This week we'll sample new recordings by pianist Leon Fleisher and cellist Sol Gabetta, and continue working our way through live broadcast recordings from the '80s by the Royal Concertgebouw Orchestra.
CLASSICAL MUSIC for SATURDAY, 4/18/2009
Our usual Saturday-afternoon selection of new and recent CD releases.
HOUR ONE (1-2pm)
MOZART: Piano Concerto No.7 in F major, K.242 ("Lodron Concerto"), originally for three pianos and orchestra, arranged by Mozart for two pianos (and orchestra of course). Leon Fleisher and his wife Katherine Jacobson perform with the Stuttgart Chamber Orchestra. This is our first hearing of a new Sony Classical CD (88697-43505-2), featuring Fleisher's first concerto recordings in more than 40 years, after making a near-miraculous comeback from focal dystonia in his right hand.
SIBELIUS: Symphony No.6 in D minor--another selection from Vol.5 in the CD box-set series "Anthology of the Royal Concertgebouw Orchestra Live--the Radio Recordings." This 14-disc set features live recordings by the orchestra from the decade of the 1980s. Sir Colin Davis conducts this 1983 performance. (Radio Netherlands RCO-08005)
HOUR TWO (2-3pm)
A recording on an import label from Poland, Dux Recording Producers (DUX-0656) featuring the "Rebirth" Symphony in E minor by the short-lived late-Romantic Polish composer MIECZYSLAW KARLOWICZ (1876-1909). Jerzy Salwaroswki directs the Warsaw Philharmonic.
BACH: Partita No.3 in E for violin solo, BWV 1006, in ROBERT SCHUMANN's arrangement for violin and piano. Violinist Haroutune Bedelian and pianist Lorna Griffitt have recorded the three Bach solo Sonatas and Partitas arranged by Schumann on a new 2-disc set from Centaur (CRC 2904/5). This is our first KSMU hearing of this set.
HOUR THREE (3-4pm)
We sampled this one last month: violin virtuoso Nikolai Znaider with the Vienna Philharmonic and conductor Valery Gergiev (RCA Red Seal 88697-10336-2). In March we played the Korngold Violin Concerto from this CD; this week we're playing the other work on the disc, the BRAHMS Violin Concerto in D, op.77.
RCA Red Seal has also sent us a couple of new CDs by the young cello virtuosa (and yes, I meant to spell it that way!) from Argentina, Sol Gabetta. Her CD titled "Cantabile" (88697-35962-2) features vocal music--arias and songs--arranged for cello and orchestra. We'll hear Sol Gabetta play Michaela's "Je dis que rien" and Carmen's "Seguidille" from BIZET's Carmen, accompanied by the Prague Philharmonic with conductor Charles Olivieri-Munroe.