Monday, June 21, 2010
Just Opened June 18, 2010
"Robert Schumann: The Complete Works for Violin & Orchestra" - Lena Neudauer, piano; Deutsche Radio Philharmonie; Pablo Gonzalez, conductor. Three new finds on this CD - Munich-born violinist Lena Neudauer, the three-year old German Radio Philharmonic (from Saarbrucken-Kaiserlautern) and Schumann's own arrangement for violin of his Cello Concerto, the autograph score discovered as recently as 1987. There's also the Fantasy for Violin and Orchestra, the Concerto in d minor for Violin, and three arrangements from 12 pieces for Piano Four Hands - Gartenmelodie (Garden Melody), Am Springbrunnen (At the Fountain) and Abendlied (Evening Song.) (Hanssler Classic 410276023159 / 93.258)
"Jean-Fery Rebel: 4 Elements/Antonio Vivaldi: 4 Seasons" - Midori Seiler, violin; Akademie fur Alte Musik Berlin. A fresh look at Vivaldi's timeless quartet of violin concertos called "The Four Seasons." Conceived originally as a stage production combining the "fours" of both works (for Les Elements; earth, air, fire and water) and Vivaldi's four seasons with both music and choreography - a dancer not only accompanied the music, but had the musicians themselves to move about the stage as part of the production. It's a novel presentation, and you can see an excerpt here:
The show was a success, so a follow-up audio recording of the music itself was made. (harmonia mundi 794881942725 / HMC 902061)
The entire performance on DVD is available too: 794881924097 / HMD 9909026)
"Beethoven: Cello Sonatas Vol. 2" - Daniel Muller-Schott, cello; Angela Hewitt, piano. Their follow-up to Vol. 1, released a year ago - this one contains the Sonatas in C Major and D Major, Op. 102; Variations in G Major on "See the conqu'ring hero comes" from Handel's Judas Maccabeus; the Variations in F Major on "Ein Madchen oder Weibchen" and Variations in E-flat Major on "Bei Mannern, welche Liebe fuhlen," both Mozart's Die Zauberflote. It's actually kind of nice having the variations all on one CD. (Hyperion 034571177557 / CDA67755)
Thanks to harmonia mundi, Naxos, and Bridge Records for this week's "Just Opened" music.
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