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Friday, February 01, 2008

Some Weekend Listening for the first of February

Here are some tasty new releases that I recommend for your weekend enjoyment.

Wu Han, piano
Russian Recital, music of Tchaikovsky, Rachmaninov and Scriabin. Wu is the wife of cellist David Finckel, of Emerson String Quartet fame. She gives us a spiffy recital of Russian music. ArtistLed Records No. 10701.

Indigo Road
Original Lute Music by Ronn McFarlane. Dorian 90701. Splendid original compositions by America's master lutenist.

Brahms: The Clarinet Sonatas. Jon Manasse, clarinet and Jon Nakamatsu, piano. Harmonia mundi 907430. Skimpy on the timings, but this recording of Brahms' autumnal clarinet music is simply gorgeous.

Elgar: Violin Concerto, Serenade for Strings. James Ehnes, violin. Philharmonia Orchestra, Sir Andrew Davis. Onyx 4025. A major new release from one of the most important and deeply musical violinist at work today.


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