NEW RELEASES and NOTABLY FORTHCOMING
The steady flow of new "listening material" from MSR continues, unabated. Newest of the new is Volume 2 of DISCOVERING THE CLASSICAL STRING TRIO by The Vivaldi Project chamber trio. Following along from their highly acclaimed Volume 1, string soloists Elizabeth Field, Allison Edberg Nyquist and Stephanie Vial provide more than an hour of lively, crisp performances of lively, crisp music - and in stunning sound, to boot. It leaves one looking forward to Volume 3! Another new album of music for a trio of instrumentalists features The Iowa Ensemble in their PORTRAITS IN MUSIC. Taking the listener on a sonorous tour of several regions, oboist Andrew Parker, bassoonist Benjamin Coelho and pianist Alan Huckleberry show glowing musicianship in an array of colorful repertoire. Also just in is MUSICA INCOGNITA featuring American hornist Ian Zook and his accompanying pianist, Eric Ruple. Performing substantial and entirely accessible sonatas by Bassett, Bowen, Damase and Sylvan, Zook displays his deeply musical approach, aided by a superior technique. Moving from brass to double reed, also just in the door is BASSOON UNBOUNDED, which features engaging, highly experimental music for solo bassoon, piano, percussion and electronics. Soloist Christin Schillinger is heard here - in her third release on MSR - in all her expressive and pyrotechnic splendor. Moving back to the brass section, we have another "tour de force" to enjoy, CANYON SONGS - Art | Nature | Devotion. American hornist Johanna Lundy traverses a wide swath of repertoire, demonstrating the beauty and expressive range of the instrument. Next, award-winning pianist Daria Rabotkina is heard in her debut on MSR on HUMORESQUES. Daria's performances of works in that vein by Dvořák, Rachmaninov, Reger and Schumann are nothing short of brilliant. Equally as impressive are the performances by trombonist Steven Menard. In CANTABILE, Menard brings the instrument to the forefront with a perfect balance of power and poise. The Auerbach-Pierce Duo (violin and piano) presents a varied program in THE DEVIL'S TRILL that is sure to whet listeners' appetites for the duo's next release; the two artists play together as one. Regarding the micro-tonal Haba piece on the disc for unaccompanied violin, Hudba, if there is any violinist in the world that can "sell" this intense piece, it's Dan Auerbach.
Stay tuned, and remember to Turn. It. Up!
FINES FACULTATIS COGNITOS TRANSGREDERE
DISCOVERING THE CLASSICAL STRING TRIO
Johann Christian Bach, Jean-Baptiste Sébastien Bréval, Carlo Antonio Campioni, François-Joseph Gossec, Franz Joseph Haydn, Johann Ignaz Klausek, Antonio Vivaldi
THE VIVALDI PROJECT
PORTRAITS IN MUSIC
Music for Oboe, Bassoon and Piano
Daniel Baldwin, Geoffrey Bush, Margaret Griebling-Haigh, Ernst Mahle, Marc Vallon
THE IOWA ENSEMBLE
Music for Horn and Piano
Leslie Bassett, York Bowen, Jean-Michel Damase, Sixten Sylvan