NEW RELEASES and NOTABLY FORTHCOMING
Recent Releases

Hard as it is to believe, the "Holidaze" are not far in the distance. Temperatures are dropping, the winds are picking up (at least here in the Northeast), and what better response is there but to - you guessed it - hunker down and enjoy the delights of musical discovery. Whether one discovers a new artist, new music or both, it's a great way to spend an evening. Or an afternoon. Our latest Newest of the News is nothing short of an embarrassment of riches. Read on... From trumpeter Jason Bergman comes his third album on MSR, which is vying for top honors in his catalog. In BE STILL MY SOUL, Bergman reveals his tender side in reverent performances of Songs of Hope and Inspiration. Joined by a host of fine collaborators on horn, euphonium, violin, cello and piano, he displays a sweetness of tone rarely heard. Equally as moving is the sound of a children's chorus, which is on offer on CHRISTMAS IN NEW YORK. In their second album on MSR, the New York City Children's Chorus under director Mary Wannamaker Huff present a heart-warming program of music written in celebration of the Christmas holiday. Joined by harp, violin, piano and organ, the young choristers have created a New Classic. Getting back to "the classics" with BRAHMS IN TRANSCRIPTION, Uriel Tsachor performs orchestral music by Brahms transcribed for piano by Reger, Kirchner and Brahms himself, who also provides piano transcriptions of music by Gluck and Schumann. The result is revelatory, due in no small part to Tsachor's gorgeous interpretations. What does one get by combining Swedish women composers and flute music? BREAKING WAVES. In this warmly inviting program, flutist Paula Gudmundson brings into the world repertoire rarely heard, and unjustly so. Moving from flute to piano, American pianist Joshua Pierce is heard on BRAVURA - Favorite Showpieces for Piano and Orchestra. With energized and highly idiomatic support from the Slovak Radio Symphony Orchestra under Kirk Trevor, Pierce is heard in a true "tour de force" program of standards of the piano's "bravura" repertoire. Particularly notable is the inclusion of Addinsell's Warsaw Concerto, and Duke Ellington's stylish New World A-Comin'. Just in, and something out of the ordinary for MSR, is an album of smoky jazz tunes by women composers, courtesy of the Tom George Trio (consisting of flugelhorn & trumpet, string bass and piano). From the first bar of  TWILIGHT, you might find yourself wanting to light up a cigarette and reach for a glass of scotch. Far from the Blue Note comes chamber music from Iranian-American composer, Reza Vali. In LONGING, his music is brought to light by the terrific Carpe Diem String Quartet, pianist David Korevaar and a master of santoor, Dariush Saghafi. It's a special listen, to be sure. Moving westward, we encounter 500 years of music of the Protestant Reformation. In  EIN' FESTE BURG from the Chicago Gargoyle Brass and Organ Ensemble, one hears the famous Lutheran tune in many guises, along with a host of other music of the period. The audio production here is sonically "enlightening".

 

NOTABLY FORTHCOMING
London Philharmonic Orchestra | BARBARA HARBACH - Orchestral Music Vol.V
Newberry's Victorian Cornet Band | THE GILDED AGE
Gary Wood & Philip Swanson | AVIARY - Song Recital
Jesse Cook | IMAGINED CONVERSATIONS - Trumpet Recital
Benjamin Whitcomb | BLOCH, MUCZYNSKI & REGER - Unaccompanied Cello
Zi Liang, Harpsichord and Piano | J.S. BACH: GOLDBERG VARIATIONS [2CD set]
Pierce & Jonas | 20th CENTURY MASTERPIECES for 2 Pianos & Orchestra

 

Stay tuned, and remember to Turn it up!

 

FINES FACULTATIS COGNITOS TRANSGREDERE

Until one is committed, there is hesitancy, the chance to draw back. Concerning all acts of initiative (and creation), there is one elementary truth, the ignorance of which kills countless ideas and splendid plans: that the moment one definitely commits oneself, then Providence moves too. All sorts of things occur to help one that would never otherwise have occurred. A whole stream of events issues from the decision, raising in one's favor all manner of unforeseen incidents and meetings and material assistance, which no man could have dreamed would have come his way. Whatever you can do, or dream you can do, begin it. Boldness has genius, power, and magic in it. Begin it now.”

[William H. Murray]

New Releases
BE STILL MY SOUL
Songs of Hope and Inspiration
Leonard Bernstein, Newell Dayley, Rob Gardner, Crawford Gates, Peter Meechan, Janice Kapp Perry, Mildred Pettit, John Rutter, Jean Sibelius, Traditional, Richard Wagner, Joy Webb

JASON BERGMAN

[MS1740]
CHRISTMAS IN NEW YORK
Traditional Holiday Favorites with Violin, Harp, Organ and Piano
NEW YORK CITY CHILDREN'S CHORUS

Madison Avenue Presbyterian Church

[MS1700]
BRAHMS IN TRANSCRIPTION
Symphony Movements and Hungarian Dances
Max Reger, Theodor Kirchner and Johannes Brahms
Johannes Brahms, Johannes Brahms-Kirchner, Johannes Brahms-Reger, Christoph Willibald Gluck-Brahms, Robert Schumann-Brahms

URIEL TSACHOR

World Premiere Recordings

[MS1721]
BREAKING WAVES
BREAKING WAVES
Flute Music by Swedish Women Composers
PAULA …

[MS1722]
BRAVURA
BRAVURA
Showpieces for Piano and Orchestra
JOSHUA PIERCE

[MS1640]
TWILIGHT
TWILIGHT
Tribute to Women Jazz Composers
TOM GEORGE …

[MS1705]
LONGING
LONGING
Chamber Music of REZA VALI
CARPE DIEM …

[MS1738]
EIN' FESTE BURG
EIN' FESTE BURG
Music of the Reformation
CHICAGO …

[MS1735]