This week: a new CD from Deutsche Grammophon featuring pianist Lang Lang in his first chamber music recording. Also: a symphony by "the Dean of African-American Composers," William Grant Still, played by the Fort Smith (AR) Symphony; and the huge and difficult (for the soloist!) Violin Concerto in the Hungarian Style by Joseph Joachim.
BRAHMS: Trio in A minor for clarinet, cello & piano, op.114 (Daniel Barrett, cello, with the Pierce-Aomori Duo) (23:42) CD TITLE: "Brahms: Clarinet Sonatas 1 & 2/Clarinet Trio" (MSR Classics MS-1322)
WILLIAM GRANT STILL: Symphony No.4, Autochthonous (1947) (Fort Smith Symphony/John Jeter) (26:15) CD TITLE: "Still: Stymphonies Nos. 4 and 5" (Naxos 8.559603)
Joseph JOACHIM (1831-1907): Violin Concerto in D minor "In the Hungarian Style," Op.11 (Suyoen Kim, violin; Staatskapelle Weimar/Michael Halász (45:37) CD TITLE: "Joachim: Violin Concertos, Opp.3 and 11" (Naxos 8.570991)
SAINT-SAËNS: Prière in G for cello & organ (arr.by the composer for cello & piano), op.158 (1919) (Christian Poltéra, cello; Kathryn Stott, piano) (5:11) CD TITLE: "SAINT-SAËNS: Cello Sonatas Etc." (Chandos CHAN-10552)
BORIS PASTERNAK (1890-1960): Preludes for Piano (1906)--No.1, "Con moto" (Inna Faliks, piano) (1:04) CD TITLE: "Sound of Verse" (MSR Classics MS-1333)
TCHAIKOVSKY: Piano Trio in A minor, Op.50 (Lang Lang, piano; Vadim Repin, violin; Mischa Maisky, cello) (49:19) CD TITLE: "Tchaikovsky/Rachmaninov: Piano Trios" (Deutsche Grammophon B0013504-02GH)