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Friday, August 21, 2009

What's new on Just Opened (8/21/09)

"Johann Sebastian Bach: The Well-Tempered Clavier" - Angela Hewitt, piano. In 1997-98, as part of her complete Bach survey on Hyperion, Hewitt recorded Bach's "Great 48." Flash-forward ten years to 2008, when she played the complete Well-Tempered Clavier in concerts around the world. Upon coming home she approached her record company with the idea of recording them all over again, but this time live. While that didn't work out logistically, she did persuade them that she had new ideas to bring to these works, and the recording was made. In the liner notes she describes her approach as "freer" and more expressive, and talks about her relationship with Bach and his keyboard works. (Hyperion 034571177410 / CDA 67741/4)

"The Celtic Viol - Airs and Dances by O'Carolan, Simon Fraser, Niel Gow, James Macpherson, William Marshall and Traditional Irish and Scottish" - Jordi Savall, treble viol; Andrew Lawrence-King, Irish harp & psalterium. Savall has admired Celtic music since his first encounter while on tour with Hesperion XX, at an Irish festival in Kilkenny in the late '70s. Exploring manuscripts dating from the 17th and 18th centuries, he came up with a varied program of Irish and Scottish airs, reels and dances, playing a treble viol in place of the traditional fiddle. Some selections features musical support from an Irish musician - harpist Andrew Lawrence-King. Slainte! (Alia Vox 761998639855 / AVSA 9865)

"Johannes Brahms: Ein Deutsches Requiem" - Christine Schafer, soprano; Michael Volle, baritone; Tanglewood Festival Chorus; Boston Symphony Orchestra; James Levine, cond. One of four new releases on the new BSO Live label - the homegrown label of the Boston Symphony Orchestra. Beautiful performance, recorded live in Symphony Hall in September 2008. Available from www.bso.org. (BSO Classics 828020001025 / BSO 0901)

"Georg Phillipp Telemann: 3 Orchestral Suites" - L'Orfeo Baroque Orchestra; Carin van Heerden, recorder, oboe & cond. Part of an ongoing series of Telemann recordings on the German label cpo; three Orchestral Suites, or Overtures, by Telemann feature prominent parts for recorder or "Flute pastorelle," and oboe. (cpo 761203721825 / 777 218-2)

"Music for Lord Abingdon" - The Hanoverian Ensemble. Willoughby Bertie was the 4th Earl of Abingdon (1740-1799). An avid amateur flutist and composer, he befriended some of the best-known composers of his day and commissioned several works, some of which are recorded here: 3 "London" Trios by Franz Joseph Haydn; a Trio and Quintet by Johann Christian Bach; 2 duets for 2 flutes by Andre-Ernest Grertry; and a Trio by Carl Friedrich Abel. (MSR Classics 681585109922 / MS 1099)

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