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Friday, March 27, 2009

What's Opened on 3/27/2009

This week we meet two new performers:

"Introducing Shannon Lee" - Shannon Lee, violin; Pamela Mia Paul, piano. Lee was born in Canada, but her family moved to Texas when she was two. She made her debut with the Dallas Symphony in 2005 at the age of 12; this is her first CD - a collection of violin showpieces from the 19th and 20th centuries, including favorites by Elgar, Debussy, Kreisler, Wieniawski, Chopin, Rimsky Korsakov, and Antonio Bazzini. She's 16, but when she picks up fiddle and bow, sparks fly. (Telarc 089408069529 / CD-80695)

"Sol Gabetta - Cantabile" - Sol Gabetta, cello; Prague Philharmonic Orchestra; Charles Olivieri-Munroe. Sol Gabetta was born in Argentina to a Russian Father and French Mother; her travels with her cello have taken her across the world. This CD features arrangements of songs and opera arias for cello and orchestra; works by Gounod, Offenbach, Bizet, Delibes, Tchaikovsky, Reynaldo Hahn, Joseph Canteloube and Faure. (RCA Red Seal 886973696227 / 359622)

And some old friends:

"J.S. Bach: Complete Flute Sonatas" - Emmanuel Pahud, flute; Trevor Pinnock, harpsichord; Jonathan Manson, cello; Silvia Careddu, flute. For a 2-cd collection of Bach sonatas, Berlin Philharmonic principal flutist Emmanuel Pahud couldn't have asked for better partners than Trevor Pinnock and Jonathan Manson. (EMI Classics 5099921744327 / 17443)

"Ludwig van Beethoven: Symphonies 5 & 1" - Deutsche Kammerphilharmonie Bremen; Paavo Jarvi, cond. In addition to his duties as principal conductor of the Cincinnati Symphony and their wonderful recordings on Telarc, Jarvi is music director of the German Chamber Philharmonic of Bremen, and with them is recording the Beethoven Symphonies for RCA Red Seal. Terrific performances here, splendidly recorded. (RCA Red Seal 886973383520 / 33835)

"By Request: A Collection of Our Favorites" - Mainstreet Brass Quintet. 18 tracks in all, a mix of classical and popular compositions for brass quintet. Including works by Rimsky-Korsakov, Duke Ellington, traditional favorites from Scotland and Japan, Gottschalk, Mozart and others. Includes "Dead Man Blues" by Jelly Roll Morton, "Moonlight in Vermont," "Ashokan Farewell," "Darktown Strutters Ball," and many more. (MSR Classics 681585129029 / MS 1290)

Our thanks always to the Classical Music labels that support WSCL with their kind donation of new recordings for Just Opened. Please remember that your contribution counts, too - now more than ever. Please make your financial contribution to our Spring New Member Campaign, so we can continue to bring you great Classical Music programming like "Just Opened." Call 1-800-543-6895, or go to our homepage and click on "Contribute Now." And thanks so much for your support! We literally could not do this without you.

Bill Bukowski


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