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Monday, June 1, 2009

Just Opened last Friday 5/29

Thanks for your patience while "Just Opened" took a week off for transmitter maintenance. Here's what we heard most recently:

"Jason Vieaux: Bach Vol. 1: Works for Lute" - Jason Vieaux, guitar. After finishing a recent recording and tour of the music of Jazz guitarist/composer Pat Metheny, Jason Vieaux gets back to the source with the music of J.S. Bach. Vol. 1 contains three suites for lute, BWV 995, 996, and 997, and the Prelude Fugue and Allegro in E-flat Major BWV 998. (Azica Records 78786-71250-2 / ACD-71250)

"Beethoven: Symphonies Nos. 8 & 7" - Tafelmusik, Bruno Weil, cond. The Canadian ensemble Tafelmusik performs two Beethoven favorites in period style. CD comes with a bonus DVD containing interviews with Weil and Music Director Jeanne Lamon, along with performance segments from these works. (Analekta 774204994723 / AN 2 9947)

"Vivaldi: Concerti per violoncello II" - Christoph Coin, cello; Il Giardino Armonico; Giovanni Antonelli, cond. Volume 38 in the Naive label's complete Vivaldi edition - an ongoing project to record all the extant works by the Red Priest, from manuscripts collected at the Turin National Library. This is the second devoted to concerti for cello, and yet another in this fascinating series. (Naive 709861304578 / OP 30457)

"Faure: Requiem" - Accentus Chamber Choir; Members of the French National Orchestra; Laurence Equilbey, cond. This is the original 1893 version of this popular work, which featured full chorus but with a smaller orchestra - as opposed to the better-known full-orchestra edition. It's just as lovely; the Accentus Choir, known for their recent "Transcription" CDs, is in fine form here. Included is a performance of Faure's motet, "Cantique de Jean Racine." (Naive 822186051375 / V 5137)

"Ned Rorem: Flute Concerto/Violin Concerto" - Philippe Quint, violin; Jeffrey Khaner, flute; Royal Liverpool Philharmonic Orchestra; Jose Serebrier. Kudos to Naxos for their recent recordings of rarely-heard orchestral works by American composer Ned Rorem. The Flute Concerto, which we played Friday, was commissioned by the Philadelphia Orchestra and principal flutist Jeffrey Khaner in 2002. It was described as "not so much a concerto as a surpassingly imaginative fantasy for flute and orchestra," and that's a very good description. The Violin Concerto, from 1985, is a somewhat different work but no less adventurous. (Naxos "American Classics" 636943927823 / 8.559278)

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