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Wednesday, April 4, 2012

Just Opened, April 6, 2012

Special thanks to our evening classical music host, Tom Hehman who put together our "all star" line-up for Just Opened this week.


MAJESTIC JOURNEY
Original Works for Euphonium and Orchestra
Adam Frey, Euphonium
New Zealand Symphony Orchestra
Bruce Hangen, cond.
NAXOS 8.570538
ISBN# 7 4731305387 2
Adam Frey has made a name for himself internationally as a euphonium solist, both for his playing and his persuit and support of new compositions for the instrument. Other brass players admire the creamy sound he gets from this instrument that is usually relegated to the back row of the brass section.

*** Be sure to look in our "Classical Chat" podcast section for Tom Hehman's extended interview with Adam Frey, recorded just a few weeks ago when Frey was in town for a performance in the Dover area. ****


SONG OF THE REEDS
Albrecht Mayer, oboe
Markus Becker, piano
Marie-Luise Neunecker, french horn
Tabea Zimmermann, viola
LONDON DECCA 478 3564
Released on March 6th, 2012
My Delight of the Week! When people tell me they are stressed and can not relax, I ask them what kind of music they are listening to. Here is the prescription for relaxation. Beautiful chamber music from the romantic era played to perfection. Mayer is an international star, and his sound is an inspiration to other performers on reed instruments.


BACH CONCERTOS
Johann Sebastian Bach
Murray Perahia, pianist & cond.
Academy of St. Martin in the Fields
SONY CLASSICAL 82429
ISBN# 8 8697824292 1
3 CD Set
For some, the historically accurate sound of the harpsichord playing these works is a bridge too far. Lucky then, that "magnificent Murray" has given us such a superlative translation of these works on the modern piano. It gives the work an unexpected richness and depth. The perfect gift for someone begginning a serious music collection, or that person who "has everything." A gift of excellence!


Kathleen Battle
Jean-Pierre Rampal
IN CONCERT with,
Margo Garrett, piano
Myron Lutzke, cello
Anthony Newman, harpsichord
John Steele Ritter, piano
SONY CLASSICAL 53106
ISBN# 0 7464531062 6 We were Just Revisiting this recording of a live chamber performance by Battle and Rampal. The clarity of their tone rightfully inspired the choice of many "bird" themed works. This CD remains available online at bargain basement prices and is worth revisiting.


NATIONAL PUBLIC RADIO
milestones of the millennium
Music in Film
SONY CLASSICAL 60991
ISBN# 0 7464 60991 4
Various Performers
This collection of orchestral film music offers a wide range of works from the sweeping sweetness of classic western themes, to the vast expanse of space film music, afew creepy-crawly horror classics, and Fellini's "life is just a circus" music. Great music played by a variety of great orchestras.


BARTOK CONCERTOS
Bela Bartok (1881-1945)
Pierre Boulez, cond.
London Symphony Orchestra
Berlin Philharmonic
Deutshe Grammophon 477 7440
ISBN# 0 2894777440 2
Gidon Kremer (violin), Yuri Bashmet (violin), Tamara Stefanovich and Pierre-Laurent Aimard (pianos) are the featured soloists on this CD devoted to the works of Bartok. Bartok's name has become synonymous with melodically challenging. His concerto for violin and orchestra (which we played) transitions from obtuse to almost pastoral... but this CD will be for the more adventurous of you.


RAGTIME LULLABIES
Paul Bisaccia, piano
TOWERHILL 71984
ISBN# 6 6445771984 9
Tom Hehman labeled this CD as SUPER. Everything on it is a joy.





Thanks again to our intern Chris Grindley for getting the framework of this blogpost together for us. Join us next week for more new CDs, Just Opened.
Kara Dahl Russell

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