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Friday, August 6, 2010

Just Opened August 6, 2010

"Bryn Terfel - Bad Boys" - Bryn Terfel, baritone; Swedish Radio Symphony Orchestra and Choir; Paul Daniel, conductor. Songs and arias from some of the darkest, most villainous figures on the opera stage and in musical theater (you can tell the singer is having a lot of fun with these characters, and who wouldn't?) Featuring Mephistopheles from Boito's Mefistofele and Gounod's Faust; Baron Scarpia from Puccini's Tosca; Iago from Verdi's Otello; Sportin' Life from Gershwin's Porgy and Bess; Mackie Messer (Mack the Knife) from Weill's Threepenny Opera; Sondheim's Sweeney Todd; Javert from Les Miserables; Don Basilio from Rossini's Il barbiere di Siviglia; and for a grand finale, the grand finale from Mozart's Don Giovanni with Terfel singing all three parts - Giovanni, Commendatore, and Leporello. (DG 028947780915 / B0014107-02)

You can see a video on the making of this CD here.

"Intimate Studies: Piano Music by Janacek, Haas, Martinu and Suk" - Lada Valesova, piano. For her debut recording, Czech pianist Valesova presents the music of four composers from her native country. From Janacek, In the Mist and the rare collection of miniatures called Intimate Studies; from his pupil Pavel Haas, a Suite for Piano and Allegro Moderato; Bohuslav Martinu's Film en Miniature and Spring, and the five movement Spring from Martinu's teacher, Josef Suk. (Avie 822252214222 / AV 2142)

y: The Piano Concertos; Concert Fantasia" - Stephen Hough, piano; Minnesota Orchestra; Osmo Vanska, conductor. A series of concerts in 2009 in Minnesota were captured for this, Volume 50 of the "Romantic Piano Concerto" series on Hyperion. Like his previous set of Rachmaninoff's work in this same series (also recorded live) pianist Hough brings new insights into these Tchaikovsky chestnuts. The release comes in a slipcase with a catalog of all 50 recordings in the "Romantic Piano Concerto" series. (Hyperion 034571177113 / CDA 67711)

Bach: The Six Brandenburg Concertos" - Les Concert des Nations; Jordi Savall, conductor. Originally recorded in 1991 for Naive, and now reissued on Savall's own label, Alia Vox Heritage. If you missed it first time around, this reissue comes with the Alia Vox-luxury treatment: a double digipak case with extensive liner notes, photographs and engravings; with 2 multi-channel SACDs for the price of one. (Alia Vox Heritage 7619986398716 / AVSA 9871)

Piano Sonatas Nos. 2 & 3" - Olga Kern, piano. Kern, the 2001 Gold medalist at the Van Cliburn Piano Competition in Fort Worth gives a rich performance of these late piano works by Chopin. (harmonia mundi 093046746421 / HMU 907464)

Special thanks to harmonia mundi usa, Avie Records, Rebecca Davis Publicity and Universal DG for this week's recordings on "Just Opened."


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