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Friday, July 10, 2015

JUST OPENED - July 10, 2015

 French works for trumpet and orchestra, Beethoven for pianoforte and violin, organ works, and urbane improvisations on the works of Chopin... all Just Opened!

BEETHOVEN Sonatas, vol. 1
Ian Watson, pianoforte
Susanna Ogata, violin
CORO 16138
ISBN# 8 28021 61382 1
My Delight of the Week!  Two "heavy-hitters" of historical music performance join forces in this first of a series of recordings of Beethoven sonatas for fortepiano and violin.  Both Watson and Ogata were appointed to positions with Boston's Handel & Haydn Society in 2014, Watson as Resident Conductor and Ogata as Assistant Concertmaster.  Watson is a big bear of a man - combine that with his world wide reputation as a keyboard soloist, and a forte piano, and we have a strong sense that this is how Beethoven himself sounded when he played.  Ogata plays an historic violin from 1772, and a bow from the period as well.  We can't get much closer to hearing these works the way Beethoven's audience would have heard them. 

Paul Merkelo, trumpet
Kent Nagano, cond.
Orch. Symphonique de Montreal
ISBN# 7 74204 98472 4
New works from the early to mid 1900s have rarely been this accessible.   Trumpet and orchestra works open the doors wide to the public, and the works on this CD by Tomasi, Desenclos and Jolivet are alternatively jazzy, noir-ish, intellectual, and playful.

Gail Archer, organ
ISBN# 8 88295 05731 2
Archer is an internationally renowned organist who performs an annual Concert series.  This CD grew out of the 2013 concerts, a celebration of works by female composers.  Archer is organist at Vassar College and Dir. of the music program at Barnard-Columbia Chorus.
Improvisations with Chopin
Deanna Witkowski, piano
ISBN#8 88295 17240 0
Jazz pianist Deanna Witkoski has said, "this is NOT jazzy Chopin."  Well, I respectfully demur.  It IS jazzy Chopin, but in the best possible way:  musically serious and literate, with merged references from modern composers, paired with her own new works that transition seamlessly with the Chopin works. It is clear that Witkowski knows and loves the works of Chopin, and with this CD she quite possibly has found a way to continue his popularity and expand it to a whole audience.

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

1 comment:

Deanna Witkowski said...

Thanks so much for the review, Kara!

Deanna Witkowski


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