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Friday, April 10, 2009

A Good Friday "Just Opened" 4/10/09

"Gustav Mahler: Symphony No. 2, Resurrection" - Elena Mosuc, soprano; Zlata Bulycheca, mezzo-soprano; London Symphony Orchestra & Chorus, Valery Gergiev. Gergiev continues his series of live Mahler recordings with the London Symphony on their own label. This two-disc set also includes the last piece Mahler completed before his death, the opening movement to a Symphony No. 10 (LSO Live SACD 822231166627 / LSO0666)

"Bach: Violin Concertos/Sofia Gubaidulina: In tempus praesens - Concerto for violin and orchestra - Anne-Sophie Mutter, violin; London Symphony Orchestra; Valery Gergiev, cond. Anne-Sophie's first Bach recording on DG also features a work written expressly for her by Russian composer Sofia Gubaidulina. According to Mutter, "There is a profound spiritual affinity between Gubaidulina and Bach." (Deutsche Grammophon 028947780441 / BOO12504-02)

"Frederic Chopin: Waltzes - Avner Arad, piano. Recorded in 2005, Israeli-born pianist Avner Arad plays 14 waltzes by Chopin. (MSR Classics 681585113325 / MS1133)

"Roland de Lassus: Cantiones Sacrae sex vocum" - Collegium Vocale Ghent; Philippe Herreweghe, cond. A new recording from Herreweghe and Collegium Vocale is always cause for joy. Renaissance composer Lassus was a master of the motet; the Cantiones Sacrae for six voices are his last compositions in that genre, and a crowning achievement. For Lassus, elaborate vocal polyphony should never obscure the nuances of the text, most of which here come from the books of Ecclesiastes, Psalms, Proverbs, and Revelation. (harmonia mundi 794881891320 / HMC 901984)

"Edvard Grieg: Cello Sonata Op. 36; Lyric Pieces" - Emmanuelle Bertrand, cello; Pascal Amoyal, piano. The central work on this disc is Grieg's cello sonata, but surrounding it are several charming arrangements these musicians made of the Lyric Pieces. (harmonia mundi 794881869121 / HMC 901986)

"Pytor Iyich Tchaikovsky: Violin Concerto/Souvenir d'un Lieu Cher" - Janine Jansen, violin; Mahler Chamber Orchestra; Daniel Harding, cond. Jansen, called "Queen of the Downloads" for her successful recording of Vivaldi's "Four Seasons" as a digital download, is back with another digital-only release. The Tchaikovsky concerto has a particular meaning for Jansen - her favorite as a child, it was the work she performed at her debut concerts around the world, beginning in 2000. (Decca - download only, exclusively from I-Tunes.) Will it be available on conventional CD sometime in the future? Perhaps. Even Jansen's Four Seasons recording eventually came out on CD a short time later.

Thanks for your help these past few weeks during the on-air portion of our "Now More Than Ever" Spring fund-raising campaign. Your financial support makes programs like "Just Opened" and all our classical music offerings possible. If you haven't made your contribution yet, please - there's still time! Click on the "Pledge Now" button on our homepage, or call us at 1-800-543-6895. Thanks again - and Happy Easter,and Good Passover!

Bill

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