Friday, March 20, 2009
Just Opened for March 20th 2009
“J.S. Bach: The Well-Tempered Clavier, Book 1” – David Korevaar, piano.
Korevaar, the 1988 Grand Prize winner at the William Kappell International Piano Competition, recorded this traversal of the first book of 24 Preludes and Fugues from Bach’s Well-Tempered Clavier in 1998. At the end of disc 2, he repeats the opening Prelude & Fugue in C Major, to bring Book 1 to full circle. (MSR Classics 681585100325 / MS 1003)
“Beethoven and Clement Violin Concertos” – Rachel Barton Pine, violin; Royal Philharmonic Orchestra; Jose Serebrier, cond.
Rachel Barton Pine has been heard frequently on WSCL, with appearances on Saint Paul Sunday, From the Top, and Performance Today. She discovered the Clement Violin Concerto through her favorite sheet music store in her home town of Chicago. Never recorded before, and never publicly performed for almost 200 years, there were no surviving cadenzas so Rachel wrote her own (she provided her own for the Beethoven Concerto, too.) Clement was a successful violinist and composer, and good friend of Beethoven; it was for Clement that Beethoven composed his own Concerto in D Major, just one year after Clement published his. On two CDs, priced as one (Cedille 735131910620 / CDR 90000 106)
“Liping Zhang: Italian Opera Arias” – Liping Zhang, soprano; Prague Philharmonic Orchestra; Giordano Bellincampi, cond.
Chinese born, a citizen of Canada and a resident of London, Liping Zhang’s debut CD contains arias from all the roles she has performed to great acclaim on opera stages around the world. Featured arias includes the “mad scene”from Donizetti’s Lucia di Lammermoor; “Casta Diva” from Bellini’s Norma; three arias by Giuseppe Verdi, including “Sempre libera” from La Traviata; and well-known arias from Puccini’s Tosca, La Rondine, and Madama Butterfly. (EMI Classics 5099923725027 / 37250-2)
“Britten: Piano Concerto, Diversions, Young Apollo” – Steven Osborne, piano; BBC Scottish Symphony Orchestra; Ilan Volkov, cond.
In one tidy package, Benjamin Britten’s complete works for piano and orchestra: the wonderfully Russian-sounding Piano Concerto in D Major (including the original third movement Britten dicarded after a 1945 revision) the miniature “Young Apollo” for piano and strings, and “Diversions for piano-left hand and orchestra” composed for left-handed pianist Paul Wittgenstein in 1940. (Hyperion 034571176253 / CDA67625)
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