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Wednesday, March 16, 2011

JUST OPENED, Friday March 11, 2011

We began this week with one of the biggest "cross over" stars classical music has had, ever. Simone Dinnerstein's self-produced CD of Bach's Goldberg Variations not only topped the classical charts, but ALL music charts. We begin with her new collection of works, again by Bach.


BACH:A STRANGE BEAUTY
Simone Dinnerstein, piano
Kammerorchester Staatskapelle Berlin

She has been compared to Glenn Gould - in having her own unique and expressive interpretation and approach to the works of J.S.Bach. This CD combines both solo works and orchestral works.



Violin Concerto, String Sextet No. 2
Isabelle Faust
HMC 90275
Mahler Chamber Orchestra, Daniel Harding, cond.

Faust takles the work that Hans Von Bulow called "a concerto against the violin" and the sextet, the composers homage to his beloved.



ANNA NETREBKO: SOUVENIRS
Prague Philharmonic (and choir),
Emmanuel Billaume, cond.
D.G. 0 28947 78101

Singing in nine languages, Netrebko selects pieces of personal significance, which display the full variety of her glorious voice.





ARVO PART: Symphony No. 4
Los Angeles Philharmonic
Esa-Pekka Salonen, cond.
ECM 0 28947 63957 2

This symphony of Arvo Part is dedicated to Los Angeles, and based on the text "Canon of the Guardian Angel." Part says, "I wanted to give the words and opportunity to choose their own sound. The resule... was a piece wholly pervaded by this special Slavonic diction found only in church texts."


TAKAKO NISHIZAKI plays
SUZUKI EVERGREENS vol. 6
Naxos 7 47313 23837 8
With Terence Dennis, piano, and various orchestral groups
Her father was a Suzuki instructor, and she was taught by Suzuki himself as she progressed. Nishizaki is one of the worlds most recorded violinists, having recorde most major concertos, and in 2005 she was named by Newsweek among the "Japanese the world most admires."


MITSUKO UCHIDA: SCHUMANN
Davidsbundlertanze Op. 6, Fantasie in C major
London Decca 0 28947 28880 6 (2CD set)
Both a pianist and conductor, Uchida has a celebrated musicality and depth of feeling, which she lends to these works of Schumann. She has an extensive recording history, of the major composers, Bach, Beethove, Mozart, Schumann and Schubert. The second CD of the set is a rare interview by James Jolly of Uchida where she discusses the work of Schumann.

We hope you enjoied these, and we'll have more new music next week on Just Opened!

Kara Dahl Russell

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