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Tuesday, November 30, 2010

Just Opened Friday, November 26, 2010

"Eric Whitacre: Choral Music" - Elora Festival Singers; Noel Edison, conductor. This year saw two new recordings of Whitacre's beautiful choral works; the first comes from Naxos, and the always-terrific, Ontario-based Elora Festival Singers. Features "Water Night," Lux Aurumque, "i thank you God for most this amazing day," "Sleep" and eight other selections. (Naxos 636943967720 / 8.559677)

Baroque" - Ensemble Caprice; Matthias Maute, conductor. After a recent recording exploring the connection between Telemann and the music of The Roma, Ensemble Caprice focuses on Baroque Music from Latin America and Spain - works from the collection "Flores de Musica,"Gaspar Fernandes, Juan de Araujo, Domenico Zipoli, Santiago de Murcia, and others. (Analekta 774204995720 / AN 2 9957)

Chopin: Sonata No. 2; 24 Preludes" - Helene Tysman, piano. In this Chopin year comes a new recording of the Sonata No. 2 and the 24 Preludes, featuring the 28-year old pianist Helene Tysman. (Oehms Classics 4260034867529 / OC 752)

Des Knaben Wunderhorn; Adagio from Symphony No. 10" - Magdalena Kozena, mezzo-soprano; Christian Gerhaher, baritone; The Cleveland Orchestra; Pierre Boulez, conductor. In 1995, Boulez began his Mahler cycle on DG with the Symphony No. 6, and it's been an interesting ride. Fifteen years later he finishes the project with the Adagio from the Symphony No. 10 (Boulez calls the various completions of this work "unsatisfying") and 12 songs from "The Youth's Magic Horn." Featuring Magdalena Kozena and Christian Gerharer in the songs, and one of Boulez' favorite orchestras. (Deutsche Grammophon 028947790600 / 477 9060)

"Joseph Haydn: Complete Symphonies Vol. 12 - Symphonies Nos. 48 and 56" - Heidelberg Symphony; Thomas Fey, conductor. This latest, complete survey of Haydn's 104 symphonies continues with two longer, middle-period works, both in the key of C Major - the Symphony No. 48, named "Maria Teresia" after the Empress of Austria, and the Symphony No. 56. (Hanssler Classic 4010276021629 / 98.535)

Tyberg: Symphony No. 3; Piano Trio" - Buffalo Philharmonic; JoAnn Falletta, conductor; Michael Ludwig, violin; Roman Mekinulov, cello; Ya-Fei Chuang, piano. World-premiere recordings from a composer who perished in the Holocaust - Marcel Tyberg was working in Italy when he was caught up in the Nazi transports to Auschwitz, where he was murdered in December 1944. Before he was taken, he entrusted his scores to the family of one of his students, Henry Mihich, who kept the scores safe all these years. In 2005 he presented the scores to JoAnn Falletta, who was immediately taken with the music and set up a recording project with her label, Naxos. Tyberg's neo-romantic music shows the influence of both Mahler and Bruckner, and is well-worth checking out. Don't let the power of hatred and fear keep this wonderful music in the dark. (Naxos 747313223671 / 8.572236)

Thanks this week to Naxos, DG/Decca and Crossover Media for this week's selections. Next week it's our annual Yuletide edition of "Just Opened" - new Christmas and Holiday recordings!


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