A recording project begun in 1991 has 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 a great achievement, Barbara Harbach traverses Soler's huge body of work with expertise, subtlety and dedication. This is a true Limited Edition: only 469 sets are available.
To complement the lazy daze of Summer, MSR has a host of new recordings to savor. Just in the door is Takacs Quartet violist Geraldine Walther in Hindemith Viola Sonatas with David Korevaar, violinist Eka Gogichashvili in a riveting program of works by Erwin Schulhoff, and a disc of accessible new chamber music by James Winn. From Nina Stern and Glen Velez comes Amaryllis, an album of highly evocative music for recorders and percussion. 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. "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. American tenor Stanley Wilson gives handsome, expressive performances of Schumann's Dichterliebe and Liederkreis song cycles. Make no mistake - his is a worthy addition to a crowded field.
NOTABLY FORTHCOMING - In the coming months, the Mirror Image horn duo will be heard On Safari and flautists Lisa Garner Santa and Elena Yarritu in two colorful recitals. From the world of choral music, MSR will be releasing an album just recorded in New York by the New York City Children's Choir. 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
Music for Recorder and Percussion
Works for String Quartet
WAGNER & ELGAR
Songs for Mezzo-Soprano with Organ
SARAH ROSE …[MS1532]
Harpsichord Sonatas Nos.1-120
New Music for Bassoon and Piano