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Friday, July 17, 2015

Just Opened - July 17, 2015

With a baseline of the Baroque music of Purcell and Festing, we branch out to new music for chamber by Maria Newman, early modern virtuoso piano show pieces played by a piano star worth knowing, and a buffet of orchestral highlights in a "sampler" CD.

The Indian Queen
The Sixteen
Harry Christophers, cond.
CORO 16129
ISBN# 8 28021 61292 3
For more info., & purchase from The Sixteen's website
The musical excellence of Harry Christophers and The Sixteen (Early and Baroque, Vocal and original instrument group) is almost legendary, with perpetually glowing reviews from BBC Music Magazine, Grammophone, and even the Financial Times!  The major portion of this CD is a recording of Henry Purcell's semi-opera based on a conflict between Mexicans and Peruvian (reflecting the Baroque era's fascination with the "new world").  Purcell died young, and his brother Daniel actually completed the work, so it is fitting that the other work on this CD is Daniel Purcell's "The Masque of Hymen" reflecting another Baroque era fascination, greek mythology and the hijinx of the gods and goddesses.   With this combination of prime material and musical excellence, this CD is sure to satisfy YOUR fascination with the Baroque!

Malibu Chamber Players
MAHMR 1205201
ISBN#  7 24101 22532 1
For more information, click here.
For those who seek musical adventures, the Malibu Chamber Players have released another exploration of the new works of Maria Newman. "She writes in a highly listenable idiom, richly scored.... pleasant in harmony, assertive in style...."  D. Moore, "American Record Guide"

TUTTI Orchestral Sampler
Various Orchestras and Artists
ISBN# 0 30911 19062 0
My Delight of the Week!  If you are a listener who likes those memorable melodies from established favorite concert works, this is the CD for you.  Some folks call these "old chestnuts," but these timeless melodies are favorites that have stood the tests of time, like "The Great Gate" from Pictures at an Exhibition, the "Andante" from Mozart's Piano Concerto No. 21, the "Berceuse and Finale" from Stravinsky's The Firebird.  This CD supplies you with the "best bits" from the most requested concert hits.

Violin Sonatas
Bradywine Baroque
ISBN#8 88295 20206 0
If you want to "buy local," then we certainly hope you're adding support of local and regional musicians to your shopping cart!  Brandywine Baroque, based in Wilmington, DE, has an enviable critical acclaim and reputation for excellence in performance and in musicology.  Known for researching and performing works by the well known names of the Baroque era as well as the names that have been mostly forgotten, they are audience favorites and a reliable resource for your music collection.  Brandywine Baroque is supported in part by the Delaware Division of the Arts.

Sean Chen, piano
ISBN# 0 34062 30029 7
The repertoire on this CD was specifically chosen for being "of it's time."  Music that reflects both the appreciation of the beauty of the Romantic era, while looking ahead for new form and substance from the great changes going on in industry and life in the early 1900s.   Ravel's "Noble and Sentimental Waltzes" is the core of this CD, and the other works, by Ravel and Scriabin reflect this late romantic, early modern sensibility.   Sean Chen is a rising piano star, and in 2013 he won one of the most lucrative and significant prizes available to an american pianist:  The American Pianists Association's DeHaan Classical Fellowship.

We hope you enjoyed today's new releases, Just Opened.
Kara Dahl Russell

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