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Friday, August 7, 2015

Just Opened - August 7, 2014

New releases Just Opened today, from Bach and Rachmaninov to new works by pianist Gabriela Montero, to a harp trio and Berlin's German Cabaret music.  From serious to slightly kitsch.... women ruling great music!

Jennifer Koh, violin
CEDILLE 154 (2 CD set)
ISBN # 7 3513- -1542 7
Koh continues her pursuit of excellence, and the juxtaposition of traditional composers with modern composers.  This time, two timeless Bach works paired with Bartok's sonata for solo violin, and "Frises (curls)" of Kaija Saariaho.  " A risk taking high-octane player who grabs the listener by the ears and refuses to let go."-The Strad   "One of the most impressive and expressive violinists on the scene." -L.A.Times

Composer, pianist
YOA Orchestra of the Americas
ISBN# 5 060189 56047 9
My Delight of the Week.  An inspired program of Montero's own compositions alongside her performance of the beloved Piano Concerto No. 2 of Rachmaninov.  Her powerful "Ex Patria/In Memorium" for piano and orchestra contrasted with her solo piano improvisations.   She pops up on an internet search as a "hot" pianist, and these works demostrate she is not only beautiful, but a pianist/composer/improvisor with hot classical talent!  With many of today's pianists, they are interpreters of the music of others, but we wonder when/if they will begin to compose... Montero arrives "fully formed."

Music for Flute, Viola & Harp
Fire Pink Trio
MSR 1511
ISBN# 6 81585 15112 9
Debra Reuter-Pivetta, flute, Sheila Browne, viola, and harpist Jacquelyn Bartlett on harp provide a program of variety, rhythm and contrast.   The "standard" work of Debussy's Sonata for fl,v & h is the centerpiece of this CD, while new works by Albert, Locklair, Moreno-Buendia, and Burnette take the program from serious musical intellectualism to pops. They are actively involved in commissioning new works for this trio combination (as evidenced by some of the works on this CD).  Individually and together, the three hold a full bouquet of accolades, awards, and critical praise.

available in English or German
Adrienne Haan, singer/dancer entertainer
A resident of Germany, Luxembourg and now NYC, Adrienne Haan has achieved international recognition, playing large concert stages with some of the world's most prestigious orchestras, and intimate cabaret rooms.  She has studied at the American Academy of Dramatic Arts, The Julliard School, and with Arthur Jansen of the Cologne School of Music and Dance.  She serves on the International Advisory Board of the Duke Ellington Center for the arts, and is recognized as a cultural ambassador.

Talented women bringing a huge variety of great music to our airwaves today.  Join us next week for more new releases, Just Opened.
Kara Dahl Russell

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