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US CD Hotlist: Petri's recorder is, as always, a joy to hear.

January 4, 2010

RA

The January issue of CD HotList: New Releases for Libraries has been posted and is viewable at http://cdhotlist.btol.com.

This issue features a program of Chinese recorder concertos; Holy Week responsories by the little-known Gennaro Manna; demo recordings by a young Bob Dylan; new jazz from Cassandra Wilson; a classic Soft Boys reissue; new music from Jerry Lee Lewis, Natacha Altas, and Bruce Springsteen; and much more. Enjoy!

This is the third installment in the series Dialogue -- East Meets West, which recorder virtuoso Michala Petri inaugurated with her husband on their own record label to facilitate musical exchanges between China and the West. This disc features four recorder concertos by Chinese, Chinese-American, and Taiwanese composers with Petri as soloist. The playing is thrilling; the pieces themselves are all very good, with varying levels of chromaticism and varying blends of European and Asian melodic influences. Petri's recorder is, as always, a joy to hear. (RA)