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Friday, April 24, 2009

This week's Just Opened 4/24/09

"J.S. Bach: Solo Cantatas" - Bernarda Fink, mezzo-soprano; Freiburger Barockorchester; Petra Mullejans, cond. Bernarda Fink is a WSCL listener favorite, with her sublime recent recordings of lieder by Dvorak and Schubert. Her latest CD from harmonia mundi features three cantatas for alto solo composed by Bach during his Leipzig years: Cantatas BWV 35, "Geist und Seele wird verwirret- Mind and spirit are bewildered;" BWV 169, "Gott soll allein mein Herze haben - My heart shall possess God alone;" and BWV 170, "Vergnugte Ruh, beliebte Seelenlust - Contented rest, beloved heart's desire." (harmonia mundi 794881908820 / HMC 902016)

"Andreas Haefliger - Perspectives 3" - Andreas Haefliger, piano. The third in a series of "perspective" projects, in which the pianist endeavors to create for the home listener the experience of an intimate recital. The perspective is the comparison/contrast of two different composers' works, with the "intermission" coming between the two discs, as it were. Disc one features two sonatas by Beethoven, the Op. 28 "Pastoral," and the Ops 57 "Appassionata." Disc 2 features Schubert's final sonata in B-flat Major, D.960. Two CDs for the price of one. (Avie AV 2148)

"Miklos Rozsa - Orchestral Works, Vol. 1" - BBC Philharmonic; Rumon Gamba, cond. Miklos Rozsa was one of the most prolific composers of the 20th Century. He's best known for his numerous film scores from Hollywood's golden age, but he also wrote many concert-hall works, all of which are sadly overlooked. The cover art features a photo of dancers in traditional Hungarian costume, and it's appropriate: Rozsa was born in Hungary, emigrated to the US but never forgot his heritage. You can hear it in all of his music, not just the works on this delightful CD: an Overture to a Symphony Concert; Tripartita; Three Hungarian Sketches, and Hungarian Serenade. (Chandos 095115148822 / CHAN 10488)

"Brahms/Korngold: Violin Concertos" - Nikolaj Znaider, violin; Vienna Philharmonic; Valery Gergiev, cond. Music from two Romantic-era Viennese masters, both of whom wrote only one Violin Concerto, both in D Major - and both of which are still very popular. (RCA Red Seal 88697-10336-2 5)

"Stephen Schultz - Boismortier Concertos for Five Flutes" - Stephen Schultz, flutes. French Baroque composer Joseph Bodin de Boismortier wrote a number of popular works for transverse flute, and the six concertos for five flutes Op. 15 are featured here. All five flute parts played by Schultz. (Dorian 053479 08032 5 / DSL-90803.) NOTE: In an effort to be more eco-friendly, Dorian no longer pre-prints liner notes or booklets with their CDs. Instead, you are invited to go to their website and download them yourself in PDF format. A laudable gesture on their part, I'm sure. But it seems to me they are merely passing on the printing process and any subsequent "environmental impact" to the consumer. Caveat emptor.

Bill

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