Tuesday, January 19, 2010
Just Opened on Friday, January 15, 2010
"Beethoven: Complete Works for Piano and Cello" - Zuill Bailey, cello; Simone Dinnerstein, piano. Although these two have been recording for Telarc for only the last two years, they've been playing together for the last ten or more. The Beethoven works for cello and piano have been a part of their musical partnership since the beginning, and they've finally recorded them here. Includes the five sonatas and the variations in G, F and E-flat Major. (Telarc 089408074028 / CD-80740)
"Joseph Joachim: Violin Concertos, Opp. 3 and 11" - Suyeon Kim, violin; Staatskapelle Weimar; Michael Halasz, cond. Joachim was one of the most famous musicians of the 19th Century, an intimate of Brahms, Mendelssohn and Schumann, and a fair composer himself. The Violin Concerto in g minor in one movement, Op. 3, is a work he composed when he was 20; the Concerto in d minor "In the Hungarian Style" came six years later, and is probably his best-known work. (Naxos 747313099177 / 8.570991)
"Janacek: Orchestral Suites from the Operas 3: The Cunning Little Vixen; From the House of the Dead" - New Zealand Symphony Orchestra; Peter Breiner, cond. The third and final volume of this series of Janacek opera suites, arranged by Peter Breiner. "The Cunning Little Vixen" is a folk tale based on a children's comic strip, and contains some of his most charming music; "From the House of the Dead" is a decidedly darker work, based on Dostoevsky's fictionalized account of his term in a remote Siberian prison. (This opera will be featured in an upcoming performance from the Metropolitan Opera, Saturday afternoon March 20 at 1 PM on WSCL 89.5 FM.) (Naxos 747313070671 / 8.570706)
"Puccini Rediscovered" - Violeta Urmana, soprano; Placido Domingo, tenor; Vienna Philharmonic Orchestra; Alberto Veronesi, cond. One reviewer called this disc "Puccini B-sides," and that's a pretty good description. A collaboration between Domingo and Veronesi, it features forgotten, abandoned, or revised arias and orchestral interludes. Alternate or discarded arias from such operas as Edgar, La Rondine, Madama Butterfly, Manon Lescaut, Suor Angelica, and La Fanciulla del West. Something like this was done a couple years ago by Riccardo Chailly on the Decca label, and it's still a treat for Puccini fans. (Deutsche Grammophon DG 028947785798 / B0013341-02)
Thanks always to Universal Classics, Naxos, Telarc and Bridge Records for supporting classical music on WSCL, and "Just Opened."
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