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Friday, October 23, 2015

Just Opened - Oct. 23, 2015

This week on Just Opened, we have three "big" releases, by violinist Anne Akiko Myers and the London Symphony Orchestra, a new solo release from pianist Lang Lang, and Rachel Barton Pine picking up the obscure viola d'amore and making it her own on the works of Vivaldi written for this instrument..   We also have one "smaller" release, the mother and daughter Van Hoesen harp duo "Genetic Harps."   All of today's artists have international careers.

The Complete Viola D'Amore Concertos
Rachel Barton Pine
Ars Antiqua
ISBN#7 35131 91592 2
 My Delight of the Week!    Regular WSCL listeners know that rarity ranks high with me, and here we have one of the top violinists in the world picking up one of history's more obscure intruments (playing a beautiful historic one from 1774) and recording concertos composed for it by one of history's favorite composers.  This follows closely on Pine's recent 3 CD set of the works of Veracini with Trio Setticento, so we can only assume she is going through a Baroque phase and let out a collective sigh of pleasure!

The Love Album
Anne Akiko Meyers, violin
London Symphony Orchestra
Keith Lockhart, cond.
ISBN#0 99923 77922 3
Gift Giver's Delight.  While the focal point piece of this CD is Bernstein's cerebral "Serenade after Plato's Symphosium" - which some will find of interest, and others will want to skip all together forever - the rest of the CD is filled to the brim with memorable favorite tunes in beautiful arrangements for violin and orchestra.  The orchestral settings of these favorite love themes are almost edible, incredibly luscious and fullfilling.  While we first aired this CD today, we were all ready receiving notes from listeners that they love this CD!

Chopin & Tchaikovsky
SONY 751 1758 (2 CD set)
ISBN# 8 8875 11758 2 2
Lang Lang has been hailed as one of the greatest pianists of our day.  Indeed, in a field crowded with talented, technically proficient, magnificently trained, musically nuanced pianists, Lang Lang has the kind of career that simply "does not exist anymore" for most musicians, the legendary kind of career as we hear of from the Romantic era, similar to those of Clara Schumann, Moszkowski, and Liszt.  After several releases of major concertos with world class orchestras, he tosses out this solo release to us; an exclamation of scherzos by Chopin, and Tchikovsky's epic calendar of music, "The Seasons."  Lang Lang says the seasons is not as filled with notes as some works, but the use he makes of the note create melodies with the kind of pain  that turns into beauty.  "He presents his heart, and he holds your heart."

Gretchen Van Hoesen
Heidi Van Hoesen Gorton
ISBN# 8 89211 70874 1
Mother and daughter harpists, both award winners with international careers, the Van Hoesen's both hold principle harp chairs, Gretchen with the Pittsburgh Symphony, and Heidi with the Toronto Symphony.  As a duo they specialize in finding and arranging new and old works for harp duo (and they also perform symphonic concertos for two harps). They have performed as a duo extensively in PA, and around the united states.   The program on this CD is excessively listenable with beloved works by Debussy, Da Falla, Ravel, Dussek, infectious new works by Schocker and Curcio, and a trio of Irish Airs in settings by Reynaldo Hahn.

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

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