Monday, September 21, 2009
New recordings "Just Opened" on September 18, 2009
"Rachmaninoff: Etudes Tableaux, Op. 39; Variations on a Theme of Corelli, Op. 42" - Alexander Romanovsky, piano. This 24-year old Russian pianist already has critics comparing him quite favorably to Andrei Gavrilov and Vladimir Horowitz. At the age of 17 he won the grand prize at the Ferruccio Busoni International Piano Competition, and just this past summer made his US debut at the Newport Music Festival. This is his second CD for Decca, and worldwide release has only just begun; to my knowledge, it's not available to the public in the 'States just yet, but should be very soon. Meanwhile, keep listening to WSCL - we'll be playing tracks from it in the coming days. (Decca 028947633341 / 4763334)
"Caroline Goulding" - Caroline Goulding, violin; Christopher O'Riley, piano. This is the second of two CD's released by Telarc marking the 10th Anniversary of the radio show, "From the Top," a showcase for new young classical talent (heard Sunday at 5:30 PM on WSCL 89.5 FM.) Goulding, a 16-year old violinist from Cleveland Heights, OH, is a "From the Top" alumnus and has already performed with both the Cleveland Orchestra and the Detroit Symphony Orchestra. Her debut CD is a violin-and-piano recital of showpieces by Fritz Kreisler, Henri Vieuxtemps, and Jascha Heifetz' "Porgy and Bess" transcriptions. In addition there are contemporary works like "The Red Violin" Caprices for solo violin by John Corigliano, "Four Souvenirs" by Paul Schoenfield, and some Cape Breton Island Fiddling, too (Goulding studied there at the Ceilidh Trail School of Celtic Music.) A fantastic debut, and I'm sure we'll be hearing more from this talented performer in the future. (Telarc 089408074424 / CD 80744)
And three more sparkling new releases:
"Oboe Celebrations" - Andrea Gullickson and Mark Weiger, oboes. This CD, subtitled "music to lift the spirits and set the imagination dancing," is also a celebration of a 20-year collaboration between two artists, Gullickson and Weiger, who were founding members of the ensemble "WiZARDS! A Double Reed Consort." The collaboration ended prematurely last year upon the death of Mark Weiger, so in a very real sense this is a tribute to him, too. Featuring double-oboe concerti and concertantes by Vivaldi, Albinoni, Federigo Fiorillo, Fasch, Handel, and Francois-Joseph Garnier. With the Czech Philharmonic Chamber Orchestra directed by Paul Polivnick. (Delos 013491340029 / DE 3400)
"Joseph Haydn: Symphonies Nos. 96, "Miracle;" 88 in G Major; 60 in C Major, "Il Distratto" - Mozarteumorchester; Ivor Bolton. For the 2009 Haydn Centennial, three of Haydn's best symphonies, played in grand style by the Salzburg Mozarteum Orchestra. (Oehms Classics 4260034867369 OC 736)
"Jamestown Concerto: American Music for Cello and Orchestra" - Yehuda Hanani, cello; RTE National Symphony Orchestra (Ireland); William Eddins, cond. Three contemporary works for cello and orchestra on this Naxos "American Classics" CD. The "Jamestown Concerto" by William Perry (b.1930) was commissioned for the 2007 400th Anniversary of the founding of the Jamestown Settlement. This is its first recording. Virgil Thomson's Concerto for Violoncello and Orchestra is the first full recording of this work since the 1950's...and William Schuman's "A Song for Orpheus" is preceded by a reading of the poem that inspired it, "Orpheus with his Lute" by William Shakespeare, as read by actress Jane Alexander. All three works are rarely recorded or performed, and have that distinct "American" orchestral sound and feel. (Naxos 63943934225 / 8.559344)
You'll be hearing more from these discs in the future on WSCL. Thanks again for your support for Classical Music, and new Classical recordings, on WSCL 89.5 FM.
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