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Monday, April 25, 2011

JUST OPENED, Friday April 22, 2011

Our mix of music this week on just opened was levened with a recognition of Good Friday, playing the complete German Requium by Brahms, and opening Trio Wanderer's new CD which is brooding and melancholy enough to make Lord Byron rest more easily in his grave.

Spanish Music for Classical Guitar
David Russell, guitar
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David Russell returns his great gifts of precision and musicality to some of the best known and most beloved works for guitar, by one of the all time great composers for the instrument.

DVORAK: Symphony No. 8 & No. 9
Budapest Festival Orchestra,
Ivan Fischer, cond.
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Conductor Fisher contrasts these two works of the great Antonin Dvorak; the 8th, a work singing of the pastures and beauty of the old world, with the 9th ("From the New World") which combines homesickness with the bustle of the city.

BRAHMS: A German Requiem
Radio Orchestra & Chorus, Berlin
Marek Janowski, cond.
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Brahms' (known for his leaning toward agnosticism) moving requiem to the words of the Bible is testament to the fact that a great composer can create a work of moving conviction that speaks to those of different faiths. This excellent rendition includes the voices of soprano Camilla Tilling and baritone Detlef Roth.

Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart
Bradley Creswick, co-director
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Piano virtuoso Imogen Cooper plays the solo and conducts the Northern Sinfonia on two delightful piano concertos of Mozart.

Smetena Piano Trio
Liszt Elegies
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Trio Wanderer puts their talent to work at the service of some dark masters... works of mourning, melancholy, and melody, of course. Lizst's Tristia, Elegies, Forgotten Romance and the Funeral Gondola buffer Smetana's dark trio. It takes a trio of this high reputation and recognition to make a CD that is so uniformly "non-commercial" in its brooding pensiveness. While it is hard to call works this dark delightful, this CD is my "delight" of the week.

'til next week... enjoy the music life offers you!
Kara Dahl Russell

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