Friday, August 28, 2009
What's new on WSCL's Just Opened (August 28)
"Antonio Vivaldi: Concerti per Oboe" - Zefiro; Alfredo Bernardini, oboe & cond. Speaking of a series, the Vivaldi Edition on the French Naive label is almost at the halfway point. Begun in 2000, it is a project to record, by 2015, all 450 compositions by the Red Priest as collected in the National Library of Turin. Among the latest crop of releases is this collection of oboe concerti. The ensemble Zefiro takes its name from the Italian translation of Zephyrus, the gentle god of the west wind in classical mythology. What an appropriate moniker. (Naive 709861304783 / OP 30478)
"Lisa Batiashvili: Beethoven, Tsintsadze" - Lisa Batiashvili, violin& dir.; Deutsche Kammerphilharmonie Bremen; The Georgian Chamber Orchestra. For her second Sony CD, Georgian-born violinist Batiashvili plays the Beethoven Violin Concerto in D Major and 6 Miniatures by Georgian composer Sulkhan Tsintsadze. By putting the Tsintsadze pieces first on this CD, her desire was to have listeners experience the folk-inspired music of her homeland first, then listen to the well-known Beethoven concerto with fresh ears..."to bring two cultures together through their music." Right on! (Sony Classical 886973340028 / 88697334002)
"James:Rhodes: Razor Blades, Little Pills, Big Pianos" - James Rhodes, piano. Rhodes could best be described as "a natural." The liner notes for this release are a bit sketchy, but it appears that Rhodes, having no formal musical training, nevertheless relied upon the music of Bach, Beethoven & Chopin to get him through a difficult early period in his life. Attending a concert by the Russian pianist Grigory Sokolov, he introduced himself to the piano teacher Bryce Morrison, and basically invited himself over to play for him. Impressed, Morrison began to mentor the young pianist and soon enough, voila, the idea of a CD was hatched. His debut features the music of his "saviors:" Bach's French Suite No. 5, the Chaconne in d minor, and a Prelude in b minor; Beethoven's Piano Sonata in e minor, Op.90; Chopin's Ballade No. 4 in f minor Op. 52; and "Etincelles" by Moritz Moszkowski. The recordings was the number 1 classical recording on I-Tunes last Spring, so he's off to a very good start. (Signum Classics SIGCD 153)
"Trios for Clarinet, Viola & Piano - Music of Mozart, Schumann & Bruch" - Kim Aseltine, clarinet; Eva Stern, viola; Joel Schoenhals, piano. Three great works for this pleasing combination of instruments: Mozart's Trio in E-flat Major,KV 498, "Kegelstatt;" Robert Schumann's "Fairytales," Op. 132; and Max Bruch's Eight Pieces, Op. 83. The three musicians all hail from Michigan: Kim Aseltine is now on the faculty of the Oberlin Conservatory in Ohio; Stern and Schoenhals both teach at Eastern Michigan University. (Fleur de Son Classics FDS 57980)
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