CONGRATULATIONS, NEW RELEASES and NOTABLY FORTHCOMING
CONGRATULATIONS TO US, MSR CLASSICS! The year 2018 Marks the 20th Anniversary of the founding of the Label, and we look forward to the next 20 years of musical discovery of ever-expanding horizons and deepening dedication. See you in 2038...
In a similarly celebratory mood, HAPPY NEW YEAR! May this new year 2018 bring about renewed hope for peace, health and prosperity to every person in every corner of the globe. So far, the New Year has brought only bitter cold air to New England... let's hunker down and fend off the chill with some awesome new "Listening Material" from MSR. As always, there is a steady flow of really great stuff coming in. The newest of the new is NOTHING PROVED, from the much-raved-about New York-based viol consort Parthenia and performer-friends. In this fascinating program the performers give stunning World Premiere Recordings of works by contemporary women composers. The first listen is only the very beginning of the discovery of this repertoire. Along more conventional lines but no less engaging is AMERICAN PREMIERES, an album featuring new chamber music for Flute, Viola and Harp. The Cosmos Trio renders this music with grace, but with a certain pathos called for in the scores. 2018 is going to be a big year for the music of Debussy (in honor of it being the one-century mark from his death in 1918), and Terry Lynn Hudson is throwing her hat in the ring with gorgeous performances of his PRELUDES, BOOKS I and II. In this special 2-for-1 set, Hudson includes as a parting encore a melting rendition of Debussy's Clair de lune from the Suite bergamasque. Still at the keyboard, from a similar period in musical history comes 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.
Stay tuned, and remember to Turn It Up!
FINES FACULTATIS COGNITOS TRANSGREDERE
Flute Music of Nicole Chamberlain
PRE-ORDER: Shipping February 2
Music for Bassoon and Piano
Pierre Max Dubois, Ida Gotkovsky, Gabriel Grovlez, Charles Koechlin, Marcus Karl Maroney, Oleg Miroshnikov, Joseph Schwantner, John Steinmetz, Alexandre Tansman
New works for viols, voice and electronics
Hildegard Von Bingen, Kristin Norderval, Tawnie Olson, Frances White
World Premiere Recordings
for Flute, Viola and Harp
CLAUDE DEBUSSY: PRELUDES
Complete Books I & II [2CD set]
TERRY LYNN …[MS1620]
SCRIABIN: THE FINAL RECITAL
20TH CENTURY MASTERPIECES
for 2 Pianos and Orchestra
PIERCE & JONAS[MS1651]
A BEETHOVEN ODYSSEY - VOL.5
Piano Sonatas Nos.5-7 & 10