This week: Schubert's Rosamunde Overture; the Piano Concerto No.2 by one of the few 19th-century Italian composers who didn't specialize in opera, Giuseppe Martucci; Beethoven's String Quartet op.131; ballet music from the French Baroque by Jean-Fery Rebel; Saint-Saens' Septet for trumpet, piano and strings; and we'll sample the playing of pianist Fuzjko Hemming.
SCHUBERT: Rosamunde Overture, D.644 (Christian Benda conducts the Prague Sinfonia) ALBUM TITLE: "Schubert: Complete Overtures-2" (Naxos 8.570329)
Giuseppe MARTUCCI (1856-1909): Piano Concerto No.2 in Bb minor, op.66 (Gesualdo Coggi, piano; Rome Symphony Orchestra/Francesco La Vecchia) ALBUM TITLE: "Martucci: Complete Orchestral Music-4" (Naxos 8.570932)
BEETHOVEN: String Quartet No.14 in C# minor, op.131 (played by the Cypress String Quartet) ALBUM TITLE: "Beethoven Late Quartets Volume 1" (SELF-RELEASED CD by the CYPRESS PERFORMING ARTS ASSOCIATION--http://www.cypressquartet.com; CD will be released on August 25, 2009)
VIVALDI: Lute Concerto in D (arr.for piano by Andrew Gentile) (played by pianist Jeffrey Biegel) ALBUM TITLE: "VIVALDI: The Four Seasons (arr. piano)" (Naxos 8.570031)
Jean-Féry REBEL (1666-1747): Ballet, Les Élémens (played by Arion, directed by Daniel Cuiller) ALBUM TITLE: "REBEL: Les Plaisirs champêtres" (early-music.com EMCCD-7765)
SAINT-SAËNS: Septet in Eb for trumpet, piano and strings, op.65 (played by Ensemble Vivant) ALBUM TITLE: "FÊTE FRANÇAISE" (Opening Day Recordings ODR-9379)
Domenico SCARLATTI: Sonata in E, K.380; CHOPIN: Nocturne in Eb, op.9 no.2 (Fuzjko Hemming, piano) ALBUM TITLE: "FUZJKO" (Domo Records; available at http://www.domo.com)