Montaña: Suite Colombiana No 2 (16:39)
José Antonio Escobar, guitar
Colombia’s thriving cultural heritage derives from Spanish, African and Amerindian elements. The rich blend of color and rhythmic vitality found in the synthesis of dance forms and styles recurs throughout this program. Poignant expressiveness and intricate virtuosity are features of Montaña’s two Suites. Saboya’s Suite Ernestina includes characteristically South American melodies and rhythms, while Caribbean rhythmic patterns are recreated in González’s Preludio.
Hirtz: Wizard of Oz Fantasy (7:34)
Jon Kimura Parker, piano
Composers have used the word ‘fantasy’ in myriad ways, taking advantage of both its implied lack of formal structure, and the exploration of the imagination. Pianist Jon Kimura Parker showcases five composers’ takes on the keyboard fantasy, with music by Mozart, Schubert and Schumann, alongside more recent works on themes from the opera Cavalleria Rusticana and the film The Wizard of Oz.
Mozart: Andante & Rondo in G major, K 250 (from the Haffner Serenade) (17:06)
Robert Stallman, flute; Czech Chamber Orchestra / Ondřej Kukal
Flutist Robert Stallman has a special understanding of Mozart. His illuminating efforts as an arranger/interpreter are widely admired among Mozarteans such as Richard Goode and Robert Levin. Stallman’s latest disc opens with the popular Concerto in C Major for Flute & Harp. It also includes Stallman’s re-creation of Mozart’s Sonata for Two Pianos, K 448, as a Sinfonia Concertante for Two Flutes and Orchestra, and the closing work is a transcription of two movements from the Haffner Serenade.
Ravel: Piano Trio in A minor (26:29)
Trio Solisti has forged its reputation as “the most exciting piano trio in America” (The New Yorker) with repertoire which encompasses most of the standard works as well as many contemporary compositions. On this recording, violinist Maria Bachmann, cellist Alexis Pia Gerlach and pianist Adam Neiman play two of the great French trios, by Ravel and Chausson.
Saint-Saëns: Cyprès et Lauriers, Op 156 (13:44)
Vincent Warnier, organ; Lyon National Orchestra / Leonard Slatkin
To celebrate the inauguration of the newly restored former organ of the Palais du Trocadéro and Palais de Chaillot in Paris, the Lyon National Orchestra and their organist-in-residence, Vincent Warnier, present two major works for organ and orchestra by Camille Saint-Saëns, both of which are historically linked with the great Cavaillé-Coll organs. The composer himself conducted the French premiere of Cyprès et Lauriers at the Trocadéro in October 1920, entrusting the solo part to Eugène Gigout.
Corelli: (Violin) Sonata in G major, Op 5 No 10 (8:54)
Michala Petri, recorder; Mahan Esfahani, harpsichord
So widespread was Corelli’s appeal that copies of his works have been found as far afield as St Petersburg, Stockholm, Constantinople, and even America (he was known to be a favorite composer of Thomas Jefferson). Yet, for all his celebrity, only a handful of works have come down to us, with the Violin Sonatas, Op 5, occupying a prominent place. Michala Petri plays transcriptions for recorder based on numerous original sources.
New Release of the Week
Bach: Sheep May Safely Graze (4:48); Two-Piano Concerto in C major, BWV 1061: Finale (5:04)
Anderson & Roe Piano Duo
“The most dynamic duo of this generation” (San Francisco Classical Review) offers a unique glimpse into the genius of Bach on their latest album. Spinning out from Bach’s only original works for two harpsichords – the Concerto in C major and a revised version of the Contrapunctus XIII from The Art of Fugue – Greg Anderson and Elizabeth Joy Roe traverse sacred and secular works, presenting a vibrant portrait of Bach.
Muhly: Cello Concerto (17:45)
Zuill Bailey, cello; Indianapolis Symphony Orchestra / Jun Märkl
Zuill Bailey performs acclaimed American composer Nico Muhly’s Cello Concerto, in a world premiere recording with the Indianapolis Symphony conducted by Jun Märkl. Originally commissioned by the Barbican in London, the work received its American premiere with the Indianapolis Symphony in 2013. Also included on the album are two works by the great Swiss composer Ernest Bloch: the Hebraic Rhapsody for Cello and Orchestra, again featuring Bailey as soloist, and the Three Jewish Poems for Orchestra.
D’Indy: Piano Trio No 2 in G major, Op 98 (18:59)
The superb Horszowski Trio (Jesse Mills, violin, Raman Ramakrishnan, cello and Rieko Aizawa, piano) is heard here in their debut recording from Bridge. The group draws its name from legendary pianist, Miecyslaw Horszowski, who made one of his specialties the repertoire of the three composers presented here: Fauré, Saint-Saëns and D’Indy.
Bartók: Romanian Folk Dances (5:06)
Instrumental music from the around the world finds a fresh new voice in 9 String Theory, an Atlanta-based collaboration between domra virtuoso Angelina Galashenkova and American classical guitarist John Huston. 9 String Theory performs music of great variety and intense virtuosity, evoking musical traditions both ancient and modern, sharing with audiences the world’s diverse musical cultures.