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Monday, November 22, 2010

Just Opened on Friday, November 19, 2010

"Rued Langgaard: Music of the Spheres" - Danish National Symphony Orchestra and Chorus; Thomas Dausgaard, conductor. Danish composer Rued Langgaard's music has lain dormant for some time now, and is ripe for rediscovery. His "Music of the Spheres" for Orchestra, soprano and chorus was composed in 1916 when the composer was 26 years old, in thrall of the music of Scriabin, and already a budding visionary. His open, free, and sometimes static music calls to mind later sonic landscapes by Olivier Messiaen and Gyorgy Ligeti. Contains two other works for chorus and orchestra - "The Time of the End" and "From the Abyss." (DaCapo 747313153565 / 6.220535)

"Diaghilev - Ballets Russes Vol. 6" - SWR Sinfonieorchester Baden-Baden und Freiburg; Christopher Hogwood/Sylvain Cambreling, conductors. Vol. 6 in this Diaghilev series features Stravinsky's Pulcinella ballet and Feu d'artifice ("Fireworks"), along with two other works arranged for the Ballet Russes - Richard Strauss' Til Eulenspiegel and Ravel's La Valse. The Pulcinella recording comes from 1985 and features the incomparable soprano Arleen Auger,with tenor Robert Gambill and bass Gerolf Scheder, with conductor Christopher Hogwood. (Hanssler Classic 4010276021919 / 93.237)

"Rozsa/Korngold: Violin Concertos" - Matthew Trusler, violin; Dusseldorf Symphony Orchestra; Yasuo Shinozaki, conductor. This recording on Trusler's own label, Orchid Classics, is a tribute of sorts to the great Jascha Heifetz, with two 20th century violin concerti written for him by Miklos Rosza and Erich Korngold respectively, and three song arrangements, two of which were arranged by Heifetz - Manuel Ponce's Estrellita ("Little Star") and Stephen Foster's Jeannie with the Light Brown Hair. (Orchid Classics 5060189560059 / ORC 100005)

Van Beethoven: Complete Piano Sonatas, Volume 2" - Timothy Ehlen, piano. Volume 2 in this new series features the Sonata Nos. 2, 17 (The Tempest), 24 and 30. With excellent liner notes by the pianist himself. Volume 3 in this series has just been released; listen for it on a future edition of WSCL's "Just Opened." (Azica Records 787867125625 / ACD-71256)

Latinos - Guitar Music of Latin America" - David Russell, guitar. This Scottish-born guitarist resides in Spain, when not touring, and has obviously a great love for the music of Latin America - this is his second volume of such music on Telarc and is equally impressive. Here he focuses mainly on the works of four guitarist-composers: Augustin Barrios Mangore of Paraguay, Mexico's Manuel Ponce, and Jorge Morel and Hector Ayala from Argentina. Includes a short suite of traditional Mexican folk dances, and two works from Brazilian composer-guitarist Armando Neves. Bueno! (Telarc 888072319790 / TEL-31979-02)

Our thanks to Naxos, Telarc, and Amanda Sweet at Bucklesweet Media for this week's recordings on "Just Opened." Happy Thanksgiving!


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