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Tuesday, May 4, 2010

What was Just Opened Friday, April 30

"Beethoven: Symphony No. 9, "Choral" - Christiane Oelze, soprano; Ingeborg Danz, mezzo-soprano; Christoph Strehl, tenor; David Wilson-Johnson, bass; Collegium Vocale Gent; Academia Chigiana Siena; Royal Flemish Philharmonic; Philippe Herreweghe, conductor. One of two new recordings of Beethoven's Ninth, both in period style. This is Herreweghe's second go-round with this work - he recorded it a few years ago with the Orchestra of the Champs-Elysses; this one is period style but on modern instruments. (PentaTone Classics 827949031762 / PTC 5186 317)

Cello Sonatas; Sicilienne; Elegie; Pavane; Papillon; other works" - Ina-Esther Joost Ben-Sasson, cello; Allan Sternfield, piano. Faure's two tuneful cello sonatas, along with favorite short pieces arranged for cello and piano. (Naxos 747313054572 / 8.570545)

Symphonic Dances; Isle of the Dead; The Rock" - Royal Liverpool Philharmonic Orchestra; Vasily Petrenko, conductor. Petrenko and the Royal Liverpool Philharmonic continue their exploration of late Russian works with three orchestral pieces by Rachmaninoff - two early works, the symphonic fantasy "The Rock" and "The Isle of the Dead," and one of his last compositions - the Symphonic Dances. (Avie 822252218824 / AV2188)

Nocturnes 1-20" - Nelson Freire, piano. For this year's Chopin bicentennial, a fresh new recording of the 20 Nocturnes, beautifully played by Nelson Freire, who's been making some remarkable recordings these past several years. This is his second recording of the Nocturnes; the first was back in the 1970's on the German Telefunken label. (Decca 028947821823 / B0014053-02)

Thanks to our friends at Naxos, Avie, and Decca for supporting WSCL with four terrific new recordings this week.


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