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Thursday, September 6, 2012

Just Opened, Sept. 7th, 2012

Just Opened returns with Chris Ranck hosting a powerhouse collection of new releases that span early, baroque, romantic and modern periods.  Enjoy!

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.

Ensemble Galilei
Dorian Solo Luminous 92153
ISBN# 0 53479 21532 1
This established early music ensemble plays a variety of works from Praetorius to traditional Irish and works from the "Southern Harmony" book.  Crowd pleasing works in smart arrangements for the discerning early music lover.
This is a cross-over easy "gifting" choice.

ISBN # 0 90404 93732 3
Carol Wincenc joints members of the Green Mountain Chamber Music Festival to bring some lesser known chamber delights to the fore.  Tower's opening work may be a bit of a challenge, but Foote's piece and Beach's theme and variations are sure to soothe.

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.
In a week of great music, I'm a fan of under-rated Rameau, and have to vote for my baroque crush-boy, so this is my DELIGHT OF THE WEEK.

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.

Just Opened continues next week with more refreshing new releases!
Kara Dahl Russell

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