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Friday, May 31, 2013

Just Opened, March 30, 2013 - Chamber by design

Modern interior design takes its cue from almost anything today, from sleek tubular modernism, to rough-hewn tribal influences, to romantic era opulence, or any mixture of the above.  Modern chamber music is just the same, and today we get a taste of all of these as we focus mostly on chamber works in a wide variety of musical combinations and influences.

A GRAND ROMANCE
Jeffrey Biegel, piano
STEINWAY & SONS 30017
ISBN# 0 34062 30017 4
My Delight of the Week!    Romantic era chamber concerts included everything from Baroque works to grand showpieces, tribute waltzes, and etudes intended for display.  Biegel gives it all to us on an exquisite... piano.  Biegel's discography includes modern works and the complete Mozart Sonatas.  He is on the piano faculty at the Brooklyn Conservatory of Music.  If you enjoy piano music, this is one of many new releases of Steinway & Sons artists that are sure to please.

 LAUREL ZUCKER
Soundscapes of the Americas
Laurel Zucker, flute, in
various combinations w/quitar, cello and harp
CANTILENA 66050
ISBN# 8 84501 39381 2
The prolific Zucker shares her own compositions for a variety of chamber music combinations.  I'd describe the overall sound world as "classical new age"... and this is what some are calling contemporary classical.  It's a very mellow, pleasing combination, only on occaission does it break from the easy-going mode, and when it does, it is completely in service of the compositional ideas.  Not featured on air is an inventive work for harp & flute that has short movements depicting clouds, in which the usually placid combo makes jitters and sparks according to the weather.

TENOR ARIAS
Marcello Giordani, tenor
Steven Mercurio, cond.
Orch. & Chorus - Bellini Theatre
NAXOS 557269
ISBN# 7 47313 22692 4
A 2001 release of world renowned tenor Giordani... that just hadn't hit our shelves until now.  Great arias by timeless composers, performed by world class musicians.  If you're missing the Saturday Met Opera broadcasts, this can help tide you over 'til next season!

ZIA
Del Sol String Quartet
DORAIN SOLO LUMINOUS 93164
ISBN# 0 53479 21642 7
The Zia Indians' symbol for the sacred sun inspired the musical imagery the adventurous, global sound of these modern compositions for traditional string quartet.  Featuring all works by modern composers, many living, some of the works are extremely challenging, some folk and jazz inspired, while others are soothing and evocative.  If you like to stick your toes into the new musical waters, the currents here won't carry you too far away from the safety zone.  These are the kind of modern works that can attract new, "non-classical" listeners into the world of classical music.

We hope these works enhanced the "design scheme" of your music library!
Kara Dahl Russell

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