NEW RELEASES and NOTABLY FORTHCOMING
MAKE NO MISTAKE, THE HOLIDAYS ARE UPON US and MSR Classics is ready, with a mountain of great music specifically crafted to accompany this very Festive Season. See HERE for our catalog of holiday goodies. Note that William Neil's "Noel" is the All-Time MSR Best-Seller. Yes, it's that good.
Are you a fan of the music of J.S. Bach? Of violin virtuosos from Iceland? If so, click HERE for an engaging video interview by Daniel Kepl of Hlíf Sigurjónsdóttir, discussing her MSR release featuring Bach's Sonatas and Partitas [MS1605].
Now that the Winter Solstice is just around the corner, it's time to find an hour or two to cozy up with some new CDs. The flow of new listening material from Newtown has never been stronger - no doubt, there's something for everyone here. Newest of the new is AMERICAN REFLECTIONS - Choral Music of the 20th and 21st Centuries. In their second release on MSR Classics, the St. Charles Singers under the direction of Jeffrey Hunt have put together a collection of recordings made live in great spaces in England - the resulting listening experience will leave listeners transformed. Equally as transforming are the performances of German-born Felix Hell at the helm of the King of Instruments (the Pipe Organ, not the Tuba). In POETIC VISIONS, Hell renders a deeply affecting program of works from German composers of the Romantic period in recordings of stunning and atmospheric realism. Volume 12 of the Music of BARBARA HARBACH series is just in. This installment, Orchestral Music IV "Symphony Storytelling, features the London Philharmonic Orchestra under the direction of David Angus performing Harbach's Symphony No.11 and a highly evocative film-music suite entitled "Hypocrisy". Next, the Choir of St. Luke in the Fields under David Shuler is heard in their second release on MSR performing music by GIOVANNI PIERLUIGI DA PALESTRINA. The ensemble's first release on MSR, which featured choral music of Manchicourt, received high acclaim, and this new release is surely headed for a similar response; the performances and audio engineering are superlative. Just in the door is TRIPTYCH, which features the west-coast-based Delphi Trio playing trios by Beethoven, Brahms and Bolcom, the latter being a World Premiere. Violinist Liana, cellist Michelle and pianist Jeffrey render the works with great subtlety - but with no shortage of pathos when called for. Right behind Triptych is another chamber title, this one featuring music for oboe by Alyssa Morris, who for this recording also assumes the role of oboe soloist. In A HIGHER PLACE, it becomes apparent literally from the first three seconds of the disc that one is in for a treat. Morris' music is kaleidoscopic in its range of dazzling colors and lovable melodies. Next, two intoxicating programs of piano music are in. First up is a fascinating and truly unique album of works by early-20th-century composer, LUIGI PERRACHIO. A great fan of the music of Debussy, David Korevaar in these World Premiere Recordings shows that Perrachio was himself a gifted impressionist. Speaking of Debussy, Jerry Wong presents a program of piano music by the great French master, this one focused on works that inspire or are inspired by MOTION AND DANCE. Both of these albums are blessed by recordings of warmth, presence and realism.
Stay tuned, and remember to Turn. It. Up!
FINES FACULTATIS COGNITOS TRANSGREDERE
ABIDE WITH ME
Great Hymns in New Settings
Paul Basler, Marc Guy, Brooke Hopkins, Paul Jones, James Naigus, Jeremy Strong
Available to ship December 24
Dvorak, Elgar, Schumann and Strauss
Antonin Dvorak, Edward Elgar, Robert Schumann, Richard Strauss
Special 2-CD set
20th and 21st Century Choral Music
Josiah Alwood, Dominick Argento, Traditional-Aaron Copland, Traditional-James Erb, Traditional-Stacy Gibbs, Traditional-Shawn Kirchner, Morten Lauridsen, Robert Lowry, Jake Runestad, Traditional-Kevin Siegfried, Chapman Traditional-Edward, Eric Whitacre
ST. CHARLES SINGERS
Romantic Organ Music by German Composers
HARBACH 12: ORCHESTRAL MUSIC IV
PALESTRINA: MISSA TU ES PETRUS
Sacred Choral Music from 16th Century Italy
CHOIR OF ST. …[MS1698]
TRIPTYCH: PIANO TRIOS
BEETHOVEN, BRAHMS & BOLCOM
ALYSSA MORRIS - A HIGHER PLACE
Chamber Music for Oboe