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Friday, July 5, 2013

Just Opened July 5 - American Music

We're in the holiday mood, celebrating liberty and great music by American composers and performers.

The Boston Camerata
Joel Cohen Cond.
For Info on The Boston Camerata
ERATO 256469212-0
ISBN# 8 25646  92120  1
My Delight of the Week.
Early American music sung by an internationally renowned choral group, joined by members of the Harvard Univeristy Choir and guest soloists.  This is where historical musicology meets an emotional core that hits us "where we live."   Timeless works presented with care, precision, and a timeless, beautiful musicality.

Jon Schmidt, Piano
Steven Sharp Nelson, Cello
For Info on The Piano Guys
SONY 71094
ISBN# 8 8883 71094 2
The chart-topping crossover works that blend Bach and pop have come back for more, with their inventive riffs on great ballads like "All of Me," revisitings of well-worn works like Pachelbel's Cannon, and "mash-ups" traditional hymns....  It's all fodder for their unique blend of tribute and re-distribution that has made them cross-over favorites.

Works by Rick Sowash
For Info on Sowash
ISBN# 8 85767 82917 6
Rick Sowash is a living composer who has mastered the blend of creating music that is melodic, pleasing, and often restful; a blend of new age sounds with classicism.  His chamber combinations make the works sound personal and give varied voices to the shifts of tone.  Sowash has become a regular in our playlists, he has a knack for creating enjoyable sound.

Yolanda Kondonassis, Harp
For Info on Kondonassis
AZIKA 71281
ISBN# 7  8786 71281 2
Kondonassis has been a prolific performer on the harp, and a great champion of new works for the instrument.  Her intimidating teaching and performance schedule is testiment to her place as one of the best-known harpists in the world today.  This CD pays tribute to the high powered American composers who have composed works for her, some challenging and intentionally trying to deconstruct the typical sound of the harp, and others melodic, lyric and accessible.  Works by Lowell Lebermann, Stephen Pauls, John Cage, and John Williams.

Vanessa Perez, Piano
For Info on Perez
TELARC 33388-02
ISBN# 8 88072 33388 8
Venezuelan-American Perez plays the moody, broody, soft, sighing works of the "king of the little kingdom" - the piano - Frederic Chopin. At the age of 14, piano great Claudio Arrau praised her playing and her potential.  Conductor Zubin Mehta said Perez: “Her level of musical perception and artistic awareness impressed me as much as her total command of the keyboard.”   This is her debut release on Telarc (a label that has been very good to Kondonassis), with a world tour schedule this year that includes Beethoven, Ravel, and Chopin.

Special thanks to our summer S.U. Practicum student, Kelley McDonough, for her assistance pulling together information and web links for today's blog post.  Join us next week for more great music, Just Opened.
Kara Dahl Russell

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