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Monday, September 6, 2010

Just Opened September 3, 2010

Some brand new CDs, and one digital-only release:

Alma Mexiana (My Mexican Soul)" - Philharmonic Orchestra of the Americas; Alondra de la Parra, conductor. Released to celebrate Mexico's 2010 Bicentennial, this 2-disc set also celebrates Mexico's long tradition of Classical Music, featuring better-known works such as Ponce's Concierto del Sur (Concerto of the South) for guitar and orchestra; Silvestre Revueltas' Sensemaya, and Huapango by Jose Pablo Moncayo. Other pieces worth discovering here are Ricardo Castro's Intermezzo from Atzimba; Imagenes by Candelario Huizar; Arturo Marquez' Danzon 2; El Tropico by Carlos Chavez, and the Largo from Eugenio Toussaint's Concierto para piano improvisado y orchestra (Concerto for improvised piano and orchestra.) You can find more information on this release here, including a video preview. You can preview selected tracks here. (Sony Classical 886977555527 / 75555)

"Chopin: Late Masterpieces" - Stephen Hough, piano. Stephen Hough - a thinking musician's thinking musician. All of his performances are very carefully considered and rendered, giving you the impression that the musician is discovering these pieces for the very first time - and inviting you along on the journey. Here he considers several late works by Chopin, including the Barcarolle, four Mazurkas, the Polonaise-Fantaisie in A-flat Major; two Nocturnes Op. 62, the Piano Sonata No. 3, and the Berceuse in D-flat Major. (Hyperion 034571177649 / CDA 67764)

: Sinfonia Concertante; Violin Concertos Nos. 1 & 3" - Lara St. John & Scott St. John, violins/viola; The Knights; Eric Jacobson, conductor. Brother and sister Scott and Lara St. John present music they've literally grown up playing together - Mozart's Sinfonia Concertante for violin and viola, plus two violin concertos (Lara plays No. 3; Scott, the No. 1) with the New York-based ensemble The Knights. From Lara's own label Ancalagon, this release is available now via I-Tunes exclusively; the hybrid SuperAudio CD will be released on October 12. You can find a preview here. (Ancalagon 723721469559 / ANC 136)

in Darmstadt" - Genevieve Soly, harpsichord. This mostly-Handel CD came from this musician's exploration of another lesser-known light of the Baroque Era. Canadian harpsichordist/musicologist Genevieve Soly has been studying the music of Christoph Graupner since 2001. His anthology The Darmstadt Harpsichord book contained a number of works by Handel. Her hypothesis is that the book is sort of a personal notebook by Graupner, and the Handel works could have been the result of a series of friendly exchanges between the two when they were working at the Hamburg Opera around 1705-1706, and continued long after the went their separate ways. After 10 Graupner CDs on the Analekta label, this latest release from Soly contains mainly works by Handel. (Analekta 774204912123 / AN 2 9121)

"Rachmaninoff: Litugy of St John Chrysostom" - Latvian Radio Choir; Sigvards Klava, conductor. Rachmaninoff wrote two great works for the Russian Orthodox Church; the well-known Vespers or All-Night Vigil was composed second, and is well-represented on CD. The Liturgy of St John Chrysostom was composed first, in 1910, and is not quite as familiar. This luminous new recording of the Liturgy may shed some new light on it (oops, pardon the pun...hmm, on second thought, let's keep it.) (Ondine 0761195115152 / ODE 1151-5)

Many thanks to our friends at Crossover Media, Rebecca Davis Public Relations, harmonia mundi usa, and Naxos of America for this week's slate of new Classical releases, all "Just Opened."


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