Monday, August 30, 2010
Just Opened 8/27/2010
"J.S. Bach: 6 Partitas" - Vladimir Ashkenazy, piano. In 49-year professional career, Ashkenazy has had only one label home. As either pianist or conductor he has made some 200 recordings for the Decca label. Amazing in that time there is still unrecorded repertoire, most notably Bach. His recording four years ago of Book 1 of the Well-Tempered Clavier was first; this new recording of the Partitas is the second, just released and just opened on WSCL. (Decca 028947821632 / 478 2163)
"Mozart: Piano Concertos Nos. 20 & 27" - Evgeny Kissin, piano and conductor; Kremerata Baltica. Kissin continues his Mozart recordings with EMI with the lovely d-minor concerto No. 20 and the final Concerto No. 27 in B-flat Major. For the first time on CD, Kissin plays AND conducts. (EMI Classics 5099962664523 / 266445)
"Ravel, Stravinksy, Gershwin" - Ian Parker, piano; London Symphony Orchestral; Michael Francis, conductor. From young Canadian pianist Ian Parker comes a new recording of three 2oth century works for piano and orchestra - Ravel's Concerto in G Major; Stravinsky's Capriccio, and Gershwin's Concerto in F Major. (Atma Classique 722056265621 / ACD2 2656)
"Richard Strauss: Der Rosenkavalier-Suite; Till Eulenspiegel's Merry Pranks; Four Last Songs" - Bavarian Radio Symphony Orchestra; Mariss Jansons, conductor. From the Bavarian Radio Symphony's own label, recent live concert recordings of three Strauss works, featuring soprano Anja Harteros on the luminous Four Last Songs. (BR Klassik 4035719007077 / 900707)
Manuel de Falla: Cuatro Piezas Espanolas; Fantasia Baetica; El Sombrero de tres picos - Suite; El Amor Brujo - Suite - Alicia de Larrocha, piano. This recording was issued first on Decca in 1974; in the intervening years it's gone out of the catalog. Thanks to a new label venture from the Netherlands called Newton Classics, it's back - albeit with new notes and cover art. The aim of this label is to reissue on CD only some great recordings from the past that have been either prized or long-missed by collectors. This is one of several initial releases, which also include recordings from EMI, DG, Warner Classics, and harmonia mundi...more information on other recordings available from Newton Classics can be found on their website. (Newton Classics 8718247710096 / 8802009)
Hello and thank you to Naxos, Universal Classics, and EMI Classics for this week's new discs on "Just Opened."
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