NEW RELEASES and NOTABLY FORTHCOMING
The cool, crunchy days of Autumn are here, and what better way to celebrate then with new Listening Material from MSR. While some of the music on offer here was composed hundreds of years ago, some of it was composed earlier this year! - but all of it is brilliantly performed, recorded and presented. There's a lot coming in the door these days... The newest of the new is a program of consciousness-expanding music for saxophone and piano. In FRANÇOISE ROSSÉ - MÉTISSAGE, American saxophonist Adam Estes performs the rather avant-garde works with daring panache. Perhaps even more rarely heard is the piano music of Japanese composer MUTSUO SHISHIDO. In this invaluable recital of his complete works for piano, Akina Yura performs with stylistic perfection and technical command. Another fine piano music program is right behind Yura's, this featuring the gifted Jooyoung Kim in a recital of "standards" by HAYDN, LISZT and RACHMANINOFF. From start to finish, her performances have the full measure of integrity and personal expression. IN THE WEEDS, which features the Canadian Ventus Machina wind quintet bringing off a lively program of accessible works, among them two world premieres. Next on the New List is a rather unusual program from trailblazing pianist Jenny Q Chai. In (S)YN(E)STH(E)TE, her debut CD, she expresses her personal sense of color and sound (her synesthesia) with the listener; both concept and repertoire are fascinating. Equally as fascinating, but from an entirely different direction, is FRANK MARTIN: MUSIC FOR WINDS, which features charming, finely crafted wind music, lovingly and expertly performed by the Massachusetts Chamber Players under Matthew Westgate. From the vocal realm comes American baritone Zachary Gordin and his accompanying pianist Bryan Nies. In AMOUR SANS AILES, songs by Reynaldo Hahn are richly given with great feeling and finesse.
Special congratulations are due German pianist Burkard Schliessmann for having been awarded three Silver Medals in the 2017 Global Music Awards: "Classical Artist", "Instrumentalist" and for his recent Divine Arts Hybrid-SACD, "Chronological Chopin". Don't miss his critically acclaimed 2010 2-Hybrid-SACD release on MSR Classics featuring beautifully considered and brilliantly performed works by Chopin, Schumann and J.S. Bach [MS1361].
Stay tuned, and remember to Turn It Up!
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