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Friday, July 10, 2009

Just Opened, Friday 7/10/09

"Henryk Gorecki: Symphony No. 3, "Symphony of Sorrowful Songs" - Christine Brewer, soprano; Atlanta Symphony Orchestra; Donald Runnicles, cond. The last time these forces got together on CD it was for an excellent recording of the Four Last Songs by Richard Strauss. Here's another stellar performance: Gorecki's Symphony No. 3, which captivated millions when it was first released on CD in the 1980's. Although it's not recorded or performed so much anymore, it's always good to revisit this beautiful, haunting work. (Telarc CD 80699)

"Ravel/Poulenc: Daphnis et Chloe; Gloria" - Chicago Symphony Orchestra and Chorus; Bernard Haitink, cond. Another new recording of Ravel's ballet (the Boston Symphony Orchestra's recording with James Levine was released and reviewed on "Just Opened" earlier this year) and another winner. The Chicago Symphony plays this one to the manner born; the makeweight on this CD, Poulenc's Gloria, give the orchestra and Chorus another chance to shine. (CSO Resound 810449019064 / CSOR 901906)

"Telemann: Twelve Fantasias for Solo Violin; TWV 40:14-25" - Augustin Hadelich, violin. For fans of Bach's Sonatas and Partitas for Solo Violin, this is the next stop. Like Bach, Telemann wanted to demonstrate the possibilities of the unaccompanied violin, here in much more compact forms, but equally beguiling. (Naxos 747313056378 / 8.570563)

"Tchaikovsky: The Seasons; Grand Sonata in G Major, Op. 37" - Vassily Primakov, piano. Tchaikovsky composed the 12 miniatures called "The Seasons" on commission from a music magazine, to appear in each month's issue in the year 1876. Each piece carries the name of one of the 12 months of the calendar year, with a characteristic of each: January "By the Hearth," February "Shrovetide," and so on - probably his best-known and best-loved works for solo piano. Includes the G-Major "Grand Sonata," the only one of three sonatas Tchaikovsky wrote that he allowed to be published in his lifetime. (Bridge Records 090404928321 / 9283)

"J.S. Bach: Complete Harpsichord Concertos on Antique Instruments" - Davitt Moroney, Karen Flint, Arthur Haas, JungHae Kim, Adam Pearl, harpsichords; recorders and strings. Bach's concerti for 1, 2, 3 and 4 harpsichords, all played on authentic instruments. Package includes photographs, essays about each of the four harpsichords used on this recording, and liner notes from the performers about the instruments and the music. Three CDs, from Plectra Music, label home of the Brandywine Baroque. (Plectra Music 884501144612 / PL20901)

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