WISDOM, NEW RELEASES and NOTABLY FORTHCOMING
The world is facing a frightening global pandemic, and the road ahead will be difficult. However, if there is to be any silver lining to this dark cloud, it will be that the inhabitants of our world will come to realize we're all essentially one people, a gigantic family that must work and play together in harmony.
"Don't ask 'why is this happening to me?' Ask 'why is this happening for me?'
Now that Spring is here, let's celebrate by exploring some new "listening material" from MSR. Whether discovering a new artist, new repertoire, or both, listening to music is a great way to spend a day. Or a week. Or a month! Read on...
Just in the door is William Chapman Nyaho in KETE, which features a terrific program of piano music by composers of African descent. This is Nyaho's third such release on MSR (the first two being Senku and Asa), and this latest volume is every bit as enlightening and tuneful. Next up is a release from mezzo-soprano Kindra Scharich and pianist Jeffrey LaDeur in TO MY DISTANT BELOVED, which offers refined and highly expressive performances of lieder and piano music by Beethoven and Schumann. Also offering music of ROBERT SCHUMANN is pianist Ronald Lau, who premieres his own fascinating transcription of the composer's Symphony No.2. Lau couples the Schumann with Kirchner's transcription of a symphony by FERDINAND HILLER, which also offers much to tickle the mind's ear and defy expectation. New off the press is a scintillating program of music for trumpet, piano and percussion. Our soloist is Jesse Cook, and in his IMAGINED CONVERSATIONS he and his collaborators run the gamut of what this instrumentation can accomplish stylistically, and along the range of musical color. Of particular interest is the World Premiere Recording here of John Williams' own piano reduction of his 1996 Trumpet Concerto. Shifting from brass to double reeds, composer-performer Sunny Knable impresses with SONG OF THE REDWOOD-TREE, which features works by him for bassoon, soprano, piano, alto saxophone and accordion. The range of instrumentation is wide, as is the range of his emotional language. It's a fascinating and entirely accessible listen, to be sure. Moving into the string section, we find cellist Kristen Yeon-Ji Yun and pianist Phoenix Park-Kim in SUMMERLAND, a collection of works by composers of African descent. The combination of artists and repertoire here creates an unforgettable listening experience replete with gorgeous melodies and subtly shifting moods. Another very affecting new album comes from Andrew Stetson in RISE ABOVE, a compelling collection of works for solo trumpet with band, orchestra and piano. A quick read of the notes on the inspiration for much of the material sheds a clear light on the evident conviction of the performing musicians. Moving to piano, an enchanting recital of works by J.S. BACH, performed on piano by Marija Ilic is just in the door. Two keyboard works, an arrangement and a transcription make for an uplifting listening experience.
Stay tuned, and remember to Turn it up!
FINES FACULTATIS COGNITOS TRANSGREDERE
“Until one is committed, there is hesitancy, the chance to draw back. Concerning all acts of initiative (and creation), there is one elementary truth, the ignorance of which kills countless ideas and splendid plans: that the moment one definitely commits oneself, then Providence moves too. All sorts of things occur to help one that would never otherwise have occurred. A whole stream of events issues from the decision, raising in one's favor all manner of unforeseen incidents and meetings and material assistance, which no man could have dreamed would have come his way. Whatever you can do, or dream you can do, begin it. Boldness has genius, power, and magic in it. Begin it now.”
[William H. Murray]
BEETHOVEN: PIANO SONATAS 8, 13 & 14
"Moonlight" & "Pathétique"
Ludwig van Beethoven
Perfomed on a 5-Octave Fortepiano
LUIS PINE: TIMES OF DAY
Chamber Music for Winds, Cello and Piano
DORIAN WIND QUINTET
World Premiere Recordings
HILLER & SCHUMANN
Piano Transcriptions of Symphonies
Ferdinand Hiller, Robert Schumann
World Premiere Recordings
TO MY DISTANT BELOVED
Songs and Piano Music by Beethoven and Schumann
Piano Music of Africa and the African Diaspora
New Music for Trumpet and Piano with Percussion
SONG OF THE REDWOOD-TREE
Bassoon Works of Sunny Knable
Music for Cello and Piano by Composers of