NEWS, NEW RELEASES and WISDOM
SAD NEWS: It is with great sorrow we report that the great American pianist Dorothy Jonas has passed away at the age of 98. Ms. Jonas, who appeared to great acclaim with with duo-partner Joshua Pierce for decades in the Pierce & Jonas Duo, was a brilliant artist and a true trailblazer, taking part in the development and premiere of dozens of new works. Her exuberant, polished pianism was a model of true artistry - she will be missed.
CONGRATULATIONS are in order for the ELARIS DUO, which has just received a Global Music Award for their first MSR album, "Duo Virtuoso". Cellist Steven and violinist Larisa Elisha (constituting the Elaris Duo) have a truly rare joie de vivre in their performances that comes about only as a result of a lives lived well, and tremendous dedication to their art - Bravo!
Summer has arrived, and what better way to celebrate the new season (marked by the sun reaching its zenith) than by exploring some new releases from MSR. Whether discovering a new artist or ensemble, new repertoire, or both, quality music listening is a great way to spend time at home, or "on the go." Read on for an introduction to our new material...
Just in the door is Carpe Diem String Quartet performing two quartets and a suite of four dances by JONATHAN LESHNOFF. The members of CDSQ play Leshnoff's music with a palpable sense of enthusiasm; fans of this composer and of Carpe Diem won't be disappointed. Next, Grammy Award-winner Hila Plittman and Robert Thies unite in a program of sublime art songs and poetry in DANAË VLASSE: POÈME. The music is truly transcendent, defying categorization, as it conveys the evocative, achingly beautiful poetic texts. More new music follows, this presented by an array of chamber soloists performing on ZACK STANTON: ECHOES OF VEILED LIGHT. In a varied program of chamber music for winds, strings, harp, piano and percussion, the creative gifts of the young composer are on vivid display. Continuing along the 'path of the new' comes Eric Berlin and Greg Spiridopoulos in ALONG THE CONTINUUM, a tour de force of trumpet and trombone playing that is by turns lyric and heroic. The two men play as one, owing to their long-standing friendship and innumerable professional collaborations. See Eric Berlin's three previous releases on MSR: Fantastique, Calls and Echoes and End of the Matter. In a return to some standards of classical repertoire, Leslie Tung performs three BEETHOVEN: PIANO SONATAS - the "Moonlight", "Pathétique" and No.13 - but on Fortepiano. The different sound of this instrument, and Tung's strikingly individual interpretations make this album nothing less than revelatory. His first release on MSR, Theme and Variations, received consistently high praise. Moving from the keyboard to winds, the Dorian Wind Quintet is heard in top, top form in performances on LUIS PINE: TIMES OF DAY. The music is tuneful, rhythmic, clever and gentle. And so much more. This is music that beckons to be heard again and again. Finally, we invite listeners to explore the spoils of Kindra Scharich and Jeffrey LaDeur in TO MY DISTANT BELOVED, which offers refined, expressive performances of lieder and piano music by Beethoven and Schumann.
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]
FROM THE GREAT LAKES
David Morgan, Susan Mutter, James Wilding
World Premiere Recordings
A Journey in Choral Music
Howard Hanson, Herbert Howells, Giovanni Pierluigi Da Palestrina, Stephen Paulus, Traditional / Arr. Caracciolo, Traditional / Arr. Ladizinsky-Radford
Special Mid-Price Release
PORTRAIT OF AN ARTIST
Robert Livingston Aldridge, Anton Coppola, Leos Janácek, Jules Massenet, Thea Musgrave, Stephen Schwartz, Richard Strauss, Richard Wagner
AVAILABLE IN LATE JULY
Music for Violin and Piano
LESHNOFF: STRING QUARTETS; DANCES
CARPE DIEM …[MS1765]
DANAË VLASSE: POÈME
Songs of Life, Love and Loss
ECHOES OF VEILED LIGHT
21st Century Chamber Music
ALONG THE CONTINUUM
Music for Trumpet, Trombone and Piano
ERIC BERLIN & …[MS1728]