Friday, July 30, 2010
Just Opened July 30, 2010
"Elgar: Vernon Handley conducts Sea Pictures and Symphony No. 1" - Janet Baker, contralto; London Philharmonic Orchestra; Vernon Handley, conductor. From a 1984 concert presented by the Elgar Society, in honor of the 50th anniversary of his death. Conductor Handley, who passed away in 2008, had a long association with the London Philharmonic and made a number of recordings of the English repertoire with them, including the music of Elgar. (London Philharmonic Orchestra 854990001468 / LPO 0046)
"Saint-Saens/Gershwin/Sviatoslav Richter - Concert 1993" Sviatoslav Richter, piano; Stuttgart Radio Symphony Orchestra; Christoph Eschenbach, conductor. Two recordings from the 1993 Schwetzingen Festival, featuring two rare works from the reclusive pianist's repertoire; the Concerto No. 5 by Camille Saint-Saens, and the Concerto in F Major by George Gershwin. The Gershwin concerto was one Richter loved but was never able to perform or record until this particular date, making this recording something of a rarity. (Hanssler Classic 4010276023142 / 93.707)
"The Pity of War: Music of Elgar, Janacek, and Debussy/Letters and Poems by Wilfrid Owen" - Matthew Trusler, violin; Martin Roscoe, piano; Samuel West, speaker. A two-disc set, the first disc contains violin sonatas inspired by the First World War; the second disc, a collection of letters and poems by Wilfrid Owen, an English poet who enlisted in the Army and was killed in action just a few weeks before the armistice. The readings by actor Samuel West are interspersed with vintage recordings of popular songs from the Great War, all taken from a CD called "It's a Lovely War." (Orchid Classics 5027710110190 / ORC 100001)
"Beethoven: Triple Concerto/Brahms: Double Concerto" - Trio Poseidon; Gothenburg Symphony Orchestra; Neeme Jarvi, conductor. Trio Poseidon is violinist Sara Troback Hesselink, cellist Claes Gunnarsson, and pianist Per Lundberg. Performing with Sweden's National Orchestra and their Principal Conductor Emeritus the two mixed concertos by Brahms and Beethoven. (Chandos 095115156421 / CHAN 10564)
"Transfigured Mozart" - Petronel Malan, piano. A collection of Mozart transcriptions by Johan Nepomuk Hummel - the Fantasina on a theme from "Figaro"; Mikhail Glinka - Variations o a Theme of Mozart; Sigismund Thalberg - Lacrimosa from Requiem; Charles-Henri Valentin Alkan - Andante du 8 Quator; Joachim Raff - Souvenirs de Don Giovanni; two transcriptions by Ignaz Friedman, and Max Reger's Variations on a Theme by Mozart. (Hanssler Classic 4010276017998 / 93.231)
Thanks to Avie Records and Naxos North America for this week's new CDs.
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