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Thursday, July 26, 2012

Featured CDs of July

We "Just Opened" a very special CD this week, and we've had two special focus CDs this month.

Just Opened this week (listen for more of this CD when Just Opened returns in Sept.): 

AVI AVITAL, mandolin
J.S. Bach
Kammerakademie Potsdam
Shalev Ad-El, harpsichord
Ophira Zakai, theorbo, and
Ira Givol, cello
D.G. 16801
ISBN# 0 28947 90092
The hot (yes, hot) mandolin virtuoso that we're sure to be hearing about for many years to come, Avi Avital has just had a CD released with a major international release.  Works by J.S.Bach transcribed by Avital himself for mandolin and chamber orchestra.   The mandolin gives these Bach works a distinct flavor of Vivaldi, like a favorite dish with a new, delicious garnish.

During the month of July we've heard these entire CDs, our "special focus" CDs of the month.

Hideaki Aomori, clarinet
Joshua Pierce, piano
ISBN#6 81585 13822 9
Aomori has risen like cream to the top of the clarinet solo & chamber music world, with his incredibly smooth and sweet sound and sensitive phrasing.  The selection of works on this CD, too is pleasant and refreshing, romantic works with a generally lighter air - a very easy pick for relaxing listening.

12 Violin Sonatas
Elizabeth Zeuthen Schneider, violin
Viggo Mangor, archlute & theorbo
Ulrik Spang-Hanssen, organ continuo
BRIDGE 9371  (2 CD set)
ISBN# 0 90404 93712 5
Every so often, we open a CD and there is something quite special about the entire package;  this is one of those.  Not only does this 2 CD set focus on one complete opus (5), but the sound of the recording has great clarity, and the performances lush and rich.  I'll be giving this one as a gift to at least one special violinist!

We hope you've liked these!  Thank you for listening, and supporting Delmarva Public Radio!
Kara Dahl Russell

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