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Friday, June 26, 2009

Here's what's Just Opened (6/26/09)

"Musical Banquet" - Monika Mauch, soprano; Nigel North, lute. The title is from a collection published in 1610 by the 19-year old Robert Dowland, son of lutenist and composer John Dowland - a collection of english, spanish, french and italian lute songs, including a few works by Robert's Dad. Tuck in! (ECM New Series 02894766397 / ECM 1938)

"Mahler: Symphony No. 6" - Boston Symphony Orchestra; James Levine, cond. One of four new recordings released on their own BSO Classics label - two are on CD, the other two available for download only on I-Tunes. This one is from the download category. Recorded live in October 2008. (BSO Classics 0902, download only - more information at

"Beethoven: Piano Sonatas 28, 30 & 32" - Blanca Uribe, piano. Recorded in 2000, the Colombian-born pianist plays three late sonatas by Beethoven (MSR Classics 68158111727 / MS 1117)

"Philip Glass Portrait" - La Pieta; Angele Dubeau, cond. Most people first experience the hypnotic music of Philip Glass in the movie house rather than the concert hall, and this disc reflects that, providing anyone curious enough a fine way of getting into his sound-world. Includes suites from "the Hours," "Mishima," and "Company;" plus shorter works like "The Secret Agent," "La Belle et la Bete Overture," "Echorus" for Strings, and "Closing" from Glassworks. (Analekta 774204872724 / AN 2 8727)

"The Romantic Violin Concerto 7: Arensky - Violin Concerto; Taneyev - Suite de Concert" - Ilya Gringolts, violin; BBC Scottish Symphony Orchestra; Ilan Volkov, cond. Two more late-Romantic works for violin & orchestra from this fascinating series on Hyperion, featuring two Russian composers with connections to Tchaikovsky. (Hyperion 034571176420 / CDA67642)

"Dvorak/Herbert: Cello Concertos" - Gautier Capucon, cello; Frankfurt Radio Symphony Orchestra; Paav Jarvi, cond. Capucon's second solo recording for Virgin Classics. Dvorak and Herbert were friends and colleagues at the New York Conservatory of Music; it was Herbert's e-minor cello concerto that inspired Dvorak to complete his own b-minor concerto. Dvorak's is one of the best-loved concertos in the repertoire; Herbert's is barely known and putting them together on CD is not only a treat but a terrific idea. (Virgin Classics 5099951903527 / 519035)

"Marcelo Alvarez: The Verdi Tenor" - Marcelo Alvarez, tenor; Giuseppe Verdi Symphony Orchestra; Daniel Oren. Argentinian tenor Marcelo Alvarez is making quite a name for himself as a Verdi tenor, including some well-received performances this past season at the Met. This is his debut CD, featuring arias and scenes from Aida, Un Ballo in Maschera, Luisa Miller, La Forza del Destino, Il Trovatore, I Lombardi, Ernani, Don Carlo, Macbeth, and Otello. (Decca 028947814429 / BOO12568-02)

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