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Friday, April 3, 2015

Just Opened - April 3rd, 2015 - Musicologists & Arrangers

A wide variety of music today, Just Opened.
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Mozart: The Piano Sonatas
Luisa Guembes-Buchanan, piano
Guembes-Buchanan's Official Website
ISBN# 7 00587 95290 6   -   2 CD Set
Concert pianist, musicologist and educator, Luisa Guembes-Buchanan was born in Lima, Peru, where she received her early musical education at the Conservatorio Nacional de Música. Ms. Guembes-Buchanan holds degrees in Performance and Musicology from the Manhattan School of Music, C.W. Post College, New York University and Boston University.  Her recordings demonstrate a particular fondness & scholarship of Beethoven.  In addition to her numerous Master Classes, Ms. Guembes-Buchanan is a founding member of several teaching and performing organizations dedicated to promoting young performer's education and to facilitating performance opportunities for them. As a musicologist, she has lectured and participated in panel discussions in the United States and Latin America.

New York Philharmonic Chamber Soloists
New York Philharmonic's Official Website
ISBN# 0 90404 94392 8
GIFT-GIVER'S DELIGHT.  These chamber arrangements of popular favorite songs from the American Songbook make for easy listening in the best sense of the word.  Magnificent, world class performers of the Philharmonic Chamber Soloists easily withstand attentive listening, just as well as the mix of well-known popular melodies makes for perfect backgound music for dinner parties.

Horn Music of Randall Faust
Andrew Pelletier, horn
Faust's Official Website
More info on Pelletier
MSR 1168
ISBN# 6 81585 1168 2 1
New music for horn and keyboards.  The variety of keyboards keeps this CD particularly fresh.  All of the works by composer Randall Faust (b. 1947).  He has been the recipient of the ASCAPlus Award from the American Society of Composers, Authors, and Publishers every year since 1990.  He is known for his teaching and musicology of horn and brass.  Hornist Andrew Pelletier is a grammy award winning soloist and chamber musician.  Critics have said he is, "a soloist cabable of anything on his instrument."

Les Arts Florissants
William Christie, conductor
Arts-Florissants's Official Website
Erato 43182  -  3 CD Set
ISBN# 8 09274 31822 0
My Delight of the Week.  A major release from 2002 of the complete opera "Zoroastre" by Rameau.  We heard selections from the first act today in our 2 o'clock hour.   Without the overt Masonic imagery of Mozart's "Magic Flute," this story incorporates some of the personages and ideas for a story of mythic proportions.  A young love of two ernest people striving for righteousness and brotherhood, in a good-against-evil story where the young lady in question is kidnapped and taken to the underworld to be a blood sacrifice...  This particular production uses double casting of the good and evil leader/priest which helps clarify the story (the good priest/father figure also plays the good Zoroastre; and the same doubling goes for the evil priest playing the gnome king).  As with much french opera, dance music abounds... and lots of recitative as well... which can try the patience of some.  Some of my favorite melodies can also be found here.

Special thanks to our S.U. practicum Taylor Goebel for pulling together the weblinks, pics, and basic info. to help you locate the music you like best.  Join us next week for more new releases, Just Opened.
Kara Dahl Russell

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