November 2012 Hot Pick CD & New Releases

From the Land of Sky Blue Waters

VocalEssence Ensemble Singers/Philip Brunelle

CLARION: 942

VocalEssence has put together a charming CD from their 2011 tour that crossed Minnesota via historic Highway 23, sharing the music of the state’s composers and songs beloved by the people who have made Minnesota their home over the past 150 years. And with its Scandinavian-heavy heritage, that’s a lot of singing! The music is quite a diverse array, from Minnesota-born composers Dominick Argento, Libby Larsen and Stephen Paulus, to medleys that offer the lighter musical side of the Gopher State such as Judy Garland, Bob Dylan, Prince, Owl City and even indie pop band Semisonic. The Mary Tyler Moore theme song shares space with the classic Lutheran hymn, Beautiful Savior, several spirituals, and a Native American piece by Brent Michael Davids. This shows just how deep the love of choral music goes in Minnesota culture. But no matter the style, Brunelle and the choir put their heart and soul into each song. And yes, it does have the classic 1960s Hamm's Beer jingle!

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NOVEMBER 2012 NEW RELEASES & RE-DISCOVERIES - WEEK ONE

Richard WAGNER: Orchestral Excerpts, Vol. 1 - Flying Dutchman Overture, Entrance of Gods into Valhalla, Wotan's Farewell & Magic Fire Music, Forest Murmurs, Gotterdammerung - Dawn, Siegfried's Rhine Journey, Funeral March
Seattle Symphony Orchestra/Gerard Schwarz
NAXOS: 8572767


Richard WAGNER: Orchestral Excerpts, Vol. 2 - Faust Overture; Lohengrin Act I Prelude, Wedding March, ‘Einsam in truben Tagen’; Parsifal Preludes, Good Friday Spell
Seattle Symphony Orchestra/Gerard Schwarz; Alessandra Marc, soprano
NAXOS: 8572768

 

Richard WAGNER: Orchestral Excerpts, Vol. 3 - Tannhauser Overture & Venusberg Music; Die Meistersinger Act III Prelude, Dance of the Apprentices, Procession of the Meistersingers; Tristan und Isolde Preludes, Brangane’s Warning, Liebestod
Seattle Symphony Orchestra/Gerard Schwarz; Alessandra Marc, soprano
NAXOS: 8572769

STEPHEN HOUGH'S FRENCH ALBUM - Gabriel FAURÉ, Maurice RAVEL, Jules MASSENET, Emmanuel CHABRIER, Francis POULENC, Cécile CHAMINADE, Charles-Valentin ALKAN, Claude DEBUSSY, Léo DELIBES
Stephen Hough, piano
HYPERION: 67890


Cecilia MCDOWALL: Great Hills, Shipping Forecast, Theatre of Tango, Crossing the Bridge, Rain, Steam and Speed, Pavane
Ulster Orchestra; Orchestra Nova/George Vass; Merton College Choir Oxford; Jeremy Huw Williams, baritone; Madeleine Easton, violin; Kathryn Thomas, flute; Joanna Shaw, flute
DUTTON: 7292


TANGO ROYAL - Carel KRAAYENHOF: Clavel rojo, Máxima, Milonga para Thirza; Astor PIAZZOLLA: ‘Aconcagua’ Bandoneón Concerto, Milonga del angel, Balada para un loco, Oblivion, Adiós Nonino; Roberto D. ALVAREZ: Maypa
Carel Kraayenhof, bandoneón; Concertgebouw Chamber Orchestra/Ed Spanjaard; Canyengue Sextet; Netherlands Chamber Choir
PENTATONE: 5186008

Benedetto MARCELLO: 12 Concerti a cinque Op. 1, Sinfonias 1-5
I Solisti di Milano/Angelo Ephrikian
NEWTON CLASSICS: 8802137

 

 


AQUARELLES/WATERCOLORS - Erik SATIE: Gymnopédies; Claude DEBUSSY: Clair de Lune; Bedrich SMETANA: The Moldau; Marcel TOURNIER: Images Suite No. 4; Franz LISZT: Liebestraume No. 3; Marius FLOTHUIS: Pour le tombeau d’Orphée; Henriette RENIÉ; Légende - The Elves; Isaac ALBENIZ: Zaragoza
Valerie Milot, harp
ANALEKTA: 29986


Christian WESTERHOFF: Symphony in E flat; Concerto for Clarinet & Bassoon in B flat, Clarinet Concerto in B flat Op 5
Osnabruck Symphony Orchestra/Hermann Bäumer; Sebastian Manz, clarinet; Albrecht Holder, bassoon
CPO: 777598

Franz SCHUBERT: Piano Sonata in a D 845, Wanderer Fantasy in C D 760; 4 Impromptus D 935, 6 Moments Musicaux D 780; Allegretto in c D 915
Paul Lewis, piano
HARMONIA MUNDI: 90213637

 

Antonio VIVALDI: Concerti con Molti Istromenti – RV 574, 579, 562, 97, 781, 555, 566
King's Consort/Robert King
HYPERION: 55439


 

 


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NOVEMBER 2012 NEW RELEASES & RE-DISCOVERIES - WEEK TWO

12 Cellists of the Berlin Philharmonic - David FUNCK: Suite for cellos in D; Julius KLENGEL: Hymnus for 12 cellos Op. 57; Boris BLACHER: Blues, Espagnola & Rumba Philharmonica for 12 cellos; Jean FRANÇAIX: Aubade, for 12 cellos
12 Cellists of the Berlin Philharmonic
ACANTA: 233497
 

Niccolò PAGANINI: String Quartets Nos. 1-3 Op. 1a
Amati Ensemble String Quartet
BRILLIANT CLASSICS: 94287

 

 


Josef SUK: A Summer’s Tale Op. 29, Prague Op. 26
BBC Symphony Orchestra/Jirí Blohlávek
CHANDOS: 5109


 

 


Wilhelm STENHAMMAR: Piano Pieces - 3 Fantasies Op. 11, Sensommarnatter (Late Summer Nights) Op. 33, Piano Sonata in A flat Op. 12
Cassandra Wyss, piano
CAPRICCIO: 5117

 


Francois CHAUVON - LES NOUVEAUX BIJOUX:  Tibiades, Suites for flute & oboe & sometimes violin
Washington McClain, oboe; Alison Melville, recorder/flute; Michael McCraw, bassoon; Julia Wedman, violin; Charlotte Nediger, harpsichord
EARLY-MUSIC.COM: 7773

 

Wind Band Music - OLD WINE IN NEW BOTTLES: Donald GRANTHAM: Starry Crown; Gordon JACOB: Old Wine in New Bottles, More Old Wine in New Bottles; Steven BRYANT: Ecstatic Waters; Carter PANN: Hold this Boy and Listen
Youngstown State University Symphonic Wind Ensemble/Dana Chamber Winds/Stephen Gage
NAXOS: 8572762


Benjamin GODARD, Vol 2: Piano Concerto No. 2, Fantaisie Persane, Jocelyn Suites, Ouverture des Guelfes
Royal Scottish National Orchestra/Martin Yates; Victor Sangiorgio, piano
DUTTON: 7291


 

 

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NOVEMBER 2012 NEW RELEASES & RE-DISCOVERIES - WEEK THREE

GET HAPPY – Virtuoso Show Tunes for Piano: George GERSHWIN/Wild, Richard RODGERS/Hough, Irving BERLIN/Hyman, Frederick LOEWE/Malzew, etc.
Jenny Lin, piano
STEINWAY & SONS: 30011

 

Gustav MAHLER: Symphony No. 1
Budapest Festival Orchestra/Ivan Fischer
CHANNEL CLASSICS: 33112

 

 

Kenneth FUCHS: Atlantic Riband, ‘American Rhapsody’ Violin Romance, ‘Divinum Mysterium’ Viola Concerto, Concerto Grosso for string quartet, Discover the Wild
London Symphony Orchestra/JoAnn Falletta; Michael Ludwig, violin; Paul Silverthorne, viola
NAXOS: 8559723
 


Antonio VIVALDI: Complete Chamber Concertos
Collegium Pro Musica; Stefano Bagliano, recorder
BRILLIANT CLASSICS: 94332
 

 


Richard Strauss: Der Rosenkavalier Orchestra Suite, Waltz Sequences
Seattle Symphony Orchestra/Gerard Schwarz
Naxos: 8571217

 

 


Franz Joseph HAYDN: Piano Sonatas, Vol. 4; HOB XVI: 19, 23, 25; ‘Un Piccolo Divertimento’ Andante & Variations
Jean-Efflam Bavouzet, piano
CHANDOS: 10736

 


Gustav HOLST: Cotswolds Symphony, Walt Whitman Overture, A Winter Idyll, Japanese Suite, Indra – Symphonic Poem
Ulster Orchestra/JoAnn Falletta
NAXOS: 8572914

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