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Wednesday, March 23, 2011

Just Opened, Friday March 18, 2011

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She begin playing piano at the age of three, studying in Yokohama Japan, then Tokyo, then Germany. Her concert tours have taken her throughout Europe, Japan, Russia and the U.S. This CD features the Romantic Period works of Mendelssohn, Schumann and Liszt.

Marielle Nordmann, harp w/ Francois-Rene Duchable, piano
Orchestre D'Auvergne, Jean-Jaques Kantoro, cond., and
Strasbourg Philharmonic Orchestra, Theodor Fuschlbauer, cond.
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Nordman is known throughout the world, having played and recorded with many orchestras, and with flautist Jean-Pierre Rampal for several CDs. The first CD focuses on late Baroque and Classical works: Handel's seminal Harp Concerto, and transcriptions for harp of works by Vivaldi, Petrini and Zach. The second CD is devoted to the works of composer Elias Parish Alvars, whose work is known for lilting melody and unusual combinations. The Harp Concerto ends with a bouncing tune requiring phenomenal dexterity, and the latter two works are Alvar's works for harp and piano.

Vadim Repin, violin and Nikolai Lugansky, piano
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The "high powered Repin/Lugansky team" perform three fascinating sonatas by Leos Janacek, Edvard Grieg, and Cesar Frank. They are said to be two performers more interested in exploring the personality of the composer, than parading themselves.

While the Harp Concertos has a place in my heart and my regular listening, this CD of Violin Sonatas is my "delight of the week." Both for the stength of the duo (the regularly recital together), and the great contrast between the works, to give a real cross-section of this Violin/Piano Sonata genre.

Symphony No. 1 in C minor, Op. 68
Hamburg Philharmonic, Simone Young, cond.
1876 was the year that Wagner premiered his Ring cycle. Wagner had not only declared the symphonic form "dead," but said that anyone who attempted it after Beethoven must be insane. Despite his own insecurities, Brahms prooved himself up to the task!

Complete works for Two Pianos
Nina Schumann & Luis Magalhaes
From the composer who gave us his luscious Variations on a Theme of Paganini, here is a delightful mixture of symphonic dances, morceaux,
Suites, preludes, and a Rhapsody that was published after his death; played by two seasoned recitalists with international credentials and experience.
I wish I had had more time to devote to this last one... masterful playing by this piano duo in works that are luxurious and evokative, and fun!

I hope you enjoy these, and I look forward to opening more "new" music for you next week!

Kara Dahl Russell

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