Monday, October 18, 2010
Just Opened October 15, 2010
Joseph Haydn: Complete Symphonies, Vol 13 - Symphonies Nos. 93 in D Major; 96 in D major, "Miracle;" 97 in C Major" - Heidelberg Symphony Orchestra; Thomas Fey, conductor. Fey continues his complete Haydn Symphony series on Hanssler Classic with this latest installment, featuring three of the London Symphonies. (Hanssler Classic 4010276022619 / 98.595)
"Chopin: Ballades, Piano Concerto No. 2" - Lise De la Salle, piano; Staatskapelle Dresden; Fabio Luisi, conductor. An all-Chopin disc from De la Salle in this Chopin year - the four Ballades, plus the Concerto No. 2 with the Dresden State Orchestra. (Naive 822186052150 / V 5215)
"Corelli, Telemann, Rameau: Le Concert Spirituel au Temps de Louis XV" - Le Concert des Nations; Jordi Savall, conductor. The "Concert Spirituel" was the first-ever public concert of instrumental and sacred music, beginning late in the reign of the Sun King (1725) and continuing until the early years of the French Revolution (1790). It was designed as lighter entertainment during Lent and other religious holidays, when the other venues for musical entertainment (opera, plays, etc.) were closed. Composers from across Europe would play their music for the newest class of attendees - petit bourgeois, lower aristocracy, and foreign visitors - and try out some of their new works for public approval. In essence, the beginning of the concert hall experience we are familiar with today. Once again, Jordi Savall and company come up with a brilliant program of music, with copious liner notes, photos, and art reproductions we've come to expect from a first-class Classical label. (Alia Vox 7619986398778 / AVSA 9877)
"George Gershwin: Who Cares? - The Gershwin Songbook for Piano and Orchestra" - Viv McLean, piano; Royal Philharmonic Orchestra; Simon Lee, conductor. The title refers not only to one of Gershwin's songs, but a ballet idea suggested to the composer by George Balanchine; sadly, Gershwin died before the project was finished. But thirty-three years later Balanchine revived the idea, and a collection of 16 songs was arranged and orchestrated by Hershey Kay as "Who Cares?" This new performance on CD includes "Promenade;" "Porgy and Bess: A Symphonic Picture" and the Cuban Overture. (Royal Philharmonic Orchestra RPO 5050693193027 / RPO SP 012)
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