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Friday, June 17, 2011

JUST OPENED, Friday June 17th, 2011

It is my particular joy to share a wide spectrum of releases on JUST OPENED, allowing you to make your own decisions about which ones you like, and which ones you might put on your own personal "wish list." I hope you enjoied the selections this week:

David Di Fiore, organ
Auburn Symphony Orchestra
Stewart Kershaw, cond.
(Ambassador Record Co.)ARC 1019
ISBN# 7 2661 81019 2
Works for organ and orchestra by Romantic Era composers, Frank, Gounod, Poulenc, and organist/composers Verne & Guilmant. Tenor Mark Calvert sings on a few of the works. Despite being from the same era, there is tremendous variety in these works, from Frank's seminal "Panis Angelicus" to Poulenc's more outre works for organ and orchestra.

Daniel Barenboim, cond.
Warner Classics 69816
ISBN# 8 25646 98165 6
An evening's concert in one CD: Gershwin's Cuban Overture, Bernstein's Symphonic Dances from West Side Story, Ravel's Daphnis et Choloe Suite No. 2, and the Prelude and Love Theme from Wagner's Tristan Und Isolde. Beautiful variety, beautifully performed.

String Quintets
Robert Mann &
The Mendelssohn String Quartet
BIS #1254
ISBN# 7 318599 912547
Marcy Rosen, cellist and Co-Artistic Director of the Chesapeake Chamber Music Festival joins violinists Miraim Fried and Nicholas Mann, violist Ulrish Eichenauer, and 2nd viola Robert Mann on Mendelssohn Bartholdy's String Quintet No. 1, Op. 18, and String Quintet No. 2, Op. 87.

Howard Shelley, fortepiano
(Musical Heritage Society)
MHS 11108
ISBN# 5 013133 301321
Schubert's Sonatas have sometimes suffered from comparison to Beethoven's forward looking Sonatas. As usual with Schubert, not only was he NOT trying to compete with Beethoven, Schubert's sonatas were inward looking. That being so, the amount of gentleness and sweet lightness in these works is surprising given the sad trajectory of much of his life. Beethoven was always seeking "more": more notes, bigger sound, and consequently was known to have broken several pianofortes. Schubert, instead, seems perfectly content within the pianoforte's sphere, and so it is a special joy to hear these works played on a historic fortepiano of the style they were written to be played on.

Music of Four Centuries
Tower Hill Records
Guitarist Peter Flectcher, who is appearing here in Salisbury this weekend, took time out this morning to stop in for an interview and to play live in our studio! (We'll have that interview online early next week.) This CD is my cup of tea, with works by my musical crush-boy Jean Phillipe Rameau, a full suite by Robert de Visee, 2 Couperins, Besard, Tarrega and Fernando Sor, of course, as well as a rarely if ever recorded suite for guitar by Belle Epoch composer Alexandre Tansman. Fletcher has performed many times at Carnegie Hall, tours nationally and has CDs on two labels, Centaur and Tower Hill. He says the best way to "find" this CD is to go his website and click on the Tower Hill link. Given Peter's talent, and personal charm, and his love of Baroque composers evidenced on this CD, this is my delight of the week!

Join me again next week, for more new releases, "Just Opened."

Kara Dahl Russell

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