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Friday, January 21, 2011

JUST OPENED, Friday January 21, 2011

Musician and Fulbright Scholar Kerry Turner said, “When the muse comes, it flows like a deep river. Nothing can stop it; not pseudo-intellectualism, or practicality, or technology, or pressure to conform to a certain style, nor the obligation to always find something new.” We started and ended JUST OPENED this week with the work of this fresh composer of works for brass. A Texas native, his work is infused with that wide open western sound and is reminiscent of the works of Aaron Copeland.


RICOCHET and other music by Kerry Turner
- MSR Classics #6 81585 10642 6
Played by American Horn Quartet, Saturday Brass Quintet, members of the Luxembourg Philharmonic, and pianist Monika Markajena. More information about Kerry Turner can be found at www.KerryTurner.com and www.HornQuartet.com .



BRUCKNER SYMPHONIE NR. 5
– BR Klassik #4 035719 001099
Bavarian Radio Symphony Orchestra, Bernard Haitink, cond.
Bruckner was the first to anchor counterpoint and compositions as subjects worthy of study at Vienna University in 1878. Symphonie #5 allowed him to develop and showcase the ideas he had been working on as a teacher, and is considered by many to be his finest work.



SCHUBERT PIANO DUETS
– Hyperion #0 34571 17665 9
Steven Osborne and Paul Lewis have a tour de force for 4 hands in the works of Schubert. It is assumed that in Schubert’s day, players would have taken the primo and secondo parts in turns, and this is how these works are performed by Osborne and Lewis. Written at the height of popularity for piano duos, these now rarely performed works are brought to fruition in the hands of Osborne and Lewis to display the power and poetry of Shubert.


BEETHOVEN
Symphony no 4 B flat minor, Symphony no 6 in F major (Pastoral)
– Channel Classics #7 23385 30710 5
Budapest Festival Orchestra, Ivan Fischer, cond.
In an especially creative process, Fischer explored the feelings evoked by these symphonies, and had the orchestra think outside the box to realize the music’s intent. The 4th, being about human feelings, with one of Beethoven’s most humorous finales, utilizes natural horns and trumpets. The 6th, being about the calmness and gratitude that nature arouses in us, was fulfilled here by creating new orchestral positioning, with winds interspersed amongst the strings, so that each soloist was surrounded by the flow of music in the – now literally- surrounding sections.


BACH FLUTE SONATAS (2 CD set)
– AVIE #8 22252 2196 3 Marina Piccinini, flute, with the Brazil Guitar Duo: Joao Luiz and Douglas Lora. In my personal favorite of this week’s JUST OPENED, Luiz and Lora take turns arranging what is normally the clavier/keyboard part for two guitars. This adaptation (by Luiz and Lora) breathes fresh air into the works while the flute part (a mainstay of serious flute literature) remains unchanged. Over the complex harmonious ground of two guitars, Piccinini’s flute playing is superb and in her hands the works receive technical mastery with heartfelt soul. Because of the universality & popularity of the guitar, I feel this set is a particularly friendly introduction to “serious” music for those to whom the harpsichord or the concert hall would be foreign and forbidding. Tell them its Brazilian jazz for guitar and flute!



I hope you enjoy these, and I’ll be with you
next Friday at 1PM on JUST OPENED.
Kara Dahl Russell

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