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Tuesday, May 10, 2011

JUST OPENED, May 6, 2011


New Transcriptions for Bassoon

Benjamin Coelho, bassoon

Uriel Tsachor, piano

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Works by Bach, Beethoven, Schumann and Brahms demonstrate both the mainstream rigor and the versatility of the bassoon. These new transcriptions were penned by Coelho himself. It is not that unusual to hear these standard works transcribed for another instrument. Indeed, in many cases the original composer himself made various versions for a variety of solo instruments. What makes this special is the voice of the bassoon itself, warm, soft and reassuring.


Orchestre Revolutionnaire et Romantique

John Eliot Gardiner, cond.

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Works by Beethove, Gabrieli, Shutz and Bach flesh out the program on this excellent CD, leading up to three works by Brahms, Geistliches Lied, Fest-und Gedunkspruche, culminating in the title symphony. The combination of smaller and larger symphonic works, and the beauty of this Brahms symphony, make this CD my delight of the week!


Daniel Barenboim, piano

Staatskapelle Berlin

Andris Nelsons, cond.

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A magnificent live recording of this mature piano virtuoso combined with one of the rising young conductors on the world stage, with this internationally renowned orchestra.


Schoenbrunn 2010

Yefim Bronfman, piano

Vienna Philharmonic

Franz Welser-Most, cond.

This CD is like having your own picnic under the stars. A lovely collection of lighter symphonic works, including film themes by John Williams, two piano concertos by Liszt, and works by Lanner and Strauss, this is a joy. (This was recorded live at a festival outdoors, and there is some very slight ambient sound that may bother audio buffs who want a totally “clean” studio sound.) This program is also available on DVD.


That Eternal Day

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The “premier men’s vocal ensemble in the United States” (Fanfare) presents a follow up to its successful release of African American Spirituals. This compilation includes a broader range of spiritual works, including songs from a 1640s Psalter book, Shaker songs, shape-note hymns, and even a new work by Bobby McFerrin! If you're a fan of men's chorus, this CD is a must-own.

We hope you enjoied the sampling of these new releases, and that you'll join us next week for JUST OPENED.

Kara Dahl Russell

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