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Tuesday, March 13, 2012

Just Opened, Friday March 16, 2012

As we continue our March Women's History Month celbration of female performers and composers, our theme this week was "Plays Well with Others." Of course, ensemble and orchestral playing is an important component of any musicians career, so we highlight that this week. Chris Ranck graciously stepped in to host today while I was away.

HANDEL Dixit Dominus
Simon Preston, cond.
Choir & Orch. of Westminster Abbey
ARCHIV Al Fresco 447 6729
ISBN# 0 28947 76729 9
One of many excellent recordings of Handel's work by this magnificent group of musicians.

The Mystic and the Muse
Celebrating 600 Years of Women in Music
Ensemble Galilei
DORIAN 90247
ISBN# 0 5347 902472 5
A great collection of early works, some with vocals, performed with precision and passion on early instruments.

Sharon Ruchman
Chamber Music
ISBN# 8 8450123474 0
Living composer Ruchman displays her current chamber compositions on this recording. Works for piano and cello, chamber group, and some for winds, display her variety of influcences from the romantic period to modern atonalism and minimalism, creating in many instances a new-agey type of concert music.

Simone Dinnerstein
Something Almost Being Said
Music of Bach and Schubert
Simone Dinnerstein, piano
ISBN# 8 8697989432 7
For a performer who has been frequently called an "outsider," Dinnerstein not only went to Juliard, but also has quickly amassed many recordings with other artists, in chamber works and with orchestras, as well as her solo releases like this one.

Quartetto Gelato
Travels the Orient Express
ISBN# 8 0305700252 8
An eclectic quartet that contains variously a musette, an accordion, an english horn, and a tenor - depending which role the musicians take on, with an equally varied repertoire including arrangements of traditional works like Danny Boy, and Sous Le Ciel de Paris, alongside works by Brahms, Weber and Kreisler. With a musical variety like this, who can resist? The perfect thing for your friend who "doesn't like classical music." My Delight of the Week!

We hope you enjoied the music!
Join us next week for JUST OPENED.
Kara Dahl Russell
** Special thanks to our intern Chris Grindley who put this post together for us!**

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