Wednesday, August 26, 2015

~ playlist ~

Some of the music on my CD player recently:

~ Red Priest's new album, "Handel on the Wind". The group's own Suite from The Messiah and takes on other Baroque works with digressions to music from other sources (such as the Jaws theme!). Red Priest Recordings, 2014.

~ "Venezia 1625". Recorder player Maurice Steger and Ensemble in works by Fontana, Uccelini, Storace and other Baroque composers. Harmonia Mundi, 2009. (Steger has a new album of Vivaldi flute concerti coming out on HM.)

~ Sinfonie and concerti by Alessandro Scarlatti. I Musici with William Bennett on flute. Philips, 1992.

~ Brahms's Concerto for Violin and Cello. Heifetz and Piatigorsky with the RCA Victor Symphony Orchestra conducted by Alfred Wallenstein. RCA, 1960. (From RCA's Heifetz-Piatigorsky Concerts Album Collection.)

~ Live recording of the April 7, 1962, performance of Puccini's "Tosca" at the Metropolitan Opera. Leontyne Price as Tosca; Franco Corelli as Cavaradossi; Cornell MacNeil as Scarpia. Kurt Adler conducting. Sony Classical, 2011.

~ "Caramelos Latinos" -- Latin American "Lollipops". Maximiano Valdes conducts the Simon Bolivar Symphony Orchestra of Venezuela in works by Ginastera, Revueltas, Moncayo, Carreno, Guarnieri and Plaza. Dorian, 1995. (From the label's Music of Latin American Masters series.)

~ Violin Sonatas 1, 4 and 6 and Three Dances by "rebellious Soviet avant-garde composer" Nikolai Roslavets. (He softened his approach by the time he composed Sonata No. 6, but that one was still some gripping listening.) Violinist Solomia Soroka and pianist Arthur Greene. Naxos, 2006.

Also anticipated: Volume 7 of Hyperion's Romantic Cello Concerto series, works for cello and orchestra by Fitzenhagen and that composer's arrangement of Tchaikovsky's Rococo Variations.