Tuesday, February 23, 2010
Just Opened new music, Friday 2/19
"Johannes Brahms: The Late Piano Pieces" - Markus Groh, piano. In an interview contained in the liner notes to his second CD for Avie, Groh describes the late piano works by Brahms as melancholic, almost death-haunted...yet filled with passionate intensity. Groh covers everything from the late piano works Opp. 116 through 119 with his own passionate intensity. (Avie Records 822252213621 / AV 2136)
"Mendelssohn: Concertos fro 2 Pianos and Orchestra" - Silver Garburg Piano Duo; Bayerische Kammerphilharmonie; Christopher Hogwood, cond. Sivan Silver and Gil Garburg have been performing as a Duo since 1997 in concert halls all over the world. For this recording of two oft-forgotten works by Mendelssohn, the Concertos in A-flat Major and E Major, they're joined by Christopher Hogwood and the Bavarian Chamber Philharmonic. (Oehms Classics 4260034867390 / OC 739)
"Saint-Saens: Symphony No. 3, "Organ" - Philippe Belanger, organ; Orchestre Metropolitain; Yannick Nezet-Seguin, cond. From Canada comes this disc of four organ showpieces - the Saint-Saens' "Organ Symphony," plus three shorter works for organ alone: a March on a Theme of Handel by Alexandre Guilmant; the "Westminster Carillon" by Louis Vierne, and the "Allegro Vivace" from the Symphony No. 6 by Charles-Marie Widor. (Atma Classique 722056254021 / ACD2 2540)
And two new ones from Telarc:
"J.S. Bach: Six Suites for Solo Cello" - Zuill Bailey, cello. As with his other recordings, cellist Zuill Bailey spent years preparing these 6 suites for solo cello...then recorded them all in one week at New York's Academy of Arts and Letters. The careful preparation shows, as does the sheer joy he takes in the music he describes as "the Cellistic Bible." (Telarc 888072319783 / TEL-31978-02)
"Mozart: Arias for Male Soprano" - Michael Maniaci, soprano; Boston Baroque; Martin Pearlman, cond. Maniaci is a male soprano; not a counter-tenor, but a soprano. Listening to this disc is probably the closest you'll get to hearing the sound of a castrato, an idea that has long since gone the way with the Dodo bird, thank God. Here are a selection of arias Mozart wrote for castrati...or, here in the 21st Century, male soprano...from the operas "Idomeneo," "Lucia Silla," and "La Clemenza di Tito," plus the "Exsultate, Jubilate." (Telarc 888072318274 / TEL-31827-02)
Thanks to our friends at Telarc, Naxos, ClassiQuest, and Crossover Media for supporting new classical releases on WSCL's "Just Opened."
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