Friday, June 12, 2009
Just Opened, Friday June 12, 2009
"Magdalena Kozena: Songs my Mother Taught Me" - Magdalena Kozena, mezzo-soprano; Malcolm Martineau, piano; Michael Freimuth, guitar. The title explains it - these are songs that Kozena's mother sang to her when she was a little girl, songs deeply rooted in the Czech folk and classical tradition. Including the title song, there are several Gypsy Melodies, Evening Songs, and Moravian Duets (featuring soprano Dorothea Roschmann) by Antonin Dvorak; Moravian Folk Poetry and Silesian Songs by Leon Janacek; Folksongs and dances from Tesinkso by Erwin Schulhoff; Lute Songs by Petr Eben; along with songs by Viteslav Novak and Bohuslav Martinu. For fans of either art songs or folk songs, this is a real treasure. (Deutsche Grammophon 028947766650 / 477 6665.)
"Janacek: Orchestral Suites from the Operas 1" - New Zealand Symphony Orchestra; Peter Breiner, cond. Janacek wrote quite a number of operas, many of which are becoming more popular in opera houses around the world these days. One of this most famous, and the one that really launched his operatic career was the tragedy "Jenufa;" the later "The Excursions of Mr Broucek" is a broadly satirical opera. Here are two concert suites newly-arranged by Peter Breiner. For fans of Janacek's orchestral music, this is a perfect introduction to his opera oeuvre. (Naxos 747313055579 / 8.570555)
"Rachmaninoff: 24 Preludes" - Steven Osborne, piano. Rachmaninoff's complete preludes, lovingly and sensitively performed by Steven Osborne. (Hyperion 03457177007 / CDA 67700)
...and three new recordings from Radio Netherlands on a new label called Quattro Live: live concert recordings from Utrecht and the Concertgebouw, with the Netherlands Radio Philharmonic and the Netherlands Radio Chamber Philharmonic, and the Netherlands Radio Choir. With Jaap van Zweden, conductor.
"Mahler: Das Klagende Lied" (QuattroLive QL2007-01)
"Beethoven: Symphony No. 1; Tristan Keuris: Symphony in D" (QuattroLive QL2008-01)
"Elgar: The Music Makers; Wolfgang Rihm: Memoria" (QuattroLive QL2009-01)
Thanks to harmonia mundi, Naxos, Universal Music Classics, and Radio Netherlands for supporting classical music programming and "Just Opened" on WSCL. And thank you for listening to and supporting Public Radio Delmarva!
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