CONGRATULATIONS, NEW RELEASES and NOTABLY FORTHCOMING
Recent Releases

The year 2018 marks the 20th Anniversary of the founding of the MSR CLASSICS label. In 1998, the label began as Musicians Showcase Recordings, and we've come a long, long, long way since then. MSR looks forward to the next 20 years of musical discovery, ever-expanding horizons and the ever-deepening dedication of our artists. And of our recording engineers. And our annotators. And our graphics designers. And our licensing agents. And our distributors. And our production team. And so on! So, see you in 2038... and maybe 2058... Now, as far as Winter of 2018 in New England is concerned, it really has not been as awful as was it "forecast" to be. But, one can still hunker down and snuggle up with some awesome new "Listening Material" from MSR, right? Why not!

As always, there is a steady flow of great stuff coming in our doors. The newest of the new is an exquisite recital of music for violin and harp from the Aurora Duo. 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. Still in repertoire discovery mode, American bassoonist Ann Shoemaker brings NEW STANDARDS to the MSR catalog. This brilliant recital shows the impressive range of the bassoon, particularly when in the hands of a gifted soloist like Shoemaker. NOTHING PROVED, from the much-raved-about New York-based viol consort Parthenia and performer-friends is also just in the door. In a fascinating program the performers give stunning World Premiere Recordings of works by contemporary women composers. The first listen is only the very very beginning of the appreciation of this highly evocative repertoire. Along more conventional lines but no less engaging is AMERICAN PREMIERES, an album featuring new chamber music for Flute, Viola and Harp. The Cosmos Trio renders this music with grace, but with a certain pathos called for in the scores. 2018 is going to be a big year for the music of Debussy (in honor of it being the one-century mark from his death in 1918), and Terry Lynn Hudson is throwing her hat in the ring with gorgeous performances of his PRELUDES, BOOKS I and II.  In this special 2-for-1 set, Hudson includes as a parting encore a melting rendition of Debussy's Clair de lune from the Suite bergamasque. Still at the keyboard, from a similar period in musical history comes SCRIABIN: THE FINAL RECITAL. On April 2, 1915, Alexander Scriabin presented the last concert of his lifetime - at the keyboard. This release by Jeremy Thompson recreates the program exactly - the performances and the music are sublime.

 

NOTABLY FORTHCOMING
Joshua Pierce | BRAVURA - Showpieces for Piano and Orchestra
Lumina Duo | BEAU SOIR - Music for Oboe and Piano
Daria Rabotkina | HUMORESQUE
Choir of St Luke's | PALESTRINA: Missa Tu es Petrus, Motets
David Korevaar | LOWELL LIEBERMANN - Piano Music
Todd Crow | CHOPIN - The Late Mazurkas
Bob Watt | I PLAY FRENCH HORN
Kellan Toohey | SCENES FROM HOME - Music for Clarinet & Piano

Stay tuned, and remember to Turn It Up!

 

FINES FACULTATIS COGNITOS TRANSGREDERE

New Releases
FANTASIE
Music for Violin & Harp
Murray Boren, Gaetano Donizetti, Alan Hovhaness, Angel Lasala, Camille Saint-Saëns, Adrian Shaposhnikov

AURORA DUO

World Premiere Recordings

[MS1682]
PAUL REALE: CONCERTO DIES IRAE
Piano Sonatas Nos. 7 & 8
Paul Reale

PAUL REALE

World Premiere Recordings

[MS1693]
THREE-NINE LINE
Flute Music of Nicole Chamberlain
Nicole Chamberlain

MARY MATTHEWS

World Premiere Recordings

[MS1671]
NEW STANDARDS
NEW STANDARDS
Music for Bassoon and Piano
ANN SHOEMAKER

[MS1625]
NOTHING PROVED
NOTHING PROVED
New works for viols, voice and electronics
PARTHENIA

[MS1635]
AMERICAN PREMIERES
AMERICAN PREMIERES
for Flute, Viola and Harp
COSMOS TRIO

[MS1677]
CLAUDE DEBUSSY: PRELUDES
CLAUDE DEBUSSY: PRELUDES
Complete Books I & II [2CD set]
TERRY LYNN …

[MS1620]
SCRIABIN: THE FINAL RECITAL
SCRIABIN: THE FINAL RECITAL

JEREMY THOMPSON

[MS1669]