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Friday, February 17, 2012

Just Opened, Friday February 10, 2012

Our evening host Tom Hehman volunteered his time to listen to new CDs and put together this Just Opened program for us.

Symphony No. 6
Jukka-Pekka Saraste, cond.
Oslow Philharmonic Orch.
Mahler is not for everyone. For those of us who have come to love his work, it is exactly the scope of Mahler that draws us in, he a special way with a musical pause, and infinitessimal building of sound that blossoms into wonderous tonalities (best known in his Adagietto from Symphony No. 5). Mahler's music can be quite dark, and this is one of the darkest throughout. If you're new to Mahler, I wouldn't recommend starting here... start with Symphony No. 5 or the earlier ones. (Yes, even the one with the witty "Frere Jacques" funeral march... don't be afraid of Mahler's dark... there is often humor in it.)

Profanes et Sacrees
20th Century Chamber Music
Works that are still fresh, but have mostly worked themselves into the musicial consciousness of the population, presented here with excellence. My HIGH delight of the week.

In Concert, Vol. 2
Vassily Primakov, piano
Primakov is young, talented, and prolific. This 2011 concert release features works by Mendelssohn, JSBach, Phillip Glass (Primakov's own compilation and transcription of music from "The Hours"), and Debussy. Something for everyone, like any good concert.

Brahms: The Violin Sonatas
Lambert Orkis, piano
D.G. 14767
Essential (and beautiful) repertoire, recorded in Dec. 2009, released in 2010, the always well-received Mutter garnered special praise for these performances.

Scott Harman, trombone
Adam Frey, euphonium
Metropolitan Wind Symphony
Lawrence Isaacson, dir. 04
An early release of international Euphonium star, Adam Frey, who has been on our playlist for a while now with releases on the MSR label. As usual, a great combination of new pieces, and old standards and standards with a twist. Always fun.

and other Russian Romances
Odekhirn Amaize, bass baritone
David Korevaar, piano
MS082098 (Musician's Showcase)
The magnificent voice of Nigerian-American singer Amaize brings additional depth to these Russian works that are sometimes dark, often with soaring melodies, and always filled with emotional power.

Thanks again to Tom Hehman for some fresh takes on Just Opened.
Kara Dahl Russell

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