CLASSICAL

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JAN­UARY Il divino Boemo Con­certo Köln/Werner Ehrhardt Archiv Pro­duk­tion 477 6418 “Il Boemo,” the nick­name of Josef Mys­live­cek (1737-1781), stemmed from the dif­fi­cul­ties ex­pe­ri­enced in pro­nounc­ing his name by Ital­ians, and Il divino Boemo, from a late-19th-cen­tury nov­el­ette. Mozart was an ad­mirer, and this new CD by Con­certo Köln at­tests to an in­creas­ing band of like-minded folk in the 21st cen­tury.

Of­fen­bach Ro­man­tique. Jerome Per­noo (cello), Les Mu­si­ciens du Lou­vre/Marc Minkowski Archiv Pro­duk­tion 477 6403 Of­fen­bach, one of the cheeki­est and most tune­ful com­posers of the 19th cen­tury, gets the pe­ri­odin­stru­ments treat­ment from Marc Minkowski and his Mu­si­ciens du Lou­vre. FE­BRU­ARY Xe­nakis: Works for per­cus­sion Steven Schick (per­cus­sion), Per­cus­sion Ensem­ble red fish blue fish, and oth­ers mode 171-173 (3 CDs) This three-disc set brings to­gether as a col­lec­tion for the first time the per­cus­sion mu­sic of Ian­nis Xe­nakis, from solo pieces to ensem­ble works. The dra­matic solo pieces in par­tic­u­lar are among the most riv­et­ting works of the

20th cen­tury. MARCH Mozart am Stein vis-à-vis Har­mo­nia Mundi HMC 901941 An­dreas Staier, Chris­tine Schorn­sheim Staier and Schorn­sheim ex­plore Mozart’s rich legacy of four-handed key­board mu­sic on a dou­ble-ended 18th-cen­tury in­stru­ment.

Un­pub­lished Live and Ra­dio Per­for­mances 1986-2001 Al­fred Brendel (pi­ano) Philips 475 8322 (2 CDs) This per­sonal choice from his BBC recitals by Al­fred Brendel in­cludes a rare op­por­tu­nity to hear the great man play­ing Chopin.

Michael Der­van

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