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Wednesday, September 28, 2011

Just Opened, Friday Sept.23, 2011

Our theme this week: Northern Lights, the music of Russia & the Netherlands



SERGEI RACHMANINOFF
Vassily Primakov, piano
BRIDGE 9348
ISBN# 0 90404 93482 7

Primakov lends his prolific virtuousity to the works of Rachmaninoff.





JAN VAN GILSE
Nonet.Quartet.Trio
Viotta Ensemble &
Ebony Quartet
NM CLASSICS90256
ISBN# 8 713309 920970

Late Romantic period composer Van Gilse was definitely forward looking. His 1916 Nonet begins sounding very challenging, a-tonal and a-melodic, but the following 3 movements are pure melodic sweetness.
His later works continue this disparate sound scape, with a growing ease of blending.


BALAKIREV
and Russian Folksong
Russian Philharmonic
Konstantin Krimets, cond.
Joseph Banowetz, piano
Alton Chung Ming Chan, piano
TOCCATA CLASSICS 18
ISBN# 5 060113 440181
This CD begins with Balakirev's Grand Fantasia on Russian Folksongs, a sweeping orchestral work. The second 2/3 of this CD is a rare juxtaposition of original accapella Russian Folksong, each followed by the piano (4 hands) work Balakirev wrote based on the song. The voices are magnificent, and this rare anthology with the works compared back to back is a lesson in composition. Totally enjoyable.


THE GOLDEN AGE
OF RUSSIAN GUITAR II
Oleg Timofeyev,
7 string Russian Guitar
DORIAN 93203
ISBN# 0 53479 32032 2

Magnificent quitar music with the typical darker cast of Russian folk music. Also some real gems based on rarely heard Russian works.



HAKON BORRESEN
Orchestral Works
Aalborg Symphony Orchestra
Owain Arwel Hughes
DACAPO 224105
ISBN# 7 30099 98052 4
Late romantic music from a lesser known composer... lush and lovely.
My delight of the week!




24 CAPRICCIOS
FOR VIOLIN
from the Netherlands
NM CLASSICS 92120
ISBN# 8 713309 921205
2 CD set

If you have a violinist on your gift list, this is the perfect thing. Mainly new works, played by three rising virtuosos.


Join us next Friday at 4PM for JUST OPENED
Kara Dahl Russell

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