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Monday, October 5, 2009

Friday's Just Opened CDs - 10/2/09

"Martinu/Zimmermann/Strauss: Oboe Concertos" - Stefan Schilli, oboe; Bavarian Radio Symphony Orchestra; Mariss Jansons, cond. The oboe has not figured as a virtuoso "solo" instrument in the 20th Century, unlike it's wider use in the 17th and 18th Centuries, but there have been some fine concertos written for oboe more recently - here are three distinct ones. The Martinu Concerto for Oboe and Small Orchestra is a lovely example of his neo-classical style...the Concerto for Oboe and Small Orchestra by Bernd Alois Zimmermann is in a serial-twelve-tone mode, and the Concerto for Oboe and Small Orchestra is a late romantic exploration of the oboe's harmonic possibilities by Richard Strauss. (Oehms Classics 4260034867376 / OC 737)

"Giuseppe Verdi: Requiem" - Christine Brewer, soprano; Karen Cargill, mezzo-soprano; Stuart Neill, tenor; John Relyea, bass; London Symphony Orchestra and Chorus; Colin Davis, cond. New recordings of the Verdi Requiem tend to be few and far between, for some reason - perhaps owing to the massive forces involved, but I think something else: it's more opera than "church" choral, as the composer himself intended, and is not to be undertaken lightly. Unlike any other Requiem mass setting you can name, it's worth getting to know again, and Colin Davis conducts this new version with the London Symphony on the LSO Live label - his second Verdi recording for LSO. (LSO Live 822231168324 / LSO 0693)

"Felix Mendelssohn: Piano Concertos Nos. 1 & 2 / Symphony No. 5 'Reformation'" - Orchestre Symphonique de Quebec; Louis Lortie, piano and cond. For this Mendelssohn bicentennial year, from Canada comes this fine recording of the two piano concertos and the "Reformation" Symphony, with pianist Louis Lortie acting as both soloist and conductor with the Quebec Symphony Orchestra. (Atma Classique 722056261722 / ACD2 2617)

"Beethoven/Britten: Violin Concertos" - Janine Jansen, violin; Deutsche Kammerphilharmonie Bremen (Beethoven); London Symphony Orchestra (Britten); Paavo Jarvi, cond. Dutch fiddle sensation Janine Jansen says she has wanted to record these works together for the longest time, "two of the greatest concertos ever written - so different yet both so real."
Two fresh interpretations with two different orchestras. It works. (Decca 028947815303 / B0013281)

"New Schubert: Works for Flute & Strings" - Robert Stallman, flute; Martinu Quartet; Karel Untermuller, viola. A couple of years ago Robert Stallman launched the label Bogner's Cafe with a Mozart disc - piano works arranged for flute and strings. On the follow-up, Franz Schubert gets the treatment with flute quartets arranged from the Sonata in E-flat Major, D. 568...the Violin Sonata in A Major D.574...and the Sonatina in g minor, D.408, respectively. Arranged in Schubert's unmistakable style, they sound like three newly-composed works. (Bogner's Cafe 700261274898 / BOCA-103)

"Mozart: Piano Concertos 23 and 24" - Mitsuko Uchida, piano & conductor; The Cleveland Orchestra. Mitsuko Uchida recorded all the Mozart Piano Concertos years ago for Philips with Jeffrey Tate and the English Chamber Orchestra, and this music has always been very special for her. In 2007-2008 she was an artist-in-residence at the Cleveland Orchestra, playing and conducting the orchestra in several Mozart concertos - performances which our listeners heard on the last series of "Cleveland Orchestra on the Radio" concerts on WSCL. Here are two from that series of concerts. Let's hope there'll be more! (Decca 028947815242 / B0013276-02)

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