Tuesday, July 20, 2010
Just Opened recap - July 9 & 16
"Beethoven: Piano Sonatas 6, 12, 14 & 27" - Angela Hewitt, piano. Hewitt resumes her own survey of Beethoven's Sonatas, including the "Moonlight" sonata in c-sharp minor. (Hyperion 67797)
"Ravel: Ballet and Dance Music" - Rotterdam Philharmonic Orchestra; Yannick Nezet-Seguin, conductor. A fresh recording of the Daphnis et Chloe Suite No. 2; Valses Nobles et Sentimentales; La Valse, and Ma Mere L'Oye (Mother Goose) Suite. (EMI Classics 66342)
"J.S. Bach: Sonatas and Partitas" - Isabelle Faust, violin. This set contains the Partitas 2 and 3, BWV 1004 and 1006, and the Sonata No. 3, BWV 1005. Will we hear the other three works for solo violin in a future recording? Let's hope so. (harmonia mundi usa HMC
"Brahms: Piano Concerto No. 2; Klavierstucke Op. 75" - Nicholas Angelich, piano; Frankfurt Radio Symphony Orchestra; Paavo Jarvi, conductor. A two-disc set of Brahms, with the second concerto and the complete Op. 76 set of piano works. (Virgin Classics 266349)
"Revelation" - Valerie Milot, harp. 19th and 20th Century works for solo harp, featuring the Concert Etude in e-flat minor by Felix Godefroid...Paul Hindemith's Harp Sonata...Symphonic Piece in three episodes by Henriette Renie...Alberto Ginastera's Milonga...Ravel's Pavane pour une infante defunte...Britten's Suite for Harp...Carlos Salzedo's Scintillation...and a lullaby for harp written for Milot by Caroline Lizotte. (Analekta AN 2 9974)
"Mahler: Symphony No. 2 in c minor" - Alice Coote, mezzo-soprano; Natalie Dessay, soprano; Orfeon Donostiarra; Frankfurt Radio Symphony Orchesta; Paavo Jarvi, conductor. Mahler's 150th Birthday was celebrated around the world last week, so it was appropriate to hear a fine new recording of his "Resurrection" Symphony on "Just Opened." (Virgin Classics 694568)
"Mozart: Piano Concertos 22 & 23" - Daniel Barenboim, piano; Bavarian Radio Symphony Orchestra; Rafael Kubelik, conductor. From the Bavarian Radio Symphony archives, two 1970 performances of Mozart concertos with Daniel Barenboim. (BR Klassik 900709)
"Pushkin Romances" - Dmitri Hvorostovsky, baritone; Ivari Ilja, piano. I know of no other country that has honored poets as much as Russia; think of the way the US honors pop stars and you come close to the idea. No poet has been as honored in Russian history as the short-lived romantic poet Alexander Pushkin. Hvorostovsky sings a collection of Pushkin romances composed by the likes of Mikhail Glinka, Alexander Dargomyzhskiy, Borodin, Rimsky-Korsakov, Cesar Cui, Nikolai Medtner, Alexander Vlasov, Tchaikovsky, Rachmaninoff, and Georgi Sviridov. (Delos DE 3392)
"Chopin: Complete Nocturnes" - Yundi, piano. His name now shortened to simply Yundi, the young Chinese pianist takes on the sublime Nocturnes by Chopin in this composer's bicentennial year. (EMI Classics 08391)
Hope you enjoyed them! We'll be hearing more from these fabulous new CDs in the weeks to come.
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