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Friday, February 7, 2014

Just Opened - Friday Feb. 7th, 2014



We celebrate great artistry today on Just Opened, with the new release of this year's New Year's Concert from the Vienna Phil, Gena Raps' interpretations of Brahms piano works, and Anne Akiko Meyers topping her own previous duo - this time with a self-trio!


NEW YEARS CONCERT
Vienna Philharmonic 
Daniel Barenboim, conductor
SONY 88843015642 (2 CD set)
ISBN # 8 8843 01564 2 5
More info on the Vienna Philharmonic Orchestra
  My Delight of the Week!  
This annual concert has become a must-see annual event around the world.  The joyous, infectious music of the Strauss family and their contemporaries, performed in a glorious hall, always led by a magnificent conductor, played by some of the world's best musicians.  Enjoy!


BRAHMS Late Piano Works
Gena Raps, piano
Musical Friends NY 2013
ISBN # 7 00261 37833 6
More info on Gena Raps
  I adore this cover photo!  
Ms. Raps' hands betray the intensive manual labor that great piano playing involves.   With an international carreer of solo works, chamber and orchestral works, and a "Season's Best" nod from Sesame Street Parenting Magazine, co-stars like Julie Andrews and Peter Schickele (PDQ Bach), Raps can record what she loves.  She is Music Editor of an online magazine, and has taught at numberous conservatories, including her alma mater, The Julliard School.

THE FOUR SEASONS
The Vivaldi Album Album
Anne Akiko Meyers, violin
English Chamber Orchestra
David Lockington, conductor 
EOne-7790
ISBN # 0 99923 77902 5
Anne Akiko Meyers' Official Website
In the aftermath of an international news-making theft of an historic violin, we get to hear a different great instrument in the hands of the magnificent Meyers.  In her last venture, she recorded a Bach duo with herself... this time she triple tracks it with Vivaldi's Concerto for 3 violins.  She knows how to set a challenge without making it intimidating... like adding a short Arvo Part work in with the best known Vivaldi work.  This CD is a sure bet for lovers of traditional works and violin majesty.

Special thanks to our S.U. practicum, Jennifer Reeves, for gathering the basic info. for today's blog.  Join us next week for more great music, Just Opened.
  Kara Dahl Russell 

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