It is with tremendous pride we report American trumpeter Eric Berlin's recent MSR release, Fantastique, has received a Grammy Nomination for Best Contemporary Classical Composition. In recognition of the Concerto for Two Trumpets and Band by recently-deceased composer Stephen Paulus, the nomination is a fitting testament to the work, and to the performers that realized it so beautifully.
In celebration of the 2014 holiday season, MSR has a fresh new crop of music to be enjoyed by the fireside. Newest of the New is a stunningly beautiful program of music for winds and piano by Frenchman Francis Poulenc. The Iowa Ensemble performs with utter grace and precision. More contemporary music is on offer, this for solo violin in Dialogus by Icelandic soloist Hlíf Sigurjonsdottír. Yet another exquisite recital has just been released by Ensemble Schumann. Playing music of Schumann, Loeffler, Klughardt and Kahn, this viola-oboe-piano trio has created one of the finest chamber music programs in the entire MSR catalogue. Also just in is Volume 1 of The Bach Project in which American organist Todd Fickley will present J.S. Bach's works for organ, presented via the fascinating new-ish Hauptwerk organ technology. Swooping in from climes afar is viola da gambist Gerald Trimble in Uncharted, an album that defies definition, but will get the toes tapping of the stubbornist cynic. A new release in MSR's Discover series is out this month, featuring a range of chamber and vocal music by American composer Daniel Carr. The performances make a great case for Carr's work. The debut recording by the New York-based Jade Duo is also just in, and features them in superb performances of sonatas for violin and piano by Bartók, Fauré and Schumann.
SEE PIANIST JAMES BRAWN AT MARKSON PIANOS IN LONDON HERE
NOTABLY FORTHCOMING - Expect to see a 14-CD box set in early 2015 featuring the Harpsichord Sonatas Nos.1-120 of Antonio Soler, performed by Barbara Harbach. Also on its way is a new release from pianist Ann Schein featuring a range of French music. Organist Felix Hell pulls out all the stops (literally) in Heroic Proportions. Be prepared for the Mirror Image horn duo On Safari and James Brawn on his fourth Beethoven Odyssey. Also on their way are instrumental recitals by bassoonist Matthew Morris, clarinetist Michael Eckert, hornist Jeffrey Agrell, oboist Andrew Parker and flutist Lisa Santa. Also coming soon is Volume 2 of the BCMCC winners with bassoonist Susan Nelson, Terry Eder in a program of piano music by Bartok, Bolivian piano music performed by Walter Aparicio, violist Michelle LaCourse's American Menagerie, pianist Paul Orgel in Chausson, Reger and Suk, and more. Too much to list, and all well worth waiting for!
Stay tuned, and remember to Turn It Up.
FINES FACULTATIS COGNITOS TRANSGREDERE
Complete Music for Winds and Piano
THE IOWA ENSEMBLE
Music for Solo Violin
Merrill Clark, Karólína Eiríksdóttir, Alfred Felder, Rúna Ingimundar, Hróðmar Ingi Sigurbjörnsson, Jónas Tómasson
World Premiere Recordings
SCHUMANN, LOEFFLER, KLUGHARDT & KAHN
Romantic Trios for Oboe, Viola and Piano
Robert Kahn, August Klughardt, Charles Martin Loeffler, Robert Schumann
THE BACH PROJECT - VOL.1
Complete Organ Works
A Viola da Gamba Adventure
DANIEL CARR: WORKS VOLUME 1
Songs and Solo Piano
FAURE, SCHUMANN & BARTOK
Sonatas for Violin and Piano
CANCION SIN PALABRAS
SONGS WITHOUT WORDS
Traditional Latin American