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Monday, August 16, 2010

Just Opened August 13, 2010

"Beethoven: Complete Piano Concertos" - Paul Lewis, piano; BBC Symphony Orchestra; Jiri Belohlavek, conductor. Following his complete set of Beethoven Piano Sonatas, pianist Paul Lewis now presents the five piano concertos, with the BBC Symphony directed by Jiri Belohlavek. These same forces got together for all five concertos this summer at the BBC Proms in London. Here's the first movement of the Piano Concerto No. 4:

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)

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)

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)

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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