NEWS, NEW RELEASES and NOTABLY FORTHCOMING
GREAT NEWS! Pianist Sally Pinkas' recent CD release To a Camia, which features a gorgeous program of Romantic piano miniatures by composers of the Philippines, was named CD OF THE WEEK by WCRB radio in Boston. Congratulations, Sally!
Spring has finally taken hold in New England, and we couldn't be happier. Join us in the celebration by exploring some of MSR's latest "listening material". Newest of the New is an intoxicating album of PORTRAITS IN GUITAR by Simonne Draper. Featuring soloist-composer Simonne on guitar, joined variously by synth strings and percussion, the music is sensuous and sophisticated; not typically "classical" at all. Owing to the tremendous appeal of the songs, performances and audio production, it is the kind of disc one puts in the player and listens to every day for weeks before switching it out. Also just in the door is BACH IN TRANSCRIPTION, which features a brilliantly coherent program of music transcribed for piano by no less than six composers. American pianist Jean Alexis Smith gives performances of great poise and assurance in another future favorite. From worldly exoticism to 17th century elegance we move to the great outdoors for RENDERINGS, a "pictorial" program of music for violin and harp. The Crimson Duo - pianist Matt Milewski and harpist Jaymee Haefner - partner with composers and a gifted visual artist, Luke Mislinski, to connect music with imagery. Hearing the music within the context of the images is enlightening. Fresh out of the box is CHILDREN'S PALACE, a collection of music for winds and piano by American composer PAUL REALE. The performances given by The Borealis Wind Quintet, both an an ensemble and as individual players are extraordinary, as is the pianism of Christopher Guzman. Reale's fascinatingly tuneful and colorful music is destined for a place in the standard repertoire of the genre. Just in the door is PORTUGUESE PERSPECTIVES, a collection of lively, tuneful music for oboe, piano and strings by composers from Portugal. Oboe soloist Courtney Miller and her musical collaborators play with a special blend of warmth and clarity. In a similar vein is TIME PLACE SPIRIT, which features works for flute and piano by composers who paint beautiful scenes in music. Flutist Beth Chandler and pianist Paulo Steinberg give deeply compelling performances. Also just released is a recording by the Repast Baroque Ensemble of their brilliant new arrangement of the GOLDBERG VARIATIONS by J.S. Bach. Originally composed for keyboard, Repast re-interprets Bach's great score with period flute, bassoon, strings and harpsichord. The arrangement brings about a stunning new understanding of the work.
Stay tuned, and remember to Turn it up!
FINES FACULTATIS COGNITOS TRANSGREDERE
Music for Oboe, English Horn and Piano
Hugo Godron, Pavel Haas, Glen Roven, Vladimír Soukup, Asha Srinivasan
A BLACK BIRCH IN WINTER
American and Estonian Choral Music
Gregory Brown, Maria Kõrvits, Evelin Seppar, Kile Smith, Pärt Uusberg
World Premiere Recordings
REALE: CALDERA WITH ICE CAVE
Music for Strings
World Premiere Recordings
Piano Music Through the Centuries
New Music for Bassoon with Piano, Percussion
A Musical Landscape for Violin and Harp
BACH IN TRANSCRIPTION
JEAN ALEXIS …[MS1720]
PORTRAITS IN GUITAR
All compositions by Simonne Draper