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Thursday, January 7, 2016

Just Opened, January 8, 2015 - 5 in the chamber

Mostly Chamber works today on Just Opened, with an older release tossed in that is new to our library, with a special focus on music inspired by traditional works of the orient, and spanish cultures.

Organ Works Vol. III
Robert Quinney, organ
CORO 16132
ISBN #8 28021 61322 7
Info. on Robert Quinney
English organist, Robert Quinney, studied at King's College, Cambridge, where he was Organ Scholar. On graduating from Cambridge (with BA and M.Phil. degrees) Quinney became Acting Sub-Organist of Westminster Abbey for a year, then moved to Westminster Cathedral as Assistant Master of Music in September 2000.  He won the Royal College of Organists Performer of the Year competition in 2002.  He returned to Westminster Abbey in 2004, has toured and recorded with their choir, and was principal organist for many events.  In April of 2013 he became Director of Music at Peterborough Cathedral.  This is the third in his series of Bach works for the Coro label.  Gramophone wrote, "Alongside his impeccable performances, Quinney’s greatest achievement is to produce music-making which really communicates itself to the listener."  These works, including the Canonic Variations and Pastorella (suite) are performed on The Meltzer organ of Trinity College, Cambridge.

Lorraine Hunt, mezzo
Nicholas McGegan, cond.
Philharmonia Baroque Orchestra
Released in 1994
Bio of Lorraine Hunt 1954-2006
This CD was not in our library, and gave us a nice contrast to the chamber works featured today.  It gave us an equally nice chance to explore the early work of this internationally renowned singer who died young.

Zhang Zhao, piano & arranger
Schott Publications
info. on purchase of sheet music book & cd
My delight of the week!  Of particular interest to those who play the piano, this CD is included with the sheet music book of the works.  I have always been personally enamored of "orientale" music of the romantic era, and arrangements and transcriptions of music from the far east.  Zhang Zhao takes a page from the romantic-era, a focus on traditional folk melody, and creates lush, accessible, mostly low intermediate level piano work arrangments.  There are a series of these "Melodies of China" books, for different instruments, featuring different pieces.  Each has an accompanying CD of performances of the sheet music, here beautifully performed by the arranger himself.  The music is under copyright to the People's Republic of China, and they have a special publication relationship with the German company, Schott Publishing, one of the largest sheet music publishers in Europe.  What is particularly nice about this collection, is that the provinces are identified where the folk melody originated.   It is a good way for piano teachers to add some interesting "flavors" to the repertoire for students, and for performers, too!

Boston Cello Quartet
ISBN# 8 63428 00020 1
Sometimes we receive promotional copies of a CD so quickly, that the information on them can not yet be easily found online.   Such is the case with this CD... as of today, it is not even on their website yet.  So... consider this a tickling of your musical tastebuds, and if you want to purchase the CD, I'm sure they'd be delighted to receive and email through their website about it.  (It IS availble through multiple online resources... try your favorite online CD store.) The works on this CD are sometimes familiar, always accessible.  Works by Chabrier, Corea, Granados, Barroso, Albeniz, and a new highly melodic work by Patrice Sciortino, all easy on the ears, all inspired by the toe tapping rhythms of Spanish and Latin American music.

Aaron Larget-Caplan, guitar
ISBN# 5 060192 780567
This CD features arrangements by Asian composers and works inspired by eastern legends and music by westerners.  The largescale title work for solo guitar was arranged by David Russell.  There is a piece by Leo Brower inspired by composer Toru Takamitsu, and arrangments by Takamitsu of works by Arlen & Gershwin.  There are also a few first recordings of new works.  Aaron Larget-Caplan is a roster artist for the New England Foundation for the Arts' New England States Touring Grant program, and has received rave reviews for his performances across the U.S. and internationally.  This CD presents variations of style and composer on the strong theme of guitar music inspired by the far east.

Music of Michael Eckert
Amanda McCandless, clarinet
Polina Khatsko, piano
Unison Piano Duo
MSR 1549
ISBN# 6 81585 15492 2
Bio and Info on Michael Eckert
New music by a living composer!  No need to hide or cover your ears, this collection by Michael Eckert is all filled with melody and easy to enjoy.  The rich clarinet of McCandless joins effortlessly with the accomplished accompaniment of Khatsko, and nice tonal contrast is provided by the works for piano duo, richly performed by the husband and wife team, Unison Piano Duo.   If you want to try new music, but are afraid that it will be too far from the madding crowd, this CD gives you an engaging variety of new works from a composer you'll want to follow and hear more of.

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

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