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Tuesday, October 20, 2009

Just Opened on Friday, 10/16/2009

"13th Van Cliburn Competition Gold Medal: Nobuyuki Tsujii (piano)" 20-year old Japanese pianist Nobuyuki Tsujii, blind since birth, lives by the credo that "there are no barriers in the field of music." He proved it by winning the Gold medal in this year's Van Cliburn International Piano Competition. With the award comes a first recording with harmonia mundi usa, of his performances at the competition: Chopin's Etudes 1-6 OP. 10; Beethoven's "Hammerklavier" Sonata No. 29 in B-flat Major; Franz Liszt's Paganini etude, "La Campanella;" and John Musto's "Improvisation and Fugue." (harmonia mundi usa 093046750527 / HMU 907505)

"Gustavo Dudamel: Discoveries" - Simon Bolivar Youth Orchestra of Venezuela; Gustavo Dudamel, cond. Released to coincide with his debut concerts this month as music director of the Los Angeles Philharmonic, this compilation presents highlights from Dudamel's first four CDs with the Simon Bolivar Youth Orchestra on Deutsche Grammophon: Selections from Beethoven's 5th and 7th Symphonies, and Tchaikovsky's and Mahler's 5th Symphonies. Also previously unreleased performances of two works by Mexican composer Arturo Marquez, the Trepak from Tchaikovsky's "Nutcracker" Suite, and the Festive Overture by Dmitri Shostakovich. (DG 028947786139 / B0013458-02)

"Saraste: Virtuoso Violin Works" - Gil Shaham and Adele Anthony, violins; Akira Eguchim, piano; Orquesta Sinfonica de Castilla y Leon; Alejandro Poseda, cond. Husband and Wife Gil Shaham and Adele Anthony both share a passion for the music of Pablo Sarasate, a violin virtuoso and composer from the early years of the 20th Century, and they present 16 works on this, their first CD together on their own label, Canary Classics. Joining them on several tracks (they alternate as violinists) are pianist Ekira Eguchi, and the Castille and Leon Symphony Orchestra in tracks recorded live in concert in Valladolid, Spain in November 2008. (Canary Classics 892118001075 / CC07)
(You can see a funny YouTube video called "Run, Gil, Run" here.)

"Antonio Vivaldi: Concerti per le Solennita - 6 Concerti per violino" - Sonatori de la Gioiosa Marca; Guiliano Carmignola, violin. The title of this disc translates as "Violin Concerti for Solemn Occasions," works the Red Priest wrote for church-observed feast days, such as "the Holy Tongue of St Anthony of Padua." There are five other works: two for "the Assumption of the Virgin Mary," one for the feast of "S. Lorenzo" (St Lawrence) one for Christmas ("Natale") and the virtuoso work titled "Grosso Mogul," possibly written originally for a feast day of Mary. As always, Giuliano Carmignola makes an excellent case for the depth and variety of Vivaldi's concerti for violin. The orchestra's name, by the way, translates as "Musicians of the Joyous Marca," Marca being the name of a border town of the 15th Century Venetian Republic, a town now called Treviso. (Divox Antiqua 7619913796059 / CDX 79605)

"England, My England" - Choir of King's College, Cambridge; Stephen Cleobury, Philip Ledger, David Willcocks, conductors. A 40-track compilation on two CDs of the kind of music the King's College Choir does best: Anglican Choral music from the Tudor era to the present. Includes favorites such as "Zadok the Priest" by Handel; "Jerusalem" by Hubert Parry; "Praise my Soul the King of Heaven," Tavener's "Song for Athene," Holst's "I Vow to Thee, My Country," and many more. (EMI Classics 5099922894403 / 28944)

"Zenph Re-Performance: Rachmaninoff Plays Rachmaninoff" -Sergei Rachmaninoff, piano. Rachmaninoff's concert career coincided with the earliest days of recording technology - the piano rolls of the 1920's and early 30's, and the 78-RPM era of the 40's. Consequently, while we have recordings of Rachmaninoff the performer, the sound quality is pretty rough. Thanks to the technology of computers and a re-producing piano, Zenph Studios was able to take master tapes from the Sony Masterworks vault and reproduce them, down to the subtlest nuance, and have them played back on a 1909 Steinway such as Rachmaninoff might have played. There are 13 tracks in all, some by the performer himself and others are arrangements of compositions, by Bach, Rimsky Korsakov, Tchaikovsky, and Mendelssohn. The next 13 tracks are the same recordings, in binaural stereo for "the ultimate headphone experience." (Sony Masterworks- RCA Red Seal 886974897125 / 48971)

"The Best of Joshua Bell: The Decca Years" - Joshua Bell, violin. Although Bell now records exclusively with Sony Classical, at the beginning of his career he made quite a few recordings for Decca, and a good cross-section of them are represented on this 3-CD set: On disc 1, "Concertos," Mozart's Concerto No. 5 and Brahms' Concerto in D Major. On disc 2, "Chamber Music," Sonatas by Faure & Prokofiev, and the Piano Trio No. 2 by Shostakovich. On disc 3, "Favorites," 12 violin showpieces by Saint-Saens, Massenet, Sibelius, Kreisler, Wieniawski, and Sarasate. (Decca 028947821007 / B0013372-02)

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Bill

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