NEWS, NEW RELEASES and NOTABLY FORTHCOMING
Now that Summer is slowly winding down, let's celebrate with some great "listening material" on Compact Disc, fresh from the rolling hills of Newtown, Connecticut. Newest of the New is SOUVENIRS, a lovely album of music for oboe and piano as performed by soloist Theresa Delaplain and accompanying pianist Tomoko Kashiwagi. The players bring great style and finesse to the colorful, accessible music. In a rather stunning solo album debut, Amy Yang is heard in RESONANCE, which features music by Johann Sebastian Bach, Robert Schumann and Caroline Shaw. Yang's technical prowess is perfectly balanced by her probing interpretations. Equally as probing are performances given by the Amernet String Quartet and pianist John Wilson of music by Judith Lang Zaimont. In A TO Z, Zaimont's music, full of individuality and visceral energy, is brought into the world with vigor and precision. Just out is a stunning compositional debut by Jimmy López Bellido, SYMPHONIC CANVAS. In powerful, beautifully recorded performances by the Fort Worth Symphony Orchestra under Miguel Harth-Bedoya, López Bellido's orchestral music comes alive, making a strong case for him to be a composer to watch - and watch closely! Also just in, double bass virtuoso Robert Oppelt dazzles in THE DOUBLE BASS - ENCORE!, his follow-up to the very successful first release on MSR [MS1221]. Oppelt makes clear the enormous expressive and tonal range of the bass. Volume 6 of James Brawn's acclaimed BEETHOVEN ODYSSEY cycle of piano sonatas is now out. Although this volume does not contain any "famous" sonatas, Brawn's engrossing performances are likely to help the ones featured here rise a notch in popularity! In BOTANICA, oboist and English hornist Sara Fraker brings poetry, passion and precision to a program of new music. Partly inspired by nature and all of its beauty, Fraker has added a stand-out album to the world's collection of oboe recordings. Moving to the world of choral music, The Estonian-based Chamber Choir Voces Musicales under the direction of American conductor David Puderbaugh grace us with a sublime program by Estonian and American composers. In A BLACK BIRCH IN WINTER, the repertoire and performances are such that they leave one wanting to hear Volume 2.
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]
Piano Music by J.S. Bach, Schumann and Shaw
Johann Sebastian Bach, Robert Schumann, Caroline Shaw
Available August 31
Music for Oboe and Piano
Grazyna Bacewicz, Robert Mueller, Edmund Rubbra, Pedro Soler
A TO Z: AMERNET PLAYS ZAIMONT
A Strange Magic (Quartet No.2), Sestina, Sonata-Rhapsody, The Figure, Verse
Judith Lang Zaimont
AMERNET STRING QUARTET
World Premiere Recordings
Symphony No.1 - The Travails of Persiles and
FORT WORTH …[MS1737]
THE DOUBLE BASS - ENCORE!
A BEETHOVEN ODYSSEY, VOL.6
Piano Sonatas Nos.4, 11 & 12
Music for Oboe, English Horn and Piano
A BLACK BIRCH IN WINTER
American and Estonian Choral Music