NEWS, NEW RELEASES and NOTABLY FORTHCOMING
Recent Releases

Now that Summer is slowly winding down, let's celebrate with some great "listening material" on Compact Disc, fresh from the rolling hills of Newtown, Connecticut. Newest of the New is SOUVENIRS, a lovely album of music for oboe and piano as performed by soloist Theresa Delaplain and accompanying pianist Tomoko Kashiwagi. The players bring great style and finesse to the colorful, accessible music. In a rather stunning solo album debut, Amy Yang is heard in RESONANCE, which features music by Johann Sebastian Bach, Robert Schumann and Caroline Shaw. Yang's technical prowess is perfectly balanced by her probing interpretations. Equally as probing are performances given by the Amernet String Quartet and pianist John Wilson of music by Judith Lang Zaimont. In A TO Z, Zaimont's music, full of individuality and visceral energy, is brought into the world with vigor and precision. Just out is a stunning compositional debut by Jimmy López Bellido, SYMPHONIC CANVAS. In powerful, beautifully recorded performances by the Fort Worth Symphony Orchestra under Miguel Harth-Bedoya, López Bellido's orchestral music comes alive, making a strong case for him to be a composer to watch - and watch closely! Also just in, double bass virtuoso Robert Oppelt dazzles in THE DOUBLE BASS - ENCORE!, his follow-up to the very successful first release on MSR [MS1221]. Oppelt makes clear the enormous expressive and tonal range of the bass. Volume 6 of James Brawn's acclaimed BEETHOVEN ODYSSEY cycle of piano sonatas is now out. Although this volume does not contain any "famous" sonatas, Brawn's engrossing performances are likely to help the ones featured here rise a notch in popularity! In BOTANICA, oboist and English hornist Sara Fraker brings poetry, passion and precision to a program of new music. Partly inspired by nature and all of its beauty, Fraker has added a stand-out album to the world's collection of oboe recordings. Moving to the world of choral music, The Estonian-based Chamber Choir Voces Musicales under the direction of American conductor David Puderbaugh grace us with a sublime program by Estonian and American composers. In A BLACK BIRCH IN WINTER, the repertoire and performances are such that they leave one wanting to hear Volume 2.

 

NOTABLY FORTHCOMING
New York City Children's Choir | CHRISTMAS IN NEW YORK
Carpe Diem String Quartet | LONGING - Chamber Music of Reza Vali
London Philharmonic Orchestra | BARBARA HARBACH - Orchestral Music Vol.V
Newberry's Victorian Cornet Band | THE GILDED AGE
Chicago Gargoyle Brass and Organ Ensemble | EIN FESTE BURG
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
RESONANCE
Piano Music by J.S. Bach, Schumann and Shaw
Johann Sebastian Bach, Robert Schumann, Caroline Shaw

AMY YANG

Available August 31

[MS1655]
SOUVENIRS
Music for Oboe and Piano
Grazyna Bacewicz, Robert Mueller, Edmund Rubbra, Pedro Soler

THERESA DELAPLAIN

[MS1691]
A TO Z: AMERNET PLAYS ZAIMONT
A Strange Magic (Quartet No.2), Sestina, Sonata-Rhapsody, The Figure, Verse
Judith Lang Zaimont

AMERNET STRING QUARTET

World Premiere Recordings

[MS1709]
SYMPHONIC CANVAS
SYMPHONIC CANVAS
Symphony No.1 - The Travails of Persiles and
FORT WORTH …

[MS1737]
THE DOUBLE BASS - ENCORE!
THE DOUBLE BASS - ENCORE!

ROBERT OPPELT

[MS1731]
A BEETHOVEN ODYSSEY, VOL.6
A BEETHOVEN ODYSSEY, VOL.6
Piano Sonatas Nos.4, 11 & 12
JAMES BRAWN

[MS1470]
BOTANICA
BOTANICA
Music for Oboe, English Horn and Piano
SARA FRAKER

[MS1723]
A BLACK BIRCH IN WINTER
A BLACK BIRCH IN WINTER
American and Estonian Choral Music
VOCES …

[MS1675]