NEW RELEASES and NOTABLY FORTHCOMING
Recent Releases

Hard as it is to believe, we're already in February! We feel like we've just cleaned up after the holidays... The year 2020 is obviously a fast-paced one, so remember to take some time away from the hustle and bustle to explore MSR's steady flow of new releases. Whether one discovers a new artist, new music, or both, listening to music is still a great way to spend a morning, afternoon or evening. Just in is a scintillating program of music for trumpet, piano and percussion. Our soloist is Jesse Cook, and in his IMAGINED CONVERSATIONS he and his collaborators run the gamut of  what this instrumentation can accomplish stylistically, and along the range of musical color. Of particular interest is the World Premiere Recording here of John Williams' own piano reduction of his 1996 Trumpet Concerto. Shifting from bass to double reeds, composer-performer Sunny Knable impresses with SONG OF THE REDWOOD-TREE, which features works by him for bassoon, soprano, piano, alto saxophone and accordion. The range of instrumentation is wide, as is the range of his emotional language. It's a fascinating and entirely accessible listen, to be sure. Moving into the string section, we find cellist Kristen Yeon-Ji Yun and pianist Phoenix Park-Kim in SUMMERLAND, a collection of works by composers of African descent. The combination of artists and repertoire here creates an unforgettable listening experience replete with gorgeous melodies and subtly shifting moods. Another very affecting new album comes from Andrew Stetson in RISE ABOVE, a compelling collection of works for solo trumpet with band, orchestra and piano. A quick read of the notes on the inspiration for much of the material sheds a clear light on the evident conviction of the performing musicians. Moving to piano, an enchanting recital of works by J.S. BACH, performed on piano by Marija Ilic is just in the door. Two keyboard works, an arrangement and a transcription make for an uplifting listening experience. Moving from piano to unaccompanied cello, we hear three brilliant, accessible works by BLOCH, MUCZUNSKI and REGER performed with consummate artistry by Benjamin Whitcomb. Fresh in the door last week was AVIARY - BIRDS IN POETRY AND SONG. In this compelling program split between contemporary art songs by Philip Swanson to several jazz vocal standards, our fine feathered friends (birds) are given the royal treatment. Baritone vocalist Gary Wood in musical partnership with composer-pianist Philip Swanson create a special listening experience.

 

NOTABLY FORTHCOMING
Newberry's Victorian Cornet Band | THE GILDED AGE
William Chapman Nyaho | KETE - Piano Music of the African Diaspora, Vol.3
Kindra Scharich & Jeffrey LaDeur | TO MY DISTANT BELOVED - Lieder
Ronald Lau | HILLER & SCHUMANN - Symphony Piano Transcriptions
Zhuxi Wang & Hai Jin | RACHMANINOFF, SCHUMANN - Cello & Piano
Zi Liang | J.S. BACH: GOLDBERG VARIATIONS on Harpsichord & Piano [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
IMAGINED CONVERSATIONS
New Music for Trumpet and Piano with Percussion
Michael Djumptrom, Libby Larsen, Zack Stanton, David Sterrett, John Williams

JESSE COOK

World Premiere Recordings

[MS1659]
SONG OF THE REDWOOD-TREE
Bassoon Works of Sunny Knable
Sunny Knable

SCOTT POOL

World Premiere Recordings

[MS1749]
SUMMERLAND
Music for Cello and Piano by Composers of African Descent
Michael Abels, Adolphus Hailstork, Moses Hogan, William Grant Still, Howard Swanson, Richard Thompson, John Wineglass

KRISTEN YEON-JI YUN AND PHOENIX PARK-KIM

[MS1752]
RISE ABOVE
RISE ABOVE
Music for Trumpet with Orchestra, Band, Piano
ANDREW STETSON

[MS1664]
BLOCH, MUCZYNSKI & REGER
BLOCH, MUCZYNSKI & REGER
20th Century Music for Solo Cello
BENJAMIN …

[MS1587]
J.S. BACH: KEYBOARD MUSIC
J.S. BACH: KEYBOARD MUSIC
Original, Arrangement & Transcription
MARIJA ILIC

[MS1724]
AVIARY
AVIARY
Birds in Poetry and Song
GARY WOOD

[MS1730]
HARBACH VOL.13: ORCHESTRAL MUSIC V
HARBACH VOL.13: ORCHESTRAL MUSIC V
Expressions for Orchestra
BARBARA HARBACH

[MS1672]