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Friday, July 23, 2010

Just Opened Friday July 23, 2010

"Wedding Cake: Music for Piano Duo" - Pascal and Ami Roge, pianos. A collection of French music for piano four hands, that celebrates the musical and life partnership of Pascal and Ami, who married in Japan in March 2009 (wedding picture included in the CD booklet.) The title track is by Saint-Saens, with the "Dolly" Suite by Faure, Ravel's La Valse, Debussy's Petite Suite, The Sorcerer's Apprentice by Paul Dukas, Ami - a world premiere work by Paul Chihara, and two shorter pieces by Francis Poulenc. Best wishes to the happy couple, and thanks for the piece of wedding cake! (Onyx Classics 880040404729 / 4047)

"Vaughan Williams: Sacred Choral Music" - The Choir of Clare College, Cambridge; Timothy Brown, conductor. One of two very fine recordings of Vaughn Williams' choral music out this year; this one contains the Mass in g minor, Three Choral Hymns, The Voice out of the Whirlwind, Valiant-for-truth, A Vision of Aeroplanes, The Souls of the Righteous, and two shorter works. (Naxos 747313246571 / 8.572465)

Nishizaki plays Suzuki Evergreens, Volume 4" - Takako Nishizaki, violin; Terence Dennis, piano, other musicians. Takako Nishizaki was the youngest student ever to complete the Suzuki School of violin playing, and even received a teaching certificate by the age of nine! She studied with her father Shinji and with Shinichi Suzuki himself, and demonstrated the method to visiting dignitaries from the west in her early years. This is one volume out of seven, demonstrating the method with arrangements of baroque works by Bach and Vivaldi for violin and piano, followed by the same pieces performed in their standard guise. The CD booklets also feature pictures of the young Nishizaki with her teachers, family, and fellow pupils. (Naxos 747313238170 / 8.572381)

"Robert Schumann/Antonin Dvorak: Piano Concertos" - Martin Helmchen, piano; Orchestre Philharmonique de Strasbourg; Marc Albrecht. We heard Martin Helmchen earlier this year, on two PentaTone CDs featuring the complete works for violin and piano by Franz Schubert with violinist Julia Fischer. For his second concerto CD, Schumann's a minor concerto is paired with Dvorak's g minor concerto. (PentaTone Classics 827949033360 / PTC 5186 333)

: Pulcinella; Symphony in Three Movements; Four Etudes" - Chicago Symphony Orchesta; Roxana Constantinescu, mezzo-soprano; Nicholas Phan, tenor; Kyle Ketelsen, baritone; Pierre Boulez, conductor. The fifth release on the Chicago Symphony's own CSO Resound label, and the first with conductor-emeritus Pierre Boulez - the Symphony in Three Movements, composed in America, and the neo-baroque pastiche ballet Pulcinella, from Stravinsky's years in Europe following the Revolution. Liner notes include Boulez' own thoughts about these works. (CSO Resound 810449019187 / CSOR 901918)

Thanks to Naxos and harmonia mundi usa for this week's new CDs.


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