Monday, October 4, 2010
Just Opened Friday October 1, 2010
"Dvorak: Symphony No. 7 in d minor; Suite in A Major "American" - Budapest Festival Orchestra; Ivan Fischer, conductor. One of two simultaneously-released recordings of Dvorak's final three symphonies, this volume contains the d minor Seventh with the popular "American" Suite for orchestra. (Channel Classics 723385300106 / CCS SA 30010)
"Mathieu, Shostakovich, Mendelssohn: Concertino and Concertos" - Alain Lefevre, piano; David Lefevre, violin; Paul Archibald, trumpet; London Mozart Players; Matthias Bamert, conductor. Three works from three composers who were compared with Mozart in their day. The lead-off work is from Canadian composer Andre Mathieu, his Concertino No. 2 for Piano. From Shostakovich comes the precocious Concerto for Piano, Trumpet and Strings, and from Mendelssohn, the Double Concerto for Violin, Piano and Orchestra. (Analekta 71204928322 / AN 2 9283)
"Sacred Songs of Mary" - Various performers. From the same producers of the Hearts of Space "Sacred Treasures" series comes this collection of pieces devoted to the Blessed Mother, from the 12th Century to the present. It begins with a 12th Century setting of O Maria, Stella Maris as sung by Trio Mediaeval, and continues with Schubert's Ave Maria, selections by Hildegard of Bingen, Bach, Handel, Monteverdi, Antony Holborne, Nicolas Gombert, Jean Mouton, Charles Gounod, and Eric Whitacre. More details on pieces and performers, including audio samples, can be found here. (Valley Entertainment 618321523025 / 2-VLT-15230)
Thanks to Valley Entertainment, Crossover Media, harmonia mundi usa and Philip Hemmo for this week's new recordings on WSCL's "Just Opened."
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