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Friday, September 5, 2014

Just Opened - September 5, 2014


Our usual mix of old & new, traditional and unusual.


ALL THE THINGS YOU ARE
Leon Fleisher, piano
BRIDGE 9429
ISBN # 0 90404 94292 1
Fleisher's first solo disc in nearly a decade, released in time to celebrate his 86th birthday.  Fleisher famously lost the use of two fingers on his right hand and rose to the occaission by re-defining his repertoire with works for the left hand alone.  Most of these works are for the left hand alone, spanning new works like Perle's "Musical Offering" and his own "L.H.", and arrangements of crowd pleasing favorites by Gershwin and Kern.

FRANKIE & JOHNNY
Concert works of Jerome Moross
TROY 1400
ISBN # 0 34061 14002 3
Official Website of Jerome Moross
We continue the celebration of the 101st anniversary of Moross's birth with more of his concert works.  The Ballet "Frankie & Johnny," based on the song ballad remains as camp today as it was upon its inception, and is probably the weakest of this collection.  His "Beguine" and "A Tall Story for Orchestra" are topped by a surprisingly infectious finale, his "Concerto for Flute and String Orchestra" which gets better and better with each listening.

SNAPSHOTS
Danny Helseth, euphonium
Molly D. Orlando, piano
Potenza Music 1003
ISBN # 7 57783 00702 2
Official Website of Danny Helseth
New works for Euphonium.  Mostly works for euphonium and piano, but a few include chamber ensemble as well.  Many of our listeners will find this a challenge, but there are melodic works here, and the rarity of new works that feature euphonium give this CD an innate appeal.


JOHANNES BRAHMS
The Cello Sonatas
John Whitfield, violoncello
James Winn, piano
MSR 1516
ISBN # 6 81585 15162 4
My Delight of the Week!
Whitfield and Winn, both highly lauded and accomplished, are separated by generations, but play as one on these historic works.



Special thanks to our S.U. practicum Stephanie Clark for her work pulling together the photos and information on today's CD selections.  Join us next week for more new releases, Just Opened!
Kara Dahl Russell

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