A special recording project that began in 1991 has finally come to fruition in MSR Classics' beautifully packaged and expertly annotated 14-CD box set featuring Antonio Soler's Harpsichord Sonatas Nos. 1-120. In one of her greatest professional achievements, Barbara Harbach traverses Soler's huge body of work with expertise, subtlety, and supreme dedication. This is a true Limited Edition: only 500 sets are available.
Newest of the New are two debuts: the Kontras Quartet in Origins, a program of accessible works for string quartet, and mezzo-soprano Sarah Rose Taylor in performances of Wagner and Elgar, arranged for voice and organ by Nigel Potts. Also "hot off the press" are two instrumental recitals: The Singing Oboe by Andrew Parker, and Samplings by bassoonist Matthew Morris. From the piano keyboard comes two new titles: Aires Indios, a program of Bolivian piano music performed by Bolivian pianist Walter Aparicio and a program of piano music by Hungarian composer Béla Bartók by Hungarian-American pianist Terry Eder. Right behind these are handsome, expressive performances of Schumann's Dichterliebe and Liederkreis song cycles by American tenor Stanley Wilson. Make no mistake - his is a worthy addition to a very crowded field. Also up 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.
Prolific American composer Hampson Sisler has an impressive catalog of recordings on the MSR Classics label, all of which are discussed in a lengthy feature article by Curtis Rogers in the Spring 2015 issue of The Organ, a distinguished publication based in the UK.
NOTABLY FORTHCOMING - In the coming months, the Mirror Image horn duo will be heard in On Safari, clarinetist Michael Eckert in Brazilian Dreams, and flautists Lisa Santa and Elena Yarritu in two colorful recitals. From the world of choral music, MSR will be releasing recordings by the Houston Chamber Choir in soft blink of amber light, and the New York City Children's Choir in a gorgeous mixed program. A little further out, pianist Ann Schein releases a program of French music, and organist Felix Hell will be pulling out all the stops (literally) in Heroic Proportions.
Stay tuned, and remember to Turn It Up.
FINES FACULTATIS COGNITOS TRANSGREDERE
Works for String Quartet
Hajime Koumatsu, Igor Stravinsky, Dan Visconti, Kevin Volans
WAGNER & ELGAR
Songs for Mezzo-Soprano with Organ
Sir Edward Elgar, Richard Wagner
SARAH ROSE TAYLOR
Harpsichord Sonatas Nos.1-120
[Padre Samuel Rubio Edition]
14-CD set: Limited Edition [500 pieces]
New Music for Bassoon and Piano
BELA BARTOK: PIANO MUSIC
THE SINGING OBOE
Romantic German Lied Transcriptions
SCHUMANN: DICHTERLIEBE & LIEDERKREIS
Piano Music of Bolivia