Tuesday, January 4, 2011
Just Opened December 31, 2010
"Beethoven: Symphony No. 9" - Bavarian Radio Symphony Orchestra and Choir; Mariss Jansons, conductor. A live concert recording from the Bavarian Radio Symphony, captured at a gala concert at the Vatican for Pope Benedict XVI in 2007. (BR Klassik 4035719001082 / 90018)
"The Celtic Viol II" - Jordi Savall, treble & lyra viol; Andrew Lawrence-King, Irish harp & psaltery; Frank McGuire, bodhran. Volume II of Savall's fascinating exploration of Irish and Scottisch music, featuring airs and dances by O'Carolan, Nathanial Gow, C. Hunter, D.R. MacDonald, and more. (Alia Vox 7619986398785 / AVSA 9878)
"Bartok-Kodaly-Ligeti" - Gulbenkian Orchestra; Lawrence Foster, conductor. A splendid program of Hungarian Classical music from the Lisbon-based Gulbenkian Orchestra: Bartok's First Rhapsody for Violin and Orchestra and the Two Portraits; Kodaly's Dances from Galanta and the Hary Janos Suite; and the neo-baroque Concerto Romanesc by Gyorgy Ligeti. (PentaTone Classics 827949036064 / PTC 5186 360)
"Joan Sutherland: Romantic French Arias" - Joan Sutherland, soprano; Orchestra of the Suisse Romande; Richard Bonynge, conductor. This year marked the passing of one of the truly great voices of the 20th Century, the one they called "La Stupenda" - Joan Sutherland. We thought it only appropriate to honor her with this recent reissue of a recording made in 1970, part of Decca's "The Originals" series. (Decca 028947587439 / 475 8743)
"Reflections on Spain" - Louise Bessette, piano. Featuring Ernesto Lecuona's Andalucia Suite; excerpts from Paisajes by Federico Mompou; Danzas Gitanas by Joaquin Turina, and other works by Isaac Albeniz, Tomas Marco, and Jose Evangelista. (Analekta 77420499632 / AN 2 9963 3)
Thanks this week to Crossover Media, Universal Music Classical, Naxos, and harmonia mundi usa for new CDs Just Opened.
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