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Monday, April 12, 2010

Just Opened, Friday April 9, 2010

"Parry: Songs of Farewell - Choral Masterpieces" - Manchester Cathedral Choir; Christopher Stokes, conductor. Sir Charles H.H. Parry wrote some of the most memorable English choral music of the late 19th- early 20th Centuries. His coronation anthem, "I was Glad," and the setting of the Blake poem "Jerusalem" are the best-known. This collection features those along with some other choral works by Parry, including "Songs of Farewell" and two selections from The Great Service - the "Nunc Dimittis" and "Magnificat." (Naxos 747313210473 / 8.572104)

"Schubert Live,
Volume 2" - Imogen Cooper, piano. Cooper continues her exploration of the late piano works by Schubert, all recorded live during a series of springtime concerts in London in 2008 and 2009. Volume 2 features the Sonata in c minor, D.958 and the Sonata in G Major, D.894; 6 Moments musicaux, 16 German Dances, and the Four Impromptus, D.935. (Avie 822252215724 / AV2157)

Piano Concerto; Poetic Tone-Pictures" - Vassily Primakov, piano; Odense Symphony Orchestra; Justin Brown, conductor. Primakov is an amazingly prolific recording artist, somewhat rare in classical music circles in this day and age, and each of his recent discs show great care and devotion. The latest entry is an all-Dvorak program, with two rarely-heard works: the concerto for piano, and 5 of the Poetic Tone-Pictures for solo piano. (Bridge Records 090404930928 / 9309)

"Mr. Corelli in London:
Recorder Concertos; La Follia" - Maurice Steger, recorder; the English Concert; Laurence Cummings, conductor. It's good to be reminded, from time to time, just how popular and influential the music of Arcangelo Corelli really is. It's still a treat, none the less so "back in the day" when over 50 Corelli appreciation societies sprung up in the fashionable places in England - the meetings included arrangements of his music for "pipes" and "fiddles," along with food, tobacco, and drink. This disc gives some of that flavor (minus the refreshments, of course) in Corelli's Opus 5 sonatas arranged by Francesco Geminiani, among others. (harmonia mundi 093046752323 / HMU 907523)

"LAGQ Interchange:
Concertos by Rodrigo and Assad" - Los Angeles Guitar Quartet; Delaware Symphony Orchestra; David Amado, conductor. This new Telarc recording has a local angle - it's the CD debut of our own Delaware Symphony Orchestra with conductor David Amado. Recorded at the Grand Opera House in Wilmington following a series of concerts last May, the disc features Rodrigo's "Concerto Andaluz" for 4 guitars and orchestra, and "Interchange," a new work written for them by Sergio Assad. Bravo, DSO and LAGQ! (Telarc 888072317543 / 31754)

Our thanks this week to our friends at Naxos, Avie, harmonia mundi, Bridge Records, and Telarc for their continued support for Classical Music programming on WSCL. It's the musicians, the labels, and the friends of classical music on Delmarva who help make it possible. Gracias!


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