NEW RELEASES and NOTABLY FORTHCOMING
Recent Releases

Hard as it is to believe, the Holiday Season is upon us. Temperatures have dropped and the winds are howling (at least here in the Northeast), and credit card debt is on the rise, so let's hunker down and cozy up with the delights of musical discovery. Whether one discovers a new artist, new music, or both, it's a great way to spend an evening. Or an afternoon. Not to brag, but our Newest of the New offerings these days continue to be an "embarrassment of riches". Just in is Andrew Stetson in RISE ABOVE, a truly compelling collection of works for solo trumpet with band, orchestra and piano. Right behind it is an enchanting recital of works by J.S. BACH, performed on piano by Marija Ilic. Two keyboard works, an arrangement and a transcription make for an uplifting listening experience. Moving from piano to unaccompanied cello, we hear three brilliant, accessible works by BLOCH, MUCZUNSKI and REGER performed with consummate artistry by Benjamin Whitcomb. Fresh in the door last week was AVIARY - BIRDS IN POETRY AND SONG. In this compelling program split between contemporary art songs by Philip Swanson to several jazz vocal standards, our fine feathered friends (birds) are given the royal treatment. Baritone vocalist Gary Wood in musical partnership with composer-pianist Philip Swanson create a special listening experience. Next, straight from glittering Madison Avenue, comes CHRISTMAS IN NEW YORK by the New York City Children's Chorus under the direction of Mary Huff, with Andrew Henderson at the keyboard and console. The listening experience is utterly magical. From trumpeter Jason Bergman comes his third album on MSR, which is vying for top honors in his catalog. In BE STILL MY SOUL, Bergman reveals his tender side in reverent performances of Songs of Hope and Inspiration. Joined by a host of fine collaborators on horn, euphonium, violin, cello and piano, he displays a sweetness of tone rarely heard. Getting back to "the classics" with BRAHMS IN TRANSCRIPTION, Uriel Tsachor performs orchestral music by Brahms transcribed for piano by Reger, Kirchner and Brahms himself, who also provides piano transcriptions of music by Gluck and Schumann. The result is revelatory, due in no small part to Tsachor's gorgeous interpretations.

 

NOTABLY FORTHCOMING
Newberry's Victorian Cornet Band | THE GILDED AGE
Jesse Cook | IMAGINED CONVERSATIONS - Trumpet & Piano
William Chapman Nyaho | KETE - Piano Music of the African Diaspora
Kindra Scharich & Jeffrey LaDeur | TO MY DISTANT BELOVED - Lieder
Sunny Knable & Friends | SONG OF THE REDWOOD-TREE - Bassoon Music
Ronald Lau | HILLER & SCHUMANN - Symphony Piano Transcriptions
Kristen Yun & Phoenix Park-Kim | SUMMERLAND - Cello & Piano
Zhuxi Wang & Hai Jin | RACHMANINOFF, SCHUMANN - Cello & Piano
Zi Liang | J.S. BACH: GOLDBERG VARIATIONS on Harpsichord & Piano [2CD set]
Pierce & Jonas | 20th CENTURY MASTERPIECES for 2 Pianos & Orchestra

 

Stay tuned, and remember to Turn it up!

 

FINES FACULTATIS COGNITOS TRANSGREDERE

Until one is committed, there is hesitancy, the chance to draw back. Concerning all acts of initiative (and creation), there is one elementary truth, the ignorance of which kills countless ideas and splendid plans: that the moment one definitely commits oneself, then Providence moves too. All sorts of things occur to help one that would never otherwise have occurred. A whole stream of events issues from the decision, raising in one's favor all manner of unforeseen incidents and meetings and material assistance, which no man could have dreamed would have come his way. Whatever you can do, or dream you can do, begin it. Boldness has genius, power, and magic in it. Begin it now.”

[William H. Murray]

New Releases
RISE ABOVE
Music for Trumpet with Orchestra, Band, Piano and Electronics
Justin Casinghino, Mark Hagerty, Michael Mikulka, James Stephenson

ANDREW STETSON

[MS1664]
BLOCH, MUCZYNSKI & REGER
20th Century Music for Solo Cello
Ernest Bloch, Robert Muczynski, Max Reger

BENJAMIN WHITCOMB

[MS1587]
J.S. BACH: KEYBOARD MUSIC
Original, Arrangement & Transcription
Johann Sebastian Bach

MARIJA ILIC

[MS1724]
AVIARY
AVIARY
Birds in Poetry and Song
GARY WOOD

[MS1730]
HARBACH VOL.13: ORCHESTRAL MUSIC V
HARBACH VOL.13: ORCHESTRAL MUSIC V
Expressions for Orchestra
BARBARA HARBACH

[MS1672]
BE STILL MY SOUL
BE STILL MY SOUL
Songs of Hope and Inspiration
JASON BERGMAN

[MS1740]
CHRISTMAS IN NEW YORK
CHRISTMAS IN NEW YORK
Traditional Holiday Favorites with Violin,
NEW YORK CITY …

[MS1700]
BRAHMS IN TRANSCRIPTION
BRAHMS IN TRANSCRIPTION
Symphony Movements and Hungarian Dances
Max
URIEL TSACHOR

[MS1721]