Tuesday, February 15, 2011
JUST OPENED Feb. 11, 2011
BONJOUR PARIS: Albrecht Mayer, oboe
Academy of St. Martin in the Fields, Mathias Monius, Cond.
London Decca 2 28947 82564 7
This CD was a real highlight for me. Not only do we have the lush, mellow, woodsy sound of solo oboe played by a master, but we really have the best of both worlds because he is in front of a symphony. Playing works that are almost always heard as solo works or solo instrument with piano, we have the full orchestration with Mayer, giving us an incredible “opening up” of these usually smaller works. If you love chamber music, and if you love full orchestra, this is a real treat, have your cake and eat it too!
HOLST – The Planets
Boston Symphony Orchestra, Seiji Ozawa, Cond.
Newton Classics 8 718247 710317
JOHANNES BRAHMS: Joshua Pierce, piano
Bohuslav Martinu Philharmonic Orch., Kirk Trevor, Cond.
MSR Classics 6 81585 1148 2 7
Johannes Brahms – Piano concerto No. 2 in B Flat Major, Op. 83, Cesar Frank – Les Djinns, and Franz List – Concerto Pathetique
PRIMAKOV IN CONCERT, Vol. 1: Vassily Primakov, piano
Bridge 0 90404 93222 9
Johannes Brahms – 2 Choral Preludes, Franz Schubert – “Wanderer” Fantasie, Peter Ilyich Tchaikovsky – Album Pour Enfants, and Sergei Rachmaninoff – Sonata No. 2 in B Flat Minor
RAY CHEN, VIRTUOSO
Ray Chen, violin with Noreen Polera, piano
Sony Music 8 8697 82967 2
Guiseppe Tartini (arr. Kreisler) – Violin Sonata in G Minor “The Devil’s Trill, J.S. Bach – Chaconne from Partita in D minor, Henryk Wieniawski (arr. Saenger) – Legende in G minor, Cesar Frank – Sonata for Violin and Piano in A major
I want to make a particular mention of the exceptional accompaniment by Noreen Polera on this CD. Accompaniment can rise to it’s own art form, and here it is at a zenith. Her phrasing pairs with the virtuoso soloist beautifully. Chen has volcantic violin moods, and Polera matches him exceptionally.
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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