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Friday, March 6, 2009

What's Just Opened, March 6, 2009

"Juan Diego Florez: Bel Canto Spectacular" - Juan Diego Florez, tenor; Orquestra de la Comunitat Valenciana; Daniel Oren, cond. The Peruvian tenor's latest release in the bel canto style ("beautiful singing") has him teaming with sopranos Anna Netrebko & Patrizia Ciofi, mezzo-soprano Daniela Barcellona, baritone Mariusz Kwiecien, and tenor Placido Domingo, on several cuts. Includes his recent "hit," "Ah, mes amis" (rendered here in Italian as "Amici miei") from Donizetti's "La figlia del reggimento" - the famous tenor aria with eight high C's that he encored on the stages of La Scala and the Met. With selections by Donizetti, Rossini, and Bellini; arias from "I puritani," "Otello," L'elisir d'amore" and others. A special Deluxe Limited Edition includes a DVD with interviews, performance clips, and more. (DECCA 028947803157 / Boo12445-02)

"Julia Fischer: Bach Concertos" - Julia Fischer, violin; Academy of St Martin in the Fields. After a number of years and some spectacular recordings for the Penta-Tone Classics label, 25-year old German violinist Julia Fischer makes her debut on the Decca label with the conductor-less Academy of St Martin in the Fields: the Violin Concertos by Bach, including the double concerto (with violinist Alexander Sitkovetsky) and the oboe-and-violin concerto (with oboist Andrey Rubtsov.) (DECCA 028947806509 / BOO12490-02)

"Claude Debussy: The Complete Piano Music, Vol. IV" - Bennett Lerner, piano. This two-disc set concludes Lerner's Debussy cycle for the Bridge label. Disc one includes early works like Ballade, Mazurka, Nocturne, and Valse romantique; Estampes ("Prints"); and "Tombeau de Debussy" - four works by other composers in homage to Debussy: Bartok, Dukas, de Falla, and Schmitt. Disc two contains all 12 Preludes, Book 1. (Bridge 090404924729 / 9247A/B)

"Classic Saxophone Concertos" - Gary Louie, saxophone; St Petersburg State Academic Orchestra; Vladimir Lande, cond. Gary Louie, a professor at the Peabody Institute at Johns Hopkins University in Baltimore, this past year performed with the Salisbury Symphony Orchestra the work that's featured here - Alexander Glazunov's sublime Concerto in E-flat Major for Saxophone & Orchestra. The CD also contains Frank Martin's Ballade for alto saxophone & orchestra; Rachmanninoff's Vocalise, and Gary Louie's own arrangement of Georges Bizet's "Carmen" Fantasy. (Kleos Classics 060550515027 / KL5150)

"A Peter Fletcher Recital" - Peter Fletcher, guitar. A survey of guitar music from the Renaissance to the present - renaissance pieces by Vincenzo Galilei and John Dowland; early Classical works by Fernando Sor and Matteo Carcassi; 20th Century works for guitar by Manuel Ponce, Heitor Villa-Lobos, and Carlo Domeniconi. (from www.peterfletcher.com) By the way: Peter Fletcher will be performing some of these works at two free concerts this month on the Lower Shore, Tuesday March 17 at 7 PM at the Wicomico County Public Library in Salisbury, and Wednesday March 18 at 5:30 PM at the Somerset County Public Library in Princess Anne. For more information, go to the "Events Calendar" section of our website.

"Tragic Lovers" - Oregon Symphony; James DePreist, cond. DePreist and the Oregon Symphony have made a number of fine recordings for the Delos label, and this is one of the latest: the Prelude and Liebestod from Richard Wagner's "Tristan und Isolde;" the Love Scene from "Romeo et Juliette" by Hector Berlioz; and Tchaikovsky's "Romeo & Juliet Fantasy Overture." (Delos 013491336923 / DE 3369)

Our thanks to the record labels and musicians for their continued support for Classical Music Programming on WSCL!

Bill

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