Friday, October 16, 2009

Classical music, too

I wouldn't want our classical music fans to feel they've been left out (we covered a lot of new music last week). Here are some beautiful new CDs featuring piano, violin, and choral pieces.
Pianist Vladimir Ashkenazy plays the Diabeli variations of Beethoven. 33 variations in C major on a waltz by Anton Diabelli, op. 120 and 12 variations in A major on the Russian Dance from Paul Wranitzky's Ballet Das Waldm├Ądchen, WoO 71.
Violinst James Ehnes - Homage. Hear a selection of pieces played on 12 of the most valuable stringed instruments in the world, including violins by Antonio Stradivari & Pietro Guarneri and violas by Gasparo Da Salo & Andrea Guarneri. For true aficionados of the instrument.
Josquin des Pres masses. Performed by the Tallis Scholars, these masses - Malheur me bat and Fortuna desperata - were composed in the 15th century. Lovely music.
Pianist Christof Keymer performs the complete piano transcriptions of Moritz Moszkowski. Moszkowski reworked pieces from composers such as Brahms, Mozart, Beethoven, Chopin, Mendelssohn, Bizet and Handel to highlight the talent of the pianist. This disc also includes a selection of 'musical parodies'.
Tchaikovsky and Glazunov: Violin Concertos. Interpreting two Russian greats, Ukrainian-born Vadim Gluzman plays Glazunov's Violin Concerto in A Minor, op. 82 as well as two pieces by Tchaikovsky: Souvenir D'un Lieu Cher, op. 42 and Violin Concerto in D Major, op. 35. He is accompanied by the Bergen Philharmonic Orchestra, under the direction of Andrew Litton.

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