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Friday, January 9, 2015

Just Opened, January 9, 2015

As we return to our new release program for the new year, we "Start with Mozart."  (Which is also our after the news at noon theme this month.)  Rachel Barton Pine celbrates Mozart's January 27th birthday with a new release of his violin concertos.

Complete Violin Concertos
Rachel Barton Pine, violin
Matthew Lipman, viola
Academy of St. Martin in the Fields
Sir Neville Marriner, cond.
AVIE 2317 - 2 CD set
ISBN# 8 22252 23172 4
Just in time for Mozart's birthday, and in tune with our focus on Mozart to start the year, this 2 CD set of musical excellence, from billboard chart-topping violinist Rachel Barton Pine.  Mozart's 5 violin concertos and the violin and viola Sinfonia Concertante (with violist Matthew Lipman in his recording debut).  Pine created her own cadenzas for these works, and in keeping with today's multi-media focus, her cadenzas are available in sheet music, "The Rachel Barton Pine Collection."  Pine was one of those "infant phenomenons" who began playing at 3, and performed her first Concerto at 10...  this is the stuff that outstanding international careers are made of.   In addition to her talent, she is known for her love of musical research and the liner notes on the CD are enlightening.  Special thanks to Crossover Media for suppling us with some promo give-away copies of this CD which we'll announce when we receive them later this month.

Zuill Bailey, cello
Lara Downes, piano
ISBN# 0 34062 30025 9
This CD presents an informed collection of  interesting combinations of works by modern era composers, in some cases referencing each other.  Bernstein's work "For Lucas Foss" is teamed with his Cello Sonata and another "For Aaron Copeland."  Foss's "For Lenny" is paired with his "Capriccio for Cello and Piano,"  and Barber's Sonata is paired with one of his songs in transcription.  It makes for great programming - references intertwining within the names of the pieces and musical allusions make this great music to entertain the mind as well as soothe the spirit with modern melodic romanticism.  While it has become a joke that almost every instrument in the orchestra says it "is the closest to the human voice"... the cello is the one of which it is most often said, and here we have it speaking with intellect and depth in the hands of a master, accompanied by a great Steinway artist.

Thompson Brass Ensemble
Barbara Bruns, Fisk organs
MSR 1481
ISBN# 6 81585 14812 3
My Delight of the Week.  In works ranging from Buxtehude and Bach to Humperdink and Hovhaness, the variety of selections take this program of works for brass and organ far from the usual dust covered fare for that combination.  Instead we have an entertaining program that you'll want to reach for again and again.

Next Friday I'll be on vacation, and we will not have Just Opened, just... great music.  Just Opened will return on January 23rd, featuring a new multi-CD package of Beethoven String Quartets!
Kara Dahl Russell

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