We're AWAKENING to new CDs ON THE HORIZON today, on Just Opened.
New Music for Trumpet and Piano
Jason Bergman, trumpet
Ellen Eder, piano
Jason Bergman's Official Website
ISBN# 6 81585 14822 8
This CD opens with the film-ic "Centennial Horizon" which puts us in a place of wide-open spaces, and a sense of new beginnings (like the end of film noir movie when they move to the country to start a new life). It sets the tone for a CD that both pleases and takes risks in new territory. Two spanish-flavored works are equally accessible, and two concert works (one of the with a second trumpet, William Campbell joining for a trio) that are more challenging and experimental. The combination of all these flavors makes for a strong technical calling-card for Bergman, and a program of varied interest for us as listeners.
Jesse Mills, violin
Raman Ramakrishnan, cello
Rieko Aizawa, piano
The Horszowski Trio's Official Website
ISBN# 0 90404 94412 3
This trio have been called "power players" filled with musical conviction. Pianist Aizawa was Horszowski's last piano student, and critics say she grounds the trio with a practical, clean focus on the music, with no extra frills added. I would think that is just right for the pianist in a trio, and it means that she provides an excellent cohesive springboard for the flashy string players. This CD presents an interesting trio of early-modern works, from a trio worth watching as they grow.
AWAKENING: 21st Century Slovenian Flute Music
Nicole Molumby, flute
Leslie Moreau, clarinet
Janis Mckay, bassoon
Nicole Molumby's Official Website
ISBN# 6 81585 14482 4
My Delight of the Week! When one hears the title of this CD, it could fill one with musical apprehension, but most of these works are infused with folk-influence and surprisingly easy on the ear and enjoyable.
THE ART OF BACH
Anderson & Roe Piano Duo
Greg Anderson's Official Website
Elizabeth Joy Roe's Official Website
Steinway & Sons 30033
ISBN# 0 34062 30033 4
A variety of transcriptions, serious and light, all executed with the technical precision we expect of a Steinway artist combined with the playfulness we hope for from a piano duo!