CONGRATULATIONS, NEW RELEASES and NOTABLY FORTHCOMING
2018 marks the 20th Anniversary of the founding of MSR CLASSICS. In 1998, the label began as Musicians Showcase Recordings, and we've come a long, long way since then. With 20 years already behind us, we look forward with Great Expectations to the next 20 years of musical discovery, expanding horizons and deepening dedication. See you in 2038... and possibly 2058. Now that the sun has crossed the celestial equator at the Vernal Equinox (it's Spring), let's celebrate with some terrific new music from MSR. Why not?!
As always, there is a steady flow of great stuff coming in. The newest of the new is, to be sure, an important release and a likely future "classic". Bob Watt, a virtual legend of the French horn world, has released his first solo album. In his straightforwardly titled I PLAY FRENCH HORN, Watt, joined by a host of musical collaborators, serenades us with his glorious, singing tone and truly amazing technical skills. Also just in are three releases from the keyboard, two at the piano, and one at the console. Regarding the latter, composer Hampson Sisler offers two evocative suites in ALL AROUND THE YEAR, both of which present as fantasias on numerous themes surrounding notable occasions throughout the year. Michael Koenig does a great job manning the Instrument. From the piano comes music of LOWELL LIEBERMANN courtesy of David Korevaar, and THE LATE MAZURKAS of Frederic Chopin, courtesy of Todd Crow. In both releases, the artists are at their peak, bringing the music off convincingly, and in superior Candlewood Digital audio. an exquisite recital of music for violin and harp from the Aurora Duo. Also just in is SCENES FROM HOME, which features gorgeous musical portraits for solo clarinet of the Great State of Colorado by a range of contemporary composers. Our soloist, Kellan Toohey, renders all poetically, and expertly. From another member of the woodwind family of instruments, the Oboe, comes BEAU SOIR, a cherishable collection of French music for oboe and piano. Merideth Hite Estevez and Jani Parsons capture and share the lyrical essence of the works. In their second release on MSR, FANTASIE features music by a range of composers, all of whom composed works that will remain in the hearts of their listeners. Also among the Newest is music from one of our favorites: composer Paul Reale. His CONCERTO DIES IRAE for Trio and Wind Ensemble, coupled with two compelling piano sonatas is sure to keep you engaged. The performances by The Mirecourt Trio, Walter Ponce and Paul Reale himself cannot not be bettered.
Stay tuned, and remember to Turn. It. Up!
FINES FACULTATIS COGNITOS TRANSGREDERE
THEME AND VARIATIONS
Music by Mozart, Beethoven and Haydn
Ludwig van Beethoven, Franz Joseph Haydn, Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart
Solo Album Debut
RUSSIAN TRUMPET SONATAS
Yuri Aleksandrov, Alexander Baryshev, Yuri Chichkov, Aida Isakova, Leonid Lyubovsky, Mark Milman, Gherman Okunev, Nikolai Platonov
World Premiere Recordings
I PLAY FRENCH HORN
Johann Sebastian Bach, Dave Brubeck, Todd Cochran, John Newton, Maurice Ravel, Traditional
Solo Album Debut
ALL AROUND THE YEAR
Organ Music for Special Occasions
CHOPIN: THE LATE MAZURKAS
PIANO MUSIC | VOLUME 3
SCENES FROM HOME
Music for Clarinet and Piano by Colorado
French Music for Oboe and Piano