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Friday, May 22, 2015

May 22, 2015 - Just Opened - Shakespearean Dramatics

Today our musical selections explore Baroque music, the drama of operatic melodies, and Temestuous Shakespearean passion ... music from the Baroque and Romantic eras. 

Shakespeare's TEMPEST
Sullivan & Sibelius
Michael Stern, cond.
Kansas City Symphony
ISBN# 0 30911 11152 6
Best known for his work with Gilbert, Arthur Sullivan wrote many things on his own, but they are greatly overshadowed by his successful partnership.  His settings of Shakespeare songs are often included in anthologies, and here is his rarely heard music for The Tempest.  For comparison, we also have Sibelius's Suites for performances of the Tempest as well.  "Coupling these two works... was a brilliant idea--a "concept" album that really makes good musical sense. Happily...the performances are as smart, atmospheric, and vibrant as the music itself...and they're stunningly recorded..." --David Hurwitz, Classics Today

Eugenia Moliner, flute
Denis Azabagic, guitar
ISBN# 0 90404 94482 6
My Delight of the Week.  In the Romantic era, there was a steady market of arrangements of opera melodies into medlies, themes and variations, and fantasies.  Their critical raves are numberous, in countless major music magazines... see their website to see the flow of rave reviews.  The Cavatina Duo brings us a full serving of these bon bons and favorites, and the combination of quitar and flute have such easy relate-ability that listeners of many genres will enjoy this CD.

(Not the CD cover, this Photo shows Trio Solisti, pianist Neiman and violinist Bachmann are featured on today's CD.  We were unable to get a picture of today's CD cover.)
Faure & Saint Saens
ISBN# 6 87077 95293 9
Individually and together, the musicians on this CD have achieved international recognition and high critical acclaim.

Jacques Champion de Chambonnieres
Karen Flint, harpsichord
2 CD Set
ISBN# 8 88295 26087 9
Brandywine Baroque & Plectra Home Page
Highly esteemed harpsichordist Karen Flint continues to add to her exploration of great French keyboard composers.

Harry Christophers & The Sixteen
CORO 16128
ISBN# 8 28021 61282 4
Exquisite choral works performed beautifully have long been a part of our musical selections on WSCL.  Harry Christophers and The Sixteen have been audience favorties for years.  This is their most recent release of works from Spain in the 1500s.

Join us again next week for more new releases, Just Opened.
Kara Dahl Russell

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