Wednesday, January 27, 2010
Just Opened last week - January 22, 2010
"Mozart: Piano Concertos 22 & 24" - Suedama Ensemble; David Greilsammer, piano & cond. Greilsammer is a Mozart aficianado - last year he performed all the piano sonatas at an all-day marathon in Paris - and formed the Suedama Ensemble (Amadeus spelled backwards) in New York with like-minded musicians. Greilsammer conducts from the keyboard two of Mozart's later Concertos, and plays his own cadenzas. (Naive 822186051849 / V 5184)
"Dreams (Romantic Cello Transcriptions)" - Ophelie Gaillard, cello; Royal Philharmonic Orchestra; Timothy Redmond, cond. This disc came about via Myspace, and a cello concert at London's Wigmore Hall. A collaboration between cellist Ophelie Gaillard and composer/arranger Craig Leon, who worked on the successful Joshua Bell CD, "Romance of the Violin." Leon gives Ophelie the same treatment, with classical favorites worked out for cello and orchestra: Dvorak's "Song to the Moon;" arias by Bellini, Donizetti and Puccini; works by Erik Satie, Debussy, Faure, Grieg, Chopin and Rachmaninoff. (Aparte 794881939428 / 001)
"J.S. Bach: The Well-Tempered Clavier, Book 1" - Maurizio Pollini, piano. This is Pollini's first-ever Bach recording. Although he has been performing selections from "The Well-Tempered Clavier" in concert for some 20 years, this is his first recording of Bach's monumental keyboard work. A long time coming, perhaps, but well worth the wait. (DG 028947780786 / B0013637-02)
"Rachmaninoff: Symphony No. 2; Vocalise" - Detroit Symphony Orchestra; Leonard Slatkin, cond. Slatkin took over as Music Director for the Detroit Symphony Orchesta in 2008, and this is their first recording together. Slatkin's earlier recordings of Rachmaninoff's music with the St Louis Symphony on the Vox label are still WSCL favorites; this new one on Naxos with a different orchestra shows he's still got the right touch. (Naxos 747313245871 / 8.572458)
"Handel: Trio Sonatas, Op. 2 & Op. 5" - Academy of Ancient Music; Richard Egarr, harpsichord & cond. Egarr and the Academy's recent series of Handel recordings for harmonia mundi have been a real joy. Their survey of the published works Opus 1 through 7 concludes with this two-disc recording of the Trio Sonatas Op. 2 & 5. Collect 'em all! (harmonia mundi usa 093046746728 / HMU 907467. )
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