CONGRATULATIONS, NEW RELEASES and NOTABLY FORTHCOMING
2018 marks the 20th Anniversary of the founding of MSR CLASSICS. In 1998, the label began as Musicians Showcase Recordings, and we've come a loooong way since then. With 20 years already behind us, we look forward with Great Expectations to the next 20 years of musical discovery, expanding horizons and deepening dedication. See you in 2038... and maybe 2058... Now, as far as Winter of 2018 in New England is concerned, it's time is just about up. Just a few more March blizzards to go, and we'll be in April. In eager anticipation of that, may I suggest you explore some new "Listening Material" from MSR? Why not!
As always, there is a steady flow of great stuff coming in. The newest of the new is three releases from the keyboard, two at the piano, and one at the console. Regarding the latter, composer Hampson Sisler offers two evocative suites in ALL AROUND THE YEAR, both of which present as fantasias on numerous themes surrounding notable occasions throughout the year. Michael Koenig does a great job manning Instrument. From the piano comes music of LOWELL LIEBERMANN courtesy of David Korevaar, and THE LATE MAZURKAS of Frederic Chopin, courtesy of Todd Crow. In both releases, the artists are at their peak, bringing the music off convincingly, and in superior Candlewood Digital audio. an exquisite recital of music for violin and harp from the Aurora Duo. Also just in is SCENES FROM HOME, which features gorgeous musical portraits for solo clarinet of the Great State of Colorado by a range of contemporary composers. Our soloist, Kellan Toohey, renders all poetically, and expertly. From another member of the woodwind family of instruments, the Oboe, comes BEAU SOIR, a cherishable collection of French music for oboe and piano. Merideth Hite Estevez and Jani Parsons capture and share the lyrical essence of the works. In their second release on MSR, FANTASIE features music by a range of composers, all of whom composed works that will remain in the hearts of their listeners. Also among the Newest is music from one of our favorites: composer Paul Reale. His CONCERTO DIES IRAE for Trio and Wind Ensemble, coupled with two compelling piano sonatas is sure to keep you engaged. The performances by The Mirecourt Trio, Walter Ponce and Paul Reale himself cannot not be bettered. Continuing in the spirit of exploration is THREE-NINE LINE, which features flute music by Nicole Chamberlain. Flutists Mary Matthews, Matthew Angelo and Chamberlain debut the music with both panache and finesse.
Stay tuned, and remember to Turn It Up!
FINES FACULTATIS COGNITOS TRANSGREDERE
SCENES FROM HOME
Music for Clarinet and Piano by Colorado
French Music for Oboe and Piano
Music for Violin & Harp
PAUL REALE: CONCERTO DIES IRAE
Piano Sonatas Nos. 7 & 8
Flute Music of Nicole Chamberlain