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Monday, September 7, 2009

Just Opened last Friday, 9/4/09

"Sergei Porkofiev: Suites 1, 2 & 3 from 'Romeo and Juliet'" - Scottish National Orchestra; Neeme Jarvi, cond. Back in the 1980's Jarvi and the Scottish Orchestra recorded all of the orchestral works of Sergei Prokofiev for the English label Chandos - and what a fine project it turned out to be. Now all those recordings are being reissued, as was, in a series of mid-priced CDs. This is only one of them, containing all three of the concert extract-suites from Prokofiev's ballet based on the Shakespeare tragedy. (Chandos Classics 09511515392 / CHAN 10539 X)

"W.A. Mozart: Symphonies, Vol. 7 (1773)" - The Danish National Chamber Orchestra; Adam Fischer, cond. Volume 7 of this ongoing project from Denmark features "middle-period" symphonies by Mozart: Nos. 22, 23, 24, 25 & 27. The liner notes contain Fischer's extra-musical impressions of each symphony, movement by movement. (Da Capo 747313154265 / 6220542)

"Shura Cherkassky: The Complete HMV Stereo Recordings" - Shura Cherkassky, piano. Cherkassky's recorded legacy is vast, but availability is spotty at best. On the 100th anniversary of his birth, a new label called "First Hand" has scooped out a number of recordings Cherkassky made at Abbey Road studios between 1956 and 1958, for EMI/HMV. Most here are issued in stereo for the first time, and some have never appeared before on CD. A 2-disc collection of works by Bach-Busoni, Beethoven, Schubert, Chopin, Liszt, Lyadov, Rachmaninoff, Gershwin, Poulenc and Abram Chasins. The sound is pretty good; of course, the performances speak for themselves. (First Hand Records/Remasters 5060051619465 / FHR04)

"Fryderyk Chopin Volume 1" - Ian Hobson, piano. Speaking of anniversaries, 2010 will mark Chopin's bicentennial, and we're already getting a spate of commemorative recordings. This one in particular marks the beginning of what will be the most comprehensive and complete survey of Chopin's music to date, all works issued chronologically - Volume 1 contains some of the first pieces Chopin ever wrote or published: the Rondo in c minor Op. 1, Five Polonaises, 2 Variations, Four Mazurkas, a Nocturne and a Rondeau (Zephyr 076593230919 / Z132-09)

And a few new recordings from Avie:

"J.S. Bach: Four Orchestral Suites for Prince Leopold of Anhalt-Kothen" - Ensemble Sonnerie; Monica Huggett, cond. In all likelihood, Bach composed several dance suites, or Overtures for orchestra, but only the four survive, three of them only in reconstructed form. This new recording aims for the source, and features reconstructions of Suites 2, 3 & 4, which may sound a bit different to those accustomed to hearing these played a certain way. For just one example, oboist Gonzalo X. Ruiz plays oboe instead of the usual flute in his own reconstruction of the Suite No. 2. What results is a fresh listening experience. (Avie 822252217124 / AV2171)

"Soirees Internationales: Music of Villa-Lobos, Boulanger, Camargo Guarnieri, & Martinu in Paris" - Antonio Meneses, cello; Celina Szrvinsk, piano. The art and music world was exploding in Paris in the early 1920's and musicians from all over the world came to learn, absorb, and explore. Among them were two Brazilian composers, Heitor Villa-Lobos and Mozart Camargo Guarnieri; the famous music teacher Nadia Boulanger and the Czech composer Bohuslav Martinu. Brazilian musicians Antonio Meneses and Celina Szrvinsk perform several works by Villa-Lobos; the Sonata No. 1 by Guarnieri; Three Pieces by Boulanger, and the Sonata No. 3 by Martinu. (Avie 822252216226 / AV2162)

"Stravinsky - Violin Concerto; Sibelius - Symphonies Nos. 3 & 6" - Northern Sinfonia; Thomas Zehetmair, cond. & violin. Another in a fine series of recordings made at the concert hall called The Sage, Gateshead, home of the Northern Sinfonia of England. (Avie 822252215021 / AV2150)

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