Friday, July 2, 2010
Just Opened discs, July 2, 2010
"Schumann: Piano Quartet/Piano Quintet" - Mandelring Quartett; Claire-Marie Le Guay, piano. For this Schumann bicentennial year, a new recording of the Quartet and Quintet in E-flat Major, on a hybrid Super Audio CD. (Audite 4022143925749 / 92.574)
"J.S. Bach: Partitas for Solo Violin (arranged for guitar)" - Timo Korhonen, guitar. Part 2 of Korhonen's survey of Bach's music for solo violin (the Sonatas were released earlier on Ondine 1128-2.) His aim, Korhonen says, was to remain very faithful to the original score, and "execute the musical content as if Bach had actually written it for six-string guitar back in 1720." (Ondine 0761195116425 / ODE 1164-2D)
"Rachmaninoff: Piano Concerto No. 3; Rhapsody on a Theme of Paganini" - Denis Matsuev, piano; Mariinsky Orchestra; Valery Gergiev, conductor. The fourth all-Russian release from the Russian label, Mariinsky, features the winner of the 11th International Tchaikovsky Piano Competition in 1998 in an all-Rachmaninoff program. (Mariinsky 822231850526 / MAR 0505)
"20th Century Harp Sonatas" - Sarah Schister Ericsson, harp. A charming collection of works for solo harp you may not have heard of, but should - a lovely Sonata by Breton composer Pierick Houdy; Alfredo Casella's Sonata Op. 68; Sonatas by Nicolas Flagello, Paul Hindemith, and Germaine Tailleferre. (Dorian Sono Luminus 053479210623 / DSL-92106)
"Dohnanyi: Variations on a Nursery Song, Symphonic Minutes, Suite in F-sharp minor" - Eldar Nebolsin, piano; Buffalo Philharmonic; JoAnn Falletta, conductor. More fascinating music from this ultra-romantic Hungarian composer. The virtuoso "Variations on a Nursery Song" is the best-known piece here, matched with the earlier Suite in F-sharp minor (from 1908) and the later Symphonic Minutes (from 1933.) This year marks the 75th anniversary of the Buffalo Philharmonic, the Falletta's 11th year as Music Director, and their 7th recording for the Naxos label. (Naxos 747313230372 / 8.572303)
Thanks to our friends at Naxos, harmonia mundi usa, and Crossover Media for supporting Classical Music programming on WSCL 89.5 FM.
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