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Friday, May 18, 2012

Just Opened, May 18, 2012

 Our theme this week:  Real Men Make Music!

Symphony No. 9
Orchestre Symphonique De Montreal
Kent Nagano, cond.
ISBN# 8 86919 19442 5
Beethoven's "Choral" Symphony is led by international condutor Kent Nagano.  This CD is the first recorded in the new concert hall home of the Montreal Symphony, "La Maison Symphonique de Montreal."  Nagano has been involved in "reconceptions" of Beethoven's symphonies.  He feels the 9th is impued with an effort to view the world holistically, the unification of mysery and desire, subordinated to the whole.  One of the great priviledges of presenting music on public radio is the ability to play an entire work like this uninterupted, which we did today during "Just Opened."

Swedish Radio Symphony Orchestra
Daniel Harding, cond.
ISBN# 8 86979 84102 4
My delight of the week!  Ray Chen brings a hunky masculinity back to the violin!  He reminds us of how violin virtuosos used to set women swooning in the Romantic era. Last year he released a recital CD with passionate pieces accompanied by Noreen Polera (who sets a standard for all accompanists).  Here he plays the two Concertos which helped him win both the Menuhin Competition and the Queen's Competition.

Katsaris plays Liszt Vol. 1
Gipsy & Romantic
PIANO21  041
ISBN# 3 76005 14504 96
After an extensive and brilliant international career, Cyprien Katsaris decided to create his own label (something many modern musicians are doing) and record the works of Liszt.  This two CD set is Volume 1 of his mature interpretations of works by the man who reframed the role of piano virtuosos forever.

We hope you enjoied the music, and that you'll tune in again next week for more great music, Just Opened.
Kara Dahl Russell

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