Friday, August 14, 2009
4 New recordings on Just Opened (8/14/09)
"Charles Villiers Stanford: Symphonies Nos. 3 & 6" - Bournemouth Symphony Orchestra; David Lloyd-Jones, cond. In the time before Elgar & Vaughan Williams established a new and distinctly "English" Classical Music sound, there was Hubert Parry and Charles Stanford, whose music stayed close to the Austro-German symphonic tradition. Known better today for his choral compositions, Stanford wrote a number of symphonies, two of which are recorded here: the Symphony No. 6 "In Honor of George Frederick Watts" (another famous artist from the era) and the Symphony No. 3, "Irish." (Naxos 747313035571 / 8.570355)
"Richard Strauss: Alpine Symphony, Macbeth (Symphonic Poem)" - Pittsburgh Symphony Orchestra; Marek Janowski, cond. The Alpine Symphony by Richard Strauss is a real sonic spectacular, and it's done to a turn here by Janowski and the Pittsburgh Symphony on a hybrid Super-Audio CD. The makeweight is a lesser-known but fascinating symphonic meditation on Shakespeare's tragedy Macbeth. (PentaTone Classics 827949033964 / PTC 5186 339)
"Piotr Anderszewski at Carnegie Hall" - Piotr Anderszewski, piano. From a concert recital in December 2008 - J. S. Bach's Partita No 2 in c minor...Robert Schumann's Faschingsschwank aus Wien (Carnival in Vienna)...Leos Janacek's V mlhach (In the Mists)...Beethoven's Sonata No. 31 in A-flat Major...and as an encore, 3 Hungarian Folksongs from the Csik District by Bela Bartok. (Virgin Classics 5099926729121 / 267291-2)
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