Friday, March 6, 2009
What's Just Opened, March 6, 2009
"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)
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