NEW RELEASES and NOTABLY FORTHCOMING
Now that Spring is well underway, currently delivering nicely in New England on its promise of renewal and rising temperatures, let's celebrate with great, great music from MSR Classics. Just in the door is Souvenance, a deeply affecting program of mélodies and organ works by César Franck. Soprano Amy Pfrimmer and organist Thomas Kientz together create a special listening experience. Also fresh off the truck is American Sonatas for violin and piano, presented with passion and poise by Ching-Yi Lin. No better case can be made for the works featured here. Duo Virtuoso II, a program of works for violin and cello by Honegger, Ravel and Schulhoff is just in. As performed by the Elaris Duo, the music inspires and energizes. Music of a very different sort is featured on Battle Creek Transit Authority, a collection of recordings made live in concert by the Brass Band of Battle Creek. Featuring a good dose of arrangements of classic songs by Chicago, this wide-ranging program satisfies. In yet a different vein, a program of new chamber music by NYC composer Susan Kander has also just pulled in. In Hermestänze, Kander's exquisitely crafted, thought-provoking work is graciously performed by violinist Jacob Ashworth, soprano Jessica Petrus and pianist Lee Dionne. One is left wanting more. Fresh off the truck is Heroic Proportions by organist Felix Hell and Portraits by Sharon Park which features Eugene Ysaye's 6 Violin Sonatas. Just in time for the Easter season is a recital of sacred songs and arias performed by soprano Amy Pfrimmer. In Eternal Life, she and pianist Dreux Montegut bathe the listener with 14 sublime and affecting works. Also just released is Love's Signature, a program of three song cycles for countertenor, soprano and piano. The music by American composer Juliana Hall is stunning, as are the performances by Darryl Taylor and Susan Narucki.
Stay tuned, and remember to Turn It Up!
FINES FACULTATIS COGNITOS TRANSGREDERE
DUO VIRTUOSO II
Works for Violin & Cello
BATTLE CREEK TRANSIT AUTHORITY
BRASS BAND OF …[MS1634]
SUSAN KANDER: HERMESTANZE
Chamber Music for Violin & Viola, Soprano
Selected Works for Organ
6 Sonatas for Solo Violin