Monday, November 16, 2009
Just Opened, Friday 11/13/2009
"Ravishingly Russian: 19th and 20th Century
Russian Secular Choral Music" - Houston Chamber Choir; Robert Simpson, cond. "Ravishing" isn't quite the proper word to use when describing Russian Choral music, which has its roots in the ancient Byzantine tradition of the Orthodox Church, which proscribes any musical instrument save the human voice. Sounds very serious, but oh, what a glorious sound! As old Russia became more cosmopolitan and more secular in the 19th century, that tradition of a cappella singing suited the genre of popular music quite well, too. The texts here are by Russian poets such as Pushkin, Blok, and Lermontov; with music by Taneyev, Rachmaninoff, Cui, Tchaikovsky, Arensky and others. (MSR Classics 681585131121 / MS 1311)
"Johannes Brahms: Symphony No. 1/
Variations on a Theme by Haydn" - Budapest Festival Orchestra; Ivan Fischer, cond. Fischer and the Budapest Festival Orchestra tap into the Magyar spirit that had such a profound influence in the music of Brahms, with a performance of the 1st Symphony, the "Haydn" Variations, and the Hungarian Dance No. 14 thrown in for good measure. In Hybrid SuperAudio CD format. (Channel Classics 723385283096 / CCS SA 28309)
"Jeno Hubay: Violin Concertos Nos. 1 and 2;
Scenes de la Csarda Nos. 3 and 4" - Chloe Hanslip, violin; Bournemouth Symphony Orchestra; Andrew Mogrelia, cond. The 21-year-old English violinist Chloe Hanslip is just beginning to make a name for herself, playing music by composers whose names aren't exactly household words, but whose music you really should hear. Two of her recordings feature music by Romantic-era violinist-composers such as Antonio Bazzini and Benjamin Godard; this new one features the first two concertos by the Hungarian violinist-composer Jeno Hubay, who studied with Joseph Joachim and Henri Vieuxtemps. Includes two of the folk music-flavored "Csardas" scenes. (Naxos 747313207879 / 8.572078)
"Angele Dubeau: Virtuose" - Angele Dubeau, violin. Canadian virtuoso Angele Dubeau gets her own "best-of" collection from Analekta, with selections from her many recordings as a solo artist, or directing her own string ensemble La Pieta. Selections by Locatelli, Paganini, Mendelssohn, Glazunov, Tchaikovsky, Sarasate, Chopin, Prokofiev, Mozart, Martinu and Sibelius show why she's considered a national treasure. (Analekta 77420487922 / AN 2 8729)
"Franz Schubert: Symphonies Nos. 4 and 5" -
Netherlands Chamber Orchestra; Gordan Nikolic, cond. In addition to his career as a concert violinist, Gordan Nikolic is also the Music Director for the Netherlands Chamber Orchestra, with whom he has already recorded several CDs. This latest release features two symphonies Franz Schubert composed in rapid succession, the Symphony No. 4 in c minor, called "Tragic," and the Symphony No. 5 in B-flat Major. In Hybrid SuperAudio CD format.(PentaTone Classics 827949034060 PTC 5186 340)
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