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Friday, October 26, 2012

Just Opened Oct. 26 2012

 Music old and new this week on Just Opened.  The mix you've come to rely on: the old, the new, the slightly askew, and the tried and true!

Steven Doane, cello
Barry Snyder, piano
Bridge 9347  
ISBN# 0 9040493472 8
This CD includes the rarely recorded "Danse Orientale" (the Romantic era was awash in lush evokative works called "orientales"... which could mean anything from Japan to Persia), the Cello Sonata and Doane's performance of Rachmaninoff's "Etudes-Tableaux."  It's enough to make you want to put on your own "live painting tableaux" presentation at your next evening soiree!  This is the first release of great performances recorded almost 16 years ago.

Para Arpa (harp duo)
Caroline Leonardelli, harp
Caroline Lizotte, harp
Centaur Classics 1003
ISBN# 8 2998208136 0
Leonardelli is a brilliant Canadian harpist who studied with the great Lilli Laskine in her childhood.  This is one of her current releases, a harp duo with Lizotte who is known not just for playing, but for her arrangements.

David Wozniak, saxophone 
Krista Wallace-Boaz, piano
David Whitman, Marimba
Emeritus 20123
ISBN# 8 0211429652
Some works on this CD will be much too far in the direction of jazz fusion for some, but others sit nicely in the "classical" saxophone repertoire. 

Renata Scotto
Monte Carlo National Opera Orchestra 
D.G. 447 6615
ISBN# 0 2894776615 5
Digitalization of great historic performances.  Listening to Scotto reminds us of the voice of Maria Callas, and how this vocally "full" sound was the favored sound of that time period.
My Delight of the Week!

Nareh Arghamanyan, piano
Berlin Radio Symphony Orchestra
Pentatone Classics 5186397
ISBN#  8 2794903976 8 Young Armenian virtuoso Nareh was one of the youngest students ever admitted to the Vienna School of Music.  Now in her early 20s she is considered one of the brightest lights of international pianists, having one many awards internationally and an exclusive Pentatone Classics contract.

Thanks to our S.U. practicum Erin Sweeney for getting the basic CD information together for us.
Kara Dahl Russell

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