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      October 19, 2014

      Vivaldi: Recorder Concerto in E-flat major, R 375 (12:41)

      Maurice Steger, recorder; I Barocchisti / Diego Fasolis

      It may come as a surprise to some that the violin was not the most frequently played instrument in the early 18th century: that distinction belongs to the recorder. Vivaldi was among the composers most sensitive to the instrument’s complex identity, as he shows in his concertos for recorder. On this disc, acclaimed virtuoso Maurice Steger offers highly impressive versions of such popular works as La pastorella, Il gardellino, and the evergreen La notte.

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      Rating: 4.7/5 (3 votes cast)

      Bach: The Well-Tempered Clavier, Book I: Preludes & Fugues I – III (11:32)

      Pierre-Laurent Aimard, piano

      Pierre-Laurent Aimard is about to embark on a personal artistic journey. The French pianist will spend much of the next year in company with the music of Johann Sebastian Bach, digging deep beneath the surface of one of the composer’s greatest works. Aimard’s Bach odyssey will span four continents, reaching audiences in fifteen countries with thirty-four performances featuring the first book of The Well-Tempered Clavier.

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      Mozart: Piano Concerto No 24 in C minor, K 491: I, Allegro (15:28)

      Lang Lang, piano; Vienna Philharmonic / Nikolaus Harnoncourt

      For his first all-Mozart album, Lang Lang teams up with Mozart authority Nikolaus Harnoncourt. The album presents two of Mozart’s piano concertos as well as solo pieces on two discs. The concertos (No 24 in C Minor, K 491, and No 17 in G Major, K 453) were recorded with the Vienna Philharmonic at the Vienna Musikverein. From the solo pieces, the three early piano sonatas have been part of Lang Lang’s latest recital program which he presented in more than 200 concerts worldwide. These recordings were captured at his Royal Albert Hall concert in 2013.

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      Rating: 2.2/5 (6 votes cast)

      Mahler: Symphony No 7: I, Langsam – Allegro risoluto (22:12)

      Simón Bolívar Symphony Orchestra of Venezuela / Gustavo Dudamel

      Gustavo Dudamel resumes his survey of the Mahler symphonies with this recording of the Seventh. He describes it as a “symphony of everything, from chaos to glory, sarcasm to tenderness, from a funeral march to a seductive tango. It is a cosmic symphony of perfect construction and galactic emotional scope.” It was his triumph at the 2003 Gustav Mahler Conducting Competition in Bamberg that catapulted Dudamel to international stardom, and the music of Mahler has remained central not only to his repertoire but to his entire musical philosophy.

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      Rating: 4.3/5 (3 votes cast)

      Dudamel: Libertador (The Liberator): Excerpts (8:34)

      Simón Bolívar Symphony Orchestra of Venezuela / Gustavo Dudamel

      The Liberator is billed as one of the largest independent film productions ever to come out of South America. It stars Édgar Ramírez as Simón Bolívar. The music was composed by Gustavo Dudamel in his first score for film. He consulted with John Williams in the preparations for writing the music, describing his score as “atmospheric, post-Mahlerian music, full of tension, hope and struggle.” The Simón Bolívar Symphony Orchestra and guests from the world of Venezuelan folk music lend the score a distinctive Latin American flavor.

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      Turina: Piano Trio No 2 in B minor, Op 76 (15:13)

      Lincoln Trio

      The Lincoln Trio brings its “interpretative flair” (The Strad) to the early 20th-century chamber music of Spanish-born, French-trained Joaquín Turina in a richly varied program of works blending Spanish dance and folk influences with romanticism and French impressionism. The album offers Turina’s complete works for multiple strings and piano — four trios, a quartet, quintet, and sextet, including what is only the second recording of Turina’s lovely early Piano Trio in F Major.

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      John Luther Adams: Become Ocean: Excerpt (13:00)

      Seattle Symphony / Ludovic Morlot

      John Luther Adams’ Become Ocean is the 2014 Pulitzer Prize winner for music. Written for three distinct orchestras within the orchestra, the piece expands on some of the ideas Adams explored in his 2007 work Dark Waves, with the different sections following their own rhythms and eventually meeting each other at the peak of three huge crescendo-like waves. Commissioned and premiered by the Seattle Symphony in June 2013, the piece was described by Alex Ross in The New Yorker as “the loveliest apocalypse in musical history.”

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      October 12, 2014

      Prokofiev: Romeo and Juliet: Montagues and Capulets (5:17); Juliet the Young Girl (4:17); Madrigal (3:33); Minuet (3:01); Masks (2:08)

      Chicago Symphony Orchestra / Riccardo Muti

      This new CSO Resound album features the Chicago Symphony Orchestra and Music Director Riccardo Muti in performance from October 2013, playing an extended suite drawn from Sergei Prokofiev’s Romeo and Juliet ballet score. It was produced by David Frost, winner of the 2013 Grammy Award for Producer of the Year. The ten movements were selected by Riccardo Muti from two other orchestral suites that Prokofiev created, and their chronology closely follows the storyline of the ballet and tragedy.

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      Haydn: Piano Sonata No 47 in B minor, Hob XVI/32 (11:25)

      Denis Kozhukhin, piano

      Haydn’s piano sonatas, if not as universally familiar as his symphonies and string quartets, include some of the finest of the time in their genre. On his second recital disc for Onyx, Denis Kozhukhin plays two absorbing works from 1773, the remarkable B minor sonata from 1776, full of Sturm und Drang, and the E-flat major sonata from 1789, dedicated to Haydn’s close friend Maria Anna von Genzinger, which beautifully combines drama and tenderness.

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      Haydn: Piano Concerto in F major, Hob XVIII/3 (21:13)

      Jean-Efflam Bavouzet, piano; Manchester Camerata / Gábor Takács-Nagy

      Jean-Efflam Bavouzet’s ongoing series devoted to Haydn’s sonatas has established him as one of the world’s finest interpreters of Haydn’s keyboard music. In this concerto recording, he performs in partnership with the conductor Gábor Takács-Nagy, the two united by a passionate admiration for Haydn’s infectious good humor and art of the unexpected.

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      Rating: 5.0/5 (2 votes cast)