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Thursday, May 16, 2013

Just Opened - May 17, 2013

A healthy mixed diet on Just Opened today, presenting works from all eras, and one truly rare treat.

Music of Praise for Horn
Jeffery Powers, horn
Bradley Bolen, paino
The Baylor University A Cappella Choir
This CD is a project of love, all proceeds going to, an Evangelical Alliance Relief Fund, to transform communities living in poverty.
The Cappriccios
The Bach Sinfonia
David Abraham, cond.
DSL # 92163
ISBN# 0 53479 51632 8
Recent research shows the work of Jan Dismas Zelenka (1679-1745) as representative of the pinnacle of high Baroque art.  For those of us who love Baroque music, this new edition of his work is a jewel.
Piano Sonatas
Christian Leotta, piano
ATMA Classique #2488
2 CD set
ISBN#7 22056 24882 2
This is Volume 3 of "The Complete Beethoven Sonatas" recorded by Leotta, an award winning pianist.  My delight of the week!
4 German Medieval Tales
Drew Minter, voice & medieval harps
ISBN#  0 90404 93722 4
In the 1940s, (and still today,) Hollywood put out "prestige films."  These were works produced because they spoke to a higher artistic calling, that were not expected to have mass appeal or sell broadly, but that the company could point to as something it does that no one else can do.   This CD is such a prestige work.  Rare talent Drew Minter has looked not to romantic German lieder, but to medieval German ballads, for works of poetry and beauty, presenting them much as they would have been performed for Lairds and Kings of yore.   A sure bet for medieval re-enactors, and the ren-faire crowd, this is a worthy addition to any collection of early music, one that unfolds with the re-telling.

The music of Barber, Hanson, & Thompson
The Ying Quartet
DSL 92166
ISBN# 0 53479 21662 5
The Ying family have become the success "poster-children" of the NEA's residency program, where they were "placed" in Jessup, Iowa - a program designed to bring professional musicians into the lives of "ordinary" Americans.   That was a foundational time for the quartet, a family whose work has gone on to be recognized in the more usual musical spheres of New York, and other international homes of "great music."  They are currently quartet-in-residence at the Eastman School of Music, with faculty positions in the String and Chamber music departments, and a performance schedule of collaborations called "no boundaries" as well as more traditional performance venues.

We hope you enjoy these new releases, Just Opened.
Kara Dahl Russell

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