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Thursday, December 4, 2014

Just Opened - Dec. 5, 2014



As I have mentioned, this year seems to be seeing less "Christmas Music" releases and more releases of special sets that will have a listening life much longer than the holidays.  Today we have some choices for Hanukkah giving, Christmas and Holiday music, and timeless works that make for timeless presents. 



AS DREAMS FALL APART
New Budapest Orpheum Society
CEDILLE 90000 151
ISBN # 7 35131 91512 0
New Budapest Orpheum Society website
My Delight of the Week!  Anyone who loves musical theatre history will enjoy the broad spectrum of early (mostly German and German-American) theatre music by Jewish artists.   That focus makes this two CD set is a natural for Hanukkah gift-giving as well.  A fascinating look back into the music from both sides of the ocean as well as the new-immigrant experience, essential roots of Broadway.




NOEL NOUVEAU
Frank Voltz, harpist
CHIERA MUSIC 03
ISBN # 6 35759 17282 3
 Official Website of Frank Voltz
 Frank Voltz is one of those musical wunderkinds who plays organ, piano, and harp, performs regularly on all of them, composes, and ... as showcased on this CD of pedal and lever harp, he arranges traditional works in ways that are often exciting and always engaging and entertaining.  This is Christmas harp music the way people dream of it, and hope for it to fill their holiday, a perfect stocking stuffer.

A CHOPIN RECITAL
Andrew Rangell, piano
STEINWAY & SONS 30038
ISBN #0 34062 30038 9
Some bio tidbits and info. on recital performances of this CD.
Solo piano works speak to the soul like few other musical mediums, and the works of Chopin speak to the inner life like few other composers.  Andrew Rangell has had a magnificent career, and shares some of these heartfelt Chopin pieces in his most recent (of many) Steinway and Sons release.



AMERICAN TRIBUTE
Jonathan Cohler, clarinet
Rasa Vitkauskaite,  piano
ONGAKU RECORDS 024-125
ISBN# 7 672738 01252 5
Official website for Vitkauskaite
Official website of Cohler
Two gifted soloists join forces on these works by American Composers whose influences range from latin music to klezmer.

TURNIA:  Chamber Music 
For Stings and Piano
Lincoln Trio
CEDILLE 150
ISBN # 7 35131 91502 1
Official website for the Lincoln Trio
Spanish born, French trained Turina made the most of both worlds with infectious, melodic music infused with a sense of Spanish folk tunes.   The Lincoln Trio has been garnering awards and critical acclaim, and this is sure to add to their steam - and a great way to add some musical spice to your Holiday gift-giving.


Tune in next week for more new releases, Just Opened.
Kara Dahl Russell


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