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Friday, September 12, 2014

Just Opened - September 12, 2014 - American Music-Makers

America is filled with, and has inspired great music-making through the centuries.   Today we have a musical cross section, from early "anti-colonial" music to jazz infused film and pop favorites in lush interpretations, to great European works interpreted by American artisits.

MM 236
ISBN # 0 95182 02362 6
Official Website of HESPERUS
This weekend there is a big celebration of the Star Spangled Banner going on at Ft. McHenry.   So on Just Opened today we continue our musical exploration of early American Music, opening a CD by Hesperus Early Music Ensemble of music of the civil war.  A mixture of the influences of European roots with parlor music and appalachian fiddle - the wide range of musical influences that existed in the colonies.

Amy Dickson, saxophone
SONY 88843040412
ISBN # 8 88430 40412 0
Official Website of Amy Dickson
Australian beauty Dickson has playing that matches her looks, crisp clean, and easy on the ear.  Like many current young artisits, she has made a mark for herself playing traditional concert works, and also popular works.  For her playing with orchestras in more traditional concert repertoire, look for her other CDs.  This CD has American pop and film music favorites in arrangements that recall their glory days, and that also give them fresh flavor, esp. the samba infused version of the jazz standard "Take Five."  Definitely not for the hard core classical purist, but a little something for your down-time, or your next casual party.

Gilbert Kalish, piano
Works by Hayden, Beethoven, & Schubert
ISBN # 0 90404 94282 2
Gilbert Kalish Profile Page, 
The Chamber Music Society of Lincoln Center
My Delight of the Week.  A native New Yorker, and pianist with the Boston Symphony Players for 30 years, Gilbert brings solid mastery and keen musicianship to these works.  I'm particularly fond of Beethoven's Bagatelles, which can be overlooked by great artists because of their light nature - but that is exactly what makes them classical "easy listening."

The American String Project
MSR 1522
ISBN # 6 81585 15222 5
Official Website of The American String Project
 The unique "conductorless string orchestra" continues to offer great annual musical treats.  Major works by Tchaikovsky & Haydn, with encores of Grieg, Brahms and Shostakovich.

Special thanks to our SU Practicum Stephanie Clark, for her help pulling together the photos and info. on these CD to make your info. search easier.
Kara Dahl Russell 

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