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Friday, September 17, 2010

Just Opened September 17, 2010

"Beethoven: Symphony No. 9" - Sinead Mulhern, soprano; Carolin Masur, mezzo-soprano; Dominik Wortig, tenor; Konstantin Wolff, bass-baritone; Les Elements Chamber Choir; La Chambre Philharmonique; Emmanuel Krivine, conductor. la Chambre Philharmonique was created by Krivine as a project-based ensemble, drawing musicians from across Europe for a common purpose of musical research and exchange. Their first project is a complete Beethoven symphony cycle, and where better to begin than with the monumental Ninth? This particular version takes a decidedly leaner, more stripped down approach, which should work well with the other Beethoven symphonies. (Naive 822186052020 / V5202)

"If I Were a Bird: A Piano Aviary" - Michael Lewin, piano. For birders and classical music lovers everywhere - a program of avian works for solo piano by various composers, packaged in a hardcover booklet that contains a brief description of each piece, along with paintings of the appropriate birds - most by John James Audubon. You can find a complete track listing here. No binoculars required! (Dorian Sono Luminus 053479210326 / DSL-92103)

Russian Music for Cello and Piano" - Wendy Warner, cello; Irina Nuzova, piano. For their debut CD, the duo WarnerNuzova pay tribute to one of Warner's mentors, the late cellist and conductor Mstislav Rostropovich, with whom Warner studied at the Curtis Institute of Music in Philadelphia. Nikolai Miaskovsky's late Sonata No. 2 was written for Rostropovich, as was the charming Musica Nostalgica by Alfred Schnittke. The disc also contains Gregor Piatigorsky's transcription of an Etude by Scriabin; the Adagio from Ten Pieces from the Ballet Cinderella by Sergei Prokofiev, and Rachmaninoff's Sonata No. 2 for Cello and Piano. With extensive liner notes, poems, and personal reflections by Warner and Nuzova. (Cedille 735131912020 / CDR 90000 120)

"Francis Poulenc: CONCERTO" - Concertos for Keyboard Instruments - Hansjorg Albrecht, organ; Yaara Tal & Andreas Groethuysen, pianos; Peter Kofler, harpsichord; Babette Haag, percussion; Bach Collegium Munich. Three keyboard concertos by Poulenc: one for 2 pianos, one for harpsichord, and one for organ, but it's organist Albrecht's project from the start. The Concerto for 2 Pianos is arranged for pianos, organ and percussion, as is the Concert Champetre for harpsichord. The Organ Concerto in g minor features the Bach Collegium Munich. In Hybrid Super Audio CD format. (Oehms Classics 4260034866379 / OC 637)

Thanks to Naxos and Crossover Media for this week's "Just Opened."


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