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Friday, July 24, 2015

Just Opened - July 24, 2015

Today we open up a variety of folk inspired music, from composers who were loosely inspired by folk music, to orchestrations of well known folk melodies, to and interesting chamber music group playing new arrangements of traditional eastern european music and klezmer.

Beethoven Piano Sonatas Vol. 4
Jonathan Biss, piano
ISBN# 8 89176 27996 6
International performer, speaker, instructor at the Curtiss Institute, Jonathan Biss has made a deep committment to the Sonatas of Beethoven.   This is Vol. 4 of a 9 volume set (in progress) of all the piano sonatas of Beethoven, and he has also created online courses where he details the influences, the approach, and the performance of these works.

Enigma Variations
The Wasps & Greensleeves Vars.
Kansas City Symphony
Michael Stern
ISBN#0 30911 11292 9
The Kansas City Symphony has committed to a growing body of recordings of works which are receiving critical raves.  Here they focus on British composers, in basic works which are essential elements of any growing classical music collection.

Zina Schiff, violin
Cameron Grant, piano
MSR 1493
ISBN# 6 81585 14932 4
Schiff was a protege of the great Heifitz, and has been compared to him by reviewers.   She studied at the Curtis Institute and has awards and acclaim internationally.   As Pianist for the New York City Ballet, Grant has played all the major piano ballets.  They bring a symbiosis of style and dramatic flair to their musical pairing.  The selections for this CD are all "modern" works, but not the intimidating kind, Copeland and Bloch known for their taste for tunes.

Klezmer and East European Folk Music
The Ucalgary String Quartet
arrangments by Edmond Agopian
MSR 1276
ISBN# 6 81585 12762 9
My Delight of the Week!  Our blog readers know that rarity often counts a lot with me, and the combination of free-wheeling interpretation, varied arrangements, musical comraderie and rarity make this an easy pick for me this week.  (Understanding that this will not be a favorite with the conservative classical listener who wants the tried and true concert hall greats.)  The UCalgary String Quartet is the quartet in residence at the University of Calgary.  The UCalgary String Quartet was nominated for the Instrumental Group of the Year Award at the Canadian Folk Music Awards and at the Western Canadian Music Awards. The nominated recording, on the American label MSR Classics, is titled Far Behind I Left My Country – Klezmer and East European Folk Music – Arranged and Composed by Edmond Agopian. “This is music of deep-seated humanity…incredibly vivacious, sorrowful, nostalgic…performed here with affectionate understanding.” FANFARE MAGAZINE (USA)

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

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