APRIL NEW RELEASES FROM MSR
HAPPY SPRING! In joyful celebration of the new season's arrival, MSR Classics offers a fine and varied selection of new titles. Newest of all is A Thing Most Wonderful - Music from Lent to Easter, the first release in MSR's new "Discover" series. In this beautiful program of choral works, The St Cecilia Choir of Girls give performances that honor their namesake. Pianist James Brawn is heard in the third installment in his critically-acclaimed Beethoven Odyssey series, this volume featuring Sonata No.2, No.17 The Tempest, and No.26 Les Adieux. Trans-Cultural Bonding, a fascinating program of orchestral and choral music by Hampson Sisler. American cellist John Whitfield makes his MSR debut in Brahms' Cello Sonatas, with wonderful pianistic support from James Winn. Also just released is flute music by Beth Anderson in The Praying Mantis and the Bluebird - flutist Andrew Bolotowsky and friends bathe the listener in a very beautiful program. Fresh out of the box are two programs of keyboard music: organist Barbara Harbach is heard in a 2-CD set featuring J.S. Bach's The Art of Fugue and works of Pachelbel (yes, including the Canon), while composer-pianist Haskell Small is heard in The Rothko Room: Journeys in Silence, a fascinating program of his own recent works for solo piano, which are, in their own way, doubly "out of the box". Recently released is also a sparkling, and quite tuneful program of piano sonatas by Muzio Clementi performed by Ian Hominick.
CONGRATULATIONS - James Brawn's Beethoven Odyssey Volume 1 has been named a Best of the Year Disc by Audiophile Audition. David Korevaar's 2-CD set of J.S. Bach's Partitas has been named a 2013 Critic's Choice in American Record Guide. Nadina Mackie Jackson's Canadian Concerto Project has been named 2013 Canadian Album of the Year by Mark Turner, impresario and radio host of Classical Connection (CFCR 90.5 FM, Saskatoon). Turner also named Glenn Buhr's “and man will only grieve” as 2013's Best Composition. The release has also been nominated for a March 2014 Juno award: “Classical Album of the Year: Large Ensemble or Soloists with Large Ensemble Accompaniment.” Good luck! More good news... MSR artist Mary Costanza received a "Recording of the Month" distinction from MusicWeb International for her MSR Bach Cello Suites.
NOTABLY FORTHCOMING - Expect to see a 14-CD box set featuring the complete harpsichord sonatas of Antonio Soler, performed by Barbara Harbach, as well as the ninth installment in her Music of Barbara Harbach composer series, featuring four orchestral works (recorded in the UK by the London Philharmonic). In the planning stages is an album of Debussy and Ravel featuring Ann Schein and Earl Carlyss, an organ and brass "spectacular" featuring the Thompson Brass with organist Barbara Bruns and a 2-CD set of choral music composed by Dan Locklair. Also coming soon is cellist Kim Cook in Saint-Saens and Lalo concertos, the latest and final release from Seattle's American String Project and much more. Stay tuned!
A THING MOST WONDERFUL
Music from Lent to Easter
Malcolm Archer, Johann Sebastian Bach, Thomas Foster, Cesar Franck, George Frideric Handel, John Ireland, Colin Mawby, Claude Means, Philip Moore, Giovanni Pergolesi, Henry Purcell, Charles Stanford
ST CECILIA CHOIR OF GIRLS
MSR Classics Discover Series
A BEETHOVEN ODYSSEY - VOL.3
Piano Sonatas No.2, No.17 "The Tempest" and No.26 "Les Adieux"
Ludwig van Beethoven
SISLER: TRANS-CULTURAL BONDING
Music for Orchestra and Chorus
World Premiere Recordings
BRAHMS: THE CELLO SONATAS
Sonata for Cello and Piano No.1 in E minor,
THE PRAYING MANTIS AND THE BLUEBIRD
Flute Music of Beth Anderson
JS BACH: THE ART OF FUGUE & …
Komm Susser Tod
Pachelbel: Canon, Chorale
THE ROTHKO ROOM: JOURNEYS IN SILENCE
and other recent piano works by Haskell Small
CLEMENTI PIANO SONATAS