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A DELECTABLE CORNUCOPIA OF CLASSICAL MUSIC FOR ALL TASTES

RHYMES WITH SILVER: Lou Harrison, the dean of American gay composers, offers a suite of dances created for Mark Morris, melding Bach with the atmosphere of the Javanese court and featuring world-class musicians Joan Jeanrenaud, cello; the Abel-Steinberg-Winant Trio; and Benjamin Simon, viola. (New Albion, October 24)

WINTERREISE/BRITTEN THE PERFORMER: Perhaps the greatest of 20th-century composers accompanies his life partner, tenor Peter Pears, in the newly available reissue of their legendary Winterreise (Decca Legends), the chilling song cycle by Schubert, Britten as conductor appears on various Britten the Performer (BBC Legends)live recordings never before released, including a six-CD set already in stores and two double-CD boxes coming out September 26.

THE LEGENDARY BUSONI RECORDINGS: This reissue of works by Paul Jacobs, one of the first out classical artists to die of AIDS, offers Busoni's "Six Sonatinas"; piano etudes of Bartok, Busoni, Messiaen, and Stravinsky; and organ chorale preludes of Bach and Brahms (arranged by Busoni). (Arbiter, in stores)

NED ROREM: CHAMBER MUSIC: This great out composer's refined artistry takes center stage on a definitive Great Lakes Chamber Music Festival disc, which includes Rorem and Ruth Laredo on piano. (Newport Classic, in stores)

JOHN CAGE: THE SEASONS: This collection offers proof of how Cage--life partner of choreographer Merce Cunningham--set traditional musical notions of time and harmony on their ear. (ECM, in stores)

SING FOR THE CURE: Dallas's Turtle Creek Chorale, the Women's Chorus of Dallas, and Maya Angelou team on this benefit disc for breast cancer research, featuring new works by ten composers and Reference Recordings' superb sonics. (TCC, October 1) Also of note is the Boston Gay Men's Chorus's excellent Eos (BGMC, in stores), pairing the inspiring, gay-affirming Eos by David Conte with works by Aaron Copland and Eric Helmuth.

COPLAND CELEBRATION: On the heels of the stunning Copland 100, conducted by Eiji Oue, come three remastered volumes offering virtually every recording conducted by Aaron Copland. (Sony Classical, October)

Serinus's CD reviews appear in the East Bay Express and other gay newspapers.
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Author:SERINUS, JASON
Publication:The Advocate (The national gay & lesbian newsmagazine)
Article Type:Sound Recording Review
Date:Sep 26, 2000
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