Friday, June 5, 2009
This week on Just Opened 6/5/09
"Gustav Mahler: Symphony No. 3" - Anna Larsson, alto; Tiffin Boys' Choir; Ladies of the London Symphony Chorus; London Symphony Orchestra; Valery Gergiev, cond. Gergiev's Mahler cycle with the LSO continues, with Mahler's most expansive symphony, embracing all aspects of nature and man's relation to nature, life, and love. (LSO Live 822231166023 / LSO 0660)
"Chopin: Piano Sonatas 2 & 3; Barcarolle; Berceuse, Two Nocturnes Op. 27" - Marc-Andre Hamelin, piano. Hamelin, a pianist's pianist known for recording exploring long-neglected and often-challenging works, mines the mainstream repertoire with this carefully chosen recital of the music of Chopin. (Hyperion 03457177069 / CDA 67706)
"Stokowski: Bach Transcriptions 2" - Bournemouth Symphony Orchestra; Jose Serebrier, cond. Serebrier was Stokowski's protege, and he continues to pay tribute to his mentor with the second disc of Bach transcriptions, and the fourth disc overall of "Stokie" transcriptions on the Naxos label. This one contains the ever-popular "Toccata and Fugue in d minor," "Wachet auf," "Ein Feste Burg," "Jesu Joy of Man's Desiring" and 7 other Bach works. Other transcriptions of works by Palestrina, William Byrd, Jeremiah Clarke, Boccherini, Haydn, and Johann Mattheson. (Naxos 747313205072 - 8.572050)
"Song of Songs" - Stile Antico. The third release from this fine vocal ensemble, focusing on settings from "The Song of Songs," a beautiful and erotic love poem that proved to be one of the most popular books of the Bible for composers during the Renaissance. Considered to be an allegory for God's love for his people, Christ's love for his Church, or the Church's love for Mary the Mother of God, this rich verse inspired equally rich settings. Motets by Palestrina, Clemens non Papa, Francisco Guerrero, Victoria, de Lassus, Jean Lheretier, Rodrigo de Ceballos, and Sebastian de Vivanco. (harmonia mundi 093046748968 / HMU 807489)
"Charles-Auguste de Beriot: Violin Concertos 2, 3 & 5" - Philippe Quint, violin; Slovak Radio Symphony Orchestra; Kirk Trevor, cond. Beriot was one of the most famous violists of his day, and is considered the father of the Franco-Belgian school of violin playing (which included other player-composers such as Henri Vieuxtemps, Henryk Wieniawski, Eugene Ysaye, and Artur Grumiaux.) Virtuosic and melodic. (Naxos 747313036073 / 8.570360)
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