In celebration of the joys of a New England winter, MSR has a host of new releases to be enjoyed by the fireside. Newest of the New is a fascinating, often mesmerizing album of music for solo horn with electronica. In Soundings, hornist Jeffrey Agrell and his colleagues will simply blow your mind. In a completely different vein is the next leg of James Brawn's Beethoven Odyssey. In Volume 4, his musical expressiveness and technical authority are ever in evidence. The Fire Pink Trio has a wonderful new album out of music for flute, viola and harp, Poetry in Motion. Seemlessly they blend and weave the musical strands of the repertoire - quite magical. A recital of little-heard but eminently enjoyable piano music by Chausson, Reger and Suk is just in, performed with a fluid and velvety touch by Paul Orgel. Also just in is An American Menagerie, an accessible collection of new music for viola and piano by Martin Amlin, Monica Houghton and Robert Merfeld. Violist Michelle LaCourse, in her second release on MSR, brings off the program with usual gorgeous tone and musical finesse. In Elements, the second disc from the Bassoon Chamber Music Composition Competition, bassoonist Susan Nelson and colleagues are heard in a recital of four fascinating new works. More contemporary music can be heard on Overland Dream, the first in a series featuring the quite lyrical works of composer Peter Lieuwen. A strikingly beautiful program of music for winds and piano by Francis Poulenc can be heard featuring The Iowa Ensemble. The group performs with Gallic grace and precision. Still more contemporary music is on offer, this for solo violin in Dialogus, performed by Icelandic soloist Hlíf Sigurjonsdottír. An exquisite recital by the US-based Ensemble Schumann is just out. Playing music of Schumann, Loeffler, Klughardt and Kahn, this viola-oboe-piano trio has created one of the finest chamber music recordings in the entire MSR catalogue.
NOTABLY FORTHCOMING - Expect to see a 14-CD box set featuring the Harpsichord Sonatas Nos.1-120 of Antonio Soler, performed by Barbara Harbach. Also on its way is a new release from pianist Ann Schein featuring an assortment of French music, organist Felix Hell pulling out all the stops (literally) in Heroic Proportions and Mirror Image horn duo On Safari. Also coming soon are instrumental recitals by bassoonist Matthew Morris (Samplings), clarinetist Michael Eckert (Brazilian Dreams), oboist Andrew Parker (The Singing Oboe) and flutist Lisa Santa. In the world of piano, a program of Bartok by Terry Eder and Bolivian music by Walter Aparicio are on their way. Oh, too much to list - but all worth waiting for!
Stay tuned, and remember to Turn It Up.
FINES FACULTATIS COGNITOS TRANSGREDERE
Improvisations and Compositions for Horn and Electronica
John Manning, James Naigus, Israel Neuman, Jason Palamara
World Premiere Recordings
A BEETHOVEN ODYSSEY - VOL.4
Piano Sonatas Nos.9, 15, 24, 25 and 27
Ludwig van Beethoven
POETRY IN MOTION
Music for Flute, Viola, and Harp
Adrienne Albert, Sonny Burnette, Claude Debussy, Dan Locklair, Manuel Moreno-Buendia
FIRE PINK TRIO
SUK, CHAUSSON & REGER
AN AMERICAN MENAGERIE
Music for Viola and Piano
ELEMENTS - BCMCC 2012 & 2014
Winning Works of the 2012 and 2014 BCMCC
Music of Peter Lieuwen - Volume 1
SOLI CHAMBER …[MS1581]
Complete Music for Winds and Piano
THE IOWA …[MS1540]