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Tuesday, June 5, 2012

Just Opened, Friday June 8, 2012

Chris Ranck hosted "Just Opened" this week, playing a variety of works from Baroque opera instrumental pieces, to early modern lyricism, chamber works, and Spanish-flavored Piano music.


ALBERT ROUSSEL
Symphonie No. 1
Piano Concerto
& Spring Festival Poeme
Flanders Symphony Orchestra
Fabrice Ballon, cond.
CYPRESS 2620
ISBN# 5 412217 026202
If only for Symphonie no. 1 alone, this is my delight of the week!  Roussel's Symphony No. 1 has been referred to as his version of "the four seasons" because of its 4 movements depicting the forest during the seasons.  Lyrical and evocative, it paints impressionist pictures with music.  While the piano concerto (played by Jan Michiels) is demanding in more ways than one (rather atonal and frantic), the symphonic poem "For a Festival of Spring" rounds out the program nicely. 


THE FAIRY QUEEN
Henry Purcell
English Baroque Soloists
The Montiverdi Choir
John Elliot Gardiner, cond.
ARCHIV 477 6733
ISBN# 0 28947 76733 6
This is a 2 CD set.  Purcell lovers, rejoice at this exquisite presentation of one of Purcell's glorious operas, often called his grandest achievement!  Baroque at its best! 


FRENCH TREASURES
for flute & guitar
Laurel Zucker, flute
Mark Delpriora, guitar
CANTILENA 60442
ISBN # 7 57166 60442 8
The prolific and critically acclaimed flautist Zucker joins forces with Delpriora to illuminate works of modern french luminaries.  A bit off beat, but melodic and infectiously listenable.


NOSTALGIAS ARGENTINAS
Piano Music of Argentina
Mirian Conti, piano
STEINWAY & SONS30010
ISBN# 0 34062 30010 5
The sweetness and pathos of nostalgia, with the rhythms and melody of Argentina.  This CD is a very special treat for piano lovers.  Conti is a mature virtuoso and her presentation is smart (see her marvelous liner notes on the CD), musical, and present a range of emotions from misty memory to tempestuous passion, and finally - fun!

Thank you for joining us as we hear new releases, Just Opened.
Kara Dahl Russell


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