Monday, December 20, 2010
Just Opened December 17, 2010
"A Cathedral Christmas" - Choirs of Corpus Christi Cathedral; Cathedral Handbell Choir & Festival Orchestra, Lee Gwozdz, organ and conductor. A collection of Carols, old and new, from Corpus Christi, Texas. (MSR Classics 681585134726 / MS 1347)
"Christmas at America's First Cathedral" - Baltimore Choral Arts Chorus and Orchestra; Tom Hall, conductor. America's first cathedral is located in Charm City - the Baltimore Basilica. This Christmas program, newly-recorded, features new works by African-American composers Rosephayne Powell and James Lee, III. Guest soloist is soprano Janice Chandler Eteme, who sang in three Christmas concerts this month with the Mid-Atlantic Symphony Orchestra. Release includes a bonus DVD. (Gothic 000334927721 / G-49277)
"Christmas with the Washington Chorus" - The Washington Chorus; The Whitman Choir; National Capital Brass and Percussion; Julian Wachner, conductor. Recorded live at a concert on December 23, 2009 at the Music Center at Strathmore, with one of the region's most popular choral ensembles. (Dorian Sono Luminus 053479211729 / DSL-92117)
"Tchaikovsky: The Nutcracker" - Royal Philharmonic Orchestra; David Maninov, conductor. The complete ballet score, recorded at Henry Wood Hall in London shortly before the conductor's death in 1995. Maninov worked with several ballet companies over the years, and was highly noted for his performances of the great Russian ballets. This two-disc set now available in the US from RPO records. (RPO 5030820044118 / RPO SP 006)
And one last Classical Music stocking-stuffer:
"Saint-Saens: Music for Wind Instruments" - Canada's National Arts Centre Wind Quintet; Stephane Lemelin, piano. Saint-Saens wrote a number of wind scores throughout his long life and career; collected here, the Caprice on Danish and Russian themes; Sonatas for Clarinet, Oboe, and Bassoon; a Romance in E Major, and the Tarantella arranged for flute, clarinet and piano. (Naxos 747313096473 / 8.570964)
Thanks to Naxos and MSR Classics for this week's recordings. No "Just Opened" this week - it's Christmas Eve, so instead join us at 10:00 AM for the live broadcast of the Festival of Nine Lessons and Carols from King's College Cambridge, and Christmas music throughout the day on WSCL. Merry Christmas!
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