Monday, August 16, 2010
Just Opened August 13, 2010
On three CDs, for the price of two. (harmonia mundi 794881966226 / HMC 902053.55)
"Wagner: Preludes and Overtures/Wesendonck Lieder" - Measha Brueggergosman, soprano; The Cleveland Orchestra; Franz Welser-Most, conductor. Welser-Most and the Cleveland Orchestra continue their association with Deutsche Grammophon with this all-Wagner recital, recorded live at Severance Hall in Cleveland last February - the overtures to Rienzi and Die Meistersinger; the Prelude and Liebestod from Tristan und Isolde; Preludes to Acts I & III from Lohengrin; the Wesendonck Lieder; and for a grand finale, the Ride of the Valkyries from Die Walkure. This orchestra has had a long tradition with these works, but Welser-Most here takes a decidedly lighter and fresher approach. (DG 028947787730 / 4778773)
"Telemann: Complete Violin Concertos Vol. 3" - Elizabeth Wallfisch, violin and conductor with the Wallfisch Band. The third Telemann CD from these forces, focusing on Telemann's longer orchestral suites with a prominent role for solo violin, hence "Overture Concertos" in D, A, and G Major. (cpo 761203747320 / 777 473-2)
"Dukas: The Sorcerer's Apprentice/Ravel: Mother Goose/Koechlin: The Bandar-Log" - Strabourg Philharmonic Orchestra; Marc Albrecht, conductor. An all-french program of children stories for adults, with two familiar works, and one less so - from Charles Koechlin's collection of Symphonic Poems after Kipling's "The Jungle Book," the Bandar-Log, a witty scherzo depicting Mowgli's adventures among the monkeys. (PentaTone Classics 827949033667 / PTC 5186 336)
"Schumann: Symphonies Nos. 2 & 3" - SWR Symphony Orchestra of Baden-Baden and Freiburg; Michael Gielen, conductor. Following some truly wonderful recordings of Bartok, Stranvinsky, and Mahler, Gielen and the Baden-Baden and Freiburg Radio Symphony Orchestra present two Symphonies by Robert Schumann. (Hanssler Classic 4010276023166 / 93.259)
"Brahms: 7 Fantasies, Op.116; 3 Intermezzi, Op.117; Variations on a Theme of Haydn (two pianos)" - Christopher Atzinger and Kathryn Ananda-Owens, pianos. Two late piano works by Brahms, and a two-piano arrangement of the Haydn variations, recorded in Banff, Canada in 2009. (MSR Classics 681585123522 / MS 1235)
Thanks this week to harmonia mundi usa, Universal Music, Naxos, and MSR Classics for the music on Just Opened.
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