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This week, we feature unforgettable themes from Alfred Hitchcock films in a new recording; chamber music from Sofia Gubaidulina; piano works of Frederic Rzewski; and, a discount promotion on new music from pianist/composer Curt Cacioppo. See these and all the latest releases at ClassicsOnline.

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New Releases for Tuesday, August 12, 2014

Orchestral Music - Herrmann, B. / Waxman, F. / Benjamin, A. / Elfman, D. (Music for Alfred Hitchcock) (Danish National Symphony, Mauceri)
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Orchestral Music - Herrmann, B. / Waxman, F. / Benjamin, A. / Elfman, D. (Music for Alfred Hitchcock) (Danish National Symphony, Mauceri)
Toccata Classics: TOCC0241

Alfred Hitchcock commissioned his film scores from composers who were Hollywood's master-craftsmen. The concert items prepared from those scores feature a dazzling variety of styles, from Baroque and jazz to dark Romanticism and angular angst, all using the orchestra with breathtaking virtuosity. The conductor John Mauceri, as at home with this repertoire as any other musician, has prepared a number of concert suites from the film scores and some of them receive their first recordings here.


Other Featured New Releases:


Gubaidulina, S.: Repentance / Serenade / Piano Sonata / Sotto Voce (F. and D. Halász, Kellermann, Brar, Wen-Sinn Yang, Stubenrauch, Schlichtig) Gubaidulina, S.: Repentance / Serenade / Piano Sonata / Sotto Voce (F. and D. Halász, Kellermann, Brar, Wen-Sinn Yang, Stubenrauch, Schlichtig)
BIS: BIS-2056

Within the output of Sofia Gubaidulina, solo and chamber music occupies a position of prominence; she has written more than eighty such works. One of the earliest is the brief – and not really typical – Serenade for solo guitar (1960). Two further works involving the guitar are included here, Repentance (2008) and a world première recording of Sotto Voce for viola, double bass and two guitars. Each, at more than 20 minutes, frames the equally substantial but much earlier Piano Sonata (1965).
   
Rzewski, F.: 4 Piano Pieces / Hard Cuts / The Housewife's Lament (van Raat, Lunapark, Marinissen) Rzewski, F.: 4 Piano Pieces / Hard Cuts / The Housewife's Lament (van Raat, Lunapark, Marinissen)
Naxos / American Classics: 8.559759

Frederic Rzewski's Four Pieces began as a sequel to his celebrated The People United Will Never Be Defeated!, but whilst sharing certain similarities, it occupies its own very distinct sound world, offering a compound of intense lyricism, shattering darkness, and hints of revolutionary fervor. Rzewski's signature elements appear throughout: folk rhythms, pointillist clarity, minimalism and unique craftsmanship.
   
Cacioppo, C.: Divertimenti in Italia / Dalle Dolomiti all’Etna / Women at the Cross (Ritornello) (Cacioppo, Baratello, Venice String Quartet) Cacioppo, C.: Divertimenti in Italia / Dalle Dolomiti all’Etna / Women at the Cross (Ritornello) (Cacioppo, Baratello, Venice String Quartet)
Navona: NV5956

On his latest Navona Records release, Ritornello, composer and pianist Curt Cacioppo revisits his beloved Italy, recalling places, friends, Italian tales, Don Giovanni and more to create a detailed sonic story about his experiences and Italian heritage. Divertimenti in Italia reflects on different regions of Italy. From the Dalle Dolomiti all'Etna comes a group of seven piano pieces. Women at the Cross is a collection of depictions of women who are significant in the Passion of Jesus Christ. Use promo code: Cacioppo for a significant discount on this and his earlier Italia.


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