NOTABLE MENTION & GRAMMY NOMINATION
We are proud to announce the first three volumes in James Brawn's ongoing Beethoven Odyssey series have been named Notable Classical Recordings of 2014 by ArtsFuse of Boston. Also, his Volume 2 made it onto John Puccio's Classical Candor site as a Favorite Recording of 2014.
It is also with 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 New Year 2015, MSR has a host of new releases to be enjoyed by the fireside. Newest of the New is Elements, the second issue from the Bassoon Chamber Music Composition Competition. This program, featuring bassoonist Susan Nelson and colleagues, presents four fascinating new works. More contemporary music of heard on Overland Dream, the first in a series of releases featuring the lyrical and entirely accessible music of Peter Lieuwen. A strikingly beautiful program of music for winds and piano by Francis Poulenc has just been release by the Iowa Ensemble, which performs with grace and precision. Still 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.
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 pianist Terry Eder in a program of music by Bartok, a recital of Bolivian piano music performed by Walter Aparicio, pianist Paul Orgel in works by Chausson, Reger and Suk, and more. Too much to list, and all worth waiting for!
Stay tuned, and remember to Turn It Up.
FINES FACULTATIS COGNITOS TRANSGREDERE
SUK, CHAUSSON & REGER
Ernest Chausson, Max Reger, Josef Suk
AN AMERICAN MENAGERIE
Music for Viola and Piano
Martin Amlin, Monica Houghton, Robert Merfeld
World Premiere Recordings
ELEMENTS - BCMCC 2012 & 2014
Winning Works of the 2012 and 2014 BCMCC
Jenni Brandon, David Angelo Ciancaglini, Devin Farney, Greg Steinke
World Premiere Recordings
Music of Peter Lieuwen - Volume 1
SOLI CHAMBER …[MS1581]
Complete Music for Winds and Piano
THE IOWA …[MS1540]
Music for Solo Violin
SCHUMANN, LOEFFLER, KLUGHARDT & KAHN
Romantic Trios for Oboe, Viola and Piano
THE BACH PROJECT - VOL.1
Complete Organ Works