Monday, March 8, 2010
Just Opened on Friday, March 5
"Schumann: Piano Concerto/Dvorak: Symphony No. 8" - Gerald Robbins, piano; Kenneth Klein, conductor; Moscow Philharmonic Orchestra. Klein and Robbins have been working together for many years, and this release teams them up with two different works - the Schumann Piano Concerto, and Dvorak's tuneful Symphony No. 8. (MSR Classics 681585129128 / MS 1291)
"Off the Beaten Path: Solo Piano Music by Clementi, Czerny, Gershwin, Godard, Kreisler, Liszt, Medtner, Moscheles, Sibelius & Thalberg" - Ian Hominick, piano. Hominick, a Canadian who teaches at the University of Mississippi frequently performs rarely-heard works in his recital programs. As he says in the liner notes to this recording, "Audiences find it refreshing to experience music that is less often performed." His recording features music from neglected composers, along with neglected music by well-known composers. (MSR Classics 681585134122 / MS 1341)
"Ballade: Works for Flute and Piano" - Kara Kirkendoll Welch, flute; Gabriel Sanchez, piano. Kirkendoll Welch is a member of the Dallas Symphony Orchestra. For her debut recording she has selected from the wealth of music written for, or adapted for, flute and piano: the Sonatine by Henri Dutilleux...Poem by Charles Tomlinson Griffes...a Ballade by Frank Martin, and Faure's Sonata No. 1 in A Major. (MSR Classics 681585128626 / MS 1286)
And two new recordings from some old friends:
"Rimsky-Korsakov: Orchestral Suites" - Russian National Orchestra; Mikhail Pletnev, cond. Rimsky-Korsakov wrote 16 very colorful and deliciously Russian operas, and thankfully put together concert suites from a number of them, three of which are recorded here: Suites from "The Snow Maiden" and "The Invisible City of Kitezh," and "Night on Mount Triglav," a Suite drawn from Act III of "Mlada." Great Russian music with a great Russian orchestra - what's not to like? (PentaTone Classics 827949036262 / PTC 5186 362)
"Bryn Terfel: Scarborough Fair - Songs from the British Isles" - Bryn Terfel, baritone; London Symphony Orchestra and the London Voices; Barry Wordsworth, cond. For Terfel, music making at home and in community was a big part of growing up in Wales. For this project, focusing on Celtic song and songs from England, 100 were selected, whittled down to the 16 recorded here. Joining Terfel and the London Symphony are soprano Kate Royal in "Scarborough Fair," Ronan Keating in "Danny Boy," and celtic fiddler Sharon Corr in "My Lagan Love" and "She Moved Through the Fair." Adding celtic flavor to other tracks are instrumentalists Neil Martin (tin whistle and uilleann pipes), John Paricelli (guitar), and Andy Findon (tin whistle.) (DG 028947782957 / BOO12642-02)
With thanks to our friends at MSR Classics, Naxos USA, and Universal Music for this week's selections on "Just Opened."
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