NEW RELEASES and NOTABLY FORTHCOMING
It is with great sadness we report the loss of a true Giant of the music world: ERIC SALZMAN has passed away. There is no way to adequately convey the great service this man performed for music lovers, such was the tremendous depth of his knowledge of - and commitment to - music. In the Bible, it tells of God's great love for the "joyful giver." Such was Eric Salzman - he will be sorely missed. [b. 8 September, 1933 - d. 12 November, 2017]
The cool, crunchy days of Autumn are here, and what better way to celebrate than with some awesome new "Listening Material" from MSR. While some of the music on offer here was composed hundreds of years ago, some of it was composed earlier this year! - and all of it is brilliantly performed, recorded and presented. There's a lot coming in the door these days... The newest of the new is SCRIABIN: THE FINAL RECITAL. On April 2, 1915, Alexander Scriabin presented the last concert of his lifetime - at the keyboard. This release by Jeremy Thompson recreates the program exactly - the performances and the music are sublime. Also just released is Volume 1 of 20TH CENTURY MASTERPIECES FOR 2 PIANOS AND ORCHESTRA from the Pierce & Jonas Piano Duo. This 2CD set features definitive performances of great panache - with the exception of one work, all are world premiere recordings. This album should be in every serious piano lover's collection, and on every music library shelf. From the world of strings comes FROM THE RIVER FLOW THE STARS, a recital of spellbinding string quartets by American composer Brian Buch. These world premiere recordings by the Daedalus Quartet make a case for Buch to be a new master of the genre. Particularly exciting is the long-awaited release of Volume 5 in James Brawn's critically acclaimed BEETHOVEN ODYSSEY cycle of Piano Sonatas. Several critics from the very Highest Climbs have declared Brawn's Beethoven to be among the greatest ever recorded. In this volume, he brings his unique intelligence and sensitivity to Sonatas Nos.5, 6, 7 and 10. Click here to read a fascinating feature on Brawn's Odyssey appearing in Clavier Companion. Also quite new and quite bracing is a program of mind-blowing music for saxophone and piano. In FRANÇOISE ROSSÉ - MÉTISSAGE, American saxophonist Adam Estes performs the rather avant-garde works with daring panache. Perhaps even more rarely heard is the piano music of Japanese composer MUTSUO SHISHIDO. In this invaluable recital of his complete works for piano, Akina Yura performs with stylistic perfection and technical command. Another fine piano music program is right behind Yura's, this featuring the gifted Jooyoung Kim in a recital of "standards" by HAYDN, LISZT and RACHMANINOFF. From start to finish, her performances have the full measure of integrity and personal expression. IN THE WEEDS, which features the Canadian Ventus Machina wind quintet bringing off a lively program of accessible works, among them two world premieres.
Special congratulations are due German pianist Burkard Schliessmann for having been awarded three Silver Medals in the 2017 Global Music Awards: "Classical Artist", "Instrumentalist" and for his recent Divine Arts Hybrid-SACD, "Chronological Chopin". Don't miss his critically acclaimed 2010 2-Hybrid-SACD release on MSR Classics featuring beautifully considered and brilliantly performed works by Chopin, Schumann and J.S. Bach [MS1361].
Stay tuned, and remember to Turn It Up!
FINES FACULTATIS COGNITOS TRANSGREDERE
SCRIABIN: THE FINAL RECITAL
for 2 Pianos and Orchestra
Nicolai Berezovsky, Paul Creston, Nikolai Lopatnikoff, Gian Francesco Malipiero, Francis Poulenc, Robert Starer, Alexandre Tansman
PIERCE & JONAS PIANO DUO
COMING SOON [World Premiere Recordings]
A BEETHOVEN ODYSSEY - VOL.5
Piano Sonatas Nos.5-7 & 10
Ludwig van Beethoven
FROM THE RIVER FLOW THE STARS
String Quartets by Brian Buch
MUTSUO SHISHIDO: COMPLETE PIANO …
FRANÇOIS ROSSÉ: MÉTISSAGE
Music for Saxophone and Piano
HAYDN, RACHMANINOFF & LISZT
IN THE WEEDS
Music for Wind Quintet