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Monday, October 11, 2010

Just Opened Friday october 8, 2010

"J.S.Bach: Cello Suites" - Luigi Piovano, cello. Piovano is principal cellist with the Orchestra of the Academy of St Cecilia, and this new release of the Bach cello suites comes from the French label Eloquentia. While he had been studying the suites for years, he put off recording them until he felt the time was right. He says, "At 38, during the first few days of a sweltering hot August, in the cool of a tiny deconsecrated Renaissance church in Montepulciano, Tuscany, this recording was made." On two discs, with audio transcripts of the liner notes in both English and French. (Eloquentia 3760107400215 / EL 1021)

Orff: Carmina Burana" - Patricia Petibon, soprano; Hans-Werner Bunz, tenor; Christian Gerhaher, baritone; Tolzer Knabenchor; Orchestra and Chorus of the Bavarian Radio Symphony; Daniel Harding, conductor. For his second DG release, Harding has put together a stellar crew for Carl Orff's ever-popular secular cantata, Carmina Burana. This release follows a series of well-received concert performances in Munich in April 2010. (Deutsche Grammophon 028947787785 / 4778778)

Mahler: Symphony No. 4 in G Major" - Christiane Oelze, soprano; Gurzenich Orchestra Cologne; Markus Stenz, conductor. From the German label Oehms Classics comes a fine new recording of Mahler's sweetest, most child-like symphony. (Oehms Classics 4260034866492 / OC 649)

Violin Concerto; The Bard; The Wood Nymph" - Frank Peter Zimmermann, violin; Helsinki Philharmonic Orchestra; John Stogards, conductor. Sibelius' intense and passionate contribution to the violin concerto repertoire, coupled with two lesser-known works - The Bard (featuring a prominent part for harp, of course) and The Wood Nymph. (Ondine 0761195114728 / ODE 1147-2)

...Dreams..." - Anne Akiko Meyers, violin; Reiko Uchida, piano; Emmanuel Ceysson, harp. Anne Akiko's latest CD, and her second consecutive release featuring recital favorites and encores. The title captures the theme most eloquently, with pieces moving from seasonal meditations to dreaming and back again. Seasons are represented by Beethoven's "Spring" Sonata; Gene Pritsker's Variations on Sakura Sakura; Gershwin's "Summertime;" Vernon Duke's "Autumn in New York;" Joseph Kosma's "Tenderly" and "Autumn Leaves;" and Alfred Schnittke's arrangement of Stille Nacht. On the nocturnal side, Claude Debussy's Clair de Lune and Beau Soir; Wagner's Traume from the Wesendonck Lieder, and Faure's Apres un Reve. (e One Recordings EOM-CD-7780)

Thanks to Crossover Media, Rebecca Davis Public Relations, Naxos and DG-Universal for this week's new recordings on WSCL.


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