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Monday, September 17, 2012

Featured CDs in September

If you're a regular WSCL listener, you'll hear most of works on these CDs over the course of this month; our featured CDs for September.  (Thanks to our SU practicum student Erin Sweeney, for pulling this information together from online sources and our previous blog posts!)

Roberto Diaz, viola
Robert Koenig, piano
NAXOS 557391
ISBN#7 4713 23912 2
PERFORMING AT S.U. on Sept. 29, 2012
 Click here for more info. & ticket link.
Diaz will be performing here in recital for the Salisbury Symphony Orchestra as their season opener.  This CD gives a taste of the performers works in well-known accessible themes arranged by famed violist William Primrose, who intentionally undertook these arrangements to elevate the visibility of the viola.

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.

Complete Harpsichord Works
of Rameau
Dorian Solo Luminous 92154
ISBN# 0 53479 21542
Jean Phillipe Rameau was known as the Bach of France for good reason.  He was not only a well-known music theorist whose books on the subject became the topic of heated debates in his day, but his works managed to both please the fickle audiences of his day and stand the test of time.  Late in his life he was fauted for "re-tread-ing" his harpsichord works for use as melodies in his operas, but this was common practice and the complaints had more to do with changing taste and style (opera buffa was coming into vogue) than with the work itself.  Rameau's work is undergoing a resurgence of appreciation, both for the delicacy of melody, the challenge of ornamentation, and the lasting beauty of the music.

Jean-Baptiste Lully
Trio Tanis (flute, violin & harp)
Calliope 9887
This is one of my favorite CDs... a "desert island disc" - all Baroque music played by this marvelous trio, including Lully's entire "Trios for the bedtime/rest time of the King."  No longer available, except sometimes in a used copy, unique music like this is a reason to tune in to WSCL!

Ying Quartet
Dorian Solo Luminous 92143
ISBN# 0 53479 21432 4
The Ying Quartet has an inspiring story of their acceptance and support in a community of the American Midwest, and this CD which focuses on the lesser-trod territory of Arensky quartets shows off their taste and skill.

Andrew Simon, clarinet
Jon Klibonoff, piano
MS 1002
Liner quotes on this CD include Dudley Moore's "...exciting stuff." and Michael Tilson Thomas's "Andrew Simon is an outstanding clarinetist." And this is a showcase CD that lives up to the quotes. Whether it is the lyric and beautiful "Sonatina" by Joseph Horovitz, Milhaud's toe-tapping "Brazileira," or Weber's "Grand Duo Concertant, this CD is throughly and easily enjoiable. If you are looking for a CD to introduce a "jazz listener" friend to the world of classical repertoire, this is an easy entre.... something to make them say "that's classical music? I like that!" A real treat.

These featured CDs are in addition to our noon "Hit the Books" series, and the return of Just Opened on Friday afternoons this month.  Enjoy!
Kara Dahl Russell

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