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Tuesday, October 13, 2009

"Just Opened" CDs on 10/9/09

Some old friends:

"Anton Bruckner: Symphony No. 8 (first version, 1887)" - Philharmoniker Hamburg; Simone Young, cond. The fourth in a series of Bruckner recordings using the original, ur-text. Fresh from the success of his 7th Symphony, Bruckner completed his 8th and sent it off to the conductor, who rejected it. Heartbroken, wanting nothing more than to have his music heard, Bruckner consented to some changes and alterations. To this day there are several performing versions of this symphony - the Novak revision of 1890, and the Haas version of the 20th Century, sort of a hybrid of the revised version and the original version (which the composer kept in a drawer.) This recording is Bruckner's original vision, done to a turn by Young and the Hamburg Philharmonic. (Oehms Classics 4260034866386 / OC 638)

"J.S. Bach: 6 Solo Sonatas and Partitas" - Viktoria Mullova,
violin. This is Mullova's first complete recording of the Sonatas and Partitas (Mullova recorded the Partitas for Philips in the early '90's.) Although she didn't start her career as an early-music specialist, she has lately been playing a 1750 violin with gut strings and a baroque bow, to great effect in her recent recordings. This new release from Onyx includes her own thoughts on her personal journey through the music of Bach. (Onyx Classics 880040404026 / ONYX 4040)

"Sergei Prokofiev: Piano Concertos Nos 2 & 3" - Evegeny Kissin, piano; Philharmonia Orchestra; Vladimir Ashkenazy, cond. For his third EMI CD, Kissin returns to the music of his native country with two early concertos by Prokofiev: the dynamic, yet introspective Concerto No. 2 (Kissin's first recording of this work) and the ever-popular, extroverted Concerto No. 3. These performances were recorded live at the Royal Festival Hall in London in July of 2008. (EMI Classics 5099926453620 / 64536)

And some new ones:

"Not No Faceless Angel: Choral Music by Gabriel Jackson" - Polyphony, Stephen Layton, cond. Jackson is a 47 year old British composer whose style seems to come from Tudor-era England; shades of the multi-voiced polyphonic works of Thomas Tallis and William Byrd can be heard in the sacred and secular works on this CD. The vocal ensemble Polyphony is well-suited to this music, and this is another in a series of fascinating recordings of new choral music on Hyperion. (Hyperion 03457177083 / CDA 67708)

"Pleasure is the Law: Featuring works by Elliot Carter, Ilja Hurnik; Hector Berlioz; Kelsey Jones; Frank Martin, and Peter Lieberson" - Nadine Asin, flute; Elaine Duvas, oboe; Darrett Adkins, cello; Steven Beck, piano & harpsichord; Erik Nielsen, harp. This fascinating CD shows how much life there is in baroque musical forms. Each of the chamber works on this CD - with the exception of the Trio by Hector Berlioz from L'Enfance du Christ - was written in the 20th Century, by composers who knew the form well and successfully re-imagined its use in modern times. The performers know it well, too, as you can hear on this CD. (Boston Records BR 1074)

All of the CDs heard on "Just Opened" were sent to WSCL by the various labels and distributors of Classical Music, for promotional purposes and in support of our Classical Music programming. You can join them in support by becoming a member today; pledge on line at our home page (click on "Pledge Now") or call 410-543-6895. By supporting Public Radio Delmarva this fall, you too can make a difference on Delmarva.


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