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Friday, September 4, 2015

Just Opened - Sept. 4, 2015


Alan Feinberg's new CD exploring Fugues of the Baroque era contrasted with the new music of David Crumb.  The music of Brahms compared with new music of Andrea Clearfield.  And the musical history of Jews in India explored in Choral Music.

FUGUE STATE
Alan Feinberg, piano
STEINWAY & SONS 30034
ISBN# 0 34062 30034 1
Steinway & Sons publicity of this CD
My Delight of the Week!  After his last Steinway CD that focused on the Elizabethan works of John Bull, Feinberg moves up into the Baroque era with a focus on fugues.   The great composers are represented here, but perhaps more importantly, the meditative and surprisingly melodic elements of fugues come into clear focus in this intelligent collection.  Many people say they like "music to study to" to help them concentrate.   Here's the ticket.  Feinberg says,  “Performing works of the Baroque period on a modern Steinway enables the use of an especially rich tool for contrapuntal expression.  In the end, I think that the performer’s task is to strive to harness the same spiritual, personal, intellectual, and technical concerns that the composer has mustered in order to re-create or re-imagine these past works for the present.”  Fugues can be dry stuff, and Feinberg brings out the drama, the elegance, and surprising tenderness.

KOCHI
Ruth Webber, cond.
San Diego Jewish Men's Choir
ISBN# 7 66897 74872 1
For information and purchase.
Gift Giver's Delight!  A truly rare treat for the upcoming Jewish Holy Days, a new exploration of music from India, specifically from 3 communities of Jews (Malabars 562 BC, Roman in 70 AD (or CE), and Paradesi 1492) who made up the thriving (over 5,000) community in the fishing port town of Kerala, India.  The resulting music of traditional jewish texts and music played on a variety of instruments, including traditional Indian instruments creates a fresh "new" world music soundscape that is both historically accurate and completely relevant in today's thirst for multi-culturalism with integrity.  I can envision the musical program of this CD creating ripples in choral presentations and religious service music as well.  ** This CD has allready topped 2 billboard charts (#3 World Albums, #7 Heatseaker Pacific), and is a "Global Music Award" winner.


CONVERGENCES
Barbara Westphal, viola
Christian Ruvolo, piano
BRIDGE 9442
ISBN# 0 90404 94422 2
for more info & purchase
Westphal's luscious dark viola tones have been a staple on our station for years.  Here she plays 2 well-loved sonatas by Brahms paired with a sparkling new work for viola & piano by Andrea Clearfield.

Click here for a review of both Westphal's CD & Crumb's Red Desert

RED DESERT
Compostitions of David Crumb
BRIDGE 9450
ISBN# 0 90404 94502 1
His father was avant-guarde composer George Crumb, and David's work is said to be more accessible that that, but it remains pretty far from what our listeners ask for.   David Crumb teaches music theory and composition.  If you are seeking a challenge to your musical notions, this CD has varied instrumentation on the individual pieces which is smart, as it helps greatly to leaven this collection of new works.


Thank you for your support of WSCL-FM, and your continued interest in Just Opened, the program where we open up new releases and releases new to our library, to give you a small taste of what's new in the classical music release world.
Kara Dahl Russell


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