Wednesday, February 3, 2010
Just Opened last Friday (1/29/10)
"Beethoven: Piano Concertos Nos. 4 & 5" - Olli Mustonen, piano & conductor; Tapiola Sinfonietta. This release wraps up Mustonen's highly personal account of the Beethoven Concertos for Ondine, with the towering fouth and fifth Concertos. Mustonen directs the Tapiola Sinfonietta from the piano. (Ondine 0761195114650 / ODE 1146-5)
"Schubert Live, Volume One" - Imogen Cooper, piano. The first in a series of double CDs focusing on the late piano works of Schubert, something the pianist admits has been something of an obsession with her. She writes, "Schubert has become even more necessary to my well-being, and I sense strongly that he is important for an audience's well-being, too." Recorded live in London during a series of concerts in 2008, the first disc features the Sonata in A Major, D959; 11 Ecossaises (Schotisshes); 3 Klavierstucke (piano pieces.) Disc two features the Sonata in a minor, D845, and the Sonata in D Major, D850. (Avie 822252215625 / AV 2156)
"Four Centuries of Chant" - Anonymous 4. From four centuries and ten CDs of medieval chant, the newly-reformed Anonymous 4 takes a look back at pure chant selections from their first 10 discs for harmonia mundi usa. Includes highlights from "An English Ladymass," "Miracles of Sant'Iago," "The Lily and the Lamb," "A Star in the East," "A Lammas Ladymass," "Legends of Saint Nicholas," "A Mass for the End of Time," "Darkness into Light," and two discs devoted to the music of Hildegard of Bingen: "11,000 Virgins" and "The Origin of Fire." (harmonia mundi 093046754624 / HMX 2907546)
"A German Bouquet" - Trio Settecento. Trio Settecento ("1700s Trio") is violinist Rachel Barton-Pine, gambist John Mark Rozendaal, and harpsichordist-organist David Schrader. Formed in their hometown of Chicago to explore the works of the early Baroque, this is their second of four planned CDs. (The first, "An Italian Sojourn," came out in 2007; the next two volumes will focus on music of France and Great Britain.) This one, disc two, features sonatas from the German Baroque - Bach to Buxtehude and everything in between: works by Johann Schop, Georg Muffat, Johann Philip Krieger, Philipp Heinrich Erlebach, and Johann Georg Pisendel. (Cedille 735131911429 / CDR 90000 114)
Thanks this week to Naxos, Avie Records, harmonia mundi usa, Crossover Media, and Cedille Records for supporting classical music programming and new CDs on WSCL's "Just Opened."
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