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Friday, March 12, 2010

Just Opened, Friday March 12, 2010

"Victoria: Lamentations of Jeremiah" - The Tallis Scholars; Peter Phillips, director. This new release by the Tallis Scholars celebrates their 30th anniversary, and their 50th CD. Music appropriate for the Lenten season, Tomas Luis de Victoria's nine Lamentations were meant to be sung during Holy Week services, with three each for Maundy (Holy) Thursday, Good Friday, and Holy Saturday. For Phillips and the Tallis Scholars, the Lamentations rank with the Requiem as one of Victoria's greatest achievements. As Phillips says in the liner notes, "if you have been moved by the Victoria Requiem then these Lamentations are for you." (Gimell 755138104327 / CDGIM 043)



"J.S. Bach:
Brandenburg Concertos" - Gewandhaus Orchestra; Riccardo Chailly, conductor. You may not typically think of this orchestra and conductor playing baroque music, but why not? After all, it was in Leipzig where Bach spent much of his life and wrote some of his greatest works, and it was the Gewandhaus orchestra (under Felix Mendelssohn) which began playing Bach's music again after years of neglect. Chailly and the Gewandhaus celebrate Bach with three new releases this year - this first one, the Brandenburg Concertos, will be followed later this year by the St Matthew Passion and The Christmas Oratorio. (Decca 028947821915 / BOO13923-02)



"Frederic Chopin:
Complete Waltzes" - Ingrid Fliter, piano. Fliter won the silver medal in the 2000 Chopin piano competition in Warsaw, and her debut recording last year on EMI was an all-Chopin recital. For her second, she stays with Chopin in his bicentennial year with all 20 waltzes. Fliter says Chopin's music "is like looking into a kaleidoscope of human life. He concentrates all his ideas, all his creative energy, in a very short space of time. He creates a whole world in each little piece." (EMI Classics 5099969835124 / 98351)



"Concert Gems
for Violoncello: Music of Bergmuller, Bloch, Couperin, Granados, Handel, Monti, Part and Piazzola." - Ashley Sandor Sidon, cello; Nicholas Roth, piano; Luis Milan, guitar. For her debut release, Ashley Sandor Sidon presents music written for cello, or arranged for cello. Including 3 of Granados' Spanish Dances; Pieces de Concert by Couperin; a Sonata by Handel; Ernest Bloch's "From Jewish Life;" Arvo Part's "Spiegel im Spiegel," and "Cafe 1930" by Astor Piazzola. (MSR Classics 681585124727 / MS 1247)





"Beethoven/Korngold:
Violin Concertos in D Major" - Renaud Capucon, violin; Rotterdam Philharmonic Orchestra; Yannick Nezet-Seguin, conductor. Renaud Capucon may not be the flashiest fiddle-player around, but he's solid and tight as both a chamber music performer and a concert soloist. For his new CD on Virgin Classics, he plays two somewhat different works, which still sound great together - Beethoven's famous Concerto in D Major, and the 20th century romantic Concerto in D Major by Erich Wolfgang Korngold. Accompanying is the Rotterdam Philharmonic with their new Music Director, Canadian conductor Yannick Nezet-Seguin. (Virgin Classics 5099969458903 / 694589)

Thanks to EMI/Virgin Classics, MSR Classics, Universal/Decca, and harmonia mundi usa for this week's selections on "Just Opened."

Bill

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