NEWS, NEW RELEASES and NOTABLY FORTHCOMING
NEW MUSIC EDITION - Trumpeter Iskander Akhmadullin, whose MSR album of Russian Trumpet Sonatas [MS1697] received widespread praise, has compiled a music edition of the works featured on that release, which is now available for purchase from qPress Music Publishing.
Summer is fast approaching, so let us rejoice! Join in the celebration by exploring some of MSR's latest "listening material". Newest of the New is Volume 6 of James Brawn's acclaimed BEETHOVEN ODYSSEY cycle of piano sonatas. Although this volume does not contain any of the more "famous" sonatas, Brawn's engrossing performances are likely to help the ones featured here ascend a few rungs of popularity! Equally as intoxicating but of a very different color is an album of PORTRAITS IN GUITAR by Simonne Draper. Featuring soloist-composer Simonne on guitar, joined variously by synth strings and percussion, the music is sensuous and sophisticated; not typically "classical" at all. Owing to the tremendous appeal of the songs, performances and audio production, it is the kind of disc one puts in the player and listens to every day for weeks before switching it out. Also just in the door is BACH IN TRANSCRIPTION, which features a brilliantly coherent program of music transcribed for piano by no less than six composers. American pianist Jean Alexis Smith gives performances of great poise and assurance in another future favorite. From worldly exoticism to 17th century elegance we move to the great outdoors for RENDERINGS, a "pictorial" program of music for violin and harp. The Crimson Duo - pianist Matt Milewski and harpist Jaymee Haefner - partner with composers and a gifted visual artist, Luke Mislinski, to connect music with imagery. Hearing the music within the context of the images is enlightening. Fresh out of the box is CHILDREN'S PALACE, a collection of music for winds and piano by American composer PAUL REALE. The performances given by The Borealis Wind Quintet, both an an ensemble and as individual players are extraordinary, as is the pianism of Christopher Guzman. Reale's fascinatingly tuneful and colorful music is destined for a place in the standard repertoire of the genre. Just in the door is PORTUGUESE PERSPECTIVES, a collection of lively, tuneful music for oboe, piano and strings by composers from Portugal. Oboe soloist Courtney Miller and her musical collaborators play with a special blend of warmth and clarity.
Stay tuned, and remember to Turn it up!
FINES FACULTATIS COGNITOS TRANSGREDERE
A BEETHOVEN ODYSSEY, VOL.6
Ludwig van Beethoven
Music for Oboe, English Horn and Piano
Hugo Godron, Pavel Haas, Glen Roven, Vladimír Soukup, Asha Srinivasan
A BLACK BIRCH IN WINTER
American and Estonian Choral Music
Gregory Brown, Maria Kõrvits, Evelin Seppar, Kile Smith, Pärt Uusberg
World Premiere Recordings
REALE: CALDERA WITH ICE CAVE
Music for Strings
Piano Music Through the Centuries
New Music for Bassoon with Piano, Percussion
A Musical Landscape for Violin and Harp
BACH IN TRANSCRIPTION
JEAN ALEXIS …[MS1720]