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Monday, November 7, 2011

Just Opened, Friday Nov. 4th

We featured only 4 CDs this week on Just Opened:


RUSSIAN POPS
Russian Symphony Orch.
Mark Gorenstein, cond.
POPE Music 1015
ISBN# 7 04185 1015 2 0
My delight of the week! A pops-concert on CD, a true cross section of beloved, mostly upbeat, sometimes off-beat, by Russian composers: Dunajevsky, Shostakovich, Khrennikov, Sviridov, Gavrilin, Prokofiev, and Khachaturian. Any one of these is a natural fit for a pops concert, all together, they are easy listening of the symphonic kind.


Virtuoso BAROQUE
Michala Petri, recorders
Lars Hannibal, archlute
OUR Recordings 220604
ISBN# 7 47313 16046 4
Released 10/25/11
Michala Petri & Lars Hannibal celebrate the 20th Anniversary of playing together as a duo with this sparkling collection of Baroque works.


13 WAYS
of looking at the Goldberg
Lara Downes, solo piano
TRITONE 59140
ISBN# 8 84501 59140 9
Released 9/13/11
Lara Downes plays the work of 13 modern composers who have re-imagined the variations on the original J.S. Bach Goldberg Variation. These new variations range from "atonal" to melodic, baroque-inspired to ghostly modern.


EMERSON STRING QUARTET
Mozart, The Prussian Quartets
SONY 935 982
ISBN# 8 8697 93598 2 6
Released 10/18/11
Having recorded together for many many years, Philip Seltzer and Eugene Drucker switched off playing first and second violin, while Lawrence Dutton played viola with David Finckelo playing cello. Early in their career they had recorded Mozart quartets, and they are a staple of their concerts, but this is their first return to Mozart for recording in 20 years. Pure excellence, pure joy.

I'll be away next week, & there will be no JUST OPENED.
We'll have more fresh releases on Friday Nov. 18th
Kara Dahl Russell

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