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Friday, April 27, 2012

Just Opened, April 20, 2012



LES GRACES FRANCOISES
Music of The French Baroque
Les Graces (orig. instr. trio)
MSR CLASSICS 1396
ISBN# 6 8158513962 2
My delight of the week!
Not the usual original instrument CD of a miriad of small works, Les Graces focuses on larger, lesser visited works from the Baroque.  Largely instrumental, a few works include soprano Jennife Paulino.  Works played on a very accessible baroque trio of recorder, viol da gamba, and harpsichord (Annette Bauer, Rebekah Ahrendt and Jonathan Rhodes Lee, respectively).


MARTYRS FOR THE FAITH
American Saxophone Concertos
Kenneth Tse, alto saxophone
University of Iowa Symphony Band
Mark Heidel, cond.
MSR CLASSICS 1359
ISBN# 6 8158513592 1
Many of these works inspired by, or written for Kenneth Tse.  A nice mix of melodic works and challenging works for those who like their music sax-y.


FREDERIC CHOPIN (1810-1849)
Hsia-Jung Chang
Complete Preludes
http://www.mandalastudio.com/
MANDALA 02
ISBN# 8 25346542552 2
Recorded on a Pleyel piano (Chopin's preferred piano maker), Chang says that the tonal palette of the piano itself inspired her to make this recording, as it offered her a new range of colors and a deeper understanding of Chopin's work.


BEETHOVEN: The Late String Quartets
Cypress String Quartet
Op. 127, 130, 131, 132, 133 & 135
http://www.cypressquartet.com/
ISBN# 6 6644976612 1
3 CD set
An impressive body of work, magnificently played by this quartet that continues to expand its name and reputation.  Op. 133 includes an alternative finale to add a spark of interest.  Warning:  The late quartets are a journey into the dark side, so they're not for the faint of heart, but they are exactly what most Beethoven lovers think of as the heart of his work.


ALBUM
Maria Bayo, Soprano
NAIVE E 8907
ISBN# 8 2218608907 1
This CD is a compilation of previously released works recorded by Bayo.  It includes several selections of the luscious Canteloube Songs of the Auvergne, which perfectly suit her voice.  A nice re-introduction to a singer who is now world acclaimed.

Special thanks to our intern Chris Grindley for putting together the bare bones CD details of this blog post.
Kara Dahl Russell




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