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Friday, September 18, 2015

Just Opened - September 18, 2015

Today we have works that recognize the celebration Rosh Hashanah and Yom Kippur, a new major release from Itzhak Perlman and Emanuel Ax of beloved traditional violin sonatas, two more great pianists - from Brazil - play works by Russian composers.  We top these off with the icing of choral music by Paulus and some new settings of klezmer music by an Argentinian composer.

Luiz de Moura Castro, piano
Slovenia Radio & TV orchestra
Ligia Amadio, cond.
ISBN#8 88295 25148 8
Conductor Ligia Amadio's website
My Delight of the Week!  Listed amongst the top piano instructors in the US, Castro has been recognized for at least 50 years as an international virtusoso, and regularly sits on the jury of the top international piano competitions.   He knows the process since he has been winning competitions since his teens.  This is an opportunity to hear a mature recognized master-class teacher performing the RAC-PAG variations, one of the most revered works of the piano repertoire, which he has been playing since his childhood!  (Note:  the picture of this CD is not the same cover art as the one sent to us here at the station, and I have been unable to find both on online sources, so your best source is to contact Castro through his website for this CD.)  Rachmaninov piano works remain among the best loved of piano/orchestra literature, and his variations on a theme of Paganini is a perennial favorite and frequently requested piece.  (Castro learned the variations as a child for  "piano exercises," first performing them in competition and then with orchestra at the age of nine.  This is an artist who KNOWS the piece.)  This is an exceptionally nuanced performance of a performer who has played the work for 50 years! 

Daniel Galay, composer
Michele Gingras, clarinet
Ron Matson, piano
MSR 1240
ISBN# 6 81585 1240 2 4
Argentinian born Galay immigrated to Israel in 1965 and received the "Prime Minister Composition Prize" in 2009.   For several years he is the Chairman of Leyvik House, the Association of Yiddish writers and Journalists in Israel, where he introduced changes to attract new generations to Jewish Culture and Literature.  It is said that his exceptional affinity with the language is integrally connected to his success as a composer of Yiddish works.  Gingras is Distinguished professor of Clarinet at Miami University and has authored the advanced pedagogy book, "Clarinet Secrets: 52 Performance Strategies for the Advanced Clarinetist."

Choral Music of Stephen Paulus
Eric Holtan, Cond.
True Concord Voices & Orchestra
ISBN# 0 30911 17162 9
Just weeks before his death from a stroke in 2014, this recording was made under the supervision of Paulus;  premier recordings (including one in remembrance of 9/11) introducing the international debut of True Concord Voices and Orchestra.  The full and varied orchestration lend even more color than usual to these fine choral works performed by exceptional artists.

Faure & Strauss Violin Sonatas
ISBN# 0 28948 11774 1
Two above-the-title greats join forces in a new release of two of the great traditional works of concert repertoire.  Perlman & Ax are touring internationally with these works, and will be performing in the region - on Sept. 28th at the Kennedy Center in Washington DC.

Jorge Federico Osorio, piano
ISBN# 7 35131 91532 8
Osorio has been in our playlists on WSCL for awhile.  His technical facility and interpretational skill always please.  This CD's major work is Mussorgsky's "Pictures at an Exhibition."  We are now so used to the orchestral version of the work that we forget it was originally composed for solo piano, with the intention of creating in music the specific works of art the composer had in mind.   It has been compared to Debussy's preludes in it's use of color, variety and subtlety.   A prelude and fugue of Shostakovich give us some rigor, and two Prokofiev works, one challenging, one poetic, round out the program.   This is the tour-de-force recital of an accomplished master.

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

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