Monday, February 8, 2010
Just Opened before the storm, February 5, 2010
"Mendelssohn: Piano Trios" - Emanuel Ax, piano; Itzhak Perlman, violin; Yo-Yo Ma, cello. It was the Mendelssohn bicentennial last year that brought these three musicians together for the first time as a trio. Ma has been working the crossover mines of late; Perlman and Ax have been away from the recording scene for a while and it's nice to have them all back, working together as friends to celebrate the music of Mendelssohn in the 200th anniversary of his birth. (Sony Classical 886975219223 / 52192)
J.S. Bach: Cello Suites 1, 3, & 5; Domenico Gabrieli: Ricercars I, II & V" - Benjamin Whitcomb, cello. A musician and music teacher from the Midwest, Whitcomb plays these works for solo cello from his own critical editions of these pieces. (MSR Classics 6815851177029 / MS 1177)
"Mahler: Symphony No. 7" - Bavarian Radio Symphony Orchestra; Mariss Jansons, cond. One of the first in a series of live concert recordings from Munich with the Bavarian Radio Symphony, on their own label, BR Klassik. Mahler's most mercurial and elusive Symphony is given shining treatment here. (BR Klassik 4035719001013 / 101)
"William Appling Plays Scott Joplin and J.S. Bach" - William Appling, piano. Cleveland-based Appling was a concert pianist and teacher, devoted to the music of Bach and Joplin. It was a surgical mishap in 1996 that prevented him from using the pedals; as solace, he delved into the music of Bach and due to a book left in his care by a student, became a devotee of the music of Scott Joplin and determined to record all of his works. Sadly, that project was left incomplete at the time of his death from cancer in August 2008. This first recording was made in Poughkeepsie, NY between 2004 and 2007 and in spite of the absence of pedal, the music comes through. (Albany Records 034061116325 / TROY1163)
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