NEW RELEASES and NOTABLY FORTHCOMING
Recent Releases

Hard as it is to believe, the wonderful Holiday Season is effectively here. Temperatures are starting to drop and the winds are starting to pick up (at least here in the Northeast), so let's hunker down and enjoy the delights of musical discovery. Whether one discovers a new artist, new music, or both, it's a great way to spend an evening. Or an afternoon. Our latest Newest of the New offerings are not much short of an embarrassment of riches. Read on... Literally just in the door is AVIARY - BIRDS IN POETRY AND SONG. In this compelling program split between contemporary art songs by Philip Swanson to several jazz vocal standards, our fine feathered friends (birds) are given the royal treatment. Baritone vocalist Gary Wood in musical partnership with composer-pianist Philip Swanson create a special listening experience. Next, straight from glittering Madison Avenue, comes CHRISTMAS IN NEW YORK by the New York City Children's Chorus under the direction of Mary Huff, with Andrew Henderson at the keyboard and console. The listening experience is utterly magical. From trumpeter Jason Bergman comes his third album on MSR, which is vying for top honors in his catalog. In BE STILL MY SOUL, Bergman reveals his tender side in reverent performances of Songs of Hope and Inspiration. Joined by a host of fine collaborators on horn, euphonium, violin, cello and piano, he displays a sweetness of tone rarely heard. Equally as moving is the sound of a children's chorus, which is on offer on CHRISTMAS IN NEW YORK. In their second album on MSR, the New York City Children's Chorus under director Mary Wannamaker Huff present a heart-warming program of music written in celebration of the Christmas holiday. Joined by harp, violin, piano and organ, the young choristers have created a New Classic. Getting back to "the classics" with BRAHMS IN TRANSCRIPTION, Uriel Tsachor performs orchestral music by Brahms transcribed for piano by Reger, Kirchner and Brahms himself, who also provides piano transcriptions of music by Gluck and Schumann. The result is revelatory, due in no small part to Tsachor's gorgeous interpretations. What does one get by combining Swedish women composers and flute music? BREAKING WAVES. In this warmly inviting program, flutist Paula Gudmundson brings into the world repertoire rarely heard, and unjustly so. Moving from flute to piano, American pianist Joshua Pierce is heard on BRAVURA - Favorite Showpieces for Piano and Orchestra. With energized and highly idiomatic support from the Slovak Radio Symphony Orchestra under Kirk Trevor, Pierce is heard in a true "tour de force" program of standards of the piano's "bravura" repertoire. Particularly notable is the inclusion of Addinsell's Warsaw Concerto, and Duke Ellington's stylish New World A-Comin'. Just in, and something out of the ordinary for MSR, is an album of smoky jazz tunes by women composers, courtesy of the Tom George Trio (consisting of flugelhorn & trumpet, string bass and piano). From the first bar of  TWILIGHT, you might find yourself wanting to light up a cigarette and reach for a glass of scotch.

 

NOTABLY FORTHCOMING
Newberry's Victorian Cornet Band | THE GILDED AGE
Jesse Cook | IMAGINED CONVERSATIONS - Trumpet Recital
Benjamin Whitcomb | BLOCH, MUCZYNSKI & REGER - Unaccompanied Cello
Zi Liang, Harpsichord and Piano | J.S. BACH: GOLDBERG VARIATIONS [2CD set]
Pierce & Jonas | 20th CENTURY MASTERPIECES for 2 Pianos & Orchestra

 

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]

New Releases
AVIARY
Birds in Poetry and Song
Hoagy Carmichael, Tadd Dameron, Manning Sherwin, Horace Silver, Philip Swanson

GARY WOOD

World Premiere Recordings

[MS1730]
HARBACH VOL.13: ORCHESTRAL MUSIC V
Expressions for Orchestra
Barbara Harbach

BARBARA HARBACH

World Premiere Recordings

[MS1672]
BE STILL MY SOUL
Songs of Hope and Inspiration
Leonard Bernstein, Newell Dayley, Rob Gardner, Crawford Gates, Peter Meechan, Janice Kapp Perry, Mildred Pettit, John Rutter, Jean Sibelius, Traditional, Richard Wagner, Joy Webb

JASON BERGMAN

[MS1740]
CHRISTMAS IN NEW YORK
CHRISTMAS IN NEW YORK
Traditional Holiday Favorites with Violin,
NEW YORK CITY …

[MS1700]
BRAHMS IN TRANSCRIPTION
BRAHMS IN TRANSCRIPTION
Symphony Movements and Hungarian Dances
Max
URIEL TSACHOR

[MS1721]
BREAKING WAVES
BREAKING WAVES
Flute Music by Swedish Women Composers
PAULA …

[MS1722]
BRAVURA
BRAVURA
Showpieces for Piano and Orchestra
JOSHUA PIERCE

[MS1640]
TWILIGHT
TWILIGHT
Tribute to Women Jazz Composers
TOM GEORGE …

[MS1705]