New Releases featuring Rossini, Piano Duets and 'The South'

Sunday, June 16, 2013

A collection of releases this week takes us through some unknown Rossini, a showcase of piano duets and a musical journey through southern regions.

Rossini: Complete Overtures, Volume 2
Prague Sinfonia Orchestra
Christian Benda, conductor
Naxos
Available at Arkivmusic.com

Think you know all of Rossini’s overtures?  The Prague Sinfonia Orchestra just released Volume 2 in their four-CD series of Rossini’s Complete Overtures. This CD features favorites like Guillaume Tell, La scala di seta, and Il Signor Bruschino as well as lesser known overtures to the operas Eduardo e Cristina, Demetrio e Polibio and L’inganno felice. Known or unknown, each track on this album typifies Rossini’s wit and charm and the Prague Sinfonia Orchestra delivers compelling performances of each.

 

Piano Duets: Christina & Michelle Naughton
Orfeo
Available at Arkivmusic.com

There are some who believe that twins have a sixth sense that allows each one to know what the other is thinking and feeling. After listening to Piano Duets, the first album by twins Christina and Michelle Naughton, you might have reason to believe it’s true. Four-hands play as though they’re coming from one mind in works by Brahms, Mozart, Schubert, Lutoslawski, and more.    

 

In the South
Brodsky Quartet
Chandos
Available at Arkivmusic.com

In their most recent album the Brodsky Quartet explores the idea of “the South” in music. The South “is both a real place and a place of the soul…”  The music on this album spans the 19th and 20th centuries and features composers not usually associated with writing for the string quartet. Verdi’s Quartetto and Puccini’s Chrysanthemums are at the heart of the album. In the South also features works by Wolf, Turina, and Piazzolla. And of course, an arrangement by violist, Paul Cassidy.

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