Tuesday, June 23, 2009
Last week on Just Opened 6-19-2009
First, some new performers:
"Vivaldi - Four Seasons" - Boston Baroque, Martin Pearlman, cond.; Christina Day Martinson, violin. Together for 36 years, the Boston Baroque (amazingly) has not recorded Vivaldi's Four Seasons before - despite numerous concert performances. In this recording they introduce a new violinist, Christina Day Martinson. Includes two Concerti Grossi by Francesco Geminiani. (Telarc 08940806982 / CD-80698)
"J.S. Bach: Keyboard Concertos" - David Fray, piano & conductor; Deutsche Kammerphilharmonie Bremen. David Fray's first Virgin Classics CD featured solo works by Bach and Boulez; here he joins the German Chamber Philharmonic of Bremen for four of Bach's keyboard concertos, with impressive results. (Virgin Classics 5099921306426 / 213064)
"Mozart: Salzburg 1773 - Symphonies 25, 26 & 29" - Le Cercle de l'Harmonie; Jeremie Rhorer, cond. Le Cercle de l'Harmonie (literally, "Circle of Harmony") was founded by conductor Rhorer and concertmaster Julien Chauvin with the intent to perform 18th century repertoire. Here they perform three Salzburg-period Mozart symphonies, including the popular g-minor Symphony No. 25 and the A-major Symphony No. 29. (Virgin Classics 5099923486829 / 234868)
"Kate Royal: Midsummer Night" - Kate Royal, soprano; Orchestra of the English National Opera; Edward Gardner, cond. For her second EMI CD, 28-year old soprano Kate Royal presents arias from opera and operetta from the 20th Century, featuring songs and scenes of a distinctly nocturnal nature. Favorites such as Dvorak's Song to the Moon from "Rusalka;" "the Trees on the Mountains" from Carlisle Floyd's "Susannah;" the "Vilja-lied" from Lehar's "The Merry Widow;" "Marietta's Lied" from "Die Todt Stadt by Erich Wolfgang Korngold, and "The Nightingale's Aria" from Igor Stravinksy's mini-opera "The Nightingale." Other selections by William Alwyn, Benjamin Britten, William Walton, Samuel Barber, Andre Messager, and Bernard Herrmann. (EMI Classic 5099926819228 / 68192)
And some old friends:
"Frederic Chopin: Opp. 33-36, 28" - Maurizio Pollini, piano. Pollini began his career in 1960 with performances of Chopin's music but moved away from it, because he didn't want to be pigeon-holed as a Chopin specialist. Now, 49 years later he revisits Chopin with a fine recording of several works all composed in the same time period: 4 Mazurkas Op. 33; 3 Waltzes Op. 34; the Piano Sonata No. 2 in b-flat minor Op. 35, the Impromptu No. 2 in F-sharp Major Op. 36, and the Ballade No. 2 in F Major Op. 38. (Deutsche Grammophon DG 028947780465 / B0011939-02)
"New Year's Concert 2009" - Vienna Philharmonic; Daniel Barenboim, cond. New Year's Day in Vienna 2009 at the Musikverein, Daniel Barenboim conducting his first such concert, with the waltzes and operetta overtures long beloved by fans. In a nod to the centenary of Haydn, Barenboim leads the orchestra in a very traditional performance of the finale of the "Farewell" Symphony - you can hear (or see, in the DVD version) the audience laugh as each musician leaves the stage, one-by-one. On 2 CDs, and/or on DVD. (Decca 058947811336 / B0012569-02) (DVD - B0012570-09)
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