 26, 14 & 28" - Murray Perahia, piano. A sure cure for the deep winter blues is a new recording by Murray Perahia - this being only his third album of Beethoven sonatas in thirty years. Two early works, the Sonatas 9 & 10, are coupled with favorites 12 & 15 (the Pastorale.) (Sony Classical 88697326462)
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