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Wednesday, October 19, 2011

JUST OPENED, Friday Oct. 14, 2011

This week we took a musical trip to Greece, with a focus on Greek musicians, Greek composers, and music inspired by mythology and the mediteranian islands. We got several calls and emails during and after this program, wanting info. and telling us how much they enjoied this beguiling music.

The Guitar
D.G. 15579
ISBN# 0 28947 79547 6
Often when the new guitar "phenomenon" releases a CD, it will be the same recital and competition pieces that we've heard many times over. What a refreshing change for this greek musician to choose many works which reflect both his home country, and the cross-cultural mix within the region where he grew up. There are, of course, works by Tarrega and Albeniz, but also the added spice of Greek composers, and other rarely heard works.

The Book of Goddesses
Maya, Clockwise, and
The Am. Modern Ensemble
AMR 1034
(Am. Modern Recordings)
ISBN# 6 16895 05422 8
****** This CD not in stores until
Dec. 6, 2011 ******
Three large chamber works for various flutes, harp, violin and percussion, by modern comoposer Robert Patterson, in part commissioned by The New York State Council on the Arts. The title work is largely influenced by world music, in a series devoted to nine Goddesses where the music for each reflects her native country's music. Freya's Tears is very new age influenced, and the final trio, Embracing the Wind feels both classical and modern at the same time. With it's beautiful artwork from the book "The Book of Goddesses" and it's gilded cover, it's a lovely present for the right every-day goddess in your life. The varied, ethinic "world music" flavor of the title work makes this my "delight of the week."

Dino Mastroyiannis, piano
MSR 1381
ISBN# 6 81585 13812 0
Many of the works on this CD are excerpts of much larger works, collections of works with 40 tunes each. Some of these are simple Greek folktunes, and some are complex nocturnes by Greek composers. This CD was obviously a labor of love for Dino Mastroyiannis, and supported by a larger artisitic community (it was recorded in the Architecture Dept. of the University of Thessaly, Greece). This CD is entirely accessible, and I would think many pianists who are performing would want to listen to this to glean some fresh, rarely performed repertoire to add to their mix.

Violin Concerto
Chloe Hanslip, violin
Royal Philharmonic Orch.
Leonard Slatkin, cond.
NAXOS 559302
ISBN#6 3943 93022
This CD presents a very well thought out mix of music, like a well planned concert. The featured work is modern, often a-melodic, and challenging to the average concert listener. It is tempered with other much more accessible works, notably two works by Franz Waxman (of Hitchcock film score fame), and a theme from John Corigliano's "The Red Violin."

The American Album
ISBN# 6 66449 73662 9
******This CD not in stores until
Nov. 8, 2011 ******
A strong showing by violinists Cecily Ward & Tom Stone, violist Ethan Filner, and cellist Jennifer Kloetzel. "Two Sketches Based on Indian Themes" by Charles Tomlinson Griffes is comfortably sandwiched between Antonin Dvorak's "American" String Quartet No. 12, and Samuel Barber's String Quartet in B minor - the central adagio movement of this work is so often heard alone now, that is a treat to hear it in context within the full work.

(text by Sophocles)
Kiev Philharmonic,
Chambre Choir Kyiv,
Chamber Choir CREDO,
conducted by the composer
ERMMedia 6789
ISBN# 6 07221 67892 8
In a translation by David Perkins, award winning composer Robert Ian Winstin has created a requiem that is both requiem and a work of theatre. Dramatic and atonal where needed for dramatic impact, it is also melodically accessible and reminds us of the historians who believe that song may have played a large part in Greek plays as they were originally performed.

Tune in next week for more music, Just Opened.
Kara Dahl Russell

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