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Friday, February 27, 2009

What's Opened on Just Opened (2/27/09)

Alexander Scriabin: "The Complete Etudes" - Garrick Ohlsson, piano. Russian mystic and composer Alexander Scriabin would have fit right in during the artistic renaissance that was taking place in the 1960's; however, he lived and worked during the turn of the 19th-20th centuries when his music was considered progressive at best and dangerous at worst. He wrote a great deal for solo piano; all of it would fill out 5 CDs. But the complete etudes, recorded here, fit rather nicely on one. Scriabin wrote his first etude at the age of 15; and his last set over a decade later, just when his music was moving from a romantic idiom into a more mystical direction. Ohlsson presents them all in chronological order. (Bridge Records 090404928727/9287)

Joseph Haydn: "La Passione" (Symphonies 41, 49 "La Passione", and 44 "Trauer" - Arion orchestre baroque; Gary Cooper, cond. Three symphonies from Haydn's "Sturm und drang" (storm & stress) period, when he was writing symphonies with strong dramatic shifts. This recording features the Canadian period-instrument orchestra Arion, from the Canadian based website www.early-music.com. (Early-music.com EMCCD 7769)

"Consolations: Romantic Music for Flute & Piano by Philippe Gaubert; Cesar Franck; Franz Liszt, and Charles-Marie Widor" - Linda Marianiello, flute; Robert Morrison, piano. Recorded on period instruments at Bayreuth, on Liszt's own 1873 Steingraeber piano, and the 1930 Powell Flute No. 151. Featuring Franck's ever-popular Sonata in A Major; a Suite for Flute & Piano by Widor, and three Consolations by Franz Liszt as arranged by Linda Marianiello. (MSR Classics 681585130322 / MS 1303)

"Anthology of the Royal Concertgebouw Orchestra Vol 5 - Live Radio Recordings 1980-1990" - various conductors and soloists. Radio Netherlands has been a long-time partner with WSCL in presenting live concert recordings of the Royal Concertgebouw and other ensembles and conductors who perform for Netherlands radio (you can hear their long-running series "Live! At the Concertgebouw" every Thursday evening at 8 PM on 89.5 FM.) The anthology series of recordings covers the six decades of the 20th Century that Radio Netherlands and Dutch Radio have been presenting live concert broadcasts. The Royal Concertgebouw is one of the oldest and finest orchestras on the planet, and there is plenty more evidence in these recordings. Volume 5 contains 14 CDs and covers the 1980's, a time of transition - from long-time principal conductor Bernard Haitink to Riccardo Chailly, the first non-Dutch conductor ever appointed to the post, who took the orchestra to new heights of excellence in the following decades. Also represented are a number of guest conductors, including the last performances by Antal Dorati, Leonard Bernstein, Kiril Kondrashin, and Eugen Jochum. The music? What this orchestra does best - pretty much everything, from the grand orchestral works by Beethoven, Bruckner, Mahler et al, to plenty of world premieres. (RCO Live 5425008376325 / RCO 08005)

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