WHAT’S NEW for 2014?
HAPPY MARCH! Spring is right around the corner, and in celebration MSR is offering a fine and varied selection of new titles. And what better way to celebrate the coming of spring than with a praying mantis and a grasshopper! Andrew Bolotowsky bathes the listener in a beautiful program of Beth Anderson's flute music. Also fresh out of the box are two programs of keyboard music: organist Barbara Harbach is heard in a 2-CD set featuring J.S. Bach's Art of Fugue and works of Pachelbel (yes, including the Canon), while composer-pianist Haskell Small is heard in "The Rothko Room: Journeys in Silence", a fascinating program of his own recent works for solo piano, which are, in their own way, doubly "out of the box". Recently released is a sparkling, tuneful recital by Ian Hominick of piano sonatas by Muzio Clementi, and Pamela Sklar's "Silver Pharaoh", an evocative tribute to ancient Egypt, featuring solo flute with a fascinating range of accompaniments. Hampson Sisler's oratorio "The Second Coming" has also just been released in stylish performances under Marlon Daniel. Looking ahead to Christmas 2014, Sursum Corda under Lester Seigel present "Welcome Yule!", a warm and elegant program of holiday choral music. Also 'last but not least' is a fine Brahms recital from Takács String Quartet members Geraldine Walther (viola) and András Fejér ('cello) with pianist David Korevaar.
CONGRATULATIONS - James Brawn's Beethoven Odyssey Volume 1 has been named a Best of the Year Disc by Audiophile Audition. David Korevaar's 2-CD set of J.S. Bach's Partitas has been named a 2013 Critic's Choice in American Record Guide. Nadina Mackie Jackson's Canadian Concerto Project has been named 2013 Canadian Album of the Year by Mark Turner, impresario and radio host of Classical Connection (CFCR 90.5 FM, Saskatoon). Turner also named Glenn Buhr's “and man will only grieve” as 2013's Best Composition. The release has also been nominated for a March 2014 Juno award: “Classical Album of the Year: Large Ensemble or Soloists with Large Ensemble Accompaniment.” Good luck! More good news... MSR artist Mary Costanza received a "Recording of the Month" distinction from MusicWeb International for her MSR Bach Cello Suites.
NOTABLY FORTHCOMING - Expect to see a 15-CD set featuring the complete harpsichord sonatas of Antonio Soler, performed by Barbara Harbach, as well as the next installment in her Music of Barbara Harbach composer series, featuring four symphonies (recently recorded in the UK by the London Philharmonic). In the planning stages is an album of Debussy and Ravel featuring Ann Schein and Earl Carlyss, an organ and brass "spectacular" featuring the Thompson Brass with organist Barbara Bruns, the third chapter in James Brawn's Beethoven Odyssey and a 2-CD set of choral music by Dan Locklair. Also coming soon is cellist Kim Cook in Saint-Saens and Lalo concertos, Brahms' two Cello Sonatas from John Whitfield, and another release from Seattle's American String Project.
THE PRAYING MANTIS AND THE BLUEBIRD
Flute Music of Beth Anderson
World Premiere Recordings (selections)
JS BACH: THE ART OF FUGUE & PACHELBEL
Komm Susser Tod
Pachelbel: Canon, Chorale Preludes & Chaconne
Johann Sebastian Bach, Johann Pachelbel
THE ROTHKO ROOM: JOURNEYS IN SILENCE
and other recent piano works by Haskell Small
World Premiere Recordings
CLEMENTI PIANO SONATAS
An Original Tribute to Ancient Egypt
SISLER: THE SECOND COMING
Oratorio for Chorus and Orchestra
Choral Favorites for Christmas
BRAHMS: VIOLA SONATAS & TRIO