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Tuesday, February 22, 2011

Just Opened, Feb. 18, 2010

This Friday we felt the influence of film, theatre and entertainment on music:

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Violinist Lisa Batiashvili with Helene Grimmaud, piano and
Bavarian Radio Symphony Orchestra, Esa-Pekka Salonen, cond.
Georgian-raised Batiashvili selected works by composers from Russia, or whose lives were affected by Russia. This personal mixture is also a study in contrasts, with modern works by Shostakovich and Arvo Part, and the musical oddity "V&V for violin, taped voice and string orchestra" (which sounds like a soundtrack for a psychological thriller), contrasted with lush romantic works by Shostakovich and Rachmaninov. Throughout, Batiashvili's violin work includes delicacy and precision with a velvety fullness.

TRUMPET CONCERTOS: Gabor Tarkovi, trumpet
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Bamberger Symphony, Karl-Heinz Steffens, cond.
Concertos by Haydn, Leopold Mozart, Neruda and Hummel
These works, paired with the superb talent of Tarkovi, prove that trumpet works can be delicate and sweet as well as powerful. Tarkovi seems to favor these works from the late Baroque, early classical period, and he uses them to show the vast flexibility of his skills.

RONDO BRILLANTE: Joshua Pierce, piano
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Slovak State Philharmonic Orchestra, Bystrik Rezucha, cond.
In this delicious collection of Early Romantic works, Pierce brings us the whole dessert tray of delightful, ornate works filled with lightness and deft precision. Truly Brillante!

LAUREATE SERIES: Guitar - Adriano Del Sal
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This 2010 CD recording displays the skills of Guitarist Adriano Del Sal in recital, under the auspices of The International Guitar Competition which he won in Spain in 2009. Familiar works by Torroba and Rodrigo are contrasted with a modern work by Morricone, and my favorite, Fernando Sors delicious Fantaisie, Op. 7

MENDELSSOHN: Complete Incidental Music for
A Midsummer Night's Dream
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The New Zealand Symphony Orchestra, James Judd, cond.
With Varisty voices, Nota Bene and sopranos:
Jenny Wollerman and Pepe Becker
While this CD is not for everyone's taste, as it includes spoken word, it interweaves Mendelssohn's music with text from Shakespeare's play to give us the full measure of the composer's intention and vision, putting the music in the perspective of the verse, and including the songs. Ultimately, I found this charming, and I think this CD has a real niche as specialty programming, and especially has a perfect use: to introduce children to the music and the play - the music in full, and the play in a much shortened form. If this is left on hand for a child, it is bound to excite interest in seeing the full works on stage and in concert.

I hope you enjoied these works, and I look forward to sharing more new releases with you next Friday!
Kara Dahl Russell

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